As an Edinburgh wedding photographer, I don’t normally work on a Monday. But Americans Neal and Debbie returned to the city to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with a Vows renewal. And since they celebrated a decade on to the day and hour, I ended up being with them.
Almost everything was the same. Debbie even wore the same dress! The Rev Melville Schofield came out of retirement to renew the ceremony of a decade before, Debbie’s son Eddie walked her down the aisle once again, and Pipe Major Iain Grant provided an encore of music and entertainment.
The major difference was that instead of getting married at the tiny St Margarets Chapel within the Castle walls, they upgraded to the larger and magnificent Greyfriars Kirk.
This also gave us the chance to take some photographs at some of their favourite locations – the Greyfriars churchyard, Flodden Walk, and of course the Greyfriars Bobby.
Then we walked back to the Witchery, where they were staying (and where they’d stayed 10 years before!) This gave the opportunity for some lovely location portraits of Neal and Debbie, in the Grassmarket, the West Bow and on and off the Royal Mile.
We finally returned to their suite for celebratory champagne, and the most amazing Haggis balls and Scotch eggs.
Being an Edinburgh wedding photographer is always an amazing experience with such fantastic locations at every turn. But life is always easier when the day has been planned by Yvonne from Scottish wedding planners, Sixpence Weddings. And guess what? She organised the original wedding ten years before!