Anna and Bob were married this summer at Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh than had their cosy, crafty style reception at the wonderful Gallery of Modern Art.  It’s was a lovely warm day and everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and fantastic surroundings. A&B-WD-108 A&B-WD-112 A&B-WD-116 A&B-WD-157 A&B-WD-147 A&B-WD-153 A&B-WD-209 A&B-WD-186 A&B-WD-175 A&B-WD-185 A&B-WD-190 A&B-WD-200 A&B-WD-188 A&B-WD-189 A&B-WD-205 A&B-WD-233 A&B-WD-247 A&B-Additions-107 A&B-Additions-117 A&B-Additions-113 A&B-Additions-101 A&B-WD-227 A&B-WD-282 A&B-WD-226 A&B-WD-216 A&B-WD-222 A&B-WD-332
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Balamory people! Bala effin’ mory People!

That’s that out the way.

 

Ok, Nikki and Bryan are Rally aficionados (geeks) and they come to Mull and Tobermory (Balamory really) all the time to see crazy fools drive dangerously fast on roads originally designed for goat drawn carriages.  So there was really no other choice for their smallish, fun and relaxed wedding.

The view from the terrace of the Western Isles Hotel , looking down on Tobermory (Balamory really) harbour was breathtaking.  Actually, it was’t breathtaking.  Falling off a swing and landing on your back is breathtaking.  The view was very very very nice, especially as the weather was so damn good.

There was Balloons, fancy soap, tears (mainly Bryan’s), Louboutins, fresh langoustine (which I had no idea how to eat), the best looking Best Man I have ever seen and check out Bryan’s suit.

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There are few things as satisfying for a wedding photographer (professionally that is, everyone knows there is nothing more satisfying than a huge G&T and a packet of roast beef McCoy’s ) as getting booked by a family member or friend of previous clients.  It is reassurance (and boy do we creative types need that) that you are doing something well, or that you are doing something cheaply.  I chose to go with the former.

I covered Laura’s big brother’s wedding a couple of years ago so was really happy she and Marc got in touch about their wedding in Cheshire.  It’s nice to meet up again with past clients and see how they are doing.   So far I think I’m on a 100% not divorced record (that’s not a guarantee).  I wonder if divorce is perhaps not the most appropriate thing to mention on a wedding blog….  Anyway…..

 

Sandhole Oak Barn is about 30 mins south of Manchester (can’t move for footballers) and is a brilliant venue to shoot at.  It is set in attractive countryside with the lovely lake and great outside space.  The traditional style buildings with wood cladding and red brick make it a dream for a texture loving photographer like me.  Inside, the beautiful oak beams and masses of natural light allowed me to forget about all the boring technical photography stuff and concentrate on capturing the fun and emotion of the day.  Loved it.

 

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The last time I saw Lucie and Tommy was on a shoot/pub crawl in London.  They “dragged” me round some of their favourite pubs and some of their favourite east end and square mile locations.   I fell asleep on the tube on the way back to Heathrow.

 

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Anyway, they are my kinda couple.  Pretty relaxed (on the surface anyway) while still having a firm idea of what they want and quite non-traditional in a traditional sort of way, if you know what I mean.  They chose a classic country house for their wedding,  Harburn House, and decorated it to look stunning but omitted any of the really stuffy pomp in favour of riotous fun, the widest variety of alcohol I have seen at a reception and possibly the cheekiest speeches I have witnessed in over two hundred weddings.  Plus, Lucie has that smile!!

 

 

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I have glimpsed  both TOWIE & Made in Chelsea in the past by accident.  Horrendous programs but I was struck by how glamorous everyone was (compared to me).  I think they could set a similar show in Glasgow, like River City but with…..hmmm…..  I have no idea, I have never seen River City but I am assuming it aint glamorous.  I think there is a character called Spud though, and Tony the track suit.

Anyway, Laura and Russel’s wedding at Sherbrook Castle Hotel reminded me of TOWIE etc (hope that’s not insulting).  I have never seen such glamour in real life.  I worked out that if you stacked on top of each other all the heels they would be three quarters the height of Edinburgh Castle.  If you included the ladies shoes it would reach the top. boom boom!!

But you see, all this glamour and beauty came with no semblance of pretence or pomposity.  It was just a pure dead brilliant Glasgow knees up.

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This was a different one though.

Anna and Matt got married at Edrom Kirk then had their reception and the beautiful Wedderburn Castle.  A&M-WD-111 A&M-WD-108 A&M-WD-112 A&M-WD-126 A&M-WD-104 A&M-WD-143 A&M-WD-156 A&M-WD-165 A&M-WD-166 A&M-WD-184 A&M-WD-192 A&M-WD-197 A&M-WD-228 A&M-WD-261 A&M-WD-285 A&M-WD-474 A&M-WD-269 A&M-WD-307 A&M-WD-300 A&M-WD-364 A&M-WD-392 A&M-WD-400 A&M-WD-407 A&M-WD-415 A&M-WD-417 A&M-WD-433 A&M-WD-402 A&M-WD-221 A&M-WD-380 A&M-WD-434 A&M-WD-386 A&M-WD-438 A&M-WD-509 A&M-WD-498 A&M-WD-525 A&M-WD-541 A&M-WD-551

All “my” couples are brilliant, obviously (except the ones which aren’t) but now and again I meet a couple who leave an impression.

Jasmine and Dave are so flippin’ Yin and Yang it’s no real (as a wee raj may say).  Jasmine is bonkers, beautifully up-beat and optimistic with a freakishly infectious exuberance.  David isn’t, but what he is a good solid, salt of the earth old fashioned good guy who keeps Jasmine from exploding.

Their wedding day was entirely “them”.  Geekish,  cool, sophisticated and homespun.  A big Red Bus took guests from Lothian chambers to Howies with a wee tour of Edinburgh thrown in and  it was clear that everyone was having a great time.  Grannys blowing bubbles, what more can you say.

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I love that City Chambers is a wedding venue.  Great to see public buildings being used this way.  Everyones a winner.  Couples get a stunning venue which is super value and the good folk of Edinburgh save 3p a year off their council tax.

Mhari and Lee had their wedding there in April.

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Isn’t that so obviously a “oh FFS! don’t say what I think you are going to say” look?

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You may remember Claire and Chris from some photos of their London pre-wedding shoot which I showed on facebook a while ago.  Well late March brought me a quick burl up to Callander for their wedding day at Roman Camp Hotel.

Another lovely, relaxed, smiley and super happy day which was great fun to capture.

 

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Ok,  so yet again I begin a blog post with a fake apology for not blogging enough.  It’s fake because I know that,  generally you (whoever you are) don’t really care.  Although I guess a new post is a good indication to my clients that I am still alive.  Unless my wife has killed me and is blogging in my name to give the impression I am still alive when I am actually in the freezer.

 

Anyway, dead or not, the work goes on.

 

Here is Laura and Jordan who got married at Crear earlier this year.

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