I have shot a lot of weddings, nearly 300 now.  I have learnt many things over the years.  Don’t mistake the brides mum for her Granny,  don’t ask the groom “are you sure?”, don’t assume that just because the groom parents are both there that they are actually willing to stand next to each other, if at all possible, leave before the fights start.

One theory I finalised while covering Tracy and Aidens wedding is that the sign of a good party of how early into the festivities someone removes their tie from their neck and ties it around their head.  This normally doesn’t occur until well after the buffet.  However at this wedding this phenomenon (yes, I’m calling it a phenomenon)  happened before my very eyes, no more than 15 mins after the first dance.  It was certainly a sign of things to come but, if I’m honest, looking back the signs where there much earlier in the day.  For example, Aiden was my first groom to spontaneously burst into song during his speech. Not a bad wee singer he was too.

So here we have, Aiden and Tracy.  An Irish couple, living in Australia and getting married in Scotland.  There were three stops during the day.  St Mary’s,  Celtic Park and finally Glenskirlie.

Here are some shots.

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St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

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St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

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St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

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St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

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St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

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St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

St Marys, Celtic Park and Glenskirlie Wedding

I am almost certain that hardly any of you knew, or cared, who invented the wheelbarrow.  However I needed an interesting and attention-grabbing heading.

Anyway, you will all be aware that Mcbeth Photography is not bound by the confines imposed on other photographers by the rugged coastline of this rain soaked archipelago (look it up).  I am something of a jet-setter, don’t you know?  I think nothing of dropping everything and abandoning my family to head off to exotic locations like Manchester, Aberdeen, Mull, Cork or London.   My latest sortie in the war on generic wedding photography took me to the Aegean Sea, more specifically the Cyclades, even more specifically, the glorious island of Santorini.  See now where my Greek/wheelbarrow reference was going?

I was there in the warm spring sunshine to shoot the wedding of Emma and her golf pro fiancé (jings, this is going off the top of the glamour scale) Norman at the beautiful Dana Villas.

εδώ είναι μερικές φωτογραφίες  That is Greek for.. Here are some photographs.  (photograph, that’s a Greek word)

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Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography Dana Villas

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

A wee bit windy on Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Santorini wedding photography

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

Sunset at wedding on Santorini

Wedding photography on the beautiful Greek island of Santorini.

 

So people, if you are thinking about escaping the British weather which, to be honest, ain’t that bad, then feel free to contact McBeth International Photography.

 

cherio.

 

Craig x

 

 

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I know it’s been nearly two months since my last post.  Some of you may care, most, quite correctly couldn’t give a crap.  However, there is a good reason for my lack of activity. Blogging is just so fricken boring.  If I was more successful or if you stingy lot would pay me more I could afford to pay someone to do all the boring computer and internet stuff so I could concentrate on actually taking photos.  Until that time I am going to take one for the team and soldier on, poor me.

 

So here goes.

I give you Amy and Peter.  They were married earlier this year at The Hub in Edinburgh.

Brides morning preparations.

Brides morning preparations.

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The Hub, Edinburgh

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Wedding table setting

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Jaguar wedding car

Arrival of the bride.

Arrival of the bride at The Hub in Edinburgh.

Arrival of the bride.

Arrival of the bride at The Hub in Edinburgh.

Arrival of the bride.

Arrival of the bride at The Hub in Edinburgh

The bride and her father at the Hub , Edinburgh

The bride and her father.

bride and groom exchange vows.

bride and groom exchange vows.

bride and groom exchange rings.

Bride and groom exchange rings.

Now married

Now married.

Big red door of  The Hub,

Big red door of The Hub,

Cheeky wee wedding guests.

Cheeky wee wedding guests.

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Selfie

Cake topper.

Cake topper.

Speeches.

Speeches.

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Amazing first dance photo.

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So far this year I have had an Irish-American wedding, a French-Scottish wedding, an Italian-English wedding and a Columbian-Scottish wedding.   Liz and Lawson brought me my first Scottish-Kenyan wedding.  It was brilliant.  Set in the opulence of The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian or The Caley to you and me, around Christmas time and on a crisp cold day.

 

A super friendly bunch of folk from across the globe and one or two interesting Kenyan traditions meant that this was a spectacle to behold and a great wedding to photograph.

 

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Lots of rushing around in the morning of the wedding

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Happy, smiling bride

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The Flowers

Kenyan colour

Some Kenyan colour

Bridal gift for Edinburgh wedding

Don’t know what is in the box but the bride seems to like it.

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The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian.

 

Nervous groom at Edinburgh wedding

Nervous groom, deep breaths

here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

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The ubiquitous wedding day selfie

The ubiquitous wedding day selfie

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Risking life and linb on Princes Street

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Glad I didn’t have to hoover that lot up.

The one and only Pipe Major Iain Grant

The one and only Pipe Major Iain Grant

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Toast the Piper

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I do like capturing eye contact.

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Proud mother watches her sons speech.

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Traditional Kenyan cooking pot so liz can cook for her man.

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Sign of a good speech

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Liz’s Kenyan crew put on a wee dance for all the guests.

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First dance

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rowdy wedding table

There is always one rowdy table at every wedding, this was it.


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Feel free to express yourself with the medium of dance.

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So many of his songs are about guns, shooting, fighting, biting ears off, drinking, sex and cars but today we learn the great Johnny Cash also had a softer side.  It has been decided by some random poll created by folk with little else to do, that a Letter he wrote to his wife June is the best love letter ever written.

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Johnny Cash wrote this letter to June on her birthday.

 

Although better than my own, his hand writing is a bit of a scrawl so here it is.

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday Princess.

John

 

 

I have to say though, my favourite is this one from Jimi Hendrix.

Jimmy Hendrix love letter

Jimmy Hendrix love letter.

 

“little girl…..

happiness is within you….so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow—
like the sweet flower you are…..
I know the answer—
Just spread your wings and set yourself
FREE

Love to you forever

Jimi Hendrix”

 

Kinda makes my occasional mushy text messages seem a bit crap now.  Thanks Jimi.

 

Craig x.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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While Anna and her girls were preening and powdering ( that’s what girls do apparently) Robert and his best man were chilling out in the luxury of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen street.  I guess that’s called Scottish courage.

Everyone then made their way to The Hub for a fun filled wedding day which culminated in a windswept, rain soaked Wonder Women arsed,  sparkler extravaganza.  Don’t just take my word for it, check out the photos.

 

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Bride and bridesmaids catching a wee selfie before it all kicks off.

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A nice wee dram at Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh

 

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Groom and best man enjoying a we dram.

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Brides Hands

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Flower girls at edinburgh Hub weddinh

Beautiful wee flower girls.

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Guests waiting for the Bride

Bride and dad the The Hub

Bride and her dad.

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The wedding cake.

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The Hub’s big red door.

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Arch of sparklers for Hub wedding

Arch of sparklers

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Wonder women before flashing her arse.

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