I had it in mind to write a reflective post about how crap last year was.  Was going to make interesting political observations about the EU referendum and the election of Trump.  Was preparing to write a eulogy to Bowie and to grieve for the death of UK music at the hands of Honey G.   I then thought that perhaps this isn’t the kind of stuff newly engaged couples trawling wedding blogs want to read.   They probably don’t want exasperated, portly, middle aged curmudgeons spouting poorly thought-out opinions based on very little knowledge.

I reckon they would rather read a blog post which adheres to the official wedding blog post guidelines.

These are….

  • Always be sickeningly positive.
  • Always say “heart” instead of “love”.
  • Always fake interest in shoes and even if you cant tell a kitten heel from a clog, you must say they are lovely.
  • Brides are always gorgeous,  grooms are always handsome and together they are always adorable.
  • Always say gown instead of dress (WTF is the difference?)
  • Weddings must be categorised as either Contemporary, Rustic or Classic (I think classic is pretentious blog code for boring).
  • Every blog post must contain at least one photo of a bearded hipster in skinny trousers and a bow tie.  If that’s the mother of the bride, so be it.

Those are just some of the rules one must follow to conform in the wonderful world of weddings since the advent of the internet.

That used to be me.  I’m sure if you look back you will see posts where I have used the words “pastel shades” or “stunning burlap chair ties”.  However, 2017 marks the tenth year of McBeth Photography.

So 10 years and nearly 300 weddings later I have reached the point where I think it’s ok to reject all the fake fluff hashtaggery.  No longer shall I feel the need to express excitement at hand punched place cards and table centers depicting all the benches the couple have eaten chips on (although that does sound like a cool idea).  I will stop pretending I know the difference between Jenny and Chris Packham (although I do).   Weddings are great and photographing them is brilliant.  You can’t help but be impressed with the amount of effort put in and attention to detail most folk have in planning the day which is perfect for them.

For me though it’s about the people.  It’s the obviously nervous groom, the tipsy granny and the overly friendly uncle.  It’s the slightly awkward but ultimately hilarious dance routine.  It’s that moment during the speeches when the best man says that thing which causes the groom to hold his head in his hands before glancing toward his new wife.

 

So on that note,  I would like to present the beautiful Hollie, the handsome Terry (aren’t they adorable) and their (I’m gonna say) contemporary wedding at the stunning Signet Library In Edinburgh.  Check out Hollie’s shoes, I heart them.

 

 

 

Bollocks, no hipster.

 

Craig x

 

 

Thats not a religion, although it may become one.

My previous clients include doctors, lawyers, farmers, taxidermists, professional golfers, strippers, war lords, dog groomers, chicken breeders, prime ministers, allen key testers,  snow globe fillers and plumbers.  Rob though, was my first, and probably one, Luthier.   I’m not talking about a deeply troubled but equally brilliant police detective who rubs his head a lot and drives an old Volvo. I am of course referring to the craft of the violin maker.   That’s right, Rob is a luthier,  Rob makes stringed instruments.

My guess is there aren’t as many luthiers in your street as you may imagine.  I am so confident that none of will know a luthier that I will give a 5% discount to any new clients who send me a photo of them with a man or woman (with whom they are friendly)  in the process of making a viola.  A double bass gets a 6% discount.

However, all this talk of generous instrument manufacturing related discounts is missing the main point.  Rob got married to Claire. Claire is a civil servant.  I am not going to offer a civil service themed discount.

They got married at the beautiful St Mary’s Parish Church in Haddington and partied the rest of the day at Cockenzie House.  Here are a few photos to prove it.

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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)

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 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

 

 

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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Don’t Ask but someone in these photos claims to have stolen a dolphin.

Natalie and David got married a few weeks ago at The House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.  With wedding wellies, staged fake surprise photos, and full on running races this couple really know how to relax and have fun on one of the biggest days of their lives.


In what seems to be a regular occurence on the McBeth Photography Blog I will be giving you some interesting animal related facts.  This time, Dolphins.

1.  Dolphins would die if they fell completely asleep so they just sleep with one side of their brain at a time.

2. Dolphins are very sexually promiscuous.

3. Dolphins evolved from land animals.

4. The Orca (killer whale) is the largest of the dolphin family.

5. Dolphins have two stomachs, like cows.  Unlike cows, you can’t buy dolphin milk in your local Co-Op. Try Waitrose.

Im outa here.

 

Craig xxx

 

 

Regretting calling them ‘The Craigies’ now. It’s what I get called when Jess wants something. What I was called as a bairn. Did you know that Craig is from the Gaelic creag meaning “crag” or “rocks”. That’s quite interesting isn’t it? Might call them ‘The Crags’, more manly. Also my wee boy is called Cairn which you will know is a pile of rocks or stones. When we named him we didn’t realise the connection. Let me just take off my anorak and move on.

The happiest bride of the year. I guess impossible for me to know but there was one bride who just seemed to be laughing and having fun from dawn to dusk (and well beyond). Ladies and gents…
Debbie.

Best Shoes.

No Idea.

Best Cake.

Well Victoria and Gordon had hundreds of them.

But just check this one out from Debbie and Andrews big day.

And also the best topper.

Best portaloo? Another win For Debbie and Borderloo.

Best coffee drinking dog….

All the flowerswere amazing this year, here are some of my faves.

 

And finally,  My favourite  5 wedding shots of the year. 

 

 

 

Scott and Eilidh are a rare breed.  They are the first birdwatchers under the age of forty I have met.  In fact they have changed my view of birdwatching into a happ’nin pastime.

Wildlife in general and birds in particular are so important to this young couple that they were always going to find their way into the wedding day.

Don’t know if rubber ducks count.  Especially hotel freebies.

Eilidh’s Grandad was a blender at the famous OVD rum maker so it had to also make an appearance.  Everyone had a drink from the traditional scottish quaich.

I’m on a bit of a blog roll so will keep on revealing new images.  These next few are from a wedding last weekend at the beautiful House for an Art Lover in Glasgow.

Vici (another Victoria) is the amazingly talented lady who designed the new McBeth Photography website.  Stephen is himself a talented up and coming photographer.  Together they make a fearsome creative team.

We were dodging rain a little this time but we were ok.  Besides when you have a building as stunning as this one, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh himself then the weather outside is less important than the beautiful items inside.

As usual, only a few shots to show as Vici & Stephen have yet to see them all.

 

Local wedding this time. Meant I could have somewhat of a lie-in, not in some crappy travellodge either. A Lauder couple, getting married in the Lauder church and holding their reception in a Lauder hotel.

If you love Rock My wedding, (you have to love Rock My Wedding, it’s just one of the coolest wedding blogs on the web) then you need to see The Love Lust List.  You see The Love Lust List is a directory of UK wedding suppliers which have been checked and approved by the lovely folk at Rock My Wedding.  They don’t just let anyone on their list; it’s exclusive, like a VIP section in a night club, but a good night club , not a rough one with sticky floors and a funny smell.

If it’s chic, unique, boutique, can be made of Teak and even from Mozambique, then there is a good chance you will find it in Rock My Wedding or on The Love Lust List.

 

Oh yes. I forgot to mention. McBeth Photography is on The Love Lust List.