You can’t blame me for forgetting this one.  One of Scotland’s best venues, beautiful bride and a lady in tight leather dancing with flaming torches.

 

Anyway I’m glad I remembered as it’s a good one.

 

Emma and Chris at Dundas Castle.

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I am ferociously protective of my candid photographer sensibilities in that I provide very little instruction to clients.  That said, sometimes unusual things happen at weddings.  Sometimes a bride may want to walk into the bitterly cold sea.  Sometimes the wedding party may want to pose as if looking up each others skirts.  Occasionally (never) the groom may decide to carry his new wife on his shoulders.  Now and again a groom may want to eat confetti and if an impromptu outdoor dance-off breaks out then that’s just hunky dory.  However, what are the chances of all these things happening at the same wedding.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Alison and Ewan.

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Why shouldn’t a groom carry his bride on his shoulders?

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Feel free to pretend to look up each other skirts.

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Spontaneous, outdoor, music free dancing? why yes.

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Strike a pose.

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By all means, eat the confetti.

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Here is the bit which apparently Google says you have to do or you become invisible.

Venue: Crear.

Dress: Flossy and Dossy.

Cakes: Mainly M&S.

Gents kilts: dont care.

Flowers: Mother nature.

Photography: Me.

Shoes: Yes.

 

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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Some Kenyan colour

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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.

 

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Nervous groom, deep breaths

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

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First dance

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Feel free to express yourself with the medium of dance.

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When I say a face that would stop traffic, I am of course referring to Lorena.  Although she is clearly very beautiful, it wasn’t actually her face that brought Princes Street and Lothian Road to a standstill.  It was a platoon of tartan clad grooms men and a couple of Caley Hotel concierges blocking the road to allow Lorena to make her richly deserved grand entrance.  Just a few short steps from the Waldorf Astoria ( the Caledonian) to St John’s where Andrew was patiently waiting.

This wonderful day brought my first Colombian-Scottish union and was filled with class, colour, tradition and modernity and was set against the always stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

 

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It seems there are approx 40,000 professional photographers in the UK.  Lets say a tenth of those are in Scotland.  Of those 4000 Scottish photographers lets say half of those shoot weddings (sometimes called Wedding Photographers).  So 2000 professional wedding photographers in Scotland (Christ, that sounds like loads).

Of those 2000 Scottish wedding photographers, eight have been accepted as members of the prestigious Wedding Photojournalist Association.

Of those eight photographers, only one of them is ME.

Since 2002 the WPJA has been helping couples capture the story of their wedding.

The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography. 

The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography – quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.

 

The WPJA is unlike other photography associations.  Not just anyone can join.  You have to meet strict criteria of style and quality.  I know this because I have applied in the past and failed.

However this time my application was accepted and I am now part of an exclusive, worldwide association of wedding photographers with a proven ability, talent and style that sets them apart from others.

 

Members of the parliament today voted, by a ratio of more than 5-1, in favour of giving gay and lesbian couples the same marriage rights that the rest of us have enjoyed for centuries.

Today is a proud day to be a Scot.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25960225

 

If you are gonna leave Melbourne and temperatures in the 30’s to get married in Scotland in December then you better pick somewhere pretty damn special. Hazel and Stuart did just that. Balbirnie. Here is a sneak peek.

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Tour de Lauder started in 2012 as a simple conversation between friends , Jerry Cooke and Gary Cameron, who decided to get a few of their cycling obsessed friends together for a day on their bikes. Jokingly they gave the ‘event’ the lofty title of Tour de Lauder, since they would be starting and finishing from Jerry’s house in Lauder.

To make the day as ‘enjoyable’ as possible Jerry planned the hilliest route he could think of, over 86 miles and finishing over ‘ Col de Stow ‘ – a 15% plus final climb back into Lauder. The date was set and a few emails were sent out inviting friends along. However, having arranged the day they then decided they should put their physical efforts to good use and raise a few pounds in sponsorship for charity. The Chest Heart and Stroke Steve Cully tribute fund was a fitting beneficiary – Steve was a Lauder resident and keen cyclist. So ?250 was set as a target and Steve’s wife offered her best wishes and support.

Within a day of the emails being sent 15 people had signed up, in a week it was 25 and interest was growing. The local Lauder community got behind Tour de Lauder in an amazing way and there was no shortage of local participants and volunteers. As the event snowballed so did the level of organisation required.

Thirlestane Castle, a beautiful historic house in Lauder, offered to host the ‘ Grand Depart ‘,by now there were 50 cyclists and significant space was need to fit everyone comfortably – Jerry’s driveway would no longer suffice! There was also interest in a shorter , 50 mile , route so the event could be opened up to people with less cycling experience. So a Nouveau 50 mile option was added to the now Classic 86 mile route , but 2 routes meant more volunteers were required. However, once again the local community stepped up.

Fast forward to 21st April and the Grand Depart, Tour de Lauder had become more than anyone ever thought possible. Almost 100 cyclists from across the country took to the local roads, among them World Record breaker Mark Beaumont. The money raised absolutely smashed the original ?250 target, totalling almost ?17,000. What made Tour de Lauder so successful and feel special was the level of support from everyone involved – from taking part in the cycling, raising sponsorship, helping with the organisation, servicing bikes, cheering, baking for and manning the food stalls the list goes on and on. It has to be said that the home baking on the refreshment stops was a particular highlight and mentioned by nearly every cyclist! Needless to say we were quick to agree that Tour de Lauder 2013 was a must.

Tour de Lauder is a cycling event that raises money for the Steve Cully tribute fund and CHSS. Everyone involved gives their time, expertise and effort for free and every single penny raised, other than very minimal expenses incurred for running the event, goes to the charity. Hope you can make it along in 2013 please click here to register your interest.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

* Every minute of every day 100,000 people in Scotland struggle to breathe because of chronic chest illness.
* Every half hour someone in Scotland will have a heart attack.
* Every 45 minutes someone in Scotland will have a stroke.

 

All funds raised in Scotland stay in Scotland.

Very few people know the significance of that heading.  It’s not depressing, it’s the ultimate expression of friendship between 13 year old boys.

Michael knows it, so does Susan now.

 

Michael and I were at school together, we were best friends then he discovered girls and I discovered the pain of constant rejection.  He got back in touch last year when he realised he could save himself a few bob by asking me, his old mucker to shoot his marriage to the lovely Susan.

He aged well, and although he could  make a decent living as a Theo Paphitis looky-likey he now runs a Panasonic shop in Inverness (say you read the blog and he will give you a £1 off purchases over £1000).

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I headed up to Elgin to cover his big day ( I say his big day as I feel sorry for Susan, she could do so much better, possibly a Duncan Banantyne impersonator,  but she has settled for Mike).

Here are some photos…

 

 

It was a brilliant wedding/weekend and one which I shall forever feel honoured to have been a part of.  I wish you both all the love and happiness you deserve.

Love you guys  xxxxx

 

 

 

This one is only from a few weeks ago.

 

The brides wee sister said this song is cheesy.  It’s quite girly (and a little rude too) but cheesy??

 

This is Joan, John & J-lo