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Homage to Trainspotting.

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

 

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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No time for flowery language.  Just some photos to show off.

Lorna and David at Carberry Tower.

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From now on all my blog posts are just going to say  “Here are some photos”. Because I know that is really all you look at a wedding photographers website to see.  You don’t care what he thinks of your shoes or that he loves your use of straw bales instead of chairs.  He may think your hand decorated jam jars are an excellent substitute for actual drinking glasses and that your your fathers tie brings out the blue of his eyes but that is immaterial.

 

So,  Here are some photos.   Leighanne and Gary at The Grand central Hotel, Glasgow.

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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.

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

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East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

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East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

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East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

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East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

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East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

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East Lothian wedding

East Lothian wedding

 

 

 

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.

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Skye beer

Crear wedding

Family Guy

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

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Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

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

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Feel free to pretend to look up each other skirts.

Crear wedding

Spontaneous, outdoor, music free dancing? why yes.

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Strike a pose.

Crear wedding

By all means, eat the confetti.

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

Crear wedding

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.

 

Here is a trade secret, photographers do sneak peeks (which is the kind of horrible corporate cuteness phrase I hate) because they need to keep there on-line presence current but can’t be arsed doing a great big blog post.   I reality I never do big posts because I am enough of a realist to know that almost nobody has any interest in my musings.   I am only doing this post because I noticed that It had been nearly 2 months since my last (confession, no wrong situation) post and I was worried that couples may think I wasn’t busy enough, or lazy or dead.   In fact I am only two of those three things.

However, I then realised that these images are actually really good and that I am actually a hugely talented wedding photographer who should really be charging much more for my services than I do.   But my job is actually pretty easy (or I make it look easy) and made even easier when couples give me wedding days like this one to cover.  Filled with humour and colour, stuffed full of wonderful wee details and packed out with folk having fun.  There’s also a “surprise” appearance by The Secret Opera Singers.

Julia and Gavin were married at Langton Church in Gavinton and had their reception and the beautiful Wedderburn Castle Barns.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

Scottish country wedding at Wedderburn Castle.

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

 

 

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.

The Hub Edinburgh.

The Hub, Edinburgh

table setting

Wedding table setting

jaguar wedding car

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.

wedding selfie

Selfie

Cake topper.

Cake topper.

Speeches.

Speeches.

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first dance

Amazing first dance photo.

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