A few days before Ruth and Alastair’s wedding I gave Ruth a call to run through the details about the day as usual. The conversation was fairly standard, ceremony at 2 pm, dinner at 5 etc. until Ruth started mentioning indoor fireworks, confetti canons and a ride on a carousel. Indoor fireworks, confetti and what? A carousel? I normally have trouble getting brides to leave the comfort of their clean, warm and dry hotel for five minutes to get some pictures in the middle of the summer so this got me excited although, based on my past experience, I doubted anything would come of it. One thing was for sure though, I knew this would be a fun wedding at the George Hotel in Edinburgh.
Although the wedding was very late in the year, like my last wedding, the weather was superb and I couldn’t have hoped for more. Not only that but Ruth and Alastair had the use of the Panorama suite which offered absolutely amazing views across the rooftops of Edinburgh and over to the Firth of Forth on such a sunny day. I arrived to see make-up artist Lynsey Findlay doing a great job of getting the girls ready. I seem to have bumped into her quite a bit in 2013 and it is always nice to gossip about all the past weddings we’d worked at together.. (only kidding). Alastair was getting ready in the same hotel so I even managed to flit between the two rooms and get shots of both of them (although there was noticeably much more of a party atmosphere in the girls’ room).
The day progressed without a hitch and we managed to pop out onto George Street to grab a few family pictures in the natural light before zipping upstairs in the lift to take some shots on the roof before the sun set completely. Speed is critical on a short Scottish winters day but we managed to get a lot of nice pictures in a very short space of time. Ruth was still keen on the carousel pictures so we decided that, after dinner, we would get together and make a plan. So, later that evening we ventured out, in the dark, to have some pictures first in front of the beautifully lit columns in front of the Dome restaurant, and then one or two in the middle of George street. The Christmas fair, and its merry-go-round, was about 100m down the road at St Andrew square and the flashing lights were tempting but Alastair was being the sensible groom. I was biased because I was desperate for the pictures so I thought I wouldn’t interfere. However, I had cunningly thought ahead and brought a bridesmaid with me as backup so, with pressure from the girls, we wondered up the road to the fair. The carousel was occupied by children but the owner kindly kicked them all off (and let them join after again for free, don’t worry) so we had it to ourselves. Unfortunately the ground was quite wet but Alastair, overcome with excitement, whipped Ruth off of her feet and carried her screaming up onto Harry the 100 year old wooden horse. I am pretty sure it was worth it and I loved the pictures we took there! Thanks guys for being so adventurous and not letting sensibility get in the way of fun.
You can see a slightly more recent wedding at the George Hotel on my website here http://www.silverphotography.co.uk/wordpress/edinburgh-wedding-photographer-george-hotel/