Towards the end of March I found myself leaving behind a typically wet and miserable Glasgow to head east towards sunny Edinburgh and, for me, a brand new wedding location – the Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street right in the city centre. I had such a great day and the weather was so amazing that we even managed to go over the road to Queen Street gardens for some photographs amongst the cherry blossoms at this relaxed wedding in Edinburgh.
I had never met Matthew or Katy before the wedding day but it didn’t present a problem as they were very happy to let me do my thing and just photograph the day for them in my usual style of photography and didn’t really have any special requests at all. The Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (not to be confused with the Royal College of Surgeons, which has less sculptures watching you from above) was such a brilliant venue for a wedding I thought, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t ever been there before. The two main rooms have huge skylights in the ceiling and the whole place is very bright and airy – almost like being outside. I was able to ditch my on-camera flash for a large part of the day and shoot using fast lenses and just available light which gives a much nicer effect. Unfortunately, of course, it isn’t always possible as few buildings have such a bright and even interior. The venue has a key to gain access to Queen Street Gardens across the street where, at this time of the year, the cherry trees are in blossom. We popped over for a quick 10 minute photoshoot and managed to get some nice pictures. After some family photographs on the grand staircase inside I was left to photograph the guests mingling in the New Library (also a good place for a huge group shot of all of the guests) before moving back into the Great Hall for speeches, dinner and then dancing.
I had a brilliant day and cannot wait until my next opportunity to photograph another wedding at the Royal College of Physicians!