Wedding Photographs and Sunshine in Edinburgh
This is less of my usual story-based blog post and more of an example of what can be done in a very short space of time at your wedding. Although I am a reportage / documentary / natural / photojournalism style wedding photographer (call it what you will) I do still take photographs of the bride and groom.Don’t be surprised about this statement. To me it is a fundamental part of the day – you are the main part of your story after all – but I still hear from people all the time about reportage photographers who didn’t take pictures of the couple at all. To me that’s a bit crazy. I certainly won’t spend any longer than you want focussing on the two of you and, when we do work together, I definitely won’t be asking you to do any cheesy poses (veil hooked up in a fountain, squatting on the lawn, groom standing with his arms crossed looking like he’s annoyed about something etc…) but almost all of my clients are happy to take 10 minutes to get a few relaxed natural photographs taken. For the vast majority of the photographs you see below the bride and groom didn’t even have to stop what they were doing (walking around and cuddling in the sunshine. My skills as an experienced photographer mean that I can pre-empt and capture photographs as and when they happen, usually from an unobtrusive distance. The first picture below, for example, was simply taken whilst we were walking along a street – it had nothing to do with me at all. All I had to do was be ready to capture the moment which, for me, is what it’s all about.
James and Judith had a slightly more unusual format to their wedding day. They are regulars at St Paul’s and St George’s church on Broughton Street, in the heart of Edinburgh, and made use of the magnificent interior by having not only the ceremony there, but also their afternoon tea-and-cake reception there too. After that everyone walked up to a second drinks reception and meal at the spectacular Royal College of Physicians just up the road on Queen Street. James and Judith had the key for the gardens across from the RCPE so we popped in for ten minutes to have a few quick photographs. The images below are a selection of the pictures we managed to capture.
The beautiful dress that Judith wore was made for her by the amazingly talented Freja Designer Dressmaking and was made with white silk chiffon with a circle skirt and ruched bodice and a guipore jacket. I loved it!