On Saturday, I had a brilliant day filming Deborah and Scott’s Canongate Kirk wedding. They were married at the beautiful Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. This is the venue for the forthcoming wedding of Zara Philips and Mike Tindall. Unfortunately, I was already booked for the Royal wedding date, otherwise, I would have loved to have filmed their special day, too 😉
Canongate Kirk serves the Parish of Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town. This includes the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament. Canongate Kirk is also the parish church of Edinburgh Castle.
Being located on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile meant lots of tourists waiting and taking photos as the guests and wedding party arrived. Deborah and Scott must have felt like the paparazzi were there to welcome them!
Deborah arrived in a beautiful white classic Jaguar car and looked gorgeous and very relaxed. This wedding was being filmed with two high definition cameras. One camera was located at the front of the church. The other was located up high on the balcony to the rear of the church. Canongate Kirk is beautifully lit. It’s a wedding photographer and videographer’s dream. Having large windows on all sides of the building lights the interior beautifully. I really enjoy filming at this venue. The Reverend Neil Gardner conducted a beautiful ceremony. The brilliant Capriccio String Quartet provided some exquisite music to accompany the talented church organist.
After the Canongate Kirk wedding ceremony, everyone departed for the wedding reception at The Edinburgh Academy in Edinburgh’s New Town. This beautiful venue is one of Edinburgh’s many private schools. It’s the perfect setting for a wedding reception. The guests were treated to champagne and canapés on the lawn. Live entertainment was provided by Elvis, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash impersonator James Murray. Edinburgh Academy has many fantastic locations for creating beautiful wedding photos and videography.
The rest of the day was celebrated in the beautiful Assembly Hall. This is over 180 years old and features upper and lower galleries, a stage, a domed ceiling and a pipe organ. A very impressive room that puts many established wedding venues to shame.
The speeches were great fun. In a departure from typical wedding speech proceedings, Bride Deborah went onto the stage to say a few words of her own. She ended her speech by singing a song to Scott! This was great fun and very entertaining to watch and film! The guests were on their feet, all clapping and cheering. Go on Deborah!
My evening ended with the cutting of the wedding cake and filming the first few dances. The Assembly Hall was the perfect location for filming the first dances. I had one camera located high up in the gallery. The other camera was mounted on my Steadicam rig. I’ve filmed some amazing cinematic shots of the dances. I really look forward to editing this wedding video.
A really great day which I thoroughly enjoyed. Congratulations to Deborah and Scott!
Here are a few wedding photos taken from the wedding video. Enjoy!