Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting Royal College Of Physicians Edinburgh wedding photos at the wedding of Melanie and Alan. A union of Scotland (Melanie) and England (Alan) taking place in Edinburgh’s beautiful New Town.
The day started with me covering part of the bridal preparations at Melanie’s parent’s home in Edinburgh’s West End. The champagne was flowing, the excitement was building and the atmosphere was fun and relaxed.
I spent an hour with the girls then headed over to St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church of Scotland, located at the east end of George Street. This beautiful city centre church is in an excellent central location. South facing on a sunny day like this meant lots of natural light.
Alan and the boys were in good spirits, full of fun and looking forward to the day. I enjoyed taking photos of guests arriving. I like to shoot lots of candid photos as well as a few more ‘posed’ pictures of Alan and the guests. Alan and his Groomsmen chose to wear Highland kilt outfits. Impressive, considering Englishmen often consider wearing a kilt being the same as wearing a skirt!
Melanie arrived at the church in her dad’s Jaguar car and after a few photos outside the church, it was time to head indoors for the traditional Church of Scotland wedding ceremony.
One of the highlights of the wedding was the singing provided by The Rebel Choir. 120 wedding guests plus the choir meant the hymn singing sounded magnificent and much better than the muted attempts often typical of church weddings!
After the wedding ceremony, everyone headed out into George Street to congratulate the newly-weds and participate in the confetti shower. One thing I love about city centre weddings is the huge interest from the public. It’s always fun to see the public having a good look to see if there’s someone famous getting married!
The wedding reception took place around the corner at the magnificent Royal College Of Physicians Edinburgh This was my second time at this outstanding wedding and reception venue in a week. It was good to be back there again. From the outside, RCPE doesn’t stand out from the other buildings either side of it on Queen Street. As soon as you walk inside you think ‘wow’. Walk up the wide staircase and into the Great Hall and you can’t fail to be impressed by the opulent surroundings.
The guests enjoyed a champagne reception in the beautiful New Library. This room has floor to ceiling wooden bookcases containing many books several hundred years old. I set up my portable studio lighting through in the Cullen Suite, where we shot the group photos. I like this venue. There’s plenty of room for guests to relax, for me to shoot the group photos and for everyone to move around and chill out without feeling cramped or hemmed in.
For the second Saturday in a row, the weather was beautiful and sunny! Melanie, Alan and I ventured outside to shoot a few contemporary photos on Queen Street. I love doing this kind of photo shoot. These pictures give me a chance to shine and capture the couple on their own for the first time.
We then went back inside to shoot a few more newly-wed photos on the staircase and in the Great Hall.
After the wedding breakfast, it was time for the speeches. These were great fun, full of humour and witty one-liners and gave me lots of opportunities to capture people’s expressions.
I shot a few more group photos in the Cullen Suite as the evening guests arrived. I caught some cracking pictures of Alan and his pals getting up to mischief (unfortunately the photos aren’t suitable for public viewing, but they brought a smile to my face!).
My evening ended with the cutting of the wedding cake and the first few dances. Unbeknown to Melanie, a few of her friends had arranged to perform the second dance. A brilliantly synchronised group dance to Beyoncé’s Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). A great finale to a fantastic wedding day.
RCPE is one of my favourite wedding venues in Edinburgh, and I look forward to being there again in future!
Details of the wedding suppliers who helped make Melanie and Alan’s RCPE Royal College Of Physicians Edinburgh wedding so special and unique:
Florist: Fiona Cumming Floristry
Dress: Emma Roy Edinburgh
Bridal Hair: Michelle at Charlie Miller Stafford Street
Bridesmaids Hair: Helen Foreman at Circles Hair
Wedding Cake: Too Good To Eat
Catering: Prestige Scotland
Evening Entertainment: Callanish
I’d like to share a few of my favourite photos to tell you the story of Melanie and Alan’s fantastic wedding day. Enjoy!