Great to be back for another brilliant wedding at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian Hotel, this time for Phillip and Rick’s Humanist same-sex ceremony. I previously met Phillip and Rick for a pre-wedding photo shoot at Calton Hill, and in our brief time together I knew their wedding at The Caledonian Hotel was going to be a fun, relaxed and memorable occasion.
I’ve photographed and filmed many weddings at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh since 2006. The preparations before the ceremony were good fun to shoot, and meeting Phillip and Rick’s family and friends who had travelled from across the UK and America was a real pleasure. The natural light streaming through the large windows was perfect for candid photography.
The Humanist wedding ceremony was the first to be held in The Caledonian Hotel’s ‘The Pompadour’. This elegant room is usually a five-star restaurant, but today was the perfect setting for a wedding. Large windows allowed plenty of natural light to stream into The Pompadour.
Piped into The Pompadour by my favourite Pipe Major, Iain Grant, there were a few tears shed as Humanist Celebrant Tim Maguire welcomed Phillip, Rick and their witnesses into the room.
A wonderfully personal and heartfelt ceremony by Tim was the highlight of the day. It’s brilliant that Scotland leads the way with Humanist wedding ceremonies, and Tim’s friendly manner and professionalism ensure your wedding ceremony is unique, fun and sincere.
Having a city centre wedding can mean couples worry about a lack of variation in their wedding photos. Weddings in Edinburgh city centre have the fortune of taking place in the UK city with the highest percentage of green space, meaning there’s usually the opportunity for some newly-wed photos in a local park or garden (subject to the Scottish weather, of course!). Phillip, Rick and I made the most of nearby Princes Street Gardens, a beautiful oasis in the shadow of historic Edinburgh Castle, and only a minute away from The Caledonian Hotel.
Iain Grant then piped the newly-weds Phillip and Rick into the oak-panelled Boardroom, where their family and friends awaited them. Iain’s toast to the newly-weds is always a highlight of the day, his sense of humour and presence always going down well with everyone present.
Master Of Ceremonies James Henderson introduced the speeches in his inimitable style. Photographing guest’s reactions to the speeches is always good fun and a great opportunity for lots of candid photos of people enjoying themselves.
James Henderson was also the DJ for the evening celebration, ensuring the party continued into the night. The party was well under way by the time I finished, and the dance floor was packed.
I was honoured to be part of this truly memorable day.
Wedding At Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh Photos
Shared below is a small selection of photos of Phillip and Rick’s wedding at wedding at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh The Caledonian Hotel.