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The week after the Midlothian wedding, I had the privelege of covering the wedding of Trudie and Denny, at Edinburgh Castle.
Being a native to Edinburgh, I’m familiar with the castle, although it had been a long time since I had visited it.
I arrived a little earlier then the ceremony was due to start, 50 minutes or so. This enabled me to go through security and aquire the parking space which had been so kindly allocated to me (a rarity within the castle.)
The piper arrived first as I was standing waiting for the groom to arrive and whilst I was talking to him, the groom almost walked passed me.
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On a Saturday, in the middle of September, just in time for the 1 o’clock gun…… the place was VERY busy with tourists.

This made photographing the day very problematic, as it was difficult to get a clear shot of any of the wedding party.

The piper played at the entrance to St Margaret’s Chapel, where the ceremony was to take place and had a continuous stream of visitors asking to have photographs taken with him….. to the point where he actually wasn’t able to play. He did at one point have to say, look I’m being paid to do a job….. he did impress me greatly though, asking each person who approached him where they were from and then conversing with them in their native language….. he seemed fairly proficient (if only in basic small talk) in every language, including Japanese!
The bridal cars arrived and all hell broke loose! Not only did the gathering mass of visitors want to observe the proceeding, but also to photograph the Bride and Bridesmaids… whilst getting in my way to do it. Unfortunately, I did actually have to ask some people to move……. not only to photograph the Bride exiting the car, but also to clear a path to allow her access to the chapel. It was extremely busy.
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The Piper led the Bridal party into the Chapel, for what was to be a very intimate and cosy ceremony. The Chapel is very snug seating only around 20 people.
The ceremony was lovely and a particular highlight was a poem read out by the couple’s daughter, which was very moving.
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Ceremony over, the wedding party and guests made their way over to the lawn for some group photographs. The couple didn’t want many posed shots, instead prefering a candid capturing of events as they unfolded. This suits my style of photography best, whilst happy to capture posed shots, my strength really is in reportage photography.
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We were given a few hours by the castle in which to capture photos, so I suggested that after the guests had mingled and had a chat on the lawn (and allowed all the tourists to take their photos, lol) that the couple just have a little walk around the grounds and I’d follow them.
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Of course, the opportunity had to be taken to capture something of the view, from the heighest point in the city……
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After our little wander around the castle, we made our way to the reception venue, via a detour to Princes Street Gardens, pre arranged and agreed with City of Edinburgh Council of course 😉

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The reception was held at Agenda Hotel in Corstorphine, which is very modern inside but also has a lovely warm feel, which was picked up in the photos.
When we first arrived we (myself and the Bride and Groom) were a little earlier than the guests, but the atmosphere was lovely with a small number of guests having coffee and a chat. A nice relaxed welcoming bunch, I was made to feel more like a guest than a supplier.
As more people started to arrive, it was time to get back to work and capture some moments.
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I would like to take this opportuntity to thank the staff at Agenda for looking after me. The bar were not serving food as the kitchen was closed due to the wedding, but the chap on duty (I’m unsure if he was a wedding co-ordinator or manager) made sure that I had a two course meal, and it was delicious I have to say. This was a very pleasant surprise and very much appreciated.
Whilst in the bar/ lounge area having my meal, I bumped into the girl who’s renewal of vows I was to cover the following day (this will be the next blog update). So not only did I have good food, but also some good company too 🙂
Once everyone had been fed and watered, there were more guests to arrive and more mingling to be done. It’s a lovely thing to witness you know, people on the happiest day of their life….. this ALWAYS seems to be the nicest part of the day….. the main milestones have passed and everyone can breathe a little and relax in the run up to the evening reception. This is usually around the time that the venue are turning the main function room round for an increased evening capacity and guests tend to be in a less formal room, in this case the bar.
Before long it was time for the cutting of the cake and the first dance, and so everyone made their way back through to the function room and the last of the days shots were captured.

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So thank you Trudie and Denny for allowing me to be part of your day, and what a lovely day it was too!