My last wedding of 2017 took me back to one of my favourite venues, the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh, for Kirsty & Trevar’s big day. In somewhat of a strange coincidence, my last two weddings of 2017 at The Vu and the Ghillie Dhu, are also the same venues where I shall be shooting my last two weddings of this year, between Christmas and New Year…go figure!

Was great to see a few familiar faces too, as I’d previously shot Kirsty’s sister, Katy’s wedding to Ross a few years earlier, and if that day was anything to go by, I knew it was going to be a good one…and that’s exactly how it panned out :-). December weddings are what they are – you know it’s going to be pretty chilly and dark…I should know as I got married in December myself. But, in many ways, somewhere like the Ghillie Dhu lends itself perfectly to the feel of a winter wedding…just check out that fabulous room!

Being just off Princes Street, I couldn’t let the day pass without having one or two shots dodging traffic on the central reservation, something that I seem to have become synonymous with over the years. My aim is always to try and get a couple of trams passing by on each side but, you know how it is…you wait, and wait, and wait…and in the end just have to settle for buses instead :-). One of these days maybe…

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In my eight years or so now of business, and having shot over 350 weddings, I can honestly say with some degree of confidence that I have never, and I mean “never ever”, encountered such horrific weather conditions that we were confronted with just before Christmas last year for Jade & Greg’s big day at The Vu! We’re talking rain, horizontal rain even, strong winds and freezing cold temperatures – couple this with the fact that it was pretty dark as well post ceremony, and you get the gist…well I guess the images below tell their own story.

I’ve shot at The Vu many many times now and, of course, it’s the iconic shot out on the jetty that most couples really want. So, given the conditions, fair play to the guys for even heading out there, as I know from experience that a fair few wouldn’t, even though ultimately we were beaten by the weather, and retreated pretty quickly after just a few shots!!! I never usually worry about my lighting stands being blown into the water but this day…wow!

To this day though, I’ve never seen bad weather totally ruin a wedding day and this was certainly no different :-).

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So I was sitting here the other day, looking at the very long list of weddings that I had to blog, contemplating actually being a bit selective and blogging some but not others…but then I thought, can’t do it…there’s just so many fabulous weddings I want to share and, more importantly, I couldn’t find even one that I didn’t want to share!!!

Back at the end of last year then :-), I was out at the very fabulous Mansion House, within the grounds of Edinburgh Zoo, for Lindsay & Ewan’s big day. And, as luck would have it, my visit happened to coincide with the Zoo’s “Giant Lanterns of China” display. I mean, take a look at some of these exhibits guys, certainly added an extra dimension to our after dinner bride & groom shoot.

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Very soon folks, I kid you not, I will actually be blogging a wedding that took place in the same year as the actual post…until that day though, I’m continuing with my (seemingly futile) attempt to bring things more up to date. Back in December, yes I know, “DECEMBER” :-(, my run of weddings continued with another trip round to Loch Lomond, The Cruin to be exact, for Amy & David’s big day.

I’d shot Amy’s sister Ailsa’s wedding a few years previous, so it was great to see a few familiar faces on the day itself. But boy those weather gods certainly weren’t on our side! December weddings are never going to be warm…I should know as I got married in December myself. But throw in the strong gusty wind as well and that chill factor was probably the coldest I’d experienced in a long time…could barely hold the camera! And let us not forget the rain as well that punctuated most of the day…check out the shots of the guests arriving for the ceremony at St. Mahew’s!

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Everyone, I believe, deserves a break from working hard at some point, and I’ve just had mine…two weeks in Ibiza to be exact. No no, not clubbing…come on, I’m too old for that!!! But hey guys, I’m back now and raring to go again for the second part of this year and today, I’m delighted to be carrying on with blogging the end of last year’s weddings, this time featuring Michelle & Scott’s big day at the fabulous Lodge on Loch Lomond.

Looking at some of the first images from the day, you wouldn’t think it was December, blessed as we were with some gorgeous morning sunshine and dramatic skies. But you know, things don’t last forever and by the time the ceremony had ended, there was certainly a touch of drizzle in the air to add to the darkening skies. But, you guys who’ve followed me for a while will know that that’s right up my lane…so out we went on to the beach for some dramatic flash lit shots just before it got totally dark.

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