Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

When shooting a wedding, it’s important to be ready for anything…like your brides setting off confetti cannons right in the middle of the ceremony. If I had to pick one word to describe Wioletta and Hailey’s big day it would, without a doubt, be fun. From the moment I arrived at their venue – a beautiful stone mansion hidden way in the heart of Edinburgh Zoo (!) – I could tell this was going to be one-of-a-kind, and these ladies did not disappoint.

Arriving before the zoo opened, I followed the trail of red pandas and meerkats to the Scots Baronial manse on the hill, where chef Wioletta and geologist Hailey had just begun preparations for the day ahead. While Wi slipped into a classically beautiful white dress, Hailey honoured her Scottish heritage by donning a full kilt and sporran, and the wedding party were adorned with ammonite brooches to add some sediment to the sentiment.

With the wedding party dancing down the aisle, the emotional, humanist ceremony took place on the upper floor of the mansion, where the windows looked out onto the wild, snow-capped Pentland Hills in the distance. Not just a marriage between two people but also two cultures, the Scottish/Polish fusion was in full effect; from a traditional, post-ceremony bread-giving to the evening of ceilidhing that followed.

The spirit of the day lifted that of the guests, and the joy radiating from the happy couple was reflected on the faces of everyone in attendance. Wi and Hailey might not have made it to their scheduled panda viewing on account of inclement weather, but inside, the party never stopped.

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…is what I’d usually write, except that Scotland has evidently been saving all its summer days for the last 5 years and we’re now getting them all at once!

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Room with a view at the beautiful Gleneagles Hotel (the “Behind-the-Scenes-of-the-Wedding” Edition).

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Shooting a book cover up in Luss and readily took up the offer a stay Chez Abi and Craig! Also the weekend I discovered John was a stone-skipping savant.

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Kim and James’ wedding was an elegant, family affair at the gorgeous Gleneagles Hotel.

The couple had an intimate dinner the night before the big day at the Birnam Brasserie, followed by a morning of clay-pigeon shooting on spectacular grouse moor. Kim and James were married in a ceremony full of love, laughter, and a traditional Celtic handfasting.

Making use of the venue’s multiple, award-winning rooms, the rest of the day was spent showing their guests the best of what Gleneagles had to offer: from the glamorous, 1920s-inspired American Bar which looked like it had jumped right off the pages of The Great Gatsby; to an evening meal at the Strathearn which perfectly represents the rich heritage and beauty of Highland dining.

All throughout, the smiles never left the newlywed’s faces, and it was clear from their ability to make one another laugh that this was a marriage rooted as deeply in friendship as it was love. It was an absolute pleasure to help Kim and James document their day.

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They’re not kidding when they call it the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience! From the show’s actual composer Ramin Djawadi rocking out on an electric guitar before hopping on the piano and exploding in a plume of wildfire; to a violinist suspended 30 feet in the air while a cascade of red weirwood leaves fall from the ceiling above her; to snow and fire raining down on the stage and audience alongside the visuals of dragons and white walkers, it was – without a doubt – one of the most immersive musical spectacles I’ve seen in years.

(And – making me grateful that the European leg of the tour started so late in the run of the TV show – they played my all-time favourite Game of Thrones track, ‘Light of the Seven’!)

New for wedding packages in 2018: digital photographs can be delivered in these beautiful presentation boxes, engraved with any image of your choosing that tells the story of your day.

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