Ever since I moved to Edinburgh one venue I’ve always wanted to photograph a wedding at is St Giles Cathedral in Old Town. St Giles is easily one of the most beautiful buildings probably anywhere in the country, especially in the Thistle Chapel, and with it’s age dating back to the 14th century it’s a real attraction for both locals and especially tourists.
I’ve taken personal photographs in St giles on a few occasions but I was contacted by the most lovely couple from America to photograph their wedding ceremony first thing one Monday morning. With the wedding literally being just the bride and groom they were married in one of the little side vestries which was great, as you can see from the photos, but presented a number of challenges.
First of all St Giles is desperately dark inside and I definitely wasn’t allowed to use flash (the priest didn’t really want me to take photos) and secondly the vestry was quite secluded so I had no chance of entering to take photos. So thanks to having a mixture of telephoto, normal and ultra wide angle lenses as well as a camera that can shoot at ridiculously high ISOs I managed to capture some photos that I’m really happy with. For any techies out there the inside shots ranged between 6400 for the main part of the cathedral to 12800 for the vestry. It’s that dark. The thistle chapel however had quite a lot more light in it than the other parts of the cathedral so that was really easy to work in.
But technical things aside I really enjoyed working with the bride and groom. As mentioned they were absolutely lovely and despite spending just a very short period of time with them (not even one hour) the photos turned out great. I really can’t wait to capture another wedding at St Giles.