At heart I’m a country boy. I practically grew up in the country and some of my happiest memories (and also sad but that’s a whole other story) come from living in the country. In my short time as a wedding photographer I’ve shot a few outdoors weddings, most notably at Houston House in Uphall, but I’ve always really wanted to do a farm wedding.
One of my favourite wedding websites, wedding gawker, often features American style barnyard weddings and while the farm today was quite different, it was truly awesome to photograph a wedding at a farm.
Simon and Fiona hired me a good few months before their wedding and they booked me for a whole day. My day started off with preparation shots for the ladies at the Ritz Hotel in Haymarket, which is part of the West End Edinburgh. From what I gathered one of Fiona’s friends ran the Ritz so they effectively took over the hotel for the wedding. The Ritz Hotel was pretty cool. We walked in and there was a fabulous hotel/b&b cooked breakfast smell and the rooms while really dark did have character and were really cool to take photos in.
One of the big things about this wedding was it was the first time in a really long time that Liv (my wife) attended a wedding with me. Before our daughter Amelia was born she used to come to quite a few weddings with me but with having a young daughter, childcare, work etc 99% of the time it really isn’t practical for her to come along with me.
Following on taking photos at the Ritz, Liv and I headed over to the wedding venue, the St Mary Star of the Sea Church in Leith and we were really surprised. The St Mary Star of the Sea church is on Constitution Street which is full of restaurants and shops but you never really notice the church as you drive down. The church was a real surprise, really beautiful inside and with better than average light (for a church at least) for photographs. The ceremony was lovely with some recitals and following on from the ceremony we took some group shots and a couple portraits inside the church.
Next was the best part of the wedding, the reception on a farm in Biggar. Biggar if you haven’t been there is really pretty. The first time Liv and I drove to Edinburgh, we drove through Biggar and it reminded me of many of the country villages and towns that I used to cycle through while I lived in the country. Seriously, if work allowed, I would want to live somewhere like Biggar. Logistically I was quite impressed with this part of the wedding. The reception was held at Cormiston Farm and Simon and Fiona arranged for buses to transport the wedding party from Leith to Biggar. Liv and I took around 45 minutes to drive there (we did stop off for breakfast on the way!) and the farm was lovely.
From what I heard on the day this was the second wedding to be held at Cormiston Farm. Granted because this was a new wedding venue, a few things were a little rough around the edges but I’m sure with a little more experience this could be a really exceptional wedding venue.
Simon and Fiona concentrated on a lot of details for the wedding and they really showed, from the jars with flowers hung everywhere to the lavender signs. Simon and Fiona were also an absolute pleasure to work with on the day. Really nice people and they really did think about their guests.
A final mention for this wedding has to be the wedding dress. As a wedding photographer I see all kinds of wedding dresses, from dresses from charity shops to dresses costing thousands and everything in between. Fiona asked her friend who is a costume designer to make her a dress and from what was a small piece of lace turned into possibly the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen. It was miles more beautiful than any designer dress I have seen and really shows what can be done.
So that’s it for this wedding. Both Liv and I felt honoured to be part of this wedding and we really can’t wait for our next church/farm wedding. Below are an absolute tonne of photos, way more than I would normally include in a blog post but we did take an awful lot of photos (over 1100 on the day).
Hope you like!