Apex Grassmarket Hotel Wedding. At the beginning of December I photographed a wedding at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel in Grassmarket for Suki and Scott. I last photographed a wedding there around 14 months prior and it’s a really interesting hotel. The first wedding I did there it was absolutely roasting hot inside, seriously seriously hot but this time it was much better and everything about the day was an absolute pleasure.
I didn’t spend an awful lot of time with Scott on the day as my main focus at the beginning of the day was the bridal preparations but Scott and especially Suki were really great to work with. Suki for all the time I spent with her was absolutely lovely and her family and friends were all immensely pleasant. The ceremony itself was held in the Heights Restaurant which has the most stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and Grassmarket. The ceremony itself was really nice although I wasn’t particularly impressed with the registrar who seemed like she couldn’t get out of there quick enough.
Following the ceremony Suki and Scott hosted a Chinese tea ceremony for their relatives which was really nice. This was the second tea ceremony, within a wedding setting, that I had witnessed and I really like this tradition.
On the day we didn’t get a chance to take a large group photo of everyone or any photos in front of the hotel. With the wedding being held in December and time being imperative, the plan was to photograph the ceremony, take some photos on the balcony, take a few group photos then head into Old Town and take some couple photos. Unbeknown to both Suki and Scott, Suki’s father had arranged for a Chinese dragon dance which by the time this had finished the daylight had begun to fade. We literally had about 15 minutes of daylight left and thankfully we managed to get some photos captured in Old Town.
Another thing I loved about this wedding were the details. Suki made literally hundreds of paper cranes which were hung up around the hall where they had the dancing in the evening. This was a really nice touch. Another great detail was the wedding cake. So many wedding cakes at so many weddings are really plain but one of Scott’s work colleagues created this cake for them and it was the first wedding cake I’ve seen in a while that really wowed me. I absolutely love watching the tv shows Ace of Cakes and the Choccywoccydoodah show and their cake remind me of cakes from these shows.