Wedding photography is a funny old business. You’ll go from photographing weddings at a certain venue many times, then you won’t photograph it for a while, and then suddenly you’ll be back a couple times in a row. Dalhousie Castle is one of those venues. I’ve photographed a couple weddings there before and I absolutely love the venue. In fact I love Scottish Castle weddings in general. Some venues, of which I won’t name any of them, are extremely boring. They can be really boring, boxy and just downright awful to photograph whereas castle and cathedral weddings are always great fun as you have such an amazing backdrop.
Prior to this blog post I photographed a wedding at Dalhousie Castle a few weeks ago and I had the joy of going back to this venue shortly afterwards. Just a wee background about Dalhousie Castle. Dalhousie Castle used to be a school but then it was turned into a hotel. It resides on the outskirts of Bonnyrigg which itself is about 10 miles from Edinburgh City Centre. It’s one of the venues you drive within a couple miles of hundreds of times (well, if you’re local) but there are few road markings for it so unless you did some research about castles in the local area you probably won’t know anything about it.
Just as with the other bookings I’ve had at Dalhousie Castle I was only booked for around 4-5 hours. I arrived nice and early so I could take some preparation photos with the bride, Krithea, and then take photos during the ceremony, after the ceremony and up until the wedding breakfast.
On the day we had absolutely fantastic weather and it was the perfect temperature for a wedding. The chapel where Krithea and Simon got married, which is right by the front door of the castle, is absolutely lovely although the strong light coming from outside is a help and hindrance in equal measures (help because it provides a lot of natural light but a hindrance depending on what angle you shoot at as you get a strong backlight). Following the ceremony we headed into the gardens to do some group shots then I took Krithea and Simon away from the wedding party for around 30 minutes to do some couple shots in the gardens which, while simple, are absolutely lovely.
A particular favourite spot for taking photos and one of the reasons I was booked for this wedding is the bridge to the rear of the castle. It’s the perfect spot for group and couples shots and when I photographed my first wedding at Dalhousie Castle I had the bride chase the groom over the bridge and the photos turned out really great. As you’ll see from my website I capture a lot of moments but I also like to inject a lot of fun into the day and Krithea and Simon pulled off these shots perfectly. We were all laughing out loud so perfect, job done.
With it being such a lovely day, between the couples shots and the wedding breakfast, the wedding party sat on the terrace to the rear side of the castle and enjoyed relaxing with various drinks. In this time I captured some shots of people posing together but I also captured a lot of ambient shots showing people enjoying themselves. I’m not going to share a lot of these photos but everyone seemed to be really relaxed and enjoyed themselves.
In total for the 4 or so hours I was there I captured around 550 photos so it was a really good turnout. Krithea and Simon were great to work with, Dalhousie Castle is a joy to work at and I really hope I can go back there soon to capture some more weddings.