I can’t believe I’ve only photographed a couple weddings at Leith Registrars Office and I also can’t believe the proximity of both weddings. They were literally photographed a year and a day apart and sadly both weddings were compromised by the hidden doors festival, meaning large sections of the outside of the building were in use, but it’s a great venue that opens up lots of possibilities for photos.
I say this as I photographed a tonne of weddings at Lothian Chambers (the previous main registry office in town stupidly sold by the council) but when you get married at Lothian Chambers you basically stay in the area. Nothing wrong with this but Old Town is Old Town. For me as a local I’ve seen and done all the local photo spots but the surrounding area around Leith Registrars Office has nothing for couple’s photos so you need to travel.
Now the North East and North of Edinburgh has some really great locations. Newhaven harbour is great, the Shore is also great (although very busy), Stockbridge and Dean Village are minutes away and you have one of my very favourite spots in Edinburgh; Lauriston Castle.
I’ve written before about 99% of tourists that come to Edinburgh for castles go to Edinburgh Castle, and it’s a really cool site, but I really like Lauriston Castle which it’s beautiful grounds and stunning views and Dalhousie Castle which is simply awesome.
So Felicity and Kyle hired me for their wedding and we discussed locations for photos. We had some poor weather around their wedding and it was actually raining when I arrived for this wedding. We talked about going to Dean Village but if it’s wet the part I like going to is pretty dangerous so I suggested Lauriston Castle and it worked out great. Felicity and Kyle both work in the performing arts so they’re used to expressing themselves (performing) and they were up for having a lot of fun with the photos. The resulting photos at Lauriston Castle are some of my favourite wedding photos from the past few years.
In total I worked with Felicity and Kyle for about 2.5 / 3 hours, took a few hundred photos and had a lot of fun. Easily one of my favourite weddings of recent times.