Hannah and Danny are the young couple that I recently photographed in Edinburgh for their engagement shoot. I was so looking forward to their wedding and it didn’t disappoint.
When I join a bride at the start of the day they are often getting ready either in their own home or that of their parents which is always quite an insight into who they are and it’s quite a privilege to be invited into such a personal space. Despite being a doctor, it’s clear that Hannah is a multi-talented girl. Music is important to her and her creativity shone through in the wedding favours, decorations and the fact that she had personally designed the bridesmaids dresses and her mother’s dresses. I loved an anecdote that her father told during his speech about how, as a little girl, she was in an art shop and the lady behind the counter asked ‘when you grow up do you want to be an artist?’, Hannah, confused, replied, ‘I already am an artist’.
When I arrived at Hannah’s parents house that morning they had already had their hair and make-up done and were milling about looking so extremely calm and relaxed I thought I must be in the wrong house.
Despite some upset about the scaffolding that had unexpectedly gone up at the church in the weeks preceding the wedding, all such concerns drifted away as Hannah arrived down the aisle on the arm of her proud father. The church was so beautiful inside. Robben led the parade – Hannah had been bridesmaid at her parent’s wedding 13 years ago – a tradition they hope will again be honoured in another 13 years.
On coming out of the church the rain that had not stopped all day was still pouring but nothing could wipe the smiles off their faces as they bundled straight into their waiting car whilst the guests stayed on at the church for tea and cake. We went straight on to Mar Hall for the couple photographs.
I’ve mentioned Mar Hall before – it has the most wonderful grand hall which hosted a champagne reception, followed by the meal in an absolutely huge marquee (necessary to seat the 190 guests). I have to say Danny’s speech will be hard to top. He told us that it had not been love at first sight but required a little engineering from some insightful friends, but then surprised everyone by pulling out a guitar and serenaded his new bride with a self-penned love song left the 190 guests in no doubt about the strength of his adoration and love for her now.
If you were a guest at this lovely wedding, you can view the full album and buy prints here. The password is Danny’s surname.
Hairpiece by Katy Moon
Dress by Joyce Young by Storm
Flowers by Ruby Flowers
Cake by Top Tier