Winter wedding at Lochgreen House Hotel | Victoria & Duncan

Posted on 10 May, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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We really love a winter wedding, especially if it’s all set within a cosy warm venue, with lots of hints of Christmas, lights, candles and hygge. Plus, it gives us lots of opportunities to play with our Profoto studio lights and speedlights to create lovely portraits. Most of the year we use the 

Victoria and Duncan were such a wonderful couple to photograph, really warm, relaxed and open to our ideas – we had a brilliant time capturing their pre-Christmas wedding. The whole day took place in Lochgreen House Hotel, so guests were able to park their cars, book into their rooms and then just party the day and night away. No snowy or frosty roads to manoeuvre or bus trips from church to hotel, just a full day of wintry wedding fun.  

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One small challenge was making sure that the bride and groom didn’t see each other on the morning of the wedding, so Victoria camped out in two lovely rooms with her maids, parents and hair/ make-up team. Meanwhile Duncan had the run of the rest of the hotel.

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Victoria and Duncan, we wish you lots of love and happiness in your marriage together, it was a pleasure and a privilege to witness your lovely winter wedding. 

 

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Wedding elopement, Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh

Posted on 26 April, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Edinburgh Wedding Elopement

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What if the idea of a big, over-the-top wedding day, full of people and planning just isn’t your thing? What if you’d much rather just say your vows in front of the one you love and your best friend? Wedding elopements are becoming increasingly popular, with some couples feeling overwhelmed by all the options, opinions, planning and decisions involved in organising a wedding. 

Freddie and Glenn strongly felt that they only wanted to have four close friends be part of their weddings, so they arranged a civil ceremony in Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh, followed by afternoon tea at Prestonfield House Hotel. 

A year later, they had a lavish wedding blessing party at Dundas Castle (but you’ll have to wait a little before we blog that…)

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For a December wedding elopement, it would be wrong not do have a photo with the Christmas trees… These two were in the entrance at

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Freddie works as a stylist, so it would be wrong to pass up the opportunity for a quick dress change…
We took a few more photos inside Prestonfield, before the afternoon tea was served.

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Freddie and Glenn, it has been such a pleasure to photograph your wedding elopement and your wedding blessing party! We wish you a lifetime of happiness as husband and wife from everyone in the First Light team!

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Gilmerton House Wedding, North Berwick

Posted on 22 March, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Gilmerton House Wedding, North Berwick

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We absolutely adore photographing weddings at Gilmerton House, and Catriona and Jonathan’s special day there will show you a lot of the reason why. The beautiful building, the stunning interior design, lush garden and friendly staff mean we are always a little giddy when heading to Gilmerton.  
Situated in the heart of East Lothian and close to the beach in North Berwick,  Gilmerton House has quickly become one of our all-time favourite wedding venues. It offers couples exclusive use of the mansion house and extensive landscaped gardens, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Catriona and Jonathan’s day was filled with sunshine,  smiles and the most beautiful, delicate colours throughout. 

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Catriona’s exquisite lace and crystal encrusted gown was by Jenny Packham, who also designed the bride’s to-die-for shoes.

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Catriona and her bridesmaids getting ready in the luxurious upstairs drawing room of Gilmerton House.

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Local florist Sweetpeas Floral Design, based in Haddington, created the stunning bouquets of pink roses, scabious and eucalyptus sprigs. 

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The couple’s friends and family arrived in glorious sunshine for the wedding ceremony at Direlton Kirk.

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When you head for one of the most beautiful stretches of beach for your wedding photos, you have to be prepared for THIS!
(Thankfully we were coming, they were going, so we had the beach all to ourselves…)

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While guests made their way to the marquee for dinner, we managed to sneak in a couple of photographs of the couple in the lovely garden. 

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The newlyweds walk hand in hand to their wedding breakfast, held in a marquee situated in the Gilmerton House’s Rose Garden.

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The bespoke chalk board seating plan, with tables named after the couple’s favourite Scottish whiskies and each table having a bottle of its namesake for guests to enjoy. 

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Thank you Catriona and Jonathan for choosing us to capture your wonderful day, we enjoyed every minute of it. We wish you every happiness for the future, and hope our paths may cross again. 

 

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Winter wedding at Edinburgh Castle

Posted on 15 March, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Edinburgh Castle Winter Wedding 

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For memorable Scottish wedding venues, I struggle to see how you could top Edinburgh Castle!

Yvonne and Jason’s wedding was every kind of wonderful. A completely laid-back couple who never stopped smiling, their happiness and excitement rubbed off on everyone else too. 

The couple started their day at the Balmoral Hotel, at No.1 Princes Street, a landmark in the centre of Edinburgh. Fun fact: their grand clock has been set three minutes fast since 1902 to ensure the people of Edinburgh wouldn’t miss their trains?

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Yvonne and Jason’s son Saul looking exceptionally dapper for his parent’s big day.

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After relaxing and getting ready at the hotel with family and friends, the couple headed to Edinburgh Castle for the wedding. One of the  most famous landmarks in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is quite possibly one of the most magnificent settings you can have for a wedding. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the 12th century, and the site was used as a royal residence until 1633.  Today the castle provides a stunning backdrop for weddings, both intimate and grand ceremonies.  

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Yvonne and Jason’s ceremony and following reception took place in the Castle’s Queen Anne Room.

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The bride and groom, set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and Arthur’s Seat. We were so lucky with the weather and light – this was just before the sun started to set, so we had lots of colour and texture in the sky!

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Following the freezing(!) sunset photos, we headed to the castle’s medieval Grand Hall for photographs with family and friends. 

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Yvonne and Jason, it’s been such a joy getting to know your and your families – thank you for having us there and for trusting us to capture your day the way you wanted. 

We wish you every happiness together and hope we’ll get the chance to catch up with you again one day.

Yvonne and Jason’s amazing suppliers included:
Venue: Edinburgh Castle
Florist: Rosepark
Band: Bahookie
Bridal Hair: Yvonne, a hairdresser, did her own
Make-up/ Bridesmaids’ Hair: Dickson Reid
Cake: 3D Cakes

 

Vive the Auld Alliance! Scottish/ French wedding at Lothian Chambers and L’Escargot Blanc, Edinburgh

Posted on 22 February, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Léonor & Cameron’s Scottish/ French wedding, Lothian Chambers and L’Escargot Blanc, Edinburgh

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As a Dane married to a Scot, I love capturing weddings of couples who have met, fallen in love and decided to spend their lives together in spite of (or because of?) their different nationalities. This French/ Scottish wedding has a very special place in my heart – I challenge you to find a lovelier, sweeter or nicer example of the ever-existing Auld Alliance between Scotland and France…

Léonor and Cameron first met and fell in love when they both studied at St Andrews University in Scotland. When they graduated they moved to London to live and work. It was an easy decision for them to return to Cameron’s beautiful hometown of Edinburgh for their wedding at Lothian Chambers on the Royal Mile, in  Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Their wedding was followed by dinner with their guests at French restaurant L’Escargot Blanc.

The couple decided to have an intimate wedding with only their closest friends and family present – and I was honoured to be there with them to capture this incredibly happy day. 

          

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I loved the intricate lace back of Léonor’s lovely dress, as the newlyweds head through the Old Town on their way to dinner at L’Escargot Blanc .  

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I was delighted to receive this lovely handwritten note from Léonor and Cameron after the wedding:

Dear Ditte, Léonor and I have just passed our 1st Anniversary and we wanted to write and tellyou that your beautiful pictures are still giving us so much joy! We found ourselves watching a slideshow of them the other day and were reminded of just how perfectly they captured the day and how wonderfully professional and friendly you were. Thank you again for being part of our day and for capturing it so perfectly!

 

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Royal College of Physicians Wedding Edinburgh, Jayne and John

Posted on 8 February, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Enjoying revisiting the autumn wedding of Jayne and John, which took place at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. From the Art Deco inspired stationery, to the stunning geometric cake and etched centrepieces, Jayne and John’s wedding was one seriously stylish day. 

The Royal College of Physicians, on Edinburgh’s Queen Street, whilst unassuming from outside appearances, is truly spectacular inside. The space is large enough to provide a real sense of grandeur, yet also offers a nice level of intimacy. The venue can also be used exclusively by the wedding party and guests are able to wander and admire the beautiful spaces within the building.

Jayne began the day getting ready at her parent’s home, with her bridesmaids and a watchful, fluffy cat!

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Jayne’s beautiful lace wedding dress was created by Mette at Freja Designer Dressmaking, and the bridesmaids elegant outfits were by Coast.

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Jayne’s hand tied bouquet of cream flowers with sprigs of sea holly thistles and eucalyptus, was created for her by Edinburgh based Planet Flowers.  

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Groom John wore his kilt, a trend which was followed by all of the bridal party. John’s tartan was Ancient Macbeth, a lovely hue of light blues and greys. These colours  were picked up in the men’s button holes which included beautiful sea holly sprigs.

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I absolutely love the magnificent ceiling of the main hall in the Royal College of Physicians, where Jayne and John’s reception took place.

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Instead of confetti guests were asked to take a Wedding Wand to wave “Hooray” at the end of the ceremony.

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Jayne and John worked closely with their various wedding suppliers to achieve the geometric, Art Deco theme of the day. Details included etching on the vases and a bespoke cake stand to perfectly compliment the gold and cream, Art Deco inspired cake.

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Jayne and John, thank you so much for trusting us to cover your day, we had so much fun and loved creating the images and album for you both. Wishing you much joy and a lifetime of happiness together.

Jayne and John’s wedding suppliers included:

 

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Hotel du Vin Glasgow wedding: Antonia & Andrew

Posted on 11 January, 2018 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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Beautiful autumnal Hotel du Vin Glasgow wedding.

Looking back at this stunning wedding we captured at Hotel du Vin, I’ve been yet again blown away by the colourful styling and happy feeling this day had.

Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s West End, but on its own quiet street, Hotel du Vin in Glasgow (formerly known as One Devonshire Gardens) makes the perfect venue for a city centre wedding, yet with a private, leafy setting.

Antonia and Andrew and most of their family and friends had travelled from abroad to celebrate in Andrew’s native Scotland. So to help them style and plan the day, they had hired in the wedding experts from 88 Events.

The fireplace was decorated in lush autumn colours and made a stunning backdrop for the ceremony

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While Andrew welcomed guests at the front of the hotel, Antonia and her maids and family were getting ready in the rooms upstairs.

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Despite its situation a stone’s throw from Glasgow’s Byres Road, Hotel du Vin sits on its own quiet, leafy side street, so we were able to get some lovely photos of the emerging autumn colours all around.

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After dinner, we headed outside for a few images of the twilight skies.

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Andrew had a arranged for two incredibly talented Scottish folk musicians to play in the interval between dinner and dancing.

After the wedding, we received this lovely email from Antonia and Andrew:

Hi Ditte,
Just a wee note to say…our wedding album has arrived! And we couldn’t be
happier or more impressed.
We are quite overwhelmed, really – it’s such a beautiful, unique object.
Thank you for being so careful and exacting in putting it together; it
really shows.
We’d like to say again that it’s been an absolute pleasure working with
you, from start to finish. You’ve given us a wonderful collection of images
and memories, and we’ll treasure them. Thank you!

 

Antonia and Andrew, thank you so much for trusting us to cover your day for you the way you wanted, we had so much fun and have loved creating your images and your album for you. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness and hope our paths will cross again some day.

Antonia and Andrew’s wedding suppliers included:
Wedding event planner: 88 Events
Wedding venue: Hotel du Vin, Glasgow
Wedding Photographer: First Light Photography

Award-winning wedding photograph

Posted on 12 December, 2017 by Ditte under Photography, Wedding Photography
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I’m really pleased to have won a Wedisson award for this wedding photograph from Melissa and Ollie’s wedding!

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We had hoped there would be a glorious sunset and we would get out for a photo showing off the incredible Scottish landscape surrounding Millearne, but unfortunately the Scottish weather had other ideas, so the sun sank into a sea of clouds.
So we waited until after sunset, then headed outside for a night time portrait. Both the bride and groom are personal trainers, so there was not a second’s hesitation when I suggested they climb onto the wall for a photo.

A big thank you to Millearne Gardens and Litu for asking us to photograph this amazing wedding.

Pantone Ultraviolet: Wedding colour of the year?

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Ultra Violet Pantone Color of the Year – wedding colour of the year?

We often ask our couple if they have specific colour schemes for their wedding, and when they do we love to spot all the ways they’ve incorporated their colours into their day. From their wedding stationery and linen colours to flowers and bridesmaids’ dresses, it’s beautiful when it all comes together.

Pantone have named their colour of the year for 2018 as Ultraviolet, so I have taken a look back at some of our weddings, where couples have been ahead of this trend and used ultraviolet in their day.

 

The most popular way to incorporate ultraviolet in your wedding is through flower choices. It works well as a main colour or as an accent, blending perfectly with pink, cerise, fuchsia, purples and lilac colours.

Some beautiful examples of wedding flower arrangements below by the very talented Planet Flowers.

 

This bridal bouquet by Narcissus Flowers worked brilliantly for a June wedding

Or a floral arch in the church door. This one, by Planet Flowers, had the brief: “autumn flowers without the autumn colours”.

…or you could of course choose a wedding at Dundas Castle in June and let the Rhododendrons bring the colour…

Liz’s bridesmaids’ dresses were all a beautiful deep blackcurrant Orissa silk, made by Freja Designer Dressmaking

We love a splash of colour in the wedding table decor – tablecloths, napkins, glasses, chair covers, ribbons tied around napkins, lighting, or whatever takes your fancy. Below are some great examples of what can be done with ultraviolet and other purple hues, designed by 88 Events.

Although our photography style aims to be as natural, clean and light as possible, we do LOVE it when it comes to the dancing and the floor is lit up in shades of pink, purple and blue! With a bit of flash, we can keep the skin tones of the main subjects relatively normal, while everything else drowns in sea of colour. The lighting in these photos is done by the talented peeps at Tower Productions.

Pantone talk about purple-toned lighting in gathering places as “energising the communities that gather there and inspire connection.” – Perfect for any wedding surely?

 

 

Pantone called Ultraviolet “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” in its announcement, saying it “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future”

“The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible” –  a nice sentiment for a wedding?

 

Behind the scenes: Corporate portrait photo shoot

Posted on 24 September, 2017 by Ditte under Behind the scenes, Corporate & Event Photography
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Behind the Scenes: Corporate Portrait Photography in Edinburgh

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Today I want to take you with me behind the scenes on a corporate portrait photoshoot I did recently.

The client brief
Iona Russell is a woman with many irons in the fire, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. In her latest venture she has brought many of her skills and experience together to launch her business as a Personal Transformation Specialist. As part of her new venture, she needed some new corporate portraits, so she got in touch with me to arrange a shoot.
Iona and I spoke about the look and style she wanted in her images and some of the words that came up were Approachable, Friendly, Happy, Natural. A lot of her work will happen via video conversations with her clients, so she wanted some images of her with her laptop, while conveying a relaxed setting. She also needed some images she can use for social media posts, guest blogs, event biogs etc. We decided to do half of her shoot inside a light, airy, stylish cafe, and the other half outdoors for some “green” photos.

The photo shoot
The first part of the shoot took place in a cafe with lots of natural light pouring in. In order not to intrude on the cafe’s clientele, I decided to use only the natural light, a reflector and a bit of on-camera flash. (On other shoots, I love getting my big lights out to play)
Iona had brought a few different outfits with her, so we were able to capture several different looks in one shoot.

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The second half of the shoot, we ventured outside for some green photos. Obviously we had standard Scottish sunshine (ahem), so we took full advantage to get happy sunny photos. In rainy weather it is still possible to get great outdoor photos, you just need to know where to go and how to shoot it.

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After the shoot

The following afternoon I sent Iona a “contact sheet” of nearly 200 photos to choose from. From those, she was able to pick her favourites, which I edited, retouched and presented to her in a gallery in both colour and black and white.
It’s great to see that she has already started using the corporate portraits on her new website and social media. She is also armed with an image library that she can use when doing public speaking, arranging events or need images for other purposes.

Do you need new corporate portraits? Feel free to get in touch for a quote.

 

Iona’s business team includes:

Leslie MacDonald, Lets talk Marketing
Julia Bastek, Julia’s Design Lab
Louise Boyd, Copywriter
Orlaith Brogan, Business is Women
Paul Adamson, WP Jockey
Ali Campbell, Ali Campbell Coaching
Jennie Wright, Managemeant
Ditte Solgaard, First Light Photography


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