Posted on May 25, 2016 by under
I have always wanted to capture a wedding at Edinburgh Botanics – the most perfect setting for a wedding with the most beautiful colours, light, flowers and plants anywhere look. So I was delighted when Kate and Finbar asked me to capture their spring wedding there. Their choice of the Botanics for their wedding must have been an easy one: Kate is an artist, and her work is so full of flowers and bright colours – I imagine the Botanics is how it looks inside Kate’s head when she works! What they couldn’t know is whether the weather would play its part, but when the day came, there was sunshine and warmth, creating the perfect conditions for guests to sip champagne in the beautiful gardens and for us to take a few photos too. I say “a few” – this translates to “many thousand” photos taken and a final set of “many hundred”… Below, you will find a small selection of them!
We started our day at the Holy Cross RC Church with Finbar and his groomsmen…
Isn’t Kate’s dress just beautiful?
The newlyweds were piped to the Caledonian Hall in their Bentley wedding car.
Kate had (of course) designed all the wedding stationery herself.
From the Caledonian Hall, all the guests were piped through the Botanics to the John Hope Gateway for the evening meal and entertainment…
…after Kate had thrown her bouquet.
Great speeches! Just the right balance of humour, emotion, anecdote and total humiliation of the groom…
After the meal, we sneaked outside for an evening portrait.
Kate and Finbar’s first dance was perfectly choreographed and executed!
Kate and Finbar, we so loved your wedding! Thank you for having us there, for trusting us to capture it the way you wanted and for finally allowing us to capture a wedding at the beautiful botanics!
Can’t wait to share the full set of photos with you soon!
Ditte & Chris
Kate and Finbar’s suppliers included:
Posted on May 2, 2016 by under
Lois and Terry’s beautiful Scottish/ Irish wedding at Carberry Tower, East Lothian
The 2016 wedding year is being extremely kind to us so far!
Our second wedding of the year took us to Carberry Tower in East Lothian for the wonderful wedding of Lois and Terry. I first met with them over a year ago, and from that first coffee when they told me about the plans and ideas for their wedding day, I knew this wedding would make me happy. And it did!
Lois, Terry, their friends and family were all incredibly welcoming and warm to us, which made us feel like we were at the wedding of old friends. I laughed, I cried (me and everyone else…) and went away that evening thinking that THIS was the perfect way to have a good wedding.
On top of everything, it was great working with some great wedding supplier friends, with a special mention to Lucy Gourlay, who came out of wedding makeup “retirement” to do Lois’ makeup, and to Bowery Productions for being such great fun to work alongside.
On the morning of the wedding Terry and his groomsmen got ready at Carberry Tower – Lois was there too, so there were strict arrangements about where they were allowed to be, so they wouldn’t bump into each other!
Lois and her team were getting ready in the bridal suite in Carberry Tower. I love capturing this part of the day!
Lois and Terry’s gorgeous Labrador made a quick visit after the service, to congratulate her mum and dad. She came with us for a few photos too (how could she not?)
Lois and Terry, I can’t thank you enough for having us at your wonderful wedding! I hope you are having a wonderful honeymoon and can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos when you are back!
Ditte & Chris
Lois and Terry’s amazing suppliers included
Posted on April 12, 2016 by under
I really enjoy finding inspiration from the work or approach of other photographers. The documentary aspect of wedding photography is one I am particularly passionate about. I love capturing moments that tell a bigger story. So last week I joined an online group of Documentary Wedding Photographers, to view and share images with other photographers who have the same approach. I was delighted to win “Photo of the Week” for the image I submitted!
Here is what the judge said about the image: “I really like the image as the fathers’ handshake represents the coming together of two families, not just the couple. I’m also quite partial to a vertically framed image, even though it seems out of fashion among DWP (Documentary Wedding Photographers) at the moment, and you’ve also accomplished a great storytelling image with a telephoto lens from the back of the ceremony room, which is no small feet! Love the elevated angle too.”
The image is from Caroline and Tony’s Signet Library wedding last year – you can see the full story here
Posted on March 16, 2016 by under
Oh, this most beautiful Signet Library wedding is without a doubt the best wedding I’ve photographed this year! (Not just because it’s our first wedding this year…). Photographing weddings at the Signet Library is always a treat – it’s such a stunning venue with beautiful rooms, the gorgeous staircase, amazing big bookcases – and of course the wonderful Royal Mile and gorgeous Georgian architecture all around.
When you then add a beautiful, fun(!) couple (I literally cried with laughter in our pre, gorgeous flowers and a whole list of lovely things to photograph it all comes together to create the most fantastic day to photograph.
Special mentions to Origami Fox and Planet Flowers for their stunning work!
George’s personalised cufflinks featured the date of their wedding.
Groomsmen gifts: Harris Tweed hip flasks!
I’m mildly obsessed with buttonholes, and these gorgeous ones with white roses, thistles, white heather and brunia berries by Planet Flowers were just stunning.
Meanwhile, team “Bride” were getting ready nearby, with maids, flowergirls and family all bringing a happy energy to the morning.
Laura had arranged beautiful bracelets as gifts for all her bridesmaids.
LOVED the mismatched bridesmaids dresses! So so pretty!
At Signet Library nerves were being calmed…
If you are having a wedding in a library, then you must of course have book-themed wedding stationery and floral decorations in books…
Roses in pretty pastels and fragrant eucalyptus created a gorgeous soft floral look.
The Table of Interest was a fantastic talking piece for guests. Both Laura and George are doctors, so it featured lots medical tools and implements, mixed up with flowers, books and candles.
Stunning book-themed wedding stationery, by Origami Fox.
The dining room at Signet Library is simply exquisite.
The wedding cake was created to look like a pile big books – the details was incredible!
As per tradition at Greek weddings, Laura and George performed a Money Dance, where guests would pin money to the couple as they danced.
There HAD to be a ceilidh, of course! Everyone loves a ceilidh!
So, that’s how to do Scottish-Greek-Doctor-Library-Edinburgh-Winter-weddings in style! Laura and George, my hat off to you, you completely rocked the whole thing! I’m so happy to be part of your wedding team, and can’t wait to do your album with you!
Ditte & Chris
Laura and George’s wedding suppliers included:
Posted on February 24, 2016 by under
When wedding clients become family portrait clients – A Baby Photography shoot in Edinburgh
It’s always wonderful to meet up with couples again after their wedding, especially if it’s to capture their exceedingly cute little new baby human.
I meet this little fella on a snowy morning in Edinburgh where he was visiting his grandparents along with his mum and dad. The house was bathed in lovely natural light, with the snow outside acting as a big softbox, so I hardly needed to add any light to the photos.
Oliver was such a charmer! I was instantly smitten with his big blue eyes, his curious gaze and kissable cheeks.
But then, he’s got a great gene pool to dip into. We photographed his mum and dad’s wedding
a couple of years ago. They were always going to make a gorgeous baby…
Baby Photographer Edinburgh
If you would like to see more of our children’s photography and family portraiture, you can visit our Portrait Gallery
Posted on February 10, 2016 by under
Goodness, I loved photographing these guys!
A freezing cold January morning, jumping up and down for warmth, I did these photos of Viper Swing
, a gypsy swing band oozing cool.
If you are looking for a band that looks and sounds awesome, then these guys are for you!
Posted on January 14, 2016 by under
I had the great pleasure of photographing The Scottish King of Swing, Paul Ellis, over the holidays.
We wanted to go for an old-fashioned music club feel, black stage with directional light, and had lots of fun creating the look and feel in the studio (HUGE thanks to Niels and Alie from Blue Sky for emerging from their holiday cocoon to let us use the studio space!)
The highlight of the shoot was definitely when I asked Paul to sing some Sinatra for me, while I snapped away – boy, can he sing! It is no wonder he counts Shirley Bassey, Buddy Greco and Cilla Black among his fans.
Website: Paul Ellis Music
Management: Freak Music
Photo Shoot Styling: Yvette Annand
Photography: First Light Photography
Posted on December 21, 2015 by under
The holiday starts here for First Light. We’ll be closed between Christmas and New Year and will be back in the office on 7th January 2016.
Thank you to all our wonderful clients, colleagues and friends who have been such a great part of the year that’s gone.
I’m off to spend some time with these two…
Posted on December 7, 2015 by under
I was reminded of this stunning Christmassy winter wonderland wedding marquee set-up recently and thought I would share again (the more long-term readers of this blog, might remember this wedding
from back in 2011).
, Tower Productions
, Wilde Thyme
and Laura Eberst
were commissioned to create an Enchanted Forest design for the dining marquee – what they created was simply incredible; Trestle tables set up with wintry Scottish countryside details, candles, moss, pine cones, snowy branches and wooden place name holders. Around the edges of the marquee were small wintry trees and silhouettes of deer and birds of prey. The full moon backdrop and the blue lighting added perfectly to the winter nighttime atmosphere.
Sometimes days just come together perfectly: As it happened, it started snowing on the week of the wedding, so guests were in the perfect wintry frame of mind before even entering the marquee.
The perfect setting for a Winter wonderland wedding.
How stunning is this marquee? I’m off to add some blue lighting, deer and bare branches to my livingroom…
Posted on October 31, 2015 by under
Emma and Romain’s beautiful autumnal wedding
October is such a wonderful month for weddings – The fantastic colours and light are enough to make a photographer’s heart sing.
Emma and Romain’s Scottish/ French wedding had all the gorgeousness of the season, all the charm of the French and all the fun of a good Scottish knees-up.
The cathedral grounds gave us a perfect backdrop for our photo session.
The wedding reception was held at Emma’s family’s farm.
If the bride says “I want to get on the wall”, then we say “Amazing! Go for it!”
The dining marquee was a packed with autumnal beauty in the shape of leaves, shells, corn, twigs and candles. Oh, and a tree.
These beautiful wooden place names were made by Emma’s friend Rosanna Clare.
Luggage tags and wooden branches were the perfect alternative to a table plan.
The wedding cake was made of layered cheeses, which were cut up and served alongside the dessert buffet.
Emma and Romain had created little notes for all the guests to help the English/ French conversations flow a little easier.
Love this very tempting dessert buffet.
Emma and Romain, we had such a fantastic time photographing your wedding! Thank you again for having us there and for all the laughs – we can’t wait to show you the full set of photos soon.
Ditte & Chris
First Light Photography