Laura & Chris's wedding at The Dalmahoy, Edinburgh

15th July 2016
The second week in July - that means it's time for a wedding photography gig at Edinburgh's Dalmahoy - or to give the full Sunday title Marriott Dalmahoy.
I think we've shot a wedding there on the same week about 4 out of the last 5 years.
Hmmm stats :)

Anyhoos, yeah, with Annie on board we rolled into the car park quite early, as this "summer" weather was still offering up wet surprises, and we wanted to get a feel for the grounds, and see what rooms would be open to us should it be wet during the photos.

We popped in to see the girls in the usual suite - and we have learned the shortcut to that room quite well now. If you don't know it and you're off to see the bride in the usual suite it involves a LOT of corridors & stairs, up, along, up, along, up some more, up - no wait - down, along... so we've sussed out the best way and off we went.
The girls were all fairly relaxed - Laura a bit anxious but everything was good, and we let them all get used to us by shooting the dresses & details - before sticking a camera in their faces. The first 15 - 20 minutes of the wedding day is always an introductory step , then we're all used to each other and the best of pals.

We left the girls a few times to check if the guys had arrived, and - as per modern traditions - the guys were late-ish, so I grabbed Chris and best man Craig (Nizzie) for a couple of shots outside, whilst Annie did the rings.
Then I short-cutted it back up to the girls to get the bridal portraits.

Before we knew it, we were in the peak of the wedding ceremony with Humanist Fiona, who I'd found outside in her car wondering where the girls would be. Yes - I'd shown her the shortcut and took her up to meet Laura.
A nice, loving ceremony in, a hand fastening and a quaich drink with the mums and TARAAA a new Mr & Mrs Backe.

As we eventually got all the guests out and upstairs to the lounge, Master of Ceremonies (and toastmaster extraordinaire) John advised me it was raining, so he nipped away to empty one of the upstairs meeting rooms for us , but there was no need, as by the time I'd squeezed through the crowds, the weather was fine, and we got all our shots outside - no problems.
(thanks anyway John ~:) )

Speaking of John, it shows the real attention to detail and how a wedding should be organised with a proper toastmaster. During the speeches a lot of wedding couples never know if they should stand, or sit for the toasts - even if it is for them.
Not many people would have noticed but during any toast to our bride & groom, John would walk over and gently put a hand on the shoulder of Laura & Chris to casually tell them to stay sat down.
Nice touch, I watched that and thought "that's the way to do it!".

The speeches included a video put together by Nizzie, even including a congratulations message from Hibs player John McGinn, Craig kept the really embarrassing stories to bullet points, saving Chris's reputation, but leaving everyone guessing about what really happened in all those stories :)

The afternoon soon turned to evening, and a full party was soon in swing - especially when "Freed from Desire" was played, much to the enjoyment of Chris and the other Hibbies - even Jambo brother Kevin !
Just after 8:30, we packed up the lights, and I found our newly weds to get those last photos with them in the late evening sun.
A fantastic day out with some real fun people.

Our slideshow is here, and the full Gallery will be released once Laura & Chris have had their viewing.
Anyone that filled in our IPad app with their email address will get details sent to them as soon as it's live.

But right now, let me congratulate Laura & Chris on a fab wedding!

(PS , please feel free to leave a small - or large - comment below, to tell Laura & Chris what you thought of their big day.)


Chris's speech before the wedding breakfast...
Groom's speech at Laura & Chris's wedding at Edinburgh's Dalmahoy, July 2016 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Today's wedding was shot on two Fujifilm X-Pro2's and an X-T1
X-Pro2's with 18mm, 35mm and 56mm primes, and the X-T1 with the XF16-55.
Outside bride & groom portraits, speeches & first dance were lit by the Lencarta 360.
We shot in the Fuji Classic Chrome film simulation to give a muted and toned effect. Very nice :)

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