Rachael & Vincent's wedding at Dalhousie Castle

15th December 2016
And so our last wedding of the year was with the lovely Rachael & Vincent.
Throughout all the planning, and the pre-shoot, and our emails back and forward... we were always a sentence from some kind of cold, wet, windy weather plan.
We were prepared, let's say.
But when the big day arrived it was nicer than many of the summer weddings we shot in recent years.

So I met up with Rachael at mum & dad's house at Haddington for a wee bit before nipping along the A1 to Dalhousie Castle.
Vincent was outside chatting when I arrived and was ready for some pics of him and his two best men.
I'd only been at the venue 10 minutes and already was ahead of schedule.
The whole day ran like that - all very smooth and sweet.
I actually did have to tell some people who hadn't been at many weddings that "this isn't usual.." so I just made the most of it in case something tripped us up later.

But right from then... through the ceremony which even included the rings being delivered by an owl... then outside for champers... and while outside I asked everyone if they were ok with the temperature , and everyone said they were - let's do some photos !
So we had the family & group shots in the bag in minutes too.
It was all to easy... when was something going to happen ?

After giving Rachael & Vincent a wee comfort break, we went for a short bride & groom photo session, starting off with some gorgeous inside shots.
Dalhousie Castle is an amazing wedding photography venue with it's old and fascinating rooms... and we used them to our advantage, before nipping outside for a few minutes.

We then let our happy couple chill with their guests and I just scouted the odd photo and whenever Rachael, or Vincent - or both happened across one of my traps we did another quick pic :)

We then got the guests in ahead of schedule for their wedding breakfast, the ever capable Andrew piping everyone in before announcing our newly weds in.
Speeches were traditionally after the meal, and again... ahead of schedule.

The whole day was peaceful, fun and trouble free... no mis-haps, a lovely happy couple, bouncy guests, a good band arrived to start the night time party... before we knew it I was outside doing our last photo before heading home.

It was then I came across the only real bit of trouble when I then remembered just in time that I was needing petrol before heading home to Dunbar.

So here's to the new Mr & Mrs Finlayson... and a big thank you for them having me at their big day... a great way to wrap up my 2016 weddings.

The full Gallery of photos is here

Where you can view them all and buy any copies you want directly from the site.
Have a wee look at the slideshow below too and as usual, please leave a wee comment below to tell everyone what you thought of this fabby wedding.


Technical details.
The full wedding was shot on my two trusty Fujifilm X-Pro2s, one with a 23mm and one with a 56mm lens.
I shoot weddings with Fujifilm's Classic Chrome film simulation, with the Fuji cameras excelling when doing those gorgeous window photos, and their small form and silent electronic shutter make them great for weddings.
Outside & dance lighting was the Lencarta Atom 360.

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