Edinburgh was where I started my photography journey many years ago. So when I get an enquiry for a wedding there, I’m so up for it. My early days of adventuring into photography I would explore the city with my camera, so I know all the best spots in the city centre for a good picture.
I love being able to return to my old stomping ground and know where the best places to go are. I can usually find lots of different backdrops within a very small radius, particularly in the Old Town. So I was thrilled when Ross and Louise booked me as their photographer for this wonderful wedding in Edinburgh. I still think about this wedding whenever I revisit Edinburgh as well, it’s never really left me!
Historic Scottish City for Weddings
One of my favourite things about Edinburgh is the split between the Old and New Town. It was the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde story; the divide between two very different characters of the city. I love the architecture and clipped streets of the Georgian terraces in the New Town, with its clean lines of street layouts. In contrast, the Old Town represents a higgledy-piggledy mix of buildings upon buildings, squashed and squeezed together in a wonderful ornate mosaic of architecture dating from ancient to present times. The streets are filled with stories of battles and war, gory history, equally gory politics, and local folklore and legend. Even though the city is brimming with tourist shops, look closely and there’s more to it than that – it supports small independent artisan businesses as well.
It seems fitting to me as the perfect backdrop for this story: one of a wedding, of two people joining, and a new family history being created from the cobbles of this unique city setting.
Wedding Venue With a View of Edinburgh Castle
Ross and Louise booked me for their wedding photographs at the Apex Grassmarket in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Apex Grassmarket is a beautiful contemporary hotel in the centre of a square filled with stories and history. The panoramic views from the Heights Suite offered a unique vantage point of Edinburgh Castle.
Ross and Louise were able to get ready at the hotel before the ceremony. This made it a little easier for them in terms of planning their travel and logistics. One of the joys of a city wedding is that it’s useful when it comes to transport and accommodation for guests coming from further away. We were also able to organise a wee first look between them as well. This blog post offers some more ideas to make a wedding less traditional including information about first looks.
The ceremony and meal took place in the Heights Suite. Guests were seated to both sides of the room as the couple exchanged their vows. Afterwards they enjoyed canapes and drinks downstairs. We were able to use the balcony from the top floor for photos.
Beautiful Locations for Photos in Edinburgh
I took Ross and Louise on a tour of Edinburgh for their portrait photo session. One of the things I appreciate about this part of Edinburgh is the abundant choice for wedding photography. We used the quirky and colourful Victoria Street; and some of my favourite locations off the Royal Mile. These parts of Edinburgh make fantastic wedding photographs.
There’s also the option to go to the Vennel which we did in the evening. This gives one of the most picturesque views of the Castle without too many tourists or passers-by. It’s a fantastic spot for quiet time together. If you haven’t been there before you’d be amazed at how close it is to the city centre.
Planning a Wedding in Edinburgh
If you’re looking at Scotland as a choice for your wedding destination, then I can heartily recommend Edinburgh. Whether you’re having a big wedding or something smaller, you’ll find a lot of options available in this quirky and beautiful city.
Edinburgh Wedding Photographer
Are you looking for a photographer for your wedding day in Edinburgh? Whether you’re planning a big whole day shindig, or a wee romantic elopement at the City Chambers, get in touch today and I’ll check my diary for availability! I love photographing Edinburgh weddings, and know some of the best spots to get the best photos from your day.
Edinburgh Wedding Suppliers
These were the suppliers that Louise and Ross worked with to create their amazing day. You should absolutely check them out if you’re planning your own Edinburgh wedding!
- Venue Decor: Beautifully Covered
- Venue: Apex Grassmarket
- Dress: Emma Roy of Edinburgh
- Groom outfit: 8 Yards
- Stationery: 2flux
- Favours: Wildflower Favours
- Cakes: Cuckoo’s Bakery
- Celebrant: Kathleen Hood, Humanist Society Scotland
- Band: Ceilidhdonia
- Florist: Literary Bouquets on Etsy
- Videographer: Next Scene Films