Elaine and Michael’s Disney Day, St Andrews Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

Elaine and Michael’s Disney Day Wedding in Edinburgh

Elaine and Michael’s wedding was interesting from the outset as the ceremony and daytime reception were held in the church in which Elaine’s dad was the minister. Naturally he wasn’t going to be officiating at his own daughter’s wedding, instead it was one of his closest friends that would have that honour.

Colour photograph of the front of Saint Andrew's Church in Clermiston, Edinburgh on the day of a wedding
Saint Andrew’s Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of the interior of Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, with wedding flowers and decorations in place before the a wedding

A colour photograph of the groom and minister chatting as they prepare for a wedding at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

The church is the very beautiful St. Andrews, Clermiston in Edinburgh which is the only church in Scotland designed by the architect Sir Basil Spence. The church was completed in 1958 and is the most stunning example of a modern church that I have had the pleasure to photograph (inside and out). The beauty of the building and the rows of side windows giving an amazing amount of light inside the church made it a pleasure to photograph. The seven coloured windows in upper level of the front of the church also have the appearance of being illuminated when the are lit by the sun.

A great addition to the day which I had not previously encountered was there there was to be an afternoon tea in the church hall for the congregation, prepared by the ladies of the congregation.

I wasn’t asked to do Elaine’s bridal prep so my day started early at the church. I did some general establishing shots moving from the exterior to the church interior and then details and set up of the afternoon tea.

A colour photograph of the ladies of the congregation preparing afternoon tea for a wedding at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of one of the ladies of the congregation preparing afternoon tea for a wedding at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of a rose which was part of the venue dressing for a wedding at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermistion

Colour photograph of the groom fixing a buttonhole flower onto the jacket of his best man at his wedding

Colour photograph of guests arriving at a wedding at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

Colour photograph of the bridegroom greeting wedding guests as they arrive at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston

Colour photograph of wedding guests inside Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

Colour photograph of the bridegroom greeting wedding guests inside Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston

Colour photograph of the organist at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of the bridegroom looking nervous as his wedding is about to start in St Andrew's, Clermiston

Colour photograph of the bridal party and father of the bride arriving at her wedding at St. Andrew's, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of the mother of the bride and bridesmaids climbing the stairs to a church

Another twist to this wedding was that I had been requested to only shoot from the back of the church and the balcony during the ceremony. Some photographers will question or dispute such a request but I always respect the rules of those who are conducting a wedding. It is their place of work after all. I normally move in quite close through the ceremony for a more intimate ‘guests point of view’ look to my images so this was an interesting challenge.

Colour photograph of the bride and her father walking down the aisle at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston in Edinburgh

A colour photograph of the bride and groom at the altar of Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, at the start of their wedding

A colour photograph of the bride and groom holding hands and smiling at each other during their wedding

A colour photograph of the bride and groom having their first kiss at the altar of Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston

A colour photograph of the bride punching the air in joy at the altar of Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston

A colour photograph of a smiling bride and groom's recessional as they walk back down the aisle after their wedding

The afternoon tea was a really lovely idea and the ladies of the congregation put in a great amount of work to lay on a great spread. As it was essentially an extra reception I did end up taking more shots than I normally would as it even included a speech from the father of the bride.

A colour photograph of wedding guest congratulating a smiling bride and groom outside the church after their wedding

A colour photograph of wedding guests congratulating a smiling bride and groom outside the church after their wedding

A colour photograph of the bride groom being congratulated by his mother outside the church after his wedding.

Colour photograph of the father of the bride giving a speech at Saint Andrew's Hall, Clermiston

A colour photograph of the bridal party and wedding guests toasting the bride and groom during a wedding reception at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph if the minister smiling during a wedding reception at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of guests smiling during a wedding reception at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of a bridesmaid smiling during a wedding reception at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of guests smiling during a wedding reception at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

A colour photograph of the church congregation celebrating during an afternoon tea at a wedding at Saint Andrew's Church, Clermiston

Once the afternoon tea was finished I headed to the evening reception in Edinburgh City Chambers, just off the Royal Mile, right in the heart of Edinburgh. Michael and Elaine had arranged for me to have a parking space in the building’s quadrangle which was fantastic although I actually had to negotiate a crowd of tourists who’d spilled out onto the road as I drove in.

Edinburgh City Chambers is another stunning building and a real gift to a photographer. As I arrived there first I was able to park up and get in place to capture the arrival of Elaine and Mike, closely followed by the wedding party and the guests’ coach.

A colour photograph of the bride and groom arriving in the quadrangle at Edinburgh City Chambers in a vintage style car.

colour photograph of the father of the groom photographing the bride and groom as they arrive outside Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of bridesmaids adjusting the bride's dress as she exits her wedding car

Colour photograph of a bridesmaid carry bouquets of flowers during a wedding at Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the groom and his groomsmen laughing outside Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of a smiling bridesmaid hugging the groom outside the wedding venue

Colour photograph of an usher and a bridesmaid hiding flowers outside Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the wedding guests with the bride and groom outside Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of a bride with a glass of champagne outside Edinburgh City Chambers

After this I was able to head inside and take the detail shots. I probably went a bit overboard but I wanted to record everything. Elaine Michael had put in a huge amount of effort to create their Disney theme; making their own table number cards and centre pieces. The Disney Castle centre piece for the top table was particularly impressive. Even Elaine’s dress was styled after one of the Disney princesses! The speeches, meal and dancing were all held in the main debating room of Edinburgh City Chambers. The room had plenty of light from the windows and a huge glass dome in the roof which was inlaid with a golden representation of the zodiac. It always pays to look up in buildings like these.

A colour photograph of a Disney-themed wedding reception table centre piece

A colour photograph of the inside of the dome of the debating chamber of Edinburgh City Chambers

A black and white photograph of wedding guests smiling during the drinks reception at Edinburgh City Chambers

A black and white photograph of wedding guests enjoying themselves and laughing during the drinks reception at Edinburgh City Chambers

A black and white photograph of wedding guests smiling and having a good time

A colour photograph of the bride and groom walking in to their wedding reception in the Debating Chamber, Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of wedding guests clapping and smiling during a wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the father of the bride giving his speech to his daughter at her wedding reception in the Debating Chamber, Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the father of the bride giving his speech to his daughter at her wedding reception in the Debating Chamber, Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of wedding guest laughing during a wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the groom giving his speech during his wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the bride and groom sharing a tender moment as the groom gives his speech during their wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of wedding guests looking emotional during a wedding speech at Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the groom giving his speech during his wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of wedding gusts laughing as the groom giving his speech during his wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the groom making a toast during his speech at his wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the bridegroom passing the microphone to his best man during his wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the best man smiling while giving his speech at a wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the groom with his head in his hands during his best man's speech

A colour photograph of the best man and the top table laughing while giving his speech at a wedding reception in Edinburgh City Chambers

A colour photograph of the bride and groom laughing during the best man's speech

Once the speeches were over and the meal was being served I went out to my car to back up images to my iPad and have some food myself. After that it was back in to The Chambers to get some shots of the guests having drinks and to chat with the band before they set up their gear.

The music was a mix of covers and ceilidh tunes which is always a great way to get people up and filling the dance floor. The dancing shots are something I really love so it’s great to get a full dance floor immediately after the couple’s first dance and the bridal party dances.

I always like chatting to the guests as I’m genuinely interested in people and also find it makes them more comfortable with me going around taking pictures. I ended up giving a couple a lift home from this wedding as one of them was feeling ill. I’d been chatting to them earlier and found out they were related to my gran’s next door neighbour!

Elaine and Michael’s Disney Day was a pleasure to photograph and once the ceremony began, they were a really laid back and calm couple.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Elaine and Michael’s Disney Day, St Andrews Church, Clermiston, Edinburgh

  1. Do you have any type of pointers for creating articles?
    That’s where I always battle and also I simply finish up staring empty screen for long
    period of time.

    1. I’m only starting out writing blog posts myself, it’s not something that comes naturally to me. I am essentially just trying to describe an image or do a sort of diary entry of a wedding day. I also have an aim to write 2 blog posts per month this year to try and push me on. I am considering doing a creative writing course if I can find one near my home. Thank, K

  2. Could you tell me what theme are you making
    use of on your website? It looks nice.

    1. Hi, the theme is 18 Tags by Pootlepress. I just use the regular version, not Pro. I also use their PageBuilder Pro too. https://www.pootlepress.com/18-tags/

  3. Both Elaine and I are so glad we chose you to photograph our wedding day. Everyone commented how lovely and, importantly, unobtrusive that you were, and it really made for great natural shots of the guests mingling with each other. The opening shot on the blog post is actually proudly on canvas in our bedroom. I can’t recommend you highly enough, and I’ve been passing your name on to anyone that I can!

    1. Hi Mike
      Thanks so much. It was a really cool day and I’m really pleased you’ve chosen that shot. Hope you don’t mind if I use your comment on my website as client feedback. Thanks again, Kiain

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