It was a short shoot with coverage of Ceremony and formals only but there is a lot of loveliness packed into those few hours.
Stuart is a wedding photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland and covers weddings and civil partnerships throughout the country.
Stuart guides us through their lovely day,
"The leafy surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh is a favourite shooting spot of mine, being so close to my premises, and offering a great natural backdrop for photography.
Sarah and Pete had joined me for a pre-wedding shoot here a few weeks before, so I was looking forward to seeing the real thing."
"Their big day promised a memorable ceremony in the grove and a welcome splash of colour. I arrived with Agent Claire and unpacked the camera as the guitars were being tuned.
Roll on the jungle look."
"As folk began to gather in the grove I left Agent Claire and went searching for the bridesmaids.
They were hovering around the elegant looking Caledonian Hall, clutching their bouquets and looking as colorful as a rainbow."
"Pete greeted me outside before heading off up the path with his best man, turning only to acknowledge to some cheeky jibes from the bridesmaids."
"Sarah arrived in a cab a few minutes later, grinning from ear to ear and offering a fleeting look of delight."
"A few official mementos with Sarah’s parents and her bridesmaids passed the time as everyone gathered their thoughts, and prepared to make the walk through the gardens to the grove. The shoes said it all. This was going to be a lovely walk."
"Check out the Vivien Westwoods!"
"Sarah looked relaxed, and had us all laughing as she waved goodbye and threatened to do a runner.
The wedding co-ordinator briefed everyone on timings and led the way as the bridal procession began.
Sarah followed in her dad’s arms, and slowly came into view."
"The humanist ceremony got underway as Sarah and Pete turned to face each other. Everyone watched intently as some readings broke the ice before several warm stories were shared by the celebrant."
"It was great to be outdoors and have plenty of soft light to work with, and backdrop looked wonderfully natural.The emotion and intensity quickly increased as Sarah and Pete swopped stories from their cards, prompting plenty of grins from the audience. The happiness was there for everyone to see."
"The weather was not going to spoil this one I thought, as the happy couple began to say their vows and exchanged rings. All eyes were facing the front as they were pronounced husband and wife, before the deal was sealed with a kiss and the type of look you only ever see between two people in love."
"A lovely shot of the signing of the register marked the end of the ceremony, before the celebrant stood in front of the crowd and invited everyone to spread love with a hug.
Sarah and Pete kicked it off, before the hug moved it’s way through the rows of seats. Myself and Agent Claire entered the arena and caught what we could from rapidly changing positions. It looked great fun, and made everyone smile."
"Sarah and Pete walked back down the red carpet together and led the way back to the Caledonian Hall for their drinks reception.
After a bit of mingling, we created a few family photographs on the lawn before retreating to mix with the crowd for some candid shots."
"I eventually invited the happy couple away for some one-on-one time, and led them back to the grove where a favourite spot lay in wait.
The bench played host to their intimate chatter as I moved into the trees, feeling somewhat like a sniper."
"We re-created some of the shots practiced during our pre-wedding shoot, and threw in a few new ones for good measure.
To be honest, they didn’t need the practice so I figured it would be easy to create the natural look with a bit of variety."
"With a classic looking portrait in the bag, we headed of to quiet bridge to take advantage of some early autumn colours and create some romantic blur.
The sun poked it’s head out briefly as they strolled down the path, looking quite pleased with themselves."
"Sarah and Pete posed against the wooden railing before getting down to business with some kissing.
They seemed very keen and I even had to shout ‘cut’ on one occasion!"
"The bouquet was duly discarded as it was clearly just getting in their way."
"A final stop off for a photo with a local tiger seemed an appropriate way to mark their occasion.
It was no accident that all three of them looked perfectly at home in their surroundings. This was their very own jungle look which had been such a great part of the day."
Thanks so much to Stuart for sharing these gorgeous stylish images.
I am passionate about bright colours at Weddings, you can feel that someones love can stretch as far as a Rainbow and from the look of the happy smiles on everyones face, it probably could.
To Contact Stuart Craig Photography
Phone: 0131 552 9003 / 07917 400 710