Today I am thrilled to share this truly stunning Scottish Wedding with images captured by the outstanding First Light Wedding Photography.
First Light Wedding Photography is an Edinburgh-based wedding photography company with a natural, candid style.
They specialise in beautiful, relaxed, reportage wedding photography that tells the full story of the day. They aim to capture events discreetly, not dictate the day.
Ditte Solgaard has been photographing weddings for 10 years in Scotland and her native Denmark. She has worked for clients such as Tatler and Harpers & Queen, but is happiest when capturing couples celebrating their big day.
Her photographic partner is Chris Watt who has over 18 years of photojournalistic experience in Scotland and abroad. With a background in reportage photography he has a unique eye for the unusual and candid moments of a wedding.
Ditte shares her recollections of the Big Day of Melanie and Paul,
“When we first met Melanie and Paul, they had already booked us for their wedding, so we were able to get straight down to the business of the day. Their main concern was how we would capture the ceremony in the very dark chapel.”
“The room has no windows and no electricity so it is only lit by candles. They were keen to maintain the atmosphere and not have any flash photography during the service. Thankfully our cameras are able to work in very dark conditions (although this must be the darkest ceremony we’ve ever had to photograph!). The photography of the service worked out well and the atmosphere was brilliant.”
Melanie also shares her story of how their love story has evolved,
“We met in the now traditional internet dating site way and got engaged in March last year.”
“I’d been quite unwell and was a bit surprised Paul wanted to go out for dinner mid week; even though it was an anniversary of our first date, it wasn’t a significant one. He proposed on one knee in our favourite restaurant which is right next to the pub where we had our first date.”
“We’d lived together for over a year, and being a bit older we just wanted to get married and realised that we’d rather do so this year in summer if my parents could make it from Australia, than wait another year – but we knew we’d only have 4 months to organise it, which is obviously quite short but I have experience organising functions (though not weddings!) and felt I could do it.”
“Neither of us are Scottish, though much of my ancestry is, but as our individual love of Scotland had brought us separately to Scotland it seemed obvious that a Scottish themed wedding was going to be right for us.”
“Paul found the venue within days of getting engaged and we visited and confirmed a date the following weekend.”
“By that point I’d also already found my dress (the first day I went looking) at the gorgeous second hand wedding dress store Bliss Studio. Unsure about buying a dress the first day I looked, but aware I had very limited time, I ended up asking Paul to come and look at it (We’re not superstitious). When he saw me in it he got tears in his eyes and I knew I’d definitely found the right dress. I also loved knowing he loved my dress and that I didn’t need to give that any further thought.”
“Everything else fell into place pretty quickly with me doing the leg work finding things on the internet and then getting Paul’s opinion on my short list. We even managed to land the one weekend that fell during Australian school holidays so my best friend and her husband, and another close friend were even able to be here! Having a fiancee who was actually interested and had an opinion made it easier for me too.”
” We got married on the 16th July 2011 in Balgonie Castle in Fife.”
What wedding suppliers did you use?
First Light Wedding Photography – “I was so pleased to find Ditte & Chris still were available as a good photographer was essential given so many of my friends and family would not be with us on the day. They were amazing and went well beyond the call of duty for us on the day.”
Crystal Production – Videographer – “Also did a fantastic job in the difficult low light conditions given we asked them not to use any electric lights in order to preserve the ambience of the solely candle lit chapel.”
Balgonie Castle, Fife – “The small 14th century chapel and great hall are also the home of the Laid and Lady of Balgonie who attend and oversee the wedding day from start to finish. The venue was perfect for our small intimate wedding and totally exceeded all our expectations – it was like stepping into our own fairy tale.”
“Caterers from the Laurel Bank Hotel at Markinch come to the castle, and both the food and service received many compliments from our guests. We were very pleased.”
Kingdom of Fife Falconry – “Provider of our wonderful ring bearer, Finbarr the owl!”
Narcissus Flowers, Edinburgh -Flowers
Too Good to Eat (cake)
Eccose Classic Cars (Rolls Royce)
Edinburgh Executive Travel – Bridal Party Transport
AAA Coaches – Guest transport
Geoffrey Tailor – Kilt hire
Learn 2 Wedding dance – First dance choreography – “So glad we did it was heaps of fun and a great part of the lead up to our wedding day.”
MacIntyres Jewellers, Edinburgh (rings)
Rev Marie-Louse Jones – Interfaith Minister, Kirkcaldy.
“I’m so grateful to all the suppliers involved with our wedding. It was such a special day and I loved that our guests had a wonderful time, enjoyed the food and loved the venue.”
“For us we had a very meaningful bespoke ceremony in a very special location. The focus was always on our marriage and that this was a day supporting the commitment we were making to each other. As a consequence it was easy to organise despite the short time line as I knew that so many of the small details that people can get quite caught up on when planning a wedding are often barely noticed on the day.”
“I’m old enough and have been to enough weddings to know there is always something that doesn’t go quite to plan on the day and you just have to roll with it and I tried to plan the wedding with the same attitude. Despite that it really didn’t feel like we had to compromise on much at all!”
“If we’d had a year to plan the wedding we would probably have felt we should go and see more venues, look at more dresses and speak with more florists, photographers etc etc but I really doubt we would have improved upon what we had at all. When we liked what we saw and it felt right we just went with it.”
Thank you so much to Ditte for sharing these stunning images and to the couple for allowing us to share their truly Scottish day.
What can I say about all the beautiful surroundings, it truly was the fairytale Scottish Wedding and I love all the little personalised detailing through the sweetie jars and the confetti cones. And a candlelit ceremony, so romantic, and how awesome is the owl.
Phone: 0793 262 8898