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This was one very, very sunny day. Perfect August weather. Even more perfect that the wedding would be taking place in one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Edinburgh, the Royal Botanical gardens.

The guys didn’t waste any time getting ready. The more time you take to put a kilt on, the less time there is for playstation! The girls, on the other hand, had exactly the right idea. Relax, have a Prosecco and enjoy the morning sunshine while being pampered with hair and makeup.

The wedding prep went smoothly, and after a leisurely drive to the church it all seemed to be getting real for Neil. The pressure of the occasion was starting to show on his face. As Lucy walked up the aisle he took one deep breath, paused, then looked over his shoulder. They both smiled so wide it was infectious. I often catch myself beaming away during a wedding and worry that I might look a bit insane. It’s impossible to not let the occasion get inside you. And why not. This is one of life’s beautiful moments.

When the ceremony finished we all went out into the sunshine for hugs, kisses and congratulations. The guests got on the wedding bus and headed off to the Royal Botanical gardens for the reception. Lucy and Neil took a few minutes to themselves then headed up there too.

We were spoilt for choice for portraits in the Botanics. I decided to split it up into two mini sessions so we could take advantage of the changing light and let Lucy and Neil spend time with their guests. We were chaperoned around the grounds for the session. Apparently there was a fox gang hanging out in the area acting boisterously. We didn’t see them. Presumably they were out at the beach enjoying the sunshine.

The evening was wilder than the daytime. Energy levels that had been dropping after the awesome food coma we all felt were quickly boosted when the music started. The floor was packed with enthusiastic ceilidh dancers and stayed that way for the rest of the night. A fitting end to an emotional day.

Second photography – Sinead Firmann
Band – Kilter
Bridesmaid – Berketex Bride
Cake Maker – Liggy’s Cakes
Dress Maker – WED2B
Florist – Williamson’s Corstorphine
Hairdresser – Belle Bridal Hair and Beauty
Main Venue – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Officiant – Monsignor Tony Duffy