Fantastic Wedding at Errol Park | Ailsa and Liam’s Wedding
As a photographer in Edinburgh it is always great to travel to one of the best wedding venues in Scotland, Errol Park.; it is such a wonderful venue and every wedding there is totally unique. Ailsa and Liam’s wedding was no different, read on to see why.
The great thing about an Errol Park wedding is that you have the unique opportunity to make your wedding completely unique. when you hire Errol Park you hire the entire venue for the duration of your stay, including the house with its 8 bedrooms, This gives you the time to decorate the reception and house in your theme, with all the little personal touches that are special to you. Ailsa and Liam’s families did an amazing job and included lots of personal memories and photos of their lives together along with photos of their two Dad’s who sadly could not be with them on their wedding day.
The wedding day started a bit grey, cold and windy as I began the drive North to Errol Park. It didn’t improve a great deal by the time I arrived, however, the forecast proved correct and it started to brighten as midday approached. I always prefer to arrive at a wedding earlier than necessary, particularly when the weather is looking a bit threatening so that I can set up any additional equipment for wet weather photos. This proved to be useful later on when we spent a lot longer in the house for the wedding photo shoot as it was cold and windy outside.
Ailsa and the girls were in full swing by the time I arrived, having their hair and make up done, it was an early start for them but the bubbly was out and the room was filled with lots of laughter. Ailsa looked fantastic in her wedding dress provided by Bliss Bridal Design in Dundee with the girls looking great in their summer dresses. The wedding party’s bouquets and buttonholes were supplied by The Rose Bud were colourful, Ailsa’s bouquet had a tiny portrait of Ailsa’s dad at the stems which was a lovely personal touch.
The plan for the wedding had always been for an outdoor ceremony, to make full use of the wonderful gardens at Errol Park and the views across the River Tay to Fife. This, however, was thrown into doubt by the weather, whilst the threat of rain diminished as the deadline for moving the ceremony inside arrived, the wind was still fresh and cold. It was a brave decision, particularly as Ailsa and her bridesmaids were dressed for a summer wedding. Ailsa and Liam had thoughtfully provided a box of blankets that were thankfully snapped up by their guests.
Liam was at the front door with his four best pals from London to meet the wedding guests as they arrived. Liam was looking very sharp in his Ted Baker suit and the boys did their best ‘reservoir dogs’ walk across the driveway for Alan the videographer!
One great benefit of Errol Park as a wedding venue is the complete privacy, this is particularly useful for bridal portraits on the landing when the weather is bad. It meant the assembled guests downstairs were totally oblivious to the stunning bride having her photographs taken while they were entertained by the string quartet, Capella and allowed Ailsa to make her entrance to the ceremony without anyone having seen her wedding dress.
Neil the Humanist Minister did a fantastic job of the ceremony; recognising the weather was not with us for a lengthy ceremony he did his best to keep things as brief as possible without missing any of the parts that make a humanist wedding ceremony special. When he mentioned that Aisla and Liam would sign the wedding register inside there was an audible sigh of relief or chattering teeth! It was so cold that the intended entertainment by Capella was postponed until the wedding party got back to the house! Ailsa and Liam led their guests down the aisle and back to Errol Park for refreshments, and to warm up
When you are thinking about planning your wedding, travelling time between the ceremony and reception is often forgotten. The benefit in having an Errol Park wedding is that you can have the ceremony and reception in the same place, Ailsa and Liam took advantage of this and spent a long time mingling with their friends and family before we slipped away for the wedding photo shoot.
We spent the initial part of the photo shoot inside taking advantage of the great period features in Errol Park. There are so many locations for a wedding photo shoot at Errol Park, unfortunately the cold wind meant that we did not venture too far from the house, though we were rewarded with a bit of bright weather. Ailsa in particular was great, donning a woolly blanket while we moved between spots and then tossing it aside and beaming a smile to the camera!
The wedding then moved on to the wedding breakfast, held upstairs in the old stables, it is a lovely curved room with a great atmosphere; the evening meal was supplied by Regis Banqueting.
After the meal the party really kicked off, the day guests were joined by more friends from Dundee and were provided with great entertainment by Callanish, who mixed ceilidh dancing and classics to dance the night away. There was one final surprise for Ailsa; Liam, a red blooded Englishman had refused to wear a kilt for his wedding day despite being begged / cajoled by Ailsa! To her great surprise he arrived for the first dance kitted out like a true Scotsman resplendent in his kilt! Once they had cut the fabulous wedding cake supplied by Liggys of Edinburgh they started the evening dancing off with their first dance together as husband and wife.
Ailsa and Liam had also provided props for their guests to dress up in, so I set up a photo booth with my lights and had a lot of fun with almost the entire wedding coming through at one time or another.
Ailsa and Liam’s Errol Park Wedding will certainly live long in the memory of everyone who was there; they were fantastic to work with and a great couple, here are some of my favourite images.