Well I am rendering out another wedding highlights reel so I have time again to catch up on some blogging…
I was filming the wedding of Sarah and Carlo the other week – one our our many catholic weddings we film each year. As their reception venue they opted for Edinburgh’s famous Surgeons’ Hall. Following a £14m development Surgeons’ Hall has aimed to place itself as a very exclusive and romantic venue in the heart of the city. I have long admired the classical building that look across to the city’s festival theatre – however to my shame having lived in Edinburgh my whole life I had never ventured in. What a place, it certainly didn’t upset my expectations. Coincidentally I watched the John Landis’ Burke and Hare film just this week and the final (questionable steadicam) shot of the film features the skeleton of William Burke in the Surgeons’ Hall museum. So a place really steeped in the grizzly history of Edinburgh!
The Playfair Building, built in 1832, was the setting for the speeches – and dinner. A grand ball room was a lovely setting, but the corridors and other more intimate spaces are equally impressive, like the Fellows Library where the reception took place. The historical setting and nicely cultivated outdoor spaces between the complex were useful to stage the wedding photographs taken by talented photographer Tony Marsh. We had dinner with the photographer downstairs and the three course meal was excellent. The Food was top notch and the staff were very nice and helpful. As ever, we need enough water to quench a horse at that hour of the day after 6 hours of continuous filming!
The dances at the Quincentenary Building, a far less interesting place to film. White washed walls with no details of any kind made it a difficult venue to film. Anywho, beautiful venue, lovely staff and some great places to have photos taken.
Wedding Venue: St Andrews RC Church, 77 Belford Road, Edinburgh,EH4 3DS
Wedding Reception: Surgeons’ Hall Nicolson Street Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 9DW