Kirkhill Mansion wedding photography

Kirkhill Mansion Wedding Photography – Nikki & Barry

Kirkhill Mansion Wedding Photography

We don’t need no photographer!

Nikki and Barry didn’t want a wedding photographer or any formalities to start with. They decided to have a relaxed wedding at the beautiful Kirkhill Mansion, slightly deserted, but still located only half an hour from Edinburgh. They really wanted their day to be as stress free as possible. It wasn’t a small wedding or a low key one, they just thought that the collection of photographs taken by their guests will do. It never does! I’m so glad they changed their mind! Most weddings I’m honoured to photograph are relaxed, but this one… I can’t remember we all laughed so much during the ceremony and pretty much during the whole wedding day!

They contacted me just a month or two before their October wedding. We met, chatted, sipped a coffee, looked through my sample albums and they were happy to book. It was all for another fantastic Edinburgh based wedding photographer Camera Shy Photography, who was a guest at Nikki and Barry’s wedding and kindly recommended me! 

Started with a drizzle, finished with a hurricane


The wedding morning started with a drizzle and later on turned into a fully blown storm. Storm Callum to be precise. Storm that brought horizontal rains in the evening and prevented us from taking the full use of the stunning gardens of the beautiful Kirkhill Mansion. It didn’t stop us fully! We still managed to get some great shots of the wedding couple and their fun family and friends. Beautifully painted in autumnal colours trees became the most stunning backdrop for our formal photographs.

The surprise first look: only the groom and … one of his guys!


The highlights of the wedding was the first look and gales of laughter during the ceremony. We planned the first look during our first meeting. Nikki and Barry really wanted to sneak out from the morning chaos and see each other for the first time before the ceremony not at the start of it, as the tradition says. We thought it would be a lovely idea for them to see each other in the greenery of the Kirkhill Mansion’s gardens, just the two of them and myself, photographing the beauty of the moment. A few weeks before the wedding day, however, Nikki decided against it. We came up with an alternative idea of the ‘first look’ and decided to go for a mock ‘first look’ or a ‘first look’ with a twist, if you like. We arranged for their mutual friend Steven to put an old wedding dress on and take advantage of his excellent acting skills. It’s not something Barry expected. Instead of his beautiful bride he saw, ekhm, equally beautiful Steven. From then on it was just laughter, laughter and more laughter. The ceremony was phenomenal. Tears, cheers and, um, the groom receiving a phone call during the hand fasting…

Did they regret hiring a photographer at their Kirkhill Mansion wedding?

“Hi Justina,  we have received the photos and love them.  The whole day just looks a riot and you can clearly tell we had the best time by our big smiling faces,  lots of happy memories, thank you for capturing the fun we had.  It’s exactly the kind of album we wanted. Have a lovely Christmas thanks xx”

The whole Kirkhill Mansion wedding was just marvellous! No matter how much it rained, it was still an absolutely perfect wedding day! Have look for yourself at this most relaxed, candid and beautiful wedding. 

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