Surprise Brides of Edinburgh

I had headed up to Edinburgh’s Old Town, looking for some atmospheric shots of the old Closes (the alleyways squeezed between the crooked old highrises). I had set up to take a picture down Old Assembly Close when suddenly a beautiful bridal couple spilled out into my view. It was a beautiful and picturesque surprise, if a little blurry.

Vintage with pink shoes

Her pink shoes were a wonderful pop of colour, setting off her vintage look perfectly. I followed their progress out onto the cobbled streets of the historic Royal Mile, where their wedding photographer lined them up for a classic shot down the historic street. Just behind them was a group of charity collectors who were dressed up in silly animal costumes. The juxtaposition made me smile, yet another surprise of the day.

Bridal couple plus comedy backdrop

After this I turned back to try to get some shots around the back of St Giles Cathedral, in the heart of the old parliamentary and legal square. After taking a few nice pictures I stepped back to look around and another bridal couple sailed past me, followed by their photographer who was busy issuing instructions. They seemed oblivious wrapped up in themselves, and they looked so romantic.

Romance in the Old Town

I wandered further round the old square, and around the next corner I stumbled upon a third bridal party. The guys were lined up having their photos taken by this very jolly photographer, as the bride looked on.

Jolly chap

I was bemused by all these unexpected brides, all within a tiny space, and wondered if it was a particularly special Saturday to get married on. Super Saturday of the Bridal year perhaps. As I wondered and walked across the square yet another bridal party tumbled out of the Signet Library and onto the cobbles in front of St Giles. This bride had gone for a shorter modern look, with fabulous heels, which must have proved challenging for negotiating Edinburgh’s cobbled streets.

I thought this must be it on the wedding front, but there was a final surprise encounter in store for me as I turned the final corner around St Giles to head back to where I had started on the Royal Mile. There ahead of me was another wedding party complete with kilted gents. I do love a man in a kilt, and have never seen one who doesn’t suit it….but then I am a Scot!!

I hope you enjoyed my surprise brides as much as I did, and I’m sure they all got stunning photos with this amazing historic backdrop. The light was fading and the street lights were coming on as this dedicated photographer continued to shoot 🙂





About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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11 Responses to Surprise Brides of Edinburgh

  1. Weddings always make me smile..

  2. Clanmother says:

    I’m homesick for Edinburgh!

    • How long since you lived here?

      • Clanmother says:

        I went on 3 week holiday (Haggis adventures) a couple of years ago, but I have Scottish blood. My son is a bagpiper – so we hope to go back within the next couple of years. Your photos are extraordinary – and I know exactly where they were taken. I always enjoy stopping by for a visit…

      • Well you must come back soon. Clearly your Scottish blood flows thickly in your veins 🙂 do you have a favourite part of Scotland….apart from Edinburgh which is clearly THE best city in the world!!!!

      • Clanmother says:

        Everywhere I went there was something special – we stayed at Saucy Mary’s on the Isle of Skye, but I really like Obin. Make no mistake, I know that Edinburgh is THE best city in the world. It is one of the facts of life that everyone agrees upon.

      • Ah, you have great taste. Did you visit Plockton on your way to or from Skye ….that’s where my mother’s from. And Oban is one of my favourites for a quick getaway break…very romantic…think it’s all those ferries. Gateway to the Isles…what’s not to love?

      • Clanmother says:

        We went on a Haggis adventure so we went through all of the little villages – I’m certain that we went thought Plockton on the way there. We came back on the ferries to Oban. You are so right. What’s not to love?!!!

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