Multi Cultural Fusion Wedding Photography | Edinburgh Scotland

MO & Amy - Wedding 

Date – September 2015

Location – Carlton Hill, Eskmill Glasshouse Venue, Princess Street, Edinburgh

Henna Artist – Kashaf Latif

Literally a few days after Huma’s wedding in August 2015, Mohson’s sister Fizza got in touch via Facebook. We had a quick conversation and arranged a meet the next day since we were travelling to Manchester to shoot a wedding that night. They did leave choosing their photographer last minute! Luckily, I was available since their wedding day wasn’t during peak wedding season.

From the outside of their home, immediately we saw amazing potential photo opportunities and once we were welcomed into the lounge, it got even better! The original ceiling was beautifully decorated from traditional styles of the 1900’s, they even had charming furniture to match, and it was grand and lovely at the same time. The windows were tall and there was one window by the corner that really stood out. It was letting light in for over 180°, an excellent place to take the getting ready shots – nothing beats natural light!

The most exciting part of this wedding was having the opportunity to shoot our first fusion wedding in Scotland! The bride wore traditional Pakistani bridal wear whilst the groom wore traditional Scottish Grooms wear, the Scottish Kilt. It was nice to see two different cultures cross together.

The best part about this wedding is that the couple wanted a more photo journalistic approach to wedding photography, with more of a focus on the couple and family portraits – a style and scenario we much rather prefer!

We originally discussed having the family portraits in the garden but on the day of the wedding, I noticed a park area across the road and suggested heading over there instead. The setup was beautiful; with trees on both sides, I knew the 70-200 would create a wonderful tunnel vision making the photos pop.

After the family portraits, we even managed to take a few shots of the groom and first men before heading off to Carlton Hill for their couples portraits. Amy & Mohson were a joy to work with, they set aside two hours for this shoot which was perfect since it would take time to travel to the location and setup etc. The outside lighting for the portraits was very good although the weather could have been a bit better – it was so windy! We were lucky enough to have Fawad and Ahmed of Mohson’s family help out with the off camera flash and reflectors.

Having already shot Huma’s Mehendi at Eskmill, I was already prepared for the challenges and opportunities I would face. It was interesting that the couple decided to cut the cake outside surrounded by their guest, a nice alternative to the usual cake cutting ceremonies. This gave me the opportunity to set up some lights and get creative too!

Towards the end of their evening, it began to rain heavily. I quite fancied the opportunity to explore something different and maybe get a little creative and luckily Mohson and Amy were both on board! You’ve got to admire a couple that would risk it all (or risk a cold) for the sake of their wedding memories – it only happens once!

Thank you for reading; I hope it helps fill the gaps in the story…take a look below for the photos.

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