Waterfront at Archerfield Wedding – Sophia and James

Jun 21, 2017 | Wedding

Waterfront at Archerfield Wedding – Sophia and James!

What happens if it rains on my wedding day?

If anyone ever asks me ‘what happens if it rains on my wedding day?’  I’ll show them Sophia and James beautiful wedding at Archerfield House Waterfront.  We managed to have a wonderful day despite the rainy weather .  Even the ducks came out to celebrate!

Archerfield House Waterfront Pavilion in North Berwick, is set in 28 acres of land looking out on to the Firth of Forth, it is a stunning wedding venue and one of my favourite venues. Equally important, it is perfect for all weathers with a magnificent marquee atmosphere and stunning landscapes.

On the morning of the wedding, I met beautiful bride Sophia at the Marine Villa on the grounds of Archerfield. As I arrived, Sophia was right in the throws of bridal prep having her makeup done by super talented Lauren Gollan. I wandered around documenting the prep and all the stylish details, from her beautiful Caroline Castigliano dress, shoes and gorgeous flowers. While Sophia was getting her hair styled, she opened a lovely card from her soon to be husband along with a beautiful earrings and necklace set.

Meanwhile, James and the boys were being photographed in the Boat House down at the Waterfront. Luckily, the sky was a brilliant blue and we captured some really lovely portrait shots, a mixture of formal and relaxed.

Back at the villa, Sophia, her four bridesmaids and two beautiful flower girls were putting together the final touches. Once perfected, we took to the sunshine to get some photographs of Sophia with her bridesmaids and her Dad, before heading off to the cathedral in Edinburgh.

St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place Wedding

The cathedral was the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral in Palmerston Place located in the Westend of the city. The bridesmaids arrived in style in a Tesla Premium electric car, and Sophia followed with her dad in a Rolls Royce. The rain stayed off and the ceremony was lovely. Sophia and James exited as Mr and Mrs to a rose petal confetti tunnel, and we all headed back to Archerfield for the reception.

Embrace the weather on your wedding day!

Arriving at Archerfield, we planned a shoot by the lake, but the weather had other ideas. Nevertheless, Sophia and James embraced the downpour, surrounded by the ducks, which made for some brilliant photos. Back inside, the marquee had been styled to perfection by Planet Flowers, we just loved all those stylish details and beautiful floral arrangements.

While the guests were enjoying the reception, we waited for breaks in the rain and darted outside for some quick photographs when the sun made a brief appearance. The Waterfront at Archerfield House makes for a stunning backdrop to the photos despite the on and off weather.

Uniquely Sophia and James made their entrance for dinner to a wonderful confetti cannon before speeches. In addition, a surprise owl had been organised to deliver the speech for Sophia’s dad. The speeches and food were wonderful and afterwards, Sophia and James took to the dance floor for an amazing, choreographed first dance under another fantastic confetti cannon when the party started!

Five ways to make rain on your wedding day work for you!

  1. Get creative with your photographs and be prepared to make a last minute dash, if the weather clears.  Who knows, you might even get a back drop rainbow! A good wedding photographer will know how to work in any weather condition.
  2. Weather proof your shoes with heel protectors if you’re planning on walking on grass or consider some quirky wedding wellies or even a complete change of footwear just for photographs.
  3. Have umbrellas on standby!  Check with your venue on their umbrella stock or consider buying a clear, see through or large white umbrella for yourselves.
  4. Always have a back up plan if you’re planning to have an outside ceremony (always essential for a Scottish wedding!)
  5. Embrace it and enjoy your day! As a result, the weather won’t bother you or guests one bit!

To conclude, I hope that Sophia and James’ photos prove that there’s no need to worry about the weather on your wedding day. In any event, always plan for rain as well as sun, and choose a venue that can cater to both.

Congratulations Sophia and James on your wonderful wedding day!

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Julie Tinton is an Edinburgh based Wedding Photographer, covering all of Scotland.


Venue  – Archerfield Waterfront Pavillion

Florist – Planet Flowers

MUA – Lauren Gollan

Hairdresser – Natalie at Charlie Miller

Dress – Caroline Castiglano

Shoes – Manolo Blahnik

Photographer – Julie Tinton Photography

Videographer – Cherry Tree Films

Cake – Liggy’s Cakes

Waterfront at Archerfield Wedding



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