I thought, as the shoot itself is still under wraps, I'd turn instead to the hotel where it took place. The Prestonfield House hotel is a real luxury hotel, boutique style with every detail designed and planned to a tee. Sometimes this approach can leave a hotel as a kind of cold sterile museum that can be quite intimidating.
But the lasting impression I got from shooting at the hotel was the warmth and welcome from the staff at the hotel. It looks like hotel owners have taken the same care in their selection, training and staffing of the hotel as they took in everything else. There was none of the brusqueness or bustle you find in some venues, each question was answered courteously, requests were handled quietly and smoothly with simple efficiency and care and even when they were doing their best not to trip over an entire photo shoot in progress, they all had a smile for us. I can only imagine that the same warmth and care would attend any guest at the hotel and any occasion held there.
Each of the public rooms is designed to a theme and the little staircases and nooks that take you from one room to another do give you the feel of walking into your own little private space, even in areas you are sharing with others. The two main dining areas within the hotel are well presented and given slightly different characters and the suite I visited, the Churchill Suite, was vision of opulent luxury.
A lot of the public rooms had roaring fires as well, which gave a much more organic and alive feel to the exquisitely presented rooms. Where technology crept in, it was fairly unobtrusive.
This isn't your budget hotel by any means, but I can't help feeling that anyone fortunate enough to have their wedding at the hotel would be stepping into some very welcoming arms and would feel that their money was well spent.
Besides they have peacocks in the garden!
Now all the above may sound a tad elegaic, and I'll admit to not being a regular at the kind of hotel that offers its guests helicopter coordinates for arrival, but it was a very impressive experience. I might save up and take my wife to dinner there, next time we are through in Edinburgh, if only to complete my experience of the place.