I was back again at one of my favourite venues, the Strathaven Hotel, for the wedding of the very lovely Gillian and David. I always seem to have a wonderful time at this hotel – must be the warmth and professionalism of Sheila and Malcolm who run the hotel so superbly! I have photographed just about every nook and cranny of the hotel in the past but this time I found a new location – the driveway! It was perfect for a late evening shoot with the sun setting out west and, after dinner, Gillian and David joined Mari and I for a few photos. The results were every bit as good as I hoped – I was well chuffed!
Gillian and David had a wonderful wedding and celebrated with friends and family from all over the globe. Gillian had spent eight years working in Worcester and many of her friends and colleagues made the long journey to sample some Scottish hospitality. Others had travelled from overseas and, by the looks on their faces, the far flung guests may have mistaken the opening dirge for a peculiar local custom! To much laughter the minister noted the timing issue and promised a significant improvement next time round! The congregation soon found their pitch and timing for the subsequent hymns! Well done to all of the singers.
David and Gillian are a perfect match.com couple. Nowadays more and more of the people I photograph find their perfect match this way – another incredible example of how the virtual world becomes real. I suppose it is especially relevant that I then use the Internet to post photographs and updates of their subsequent wedding, which of course may then be seen online by the far travelled guests and other potential customers. So much of our lives seems to revolve around the Internet these days and when it is good it is a true wonder of the world – if only everything else online was capable of bringing such happiness.
Once again I found myself jacketless in beautiful weather in the gardens of the Strathaven Hotel. The weather was perfect and the gardens were in full bloom. This meant the drinks reception took place on the lawn and what a happy place it is in such conditions. Lots of laughter surrounded the group photos and I would like to thank everyone who participated for playing their part so perfectly.
With Katie off again I had my stand-in helper for the day, my wife Mari and what a grand job she did. Great thing is she’s much cheaper than Katie but don’t tell her I told you!
David and Gillian are off to Sorrento, one of the most romantic places in Europe and I hope they have the perfect honeymoon. You had the perfect wedding! It was great to finally see little Sophia smile for me, something I couldn’t stop little Emilia doing all day. You both have lovely friends and family and my thanks go out to each and every one of them for their patience and co-operation. Special thanks go to Vicky, Rae, Norrie, Celia, John, Andy, Craig, Cecilia, David, Emilia and Sophia – you guys made sure this was a wonderful wedding for D&G. Thanks again to David and Gillian and may your marriage be blessed with everything good in life. Here are a few reminders of a truly perfect day……