Gemma and John – Married at the Crutherland Hotel, East Kilbride

Gemma and John were married in the beautiful Crutherland Hotel in East Kilbride on a bright, but windy autumn day. The Crutherland has something of a unique wedding function suite – ceremony upstairs in one room, drinks downstairs in another, food then served upstairs, and finish with a party downstairs! It means the fun never stops!

I met John for the first time a few years ago – at his brother Kenny’s wedding to my niece Louise. Kenny reversed roles this time around and was John’s best man complete with a few tales of John and his attraction to Louise’s handbag and Italian TV stars! Gemma hails from deepest Englandshire but she is now formally an adopted Scot – a benefit of signing the register! A bus load of her family travelled to help her celebrate her wedding and boy did they celebrate! From my vantage point, every guest looked to be having a great time and the party just never stopped.

Katie and I enjoyed a wonderful wedding and the laughter never stopped all day. We arrived early to meet Gemma and her bridesmaids – Sarah, Laura and David and the girls preparations were remarkably relaxed and laid back and the Champagne worked it’s magic. The reception theme reflected John and Gemma’s love for the movies with tables named after their favourite flick, clapper boards for the photographers, and John’s 3D images and glasses adding a whole lot of fun. All topped off with the most fantastic wedding cake ever – complete with movie reels and adorned with the film-goers staple requirement – popcorn!

It was a lovely day all round and I wish Gemma and John all the happiness in the world as they start on their new journey together. It was great to meet both families and all of your friends. Here are a few early reminders of a really fantastic day…….

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Alasdair and Seonaid Engagement Shoot – Strathaven Castle

Alasdair and Seonaid just got engaged to be married and they are as happy as happy could be. I couldn’t get them to stop smiling! Over the years love will show in so many ways  but at this stage in a relationship you see it first in the glint of an eye and the warmth of a smile. I saw it in every photo of these two. I also saw it in “new” surroundings – in and around the ancient walls of Strathaven Castle and the Town Mill. I have lived in Strathaven for many, many years and only ever glanced at the castle from afar, normally as we drove past en route down the A71. I had no idea it was hiding such beautiful grounds! Seonaid grew up in the shadows of the castle and it holds a special place in her heart. I can tell from the glint in her eye and the warmth of her smile, that Alasdair probably occupies the remaining space in her heart – and vice versa! It was lovely to meet you both and see you so relaxed in each other’s company. Capture what you have, bottle it,  keep it going for your lifetime, and it will keep you together forever. I can’t wait to see it again on your wedding day!

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Shellie and Gary – Pre-Wedding Shoot

Shellie and Gary look great together and it was a pleasure to finally get to meet them and finalise our plans for their special day. What a dramatic location they picked! We all headed to Cathkin Braes on the south side of Glasgow for a pre-wedding photo shoot. This lovely young couple are due to wed in a few weeks in the magnificent Park Circus in Glasgow. Yesterday we could almost pick out Park Circus from our vantage point high above the city. Almost but not quite! The Braes gives an impressive view of the entire city and on a clear day you can see all the way to Ben Lomond in the north. It’s a place I used to go walking with my dad when I was a boy and I was immediately reminded of days gone past, ice cream cones from the shop, my Dad snapping away with his prized Leica, and the model aeroplane pilots who seemed to spend more time repairing their aircraft than flying them. Fond memories. Yesterday was almost clear but a strong westerly wind brought some photographic challenges and some dramatic skies across this great city. It would have been remiss of me not to take advantage of such drama up above so here are a few captures from the session. Shellie and Gary, I can’t wait for part two in a few weeks time!

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