Shellie and Gary Got Married! – Park Circus Glasgow and The Burnside Hotel

Autumn can be such a wonderful season. Here in Scotland the colours in the landscape take a final breath of cold air before they disappear and hibernate for the winter. The leaves cling on for some final autumn sunshine and just before they fall to the earth they remind us of what we will miss with the impending arrival of a colourless winter landscape. For a final few days the whole world is bathed in the richest of reds and the most glorious of golds.  Photographers love this time of year. Not just the landscape photographers – weddings just look fabulous on a bright sunny day in autumn and Shellie and Gary picked a perfectly calm autumn day to get married. They also picked the perfect venue – Glasgow’s iconic and famous registry office in Park Circus. Opulent and extravagant, 22 Park Circus is a Grade A listed town house dating from 1872.  It belonged to a wealthy industrialist, Walter Macfarlane founder of the Saracen Ironworks, and Walter commissioned one of the most magnificent interiors to be found in the city. It really is quite something.

Gary and Shellie had a beautiful and intimate ceremony in the Avon Room at Park Circus and celebrated with  family and friends before we all sped off to the Burnside Hotel for the wedding reception and a big night-time knees up. It was a fantastic day and, after months of asking, the weather finally decided to behave for me. Yes it was freezing cold but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky – almost unheard of during the 2012 wedding season in Scotland! Perhaps it was fitting for Gary and Shellie because our pre-wedding shoot on Cathkin Braes took place in a howling gale and, as Shellie reminded me, this time I would finally get to see her hair behaving properly!

Park Circus borders the magnificent Kelvingrove Park and after the ceremony we managed a few minutes out in the cold and captured some wonderful photos in perfect surroundings. Between the majesty of the grand Victorian town-houses on the edge of the park lie a couple of beautiful cobbled lanes and some of my favourite places to take a picture. Thanks to Gary and Shellie for braving the cold and for being such good sports.  You are such a lovely couple and I wish you all the very best on your new journey together. It was a real pleasure to work with both families and to see a few old faces from my younger days. To Jim and Karen, Alan and Maureen, Joe and Carly, Abbie and Craig, Joshua, Annie, and Olivia. and all your families and friends, thank you for your patience and for the laughter. Here are a few early reminders of a beautiful day to get married and take a photograph…………..

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Emma and Brian Tied the Knot! – Parkhead Congregational Church and The Glenbervie House Hotel

It seems like an age since I first met Brian and Emma. Brian had just popped the question and I was invited to show off my albums and samples at Emma’s house. The whole family were there to join in and I could tell wedding fever was upon them. Nearly two years later and I was back in the same house, getting the pics of the dress, shoes, flowers and the family. They all looked sensational but none more than the bride to be! Emma’s wedding had finally arrived! Stewart joked later about the madness in the house that morning. Must have been long gone by the time I arrived because all I saw and heard was happiness – despite the weather! I often find myself mentioning  the weather this year. Our cousins in Canberra and the Gold Coast think we’re all obsessed by weather – is it any wonder when you get a summer like Scotland did in 2012? Dreich!

Nonetheless it was off to Parkhead Congregational Church to meet Brian and all the guests and for the service conducted by the Reverand Jack Graham. I’ve listened to many priests, pastors and preachers over the years but Jack’s way was as uplifting and as inspirational as they come.  When we spoke earlier in the week he suggested I use the pulpit to get the best pics of Emma and her dad coming up the aisle. I could imagine a few horrified visitors as I took the first stairs up to the pulpit but it worked beautifully and I got my favourite pictures of the day from Jack’s pulpit! Thanks for being so kind Jack.

We all then headed off to the sumptuous Glenbervie House Hotel near Falkirk for the wedding reception. The rain tried once again to spoil the opportunity but we managed to sneak a few nice pics in the grounds before it poured again. Emma and Brian were so relaxed all day and made my job all the easier by just being themselves and very well organised. They’d done their homework and knew the best spots indoors. On another day we would have loved to have had more time together to get a few more pics outside but we grabbed a few more inside amongst the grandeur of the hotel. Thanks to both families and all the guests for your patience and support. Special thanks to Sophie, Poppy,  Lucas, and Joshua for looking so good and to Emma and Brian, I wish you a wonderful life together and here are a few early reminders of a perfect start to your married life……….

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