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…………..