Gillian and Ian – Brig o’ Doon House Hotel

Gillian and Ian – Brig o’ Doon House Hotel

I had the pleasure of photographing the very special wedding of Gillian and Ian at one of Scotland’s finest venues – the Brig o’Doon House Hotel. The Duty Manager told me they had over 220 weddings booked at this hotel alone in 2015. It must be one of the most sought after fairy-tale venues in Scotland and it is every bit as glorious as you would imagine. Especially if you do as Gillian and Ian did and book the whole place – including the Doonbrae House and cottages across the road.

What a party they had! For the whole weekend!

Rumour has it the 11 girls staying in the Doonbrae House the night before had an amazing night with loads of laughter. Of course the 8 boys parked next door in the cottages were early to bed and awoke fresh to Ian’s wonderful choice of Scottish music. Whatever they did I could tell they had a fantastic time. It was a helluva party weekend!

Gillian and Ian met in the queue outside a Glasgow nightclub several years ago. Ian needed to find a girl before he would be allowed entry so he asked Gillian to be his buddy for the night. Turns out they’ve been best buddies ever since. The wedding service was held in the grand banquet hall which has a breathtaking setting overlooking the famous Brig o’ Doon immortalised in Robert Burns’ famous poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’.  It was beautifully conducted by the very wonderful Kirsty Harvey and I’m so looking forward to seeing the film of the day from Candlelight Pictures.

Gillian and her bridesmaids were absolutely stunning – exactly what I expected from Gillian, a beautifully skilled professional make up artist whose work with Our Vow I have admired at several previous weddings. Ian had a fantastic collection of “besties” who all helped bring lots of laughter and style to the proceedings. You were all brilliant!

Everything about the day was perfect and I hope these photographs bring back some wonderful memories for everyone involved. Thank you Gillian and Ian for giving me the opportunity to play a small part in your special day and congratulations on your wedding. I’ll raise my glass to a future of love and happiness!

Gillian & Ian
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Claire and Seamus – St Patrick’s Church Strathaven & The Strathaven Hotel

Claire and Seamus – St Patrick’s Church Strathaven & The Strathaven Hotel

Claire and Seamus fell in love with the Strathaven Hotel after a visit to a Glasgow wedding show. At last they had found somewhere they adored which was equidistant from both family homes in northern England and Ireland. It was slap bang in the middle of everyone’s journey – including the bride and groom’s journey from their adopted city of Aberdeen. It was also on the doorstep of the quaint and beautiful St Patrick’s Church and the very welcoming, and entertaining, parish priest, Father Tom Devine. It’s so nice to be given a warm welcome in a church, and Father Devine made sure everyone felt at home. He conducted a very beautiful service and delivered some of the funniest sermon lines I’ve heard. A great choice for Seamus and Claire.

I only got to meet Seamus and Claire for the first time at the wedding rehearsal the night before the big day and, having spent some time in their company, I hope they get a chance to return to Strathaven on a regular basis in the future. Mari and I had a great day. It’s such a difficult task to organise a full church wedding and reception from a distance but the whole day was flawlessly executed. It was as if they were locals! It was perfect!

Sheila and Malcom once again delivered exactly what I’ve come to expect from the Strathaven Hotel but this time Sheila encouraged me to try the Love Heart group photo on the lawn. I think it worked beautifully and I can see another quality print appearing in Sheila’s wedding gallery sometime soon! Of course the day was all about Seamus and Claire. It started with my favourite service of the year and just got better and better. All of the meticulous planning paid off and thank you for giving me the opportunity to play my small part in your special day. Here are a few memories of the day you all arrived in Strathaven for the most special of special occasions……

Claire and Seamus
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