This was an unusual wedding in many ways! The date for one – three days after Christmas. And the schedule – a ceremony at 6pm with a drinks reception beforehand rather than after. Lastly, my booking was only confirmed five days before the wedding!
But Archerfield House is such a magnificent wedding venue, just up the road from me, and Matt and Louise sounded such a wonderful couple, that I readily agreed.
I didn’t actually meet them until the afternoon of the wedding, and my perceptions of them were true. However, given the time of year, it was already dark when I arrived to photograph everyone getting ready. Not a problem given modern technology! I shudder to think about the lighting I would have had to use in the old days of film…..
Archerfield House’s rooms are huge! The main suite on the first floor has two bedrooms, which easily housed the male and female members of the Bridal party, And the room between the bedrooms could even hold all 20 (yes, 20! A record for me!) members of the bridal party for the formal group photo.
After the formal photos, and a few posed shots of Matt and Louise in the grandeur of Archerfield House, everyone headed down to the Waterfront for dinner and speeches. I have to say, Louise’s father’s speech was one of the funniest “Father of the Bride’s” speeches I have ever listened to. And I have head a lot! Suffice to say, there are quotes in my head that can’t be put in a public blog…..
I left before the dancing, but based on the fun and love I’d seen and photographed so far, I’m sure the evening continued in style!
Here are some of my Archerfield House wedding photographs in Black and White – given the time of year and the lighting, I thought that black and white versions of the original colour photographs were more apt. Matt and Louise get both versions, of course!
January 2nd seems an odd date for a wedding – but after 12 years together, Louisa and Andy picked Louisa’s birthday as their wedding day. I’d met them over two years ago at Rachel and Callum’s wedding, where their beautiful daughter Megan had been a flower girl (and manic dancer) and they had kindly booked me shortly afterwards.
These are some of the black and white photos I will be printing for them. I hope they tell the story of their day: Louisa getting ready surrounded by her family and friends, the look on her mother’s face as she see’s Louisa’s father walking her to the ceremony, to the stolen kisses and joy between Louisa and Andy. Sadly, I only have room for one photo of Megan’s manic dancing! There are many more colour versions of my documentary wedding photography on the order photos page.
The last time I was in the Grand Central Hotel was many years ago. I remember it being cold, damp and dark, and my single room was just that – a single bed. Oh – and I was woken by the station announcements at some unearthly hour of the morning.
£20 million can bring about quite a few changes – and the hotel must now rank among the finest in Glasgow and with more history than all the others.
Carly and Gareth took advantage of the huge renovated ballroom for both their ceremony and their evening reception and dancing, while I took advantage of the wonderful locations around the hotel, from the grand staircase to the champagne bar, for some great shotes of the two of them.
Here are a few of my black and white photos of their day.