August 26, 2019
Amy and Jen have been together for for seven years and this was the year they were going to tie the knot - quite literally. I have known Tibbo (Amy) for 9 years and after a fateful meeting in a nightclub smoking area one night we immediately became best friends. Two years after this, her and Jen met...through a very similar way as myself and Tibbo did - although I wasn't wearing a ball gown like Jen was.
On the 24th of August 2019 they decided to get married. The day started out almost very similar to any other wedding, myself & my second photographer Anna Dunlop arrived at the house early in the morning to start taking pictures for the whole day. Luckily from David and Michael's wedding earlier this year I had the knowledge of the layout and of the setup for a wedding party getting ready in this house.
After a few hours of the couple preparing themselves for the day we then headed on to The Engine Works. This is a fairly new space in Glasgow for events and creatives. However it is one of the best spaces I have seen used for such an occasion. Being an old steel works factory, the exposed red brick along with the elegant decoration of flowers and fairy lights was a sight to behold and immediately would make any photographer thrive in wanting to create something unique.
Before the ceremony starting at 3pm we decided it would be best if we arrived two hours before hand to take some pictures. This took the pressure off the rest of the day trying to arrange multiple group shots and to not take away the lovely couple from their guests for a long period of time. So in this time myself and Anna had an amazing experience in creating some memorable shots.
Once the ceremony began with the guests arriving shortly after the shoot it was all go from there. Their humanist - Lesley, told the lovely story of how the two of them met, what they love about each other....and maybe what not so much. It was smiles all round. Once the knot had been tied, the alcohol drank from the Quaich by the two families, there was still a nice surprise to come. Both of the grandmothers from each side of the families were to sign the register as witnesses. They had no idea about this and it created a wonderful moment for all to remember.
Afterwards, all the guests had moved from the ceremony location to outside where I was able to arrange a group shot from the top of the hill entering the canal at the back of the venue. The weather was on our side (which was remarkable being in Scotland!). I couldn't have been happier with the result. We then moved on to dinner, another hour had passed - it was time for the speeches. During this period something I always love about wedding photography is being able to capture the reactions, the joy, the nerves, the disbelief your best friend would tell that story of you that you completely forgot about. It really allows everyone to enter in a small part of the couples lives together. Once this part was over it was then onto the cake cutting and the first dance. I honestly couldn't get enough of the space in this venue, and this just further proves my point as to how great this location is. The floor in the reflections of the flashes during the first dance created such a dramatic look that I almost ran out of space on both my cards before my shift was up.
This is definitely a wedding I shall forever remember, not only because of the amazing venue, the intricate decor, the laughter, the joy, but because it was one of my very best friends. I am so happy for Amy and Jen to be together and I am so proud of where they have come from in the early days of being a couple as to where they are now and where they are heading in the future. I wish you both the very best in life and a future of love and happiness together.
MUA: Kariss AndrewHair Stylist: Laura SlavenDresses: David's BridalSecond Photographer: Anna DunlopVenue: The Engine Works