September 02, 2019
It's been about 8 years since I last stood foot in The Arches in Glasgow. From the days of living as a student the location has some what change from the days of being a club and gig venue. No loud thumping music, no shouting over a bar to place another vodka lemonade and no stampede towards the exit of the venue once the house lights came on at the end of the night. What I was met with, was something a little different...
I first was contact by Cara & Gary through an advert that I had placed up on Gumtree about a year ago. After the couple getting in touch we arranged to meet-up and discuss the big day. The couple were extremely chilled out, they had a very particular image in mind as to how the day would turn out. It wasn't all about the getting ready images, it wasn't about the confetti shot, it wasn't about making sure every thread in the dress was 100%. What it was about, was everyone just having a good time, celebrating the marriage of this wonderful couple.
The day started off for myself on arrival at the arches before the ceremony, I caught up with Gary outside the venue. Once I entered I was met with some lovely decor that definitely wasn't the club I had attended in my student days. There were flowers hanging from the walls on the entrance, a wooden pallet painted and made by Cara herself welcoming guests to their big day. Along the walkway round to the entrance there were candle lights guiding the way accompanied by some graphics that Gary designed. These personal touches just made everything more special for anyone attending the big day. The bar was laced with fairy lights and atmospheric lighting created a very chilled out atmosphere. When I went round to the second arch where the ceremony was to take place, my eyes were immediately drawn towards a fantastic neon sign stating "Til Death", this really was such a unique wedding to photograph.
I'll admit the lighting conditions were rather tricky in this scenario as it was all dimly lit with no natural lighting in the venue. But what photographer doesn't love a challenge? I started off with the Sony 85mm f/1.8 on my second Sony a7 body and the Sony 24-70mm GM f/2.8 on my main Sony a7iii body. However after a while I found that the 24-70mm just wasn't fast enough to capture everything I wanted to. So I put the 85mm on my main body and a Samyang 35mm f/1.4 on my second body. This worked well within the venue until first dance where I switched back to my original setup.
As the ceremony got underway you could feel everyone's delight for the couple to be wed. The vows to one another were just beautiful, and although Cara wasn't able to put into words how much she truly loved Gary, she had help via a video message from the awesome Bret "The Hitman" Hart (being a wrestling fan growing up I was freaking out a little bit inside at this moment). The couple exchanged rings, signed the register, had their first kiss as Mr and Mrs Scott Morrison.
As the evening went on the drink was flowing, the laughter was getting louder and the atmosphere was just fantastic. Following the dinner with two great speeches from Gary's best man and from Cara's father the band were setup and the first dance was the last main event for me to snap of this extremely unique and fun filled wedding.
Cara & Gary I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and all the best for the future. Thank you so much for including me in your very special day.