I recently asked a few of the couples I photographed this summer if they would write a piece for my blog about their wedding day. I wanted it to be in their own words as if writing a diary entry not just about me their photographer but the build up to the day and the day itself.
This week were are at Glasgow University Chapel and House For An Art Lover with Roddy & Niove who were married in September 2011, over to you...
“For me, the wedding ‘day’ really started the night before! We had arranged a get together of friends and family the night before at Cottiers on Hyndland Street and this is where the excitement really started building for me. There were a number of people there who I hadn’t see for many years and having all of these friends in one place gave Niove and I a great feeling for the celebration lying ahead.
After a moderately early night and waving goodbye to my future wife for a few hours, the wedding day thankfully dawned bright and sunny. The best man and I were up early and diverted our thoughts via breakfast and an hour at the gym. I hear that preparations weren’t so relaxed across at the Indigo Hotel but the hotel was apparently very good and a good base for a number of family guests from Greece.
We had decided to get married at Glasgow University Chapel, partly for family reasons and also because we are both graduates of the University and felt that the atmosphere and feel of the Chapel would give our day the special feel that we wanted. It is a beautiful building both inside and out and I have to say that it was a very special feeling waiting for Niove at the head of the aisle. Now, I’m not a football supporter but it turns out that the University chaplain, Rev. Stuart Macquarrie is, so the best man and I were receiving regular, excited reports on Rangers’ progress in the first Old Firm fixture of the season. Rev Macquarrie was fun to deal with throughout the wedding preparations and on the day itself he made sure that we were as relaxed as possible with some well timed jokes and stories.
Neither Niove or I are particularly keen on being the centre of attention but walking down the aisle together was one of the most memorable moments of the day – I think we both felt very proud just at that moment, and also a little bit of relief that the service passed without any hitches. The only potential hitch then arose immediately afterwards when Nearly fell down the steps of the Chapel after catching a heel on her wedding dress. Thankfully she held on to me and most people were still in the Chapel so any damage was limited to the absence of a perfect “walking down the steps” photo!
After Nick took some great group photos in the University cloisters we made our way to House for An Art Lover for the reception. We’d arranged cars and a coach for our guests via Doigs and I’d highly recommend them – new cars and the surprise of a trip home after the reception in a beautiful Bentley Continental. House For An Art Lover, in our view, is a great venue for a wedding of the size we had – circa 90 guests in total including 15 / 20 evening guests. We’d heard good reports of the venue and the food and neither disappointed. The reception was well managed, the rooms looked perfect and the food was excellent.
We’d agreed with Nick that he would mingle during the reception and then take some more formal shots at sunset following dinner. The shots that he took of us in front of the House are some of our favourites of the day and really reflect the beauty of the location very well.
For me, dinner was very special. I had recently lost both my Mother and Father so I knew that my speech would be a hard moment but I think everyone was particularly taken with Niove’s Father’s speech. He is not a fluent English speaker but gave a speech of great clarity, passion and emotion directed at his daughter and at me. Everyone was very moved by his speech, but particularly the best man and I because we then had the near-impossible task of following on from him...
Thanks to everyone who helped us out and especially to Nick for the great photos which will help us to remember the wonderful day we had.”