Ayrshire Wedding Photography:
Leigh & Damien at St. Winin’s Church

Definitely clocking up the miles today as I headed off for Bearsden for the first leg of today’s wedding with Leigh & Damien. Kicking off as usual with the bridal preparations at Leigh’s parents’ house but when I arrive it all seems too calm – hair and make-up are just being finished off and we seem to be running to time – not the usual last minute panicking that I usually find. This is great, me thinks, plenty of photography time! So I do the usual detail shots (dress, shoes, jewellery etc.) before some shots of Leigh in the dress and with her parents and sister before heading off to the next destination.

Off to Kilwinning in Ayrshire, destination for the ceremony at St. Winin’s Church. I make sure I’m at least 15 minutes ahead of Leigh in order to get some shots of Damien and the guys pre-ceremony. With those completed just in time, I’m ready for the ceremony just as Leigh arrives outside. There’s a real gusty wind blowing so it’s definitely hands on hats time for the ladies. Church weddings can sometimes be quite serious affairs but this certainly wasn’t the case today as Damien’s singing had everyone in stitches for the most part.

After a short buffet in the church hall, we all headed off to Kilwinning Abbey, where we had planned to do the group and bride & groom shots. Although threatening for most of the day, thankfully the rain held off in time for us to get the shots, albeit it was a bit grey and still very blustery – had to employ the chauffeur to hold my light stand upright despite weighing it down with rocks!

With the shots complete, it was back in the car, this time, destination Glasgow for the reception which was being held at the Trades Hall in the Merchant City. Designed and built from 1791-1794 by Robert Adam and his brothers, the Trades Hall was built to serve as a public hall and meeting place for the city’s Trades House & 14 Incorporated Crafts. Today, it’s used for a number of purposes including conferences, exhibitions and, of course, weddings, and it’s a great place for photography – a very grand setting indeed – good choice guys.

With the cake cutting, speeches and first dance complete, I left the guys just as the ceilidh band had started to get in full swing. Leigh & Damien, thank you for asking me to be your photographer on the day. I certainly had a good time and, from what I could see, so did all your family and friends.

Here’s a few of my favourite images from the day. The full set can be found in the online gallery (password required).

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