A big wedding and a big day at Glasgow University and Crutherland House

A big wedding and a big day at Glasgow University and Crutherland House

Catriona and David have been a couple for quite a few years. In fact, I photographed David’s sister’s wedding five years ago and they were together then, so I suppose it was only natural that one day they would become one…

David got ready at home in Giffnock with his best man and groomsmen. They had decided to wear the same jackets and kilts – which were in the Modern Mackenzie tartan. Catriona got ready at the Crutherland House in East Kilbride, which is where they were going to have the afternoon and evening reception, and just like all weddings, Catriona’s room was a scene of happy chaos – with make up, hair, dresses, bridesmaids and of course, Prosecco…

The wedding was at the Glasgow University Chapel. Catriona’s Father is a piper, who besides being an renowned piper, also composes bagpipe music. More of that later… Catriona walked down the aisle on her father’s arm while he was playing his bagpipes, which was quite an emotional moment and a very precious gift to his daughter.  After the wedding, I got everyone outside (about 120 people) and got a large group picture of everyone. After several more groups I took Catriona and David down to the cloisters for some wedding photography before we hit the road to make our way to East Kilbride.

The Crutherland is a great place for weddings, as it has everything you need all under one roof. We arrived on schedule and while Catriona and David were enjoying their friends I was hard at work photographing the reception layouts and capturing lots of pictures of the guests enjoying themselves. When the speeches started Catriona’s Dad presented her with a framed sheet of music – which was a bagpipe melody that he had composed especially for her. What a beautiful and lasting gift…! Wonderful.

For the first dances of the newlyweds, Catriona’s Dad and his friend piped the couple into the ballroom, and after cutting the cake and sharing a dram, they took their first dance together. After that it was time for a bit of a boogie, then a bit of a ceilidh, then back to the boogie. I think that’s how the whole evening was going to play out and that’s when I made my exit. It was a great wedding day and I wish Catriona and David a long and happy life together.