Andy and Martine's wedding photography at Crossbasket Castle, Blantyre

Andy and Martine's wedding photography at Crossbasket Castle,Blantyre

18th November 2016

When I first met Andy and Martine I was intrigued to hear more about the venue they were getting married in - Crossbasket Castle. I had never heard of it before but it sounded absolutely amazing and the pictures I saw of the interiors looked incredible - best of all it was 20 minutes away from my house. It wasn't due to open for another few months when the couple booked me but it was something I was really looking forward to seeing.

The tower of Crossbasket was erected in the early 15th century, and was a dower-house of the Lindsays of Dunrod . By 1747, the Castle was in the possession of the Peter family, who had acquired it from John Kincaid in the first decade of the 18th century. Crossbasket House was occupied by many families during the 19th century including most famously by the inventor and raincoat manufacturer, Charles Macintosh. It then went through different ownerships and became a Dr Barnardo's home around 1945. It then became an education centre and then a Christian centre. It was sold to a developer in 2005 but the  building lay empty and near derelict until 2011 when it was bought by its current owners Steve and Alison Reid-Timoney  who have invested £9m into the property and have turned it into the luxury hotel it is today. Having provided professional wedding photography in Glasgow for several years, I've seen my fair share of stunning venues, and this one is up there with the best of them.

I went to see the venue before Andy and Martine's day and it was as wonderful as I had hoped it was. On the morning of the wedding I headed for Martine's parents house where all the girls and some guys were getting ready. What a fantastic house for pictures. Amazing tall Georgian ceilings and massive bay windows. Light galore, perfect for photography. It was such a great chilled out morning. Everyone happy and enjoying the day. I loved Martine's dress. It was such a simple design but so elegant. It suited her perfectly, just georgous! 

I then headed to the Chapel that Andy and Martine were getting married in - St Peters in Glasgow's West End. Funnily enough my first flat (which was purchased 23 years ago!)  overlooked the church but I had never been inside until today. It was beautiful, worth the wait. I got some shots of Andy with his best man but we had to do the shots round the corner as the wedding before ours was just coming out 20 minutes before ours was due to start. Luckily they all dispersed before Andy and Martine's guests arrived.

Martine and her Dad arrived just after the bridesmaids and her Mum. We then all got in for the ceremony. The interior of the church was beautiful and the ceremony was lovely. I got a great shot of the two of them outside with some confetti. Andy and Martine were just so happy and it really showed through in the pictures.

The couple arrived at the venue just after me so I whisked them down to the river in the castle grounds for some pictures before the bus load of guests arrived. The grounds are fantastic, so much choice for photography. The guests all started to arrive and they served drinks outside. The weather was great and everyone just stayed outside. Who would have thought that in October!

I did some requested family shots and then some pictures with Martine and Andy's bridal party. I also got a great large group shot of all the guests. I nearly didn't as when I went up to the first floor bedroom the windows did not open fully as they had security locks on them. What was I to do as everyone was outside waiting on me? I managed to just squeeze my camera lens through the gap in the window and got the shot. Thank goodness! Everyone started to go inside and I used that opportunity to get some pictures of the couple with the castle in the background. The sun was just going down and the light was just perfect. I also got a couple of pictures inside the beautiful drawing room. It seemed a waste not to get a couple of pictures in such a beautiful room.

All the guests were now seated in the magnificent ballroom at the rear of the castle. This was custom built during the development. It has a true feeling of grandeur and just perfect for weddings with its separate stage and outside patio overlooking the river. It was the speeches first with a slightly different order than usual with the best man first followed by the groom and finishing with the father of the bride. Martine's brother was the MC and did a fab job. All the speeches were good and all unique.  Andy's best mans was funny and Andy's was very emotional. It showed how much he loved his new wife. Martine's dad's was funny but a few shocked faces were to be seen in the room, mostly from Martine's Mum- Mary. It was all good fun though and kept the guests entertained!

It was then time for the meal. Crossbasket Castle in the short time it has been opened has built up a reputation for amazing 5 star food. What the guests got looked superb. After dinner it was straight into the dancing. The dance floor was full and I knew it was going to be a great night ahead for everyone.

I would like to thank Andy and Martine for allowing me to be their photographer. It was great to photograph their wedding at this stunning new (but very old) venue. Hopefully it wont be my last there. G x

A note of Andy and Martine's lovely suppliers-

Flowers- Yvonne MacDonald- www.facebook.com/Thistle-flowers-by-Yvonne-MacDonald-185361148182842/?fref=ts
Piper-Tam MacArthur aka Tam the Piper
Tam MacArthur aka Tam the Piper - www.tamthepiper.com
Make up-Stephanie McDowell - www.facebook.com/stephaniemcdowellmakeup/
Hair-Lorraine Morrison
Martine's dress - Eleganza Sposa Bridal Boutique - /eleganza.co.uk/
Kilts-MacGregor & MacDuff - www.macgregorandmacduff.co.uk
Cake-Waitrose
The Cars- Waterside Cars
Waterside Cars - www.watersideweddings.com