Lee and Lana's wedding photography at West Brewery, Glasgow Green
Despite years of experience of wedding photography in Glasgow, it was going to be my first outing to West Brewery for Lee and Lana's wedding. I had always admired the iconic Templeton building from the outside and when I went to check the venue out the interior was just as impressive. The newly opened function room at the back was great. Exposed brick and steel made the room look modern and perfect for a wedding.
My first port of call on the day was at The Blythswood Square hotel to get shots of Lana and her bridesmaids getting ready.The girls were in one of the best hotel rooms I have ever seen. It had a fantastic balcony with city views and loads of room inside for shots. The bridesmaids were wearing "Bridal squad" t-shits with socks to match. Lana's Mum and Dad arrived to get ready in the room too. Once the girls had finished with make up which was done by Anne Marie McElroy I got some shots of Lana on the balcony before I left for the venue. Rain, heavy rain, was forecast for the day but Lana told me it would be ok as her Dad had his lucky brolly at the venue. It was lucky as it never rained when they had it. Fingers crossed it was going to work!
At West Brewery I got some shots of Lee with his two best men and usher. They were having problems with the kilt shoes laces (a common problem that can be helped by a you tube video!). All the guests and Lee's family started to arrive and have drinks in the beer garden. The guests started to take their seats as Lana arrived with her Dad. Lana and her bridesmaids were lining up to go in and Lana had a quick peek into the room through the window. The ceremony was in the front function room and the ceremony was conducted by the humanist - Helen Singleton. The room had beautiful dark panels and windows on one side which created a lovely light on Lana when she came down the aisle. A few wee tears came from Lana when she saw Lee but Dad gave her a wee cuddle. It was a beautiful ceremony!
The couple and their guests then went outside for a group shot. Although I had faith in the lucky brolly I thought it was best to start the photography as soon a possible while it was still dry. Once we had done some family shots and pictures of the bridal party we headed for the blue bridge which Lana had wanted to be pictured beside. Glasgow Green is great for photography. There is not a lot of colour to be had but I loved the simplicity of the tree lined paths. We also got some pictures beside the washing poles. This is a reminder of the wash-house that existed at Glasgow Green from 1732 to 1830. The washing lines were in use up until 1977.
We then headed back to the reception where the guests were in the new function room. Some of them had gone on the brewery tour. I got Lana and Lee to go down for a couple of pictures. The guests then were seated for the start of the speeches. Emotion and laughter were on show from the speeches by Lana's Dad, Lee and Lee's two best men. After the meal it was then the cake cutting. The stunning cake was made by Lee's Mum and it tasted great (so I was told). It was then party time. The dance floor was full by the time I left after the fourth dance. It was a very wet night when I left the building but it was fine - the lucky brolly kept the rain away when we needed it to! G x