Despite the less than wonderful weather at the Wedding of Leigh and Damian the smiles that resonate from both of them are so filled with sunshine and love that its impossible not to grin.
If you could bottle happiness like that you would be a millionaire !
The fabulous Mike Cook Photography shares the story of the day and his outstanding images.
Whilst based just outside Falkirk, he has undertaken photography throughout most of Central Scotland - Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond.
Mike describes his style as relaxed, contemporary and documentary.
He looks for opportunities for images in the unlikeliest of places, and doesn’t get phased by things like bad weather – his spin is it just makes for more interesting photographs!
"I headed off for Bearsden for the first leg of the wedding of Leigh & Damien.
I kicked 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."
"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."
"With the cake cutting, speeches and first dance complete, I left the couple just as the ceilidh band had started to get in full swing."
Thanks to Mike once again for sharing his incredible work. I love the subtle vintage touch with the beautiful birdcage veil and the simple yet striking bridal gown, gorgeous vibrant blooms and the breathtaking reception venue...and just the overwhelming feeling of such complete joy."
To Contact Mike Cook Photography
Phone: 01324 557977