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A SCOTTISH WEDDING – IN GLASGOW TO BE EXACT {STARRING CHRIS & GILLIAN}

So there we were… knee deep in rice patties…

…just kidding. We were in Glasgow. We’d been asked to travel to a country we hadn’t been to before, and photograph the wedding of a set of fab wedding photographers, Gillian and Chris, in the surprisingly eclectic, Scottish city of Glasgow. So as Andrea and I ventured to the Northern UK, and we photographed what turned out to be one of the most ridiculous parties we’d ever been to. There were three stages of party, the incredible feast, a set of speeches that didn’t discriminate against Barbie ™, a second surprise fiesta that continued downstairs for it’s guests, confetti, dogs, wine, kissing, dancing everywhere, and 10:30 pm burgers… These two knew what they were doing, and they surrounded themselves on their wedding day with a group of people worthy of shooting tequila with (theoretically speaking, of course).

What a day…

Below is just a taste of the moments we shared on 4 April, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland with Gillian, Chris, and their closest. I hope you enjoy and inexplicably crack open that precious, basement bubbly storage at home… you’re going to need it. (burp).

By the way, for a bigger breakdown of the day and all of the legend wedding artists involved, you can also catch this insane wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes right here  (after you look through this post of course)

 

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NOW A LITTLE BIT OF BACK STORY …

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AT THIS STAGE WE GOT IN THE CAR AND DROVE 45 MINS TO TAKE PHOTOS – JUST IMAGINE REALLY NICE DRIVING SHOTS HERE…

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THEN WE GOT IN THE CAR AGAIN AND DROVE BACK 45 MINS – JUST IMAGINE REALLY NICE DRIVING SHOTS HERE AS WELL…

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BOYS ARE OFF… NOW, BACK WITH THE GIRLS….

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OK, ENOUGH PREP SHOTS…

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….

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OK, SO IF YOU HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR, I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME – I HOPE YOU MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE END.

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Tahnee - Ahhhhhh Dan! Incredible, as always. As if we would expect anything less! What a beautiful celebration.

Mike - Oh wowzers. Absolutely smashed it! Beautiful work and I really enjoyed imagining the rally nice driving shots.

John Benavente - Killer frames Dan!

Caro - Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
So so good!
I laughed and cried and laughed and cried and ooh-ed and aah-eh
Gillian and Chris you know how to throw a paaartayyyy!!!
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Siobhan - Oh wow! Gorgeous. Little dude in deckchair with party hat. Partied out :)))

Kristen - TRIUMPHANT

Genevieve ( Miss Gen ) - Gorgeous work Dan!

Josie - There is so much LIFE and action in your photos! Awesome as always. Love the bride’s dress too!

James Bennett - You’re the king buddy. Incredibly well documented. Stellar job.

Katelyn - Killing it as always! Go team!

Eric Ronald - Really, really killer mate.

Thierry Joubert - ART Dan, ART….

Barry Forshaw - Awesome stuff. Quite a backdrop for the group shots!

Keegan Cronin - Amazing work!

Jack Chauvel - Incredible as always. You have been an inspiration ever since I met you those many moons ago. Never stop.

Mark B - Fab photographs. So many give a great sense of the fun aspect of the day and they all look so great.

chris prestidge - so epic mate, absolutely love all of this magic !

Glenn - My favourite wedding blog post ever, I could look at this a hundred times (and will)

Maria - Please could you tell me who is the designer of this dress ?

JK Blackwell - Love that they brought along presumably photographs of their parents/ grandparents at their weddings.

Rafael Sanchez - incredible .. clean work, history and places are well described, photography with a cosmetic care really great

For 4 minutes and 23 seconds Austin, Texas was still. {Bradford and Leslie’s last dance}.

For this post, im going to steal from my love, Andrea’s travel journal. I feel like her entry the day after we shot Bradford and Leslie’s wedding in Austin Texas (yeeeww) summed up the night perfectly. Over to Andrea.

“My favourite time of the day was a fully unplanned one. When after all was said and done (and 150 people had danced and drank and ate their way through a massive sound system and a five hour dance floor), it was the 1:00 am shut off for the mood lighting and the best DJ on the planet earth (The Flashdance). They turned on the tin lights and shut off the strobes. “Time to get on the shuttle bus everyone!” the planner yelled out to the remaining 30 people (including us). With that, the Mr. Dance, who had been throwing down tracks like a crazy man, turned on a slow song while he packed up his gear. The song turned out to be “The Bad Days” by David Ramirez, and was one of the couple’s self proclaimed anthems.

Without a word or a pause, Bradford grabbed Leslie and held her tight and close, in such an intimate embrace I was almost inclined to look away. About 15 of us sat on the slide lines of the crumpled glitter-covered d-floor, under the fluorescent lights, and watched them sway and lip-sync to one another for the 4 minutes of the song. The bright lights, the flash, the planning, and the mania of the wedding day were gone. As all of us were sitting there watching, suddenly those two were the only ones in the room.

I thought, ‘There it is. That’s why we’re here.’

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Ok, so lets put this moment into perspective a little. The below set of images represent the 4 hours of D-floor leading up to this dance.

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Ok, perspective injected.

So let’s enjoy this moment again.

 

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Holly Murphy - I just had to listen to The Bad Days while scrolling this post, I’d never heard the song before but after reading this post and seeing that final image with the song playing, I’m sold. Love it! Beautiful story, incredible work. High five!

Josie - Brilliant!

cinzia - just…WOW!

Andreas - <3

Lyn - Just simply in awe. You two are a class act .. kudos

Hanke - this is awesome! Love all these shots <3

Rob - Delightful! x

Amy Farrell - You two just have a pretty magic way with words and pictures xx

john warren - oh dude……… just great

Josh - Rad!

John - Just found your work! amazing!

Petar Jurica - Cool!

Anthea - Love this moment and its significance, and of course the beautiful words by Andrea to go with that moment.

Callan Robison - Excellent work!

Antony Turner - One of my favourite songs! and awesome photography to boot!

jesus caballero - what a great big story from heart….

Oli - Yes yes yes.