Glasgow Wedding Photography | Grand Central Hotel | Summer 2019

Glasgow Wedding Photography | Grand Central Hotel | Summer 2019

Glasgow Wedding Photography.

Back in September, I was lucky enough to be involved in Ellen and Daniel’s big day. Two stunning locations in St Andrews Cathedral and The Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. I do love a city-centre wedding. Always a real buzz around them!

I was a second shooter on this project alongside Simon Lees. A lovely day to be involved in and thanks for having me.

I travel all over the UK and beyond shooting weddings in a discreet manner. Get in touch HERE to find out if your date is available and we can get the ball rolling.

Enjoy some of the highlights!

 

 

 

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Thanks.

 

Lee.

 

https://leehaggartyphotography.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A late summer wedding at The Signet Library in Edinburgh

A late summer wedding at The Signet Library in Edinburgh

Signet Library Wedding | Summer 2019

A trip to the capital in September for Anna and Norman’s wedding. The Signet Library just oozes class and the attention to detail within the building is amazing!

This was a job I was the second shooter on for Simon Lees.

All of the rooms are gorgeous and a pleasure to photograph.

 

The Signet Library | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

The Library is so tranquil especially given the fact its bang on the Royal Mile which was absolutely buzzing!

 

The Signet Library | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

 

 

The Signet Library | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Signet Library | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Signet Library | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

The Signet Library | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Lee Haggarty Photography | Edinburgh Wedding

 

One thing I love about my job is the variation in venues that  I encounter. It can be a barn or Yurt one week and then a building like this the next.

 

 

I love the smell inside a vintage car! Don’t know why!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head on over to the main page to find out more about Lee Haggarty Photography . Be sure to check out the socials too on Facebook  and Instagram

I travel all over Scotland shooting weddings in a natural style. Contact me to see if your date is available.

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement shoot at The Crichton and Glencaple | Dumfries Wedding Photography

Engagement shoot at The Crichton and Glencaple | Dumfries Wedding Photography

I love an engagement shoot! It’s a great way to meet up and for you guys to get a feel of how it will be on the day during the couple shoot etc. We were very lucky with the weather on the night and spent some time in the grounds of the Crichton before heading down the coast for a stroll around the shores at Glencaple. How blue were those skies!!! Just lovely!

 

Lee Haggarty Photography | Dumfries Wedding Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

I shoot weddings in a relaxed natural style all over the UK and beyond. Get in touch for more info or head on over to the homepage for more info.

 

How does a Wedding day normally flow?

How does a Wedding day normally flow?

Wedding Day Photography Timeline – How it all works!

So, the chances are you might not have done this “big day” thing before? Even if you have been a guest at a wedding its a tad different being on the other side of the big dress! Read on to find out more of the day actually runs.

What time do you arrive and start taking pictures? 

Usually, this is around 2-3 hours before the ceremony. if your wedding is all in one location I may be earlier to get shots fo the venue etc before I come to the bridal preparations. I like to have a good scout around for all the little detail shots and get some exteriors of the venue etc. Preparations are a great time to photograph and I get some lovely material during this time. Some great reaction shots and there’s generally a nice buzz to the atmosphere! If you are exchanging gifts on the morning of the wedding it’s lovely to catch this happening so a heads up is always advised.

Dumfries Wedding Photography

Springkell Wedding Photography | Lee Haggarty Photography

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

Old Fruit Market Wedding | Lee Haggarty Photography

Wedding dress | Lee Haggarty Photography

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Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

Springkell Wedding Photography

Lee Haggarty Photography | Springkell

Lee Haggarty Photography | Springkell Wedding

NAtural Wedding Photography

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Lee Haggarty Photography | Dumfries Wedding Photographer

Springkell Wedding

Castle Wedding Scotland

 

 

When will you leave to get to the ceremony? 

This depends on the logistics. If its all in one place and its a case of nipping downstairs this can be simply a few minutes before you walk down the aisle. In this situation, I may nip up and down like a yo-yo to catch some guest arrival shots and get some of the groom and his party too. If it’s a church wedding I like to be on site with a little time to spare and say hi to the celebrant and find out any restrictions that may be in place for me. Travelling time and getting parked also need to be taken into consideration. This is especially relevant at City Centre Weddings and even more so on a Saturday! I have been known to ride in a wedding car too which can be fun and  I can get some great shots while en route! Some clients choose to have a second shooter option which does allow us to be in two places at once. This is usually to help with Groom preparations and to be at the ceremony before me catching guest arrivals etc.

Lee Haggarty Photography \ Wedding photography Scotland

Lee Haggarty Photography | Dumfries Wedding Photographer

Lee Haggarty Photography | DUmfries Wedding Photographer

Lee Haggarty photography | Natural wedding photographer

How do you shoot the ceremony?

As discretely as possible while getting the shots I need. I do believe in not being inside a certain space during the ceremony. In my opinion its a distraction from what is going on if I or anyone else is jumping around you as you say your vows. I have no problem at all working with celebrants requests. It is helpful to know of any limitations on movement before the big day though to help plan things as best as possible.  I also very rarely use flash during the ceremony to avoid distractions, except where really necessary. I like to try and get some nice candid shots of guests during the ceremony too as there are some lovely reaction shots.

Lee Haggarty Photography | Dumfries Photographer

Lee Haggarty Photography | SCottish wedding photographer

Lee Haggarty Photography | Castle Wedding Scotland

Lee Haggarty Photography | Glasgow Wedding Photography

Lee Haggarty Photography | Wedding Photography Dumfries

 

What happens after the ceremony?

Things all become a tad more relaxed now! This is the time in the day when group shots and the couple shoot will usually take place along with candid shots during drinks receptions and mingling etc. Often a confetti shot is done close to the end of the ceremony and often as you walk down the aisle. Group/Family shots can take place before or after the couple shoot. I like to work quickly in the couple shoot and it should only take up to around 45 minutes. I advise keeping group shots to a minimum as it does eat up time. If you allow 4-5 minutes for each shot that is realistic. Having efficient ushers/bridesmaids etc speeds up the process if they know who they have to call on to appear in the shots. The timings of this part can also depend on the venue and how much space we have, the weather plays a part too if we aren’t able to get outside. Couple shoots don’t have to take place before dinner and in summer months it can be great to do an early evening shoot after dinner. Shortly before guests enter the dining area I will grab some detail shots of the room and tableware etc.

Lee Haggarty Photography | Fife Wedding

Old Course Hotel Wedding

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

Lee Haggarty Photography | Scotland wedding Photographer

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Springkell Wedding Photography

Lee Haggarty Photography | Seamill Hydro

Dumfries Wedding Photographer | Lee Haggarty Photography

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Lee Haggarty Photography | Springkell Wedding

Lee Haggarty Photography | Dumfries Wedding Photographer

Lee Haggarty Photography | Natural Wedding Photography

Lee Haggarty Photography | Old Fruit Market Wedding

Lee Haggarty Photography | The Byre at Inchyra

Lee Haggarty Photography | Old Fruit Market Glasgow

The Speeches. 

Not all weddings have speeches but when you do I will document them in pictures. LIke the ceremony, I like to keep my distance from the top table wherever possible.  Having a good selection of prime lenses at my disposal allows this. I love to get nice reaction shots when speeches are being made. You can be hysterics one minute and tears the next and it’s a really fun time of day!

 

Dumfries Wedding Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dancing! 

My normal package includes coverage of early dances at the reception. It’s always great to get some lovely shots during the first dance and then watch all the moves being busted out as the party kicks in! If fireworks are in the schedule of the day these can be included too.

Lee Haggarty photography Scottish wedding

Old Fruit Market wedding

Lee Haggarty Photography | Dumfries Wedding

Lee Haggarty Photography | Natural Wedding Photographer SCotland

Lee Haggarty Photography | Old Course Hotel

 

Hopefully, there will have been some useful info here for you. Head on over to the main website HERE for more info and pics.

Also, check out my facebook page HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Exclusive Use Country Estate Venue near Dumfries

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Exclusive Use Country Estate Venue near Dumfries

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

I had the pleasure of attending an open day at Dalswinton Estate on Sunday. I happened to have a camera with me so took a few shots.

This venue is really stunning! It’s an exclusive use venue on a private country estate less than 7 miles from Dumfries. The walled garden hosts a stunning pavilion style marquee which is beautifully furnished in a modern way and surrounded by seemingly endless ornate gardens and a stunning loch.

Events are handled by Sophie and William from Queesnberry Events. Having worked with these guys before at several weddings I know you are in safe hands!

If you are looking for a Chic Countryside venue which oozes class this could just be the place for you. Several Ceremony options are available and can be outdoor, in the church or in the marquee. I love shooting at this kind of venue. It’s so peaceful and pleasing on the eye. The surroundings are truly world class.

Check out the full gallery here: http://picti.net/brdu9

Exlclusive use estate wedding venue scoltand

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Lee Haggarty Photography | Dalswinton Estate Weddings

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

Dalswinton Estate Weddings | Lee Haggarty Photography

 

 

Great to hang out with the other suppliers on the day.  Some even had leftover Easter eggs! I resisted of course!

Blooms Florist Dumfries 

Tantrum Events Dumfries 

Eden of Dumfries

Hemera Visuals 

 

 

How do you choose a wedding venue?

How do you choose a wedding venue?

Your perfect venue is out there! Read on for a few helpful tips.

 

 

Finding the perfect venue is likely at the top of your list if you’re a newly engaged couple and planning the big day. The right venue for you and your guests is a huge part of the wedding but is something that can be difficult to finalise due to the huge number of venues and their differing styles. It can be easy to fall in love with a venue online but make sure you view it before committing to anything! The venue will determine things such as the number of guests you can accommodate, the overall style of wedding you can have, your budget, entertainment, type of ceremony, the list goes on!

Here are a few tips to help with the decision process of choosing your venue:

 

Is the location right? 

 

Will your guests be happy to travel? It’s not uncommon these days for the whole guestlist to travel to a location many miles from home as it is your “perfect venue”. While this works for some weddings it might not work for all. I’ve worked at weddings where over 100 people have travelled trans-Atlantic to attend the big day. If it’s going to be closer to home you may have to provide coaches and think of accommodation in and around the venue for your guests. Most weddings will have friends and family that have to travel to attend who may live further afield.

 

Is the capacity right?

 

This is really a major factor in the decision process. It will help to draw up a rough guest list before looking at venues to know what your numbers might be (consult your parents on this one too as they may want a fair few folks invited that you wouldn’t have thought of). The size and layout of the venue are really important. Too big and it may feel empty and too small it could be cramped or have guests spread over different rooms etc. It always helps to see a venue dressed for a real wedding. If this is not possible the second best thing is to search for a wedding film or photography blog that features the venue. A room may appear very large but when there are twelve tables that seat ten people in it it looks very different!

 

Does it fit with your theme and style?

 

At this stage, you may or may not know what your style/theme is. If you do know this can make things a whole lot easier. If for example you really want a barn wedding or a hotel wedding then that’s a huge milestone in the planning process. Some couples love the grandeur of stately home or palace type venues such as Dumfries House, Springkell Mansion. Hopetoun House or Ardgown Estate.  Barn or rustic venues have been very popular in the last few years too.  Great examples of these are GG’s Yard on the Galloway Coast, The Cow Shed at Crail in Fife, Harelaw Farm and Dalduff Farm in Ayrshire. Often this type of venue really is a blank canvas and you can literally add what you want. GG’s yard is quite unique in this sector as while it is a rustic style venue it is also very grand! I’ve never actually been in another venue quite like it and I love it for that reason. Many people opt for a stunning hotel in a city centre location or a marquee on private land. The possibilities are endless. Last year I did a wedding at a lifeboat station where the bride arrived on a lifeboat! It was amazing!

 

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club – A baronial country house with fantastic surroundings.

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Springkell Mansion House – A beautiful Palladian Mansion in South Scotland.

Scottish Wedding Photography

 

 

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Dumfries House – An exquisite 18th-century country home which offers everything you require for your big day.

Scottish wedding photography

 

 

Glasgow City Halls and Old Fruit Market – A fantastic City Centre venue in the heart of the Merchant City area of Glasgow. A real hidden gem!

Old Fruit Market Wedding

 

 

Make a list of your “must haves”

 

Budget, try and find out before viewing if your budget fits the venue. Don’t look at venues that are out of reach budget wise. Ask for bar tariffs on the day, are the figures inclusive of VAT, is everything you see included in the quoted price etc?

Suppliers, does the venue have a contract with any suppliers that you are tied in to use in a package deal? Are you allowed to bring in your own suppliers? Most of the time you are but it’s still worth checking.

Catering, can the venue provide the type of cuisine you would like etc? You may want something like a hog roast buffet, is this possible?

Live Music, quite a big one this as the right band can really make or break the evening reception. Check the venue is allowed to have a live band play. Is there a sound limiter and if so what is the setting? Bands often turn up and struggle to do their job because of a low threshold noise limiter set by the authorities.

Fireworks/Drones etc, are these allowed at the venue? If you have your heart set on a fireworks display or a drone film this may be an influencing factor.

 

What is the venue lighting like?

 

From a photographers point of view, this one is quite a big deal. Some venues have great light indoors and some don’t. This certainly doesn’t mean one is better than the other, they just look different. Bear this in mind as it will influence your pictures and film. Some people love dark and moody venues that have lots of candles and some love really bright and airy spaces full of natural daylight. If having some great landscapes in your pictures is a priority you may want to consider the location of the venue too or maybe consider travelling to a location away from the venue for a photo shoot. City centre weddings are becoming more popular and I love them! Street images are really cool and great fun to shoot.

 

How will the day flow?

 

Many venues share spaces between different parts of the day.  It’s quite common for the ceremony to take place in the same room as the dinner and evening reception. This means the venue has to be “turned around” between these parts. Ask how long that might take and check there are suitable areas for guests to mingle etc. The venue may have lots of outside space which can be great but remember it could rain! Is there a wet weather contingency area? If you are having a church wedding bear in mind the time it takes to travel to the reception venue when finalising your ceremony time. It’s not uncommon to lose an hour and a half travelling between church and reception depending on the distance. This can seriously affect the amount of time the creatives have to do your couples photo shoot and family group shots etc. The last thing we want is to delay the speeches and meal but we have to get out part done too.

Does the venue provide a manager/master of ceremonies on the day? This can really assist with timings and having people where they need to be at specific times.