The wedding photographer gets to see a wide variety of wedding venues during the course of a year. Some you see a lot some you only ever see once.
I thought I'd give a quick overview of some of this year's locations.
This is a popular venue for civil weddings in Greenock. It boasts a beautiful staircase, a couple of well lit function rooms and a larger hall for bigger parties. The back steps are quite nice for small group pictures, as is the front entrance. They are very accommodating, though the master of ceremonies lingers a bit too much for the cake cutting! The registrars are usually quite happy for the photographer to take pictures, as long as he stays still and doesn't get in the way.
Across the road from the hotel is a bowling club. The gardens here are quite attractive at different times of the year and offer a place to take the main wedding party and bride for additional photos. A cunning photographer (i.e. me) arranges for the club to open the gates in time for the photographs.
St Francis Presbytery - Port Glasgow
Whilst it does not have a great external appearance, this Church offers some very magical natural light inside. The priests are quite happy to allow photographs during the ceremony, once again from a set position. Familiarity with the Catholic service is a must, so that you stop taking pictures during the mass/communion. The garden outside, if you are careful of the angles and providing the weather is dry, provides a good area for big group pictures. The wrong angles though can you give you views of the car park and surrounding housing though.
If you know your stuff you'll know that before it was the Port of Glasgow it was a small town called Newark. The castle kept the name.
It's a great wee tower with views across the Clyde. It offers a nice range of settings for the wedding party, though inside it is best just for the bride and groom due to the small spaces.
The wrong angle gets you a view of the wall of the shipyard next door! Inside it can be a little narrow and awkward for brides to navigate, so care needs to be taken.
There is a fee to have your pictures taken here, so some prefer just to have pictures on the grass next door.
St Andrew's Church - Port Glasgow
A nice large expanse of steps outside lead you into the church itself. Whilst photograph during the ceremony is discouraged, there is usually plenty of opportunity take pictures after the ceremony and registry signing. Some of the old wood panelling around the pulpit is quite attractive in the right light. The church itself is quite dark though with lots of shadows. The church is hemmed in by surrounding buildings and does not really offer much outdoor potential, except for the steps. If you have a big enough wedding party it can make for a dramatic group shot.