For their August wedding Laura and Holly wanted a day that felt like them, so that meant witchy, romantic, feminine, pagan and inspired by nature. They were influenced by Stevie Nicks and the film Practical Magic. They even walked down the aisle to the theme song!
Their ceremony was one of the most important moments to them both. It took place at Cottiers Theatre, a converted church in Glasgow. “Our officiant was Gerrie Douglas-Scott. She and her wife, Susan, were the first lesbian couple to be married in Scotland when equal marriage became legal. This was our main reason for picking her as she was able to pass on the baton. Susan came to say hello to both of us after the ceremony too.”
“We had a humanist ceremony that focused on us. It was very personal. Our celebrant asked us to write down three things we loved about each other which she read on the day. We had a handfasting using four different cords to bind our hands together that represented the elements (red: fire, blue: water, green: earth and white: air). Our bridesmaid, Gillian, did a reading of a Celtic blessing.”
Laura and Lauryn’s wedding was inspired by their loved ones. They had their friends help them wherever they could, but not in traditional roles. One friend made Laura’s dress, another made Lauryn’s and lots of others helped out with decorations.
“We didn’t have bridesmaids or people in traditional roles” explained Lauryn, “but we liked the idea of highlighting a few people who went the extra mile for us so we named our house cocktails after them! We had the Bekgarita, the Hanna-lol Spritz, the Cosmic Emelie and the Papprihinia.”
“My dress was made by my best friend Bek who works in fashion” she continued. “I drove her absolutely insane talking about ‘the vision’ of what I had in mind. I think ‘the vision’ will haunt her forever! In all seriousness though, I can’t underestimate how much she did for me and how special she made me feel. I’ll probably never again have the opportunity to own something so beautiful, that was one-of-a-kind and made just for me.”
Bunny and Sarah were married at Burning Man Festival. Their theme was based on their Disco Jelly Art Car that they made for their camp. “Getting married at Burning Man was very unusual!” said Bunny. “The environment and elements, such as heat, wind and dust (sometimes all at the same time!), made the wedding very different and challenging. During the ceremony a dust storm came, but we didn’t thinking about pausing for a second. It made our moments very raw and unforgettable.”
The couple were married in front of a giant spinning heart, “For our ceremony location we chose an art piece in the shape of a spinning heart made by Eric Zann” explained Sarah. “The ceremony itself was very relaxed and our friends made it even better than we ever imagined. One of our friends was our officiant, another friend played the guitar, and another one recited his speech in German, even though no one understood German!”