For their April wedding, Lindsey and Craig decided they wanted a day that reflected the things they love – the groom’s tattoos, music, films and books. The cerebration was held at St. Andrew’s in the Square, a beautiful 18th Century restored church right in the heart of Glasgow.
“We met on 13 April 2003 and were married on the same day exactly 10 years later”, began the bride. “It was the eve of Craig’s 19th birthday and our first conversation was about Radiohead. The inspiration for our wedding was us. We stuck to our style and things that are significant in our lives and tried not to do anything that didn’t feel right. We sourced suppliers that we thought could get on board with our ideas and get excited about them as much as we were.”
“One particular secret inspiration was the groom’s tattoos (which his father does not know he has)”, she continued. “He has a set of swallows on his chest and the left side has my initial integrated into the tattoo. My garter had a silver swallow sewn on, the girls had a swallow as their hair accessory and my sister drew these on the welcome sign as well as integrating them into the cake decoration. Having little details like that really helped make the day our day.”
Planning a wedding is bloody hard work and sometimes it can all get a bit too much. I’m sure you’ve stressed a little over flower arrangements, worried if your bridesmaids will like their dresses or navigated your way through more family issues than you even knew you had. Big weddings are wonderful occasions but I’m yet to meet a couple who haven’t wondered at some point if that crazy idea to elope was really so crazy after all.
Simon and Leanne wanted to skip all that fuss and drama and so when they married in April, they decided to do just that – to elope on a beach with just a few witnesses in attendance. The ceremony was held on Saligo Beach, a private beach, on the Isle of Islay. “Raymond and Katherine are the kind couple who gave us the use of their own private beach for our ceremony and ‘after party’ picnic”, began the groom. “They treated us like close friends while we were there. Dr Rev Rob Barlow performed the ceremony. His wife Gwen was also there, and alongside Pete, our photographer, was the other witness. We had a truly spiritual service with an enigmatic magnetism that we couldn’t have wished more for.”
Lindsay and Andrew wanted a wedding that reflected their Scottish heritage so the day was held at Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast. The castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of beautiful countryside and inviting sandy beaches and the spectacular views made for the most perfect photographs! Lindsay wore a dramatic Terry Fox gown with tartan Christian Louboutin shoes. Andrew wore a version of a traditional Scottish kilt which was designed by the bride herself.
“Andrew always wanted to get married in a castle in Scotland”, Lindsay began. “Being Canadian where no castles exist, I couldn’t say no! I do not see myself as a princess at all but I just wanted to play off of the beauty and nature of the castle itself with our wedding theme. Because the castle was so magical and elegant, I didn’t want to veer to much away from this but add to it with a bit of quirkiness and fun along with the much needed avant garde.”
Rachel and Steven wanted a relaxed vibe for their Glaswegian wedding. This red-headed couple held their celebration at Pollokshields Burgh Hall and used dried wheat, carthamus and rhodantha throughout to give the space an organic and natural look. ”We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted everyone to relax and have a great day, and for the place to be natural, light and beautiful”, Rachel began. “The hall is gorgeous on its own anyway so I chose items, colours, flowers accordingly and everything came together amazingly. My bridesmaids and I carried wheat bouquets and we used a lot of charity shop finds. My girls also chose their own dresses. I just wanted them to wear a dress that made them feel amazing.”
“The Kitchen Window caterers were absolutely perfect and totally got what we were after”, she continued. “We had sharing antipasti platters to start with and then a buffet style main with chorizo stew and chicken stroganoff, it all tasted amazing, was really laid back and everyone loved it! They were a major part of the wedding and kept the whole day in order. We could not have managed it without them!”
Elizabeth and David’s gorgeous May wedding was held at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow. They wanted a simple day but one that they could put their own stamp on. Graphic designer Elizabeth handmade a lot of the details.
“All we were really set on was having a nice, light, fresh feel to everything”, began the bride. “I was desperate to get our love of movies in there, so we had the tables named after our favourite movie characters. We hired the townhouse for the wedding which effectively allowed us to have a large house party.”
“The biggest thing was making sure I could design or create as much of the wedding as humanly possible. I designed the invitations, bird seed pouches, personalized handkerchiefs for everyone, and hand-painted animal favours and CDs for guests to take home. There was lots of card and white & silver spray paint involved! We had a lot of whisky and cigars, there was also a TV set up in the bar with the football on (I’m told it was an important game).”
Marrying her sweetheart in August of last year, newlywed Claire told me all about their Glaswegian wedding. “Whilst on paper our wedding wasn’t overtly Rock n Roll, our journey to get down the aisle definitely offers a slightly offbeat tale. Namely because in the two years leading up to our nuptials we collectively lost ten stone between us – the equivalent of 20ish new-born babies, a Saint Bernard dog, or Britney Spears. The toughest journey of my life, losing 70% of our collective weight drop, I lived, breathed and blogged the whole shebang, and whilst I still have a few more pounds to shift, that I made it down the aisle in the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen, no longer morbidly obese, is the proudest moment of my life so far.”
“Another not so insignificant part of the proceedings was applying to be the next Rock n Roll Bride intern, and attending the first ever School of Rock (n Roll Bride). And whilst I didn’t win the internship, or even continue blogging, both made life that little bit more lovely, in no small part thanks to the network of remarkable women I had the pleasure of meeting either virtually or in person throughout each experience.”
Claire & Tom were married at Glasgow Art Club which proved to be the perfect venue to host their eclectic ideas. “Our humanist ceremony was our most treasured moment”, Claire explained. “Hugely personal, with poignant readings from three very special people to us, self-penned vows, tears a-hoy and impromptu hilarity which we shared with 70 of our most favourite people, it couldn’t have been more ‘us’.”