I do love a wedding with a real theme or personality behind it. Donna and Iain wanted a 60s/70s music inspired wedding with the lyric “all you need is love” as the theme…. as it’s special to them. And you know what, they bloomin’ well smashed it… it looks and feels amazing through this awe inpiring images and Donna’s gorgeous real wedding report.
I so love Donna’s 60s inspired wedding dress, made for her by Iain’s aunty… a family affair if i ever saw one :-)
Thanks so much to the fabulous Glasgow based wedding photographer, Lisa Devine Photography for sharing her work today, here is what she had to say about the day;
“It’s great meeting a bride & groom who know exactly what they want… and this certainly was the case with Donna & Iain. From the first meeting with them they were really clear, not only on the style of photography they wanted but on every other detail of their wedding day.
Lovers of everything and anything from the 1960′s and 1970′s the couple wanted to add a touch of that passion to their wedding…and they did…with real class!
I loved the mini 45′s they had as they’re place names, their favourite albums they had for their table names and the vintage beetle and old London bus they had as the wedding cars…this wedding was most certainly ‘up my street’.
To top it all off the wedding breakfast and reception venue is one of the most sought after in Glasgow and really stunning… all in all a photographers dream.”
On the 23rd July 2009, on an island in the Maldives, with the Indian Ocean lapping at our feet! All very romantic!
All the boys wore Dalgleish tartan kilts. Iain wore an ivory cravat, the 2 best men wore cravats in the same colour as the bridesmaid, and Iain’s Dad, and my uncle, who gave me away, both wore black cravats.
The Vision for the day….
We both agreed that the music would be the focus of the day and that we wanted a 60s/70s soul funk vibe. I was very much drawn to a 60s style wedding gown and we both fancied a Beetle for our wedding car and an old red London bus to transport guests from the church to the reception. It soon became clear that we could make a theme from all of this and we decided to incorporate these decades and their music as much as possible throughout the day.
My sister was my bridesmaid, and her daughter, was our flower girl. My sister wore a Dessy dress in Firecracker, and my niece, Amy, was in ivory with a Firecracker sash added on to it. Amy totally stole the show! We could devote a full photo album to her, she was so cute!
The Planning process….
Although we had loads of time to plan our wedding, we couldn’t actually book anything until 9 months before it. This was because the BBC had first dibs on our chosen reception venue, and their schedules didn’t get released until 9 months before! And unfortunately we didn’t get the original date that we wanted because the BBC did indeed plan a concert that night! So we settled on another date that suited the venue and our local church and went into overdrive booking all the other things that were date dependant.
Our local church is beautiful; it’s over 125 years old and so very ornate.
Because of the focus we had on the music we knew that we didn’t want a country house wedding or a conference hotel for our reception. After looking at a couple of venues the minute we visitedthe City Halls, in the Merchant City area of Glasgow, we knew we had found what we were looking for. The Old Fruitmarket is a music hall, just perfect for the 7 piece band we wanted. It is very dark and atmospheric, with signage from the original Fruit Market all around, adding to the venue’s character. We held our wedding breakfast in the Recital Room upstairs, which is very light and airy and the perfect contrast to the Old Fruitmarket. The food and service at the City Halls was amazing and the staff couldn’t do enough for us.
The Readings + Music….
I walked down the aisle to Pi Jesu and the hymns and reading were traditional catholic ones. We left the church to ‘All You Need is Love’ by the Beatles, which was another theme of the day!
I trawled the internet for an eternity to make sure we got the right sound for the evening reception and the band we booked didn’t disappoint! The Jaybees are a funky soul 7 piece outfit from Manchester and they were immense! Iain and I couldn’t get off the dance floor the whole time they were playing! The DJ filled in for the band when they were on a break and he got the dance floor busy too.
I hadn’t been too fussed about flowers beforehand but I was actually really pleased with them on the day and thought that they complemented my dress. I am quite small and I didn’t want my flowers to overpower me so I went for a small posy of Phalenopsis Orchids. My sister had a posy of gold orchids that complemented her dress and Amy had a gold wire basket filled with petals.
Just you wait for their amazing reception, with one of the most amazing venues i have ever seen…. until then xoxo
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