One of my favourite things about being a wedding blogger is following a couple’s story, through from when i first feature them in their engagement shoot, to then getting to feature their wedding… it really makes my heart swell.
So you may well remember the gorgeous Kirsty and David back from when i featured their quirky engagement shoot in October. Anyway, i so love their simple, homemade, family orientated wedding. The little flower girl is utterly adorable, and i love Kirsty’s wedding dress made by her mum.
Thanks so much to the fabulous Glasgow based wedding photographer, Mack Photography for sharing her work today, here is what she had to say about the day;
The day was filled with lots of personal touches from friends and family. Kirsty’s dress was made by her Mum, as was the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses and it didn’t stop there. Her best friend and sister did the make up as they all got ready. I worked with both Kirsty and David in the same Architect’s office in Glasgow, so it was lovely to be involved with all the friends and family.
One of the readings was Edward Monkton’s A Lovely Love Story, which was accompanied by dinosaur sound effects from the lovely little flower girl! She was LOTS of fun all day!”
Names…. Kirsty and David
Wedding Date…. 2nd October 2011
The Proposal…. David took me to a ring maker in Glasgow in November last year to design my perfect engagement ring. He proposed on Christmas Eve under the Christmas tree fairy lights!
The Vision for the day…. We didn’t really have a specific vision of what our day should be, everything just sort of fell into place along the way!
The Planning process…. We knew we didn’t want a long engagement and were excited to start organising our day. We spent 2 days at the beginning of January looking around lots of different wedding venues to get an idea of what we’d like and to find out what dates were still available for this year. After we got our venue booked for October we looked into booking other major elements like the band and photographer. Once we had the basics sorted we started working out all the little details and personal touches.
The Venue… We loved the garden suite at Norton House as soon as we saw it. It is a glass pavilion sitting inside what used to be a Victorian walled garden, we especially liked the fact it was set away from the main hotel and felt really private. The bedrooms at the hotel were also beautiful. I stayed the night before the wedding with my mum and sister in an amazing suite which had loads of space for us all to get ready on the morning of the wedding.
The Dress + Accessories….. I didn’t know exactly what sort of dress I wanted but I knew I definitely didn’t want the typical ‘big wedding dress’. I went with my mum and sister to a few bridal shops in Glasgow and I tried a couple of dresses on (including a big one just to check). We were really just looking for inspiration as my mum was going to be making my dress. There was one dress I really liked but it wasn’t quite ‘the one’ so we went looking for patterns and material so we could create one that was just what I wanted. I’m so pleased with the way the dress turned out; my mum did an amazing job and put in so much time and effort to make it perfect. She also made the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses and the cake which were all fantastic too. I ended up wearing an amazing pair of coral Carvela shoes that David had already bought me as I couldn’t find a new pair I liked anywhere near as much! My hairband was made by my friend Lizzie who has her own jewellery business and I wore my great grandmother’s engagement ring as my something old.
Groom’s attire… David decided to go traditional and wear his kilt, he has one in a modern tartan (Hebridean Granite) with different shades of grey which looks really smart.
The Readings + Music…. My dad walked me up the aisle and we were piped in by a family friend who plays the bagpipes. During the ceremony my best friend read ‘he never leaves the seat up’ by Pam Ayres and my brother read ‘a lovely live story’ by Edward Monkton which was accompanied by dinosaur noises from our lovely little flower girl! The ceremony was perfect, really relaxed and fun. At night we had an great band called Callanish, they do a mixture of Ceilidh and contemporary music and they did a fantastic job. They did a brilliant version of Use Somebody by Kings of Leon for our first dance and kept our guests up on the dancefloor all night.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had my sister as my bridesmaid and David’s niece Jessica as a flower girl. They both looked beautiful in their dresses with their stunning purple flowers and shoes.
The Flowers… Our flowers were done by our friend Kelly, she did a wonderful job and they turned out even better than I had imagined. I wanted to go for simple gerbera bouquets in the bright coral and purple we had chosen as our colours. The matching button holes she made for the guys looked great too.
The Cake… My mum made the cake, she made beautiful sugar flowers to decorate it in the same coral colour as my bouquet and trimmed it with purple ribbon to match the bridesmaids flowers. We had traditional fruitcake for the bottom tier then we had a chocolate tier and a lemon one, all three were delicious!
Your Photographer…. Our photographer was our friend, the brilliant, Lindsey at Mack Photography. David and I both worked with Lindsey at the same architects office in Glasgow and it was lovely having someone we know doing the photos. We also did a pre-wedding shoot at the new Riverside Museum which was great fun. We’re both so happy with the way the photos turned out, Lindsey has done an amazing job and we can’t wait to get them printed and up on our walls!
The Details + Decor…. We’re so lucky that we have so many talented friends and family, we wouldn’t have been able to pull our wedding off without them! As well as my mum making the dresses and cake we had friends doing the flowers, hair, photography, makeup and playing the bagpipes!
We kept our table decorations simple, we had vases with stones collected from the beach where I spent my childhood holidays, we filled them with water and topped them with floating candles. We gave our guests favours of whiskey miniatures and homemade tablet in boxes that I made with the help of my lovely groom and my family.
The Honeymoon…. We didn’t organise a honeymoon before the wedding but we had a couple of weeks off work so we went online the day after the wedding and booked a last minute honeymoon to Crete. We had a lovely relaxing week in the sun (although it got a little rainy in the middle!) the hotel was lovely and it was great to spend some time away together.
Memorable moments… All of them, we really did have the best day! I think the ceremony was my favourite part, it was lovely and relaxed and so much fun. The whole day was amazing and everything went perfectly, I wouldn’t change a thing about it (although David would probably have preferred me to be 5 minutes earlier for the ceremony!)
Advice for other couples… Relax and enjoy it! Try not to get stressed out about the planning, we had a pretty laid back approach and I’m so glad because it meant we had fun doing everything. I didn’t want our wedding to become something I was worried or stressed about, I wanted to enjoy every minute!
Thanks so much to Kirsty and David for sharing their gorgeous day with us today :-) much love, Lou xoxo
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