Morning :-) It’s a new week, and it’s April yay… quite possibly my favourite month of the year :-)
Anyway lets get cracking shall we? I have a super duper beautiful wedding to share today. Joanna and Merv were married in September of last year at the St Mungos’ Museum of Religious Art and Life followed by a reception in Rutherglen Town Hall. They wanted their wedding to be fun and relaxed with music being a central focus. With not one but four live musical acts throughout the day, their guests sure were kept entertained.
I so love Joanna’s 1950s inspired gown, her bright bold bouquet and way she rocks her short crop with a simple headband. Merv looks really dapper in a bespoke kilt suit. I think you are going to love these two.
Thanks so much to the amazing Mirrorbox Photography for sharing their work with us today… and enjoy…
Names…. Joanna and Merv
Wedding Date…. 16th September 2011
The Proposal…. Merv took me to a small coastal town in the north west of Scotland called Arisaig. We spent our first weekend away together there 8 years previously and had been back a couple of times since. When we got there he proposed on the beach and had arranged dinner and champagne in the local restaurant.
The Vision for the day…. We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed with music being a key part of our day.
The Venue… Our ceremony was in St Mungos’ Museum of Religious Art and Life and our reception was in Rutherglen Town Hall. Neither would be regarded as typical wedding venues but they both had the relaxed feel we were after. Rutherglen Town Hall is on a main road and doesn’t look like much from the outside; however, it has been renovated with an impressive modern glass extension that you don’t see until you enter and go up the main stairs. We really like the contrast of the glass mezzanine bar with the old town hall and everyone we met there was extremely helpful from the start.
The Dress + Accessories…. I had originally wanted a 50’s inspired dress, but when I started looking I couldn’t find any that were particularly flattering! I had started to look at different styles all together when I found “beautiful” by Blue Bridal.
I had never wanted a veil and had ordered a solid headband by Malis Henderson, however there had been a mix up with the supplier and 8 weeks before the wedding I found out it had been discontinued and that the shop couldn’t fulfil the order. I then went to Melle Cloche, a relatively new bridal accessory boutique shop in Glasgow’s west end. They were so helpful and in the end I chose a headband that was hand made by a local designer who was able to make it within the time frame.
My shoes were by Miss KG.
Groom’s attire… Merv always wanted to wear a kilt and had the kilt, jacket and waistcoat made by R.W. Stevens & Company. They did an amazing job and he was really happy with it.
The Readings + Music…. Music was always important to us and we wanted live musicians as much as possible. We booked a Piper to play at St Mungo’s as the guests arrived, my friend Laura played piano for us during the ceremony, we had a colleagues Celidh band for the first half of the evening reception and then “The Love Pirates” for the rest of the evening. “The Love Pirates” were great musicians and their repertoire was exactly what we were looking for.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had two of my close friends as my bridesmaids and I couldn’t have done it without them! We spent a long time looking for dresses, as I had no set colour or style in mind. I knew that I wanted them to be in short dresses since my dress wasn’t full length but really that was it. I’m not sure how we ended up with yellow as it’s not a colour any of us would normally wear….
Their shoes were the same as mine but in a nude colour and they had hairclips made by the same designer that made my headband.
The Flowers… Due to my indecisive nature there was no set colour scheme for my flowers either, I just wanted them to be bright and with a country garden feel. When I found Lisa from Sparrow and Rose I knew her style was exactly what I was looking for.
The Cake… Our cake was made by Lynsey of Custom Cakes, and the cake toppers were made by my brother-in-law and his partner Myriam. We had no idea what they were making and didn’t see them until we arrived at the reception venue.
Your Photographer…. Our photos were by Mirrorbox Photography. We really liked the style of their photography and wanted as many natural photographs as possible.
The Honeymoon…. For our honeymoon we went to Positano on the Amalfi Coast then travelled to Sicily, and stayed in Ortigia and Taormina. We love Italy and had a fantastic time there.
Memorable moments… They were many memorable moments, but the Best Man’s speech/song has to one of them!
Advice for other couples… Try not to stress out about the little details, stay calm and have fun!
Credit where credit’s due…
Cake - http://www.customcakes.biz
Flowers – http://www.sparrowandrose.com
Accessories - http://www.mellecloche.com
Photographers – http://www.mirrorboxphotography.com
Music – http://www.thelovepirates.co.uk
Thanks so much to Joanna and Merv for sharing their gorgeous wedding with us today. Are you planning on having live music on your day? Is it important to you? XOXO Lou
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