WWW readers Claire and Adam were married on the 25th October 2014 at Pollokshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow. They hoped to create a day which was friendly, casual and inclusive. The décor was simple and natural. With a white and green colour scheme Claire crafted the pretty doily decorations herself, which worked perfectly with the bunches of pretty Gypsophila.
Claire looked so beautiful in her romantic cowl back gown while Adam was very dashing in a traditional kilt. Such a happy and loved up celebration.
Thanks so much to Chantal Lachance Gibson for sharing these wonderful photographs today.
THE PROPOSAL | After 5 years together Adam proposed in the most romantic of cities – Venice. No-one had a clue what he was up to so it was a real surprise for everyone! We had a lovely dinner in the city, then an evening at the opera which was “the Marriage of Figaro” believe it or not! It was a wonderful night with the performance set in an old merchants mansion on the banks of the grand canal. Afterwards we took a stroll down the canal and after being distracted by the view, I turned around to find Adam on one knee! And the rest is now history I suppose!
THE VISION | We’re both very laid back people and wanted a day that felt friendly, casual and inclusive. We wanted a village hall venue, but sadly, those in my home town weren’t big enough for what we needed so we headed to Glasgow where we first met and where many of our friends and family live.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the venue in January with the wedding that coming October, so there was a flurry of bookings and viewing and meetings early in the year. Then while it was quiet, I spent many summer evenings cutting up doilies, making bunting and decorating jam jars – like a one woman production line. Everything from the invites to the table centrepieces was done by hand, by myself but I loved every minute of it!
THE VENUE | We fell in love with the beautiful stained glass windows and the light at Pollokshields Burgh Halls in Glasgow. It perfectly suited our “posh village hall” idea for the day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | With such a dramatic cowl back on the dress I didn’t want a veil, so instead chose a head piece with a draping chain to mirror the shape of the dress. Shoes were from Debenhams and I kept those quite simple – silver with a vintage twist. Victoria our bridesmaid lent me a silver dream catcher bracelet to wear on the day, and I also wore a Tiffany pendant – the first piece of jewellery Adam had bought me.
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew exactly what I wanted, something vintage inspired, simple in shape with a Grecian twist and with a little sparkle. I had seen some beautiful top end couture creations while browsing online, but didn’t quite have the budget to stretch. So a hunt ensued with hours spent online looking for my dream dress. I knew as soon as I saw Isabella Bridal’s “Elaine” dress that it was the one. My mum and sister travelled down to Manchester to see me try it on and we all knew it was perfect immediately. I was able to customise it a little too which was great.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Adam knew he wanted a kilt and chose a dark grey “Silver Mist” tartan with a silver cravat. Our best man, Phil and usher, Dan wore the same tartan, but with a navy cravat to tie in with the bridesmaids.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | For the big entrance we chose an instrumental version of “One Day Like This” by Elbow which has a really uplifting vibe to it so perfect for the day. For our exit it had to be a piper, Allan, who played us back up the aisle.
We kept our readings light hearted with an anonymous poem called “Two Doves” I found online, read by our usher Dan, and “A Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton which got some giggles on the day which we were delighted with. Our close friend Laura read it for us.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I have two sisters, Karyn and Laura who were both bridesmaids. Laura actually lives in Japan at the moment so we had to guess her sizes for everything and it was a mad dash in the days before the wedding to have her dress altered! My two dear friends Victoria and Rosie also did a fab job as bridesmaids on the day. Victoria, a friend since we were very young, also acted as a witness for us which was really special.
For the dresses an outing to House of Fraser was called for so we all went together for a girlie day out. I was quite relaxed about colours and styles so we tried on lots of options, but it was a navy blue maxi dress with a jewelled waist that won on the day. The cowl back, a mirror image of the wedding dress detail, was the clincher!
THE FLOWERS | We used a local florist in my home town. I love gypsophila so wanted this to be a key part of the arrangements. Irene tied us 50 (!) mini bunches of white flowers to go into the decorated jam jars and beer bottles I had been collecting in the months leading up to the wedding. I was really pleased with the natural “just hand picked” feel of the centre pieces. For our bouquets we chose small gypsophila bouquets for the bridesmaids and added some white roses to mine to make it that bit extra special.
THE CAKE | This was quite indulgent – we chose a chocolate and toffee cake with a ivory doily patterned icing to tie into our theme. We even found some mini bunting to top off the cake. The only downside about the cake? We didn’t eat any on the day we were so busy chatting and enjoying ourselves!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Chantal and Scott from Chantal Lachance Gibson were fab and we’ve got some amazing images that we just love. We did a rehearsal shoot in my home town of Dunblane which really helped us get used to having photos taken and posing. On the day we were not lucky with the weather (being in Scotland in winter and all) but we had fun having our pictures done even in the rain.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I’m a vintage lover, but also appreciate simple details so we chose a white and natural theme with bunting made of doilies (a theme also picked up in the invited and decorations), simple flowers in jam jars decorated with ribbons, and some vintage glass beer bottles from Lancashire and Yorkshire (sourced from an antiques store in Todmorden) in reference to where we’ve settled. Wooden boxes for cards were an eBay find, and the mirror we used to write our table plan was actually from our house! For favours we made little jam jars with lace ribbons and filled them with haribo love hearts – these were a hit on the day I believe. Everything was hand made by the bride.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Bali which is just out of this world. It’s the exact opposite to life in the UK. We spent 5 nights in a sleepy beach side town in a (very posh) wooden tepee, then had a luxury villa overlooking the valleys of tropical Ubud.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking down the aisle with my Dad stands out for me – I couldn’t stop grinning and saying hello to everyone as we walked down which I don’t think you’re supposed to do.
Adam’s speech was also stand out – he wrote a rhyme about our time together, key points in our relationship, and about my terrible cooking. He did so well and the only point in the day where I cried was when I saw him emotional after finishing that speech.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Check lists are your friend.
Spend time with each other on the day, it seems a silly one, but when you’re excitably chatting to all the guests you can get side-tracked – at the end of the day it’s all about both of you.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Decorations | Bride!
Catering | Top Class Catering
Photography | Chantal Lachance Gibson
Dress | Isabella Bridal Stockport
Kilts | MacGregor and MacDuff, Glasgow
Flowers | Irene’s of Dunblane
Bridesmaids | House of Fraser
Ahh so pretty.
Claire and Adam, thanks so much to you both for sharing your wedding here at WWW xo Lou