All weddings are wonderful in their own right, but when one comes along with glitter, dinosaurs, and awesome music (three of my favourite things!), you know you’re in for something extraordinary!
Lovely WWW readers Alison and Craig tied the knot last summer in Glasgow, and created a sparkling day revolving around fun, their history, and all the things that really matter. We love the care with which the couple injected personal elements unique to them, to create a celebration that truly told the story of their love. The décor of the day reflected their own individual style, eclectic, laid back, and informal; our favourite details would have to be the record themed table numbers, dinosaur inspired cake topper and place card holders, the 9 flavours of cake, and – wait for it – the glitter-lined aisle! The vintage 1920s feel of the bride’s stunning custom designed dress (with not one, but two capes) draped in perfect unison with the bridesmaids’ silver sequinned column dresses, shimmering alongside the wonderland of tablescape and venue details. The wild, natural bouquet of textured blooms is effortless, echoed by the dreamy floral curtain mantelpiece installation setting the scene for their ceremony.
With so much love, detail, and light, it’s a wonder photos can do the day justice – and yet, the captures by Kristin at Struve Photography do, and so much more. Enjoy!
THE PROPOSAL | Craig proposed on the beach in Berwick upon Tweed the night before our 5th anniversary. I almost ruined it on the way to Berwick because I decided to sneak some stuff into Craig’s bag at the train station and couldn’t understand why he was so snappy when he seen I’d been in his bag, I didn’t realise he’d hidden the ring in there.
Craig had planned to propose on our anniversary, but we had stopped off for a few drinks at a local micropub while we were waiting to check in to our B&B, and he was so nervous he decided to do it that night, so he suggested we dropped off our bags and went for a walk along the beach.
Unfortunately we had totally underestimated how far away the beach was so it was almost pitch black (and freezing cold because it was February!) by the time we finally made it. It was so dark I couldn’t really see the ring when he proposed, but I knew it would be perfect when I finally did!
THE VISION | We knew from the start that we wanted a laid back, fun and informal day that was as much about our friends and family as it was about us. We’re both really into music so we wanted that to be a big focus. The rest of the day really just revolved around things we love! I love cake, so I was determined to make that a focal point of the day, we were lucky enough to book Bakery 47 (now unfortunately closed), who provided us with 9 cakes for the day! The rest of the day gradually evolved over time to include all of our favourite things, including the slight dinosaur theme that ended up running through the day thanks to me!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We decided to book the wedding for two and a half years after we got engaged so that we could take our time and enjoy the process of planning without it being stressful. We were actually living in Newcastle when we got engaged, so had to plan the wedding from there. In addition, we moved back to Glasgow about 6 weeks before the wedding (this wasn’t really planned, but I was offered a new job so we jumped at the chance to move home). The whole process was pretty laid back though, we had lots of fun coming up with ideas and watching them come to life (with a lot of help from our friends who spent weekends spray painting dinosaurs and glittering things with her!)
BUDGET | We did as much as we sensibly could ourselves to avoid spending a fortune on things we didn’t need. We agreed on the things that were most important to us, and then worked from there. For example, the decorations were all made by us and our very talented (and patient!) friends!
THE VENUE | 29 Glasgow. We chose the venue because it’s in the centre of Glasgow, so it meant that everyone could get there easily and we didn’t have the hassle of trying to organise transport for people. The venue was perfect for us, the food was amazing and we had several different spaces to use throughout the day, including the outdoor marquee area. Another key for us was that we had the venue until 3am, which meant we could let the party run on a bit longer if we wanted to.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I’m quite tall, and I hated the idea of trying on dresses that didn’t fit, so I went straight to Flossy & Dossy, where I met the incredibly talented Wendy. In fact I only ever went in to one dress shop and tried on a couple because Wendy said I should go and get an idea of how different styles looked on me, but I absolutely hated every minute of it. Wendy was amazing and helped me take the idea in my head and turn it into something that worked in real life, and suited my figure. In the end, we designed a dress that had a vintage 20s feel, and came with two capes, a long dramatic one for day time and a short heavily beaded one for the evening. Unfortunately I got so caught up in everything that I forgot to wear the night time one!
It was quite scary at first to have a dress designed from scratch because it was only towards the end of the process where I could actually really see how it was going to look in the end, but Wendy was amazing and I completely trusted her to make something I loved. We even ended up including a small beaded dinosaur hidden on the train of my cape which tied it in with the others hidden around throughout the day!
I really enjoyed going to all of the appointments and seeing how my dress was coming together. In the end I spent less than I would have on an off the rack dress, and ended up with something that was amazing quality and really personal to me.
I wasn’t too bothered about spending lots of money on shoes because I figured that no one would see them anyway, in fact I didn’t decide on which pair I was wearing until a couple of days before the wedding. I ended up going for a pair of gold ballet shoes, and a pair of gold sparkly converse for the evening, although I ended up barefoot and forgot to put them on!
My necklace was from Etsy, I saw it randomly one day and loved it straight away. It was a silver heart chakra necklace, which I found out represented love, trust and understanding which I thought was perfect for the day!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Craig bought his suit, shirt and tie from Reiss, and his shoes from Clarks. Craig decided to go for a classic slim-fit navy 3 piece suit with peak lapels, flap pockets and side vents. He loved the suit straight away and was quite lucky that it fit like and glove and didn’t need many alterations. He also wore a white tailored shirt with a collar bar to give it a more retro look and a silk silver tie which complimented the bridesmaids dresses on the day.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had three readings during the ceremony, starting with A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, read by maid of honour Louise, which fit in with the dinosaur theme! Craig’s dad read a beautiful extract from The Art of Marriage by Wilferd A. Peterson and my sister Pauline read a short reading from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the room!
Music was key to the day, we decided to set the mood in the run up to the ceremony kicking things off with We’re Gonna Get Married by Bo Diddley followed by Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding while our guests were being seated. We played five pieces of music before I walked down the aisle, starting with Fade into You by Mazzy Star, The Moon Song by Karen O & Ezra Koenig, Into My Arms by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Take Care by Beach House and Sea of Love by Cat Power. I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the register was signed to Lucky Man by The Verve and Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys. We walked out to the Wannadies’ You and Me Song which faded into Girl from Mars by Ash. Our first dance was to Sometimes by James, one of my all time favourite songs, followed by The Ramones version of Baby I Love You and then a song by Craig’s old band, the Hardy Souls, and the dance floor was absolutely packed for it. We decided to have a DJ rather than a band, and chose Pin up Nights, who used to run club nights in Glasgow that we had both been to over the years. We didn’t want anything cheesy or traditional, just great music that could get everyone up dancing.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My maid of honour was my friend Louise. Our bridesmaids were my sister Pauline, who was heavily pregnant at the time (this caused a bit of drama in the run up to the wedding because I’d bought the dresses in a sale months before she got pregnant! In the end the very talented alterations shop managed to panel in to her dress using offcuts from the others and you honestly couldn’t tell on the day that anything had been done to it!); Craig’s sister Alissa and cousin Kerri; and our gorgeous niece Georgia was our flower girl. The bridesmaids all wore dresses from Virgos Lounge, which I managed to pick up half price in the sale.
THE FLOWERS | The very talented Lisa at Floral Menagerie provided the flowers. We loved her work as soon as we came across it, and we knew she would be perfect. The flowers perfectly matched the colour palette we had in mind and were gorgeous. Craig’s button hole featured a plectrum to reflect his days in the band.
THE CAKE | I came across Bakery 47 and immediately fell in love! They provided us with 9 different amazing cakes, each a different flavour, including vegan and gluten free cakes because it was important to me that none of our guests were left out. The main cake was a gorgeous Victoria sponge with blackcurrant and gin jam, and we had other amazing flavours including a white chocolate, banana and pear cake and a pistachio and cardamom cake.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We met Kristin at a friend’s wedding a year before we got engaged and fell in love with her photos. Her photos weren’t really formal and posed, and felt very natural and fun which we loved. We also had an engagement shoot with Kristin prior to the wedding and couldn’t believe how amazing the pictures turned out. We had been a bit nervous about having a city centre wedding and having to have our photos in the middle of Glasgow city centre on a busy Saturday afternoon, but Kristin and our videographers couldn’t have put us any more at ease and everyone in the street was lovely! I remember thinking they were mad at one point because they asked us to stand next to a giant puddle on Argyle Street, but that photo is one of our absolute favourites, it’s incredible!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We decided early on that we wanted music to play a key role in the day, so it made sense to theme our tables around gigs that we had been to over the years. Once we had decided that we set about personalising each table with little nods to that band. One of Craig’s friends is a very talented graphic designer and kindly agreed to make the record themed table numbers for us, these are a great memento of the day and we’re going to have them displayed when we buy our first home. Craig was in a band (The Hardy Souls) when we first met, so we named one of the tables after the band, and made sure this was a big focal point of the day.
THE HONEYMOON | A few days after the wedding we flew out to San Francisco where we spent an amazing 4 days exploring. From there we flew off to Hawaii where we spent a week in Oahu and then a week in Kauai. Hawaii was absolutely amazing and was the perfect way to unwind after the wedding
MEMORABLE MOMENTS |
Alison: The whole day was really memorable. If I had to pick out a few moments, I would say the first dance was pretty special. Both of us were a bit nervous about getting up, but we decided just to go for it and loved it, I ended up kicking off my shoes so I could dance better and I remember all of our guests laughing!
Craig: For me it was seeing Alison walking down the aisle, she looked so beautiful and it was such a perfect moment. Also seeing my Gran’s face when I gave her a shout out during my speech was priceless, I feel blessed that she was able to make the wedding.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES |
Alison: Enjoy the process of planning, things will inevitably go wrong but try not to get too stressed about it,. The Airbnb I had booked to get ready in was cancelled the day before the wedding, because it had somehow been double booked, but the owner helped me find somewhere even nicer so it all worked out in the end!
Craig: Try to relax as much as you can and savour the experience as it passes by quicker than you can imagine.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Struve Photography
Second photographer | Glitter and Twigs
Venue | 29 Glasgow
Dress | Flossy & Dossy
Grooms suit | Reiss
Bridesmaids | Virgos Lounge
Groomsmen | Slaters
Videographer | Walnut Wasp
Florist | Floral Menagerie
Hair | The Aisle
Makeup | Cat Robertson
Music | Pin up Nights
Cakes | Bakery 47
Thank you so much to Alison and Craig for sharing their wonderful day with us! Val Xx