WWW readers Jennie and Alan had a cute eclectic wedding which was super personal.
They married in the summer in a wonderful light cafe; the Three Sisters Bake. I so love the bright and fun décor Jennie and Alan used, from origami hearts to stripy straws and bunting.
Jennie looked lovely in her polka dot tea length dress and Irregular Choice shoes while her favourite girls donned flowing teal wrap dresses. I love the rose bouquets, VW camper and just how involved their son was in their day.
Thanks so much to the wonderful Struve Photography for sharing their images with us today.
The Proposal… Alan proposed on a trip to Florida with my son James. He had originally planned to propose at the Magic Kingdom but decided to go for it on the first night! I had no idea, and was totally shocked.
The Vision for the Day… I wanted something that would be fun for everyone attending, the most important thing to us was that the people we loved were there. We didn’t have a theme, just a big mix of ideas which came together really well (I think!).
The Venue… Three Sisters Bake in Quarrier’s Village – a lovely wee cafe with a function hall upstairs.
The Dress + Accessories… I bought my dress from Dragonfly Dress Design in Glasgow. My shoes were Irregular Choice, my trainers were Converse and my wellies were Hunters which were on sale – I got them a couple of days before the wedding when I started panicking about rain! I wore my sister’s necklace and my dad gave me a blue bracelet to wear just before we left. I bought my hair slide from Melle Cloche in Glasgow. I bought my veil from an Etsy seller from America.
Finding the Dress… I initially bought a dress from Monsoon for £69 which I loved – it was very floaty and ‘Lord of the Rings’. However, I’d always fancied a tea length dress and kept looking at them online, and eventually went to try one on. I completely fell in love with it! I bought my tea length, polka dot dress (with royal blue sash, to match my shoes!) from Dragonfly Dress Design. The customer service was amazing – Lisa closes the shop for your appointment and is fabulous at helping you find what you want. She is so lovely – saw her recently at a wedding fair I was visiting with a friend, and there were some new beautiful dresses there too!
Groom’s Attire… Alan’s suit was from Slaters – I had initially fancied grey suits for him & his best man, but once they tried on black suits there was no going back! His brother later said that he’d been worried the black suit, grey shirt and teal tie wouldn’t work! Just as well it did.
The Readings + Music… Two of our friends, Steven & Laura, gave readings at our wedding – Alan chose Steven’s reading (These I Can Promise) and I chose Laura’s (Apache Wedding Blessing). My son, James, also did a reading, Oh The Places You’ll Go. All of the readings were fantastic, and it meant so much to us to have our friends and son read at our wedding.
Our music was actually left quite late on, despite us both being quite opinionated! I walked down the aisle to Cat Power’s cover of ‘Sea of Love’; for the signing, we had The Beatles ‘Two of Us’, and for walking back down the aisle we had The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’. Our first dance was to The Zombies ‘This Will Be Our Year’. During the meal, we had an iPod playing with a mixture of Cairns String Quartet and Vitamin String Quartet covers, which I still love! Our DJs were Glasgow based Pin Up Nights. They were absolutely fantastic; they played a fantastic mix of music which everyone commented on. They were also kind enough to play Gangnam Style for the kids, who got up to dance on the stage!
Beautiful Bridesmaids… My bridesmaids were my two younger sisters, Rachel & Erin, and two of my friends, Katrina & Kirsten. They were all amazing and so supportive in the run up to the wedding. Their dresses were Twist & Wrap dresses in a teal colour from BHS. We had to get them taken up as they were very, very long! When getting our photos taken we were standing on grass, and their dresses started soaking up water! They all took it with good grace though, and all looked absolutely beautiful on the day.
The Flowers… Allie at Lavender Blue in Glasgow designed our gorgeous flowers. She was so enthusiastic and helpful from the very beginning. I didn’t want anything too elaborate, and she designed exactly what I was looking for. She also provided the thank you bouquets for the mums, which were beautiful!
The Cake… Our cake was from Custom Cakes by Lynsey. We loved the example bunting cake in her portfolio – I really do love bunting! Going to taste all the different cakes was definitely a high point for us (and James!).
Your Photographer… Our photographer was Kristin from Struve Photography, and on the day she brought along Marc from One Big Picture Photography. Kristin has been amazing from start to finish – she shot our engagement pictures, and it was a great way to get to know her and for us to think about how we felt in front of the camera! Her portfolio is amazing and full of really beautiful weddings. She was so patient on the day and captured some really creative shots.
The Details + Decor… My transport to the ceremony was a teal VW campervan with James and my dad, which I loved! My mum, our bridesmaids and flower girl (and her mum) went in a Mercedes Vianno, and Alan and his family went in a Mercedes C-Class.
We had lots of little bits and pieces that caught my eye. We hired bunting and fairy lights from the venue to decorate our hall, as well as a black & white room divider for the ceremony – they all looked amazing. We also hired hurricane lamps and ivy for the staircase.
I borrowed photographs of weddings from our families and made copies of them, and had these on the windowsills around the room. We bought little lanterns from Ikea, which we used during the ceremony to line the aisle, and were then moved to the windowsills, along with little jam jars of flowers.
For our name tags, we bought origami paper hearts from a seller on Folksy. Alan stamped our guests’ names onto tags, which we attached to the hearts. I bought stripy paper straws as I loved them! Our tables were decorated with jam jars and bottles with flowers, and the top table had a vase with a lily. Our favours were candles from Cancer Research for the female guests and little miniature bottles of whisky for the male guests. I bought each child a canvas bag with their name on it, and put in little bits and pieces like a bag of sweets and a little chalkboard game – I got most of these bits from Notonthehighstreet.
We bought our invitations and table plan from a seller on Folksy, who was brilliant and so, so patient – especially with me being so last minute with everything.
We bought our best man an engraved hip flask to say thank you. For our bridesmaids, I made up a box with little bits and pieces like a dressing gown, a mirror and little hip flasks. We bought James a little “Thank You” print and a box of Lego, which kept him busy all morning when we were getting ready! For our flower girl (my little cousin Lily) we bought a little star wand for her to carry down the aisle and a necklace.
The Honeymoon… We’re going back to Florida in June next year, as a family honeymoon, but we were lucky enough to go to Barcelona for a few days just after the wedding (thanks to some family generosity). We stayed at Villa Emilia which was fantastic. The weather was amazing, and Barcelona was such a beautiful city to visit.
Memorable Moments… There were loads! When we were getting ready, Kristin came to ask if she could take my wedding dress outside to photograph – I think my whole family were a wee bit stressed out waiting to see if it’d be OK! When we got to the venue it was pretty windy, and as I was waiting to go inside my veil flew off. My son doing his reading was lovely, and very, very special. When we were having our photos taken outside, we realised James had climbed a tree behind us – there’s a great photo of it! The kids dancing to Gangnam style on the stage was brilliant as they’d been sooo desperate to do it. During the meal, the best man commented that he was jealous of the kid’s meal – and the venue staff insisted on bringing him an adult-sized kid’s meal! Amazing service. And definitely, the most memorable was walking back down the aisle with my new husband.
Advice for Other Couples… Enjoy the planning process, as it goes so fast. Don’t settle for vendors you’re not 100% happy with – keep looking – there will be someone who suits you! I know everyone says it, but make sure you take five minutes with your new husband to appreciate it all.
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Venue | Three Sisters Bake
Photographer | Kristin at Struve Photography
Second photographer |Marc at One Big Picture
Videographers | Stewart & Alina at White Balloon Films
Flowers | Lavender Blue
Dress | Dragonfly Dress Design
Music | Pin Up Nights
Humanist Celebrant | Susan Douglas-Scott
Invitations | PolkaDot Stationery
VW Campervan | Ecosse Classic Cars
Mercedes Vianno & C-Class | Cars Loch Lomond
Amazing. I so so love this wedding day.
Thanks so much to Jennie and Alan for sharing their fabulous wedding with us today XOXO Lou