anna + adam | the lighthouse

Anna and Adam were married on 18th July at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. They were planning their wedding for 6 months. Thank you so much to Lee Davidson Connor for sharing his images of their awesome city wedding! You can catch Lee on his websiteFacebook and Instagram.

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“From the very beginning, we knew that we wanted a small ceremony with a bigger reception. I also wanted a venue that was conveniently located in Glasgow as we weren’t giving people much notice for hotels. We just wanted a venue that would allow us to have the wedding we wanted within our budget. I went to look at several venues around the city centre and randomly found the Lighthouse on a Google search. The minute I saw the viewing platform I loved it.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“The planning process was quite difficult particularly trying to get a date. My brother was getting married in April, Adam’s best friend in August and my friend in October. We didn’t want to clash with any of those weddings and it had to fit around Adam’s work commitments. Adam asked me to marry him on Hogmanay but we didn’t tell anyone until March when we had picked a date and booked the venue. It was nice to have a couple of months to decide what we wanted. I did enjoy the surprise on people’s faces when we told them that we were getting married.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“Adam was working abroad until June! I tried to involve him in as much of the decision making as possible via email, Whatsapp and Skype. We also weren’t having a bridal party or best men, so I really did it all by myself. I bounced ideas off my mum and friends but I also wanted to keep a lot of the details secret.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“I really struggled with choosing a dress as I did not want the big white wedding dress. Originally, I just wanted to wear a glamorous cocktail dress but Adam wanted to wear a kilt so I thought that I might look a bit ‘under-dressed’. My mum requested that I wear a traditional colour – either white or red. I am half Chinese and brides traditionally wear a red dress. I visited a bridal shop that made vintage dresses where I first had the idea of wearing a white dress with a red sash bow and red shoes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a dress made in time, so I started looking at the high street bridal collections. I pretty much loved the Phase Eight Wedding Dress collection and eventually managed to get the Isadora wedding dress in my size. It was exactly what I was looking for. A short fifties inspired ivory dress with a floral embroidered organza top layer and a white organza waist sash. Then I had to get the shoes! There was a distinct lack of red shoes in the shops. A very kind customer in a shop, overhearing my plight, directed me to the Westend Wedding Boutique where they dye shoes to the colour you want. It was perfect! I got to have my ideal red shoes decorated with diamantes. I loved them.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“We had a very simple civil ceremony with only twenty guests. My dad and Adam’s mum were the witnesses and we asked our friends to do two funny readings. It was all very relaxed. Adam and I arrived together after taking couple photographs at the Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Kelvingrove Park. After the ceremony, Adam and I opened a bottle of Cava that I had brought back from Spain.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“It is difficult to pick a favourite part because we loved our day. However the food was particularly memorable. The idea was that we would be having a relaxed family meal after the ceremony. We had the one big table where people could sit where they wanted. There were Chinese decorations for where Adam and I were sitting. For the starters we had a smorgasbord of cold meats and smoked fish. The main course was a choice of venison or chicken. The food was delicious. We did not have any speeches so everyone could just relax and enjoy the meal.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“I made a few things for the day such as the menus and the heart confetti on the reception tables. Adam and I particularly liked putting the favour bags together. We wanted to have favours that were personal to us. We got chopsticks engraved with our Chinese names and the date. There were duck shaped chopstick rests to accompany this in a handmade box. Adam and I’s drink of choice is rum, so Adam bought miniatures of Kraken rum. I got plain gift bags for all the favours and wrote the guest names on them. The bags were handed out as the guests sat down to the meal.”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“It is difficult to pick one memory from our day. There were so many little funny moments such as my mum’s phone going off during the ceremony. Adam and I both remember stepping out of the elevator into the viewing platform and everyone’s mobile phones pointing at us!”

The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding
The Lighthouse Wedding

“My advice would be to have the day you want! In the run up to our wedding, there was a lot of focus on what we were not having. We weren’t having bridal parties, the exchange of rings, speeches, flowers, etc. Adam and I had a clear idea of the relaxed and informal day that we wanted and stuck to it. We had a great day and would not have wanted to do it any other way.”

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: The Lighthouse

Stationery: Paperchase

Photographer: Lee Davidson Connor Photography

Dress: Phase Eight

Shoes: Westend Wedding Boutique

Hair & Make-up: Ashley Bitters Hair & Beauty

Dessert Buffet: Laurent Rose Patisserie

“All of our suppliers were amazing. Our photographer was very flexible about the arrangements for our day. I got exceptional service from Westend Wedding Boutique. I went to them on a Sunday to try shoes. I was by myself as I was just popping to have a look. The girls told me that it would take six weeks to dye and decorate my shoes. It was exactly six weeks to our wedding! The girls were so helpful. They helped pick out my shoes and gave advice on the diamantes. Also they guaranteed that I would have the shoes in time. In fact I got the shoes a couple of weeks before. I can’t fault their service.”