Victoria and Alan were married on 9th May at Montrose Street Registry Office, with a small reception in the private dining room in Oran Mor. They were planning their wedding for just 6 months. Huge thanks to the lovely Julie from Juliebee for sharing her images with us. You can catch Julie on her website, Facebook, or Instagram.
“We wanted a little wedding with only our nearest and dearest, so weren’t looking for big venues. We only had 25 people at our wedding, and a few extra for drinks that evening, we knew we wanted a civil ceremony and wanted minimal organisation involved so it made sense to go to Montrose Street – it was also in keeping with our idea of having a proper ‘city wedding’. Choosing a private dining room was quite easy too, as I had my 30th birthday dinner in the Oran Mor a couple of years ago, and was really impressed with it, so we didn’t look anywhere else!”
“I really enjoyed researching and buying all the little touches like the stationery, and flowers and favours. And I love a good shop for accessories so buying in the bridal versions was a lot of fun! I like a good bargain, and feel in all things just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it is worth buying, so I enjoyed the challenge of finding what I had in mind at a cost we were prepared to pay.”
“Alan was great – he sorted the actual ceremony side of things and was happy to give me his opinion on everything. He also sorted all the music for the day – for the ceremony and made a playlist for our casual reception.”
“Choosing my dress was the most stressful bit. I am not personally a fan of ‘big dresses’ and have always said if I got married I wouldn’t wear a ‘proper’ wedding dress. I knew I wanted a short dress, but found I didn’t really like the shorter dresses in bridal shops. So a friend and I spent a day in the city centre one weekend, visiting every shop we could think of, and finally found a dress I really liked in John Lewis! The dress was ‘off the rail’ and is a little Alice Temperley number. It had a nice little frilly sleeve to it. I liked the pattern on the dress too as it’s not typically wedding-y. As it got closer to the day and the weather wasn’t looking too promising, I did struggle to find a cover up that went with this slightly different sort of dress. I eventually found a nice little shrug cardigan. My shoes were dolly style shoes from Red or Dead. So my whole outfit was completely high street, very me, and comfortable!”
“We had a civil ceremony with our sisters as our witnesses and doing a reading each.”
“I’m sure everyone says it is so hard to pick a favourite bit of the day! Everything was beyond what we could have hoped for, but if I was to choose some highlights it would be seeing everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves, particularly our parents, getting to celebrate our wedding on the same day as my niece’s second birthday, and how relaxed the ceremony was – my niece and nephew were running around and coming up for cuddles throughout which really made us feel so relaxed.”
“I really loved my bouquet and Alan’s buttonhole – I am a bookworm and he is a musician, so my bouquet is made from Jane Eyre, and Al’s buttonhole made from sheet music. Our table arrangements were a mix of the two, made in long stem roses, and we gave a vase of them each to our mothers afterwards.”
“My favourite and clearest memory is walking in to the ceremony with my Dad, and seeing everyone smiling at me and happy – especially Alan. I have never felt more loved.”
“Do not be swayed by other people’s opinions or expectations. It is your special day to do as you wish with. We got bogged down to begin with in doing what was expected, and it was making us unhappy, so we started our plans from scratch and were far more content. There is no point pleasing others but then looking back and wishing you had done things differently. The old cliché is true – it really is the best day of your life!”
Florist: Rebecca Ephgrave at Paper Bouquets
Stationery: All bought in Paperchase
Photographer: The wonderful Julie Broadfoot at Juliebee
It’s hard to choose a favourite photo but I think it would have to be the bus stop shot!
Our ‘florist’ was great and in touch with us a lot even though it was all ordered online. Oran Mor is a fantastic venue, even for a small wedding of 25 people like ours. For a small wedding I would definitely recommend it – the food was great, the service in the private room was fab and we were really well looked after from start to finish and their events team is very accommodating and approachable. We were also very impressed with Glasgow Council in arranging our ceremony. We took a gamble and booked Montrose street on the basis of the photos online. It definitely exceeded our expectations in every way, and everyone commented on what a lovely venue it was.