amy + barry | pollokshields burgh hall

Amy and Barry were married on 14th October at Pollokshields Burgh Halls. They were planning their wedding for 9 months. Huge thanks to The Gibsons for sharing their images of their gorgeous day. You can catch Chantal and Scott on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

"Pollokshields Burgh Hall was only the second venue that we viewed.  We knew that we wanted to stay within our home city of Glasgow to be married.  As soon as we walked up to the venue, we both immediately knew this was perfect for us.  We loved its location on the boundary of a city park and we both knew it would be looking just gorgeous in Autumn surrounded by Autumnal trees. It was always very important for us to have the flexibility of space, a blank canvas that we could style out in our own way.  The Burgh Halls was perfect for this and not only that, it was jam packed of lovely original features such as exposed red sandstone brick, high airy ceilings and gorgeous stained glass windows that flooded in excellent lighting."  

"Finding my dress was very easy! I had never stepped into any wedding shop ever and decided to pop into a sample sale in a Glasgow bridal boutique, Anne Priscilla, on a very cold and dark snowy night after work with my mum! I had no appointment so I was able to look through some of the sale rails when a lovely assistant came over to help me. I described exactly what I had in my mind and she pulled out a dress for me.  Couldn’t believe my luck, it was exactly what I had imagined! I tired it on and it fitted me perfectly so that was it! Job done! My dress was beautiful.  It was high necked, raw lace with sleeves and a fit and flare style. It had a good few layers of tulle to make it nice and full at the bottom and had a gorgeous train."

"My clearest memory was walking in to my living room all ready to go and my dad seeing me for the first time.  It was such an emotional and happy time! It was just lovely to have had that moment captured by our amazing photographers!"

"We had a Humanist wedding ceremony and Claire Digance our celebrant was just the best! What a wonderful lady she is and her help and support leading up to the day we were so grateful for.  She spent time with us at home before the big day, talking to us and listening to our story about how we met and hopes for the future. She set us homework and together she helped us plan the most personal of wedding ceremonies.  We had good friends and my brother do readings and we had the beautiful ensemble ‘Amarone’ playing our favourite music and songs.  Our ceremony was fun and full of laughter and joy.  It also had Barry and I’s journey to this day embedded throughout it. Everyone still comments about how much they enjoyed our ceremony and we owe much of this to Claire!" 

"I loved being able to just mash all my creative ideas and piece together how I wanted the day not only to look but to feel.  I really wanted it to just reflect us, keeping it fun and personal! I enjoyed starting off with using my chosen floral bridesmaids dresses as inspiration for colour palettes for our fabulous flowers by Lisa of Floral Menagerie.  I then spotted the perfect invitations by Lindsay from A Little Thing Called Love.  The water colour floral theme with black and white polka dots was perfect! I then began to think about how I could bring in black and white with accents of copper to dressing up the venue for the day. This was great fun as I began to collect lots of copper tealight holders and spray paint copper -  mason chairs and candle stick holders, not to mention old picture frames! We used tissue pom poms and honeycomb decorations and giant globe sized balloons fill and decorate the space.  I sourced bargain priced copper sequin tablecloths for our ceremony table and a memory table. Our memory table was thought through and we carefully chose personal items from home such as my granddad’s old leather bag (for our wedding cards), a granny’s old phone and a special giraffe (with a photo next to it of my south African family who couldn’t be there unfortunately) Random I know but theses were sentiments to our day to remember and say thanks to our families! We also displayed on this table generations of family wedding photographs. To have this set up upon the entrance hall, we hoped would just be a lovely hello to our family and friends! I pretty much loved all of the planning process, to me it felt like piecing together a puzzle and making little connections between all of our favourite things!"

"Barry was a great help, he let me plan away and was there to bounce ideas off of.  He was very good at constructing all the paper decorations, I can happily say that I don’t have the patience to carefully peel back each layer of tissue! He was very good at the operational side of things, checking lists and making sure things were attended to at the correct times! He also kept an eye on our budget and that is extremely important when planning a wedding as it gets to a point where you could easily get carried away!"

"We loved our little memory table! We were also delighted with the photobooth guest book which is lots of fun to look back at! My lovely friend and bridesmaid helped me and made the on the day stationery! We had named our seating plan of all the train stations between Milngavie and Hamilton, as this was Barry and I’s commute when we first started dating as youngsters! Corrin made lovely signs for our tables and also our order of service."

"It's so hard to chose a favourite part, we loved it all! Listening to the speeches from my dad, Barry and our good friend Stephen was one. They were just touching and funny and I was so proud of them all. You can never fully prepare yourself for that moment and you just have to live in it at that time!"

"We had a friend’s band play and they were amazing.   All night long we danced to 80’s music and the dance floor was buzzing! I loved spinning and twirling in my dress as did Barry in his kilt! We had amazing light up A&B letters from I Love Letters which added to the atmosphere and fun! Not to mention the photobooth by Bygone Photobooth which went down a storm with family and friends!"

"Another great memory was arriving and hearing the ensemble playing our song ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles.  That guitar riff always gets me when Barry plays it at home so it was lovely to walk down the aisle to him as it played! His reaction to seeing me when he turned around was just lovely as he gasped! We both got a bit teary but I grabbed his hand when I got there to him and whispered a reassuring ‘It’s alright, let’s do this!' "

"It’s your day so do what you want and don’t feel that you need to make it fit or become any other way or day! Be true to what you feel is right for you both.  Meet with your many suppliers, like florists and photographers.  You’ll instantly know what a wonderful job they are going to do for you on the day by looking at examples of their work in their look books and on social media! "

"On the big day, don’t worry about things not going to plan. Things didn’t all go to plan on our day but it was only a week or two later that I realised! You get caught up in the magic of the day and it’s pretty overwhelming! If your planning on a full on DIY wedding like ourselves, tap in to the help and support of your family and friends, they are your greatest resource! And it helps to make a list / itinerary of your day to share with your suppliers.  Chantal and Scott encouraged us to do this and it really helps them to make sure they capture those perfect moments.  We really enjoyed our pre wedding shoot with them as it was really helpful for us to build a great relationship with our photographers not to mention help us out with any anxieties over being a little camera shy!"

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Pollokshields Burgh Hall

Ceremony Music: Amarone

Light Up Letters: I love Letters

Make Up: Cat Robertson MUA

Band: Band of Gold

Florist: Floral Menagerie

Stationery: A Little Thing Called Love (save the dates and wedding invitations / RSVPS) and Corrin Strain Illustrator (on the day stationery)

Photographer: The Gibsons

Photobooth: The Bygone Photobooth Company