rosanna + stephen | glenbervie house

Rosanna and Stephen were married on 18th June at Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church in Glasgow’s West End and had their reception at Glenbervie House Hotel. They were planning their wedding for just under 9 months. Huge thanks to the lovely Lynn from Photography 78 for sharing her images of their day. You can catch Lynn on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We needed somewhere that was big enough for all our guests but we also wanted somewhere where we could have the whole place to ourselves. Glenbervie was a perfect fit – the rooms in the house were beautiful and the stunning grounds with the tree-lined drive were perfect for pictures!"

"I tried on lots of dresses before I found my one but it was lots of fun! My mum and I had a couple of weeks off work so we went shopping around Glasgow. About halfway through I knew what I was looking for but I couldn't find it anywhere. Eventually we found my dress in Aimee Bridal Couture in Dumbarton and had it altered slightly to make it perfect. I got the back made into a V and added the pearl embellishment around the neckline and down the back. The pearl belt and satin trimmed veil were created by my cousin, Esther Catherine, which was an extra special touch."

"Stephen was great with the planning. Although he is fairly laid back, he was part of all the decisions – it was a day for both of us after all! His writing is better than mine too so he was in charge of all the place names and addressing the invites as well!"

"Stephen and I are both evangelical Christians so it was important to us that we had a religious ceremony and made our vows before God. The marriage preparation course we did with the minister and his wife beforehand was great as well as it gave us time to escape from the planning and actually think about married life beyond just the wedding day.

"It is difficult to pick one favourite thing about the day – apart from getting my husband obviously! We involved our friends in the ceremony which made it particularly special. The band in the church were made up of some of my cousins and mutual friends and they sounded incredible. My uncle is a minister so he prepared a lovely message and then we also had a couple of friends doing some readings and praying for us as we started married life."

"Although Stephen is from Northern Ireland I managed to persuade him to wear a kilt. It was a Scottish wedding after all! I think he and the other NI boys had fun working out how to get dressed in the morning!"

"I remember smiling and laughing a lot – as you can probably tell from the pictures! The weather was amazing so we were able to have our drinks reception outside. I loved having time to chat to all our family and friends and get some fun photos! In the end, the whole point of all the planning was so we could have a great party and I think we succeeded because I mainly just remember having fun!"

"We designed a lot of the elements ourselves so it was great seeing our ideas come to life. All the stationery and the seating plan in particular took a while to create (and we spent hours debating different fonts) but it was worth it when they all fitted together on the day! Me and my bridesmaids had an epic craft day a couple of weeks before – the living room was covered in card and twine but we had a great laugh!"

"Our cheesecake wedding cake went down well. Cheesecake is my favourite type of dessert so it seemed ideal for a wedding cake. The four tiers were caramel shortcake and strawberry and white chocolate which both tasted as good as they looked!"

"A lot of the details were things we created ourselves. Rather than floral table centres we used old vintage books my mum had collected and the seating plan and table numbers were all in photo frames."

I think the thing that everyone enjoyed most though was the guestbook, or at least all the props! Rather than have a small photo booth we borrowed a friend’s Polaroid camera and raided my family’s old dressing up box so we have lots of funny photos of people in wigs and masks. We also put selfie sticks on all the dinner tables so there were lots of pictures online of guests amusing themselves between courses!"

"Details matter but they often aren't deal-breakers. Sometimes it is good to take a step back from the planning and ‘wedding chat’ to remember why you are doing it all in the first place. As long as you end up married to the right person by the end of the day you are on to a winner!" 

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Glenbervie House Hotel

Band: Stravaig Ceilidh Band

Florist: Betty Bluebell

Stationery: All made by us!

Cake: The Handmade Cheesecake Company 

Photographer: Photography 78

Videographer: Kenneth Mackison

Dress: Aimee Bridal Couture and Esther Catherine

Bridesmaid Dresses: Virgos Lounge

"Emma at Betty Bluebell was great – I am not much of a flower person so I showed her some vague ideas from Pinterest and the bridesmaid dresses and she totally delivered. The bouquets were beautiful and people were commenting on them all day."

"Stravaig created a wonderful party atmosphere in the evening and made sure to call all the dances so that the Northern Irish guests knew what they were doing. We definitely had a few ceilidh converts by the end!"

"Final shout out goes to our photographer Lynn who was amazing.. she was super professional but great banter and got the balance between more formal group shots and fun pictures perfectly. The photos definitely capture our memory of the day!"