lisa + stephen | 29

Lisa and Stephen had their wedding reception at 29 Glasgow on 15th October after having a small family wedding in Iceland in September and then honeymooning in the States. They were planning for around 20 months. Huge thanks to Fiona Higgins for sharing her images of their adventure around Glasgow and knees up at 29. You can catch Fiona on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"The location was important to us. We wanted somewhere central and easy for all our guests to get to. The size of the venue was also important because we wanted to invite as many of our friends as possible having eloped for the actual ceremony. The wedding in Iceland was really relaxed and informal so we wanted the home reception to have a similar feel. The décor of 29 Glasgow matched our style perfectly; not too polished or fussy with period features like wooden floors and a rustic fireplace. The venue also had things like lights and candles already in place, meaning we had to do very little to the aesthetic, which suited us perfectly!"

"Everything fell into place really easily for our home reception so this made the planning process stress free and actually fun! We wanted to put our own stamp on the day so we gifted our guests with some homemade favours. We made little stuffed fabric love hearts so our guests could 'take a bit of our love home' with them. We had our own custom wedding stationery designed and printed by the lovely Gillian of Dat_Dot (Instagram). Gillian really made our ideas come to life. We loved the whole stationery process and receiving parcels from Gillian was always very exciting! Our invitations, signs and table decorations were just perfect."

"Stephen was just as involved in the planning process as me. He has always enjoyed researching and planning things like holidays, hotels and places to eat so a lot of the wedding and honeymoon planning came very naturally. He was even involved in helping stuff our love heart favours!"

"Finding my dress was a real struggle to be honest. I visited a lot of bridal shops and must’ve tried on over forty dresses. I wanted something to reflect my style and it was important to feel comfortable. I always knew two things about my outfit; I wanted to wear a floral crown with my hair down, I never wear my hair up, so it wasn’t going to change for my wedding day. I also wanted to wear a leather jacket. I wanted to look like myself on the day and not someone dressed up as a bride. I tried on a lot of lovely dresses but they were very same-y and just not me. I came across Halfpenny London on Instagram and instantly fell in love with pretty much every dress in the collection. I tried on three Halfpenny dresses at the trunk show at Anne Priscilla Bridal, and to be honest, would’ve been happy to wear any of them on the day. The relaxed, rustic and almost hippy feel of Halfpenny was exactly what I was looking for. In the end I decided the Lydia Rose dress in ivory was the one. I loved the romantic, delicate lace, the open back detail and the train. It felt amazing on the day and was able to climb behind waterfalls in Iceland and comfortably pull shapes on the dance floor at the reception."

"We have a few favourite moments. Firstly, before our guests arrived, Stephen and I ventured around the city centre with our photographer Fiona. From being photographed in the busy city centre streets, Guitar Guitar, on the roof of a car park and down in the subway, to name a few, it was a surreal experience but so much fun! Secondly, simply just partying in 29 until 3am with all our family and friends was perfect. We wanted our reception to be one big party and that’s exactly what it was and it’s something we’ll remember forever."

"As our guests were arriving into the venue, Stephen and I were hiding out in a small dressing room just off of the space our guests were gathering in, as we wanted to make an entrance once all of our guests had arrived. Hearing everyone arrive was both exciting and nerve wracking. The prosecco definitely helped to calm the nerves!"

"I can’t pin point one single detail that I loved. Everything from the love heart favours to our rustic cake from Dixie Bakes, the stationery, the candles, the lights and the fireplace. It was truly lovely seeing everything come together."

"Stay true to yourself and have the wedding you want, not what you think other people want."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: 29 Glasgow 

Band: We didn’t have a band but a few of our talented DJ friends spun tunes all night. 

Florist: Floral Menagerie

Stationery: Dat_Dot 

Photographer: Fiona Higgins 

Make up: Ailsa Docherty MUA

Dress: Halfpenny London supplied by Anne Priscilla Bridal

Custom Leather Jacket: I’ll Be Your Mirror 

Cake: Dixie Bakes