naomi + neil | kibble palace

Naomi and Neil were married on 11th February at the Kibble Palace in Glasgow's Botanic Gardens and then went on to Òran Mór. They were planning their wedding for a year. Huge thanks to the lovely Olesja from In The Name Of Love Photography for sharing her images of the day. You can contact Olesja on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We liked the idea of having a city wedding and the Òran Mór is such a beautiful venue. It has so much character and is in a great location. But we thought it would be nice to have the ceremony and reception in separate venues. As we are not religious, we tried to find a ceremony venue in the city and we were delighted to find out that the Kibble Palace could be rented out which worked perfectly with it only being across the road from the Òran Mór."

"Our favourite part of the planning was the cake tasting. We ordered cakes from Bakery47 and were able to try a few cakes before picking the two we went with."

"Neil got involved with a few tasks like the cake and menu tasting. He also helped with stamps on the save the dates and invitations as well as the wedding favours."

"I found my wedding dress in an Oxfam Charity Shop. It was the first dress I tried on and really the only one in the shop’s closing down sale that I liked. The designer is Sasha Perez but I just loved the shape and the lovely lace. I wanted to make a few alterations to the top of the dress and took the dress to Fabricated Alterations for a consultation. We decided to create a bespoke bolero and they created the most beautiful piece which really made the dress. The special touch in the design was that the lace that I picked was called ‘Naomi Lace’"

"Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony; it was just so nice to see all of our friends and family in the room. The ceremony was very special, we wanted to keep it very simple and our humanist celebrant, Janis from Fuze Ceremony really helped us make it our own. We were also really lucky to have our dog come to the ceremony as it was at the Botanic Gardens."

"We made our own favours, we gave each guest a selection of sweeties from our childhood. Neil grew up in Hong Kong and I grew up in France so there were two sweeties from each country in our little favour boxes."

"Our first dance was really fun. We didn’t want to dance on our own for the whole song so we decided that we would do a Gay Gordons and as many of our guests had not been to a ceilidh dance before, we demonstrated the dance and invited everyone to join us. It was a lot of fun and great to see everybody having such a good time."

"Our advice would be to make the most of the day and to enjoy every moment. The day just goes by so quickly and you end up wishing it could have gone on for longer and that you had spent more time with everyone."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Òran Mór

Band: It’s No Reel

Florist: Little Botanica

Cakemaker: Bakery47

Make Up/Hair: James Margey Hair

Bridal Outfit: Sasha Perez/Oxfam/Fabricated Bridal

Grooms Outfit: Kinloch Anderson Kilt

Photographer: In the Name of Love Photography

"We absolutely loved our cakes, they were absolutely delicious and the florists from Little Botanica left some flowers so they could decorate the cakes. They looked and tasted amazing!"