nabiha + bryan | sloans

Nabiha and Bryan were married on 24th September at Sloans. They were planning their wedding for around 18 months... "We had been engaged for three years before we got married as we wanted to buy our first house. We got fed up waiting so set a date, booked our venue, then as it happened had an offer accepted for a house later that same month." Huge thanks to the incredible Lena Sabala for sharing her images of the day, you can catch Lena on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We booked Sloans after attending their wedding fayre. Aside from its perfect size, location, beauty and old Glasgow charm, one of the reasons we booked it was due to the (highly likely in Scotland!) eventuality of rain. Funnily enough it rained pretty much all day on our wedding day! We wanted a small, intimate wedding, with a Glasgow feel and therefore Sloans was the perfect venue."

"Sloans were brilliant at every stage of the planning. No amount of email pestering was ever considered a nuisance, and they were so flexible and accommodating of every request. The chef even made a bespoke mac and cheese to serve at our wedding breakfast!"

"Designing and choosing all the small details such as the decorations, menus and sweet table was my favourite part of the planning."

"I knew I wanted a heavily embellished dress, as a nod to the dress my mum wore on her wedding day. I trawled the internet and several bridal shops and nearly gave up hope of finding "the one". A Jenny Packham gown was my dream dress but I'd put it out of my head due to it being significantly over budget. Imagine my luck when a trip to Anne Priscilla bridal resulted in me finding my dream dress, as a sample! It was the last Jenny Packham gown they had left, and with gorgeous art deco detailing, and rose gold sequins, it was perfect. It had to be fate!"

"We had a Humanist Ceremony attended by only thirty three of our family and closest friends, including my nine day old nephew. I had no bridesmaids, but instead had my younger brother as my bridesman. It was very intimate, relaxed and personal."

"We arranged to meet Duncan Robertson of the Humanist fellowship of Scotland after a friend attended a very touching ceremony by him. He delivered an extremely personalised, emotional and heartfelt ceremony which suited our day perfectly."

"I'm a creative person and really enjoyed planning and putting together the small details. A friend and I spent a fun evening putting the invites together and I was really happy with how they turned out. I also spray painted our metal mailbox copper, made a display frame for our holiday photos, put together goodie bags for the kids to keep them entertained during dinner and made the copper floral hanging wreaths. The table centrepieces were also DIY. After an early morning trip to the flower market, a friend and I arranged roses, babies breath and eucalyptus into jars and these were placed on top of log slices, which were from a tree in our garden we had cut down that summer. A lot of the guests commented that the wedding was really "us" and I loved that these personal, homemade details helped make it that way."

"Another favourite detail was our sweet table. We had two cakes, personalised Lovehearts sweets, french macarons (a favourite of ours!) and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, as a nod to our new surname. Unsurprisingly, these went down an absolute treat with our guests."

"There were so many highlights of the day it is hard to pick just one. When my two year old nephew brought us our wedding rings, entering our evening reception to confetti cannons going off and our band playing Bob Marley "Is this love", ending the night with our guests in a circle round us singing and dancing to Loch Lomond..."

"A moment I remember very clearly was the taxi ride home at the end of the night. We weren't sad it was over, but were genuinely overwhelmed by what an amazing day it was. Our hearts were full and truly fit to burst and it was such a wonderful feeling that we'll never forget."

"Try to relax into it! I found the day itself quite overwhelming to begin with and it took me a little while to relax into it. The fact that it was finally here, the expectation, but on the day everything went fine, and small things not going to plan don't really matter. Also, don't worry about rain! It rained pretty much all day but we didn't even care. We got to spend more time with our guests and that was more important. Your photographer will have experience of every weather condition and will be able to find somewhere for portraits, even if it's not outside."

"You will hear this countless times, but it's your day so have it your way. Don't feel obliged to go with tradition, or do something because of what someone else thinks. We didn't have wedding cars, a sit down meal or bridesmaids, but instead had mac and cheese, a magician and a photobooth! We loved our wedding because it was intimate, unique, romantic, emotional, and beautifully personalised. It was such a happy day, and very very 'us.'"

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Sloans Glasgow

Band: Papa Shandy and the Drams

Entertainment: Billy Reid Magic

Photobooth: Blushbooth

Florist: Sophie Wilson at I Heart Flowers (my bouquet, buttonholes, mantel wreath, ceremony table)

Cakemaker: Lily Bakes Cakes

Make Up/Hair: Make up - Mitchell and Macinnes

Hair - Sam Lindsay

Bridal Outfit: Jenny Packham via Anne Priscilla Bridal

Shoes - Rachel Simpson

Grooms Outfit: Slaters Menswear, Shoes - Loakes

Stationery : Designed by myself and printed via Etsy

Rings: Timothy J Sharp

Favours: Wooden table place name settings from ebay

Photographer: (the insanely talented) Lena Sabala

Videographer: Robert Karbownik at Lighthouse Picture

"We booked Billy Reid after I met him at a Braw Brides workshop. He was definitely one of the highlights of the day for our guests and everyone was amazed by his skills. My mind was certainly blown after he made a lemon AND a lime appear out of a small metal cup!"

"Sophie really outdid herself with the flowers. In the run up to the wedding she ran a floral crown making class for my hen do and I felt she had sussed my taste perfectly. She created a gorgeous floral wreath for over the fireplace in the ballroom, and had even spray painted the branches copper! We actually took it home in the taxi with us at the end of the night and I have plans to re purpose it as a photo display in the house."

"I'd been stalking Lily on instagram for a little while then we were able to meet her at a craft fair and sample one of her cakes. We were sold and even had this particular cake made as a little extra for the cake table it was so good. Our two tier semi naked drip cake not only looked the business but we had so many guests comment on how tasty it was. I still daydream about our wedding cakes!"

"I met Timothy at a wedding fayre a few years ago and had him make bespoke wedding rings for us. I wanted an intricate rose gold band that I could wear on it's own as a true reminder of the day. His craftsmanship was excellent and he is a lovely guy as well. He even delivered our rings to us the week before the wedding, how is that for customer service!?"

"We tried to support as many small, local independent suppliers as possible. I spent a lot of time picking and were really happy with how everything came together on the day."