ashley + craig | oran mor

Ashley and Ross were married in a small elopement in Glasgow on 20th April and their wedding was the next day at Òran Mór. They got engaged in April 2017 so were planning for around a year. Huge thanks to the fantastic Chantal and Scott from The Gibsons for sharing their images with us! You can catch them on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

"As long as we’ve lived together it’s always been in Glasgow’s west end – we used to have a flat walking distance to Òran Mór and have spent many sunny afternoons in the Botanic Gardens. I wanted our wedding to be very reflective of us as a couple and felt choosing somewhere that we visited regularly was a nice touch. The building itself is beautiful and it’s a pretty unique venue – I couldn’t imagine getting married in a generic hotel but I’m also not creative enough to have dressed a venue so Òran Mór really worked perfectly for us."

"We had a Humanist structure but were actually married by one of our close friends! We had been talking about how we wanted a Humanist ceremony as it’s more personal but didn’t think it was if the celebrant didn’t actually know you which is when Adam volunteered (albeit after a few glasses of wine!). Adam was amazing and put so much effort into our service and having someone you know conducting the service really helped calm our nerves. It was fun, at times a bit silly but very much celebrated our relationship - it really set the tone for the whole day!"

"As Adam wasn’t a registered celebrant we 'eloped' the day before with the best man and bridesmaid to Glasgow City chambers which was also really special. It also meant two outfits and I wore a Reiss white suit in a nod to Bianca Jagger!"

"Two of my closest and oldest friends got married the month before and after us and looking back we were all on such a high and it was great sharing ideas and finding out what each other were doing.  I’m really into music but have quite an eclectic taste, I probably spent the year creating and adding to a playlist for the reception and dinner of songs that celebrated love and our relationship – I can proudly say there wasn’t a single Ed Sheeran track!"

"Craig proposed and then went away off shore to work for four weeks and everyone joked he came back to a planned wedding! Looking back he actually took more involvement with the ceremony than I did which was really nice. He put a lot of thought into the vows and picked the reading for the hand fasting. He also had strong opinions on cake so was in charge of that too!" 

"Like most brides what I thought I would have and what I chose were polar opposite. I went to Melle Cloche to try on a specific dress I’d seen in a bridal magazine but got a completely different one which on first look on the hanger I really didn’t rate! Melle Cloche were fantastic and I think discreetly pointed me in the direction of what they knew would suit my body shape. I only went there and tried on maybe seven dresses max choosing the Lydia Dress by Sottero & Midgley as when I saw it with a veil I just felt like a bride!"

"It was the first weekend of the really hot weather and the Botanic Gardens was full of people who were cheering and clapping as we walked through – it was a lovely memory as was having that alone time just the two of us getting our pictures taken!"

"For place settings I found a picture of either me, Craig or both of us with that guest and had them printed as a Polaroid. It was a lot effort but totally worth it when you saw people smile and trade pictures and memories of where they were taken with others at their table!"

"My dad when he saw me fully ready for the first time is my clearest memory of the day."

"We’re really lucky to have such great friends and family who were really up for a party – it was quite a 'rowdy' wedding and it was amazing watching everyone you care about in the same room enjoying themselves - my gran is 88 and was on the dance floor until the end!"

"Do it your way. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship and love for each other and the day should reflect that and your own personalities – I walked down the aisle to an orchestral version of Dr Dre and Tupac California Love and we walked back up the aisle to Iggy Pop lust for life!  I think some people get lost in attention to detail and showy things that don’t matter when if you keep it simple the party will take care of itself as everyone is there to have fun and celebrate with you!"

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Òran Mór

Band: Goldstar

Florist: A Curious Arrangement

Cakemaker: Big Bear Bakery

Make Up/Hair: Laura Gray 

Bridal Outfit: Lydia Dress by Sottero & Midgley from Melle Cloche

Bridesmaids Outfits: Needle & Thread

Grooms Outfit: MacKenzie Kilt Hire

Stationery: Feel Good Invites

Favours: Who Cares Scotland

Photographer: The Gibsons

"All our suppliers were fantastic and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough – we chose really really well! Nothing was a problem for anyone and communication was always quick and easy!"