anne marie + stuart | òran mór

My next wedding on Braw Brides is the fabulous black and white themed wedding of Ann Marie and Stuart, who were married on Sunday 26th May at Òran Mór. Òran Mór is a venue which I had heard so much about, but until seeing Ann Marie and Stuarts photographs did not realise the true beauty of the building. I have been in the bar a few times but the venue is really so much more than just that! "We looked at a large number of venues in Glasgow; all very different and unusual in their own way. I had seen Òran Mór online and thought it was stunning but I still had an open mind, however when we went to visit the venue we both loved it so much as it had everything we were looking for. Local, could hold both ceremony and reception, it had the old feel (converted church) with a modern twist and we felt very comfortable with the wedding coordinator who seemed flexible and knowledgeable."

The couple got engaged in Jamaica February 2011, where Ann Marie proposed to Stuart (GIRL POWER ALERT) and so had been planning the wedding for over two years.

Ann Marie and Stuart both enjoyed the venue search during their planning, which I found unusual! "I think we both enjoyed the venue search the most as we got to see so many beautiful places in Glasgow we never knew existed before. Once I decided on the colour scheme (black and white – with Royal Blue accent) I found it very easy as everything else fell into place, from the black and white cupcakes to the black and white romantic movies for the table names. It was perfect, especially as we got to choose ‘Bringing up Baby’ as our Top Table name, which was very apt due to us having the perfect addition to our family, our 5 month old daughter Mia."

This is a great way to look at your venue search as most couples seem to find it a drag! You are getting to see many places in Scotland you may not have seen otherwise, it would be nice just to treat each one as a day out!

Ann Marie and Stuarts theme was so strong and striking and I think their images from Imagine Images show it off in a perfect and dramatic way. "Our photo’s were amazing, loads of them, good quality, excellent price and Ross and Kirsty were great to have with us all day. They were in no rush to head off when our first dance and cake cutting was delayed a little and were really flexible all day. We can’t fault them and would highly recommend them."

I also love the movie theme and watch this space for a blog post on movie themed weddings soon!

Ann Marie had a stunning black and white wedding dress, "I actually found my wedding dress on my first trip to look at dresses. I wasn’t intending on buying one, I just wanted to check out what was out there. I went shopping with my mum, sister and three friends and we visited about four shops. Like most brides I had an idea what I wanted in a dress and in my mind that was a Grecian type dress, very simple and understated, definitely no train and no meringue. I ended up with a full on wedding gown and massive train from the Bridal Rooms in Frasers. It was totally not what I expected. We didn’t even like the dress on the hanger, but as my wedding had a black and white colour scheme we decided to try it as it had lovely black detailing on the bodice and train. As soon as I walked out, everyone's reaction was different from all other dresses and they all knew it was the one before I even did."

Ann Marie says Stuart was 'not very' involved in the planning process but I agree with her that this is quite normal! "I arranged everything myself but I discussed all the plans with Stuart and he pretended to hear me and agree with everything. I even managed to keep it a secret from Stuart that his sister, niece, two nephews and brother in law were coming over from South Africa to surprise him. He thought only his mum would make it so he was over the moon when we surprised him at a family dinner in Mr Singh’s India two days before the wedding. The only thing Stuart arranged and decided on himself was the photographer and he made an excellent choice as we are over the moon with the photos and couldn’t have spent the day with two better people than Ross and Kirsty."

Usually when grooms are given a task to themselves they do them well, proven here by Stuarts choice of photographer.

Ann Marie's make up was done by Craig Alexander Wilson, "Craig was excellent on the day, a really nice guy, very helpful and the makeup was lovely and lasted all day."

"As we were getting married on a Sunday in Glasgow we couldn’t have a civil ceremony so it had to be a Humanist ceremony, however once we looked at Humanism and how personal the ceremony could be, we knew it was the right choice for us regardless. Susan Douglas-Scott was our Humanist celebrant. She was very good on the day, everyone commented on her lovely service and how nice she was." As I've said before on the blog. Humanist ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular and you can find a celebrant on the Humanist Society Scotland website.

"We have been together for over 10 years so we already feel married, and to be honest the ceremony was the least important thing to us when we started planning (we just wanted to be married), but it was actually the best part of the day. It was so personal, funny and emotional (I arranged for Stuart’s sister to give a reading and also his niece and nephew to give a joint reading together as another surprise). We loved every minute of it and many of our guests have commented on it since."

Running on from my last post on first dances and music choice, Ann Marie and Stuart put some thought into their ceremony music too; "My most memorable moment was hearing the intro for our song to walk down the aisle. It was an instrumental version of the Guns n Roses song ‘November Rain’ and it was the first time I felt a little emotional. For Stuart his moment was watching me walk down the aisle."

Ann Marie and Stuarts stunning wedding cake and favours were made by Cake Bake By Sandra. "The large Cupcake, cupcakes and cake pops were lovely and went down a treat. Sandra is very talented at what she does." Surprisingly one of the couples favourite photos was one of their cake! I do agree though, it is a beautiful photo! They also love their photo above of the gorgeous blue table settings.

"I purchased our bride bouquet, four bridesmaid bouquets, a tossing bouquet (which we ended up giving to our daughter Mia instead) and buttonholes from Silk Blooms. The flowers were lovely, very good quality and reasonably priced. I was unhappy with my bouquet at first, but after a quick chat they made the changes I requested and I was over the moon with them. Great customer service."

"I think the best advice I could give would be to not take things too seriously. Just enjoy the planning, stay relaxed and flexible, as it really does help if you stay stress free during the process. I chose to keep all the planning to myself and if you can do this without this ruining the planning for you then I would recommend it. It means you don’t get lots of differing opinions from friends and family which can make you doubt your plans, plus they get to see everything on the day for the first time with everyone else. I’m a planner so plenty of spreadsheets with all the details, supplier quotes etc definitely helps. Also, if you can arrange a surprise for your husband to be for two days before the wedding that definitely helps as I think I was more nervous and excited about that than I was about the wedding, so I was really calm in the run up to the day."

I am sure you will agree that Ann Marie and Stuarts wedding was stunning! I would like to thank Ann Marie for her great input and Kirsty and Ross at Imagine Images, you can catch them on Facebook too!

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