emilyrose + rory | montrose street

Emilyrose and Rory were married very recently - on the 2nd September at 23 Montrose Street followed by a reception at The Drake. Huge thanks to Erica from Emerald Images for sharing the photos of their amazing day with us!

"Rory proposed to me in Sydney, Australia when he came to visit me in February for a month. I had already booked my flight to Glasgow for April (6 weeks later). It wasn't until June that we started planning when my parents decided to come and visit us in Scotland in August. We originally had just planned to elope and sign the register with two witnesses but when my parents told me they were coming all the way across the globe to visit we decided it would be nice to have them included. So a four person secret elopement quickly became widespread news. We had less than four months to plan everything on a very limited budget! I had just graduated from Art School and was unemployed!

"23 Montrose Streer was the cheapest option! We were tossing up to have it at the local bowling club but this was the cheapest option to have a civil ceremony."

"I found the whole planning part to be really hard.. I was a brand new resident of Glasgow and was terribly homesick; I didn't have my mates, sister or mum around to help me with anything. Rory works in one of Glasgow’s busiest most popular restaurants so the whole thing was done on my own. A lot of tears and stress! The best part was making the invites; I did them myself and it was good to put my art school skills to work!"

"Rory would say I organised the whole thing myself, from hunting for the cheapest rose petal confetti to making a eight hour wedding playlist, but he has no idea how much he helped. Rory works in the hospitality industry so we were able to get an amazing deal on a private function room in a well loved pub in Glasgow for the reception. He listened to me sob about how i missed my besties on countless nights. I was at his stag do and we wrote our own personal vows. He ordered and set up the cheese tower for our wedding cake and we both chose his groomsmens outfit… we did the whole thing hand in hand; totally inseparable. It wouldn't have happened without both of us!"

"We were walking past OFFICE one day and saw these cute little white leather boots; I pointed them out and Rory said “They are so you, get them!” The rest of my outfit kind of revolved around my boots. I bought five dresses online each one under £60, tried them all on and returned the ones I didn't like. I found a vintage dress in a shop on Byres Road and sent it to my mum in Australia to make alterations. I had four dresses to choose from on the day and made up my mind in the last thirty minutes! I ended up so chuffed with my dress from ASOS."

"My favourite part of the day was hands down the vows. That's why we did it. We are both pretty unconventional, but to stand up in a room full of the most important people in our lives (even if it was missing a few of mine) and promise how we plan to continue to love each other for life. Nothing compares to that."

"The day before I ran around Glasgow frantically foraging flowers, I picked vines and foliage from outside my window, a few cheap bouquets from Marks and Spencer and got Scottish thistles and eucalyptus leaves from my local florist in Govanhill. Mum bought florists tape, wire and ribbons and in two hours we had the most spectacular bouquet and head piece and two corsages for my best friends who did my hair and makeup!"

"We also only had a photographer for two hours during the ceremony and after. For the reception we put out eight disposable cameras, the photos are brilliant even if only four cameras worked!"

"When Rory and I first met he played me a song by Sebastian Tellior called 'La Ritournelle'. It instantly became 'our song' and many nights we have listened to it over a few bottles of wine dancing in our underwear in the lounge. About four minutes in the lyrics start.. “Oh nothing's gonna change my love for you / I wanna spend my life with you" Rory told me he wanted me to walk down the aisle to that bit one night and i never forgot it. So I arrived at the venue and waited.. and waited… four minutes the intro goes for! My dad was tugging me going “It's ok pet! Lets go…” I could hear people going “Oh no she's done a runner!” but there was no way I was going to stuff up my entrance! He told me he wanted me to walk out to that bit and so I did! I have never seen a more relieved man when I stepped out and down the aisle just as the lyrics started haha!"

"Don't make it about anyone other than yourself and don't compromise!! If you are creative and money savvy you can have everything you want! So many times i just wanted to fork out £200 for a florist so I didn't need to stress or buy that £1000 wedding dress so I felt confident, but we managed to do the whole wedding for £1000. It goes by so quickly you can barely remember most of it and now we have more money to spend on an amazing holiday which we will remember!"


Venue: Glasgow City Chambers, 23 Montrose Street  /  The Drake

Stationery: Homemade and printed by The Print Box

Photographer: Emerald Images Photography

"Our photographer was amazing, We booked Erica very last minute before our wedding. She was unbelievably helpful and keen and got every shot I wanted including the confetti shot, amazing intimate shots in the ceremony and then some walking around Glasgow. She even sent me a text that morning to calm my nerves! We received the photos so quickly and they were better than expected! I am obsessed with them! They are exactly what I wanted and we both aren't into having our photography taken but it was like she wasn't there! I love them so so much, they are such a good reminder of the day and amazing to send back to my family in Oz that couldn't make the trip to Glasgow! I really love the shots of us in Glasgow Central as we spent a lot of time saying goodbye and hello in that station"