"I knew I didn’t want a traditional dress and the thought of going to a bridal shop fills me with dread, so I explored the many, many ready-to-wear options now available. I tried on some dresses at an upmarket high street store, but none of them really felt like me. I’d previously seen the Needle and Thread dress online and ordered it when I got home. The detailed embellishment and layers of high-quality tulle meant I could achieve the look I wanted with the advantage of a comfortable fit."
"We’re seasoned organisers of professional and academic events, but we weren’t prepared for the emotional pressure and expectations of others, which unfortunately made planning quite a stressful process at times. That said, the food tasting was a highlight! We approach life as a team and wanted to make sure our wedding day reflected that, so it was very much a joint effort on all fronts."
"There are so many moments that stand out: our first look photo shoot; the beautiful ceremony, which we contributed to; our short escape to the artists’ studio; and our joint address — one guest even commented that we were like Ant and Dec (Stacie is originally from Newcastle). But our epic penultimate dance to Bob Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’ might top them all! Who knew that an eight and a half minute protest song from the 1970s would allow us to throw some amazing shapes?!"
"We chose caramel shortbread favours to give our guests something sweet as we were having cheese for dessert — and it was over this humble treat that we had a state of the union discussion and got engaged! The favours were wrapped in an 1810s French print depicting Parisian women’s reactions at seeing Scottish soldiers in kilts (Stacie is a lecturer in French Studies). Forming a production line with Johnny’s family to put together the favours the day before also made for a great moment of communal effort and eager anticipation for the wedding ahead."
"Funnily enough, The Art Club was a bit of ‘wild card’. We already had a shortlist of other venues and when we were scheduling appointments, we suddenly came across the Glasgow Art Club on a wedding blog. Walking into the gallery room with the art on the walls and its beautiful architectural features, our immediate reaction was ‘wow’! The Art Club perfectly suited our personalities and our vision for the day, and the flexible options from En Croute caterers (the venue’s sole supplier) were a particular draw."
"Everyone says it goes over in flash, but for us it actually felt like a very long day —this, of course, was a good thing! We felt able to savour the day: it was so relaxed and happy, and we were thrilled that all of our guests seemed to enjoy themselves."
"Critically reflect on the various elements of the day: is it what you want? Is it necessary? Does it suit you as a couple? Be bold in your choices and true to yourselves!"
Venue: Glasgow Art Club
Florist: Myrtle and Bracken
Cakemaker: Stacie’s Uncle
Bridal Outfit: Needle and Thread
Grooms Outfit: Slaters
Stationery: Homemade by Stacie!
Favours: Caramel Shortbread from Billington’s Of Lenzie. Wrapping homemade.
Photographer: (the very talented and amazing) Harper Scott Photo