candice + alan | pollokshields burgh hall

Candice and Alan were married on 27th April at Pollokshields Burgh Hall, in the Southside of Glasgow where they live. A million thanks to the lovely Lauren and Katy from Lauren McGlynn Photography for sharing their images of the day. Catch these talented girls on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

"After five years together we were engaged for just over a year but only really planned for about six months. Having a wedding on a Friday was great as most of the suppliers we approached were available."

"We love the area and I had actually been going to yoga class there (shout out to my bridesmaid Laura of Roots Yoga!) so had been admiring the stained glass windows. We liked that we didn’t have to travel far and we could choose our own suppliers to make it personal. It’s also in the prettiest of parks and looks like a mini Hogwarts from outside."

"To be totally honest neither of us were very keen on the planning! We really wanted to bring all of our loved ones together though so we had that as our ultimate goal and source of motivation. I am a jeweller and have made a lot of wedding rings but getting to make ours was amazing. It also meant we knew exactly what we wanted so that was one easy decision.

"The planning was 50/50. In fact we did notice a bit of sexism within the wedding industry as a lot of people assume that the bride is the only one who gets a say! There were obviously a few disagreements but on the whole our different approaches complimented each other well - a positive sign that getting married was a good idea!"

"I wanted an informal t-shirt style or something a bit bohemian but they usually came with a hefty price tag. I found a beautiful lace embellished top on BHLDN and was so relieved that it was exactly what I was looking for when it arrived. Then I was feeling the pressure to get a skirt and something to wear underneath and after a few other online purchases (and returns!) I came across Catherine Deane separates. The skirt was made of the lightest gossamer silk, it felt amazing. The other bonus is that I can keep the tops to wear again!"

"We had a Humanist ceremony by Gerrie Douglas-Scott. She brought so much warmth to the day and we were able to write the content without having the stress of saying too much. It was lovely sharing our stories with a whole room full of family and friends."

"Walking into the room with my dad was surreal and the only time I had to fight back tears. The other parts of the ceremony I felt emotional but also very calm. I surprised myself during our vows because it was so easy to do - I had been worried I would be too shaky voiced to speak! It was also great to have some time out with our photographers and going to the local train station for some was fun!"

"We each painted the name cards in our different styles. I had an initial wobble that I wanted everything to be consistent but it was a good lesson in loosening control and not having to achieve any kind of perfect ‘look’. I also made a digital floral illustration for the invitations and used this again for the table names so it was a handy time saver."

"We loved feeling so relaxed and seeing everyone and of course the dancing! For our first dance we learned some of the moves from Pulp Fiction and the band played Never Can Tell. We can’t do proper serious dancing so thought we should just do something a little tongue in cheek.  Alan’s favourite memories were the string quartet playing Bohemian Rhapsody while we signed the wedding register, the ceremony reading from Neil Gaiman and the fish pie. The speeches were also a real highlight - touching and funny in equal measure."

"In my job (Candice is the designer and maker behind Firewhite Jewellery) I have spoken to a lot of brides and grooms to be and the main message from them was do it your way. I’m glad we kept some wedding traditions but binned the ones that didn’t reflect us. I wanted to feel relaxed so getting a wedding planner for the last two weeks and meeting Alan for ten minutes before the ceremony really worked. So many people commented on how chilled we seemed. We also had our bridesmaids and groomsmen wearing their choice of outfit so I liked the relaxed feel that gave."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Pollokshields Burgh Hall

Band: Little Red and Korda String Quartet

Florist: Barbara at Wildflower Workshop

Cakemaker: Tantrum Doughnuts 

Make Up/Hair: AMM Hair and Makeup Team

Bridal Outfit: BHLDN and Catherine Deane

Bridesmaids Outfits: They chose their own! I think two dresses were from ASOS and one skirt was from Needle and Thread

Grooms Outfit: Alan has his own kilt

Favours: Spice Kitchen - mini jars of tea leaves

Photographer: Lauren McGlynn

Photobooth: Blur Productions

Rings: Firewhite

Planner: Love Cat D

Lights: G02 Specialist Event Hire

"Cat D the planner took all of the stress away. Everyone commented on how relaxed we were and it was because we knew she had it all under control. On the day she had a special ‘tool belt’ with every possible eventuality planned for!"

"Barbara the florist made a spectacular asymmetrical arrangement - I mean it was phenomenal." 

"Sara at Nosh accommodated our many food ideas."

"Our photographers Lauren and Katy were top notch and also really fun to hang out with. I feel like we can look back on the day and relive each part because they have captured the atmosphere perfectly."

"The hall is already amazing but the lights from Go2 Event Hire complimented it so well."