a fun filled star wars day wedding in glasgow

Mhairi and James were married on May 4th at Destiny Hall in Shawlands. They were saving and planning their wedding for about two years. Huge thanks to the lovely McGlynn Sisters for sharing their images of this wedding. You can catch Lauren + Katy on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

“Destiny Hall is a converted church so the stained glass window in the main hall really sold it, but there was also so much space! The venue has a coffee shop (brochure calls it the sanctuary) and a gym hall.”

“Viewing the venues was amazing fun! I guess my favourite part was getting confirmation from all our first choice vendors that they were available. I can’t tell you how happy I was when we found out our wedding band were available!”

“James organised a playlist for the day and his groomsmen outfits (including Star Wars ties). Every decision made was a joint decision, except the wedding dress and bridesmaid outfits!”

“I’m not great at clothes shopping so I decided to go myself. I can be quite indecisive so this way I was able to take my time, and I had a tight budget. I chose my two favourite dresses at Wed-to-Be.  Then I took my mum with me to help decide which one was the winner. I chose Gala from The Signature collection. It was light weight, not too fussy and very elegant. It was perfect.”

“We had a Humanist ceremony; Gerry Douglas-Scott was our Humanist celebrant and she was fantastic. She was so supportive and offered great advice.  We spoke about the story of how we got together. My good friend, Kirsty, is notoriously late for everything, and the day I met James she was three hours late to meet me in the pub, but I got talking to the guy sitting beside me. He is now my husband.”

“Our ceremony included traditional drinking from the Quaich. The Quaich, a two handled loving cup, is an ancient Scottish tradition that seals the bond of two people, and marks the blending of two families. It normally has whiskey but we decided to have beer! We also had handfasting.”

“Our good friend, Darren, played his acoustic guitar while we signed the marriage certificate and my little cousin, Skye, read a piece from The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman at the end of the ceremony.”

“Our aisle music was an acoustic version of Rancid - Journey to the End of East Bay, and walking away as husband and wife we had Toots and the Maytals – Pomps and Pride.”

“The best thing about the day was having all of our favourite people in one place at the same time. We had kids running about and it was great catching up with friends and family. They live all over the globe and they all made the effort to travel to Glasgow for our wedding. It meant so much to us. I loved having all the important people in my life in one room altogether. It seldom happens as our families are so big.”

“After the ceremony and photos, James and I snuck away to the pub across the road for a sneaky pint and a time out. It was great just to relax with our first pint as husband and wife!”

“Our wedding band was the best! Earnest played rock and roll tunes all night, and even played a thirty minute ceilidh set. Our first dance was the Grand March. We chose this as it’s traditional and involves the whole wedding party, then all the guests get involved. It’s utter chaos.”

“The Bygone Booth was so much fun! We used their photo book as a guest book. I’ll look back through the guest book on years to come with the best memories!”

“We got married on May 4th as James is a huge star wars fan. At least he’ll never forget our anniversary, right? Our tables had stormtrooper lego with the name placecards and each table was named after a Star Wars planet. My dad had a lightsaber in his speech and the best man, Murray, compared James and I to the real Star Wars love story - Han and Chewie.”

“We decorated the place ourselves, made our own table plan and I had a display of our grandparents wedding days. As we had children at the wedding we had a bouncy castle, but the adults definitely used it more! One of the best details was my flowers. Barbara at Wild Flower Workshop made the bouquet of my dreams! Our table flowers were also beautiful.”

“The bridesmaids looked amazing! My sister, Karina, was really the one who picked the outfit so I can’t take credit for it, but I LOVED them! She was very insistent on sequins!”

“I remember James and I looking at each other before we walked backed down the aisle and I was so happy I could burst! Best day ever! The wedding speeches were so relaxed, heartfelt and funny!”

“Focus on what’s important to you. It’s difficult but try to ignore comments and other people’s opinions on how they would plan the wedding. It’s YOUR day. Do you!”

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Destiny Hall

Band: Ernest

Florist: Wild Flower Workshop

Cakemaker: The Little Cake Parlour

Make Up/Hair: Blushing Belles

Bridal Outfit: Wed to Be

Bridesmaids Outfits: Coast (own shoes and leather jackets)

Grooms Outfit: MacGregor McDuff

Photobooth: Bygone Booth

Stationery: Rob Mackay (James’s Friend) designed the atationery , it was amazing (and Star Wars themed, obvs!) printed by Scottish Print

Photographer: Lauren McGlynn

“Barbara from wild flower workshop was amazing. I can’t recommend her enough! Bouquet of my dreams!”

“Steph and Joe from Bygone booth were the best! I now have an amazing and hilarious guest book with so many happy faces and memories.”

“Ernest - I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Best wedding band ever!”