a stylish wedding at one devonshire gardens feat a badgley mishka two piece

Elaine and Stephen were married on 6th October at One Devonshire Gardens. They were planning their wedding for two years. Huge thanks to Andy and Szerdi for sharing their images of this fab day. Catch these guys on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

“We chose One Devonshire as our venue as we both love the Glasgow Townhouse look (ornate high ceilings; huge bay windows which bring in lots of light; cosy old furniture for an intimate feel and classic decor for a timeless feel). Of all the many hotel weddings we've been to as a couple, we've never been to any quite like HDV and could easily imagine a more intimate & relaxed 'house party' feel - with raucous laughter coming from the lounge and bar and merry dancing in front of the fireplace. We weren’t wrong!”

“The front terrace and entrance outside provided a nice backdrop for the obligatory family shots, while the garden terrace at the back provided a cosier cool vibe with the string bulb lighting and leafy cover.”

“Stephen proposed to me in Central Park, New York in October, so we quickly decided on an Autumn/Winter style for our wedding day, allowing us to bring in some rich colours and cool wintery tones. It all felt like it came together nicely.”

“Stephen and I love food! We were so excited for our wedding menu as the food at Hotel du Vin is a step above.”

“My three bridesmaids had met before, but only really got to know each other properly in the run up to the wedding and in planning the hen together. We literally laugh ‘til we cry when we’re together, and it’s nice knowing that they get on so well, and have stayed friends even after the wedding madness calmed off.”

“Stephen was more involved than he would have liked… I tried to delegate some of the less creative tasks, but he would often say, ‘We’ll just not bother with that – there; that’s it dealt with.’ I on the other hand, over-thought every little detail.”

“I’d pulled a plethora of ideas together from Pinterest and Instagram. I thought I wanted a long-sleeved dress, with a low back and a full or flowing skirt. Of course, as is often said, once you start trying things on end up liking something totally different and found the long-sleeved dresses all seemed to drown me! I was also keeping my eyes out for something more unusual like a killer jumpsuit or gorgeous cape, but found that many of the bridal brands that had caught my attention, didn’t stock their collections in Scotland (and some were also outwith the UK).”

“I’d been to three shops before I had my appointment with Opus Couture. The girls at Opus were really relaxed, didn’t rush us, and took the time to go through all of my inspiration. Seeing lots of texture, beautiful fabrics, intricate beadwork, feathers… they told me they had something across at Opus Atelier that they thought I would love. We continued to try a few things on before heading across the street, and when I saw my outfit hanging, I was like a dog with a waggy tail! I couldn’t wait to try it on, and came SKIPPING out of the fitting room. I chose the Amari Beaded Tulle Top from the Belle by Badgley Mischka collection. It has beautiful beadwork around the neck, armholes and bodice, a sweetheart shape at the bust and the bottom drips with beads and feathers. For the bottom half… I wore the flowey Alex pants, which are pleated chiffon trousers and honestly filled me with glee! I was so pleased to have found something fun, a little unconventional and that reflected my style.”

“Stephen and I always knew we’d have a Humanist ceremony. We’d been to a couple before and really enjoyed the more relaxed feel, and the more personal elements that can be brought into it. We’re not usually into PDAs, so it gave us the opportunity to do things our own way and have some fun with it too.”

“I didn’t hide the fact that the wedding planning was not always sunshine and lollypops – lots of admin, indecision, politics and stress… however from the day before (hanging with my gals, my parents and my sister) and the excitement the morning of while we got ready; to the love & laughs through the ceremony; seeing all the hard work pay off and all of our guests dancing the night away or chewin’ the fat in the lounge was such a great feeling. I didn’t stop smiling all day.”

“Some of our fondest and funniest memories are at the end of the night though – I managed to get all the guests to join me in a singalong of ‘New York, New York’ after the band stop playing; then a group of us sat on the floor of our ‘honeymoon suite’ eating pizza that my sister ordered on Just Eat with the special instructions of ‘come ASAP!’ “

“We had lots of sentimental touches scattered throughout the day, many of which sparked fond memories of my late grandparents. My gran had amazing hydrangea bushes in their garden, so I chose hydrangea and freesia (my mum’s favourite) in my flower arrangements. When we stayed over as kids, we would play games like dominoes and cards, so one of my bridesmaids Stacey arranged packs of cards and dominoes for the guests to enjoy in the garden terrace. We had hand-baked treats like my grannies used to serve and I had our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos placed in nice frames around the fireplace and shelves at the venue. We also donated to Cancer Research in lieu of traditional wedding favours.”

“My bridesmaid Kerry arranged a beautiful leather guestbook with gold foil text saying ‘THE FYFES’… but forgot to get people to sign it, so we have a few drunken messages and lots of blank pages which I’m going to fill with guests’ photos. Kerry also arranged confetti for the group shot on the stairs at the front… just the 20,000 pieces of confetti. There’s one photo where you can barely see anyone due to the mass of confetti in the air. We were in stitches with laughter!”

“After our friends left our room at 5am or some silly hour of the morning, Stephen and I sat in the rolltop bath in the bay window with a glass of champagne, chatting about what a great and mad day it had been! It was the first we’d really been alone, and the first we’d really taken a deep breath. The hotel was silent, and we were exhausted but totally relaxed and happy. It was the perfect way to unwind.”

“At the end of the day, it’s all about two people getting married. Deciding to spend your life with someone you love, and sharing the celebration with your nearest and dearest. Don’t forget that the rest is just fluff. “

“Everyone tells you to do things your own way and don’t try to please other people; but often this is followed with ‘Oh I thought you would have done this…’ “

“Keep calm, be honest and clear about what you both want and are comfortable with; don’t get tied up with what the Instagram trends are, or what other people have come to expect from weddings.”

“We had an array of texture and colour through the individual bridesmaids’ outfits, Stephen’s tartan and velvet combo, my beads, pleats and feathers; and the wildness of the flowers. My mum told me afterwards she had been unsure how it would come together, but that it was all perfect. She loved how different it was and has been showing off the photos to everyone.”

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Hotel du Vin, One Devonshire Gardens

Celebrant: Maggie Kinloch, Humanist Society Scotland

Pianist and Vocalist: David Farrell & Steven Duguid

Band: Sneaky Treacle

Florist: Flowers by Cherry Blossom 

Cakemaker: My cousin’s husband Paul Glen // Treats for the evening buffet – Mini empire biscuits and millionaire’s shortcake from Bakery by Zique

Make Up/Hair: Bridesmaids & MOB Make-Up – Violet Rose // Hair – Sarah GMcC, Hair by Sarah

Bridal Outfit: Amari Top and Alex Pants, Belle by Badgley Mishka from Opus Couture

Bridesmaids Outfits: Christie Couture

Grooms Outfit: Trousers - Slanj // Jacket – Moss Bros // Shirt – Charles Tyrwhitt // Bowtie – Loch Carron of Scotland // Shoes & belt: Loakes

Wedding Rings: Jeffrey Fyfe Jewellers

Stationery: Designed myself, with the help of bridesmaid Victoria; digitally printed on uncoated stock

Favours: Paisley Pin from Cancer Research UK

Photographer: Andy & Szerdi Photography

“I had a really clear idea of how I imagined our flowers, and our florist Laura executed the arrangements perfectly; humouring my obsessive overthinking and being super kind and lovely through the whole process. The flowers are one of the first things people mention about our wedding, and how beautiful they were.”

“Our photographers were another really important part of our day, and I spent a long time searching for the right ones. I work with images and more importantly, I love going down memory lane via my photos. Not only did Andy and Szerdi capture the fun, colour, love and joy of the day, but they also left a great impression with our guests who enjoyed their company too. Many people contacted me after the wedding to say how much the loved the photos and how fun and cool Andy and Szerdi are! They joined the festivities and partied with us until the end; but they their cameras to hand to make sure they didn’t miss the dancefloor gold!”

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