katie + paul | loch lomond waterfront

Katie and Paul were married on 27th June at Loch Lomond Waterfront. "We got engaged in November 2014 and after Christmas decided that we wanted to get married before Paul deployed again in August.  We set the date in January and got married in the June" Huge thanks to Chantal and Scott from The Gibsons for sharing their images of the day. You can catch them on their brand new websiteFacebook or Instagram.

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carol + peter | west brewery

Carol and Peter were married on 22nd November 2014 at West Brewery and had their reception at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. They were planning for 6 months. Huge thanks to Emma Lawson Photography for her images of the day! "West Brewery is close to our first home together and we have spent a lot of time there! For our reception, we wanted somewhere easy for our guests to get to and from and we fell in love with the amazing view from our room which looked straight down Buchanan Street."

Making the invites was Carols favourite part of the planning process... "It was a lot of fun making these and we were so excited posting them out."

"Peter was very involved! He got involved making decorations and invites, phoning venues and general organisation - he may have been more involved than I was!"

"I started out saying I wanted ‘something different’ and that my worst nightmare would be to go to a wedding dress shop. However, having ordered a few unsuccessful dresses online, I went to a wedding dress shop and I loved the first dress I tried on! The dress was quite a simple, straight style. It was all lace and originally it was strapless but I had small tulle straps added."

"There were so many amazing parts of the day! The Humanist ceremony was perfect for us; it was quite intimate and very personal. We also had a Quaich ceremony during our service that both mums were involved in too which was lovely."

"The dancing was really fantastic – our band Kilter were brilliant and kept everyone going all night. They had a few ‘party tricks’ to get people on the floor and we had so much fun."

"We made all of our own decorations. We had a travel theme and we were especially pleased with our bunting, hand-made using map wallpaper and gold spray paint. I also absolutely loved the men’s buttonholes which my mum had made from dried flowers."

"Hearing the piper playing from my flat is my clearest memory and all of us girls getting a bit excited that it was almost time for me to go and get married!"

Carols advice to other brides is to "Have fun!! Make as many of your own invites and decorations as possible - just make sure you’re not still making things the week before the wedding! Shop bought invites do look great however we had so many lovely comments about our invites; we were really glad we had spent the time making them."

"We absolutely love our photographs. One of my favourite photographs is of Pete and I walking away down a path in Glasgow Green, towards the People’s Palace. There are also some great photographs of us hugging just after being caught in the rain!"

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: West Brewery, Glasgow and reception at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Humanist Celebrant: Craig Flowers

Band: Kilter

Florist: Artisan Dried Flower Company

Photographer: Emma Lawson - you can catch Emma on Facebook and Twitter too.

Make-up: Kirstin Alexandra Make Up Artist

Hair: Hair by Lana

Cake: Emma Towle

"We cannot recommend our band (Kilter) and our photographer (Emma Lawson) enough; they really made our day memorable!! Emma Towle made a fantastic job of our cake – we had a suitcase cake with a sandcastle on top and she got our ideas just right (also including a delicious gluten free layer). West Brewery were extremely flexible. They were happy to meet the needs of individual guests; they made it very easy to cater for everyone. They also took care of decorating the room and our wedding coordinator, Rebecca, was on hand all day. It felt very personal and relaxed. And finally, the catering manager, Angus, at the Concert Hall was so helpful in the lead up to the wedding and he was around for the whole evening. He really made sure everything ran smoothly and that all of our guests were catered for. Craig Flowers was also brilliant and we would recommend him to anyone looking for a more personal wedding."

lorraine + chris | lothian chambers

Lorraine & Chris were married on 6th September 2014 at Lothian Chambers, Royal Mile and had their reception at the Marriott in Edinburgh. They were planning their wedding for 18 months. Big thanks to Ali Cleary Photography for sharing the images!

Lorraine gets her hair and make up done above by the fab Amy and Kirsty from Made Over Ladies.

"We picked Lothian Chambers because it had the historic charm and simplicity of a civil wedding. Also an opportunity to get some lovely photos around the old town! Marriott had a great space inside that ticked all the boxes. It also had a perfect outdoor space for the drink reception. The biggest reason for picking the Marriott was because we felt the staff was so professional and that we were in safe hands with the amazing event planner."

"Chris said soon after proposing that he’s happy for me to plan most of it which I was happy to do that as I’m quite creative with lots of ideas and like being organised! He selected the music and suggested the song for our first dance. He was always included on major decisions such as the venue, photographer, menu and invitations among other things."

"I’m not a particularly fussy person when it comes to dresses as I don’t normally wear them. I didn’t have much of an idea what I would like but knew what suited my body type. I didn’t want to spend weeks looking for my dress so after a lot of research online I shortlisted three shops and made appointments for each. After trying on a selection I had one in my mind that I went back to try on the following day. I think when that happens you know you’ve found the one! I got my dress from Gwennes of Broxburn and it was by Justin Alexander, a lovely vintage looking lace bodice with a tulle full skirt and a dropped waist and gorgeous peep hole back detail. It really flattered me and had a slight vintage/romantic look to it which I loved."

"Of course the ceremony was special for us but I also wanted my guests to have a good time so really enjoyed the photo booth we organised. It was so much fun! All of our guests seemed to really enjoy it and we were able to incorporate it into a guest book with photos and messages which we could look through the next day. Trying to change props in between photos and larking around with guests was such a laugh and really gave evening guests the opportunity to get involved. I’m so glad we decided to do it. The photos make me smile every time I look at them."

"I really enjoyed planning the food and in particular designing and baking my own wedding cake and dessert table. It really impressed my guests on the day."

"My favourite detail had to be the dessert table as it was something in my head that really came together on the day. All the guests were so impressed, even the Marriott staff said they hadn’t seen anything like it. I spent hours practicing and designing details of my three tier fruit cake including about fifteen handmade sugar roses for the top and hand painted portraits of us from our invites on the top tier. Not only that but I also spent days leading up the big day baking over one hundred different flavoured meringues to create a colourful tower! It was great to give some local bakers an opportunity to showcase their delights. We had macarons from Mademoiselle Macaron, gluten free chocolate cupcakes and a giant red velvet cupcake from Caledonian Cupcakes and the most amazing rainbow sponge buttercream cat cake from 3D Cakes. We have a pet black cat called Haku so it felt right to incorporate her into the day somehow. None of the guests knew about it so it was a lovely surprise."

"The first dance is my most vivid memory. I know it can be pretty daunting and I’m definitely no dancer because I remember trying to decide if we should try and dance a little or just shuffle around the floor. We opted for a safe shuffle but the music was so romantic and the words fitted the occasion so well that I couldn’t help but get a bit emotional. No one else in the room existed for those 2-3 minutes. My husband joked that I was only crying because I had just cut my beautiful cake!"

"Try not to sweat the small details as you’ll probably be the only one who notices and give yourself plenty of time to do anything homemade. Chances are you will underestimate how long it takes, particularly if you’re doing it alone. Don’t get too carried away of you could end up with a house full of random stuff to clear out afterwards."

"Pinterest is a gold mine for ideas on everything wedding related and you can source some really personal gifts for your bridal party from sites such as Etsy."

Thanks again to Ali Cleary Photography for sharing the images of Lorraine & Chris' day! You can catch Ali on Facebook too.