First things first, I feel I should definitely issue a gorgeous bride alert! Jennifer is the epitome of elegance, in her stunning Suzanne Neville gown. Teamed with ivory Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps and a headpiece of dreams. And how can I not mention that beaming smile and those lashes. Just heavenly. She must have been an absolutely dream for Craig and Eva Sanders to photograph who captured her beauty and sartorial style perfectly. I'm also swooning over the beautiful jewel toned blooms and bang on trend marble and gold letter press stationery. You literally can't help but be inspired by these stylish details. So get ready to pin, pin, pin and swoon, swoon, swoon.
The WeddingJennifer the Bride: We didn’t know where to start with the wedding planning at all, having not been to any weddings when we got engaged!!! We mainly looked at photos of venues online and didn’t really visit many. We first chose GU Chapel for the ceremony as I went to university there and it is just stunning. After this, we started to like the idea of a more formal, ‘city wedding’ and Oran Mor more than ticked that box perfectly. It was lovely having both venues in the West End of Glasgow where our flat is. Louise from Oran Mor, was just perfect. The first thing she said to us when we visited the venue was that the only things not allowed were “animals and pyrotechnics”. Our dog Louis was less than impressed but she was just so laid back about everything and totally gave us free reign to make it the wedding we wanted! It was refreshing having spoken to some other venues that wanted you to fit in with their wedding formula and had lots of rules!
PhotographerCraig and Eva Sanders were the only supplier that I had my eye on before I got engaged and I knew I definitely wanted to book them, so I was delighted when they were free on my date! I just loved that all their photos are so bright and fresh and I was slightly worried about it being a dull March day and both the venues can be quite dark. They absolutely did not disappoint. On the day they were so much fun and completely unobtrusive. We are so over the moon with our photos and they did a brilliant job of capturing our (very rainy) wedding day! They suggested we go to the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow for photos and we are SO glad we did!
VideographerWe weren’t sure if we wanted a videographer but now I am so glad we booked Piece of Time Media. We just wanted a documentary type recording of the day so that we could see the ceremony and speeches back – as it was all a blur! It’s so nice reliving the day!
Brides GownI originally went looking for a long sleeve full lace slimline gown and my Suzanne Neville gown ended up being the total opposite! I just tried it on and absolutely fell in love. I think all of my friends expected me to wear a Jenny Packham style dress so it was nice to give everyone a wee surprise!
Bridal AccessoriesCorrine’s who designed my headpiece, one piece of advice when choosing this was – whatever you think you want, go one step further out of your comfort zone. She was so right! The only other jewellery was my Mum’s old diamond earrings and I borrowed a garter from my Godmother that she and my Mum wore. I opted for a simple veil with satin trim and decided to wear it over the front for walking into the chapel. I was a bit of a cliché and had my heart set on the Hangisi Manolo Blahnik shoes since Carrie wore them in Sex and the City. They come in loads of different colours (nearly opted for the blue!) and five different heel heights so after trolling the internet trying to find the right combination I ended up putting in a custom order with the London shop – it was so easy and quite special to have them made just for me! Worth every penny!
FloristWe were originally was going to go for all white but in the end we opted for a jewel tone palette. They were completely perfect and the combination of white centre pieces and large arrangements with the bright bouquets was stunning. We also collected 100 pesto sauce jars and these were on the table with little flowers in for the ladies to take away with them – which went down a treat! Enid was amazing and we had such fun myself, Mum and her planning all the different aspects of the flowers – The flower girlss crown and pomander were the faves!
Decor/stylingHat hanging line – because nobody ever knows where to put them for the dancing! Tissue garlands along top and cake table – a very delicate DIY task which took a lot of patience! The chapel didn’t allow any confetti so we opted for bubbles! Everyone loved them (not just the kids) and luckily the rain stopped after the ceremony so we could use them! Aside from this we just hired gold charger plates to complete the metallic/jewel colour scheme! We decided to go for Italian numbers for table names as Italy is our all time favourite place and we will be going there for our honeymoon later this year. Each table also had a gin bottle for the table number to go in.
Cake MakerDELICIOUS – part red velvet; part white choc and raspberry. I spent make hours on Pinterest and Lisa from The Little Cake Parlour was able to recreate the one we wanted perfectly! Decorated with flowers from the florist. We also had a jewel toned Macaroon Tower by Duchess Macaroons and various flavours. All delicious It became a bit of a running joke that David had his heart set on a cheese tower instead of a traditional cake but the red velvet was too good to give up! So I surprised him by organising one from IJ Mellis for the evening buffet!
Bridesmaids DressesDessy bridesmaid selection is so brilliant with endless possibilities in various styles and colours – this allowed us to mix and match to suit the girls of all ages. Christie Couture Glasgow where we bought the dresses also did all our alterations and they were amazing as there were some worries with my dress and they totally put me at ease and made it just perfect!
Groom/GroomsmenSuits from Next in Navy – this is where the idea for the jewel tones came from. In Scotland everyone expects kilts so it was nice to be a bit different!
StationeryEYI LOVE are the nicest couple and people in the world and created such an amazing range of stationery for us with gold foil and marble card. Jack was great at all stages meeting us to design them and they absolutely nailed everything, we are now hanging some of the prints up in our home to remind us of the day. The creation of our ‘DJ’ monogram was my favourite part and featured on everything!
Entertainment/CeremonyFrancis Thorburn (singer) and Derek Fairlie (piano) – played during the drinks reception and dinner and for our first dance which was ‘Al Green – Let’s Stay Together’ Francis also sang at our ceremony with my brother playing guitar – The Beatles ‘I Will’ ‘Blackbird’ – This was really special to have my brother play while we signed the register and the sound filled the chapel beautifully – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! I walked down the aisle to Canon in D and it was so emotional walking down the aisle with everyone looking at me, it was so nice reaching the top and we both just awkwardly said ‘hi’ to each other. We wrote our own vows which was so nerve wracking but I’m so glad we did it. Our minister was the Dad of the mutual friend who introduced us which was really special Echo State were great and kept the dance floor full all night!
FavoursWe spent ages trying to think of an interesting and cost effective wedding favour and finally came across AVENUE COFFEE at a wedding fayre. They were able to make us a custom coffee blend which we personally chose and the presented it in gorgeous gold and silver foil bags with bespoke labels. The guests loved it and we were so pleased with them! Having a wee bag of our coffee and left over macarons on our balcony on our Paris minimoon was the perfect end to the week.
Dress Designer: Suzanne Neville | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik - Hagasi | Headpiece: Corrine Smith | Hair Stylist: Paolo Andreuccetti | Makeup Artist: Jennifer Peffer | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy from Christine Couture | Venue: Oran Mor | Florist: Enid Reid Flowers | Cake: The Little Cake Parlour | Macaroons: Duchess Macaroons | Cheese: IJ Mellis | Stationery: EYI LOVE | Entertainment: Echo State Band | Reno Magician | Transport: Waterside Weddings | Favours: Avenue Coffee | Grooms Suit: Next | Groom Tie: Duchamp London from Harvey Nichols