They say that all good things come in small packages and with Kirsty & Kevin’s wedding – I absolutely have to agree.
Sometimes it’s nice to step away from the all of the fuss, the huge guest lists and the massive expense of a wedding and see a small and intimate ceremony that celebrates marriage with just a few close friends and family at an intimate dinner party.
Kirsty & Kevin’s wedding is still full of pretty – it’s just low key, subtle and very stylish. And full of touching moments too, like the couple combining sand from places that are meaningful to them – because ‘grains of sand are so small they could never be separated now which is like our lives.’ Beautifully put by Kirsty.
Kirsty The Bride: I managed to find my dress in House Of Fraser in Glasgow. I was not even supposed to be dress shopping that day! In fact we were looking for Kevin’s suit but I got a bit bored while he was trying stuff on so I went wondering and the dress was on sale, just on a wee rack on its own! I actually don’t even know the designer, my Mum cut off the label when she was altering it for me. I just knew it would be perfect for our city wedding. It was exactly what I had in mind. As it only cost £108, I decided to splash out on a pair of Jimmy Choos. Well, if you can’t do that for your wedding when can you?
My lovely wee Gran passed away in May so I wanted to have a few things that reminded me of her on the day as she was so looking forward to it. So I wore one of her necklaces in my hair and her ruby ring. I made my own veil and tried to make it as similar to my Mum’s veil she made for her own wedding 36 years ago. As a surprise, my Mum stitched a lucky sixpence on a piece of blue fabric into the inside of my dress. The sixpence was also my Gran’s which made it really special as well as being my something old and something blue. I wore a pair of my Mum’s earrings as my something borrowed.
Kevin really wanted a blue suit and he found one straight away in House Of Frasers in Glasgow. It’s by Kenneth Cole. His brogue style shoes and striped socks were by Ted Baker. We found his hand knitted tie from a lovely wee shop in Glasgow called The Little Shop of Interest and I made his pocket square from some fabric I found in a local charity shop.
Kevin is half Mauritian so I commissioned jewellery designer Hannah Louise Lamb to make him silver cuff links with the Mauritian Coast line engraved.
Kevin proposed with his Gran’s engagement ring so I really wanted to make sure my wedding ring would compliment it. I discovered jewellery designer Ebba Goring who makes her beautiful pieces from hand made crocheted cotton which she then casts in precious metal. Her “crown” ring complimented it perfectly. Kevin’s ring is gold with a brushed finish and was designed and made by Alison Macleod.
I think we had both decided even before we went to look at The Lighthouse in Glasgow that it would be the perfect location for us. We wanted somewhere in the city as we love it and have spent a lot of time there. I went to Glasgow School of Art so I love that it is a Rennie MacIntosh building and then when we saw the viewing platform we knew it was perfect. We wanted a very small, intimate ceremony and meal with only our immediate family and then a party for extended family and friends in the evening. Again this venue was ideal for that. We also knew we really wanted to get some photos out in and about the city which we were able to do.
We can not praise the staff there enough. Danielle McLaughlin was our event planner and nothing was a problem. She was so helpful and we felt that it was so important to her to make sure our day was perfect.
The venue itself is so interesting that I didn’t really feel I needed to think about a colour scheme as such. I just went with autumn colours and warm golds.
As I am an art and design teacher I decided to try to make as much of the decorations as I could. I wanted everything to be unique to us. I am lucky enough to work with 3 amazing art teachers – Allana, Lorna and Navi who helped me.
I sourced the flowers from lots of different florists around Glasgow and arranged them in a variety of different bottles that I had been collecting. I made all the men a buttonhole and a mini one for my nephew. I got the mini succulents from the farmers market in Kilmarnock and wrapped them in brown paper and gold ribbon.
I made everyone an origami game (like the ones you used to make at school). Inside were facts about everyone’s names from the origin to silly meanings and stories.
I wanted to show old wedding photos of the family so I decided to transfer these onto fabric and embellish onto them. I put them in embroidery hoops and hung them in a small corner of the cafe with a table in front with sparkly letters the spelt out “Twitterpated”. This is from a scene in the movie Bambi which is one of my favourites and it basically means “to be excited or overcome with romantic feelings – smitten”! It gave a warm, lighthearted, special meaning to the photos.
Rather than going for a fresh flower bouquet I decided to ask close family and friends to give me a piece of their jewellery to make my own jewelled bouquet. I also got help from my lovely girlfriends to make a wall of origami cranes. I just kept telling them it would bring them lots of luck! (Oh and I also supplied them with lots of fizz and treats). I made sure they all got a sting of cranes each after the wedding! I also made all the bunting for the gallery with some help from the laser cutter I have in my department at school.
The lovely Jenni Padaruth at Bake Me A Dream made our wedding cake. There were so many different sizes of cupcakes to choose from along with a main cake for us to cut.
As it was a small ceremony we decided just to ask my sister Rona and Kevin’s brother Gary to be witnesses. My brother Jonathan did a reading which he had written himself which was very funny and Kevin’s dad Madun read “The Wonders Of Today” by Larry Chengges.
We had a humanist wedding ceremony which was really important to us as it meant we could choose exactly what we wanted to be included. Victoria at Fuze Ceremonies delivered a beautiful ceremony. We did a sand blessing where we each had 2 separate vessels of sand which we then took in turns to pour into a new vessel. This is to symbolise Kevin and I, and our families blending together. Kevin’s sand was all the way from the beach on Mauritius where Kevin’s Mum and Dad live and also where we got engaged. My sand was from the Isle of Arran which is where we have spent many happy times as my Mum and Dad own a lodge there. The grains of sand are so small they could never be separated now which is like our lives.
The lovely Lucy played some lovely live piano music for us during the ceremony and while we had some fizz and canapés in the Mack Room in The Lighthouse. I asked her to play everyone’s first dance songs and as a special treat she played Twinkle Twinkle for my nephew Flynn which he loves.
For the evening reception we decided we wanted to make it a bit more special. Luckily Kevin’s Aunt Sheila is also a humanist celebrant. Although she was not available to conduct our ceremony during the day she offered to perform a blessing for us and all our evening guests. We kept it a secret from all our guests so it was a nice surprise for them to witness us saying our vows and literally trying the knot! We then cut the cake and then partied to the band Groove Culture.
We found our amazing photographer Caro Weiss at The Glasgow Wedding Collective wedding fair. We loved her work and when we met her we just clicked. We knew that she would capture our special day with her beautifully artist, romantic, quirky style of photography and probably just as important, that she would get on so well with Kevin and I and our family and friends. She just has a way of making is feel at ease and we were able to feel totally relaxed and did not feel we missed any of our day away from our loved ones to do photo shots.
We did manage to go out into Glasgow for some photos just after our meal. It was such a fun experience. Some outside dinners clapped and passed on their best wishes as we walked by and we even had our first dance on the corner of Buchanan street accompanied by a Glasgow busker! Only in Glasgow!
The very talented Grant Mason filmed our day for us. Grant is a family friend of ours and filmed my sisters wedding so we knew how amazing his work would be and that we would feel so comfortable with him on the day. He is a very talented film maker who does a wide range of commissioned work for many different companies as well as weddings. We can’t wait to see the finished piece!
Finally…one of the best decisions we made was to attend The Glasgow Wedding Collective wedding fair at the lighthouse. We only gave ourselves 5 months to plan our wedding and we managed to find most of our vendors at this event. The GWC is a one stop shop to find amazing creative wedding suppliers throughout Scotland. All the vendors are hand picked and are all professional artists and designers. It’s a must for anyone who really believes in craftsmanship and supporting local designers/artists in business.