I love Glasgow’s Kelvingrove bandstand where this gorgeous couple chose to have their outdoor ceremony, and the fact that they get to stroll past it daily and reminisce about their wedding makes it even more special. The pictures captured by Caro Weiss of their family sitting on the steps with blankets, beaming during the nuptials are simply adorable.
Lucy was unsure of a colour scheme to begin with, but eventually settled on brights. Wait until you see her bridal bouquet & flower crown they are simple mesmerising. I added copious amounts of pictures for you (and I) to swoon over again and again. You’re welcome. I guarantee you’ll also be swooning over her Charlotte Balbier ‘Elodie’ gown, her Bridesmaids pale blue Ted Baker dresses and the grooms Harris Tweed jacket too. Such a stylish bunch.
Lucy The Bride: I knew from the beginning I wanted a simple, lace dress but beyond that had no idea. My mum and I probably indulged in a few too many trips to various shops, mixed with some lunching and cocktail-ing of course! We came across Gail at Vintage Bridal Couture fairly early on and she was a breath of fresh air. It was easy from there and we quickly found the gorgeous Charlotte Balbier ‘Elodie’ dress. I very much wanted to keep things relaxed and ‘like me’ – I planned to have my hair down, a flower crown, and very subtle jewellery – I got lucky finding online retailer Chez Bec – they commissioned the back-necklace on request.
Graham the Groom: I was also keen to stay relaxed and decided against the more traditional Scottish kilt. I opted for a Harris Tweed jacket, my trusty Topman chinos, bought various bow ties from Etsy, and shoes from Ted Baker. Charles Tyrwhitt provided a perfect fit for my shirt. We also got a Harris Tweed jacket for the best man, then asked the ushers to stick with navy and a white shirt. On the day we gave them each their bow tie and hip flasks. It worked well, everyone was relaxed, and the lack of ‘matching’ added another fun and unique element to the look of the day.
Lucy The Bride: The unique Kelvingrove Bandstand in Glasgow is a beautiful structure and was fully renovated for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. We were walking in the park one day and thought is made the perfect setting, and being right on our doorstep means we get to reminisce about the day all the time!! We took a chance with the weather in Glasgow but we got so lucky! Killearn Village Hall is a beautiful venue on the edge of Loch Lomond and was our first choice because we could have more freedom to DIY our day. By happy coincidence the Three Sister Bake took over the wedding management just as we booked up which was perfect!
I found this difficult and swayed from one thing to another, mostly based on whichever blog I had read that morning! Eventually I decided my fickle mind was best put at ease by having a ‘theme’ of COLOUR!! We opted for bright flowers, lots of colour in the pinstripe favour bags, lots of colourful bunting, confetti and table decoration. A lot of this was DIY, bought on various online shops, and an amazing last minute push from my bridesmaids and I the day before!! We also had amazing help from our close friends who designed the table name cards.
Endrick Blooms did the flowers and what an amazing job they did. I wanted a flower crown and bouquet that were going to be bright and colourful, and kept the bridesmaids and flower girl bouquets very neutral using gorgeous gypsophila. We used the same to decorate the bandstand, and in the hall had a ‘garden’ theme with plenty of fresh cut colourful blooms dotted around in jars. April and her team were utterly flawless, I could not have asked for more!!
The Wedding Party Fashion
The bridesmaids dresses are Ted Baker and the flower girl dress from Monsoon. I loved the baby blue colour, it suited the girls so well and looked stunning in the setting at the bandstand. We asked the grooms party to wear navy trousers and a white shirt and provided the bow ties and flowers. Some opted for kilts, others for suits but it worked a treat!
The weather was unbelievably kind and we were lucky to be able to have our outdoor ceremony. We had such a fabulous celebrant in Claire who made the whole thing easy and relaxed with the perfect balance of ceremony and humour. My brother, Cian, has previously done a lot of spoken-word and we asked him to speak at our ceremony with a totally blank canvas. We had no idea what he might do but he nailed it with a beautiful reading by Carl Sagan. Graham’s sister Laura also did a reading – ‘These are the hands’. My mum then finished the whole ceremony with an Irish blessing, to which the crowd cheered with a glass of fizz.
For the Bandstand we had a jazz trio – Euan Stevenson who were fabulous – a jazz version of ‘A Lovely Day’ to walk down the aisle. For the evening we had ‘The Riffreshers‘ – an amazing band, giving us a couple of ceilidh tunes for the traditional Scots, then big swing for the rest of the night!
The canapes, wedding breakfast and cakes were all done by the fabulous Three Sisters Bake. Their chilli bowl at night went down a storm!!
Caro was absolutely amazing as you will see from these incredible photos!! She was a joy on the day and has an emphasis on observational photography, one of the main reasons we asked her to be our photographer. She was so subtle and has captured some lovely moments.