We loved this Scots-Canadian wedding the minute we set eyes on it. From a proposal at the scene of their first date to the story behind Linzi’s something old, there is so much romance to enjoy in this elegant city celebration. Something tells us you’re going to love it…
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
For David it was love at first sight; for Linzi it took approximately three months and a lot of wooing. His persistence paid off eventually.
How was the question popped?
During his birthday dinner. David knew that if he took me for a romantic dinner or walk or weekend away, that I would click straight away what was about to happen. I had waited long enough. He had to find some way of surprising me and what better than to propose during his birthday celebrations at Cafe Gandolfi, which coincidentally is where we had our first date and we actually sat in the same seats (David made the reservation). I was so shocked, he had to ask me twice and of course I said yes. After that the champagne came out and needless to say the bill was on him! We then continued to celebrate, just the two of us at the Champagne Bar in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
My something old was my pearl bracelet (described below), my something new was the Jimmy Choo shoes; the something borrowed was Becky’s veil and the something blue was meant to be my garter. I completely forgot to put it on, but then I was surprised by my two year-old nephew holding a blue Tiffany box with a beautiful diamond necklace inside, which I wore. That was my something blue.
Any unexpected moments?
To be honest, I was unexpectedly calm. My nephew coming to my hotel room with the Tiffany necklace was a huge surprise, other than that there wasn’t many surprises or unexpected moments as I had planned the wedding – David had planned the surprise honeymoon. I think the one memorable moment was my dad’s speech, which he did in rhyme. It was hilarious and heartwarming at the same time. He did an amazing job and people are still coming up to him on the street in our local town to tell him that they heard how wonderful his speech was. He was completely blown away by the reception and I was blown away with how much effort he had put into it (any my mum helped, of course).
Another unexpected moment was how alike our vows were. We wrote our own vows and we both mentioned the duties of cooking and taking the recycling out. .. clearly we have some issues regarding chores!
Best compliment on your wedding?
We have had so many compliments it is unbelievable. So many people have said that it was the best wedding they have attended and so well organised – which I will take credit for! People loved the personal humanist wedding ceremony and the amount of laughter that was had throughout the day. The other compliment was my dad’s speech, which I am so proud of. And also, my dress which everyone commented on.
Honeymoon or minimoon?
We had our honeymoon in Zambia and Malawi. David organised the whole trip himself and I had no clue where we were going, or where I was going to end up. I had to trust him when signing documents that I couldn’t read and getting jabs that I didn’t know what they were for – all to keep it a surprise. It was worth it though as he put in so much effort and we did things that I would never have considered myself. It was nearly as well planned as the wedding!!
David and Linzi – Laughter and friendship.
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
We embraced parts of tradition including Scottish traditions such as the handfasting, but really we just did what suited us and our personalities. We had so many people that had travelled from far and wide that our main theme was to incorporate everyone and make sure that they enjoyed themselves. Therefore, we had everyone hug during the ceremony, we mixed people up at the tables so that people had to mingle with ‘foreigners’ and we had plenty of alcohol to keep everyone going, starting on the bus journey to the reception.
CLOSE YOUR EYES, THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY… NOW DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Best Day Ever
Because it is home for us and although David is Canadian, we have such strong ties here. Also, we were able to organise a full weekend of activities for our guests who had travelled so far, including golf, which everyone was keen for!
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING HITCHED?
No more wedding planning!
I love the efforts Linzi & David took to make their international guests feel at home. Such a great touch! Christina x