Photographed by Neil Thomas Douglas Photography
at St James Church, Renfrew
& Brig o’Doon House Hotel
Inspired by a love of 1950s Hollywood glamour and with a lace & pearl theme, today’s wedding is full of vintage pretty. High school sweethearts Elise & Paul, who coincidentally already shared the same surname, were married this spring in the church where Elise was christened. Something tells us you’re going to love their big day.
Who saw who first?
We met at high school twelve years ago when we were 15 and 16 and have been together ever since!
We were inspired by…
Fifties Hollywood glamour and all things vintage.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
Our table plan and names were football themed – Paul is a big Celtic fan. We are known as the ODs (My maiden name is also O’Donnell, so this has been our nickname for years. We had individual letters spelling out the ODs as a focal part of the main staircase in the ballroom). Having my brother and friends (ex-professional dancers from Lord of the Dance) perform at the evening reception was a special touch as it was so personal.
What was on your wedding menu?
Melon and Parma ham to start followed by orange and carrot soup. We offered a choice of either salmon or chicken for the main and the dessert was a raspberry posset with butterscotch ice-cream. Our cake was three flavours – White chocolate and raspberry, lemon and poppy seed and chocolate (absolute heaven).
First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
We had the Ben Howard song Only Love. I would describe it as a mid tempo shuffle.
What is your advice for future brides?
Enjoy every bit of the planning, I spent two years planning our wedding and loved every minute of it. Don’t let yourself get too stressed because when you look back after the wedding you will realise that it was all worth it.
Definitely book a videographer – being able to relive the whole day and see things you missed on the big day is amazing!
Where did you spend your wedding night?
In the residents’ bar drinking and reminiscing about the day with friends and family into the small hours, then in the beautiful bridal suite in the Brig o’Doon.
Brig o’Doon was the first and only venue we viewed – the grounds and view were spectacular and we instantly knew we had found the perfect venue.
What’s the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
I am a very emotional person, however on the day itself I felt so calm as I just couldn’t wait to become husband and wife. All our guests commented that we both smiled the whole day long and that there was so much love in the room, and this will be a lasting memory which really touched us.
I love that Elise’s brother and friends performed at the reception. What a brilliant personal touch! Christina x
Venue – St James’s Church, Renfrew & Brig o’Doon House Hotel, Alloway. I have attended St James’s Church ever since I was christened there 27 years ago, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Photographer – Neil Thomas Douglas Photography
Filmmaker – Piece of Time Media
Florist – The bridal bouquets were by Florette, Paisley. Jo from Flowers@7 dressed the staircase at Brig o’Doon with fresh flowers. My mum and auntie decorated the church with hundreds of fresh flowers which looked beautiful. I didn’t get to see the flowers until I was walking down the aisle and I was overwhelmed by how amazing they looked.
Hair stylist – Brooklyn Hair Design (Bride), Claire McLean (Bridesmaids)
Make-up artist – Shonny McCormick
Wedding dress – Berketex Bride. My dress was customised. My mother-in-law made the lace sleeves from scratch and added them to my dress. I then removed them at the evening reception to give my dress two different looks.
Shoes – Rachel Simpson bought from Melle Cloche boutique, Glasgow.
Accessories – Tiara and veil both from Berketex Bride
Groom’s outfit – MacGregor and MacDuff, Glasgow
Bridesmaids’ dresses – House of Fraser. I sourced underskirts myself for the girls to wear underneath the dresses to give them a fuller shape of skirt.
Stationery – Invites from Angelfins Stationery. Table plan, table numbers and favours hand made by myself.
Cake – Happyhills Cakes
Band – Fused. We also had an hour of disco where we both chose a set list of our favourite songs to play.
Transport – We had beautiful vintage bridal cars supplied by Classic Scottish Wedding Cars.
Additional suppliers – Joanna of Vintage Venues dressed the reception venue and did such a fantastic job. Jackie of Winton Wedding & Event Hire supplied the chair covers.
Images copyright of Neil Thomas Douglas Photography