Photographed by Chantal
Sometimes, just sometimes, dreams do come true. For Susan and Al, their story captivated your hearts and you voted them the 2014 #WFILwedding winners in your thousands. We are soo excited to say, “here is Susan + Al’s wedding day…”
Spill all the details, how did your wedding day begin?
Susan: It started with a cup of tea with my bridesmaid Kirsty, and we had one of those surreal moments when you think OH MY GOSH IT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING! TODAY!
We went to the Lunatic Fringe and had our hair done by Liza and Shireen. The atmosphere was fantastic, we were laughing and getting excited and everyone was delighted with their hair! Typically we were talking so much that I was a little late in leaving and arrive back to the flat to be greeted by Chantal and Scott, Nick from Mood Flowers and Louise from Belle and Blackley. The sun was shining and I was so excited! Chantal and Scott were in the background taking sneaky (and BEAUTIFUL) pictures of us all getting ready. Louise was so helpful not only in making us all look and feel great but also in helping with other little jobs too!
Ryan my bridesman arrived, and set about keeping everyone’s glass full and made us breakfast. I had bought him and Kirsty some little gifts. Ryan got an engraved hip flask and Kirsty some jewellery from Corrine Smith and an engraved wine glass. Ryan had put together a little box of thoughtful essentials for the day – ranging from mints to makeup! It was exactly what I needed! It felt great to have my two friends who’d known me since childhood be there to help me on my wedding day.
Before I knew it, it was time to put on my dress. I was just delighted with it and when I put the finishing touches on like the veil I really felt like a million dollars. Karen from Anais Bridal had been absolutely fantastic and even at the last minute had helped me out with a veil as the one I had didn’t match the dress! The handmade headband, earrings and cuff from Corrine Smith were even more stunning with the whole outfit.
Al: What a day. Definitely the best day yet. Time flew by from the moment I woke up and got ready with the best men and ushers. The weather was perfect which meant we were able to get some groom’s party photos outside in the merchant city…
We love the sound of your first look – tell us about it…
Susan: The first look was magical. Al was waiting in front of the Art Gallery with his back to me. Chantal and Scott were poised with their cameras but quite far back. As I walked up to Al I was excited but also a bit nervous and I had to stop to take a deep breath and blink away some tears. I said his name and he turned around and the look on his face! It was such a special moment, it felt like we were the only two people there. I’m so glad that we did the first look as we have those memories of being in just each other’s company on our wedding day that feel so special. I’d definitely recommend it!
Afterwards we went into Glasgow and got lots of photos around our favourite landmarks. It felt sneaky and fun knowing that our guests were arriving at the venue and we had already met up! We then split up and arrived separately at the venue..
Al: Our ‘first look’ photo shoot was brilliant. Scott and Chantal suggested it when we first met them. We liked the idea as it meant we could spend more time with our guests after the ceremony and see each other for the first time in a more private setting.
We chose Kelvingrove Art Gallery as it’s close to where we live and it’s a beautiful building. I was grinning from ear to ear waiting for Susan to walk up behind me. As soon as I heard her dress rustling as she walked towards me I started to get goosebumps! She looked gorgeous. I didn’t know what to expect with her dress, but it was sensational. The first look was fun as it was sneaky and we got to spend some time together before the day got really busy.
What was it like seeing Arta for the first time, all set for your wedding?
Susan: My dad met me there and he had a tear in his eye. It was great to have a bit of time together before the ceremony and a little glass of fizz. We also got the chance to listen to Capella, their music was beautiful and made the atmosphere of the gorgeous venue. They had learned “only you”, one of my favourite tunes, and hearing it played was better than I could have imagined.
Al: Arta looked great when I got there and had a wee look around. All the decorations and flowers were fantastic. Thanks to Lynne from Je T’adore for the lovely table names and place cards. She even managed to drop off an emergency place card after a last minute guest change when our fireman friend Gregor was called in to work.
How did you personalise your wedding ceremony?
Susan: The little flower girls and page boys did a fantastic job, I could hear our guests’ collective “Awwwww” as they made their way down the stairs in front of me. Our ceremony was great, very personal and Linda Britton from the Humanist Society got the tone just perfect. We wanted it to be fun, a little bit different and it was certainly that! Al’s dad read “A Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton and his mum had even made dinosaur puppets! My friends Lucy and Claire did a great job of Pam Ayre’s ‘Yes, I’ll marry you’ and this certainly got a few laughs too.
Al: The humanist ceremony was great fun as well as very personal. Our celebrant, Linda Britton, did a great job of it. I think everyone’s heart melted when my Nephew Callum walked down the stairs first, carrying his flag that said ‘Uncle Alasdair, ‘Here comes your bride’. Even though I’d already seen Susan by this point I had a massive rush when I saw her again!
Speeches – terrifying or highly entertaining?
Susan: The speeches were all entertaining – my Dad did very well, and although he had been nervous noone would have known. He even presented me with a hole filled childhood blanket which I hadn’t seen in years!
Al: The speeches seemed to go down well and one of my best men even dragged Susan up to sign a contract allowing me to go any nights out that he organises! Our little table quiz helped get everyone chatting and some of the portraits of us were hilarious.
And your wedding party – how did you celebrate?
Susan: We came down the stairs to greet our evening guests, and fountain fireworks from 21cc went off either side of the stairs! We then cut the cake, it was a five teared beautiful work of Art by Liggy’s cakes (each layer a different flavour). The band then started with Ho Hey for our first dance and we managed to remember our little routine we had practiced at Dee’s Dancing. I was so focused on remembering the steps that I had momentarily forgotten about the petal drop! When it started it was just magical!
The band were simply fantastic. They blew everyone away and my mum who never dances was literally up dancing the whole night! At one point everyone was doing a massive conga. Steven from Gryffe also organised a video guest book which we can’t wait to see. He also filmed our thank you message and it was great to be able to say thanks in person to everyone who worked together to make our day so magical.
The whole day just flew in, and I know everyone says this but it really was the best day of my life so far. The whole experience from fantastic invitations, my amazing dress and jewellery, fantastic flowers and an out of this world wedding, really was the stuff dreams are made of. Starting our married life together, surrounded by all our friends and family enjoying themselves so much was just perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and are eternally grateful to We Fell In Love, every single supplier, and everyone who voted for us!
Al: Our first dance was great fun and we were showered in petals as we danced. Our band really got the party started! The dance floor was mobbed and at one point they were all wearing face masks of Susan and I! Turns out I can play the sax pretty well! It was such a fantastic day. Thank you to everyone who voted for us to win. We really appreciate it and we hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did.
Not sure about you all, but I have loved, loved, loved following Susan and Al’s story. Their wedding day sounds and looks as romantic as I’d imagined. Anyone else feeling inspired about a first look? Alie x