Fur, feathers and fairy lights in an Old Fruitmarket? Caroline and Chris’ wedding was all about creating a day for their guests to love. The evening brought with it a second wedding dress (made by Caroline’s Mum) and a packed dance floor. Sounds like our kind of party.
How did you meet and become engaged?
Chris and I met at a flat warming party through a mutual friend (one of my bridesmaids). We got talking and ended up going on a few dates. Six years later, on my 30th birthday Chris proposed. He chose the ring himself. Knowing I had spent many happy childhood holidays in St Andrews, Chris blindfolded me after breakfast and drove me to St Andrews West Sands beach. He had drawn a heart in the sand with the words “Marry Me” in the middle, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. After popping the ring on my finger we cracked open a small bottle of champagne on the beach and toasted our future.
How did you pick wedding venue?
Chris and I were looking for somewhere a bit different and decided we wanted to get married in the city. We looked at a number of different venues in both Edinburgh and Glasgow before stumbling upon the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket. We were looking for somewhere small enough to give us an intimate space for the ceremony and a big space for dancing. When we walked into the Recital Room we fell in love with it. It was just such a bright fresh space which we could make our own. It was such a beautiful room with the vaulted ceiling and we didn’t want to detract from this. We kept decoration to a minimum with home made gold heart garlands for the front of the room, white chair covers and ties and two bay trees marking the start of the aisle.
The Old Fruitmarket just took our breath away as soon as we saw it. It was a huge space but it had so much charm and warmth about it we knew it would be perfect for the evening reception. There was plenty of space for dancing and the fairy lights gave the space a magical feel. The staff at the venue were incredible, they dressed it exactly the way we wanted and nothing was too much hassle.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
We didn’t have a theme but kept a black, gold and white colour scheme which complimented the simple decor of our venue. The ceremony room was so bright, light and airy which made it perfect for our ceremony to be there. We didn’t want to take away from that, so we added white chair covers with white ties and some bay trees at the entrance to the room. The venue provided the white drape at the front of the room, we made the heart garlands to drape over just to pull in the gold colour. Our table centres were black candelabras with white candles. We scattered gold hearts on each of the tables also.
On the promenade between the bar and Recital Room, we had a our table plan written on a mirror; and a table with photographs of our parents and grand parents on their wedding days as a nod to where we came from. The table numbers were gold and ivory and made use of numbers which meant something to us, such as important dates. Chris used them to make up a Countdown like equation which used the date we got engaged as the input. Using other numbers which meant something to us (from the table plan) and some crunching we were able to calculate an output which was the date of the wedding! We Fell In Love
was one of the blogs we looked at for inspiration on how to dress a venue. It was great to see how other couples personalised their weddings and got their inspiration.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
The love in the room. Plus the surprise Aurresku music performed by one of Chris’s colleagues, Ivan (Aurresku is a Basque tradition). Ivan whipped out a beret, drum and chistu to serenade us between ceilidh sets.
We love your wedding dress (es) – tell us more about them…
My wedding dress was a tulle mermaid style dress with a feather sweetheart neckline. I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it. The feathers and the full tulle skirt were what drew me to the dress, it was so different to the dresses I had been looking at previously and I think I had visited practically every dress shop in Glasgow. It was so comfortable to wear and I felt so glamorous. I changed into a satin and tulle strapless 50’s style dress for the evening reception to allow me to dance all night without the worry of ripping my dress. My mum made this dress for me which made it even more special.
How did you accessorise?
I wore my mum’s veil, this was the one my mum wore when she got married 40 years ago. When I was little I used to dress up with it and when my mum suggested I wear it for my wedding I thought it was a great idea. My shoes were a bargain, I found them on sale in Debenhams. I had been looking for shoes for ages and when I saw them I knew they were the ones. I was drawn to them because they were sparkly, a bit different and so comfy. I also had a pair of gold glitter ballet pumps for evening. My earrings were a present from Chris on the morning of the wedding. I had been looking for earrings for months but none were really floating my boat. I had a pair but these ones just blew them out of the water.
How did you find your photographer Emma?
Chris and I agreed that we wanted natural relaxed photos of our day. We were looking for someone who could capture the mood of the day without too many posed photographs. Just the thought of awkward posed photography made us both feel uncomfortable. We came across Emma Lawson when we saw some of her photos featured on the web page of a wedding dress shop. On the day Emma was also a massive help – she had a fantastic knowledge of how wedding day’s run and helped keep us on track. To be honest we hardly knew she was there snapping away. We had seen her previous work online, which was beautiful. However seeing our own day captured in her style was just fantastic. We are so happy with the end result we can’t thank her enough.
Tell us more about the entertainment and first dance…
We decided to go for for a band which would be able to play cover music and ceilidh to keep everyone up on the dancefloor. We had heard Studio at a couple of Christmas events and really liked them. We chose At Last, by Etta James as the song for our first dance. On the run up to the wedding we gave serious thought to taking some dance lessons to avoid doing the dreaded wedding shuffle, however we didn’t get time to fit this in. Studio were amazing, We asked them for two ceilidh sets and covers to make sure as many people got a chance to dance as was possible. During the run up to the wedding we were given a substantial list of songs from which we were able to eliminate some songs we weren’t too fussed about hearing…. the rest we just trusted the band to pick from. We’ve lost count of the number of people who said they were great and a few friends asked us for the bands contact details.
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t stress over the little things, if something isn’t quite as you wanted it or doesn’t go exactly to plan don’t worry no one will know. Some of our friends gave us that advice. Make the day your own, don’t worry about what other people will think of the wedding.
Scotland is our home, I have lived in Glasgow all my life and Chris moved to Glasgow about 5 years ago. We decided we wanted to get married somewhere which was easy for people to get to, had a lot of accommodation near by and was a little different.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
We genuinely can’t single out one unforgettable thing about our day. It came as one package! The whole day was unforgettable.
I love that Caroline wore the veil she used to play dress-up as a child. How about your veil – bought or borrowed? Alie x