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Photographed by Jo Donaldson Photography

at Arta


Hollywood glam meets city chic in Amy and James’ movie-themed wedding. We love everything about this wedding from the red roses to Amy’s impromptu raincover. Who wouldn’t want a selfie with this bride?

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How did you meet and become engaged?
Both being from a small area like Argyll, myself from Furnace and James from Tarbert, we met once at Tarbert Fair which takes place every July. I was there with my friends and met James in passing, however I swiftly decided he was too old for me to speak to being that I was 16 and he 23. I went on to move to Glasgow for about 3 years and studied drama, when I moved back home James and I got in touch again and soon we were an item. In February 2013, James took me to Disneyland in Paris for Valentines Day, the day was almost doomed from the start as we got lost about a million times trying to hop on and off trains and subways but we eventually made it to our hotel in Disneyland, we had a 7 course meal in the hotel and a bottle of wine afterwards we went in to the lobby and sat beside a huge fire pit with no one around but us and that’s where he popped the question!
Our wedding day was inspired by…
I didn’t really think we had a theme, just a colour scheme of red ivory and silver but the more we got in to exactly what we wanted it was very clear that it was Movies/Theater (probably my fault due to the drama college). Our table names were some of our favourite films with each table getting there assigned film as their favor (with massive thanks to our Techy groomsman Ali for making all 100 DVDS for us and personalising them! – we had Forrest Gump, Beauty & The Beast, Ghost, Who framed Roger Rabbit, Grease, Almost Famous, My Girl, The Notebook, Stand by Me and Sweet Home Alabama.
Tell us more about your venue?
Up a small side street in the heart of Merchant City lies Arta, a large green sliding door gives way to a heavy red velvet curtain and when pulled back you arrive in a beautiful Spanish Hacienda! The main bar for was used for our reception meal all guests chairs had covers and maroon sashes, the venue is always filled with flowers and candles anyway so there was very minimal decoration to do. Upstairs in the restaurant we had candelabras as centerpieces and two bay trees at either end of the top table. Down to our evening reception and to the Red and Gold rooms interlinked and a bar in the middle showing through to the other room. I couldn’t have asked for a more unique and perfect venue for our Wedding Day and I can’t thank the staff enough for how great they were on our day which ran smoothly from beginning to end – Special thanks to David, Arta’s wedding co-coordinator for keeping my mum calm!

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We love your wedding dress – how did you find it?
My lovely dress was Ivory, fitted, halterneck and backless – so not what I was looking for! My sister picked out the dress and I said that’s gorgeous but there is no WAY I could get away with that… so in to the dressing room we went with 5 picks of my dresses, I tried it on first as it was the one I thought I liked the least – then BANG, it was The Dress. Funny thing being that I actually chose my sisters wedding gown two years previous and we could not be any less alike in both looks and personality, She is very slim with short hair and quite quiet, I am curvy with long dark hair and ever so lightly loud!
Any surprises on your wedding day?
After having my first dance with James, I decided to have my dance with my papa to Caledonia, he enjoyed the dance however straight afterwards Good Girl by Robin Thicke came on and I have never seen him move as fast in his life – he LOVED it and I couldn’t stop laughing! The photographers kept calling him fast papa!
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Just relax and go with it, at the end of the day if you’re married and having fun life is sweet! Also don’t settle for what doesn’t feel like ‘you’ in a venue, we went to a very well known Glasgow venue and it was lovely, we almost signed on the dotted line but we had the feeling it wasn’t personal enough, just another wedding. Thankfully I then emailed David & Arta and instantly we knew!
We both love our families very much and the thought of getting married without all of them there was non negotiable.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Marrying James (ewww lol) honestly our ceremony was so beautiful and personal to us! It was amazing from start to finish, on the way back to the apartment it was closing time in the merchant city bars and EVERYONE wanted a Selfie with the bride haha! If I had to choose one thing though, it would be just after we were pronounced as man and wife, walking back down the aisle and the petals started falling from the sky and everyone gasped, it was perfect.

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I love the story of Amy’s Papa taking to the dance floor. Anyone else got some grooving grandparents? Alie x
Ceremony settingArta, Glasgow
PhotographerJo Donaldson PhotographyWhere can I start with Jo? The first time we met her we instantly knew she was the only person we could ever want to photograph our wedding! Her bubbly personality combined with stunning candid shots was exactly what we were looking for, we wanted someone to capture all the precious moments of our day and not just the posed photos. Everyone since the wedding has commented on how lovely our photographs are as they are so natural and that makes them really special to us! I think (and hope) we will keep in contact with Jo as she has truly become a friend to us – Jo, you’re amazing!
Florist – Christian at Make Believe Events
Make-up artist & Hair StylistMegan and Susan
Wedding dressLillian West 6310 in Ivory from Aimee Bridal
ShoesAimee Bridal
Accessories – I had a beautiful vintage inspired headpiece from Aimee Bridal and my veil which was short two tiered with crystal edge as I didn’t want to take away from the back of my dress which was the main feature. My something borrowed were diamond earrings that my Auntie Mhairi had very kindly let me use for the day. On the day of the wedding I realised that I didn’t bring my garter, as we had come from home in Inveraray the night before! Thankfully my sister rushed to the rescue in Glasgow city centre a few hours before the wedding! I gave my bridesmaids tennis bracelets as gifts and they looked stunning along with their dresses.
Groom’s outfitSlaters Glasgow
Bridesmaids’ dresses – All different! Dessy Collection: 2919, 2907, 2905, 2890 & After six 6651 – All in Valentine, I let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses as everyone is different shapes and sizes. One rule, it had to be Valentine and lux chiffon.
Stationery – We got our Invitations at Pure Invitation. As we had gone with a sort of movie theme with our table names I thought it would be fun to do theatre tickets as invites and they were perfect!
CakeSpecial Days Cakes – The cake was the first thing we booked, we saw special days at the Wedding Fare in the SECC and knew right away we had to have these guys! We decided that one cake was not enough so we had two. James’s 29th birthday struck at midnight on the 22nd February and his nickname is Cowa Bunga (like the teenage mutant ninja turtles) so what else than a TMNT Head for his cake! Never to be the coy couple we wanted our cake to be different: half like a traditional wedding cake, the other half like melted chocolate covered in strawberries. Tiers of toffee and red velvet and bottom tier of fruit cake, the cake was called Indulgence and my god it WAS.
Transport – We hadn’t booked anything as we expected to walk, however ended up being late and had to get good old Glasgow Taxis. The man was very shocked to see a full bridal party running to the cab!
Music – No band, we used my iphone for ceremony and DJ Roy Thomson at night. Our first dance was 500 miles by Sleeping At Last, we heard it in the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Common Wealth games during the ballet performance and loved it.