Inspired by the idea of getting married (pure and simple), Sabina and Sean picked Glasgow as their destination for their elopement. From the look of their photographs they had a ball. Photographers Scott and Chantal may have helped a little with pointing them in the direction of the nearest dram…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met while being out with our respective groups of friends. We clicked pretty much right away, went wine tasting the next day and that was that! We got engaged Christmas Eve 2015. We were in the process of building a house and that day we were trying to decide what to do before all the stores closed and eventually decided to go check on the progress of the house first.
We were looking around, talking about how we are literally building our life together and that’s when Sean proposed. Right there in the dirt next to the freshly poured foundation of our home. And then we went on the most excited grocery shopping trip ever! I don’t think we’ll ever be that giddy in a store again!
We were inspired by…
Just being married. We were really excited to be married but did not want a big to-do. We both loved the idea of spending an intimate day with each other without any outside pressure or stress…and so we eloped. Once we decided that that’s what we wanted to do we planned it all in two months.
How did you choose your photographer?
We found Scott and Chantal through Google. Because it was just the two of us, having great pictures of our wedding day was really important to us. So we took to the internet and their name kept popping up on Scottish wedding photography lists. We loved their website and Instagram, and almost from the get-go, they were Sean’s top pick.
They were warm and funny and a pleasure to work with even from an ocean away. We are truly honoured that they agreed to be our witnesses as well. We had never been to Glasgow before and the only direction we gave them was to capture the city and architecture. Their knowledge of all great locations and little hidden alleyways is incredible! They even recommended a little spot to relax and have some whisky at the end of our session! We had a lot of fun exploring Glasgow with them as newly-weds and we absolutely love our photos.
How did you choose your flowers
Hayley at Little Botanica was great! We made all the arrangements by email and everything went off without a hitch. I wanted a simple arrangement with roses and white anemones – my mom’s favourite flowers, to have a little something to remind me of her since she wouldn’t be there. Both the bouquet and boutonniere turned out beautifully and even the delivery was cute. I took photos of the box and tray with our little name tags and sent them to family and friends as soon as I got them, I was so excited!
Tell us something surprising about your day
The excitement of it all! Of course you expect to be really excited and happy yourself but all the strangers we encountered throughout the day who randomly congratulated us, sent champagne to our table, shared blessings and words of wisdom, really made it amazing.
Do what you want to do. There are so many expectations and so much pressure and a million things you supposedly HAVE to do. You really don’t. Figure out what’s important to you and let that guide your decisions. I think having a good sense of humour is key too. Things will probably go wrong and that’s ok. We were late to our own wedding because we were waiting for our taxi at the wrong entrance while the taxi circled the hotel in confusion.
Initially all we knew was that we wanted to honeymoon in Europe and so we figured why not get married there too as a sort of 2-for-1 deal. And then we started to research all the glamorous bureaucracy details that go into getting married overseas.
Scotland provided really easy and straightforward information and Glasgow City Chambers were super helpful in answering all of our questions. Glasgow in particular looked like a city steeped in history and culture, with such cool vibe about it, and so our final decision to get married there was an easy one.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Being married! Yay! Like I said, we were just really amazed at all the warm and wonderful people we met that day. It felt like the entire city was celebrating with us!
Anyone else love the idea of exploring a new city on your wedding day? Pure elopement bliss. Alie x