Diary of a Bride - Glasgow University Chapel and Oran Mor
Lynsey & Andrew - Summer 2011
Andy and I married on 28th May 2011 and, even these 6 months on, I smile when I think of the wedding. It was the most unbelievable day, with so many highlights, and one I would do time and time again, if only we could.
Andy and I met at Glasgow University and loved the time that we spent living in the City’s West End. So much so that we instantly knew that we wanted to have our wedding in Glasgow, even though we were planning it 8 years after graduating and now living in Newcastle. And so we did, having the ceremony at the Glasgow University Chapel (the obvious choice!), followed by a reception at Òran Mór. Both were fantastic venues, the amazing architecture and stain glass windows in each providing the perfect backdrop and colours to our wedding. It was a fabulous feeling, if not a bit overwhelming, walking into the Chapel on my Dad’s arm, to see Andy at the altar, and all of our family and friends (many of whom we met whilst at University) in the pews. My two and half year old niece (my flower girl) also found it all a bit too much when it was time to surprise me with a lucky horseshoe, opting to sit in the middle of the aisle rather than come to the alter – bless!
I have to say that the wedding planners at both venues were brilliant to deal with throughout. Carole, the planner at Glasgow Uni, is simply lovely and was a complete lifesaver on the day, making sure that everyone in the wedding party knew what to do and when, as well as calming nerves. Nothing was too much trouble for Louise at Òran Mór and her advice on timings for the reception was invaluable. She and her team also fully coordinated the set up of the Auditorium on the morning of the wedding, taking delivery of the cake (from Special Days www.specialdayscakes.co.uk), table decorations (by Grace Flowers www.graceflowersglasgow.com, and seat covers (from www.pmgevents.com). This was fabulous as it meant that we could really enjoy the morning of the wedding, without worrying about table plans etc.
I do laugh though when I think back to the morning and early afternoon of the wedding. The ceremony wasn’t until 4pm and so we had loads and loads of time to take a trip out from One Devonshire Gardens (where we were getting ready and were treated brilliantly by its staff) to a hairdresser in Bothwell and get back in time to get our makeup done. We didn’t, however, expect to get stuck in a huge traffic jam on the M8, caused by an accident, on the way back which delayed us by an hour – needless to say that journey was a wee bit tense! It was definitely a worthwhile trip though – we all had great hair and the hairdresser loved my headpiece so much that he offered to buy it from me after the wedding – a result, as I was already planning to sell it on ebay! My mum, my bridesmaid and I all had our makeup done professionally (by Nadine of Eye Candy Scotland www.eyecandyscotland.co.uk). This is something I’d definitely recommend as it felt like a real treat and also meant that we didn’t get stressed out about wonky eyeliner and Pollyanna cheeks.
Following the ceremony, we had a drinks reception in the University Cloisters, with music provided by the Arion Quartet (www.arionquartet.com). The initial plan was to have the reception within the actual Cloisters but this was moved into the building as it was extremely windy and rather ‘fresh’ on the day. Nevertheless, this was a really lovely part of the wedding as it provided us with an opportunity to say hello to our guests and have a glass of champagne (which did wonders for the nerves!) before Nick whisked us off to have the formal shots done.
Before heading up to Oran Mor, we also had a few shots taken in The Cloisters. Nick and our Ushers had to work hard to keep visitors to The Cloisters from walking into the shot but their work more than definitely paid off as it resulted in some of the best pictures taken on the day. I also have to thank the windy conditions for these, which gave me great ‘flicked out’ hair. Nick timed the photos so perfectly that people who weren’t at the wedding ask if we had used a wind machine!! No, just good old Glasgow weather!
One of my favourite parts of a wedding is the speeches and I’m pleased to say that Andy, my Dad and Gareth, Andy’s Best Man, all did stellar jobs. It wasn’t, however, my Dad’s or the Best Man’s speech that made me – and Andy - blush the most; no it was the Master of Ceremonies speech, provided by our Minister [!], that did it. Nick could obviously sense our horror and got some priceless shots of us (jaws almost on the floor etc) so we’ll definitely never forget ‘that’ moment!
Our wedding band – aptly named Cut the Cake! – were brilliant (www.musicforscotland.co.uk/artistDetail.aspx?artistID=87). They are great musicians and their set on the night was fantastic - which catered to all tastes and included a few Ceilidh numbers – and kept the dance floor packed. They even had friends and family who don’t ‘do’ dancing on the floor! We did our first dance to the band’s own version of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, which they did brilliantly; I can’t say the same for our dancing!
I have to say that wearing my wedding dress was a real highlight of the wedding day. I loved swishing around in it, far more than I ever thought I would. It was particularly surreal walking along Great Western Road – a street in which I’d normally be wearing jeans and boots – in such a beautiful dress. I also really loved my bouquet, by Grace Flowers on Byres Road, which was simply beautiful.
I knew before the wedding that the wedding photography would be a vital part of the wedding, but going through the experience of the day really confirms it. Getting married is completely fabulous, but so much is going on and there are so many people to speak to that it’s difficult to remember the finer details. Nick’s story book photos were brilliant, jogging my memory of things I had forgotten and also providing a story of parts of the wedding I wasn’t there to experience - such as Andy greeting our guests and waiting for me to arrive at the Chapel. Andy and I were blown away when we first saw the wedding photos (three days after the wedding!) and still are. Thank you Nick!
Stories told by the Bride and Groom about their wedding day
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