Relaxed Disney-esque wedding

Jenna and Bruce’s wedding day was exactly what they’d hoped for; fun, relaxed, personal and a reflection of them – people that love to dance, sing and party! We love the mix of muted tones with the bold and bright florals…

How did you meet and become engaged?

We met while we were both working in Barclays Stockbrokers in Glasgow, in 2009. After a few years of working together, I had a Christmas party at my flat in 2011 and Bruce was ‘dancing’ in the living room to Queen and cleared it quite quickly – I love the bones of the boy but he is the worst dancer of all time! I lassoed him with tinsel and that was the start of us!

We had our share of hard times over the next five years, along with incredible times of course, the hard stuff ended up making us the couple we are now, and we feel pretty prepared for life’s slings and arrows. Bruce proposed in Brooklyn Bridge park in June 2015 with my grandma’s engagement ring and after 10 minutes pissing myself laughing, then crying, then checking he knew this meant forever, like, forever forever, I said a very happy, resounding yes!

Our wedding day was inspired by…

When we started planning I did the usual scroll through Pinterest, and was going through a bit of a rose gold obsession, so there were touches of rose gold, gold and champagne throughout. So many of my guests thought they’d be coming to a Disney themed wedding and I didn’t want to disappoint so I made a few subtle nods to my Disney obsession, with a magic mirror photobooth, a be our guest guestbook and Alice in wonderland-esque macaron favors.

My long suffering florist had a few meetings with me as I kept changing my mind about the flowers – I changed my mind quite last minute from blush pink roses and baby’s breath to marsala and berry tones, and I’m really glad I did as the pops of color worked well with the muted tones elsewhere. Mostly, the wedding day was inspired by, well, us! The table names were all milestones from our relationship that had been alluded to in our ceremony (such as Tinsel Lasso from our first kirst, Under the Brooklyn Bridge for our engagement spot…and Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent because RuPaul’s Drag Race is EVERYTHING); we had a cake topper made that replicated us on the day in painstaking detail, along with our pets Yoshi the cat and Alfie the dog; and we wrote our own vows.

We had a lot of guests tell us it was the best wedding they had been to because it was all incredibly personal, which was so lovely – we always knew WE would have a great time as we were doing everything we wanted, but it was really great to hear that the guests enjoyed it as much.

Lastly, the music to me was really important and I am a playlist fiend, so the music as the guests arrived was a combination of some of our favorite songs by Vitamin String Quartet and instrumental film and Disney music. I walked down the aisle to My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone, our recessional music was I Would Die 4 U by Prince and our first dance was the same music that is on our trailer – This Must be the Place by Talking Heads, which was the very first thing we decided on even before we got engaged.

Tell us more about your venue…

The venue is one that Charles Rennie Macintosh designed, and was only built in the 90s. To be honest I’d heard lots about it but hadn’t been before and had kind of ruled it out as I thought it would be too expensive – however their prices are so reasonable, and they had great winter wedding discounts on top!

We’d looked around a bit and not felt like we’d found a venue that was what we were looking for. As soon as we saw the music room (specifically the beautiful piano) we looked at each other and knew we’d found the place to get hitched!

How did you find your photographer?

At the time when we got engaged, I was just starting my own makeup business in the bridal industry so I didn’t really know many photographers that did weddings. I knew I was looking for someone who was able to capture a moment – I wanted some posed pictures but mostly I wanted a photographer that would capture the moments that I wouldn’t remember actively posing for. I also wanted someone who wasn’t afraid to experiment, a kind of mix between fine art and reportage with some formal shots thrown in.

I was browsing on Google one evening and came across Julia’s website and at the time she only had one wedding up on her blog – but I fell in love. So many moments were captured and her style was EXACTLY what I’d been looking for. I got in touch and we also arranged to do a styled bridal shoot for both our portfolios – her photography talent had bowled me over, but her personality completely cinched the deal.

She is so warm, friendly, funny, approachable – and, my favourite – fast! She knows what shot she is capturing, gets it, and moves on to the next. Julia became not only our wedding photographer but a great friend and frequent collaborator. I can’t recommend her enough, we are just thrilled with our wedding album from her, and on the day she felt like a really reassuring presence.

Tell us more about your flowers…

I met Sophie and Cora at the Glasgow Wedding show at the SECC, their stand was just beautiful and I had heard a lot about them in the industry. They were both so lovely and warm. At our first meeting, I told them that I didn’t really care that much about flowers, but I knew I wanted something pink and soft. Well, that ended up changing dramatically as the wedding approached – I think after visiting the venue a few times and seeing how pale the music room was and how dark the main hall was – I needed something a bit more dramatic.

There was never anything that was any hassle and they met with me a good few times to discuss what I thought I was looking for. I showed them some inspiration images and kind of left them to it!

On the morning I could not believe how stunning my bouquet was. I don’t think they could have done anything better – the colours and arrangement was just incredible, I was blown away. They also dressed the venue, with the tables having champagne sequin covers, the tables having gold candleabras with marsala candles, and the top table having marsala and berry toned arrangements with eucylptis and olive leaves. Everyone commented on how beautiful the room looked – I’ve visited the venue a lot and it is already stunning but Cora and Sophie took it to another level. My nana now has the bouquet dried out in a vase and it still looks wonderful dried out!

We love your dress. How did you find it?

I think a lot of guests thought that I would go for quite a vintage style dress, that was just at the knees. Honestly, I typed in ‘satin wedding dress’ on Pinterest, the Allure one was the first to pop up and I thought ‘that’s it’. I found Reeta’s as they stocked Allure, and, having visited a few other dress shops, I couldn’t believe the difference in service. They were warm, excited, nothing was a problem, and they even made some suggestions to me – if I wanted them to. Natalie took care of us from start to finish, and I left trying on the Allure dress until the end.

When I did I knew that was it. It was a couple of sizes bigger in store but Natalie held it the way it would look when it was altered and even let me know when Allure were doing a trunk show so I could come in and get it at a reduced price – best service ever. Sheran and her whole team are honestly wonderful, and their alteration service is fantastic, and really reasonable.

The dress itself was a really warm, almost champagne ivory which really worked with my pale skin tone, and it reminded me of Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. I loved the buttons all down the back, and for booby girls, it is cut like a dream! Above all, the best design feature was one of practicality – it had pockets! I plan to get it cut to a tea length now so I might be able to wear it again…I hope!

And Bruce’s Outfit?

The year before we were engaged, Bruce’s 30th birthday present from his family was a tailor made kilt, made using the weathered ‘Bruce’ tartan and tweed jacket, for his sister Heather’s wedding. Now, when we got engaged, Bruce suggested that he might have another kilt made, this time in the ‘McKirdy’ tartan…which he didn’t even like the look of. And would have to be woven from scratch as it isn’t produced.

It became a running joke in the lead up to the wedding that he was turning into a ‘Kilt Diva’ as his own tailor made kilt (with a Gaelic inscription of his favourite song ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ handsewn on the lapel) simply wouldn’t do. When we found out that t a new kilt would be 3 times the price of my dress, he decided to go with his original kilt, and accessorize with a new flyplaid and kilt pin – and it looked brilliant. I also got him a wee engagement present of a pocket watch which meant he had something nice to look at in case I was late on the wedding day!

What did you do for evening entertainment?

The first dance was to our song, which is the one from our wedding video trailer, This Must be the Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads, which, when Bruce proposed, he had engineered the ring box to play, as it’s our song. It was the moment that I had expected to cry the most but actually I was too busy singing and dancing and looking around with joy that there was no time to cry!

Immediately after that was a great hour long ceilidh, which was the one thing Bruce had insisted on…then when I tried to find him for a dance, he was out having cigars with his best men and ushers! It really got the crowd up and dancing.

Our DJ Dougie then came on and he had had a website that let us suggest our must play songs along with requests from us and our guests – the floor was packed all night until 1am with songs like Dancing in the Dark, Dignity and You Can Call Me Al making everyone dance and sing their hearts out! When our last song, You’ve Got the Love by The Source and Candi Staton came on – it was really overwhelming as we could almost palpably feel the love in the room – it had been there all day but alcohol seemed to elevate it further!

Any surprises?

I did the first speech – and it was one of my highlights! It was really nice to not have a set format I was expected to follow, to get the chance to say thank you to my mum, dad, bridesmaids, new family and husband.

My dad and I did speeches before dinner and my mum, Bruce and the best man spoke afterwards – it worked really well and it was funny to see how much louder people were after dinner and drinks. Also – I had enquired about a magician two years before the wedding but hadn’t booked him – and he turned up anyway! Cheers Terry!

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

As a supplier who is often present the morning of weddings, my advice is always the same – the morning is as much a part of your day as anything else so plan accordingly. Make a playlist, exchange gifts, have moments with your bridal or groom party, and be aware that the hour before you leave takes on speed unlike anything else – it happens every wedding but I still couldn’t believe how quickly the last hour before I left melted away!

Why Scotland?

To be honest we did chat about possibly eloping when we say down and totted everything up, but in the end we wanted our friends and family there, and I can’t think of a city or a country that better reflects what we wanted from the wedding – relaxed, fun, intimate and up for a party! My aunt, uncle and two cousins had flown in from various parts of the USA and I think they all loved a proper Weegie Wedding Party, and I’ve been told they’ll be back for any vow renewals!

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

Our celebrant, Kirsty, wrote a beautiful story that just encapsulated us, and made us feel really relaxed during the ‘weddingy’ part! Also after the ceremony, one of my closest friends Kevin Gilday is a spoken word artist, and I asked if he might write us something to perform on the day. I was quite nervous about this as he usually performs quite pessimistic (but hysterical) pieces and I didn’t have a clue what he was going to do, it was the one element where I had no input! The poem started ‘Walt Disney was a liar’ – as a complete Disney fiend (which had been referenced in the ceremony), my mouth hung open in shock, thinking he was using this as a time for winding me up! As it turned out, he had written the most incredible piece with subtle Disney references and nods to moments in our relationship – guests from the wedding are still talking about it months later and watching the wedding video I was overjoyed to hear our videographer laughing along with it, given he’s seen and heard it all! [The poem is below if you’d like to include it]

“The morning is as much a part of your day as anything else so plan accordingly.” Sound advice from Jenna. Alie x


Venue – House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
PhotographerSee My Lovely Photography
FloristGinger and Lime
Hair StylistMHM Styling
Make-up artistAlice Martin
Wedding dress
Allure from Reeta Fashions
ShoesManolo Blahnik
Groom’s outfitAndrew Brookes
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Handmade by my mother-in-law Grace; fabric from Mandors
StationeryHip Hip Hooray
Cake Cakey Pangs Bakehouse
Wedding TransportGlasgow Executive Cars and Limo Hire
BandWillie Fraser and band
DJ – Dougie Campbell from Floorfillerz DJ

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