Jenifer & Kevin were an absolute joy to work with! As soon as I started filming Jenifer at her house I just knew it was going to be a great wedding. The ceremony was held at the Glasgow University chapel and the reception in the stunning grounds of Finlaystone Country Estate. The fireworks towards the end of the evening were a pefect finish to a perfect day.
p.s. check out the shot of the wedding car on the motorway… love it!!
Tell us about your day?
Kevin and I had a brilliant day! We got married on 30 June 2012 at Glasgow University Chapel and then a marquee reception at Finlaystone Country Estate, with Tents & Events putting on the marquee. We had a champagne, canapés, then a hog roast dinner, and then a ceilidh, fireworks, disco and bacon rolls. We had a really romantic, special experience and our wedding was very personal to us as a couple.
Where did you find inspiration for your wedding?
Kevin and I wanted a traditional Scottish wedding with lots of connections in the ceremony to our families and friends, so we concentrated on getting the music and the readings how we wanted them in the ceremony, and Kevin’s cousin Gayle actually married us, which was lovely. In terms of what we wore Kevin and the groomsmen were in kilts of course, and I loved my dress from Leigh Hetherington in Newcastle. It was made just for me and Leigh is delightful, super friendly and makes the most beautiful wedding dresses in the world, and I was really lucky to be able to have her make my dress. We picked a colour scheme for the day that we used in the bridesmaid dresses, the invitations, flowers and other decorations. The invitations were very personal and we wrote “our story” into them as we were bringing together people from all sorts of different parts of our lives, and luckily some graphic designer friends were very kind and did brilliant job making them look lovely. We even had a tiny rubber stamp made from a detail in the invitations of the bunting, and stamped each envelope and the name place cards with it using ink in the same colour as the bridesmaids dresses! (in retrospect, this was a huge amount of effort, but at the time it made sense somehow!) I didn’t go crazy looking at wedding magazines but I used a couple, and websites like Pinterest for ideas for our reception venue. We wanted it to be fun and full of flowers so we had bunting, a photobooth, and decorated the tables with vases of fresh hydrangeas. In the evening we swaped those over for scented tealights in mirrored holders. The reception venue – a marquee on a country estate – meant we had pretty much free reign in terms of decorating the space. Tents & Events staff were very helpful, as was Nancy from Avenu Catering in Glasgow who kept us (sort-of!) to time and acted as a master of ceremonies during the wedding meal.
Why did you choose your venue?
It is weirdly difficult to find spaces to put a marquee up in the West of Scotland within driving distance of Glasgow! You need water and power, and space for parking and toilets and the caterers to set up, so it was a bit tricky to find our reception venue but we got there in the end!
Why did to choose to have a videographer at your wedding?
It was a last minute decision but we are SO glad we got one, and that we used Little Love Films. I had always thought of wedding videos as a bit cheesy, but John and Adam were brilliant to work with and understood immediately what our day would be like. The film still makes me cry when I watch it, and friends really liked the short version that we posted on Facebook and on our photo website, its like a proper movie. I think having the different parts of the day captured in full on DVD is great, and John was very flexible and excellent at keeping in contact throughout the whole editing process. We are delighted with the film.
What was your favourite part in your wedding video?
We love the opening scene with our fireworks, and then cutting into the ceremony. The film is fun to watch but also has the right tempo, so the ceremony is beautifully edited into the whole film, and the music is lovely. And John got a shot of us coming down the motorway drinking champagne in the wedding car – totally original, it still makes me laugh!
Any tips for future Brides and Grooms?
It is really easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of planning but the best advice I would give is to just make decisions and then stick to them. If you start unpicking things halfway through you are doomed! And in all seriousness, enjoy your wedding. It is easy to look about and think – “ah, that namecard is missing!” but at the end of the day your guests will cope if things aren’t quite perfect. Everyone at your wedding wants you to have the best day you can possibly have and it is such an amazing feeling to have everyone you know in one place being happy for you, and happy with you. Enjoy it and don’t worry – if you miss anything it will all be in the video!
Ceremony Venue: Glasgow University Chapel
Reception Venue: Finlaystone Country Estate
Celebrant/Minsiter/Priest: Rev Gayle Taylor
Photographer: Patrick Maguire Photography
Make up: Carrie Donnelly
Ceremony music: Organist from Glasgow University, and family friend playing guitar to friends who sang for us
Band: Ceilidh Minogue
Flowers: Frist Thoughts, Gourock, with table flowers ordered online
Reception venue decoration: Tents and Events
Bride’s Dress: Leigh Hetherington Bridal, Newcastle
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Handmade
Wedding Car: Ivory Bridal Cars, Elderslie
Cake: Marks & Spencer