You may remember the brilliantly stylish Wes Anderson-inspired engagement shoot of Kath-Erin and Andy that I blogged a while ago. Well, their wedding day more than matched up to this!! We have ruby red shoes that Dorothy Gale would be proud of, a stunning champagne-hued lacy wedding dress that Kath-Erin designed and made with her mum (I am in awe of brides who do this!!), a ton of DIY, walking back down the aisle to a song from True Romance, and basically doing the wedding day their own way and reflecting who they are at every detail. I love this couple and I adore so much about their style.
From the bride, Kath-Erin…
We met through our best friends in The Admiral Bar in Glasgow. The boys gatecrashed a girls’ night out! Our friends Lindsay and Archie had been together for years and didn’t think to introduce us before. We went on some very fun dates, and after a few weeks we booked a holiday to Barcelona, then moved in together shortly after. As clichéd as it sounds, when you know, you know.
Andy proposed when we were on holiday in Boston. We were in a little restaurant, and I liked that it wasn’t in a busy public place for everyone to see. My ring was exactly what I would have picked for myself. The next day, we went to New York to meet our friends. We decided early on we wouldn’t have an engagement party when we got home, so our engagement celebration was dinner in Little Italy and then a Speakeasy on the Lower East Side.
We got married in The Trades Hall Glasgow. It was the only venue we looked at! I went to the Vintage Wedding Fair at the hall, expecting to find some ideas about decorations or cakes and thought the venue was beautiful. Andy and I went to see it the next day and booked it. The halls are very traditional and the perfect backdrop for the photos. It’s also in the city centre, which was important to us.
We didn’t have a particular theme in mind when we started planning. As The Trades Hall is traditional with high ceilings, stained glass and chandeliers, we wanted a contrast. The style we ended up with was colourful, bohemian fun. We both love street art and found a print called LOVE by street artist Ben Eine. The bright colours and circus style font in this print became our theme. We’re both creative, so we felt very formal elements with matching colours would not have suited us.
Our budget was all the money we had been saving for a house deposit! To be honest we stopped counting, as all the little details soon add up. We probably spent between £9-10k.
I didn’t want traditional bridesmaids’ dresses. For my bridesmaids Lindsay and Kirsty, I chose short cream 1960s style dresses from Little Mistress. The bridesmaids had loose curls and flowers in their hair. I am in the fortunate situation that my mum is a dressmaker, so I designed and made my own dress with her help. I knew I wanted a traditional veil and a bohemian style dress. I also knew I didn’t want white or ivory. My final design was champagne lace with long sleeves and a train. My shoes were red glittery Mary-Janes. I kept my veil on until after the first dance then I changed into a flower crown, which I also made myself.
We had lots of DIY elements. As well as making my dress, veil and flower crown, we designed and printed our own evening invitations. We sourced and created our own centrepieces, which were vintage candelabra with coloured candles and flowers. We had a candy bar, which was decorated with various vintage cake stands, etc.We got lots of vintage wear and the girls’ favours (retro Babycham glasses) from Love Me Again. We made our own candy bar sign, guest book and cake topper. As I’m allergic to lots of flowers, we used artificial ones. My mum and I designed and created the bouquets for my bridesmaids, and we used garlands for our signing table and bannister. My wedding ring was my grandmother’s engagement ring.
I walked down the aisle to The End by Nancy Sinatra, which sounds like a sad song, but it’s really happy and it was appropriate as I love Nancy and anything ’60s. I didn’t have anyone give me away, so my bridesmaids went down the aisle right before me to Hans Zimmer’s You’re So cool from True Romance.
Our first dance was to Bruce Springsteen’s Tougher Than the Rest. We’re both massive Springsteen fans, so it was always going to be one of his songs. We chose this one as we didn’t want an overly sentimental wedding song. The lyrics are realistic; it’s about fighting for each other no matter what happens.
Our advice for brides- and grooms-to-be would be have a short engagement, if possible. We had ten months between getting engaged and married, and I think any longer and we would have started changing elements of the wedding or becoming overwhelmed. Don’t think you need to stick to tradition to make it a great day. Also concentrate and invest in the most important elements for you. Both of us love music, so our DJ and set list was very important to us. We’re also artistic, so we wanted our photos to reflect our style and personalities. As soon as we met Kristin from Struve Photography, we knew she understood what we wanted. The happiness of our day was captured in our photographs. Also make yourself happy and don’t lose sight of why you’re doing it. Our wedding coordinator from our venue, David, had great advice, he said, “In 20 years, no one will remember the details of your wedding, except you,” which is so true. We made ourselves happy, and it was reflected in our day.
I think our advice for married life is make each other laugh every day.
Photography – Struve Photography
Venue – The Trades Hall Glasgow
Bride – made her own amazing dress with her mum!
Groom and best man – Next
Bridesmaids – Little Mistress
Vintage props and favours – Love Me Again
DJ – Panoptic Events