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Alison & Pete

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Alison Thomson and fiancé Pete travelled to Glasgow in October 2017, from Preston on the hunt for their Scottish Wedding venue. Glaswegian Alison had moved down south but couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else but home. The couple were looking for a date in August 2019 and loved our Auditorium. We were able to offer them Saturday 24th of August, and the couple booked this date shortly after their visit.

Unlike most couples, Alison and Pete spent the next year of their engagement backpacking rather than planning their wedding. So we didn’t catch up much throughout that time until they returned home the following September. Little did I know that their six month trip around the world was going to play a big part in their wedding day!

In January 2019 I met with Alison and Pete to make a start on their plans for the wedding. As they were travelling to Glasgow for the first time that year, we decided this would also be a good time to get their menu tasting scheduled, so the couple were able to kill two birds with one stone. From there the planning continued mostly over email and telephone as the couple were back down south for most of the year. After their wedding tasting the invitations were designed beautifully by Top Table Design and were sent to their wedding guests.

As the couple were planning from England, they were keen on getting some recommended suppliers including a Nanny for the day, to help with the kids attending. I was able to recommend Emma, The Event Nanny who I had worked with before and attended our wedding fayres. Emma was available for the date and booked, which helped a lot on the day for parents. Alison also booked recommended make up artist Sarah Jane Macinnes Make Up for the morning of the wedding for her and her bridesmaids, alongside Jennifer Mathieson to do their hair.

I think it’s fair to say that Alison & Pete were a unique couple, looking for something a bit different from their wedding and this started off from the very start of the day. Rather than Pete seeing his bride for the first time walking down the aisle of Kelvinbridge Parish church, the couple arranged to meet in the Botanic Gardens for pictures before the ceremony. Pete and his groomsmen strolled down Ashton Lane, stopping for a drink on the way. They were all dressed in tweed suits from Peter Posh and Moss Bros.

Alison arrived to the gardens around 1pm with her dad, dressed in a stunning Rebecca Ingram dress from Amelias Bridal topped off with a gorgeous floral bouquet from local florist, Lavender Blue. Bridesmaids joined slowly after, all with matching bouquets and dressed in lilac dresses from Davids Bridal.

I’m confident they do not regret this decision as photographer John Johnston captured this moment just perfectly!

At 2pm the couple finally married surrounded by their family and friends, some who had travelled miles to be there with the couple on their big day, in the local Kelvinbridge church. Conveniently positioned right next to the famous Kelvin Bridge, it made perfect sense to the couple and their photographer to take all of their wedding guests to the bridge for a group shot, before heading to Òran Mór to kick off the celebrations. This again, made for a unique and memorable shot for the couple and their guests.

Guests arrived at Òran Mór’s Auditorium where they were welcomed with a glass of fizz, a spread with cheese, chutneys and breads and the option to sample some of the couple’s favourite Scottish Whiskies. The tables were decorated with our in-house silver candelabras, surrounded by small floral jars each with either an English rose or a Thistle. Each guest had a scratch card and limoncello as well as a Tunnock’s teacake with a personalised name flag at their place setting.

After some more pictures with John Johnson, the couple joined their guests at Òran Mór where they were piped into the room by piper and family friend Laurence.

Before dinner service, the speeches took place and after Alison’s father spoke, groom Pete had a surprise up his sleeve for his new bride. Pete had been planning his groom’s speech since their back-backing trip. So, when I thought the couple had put the planning on the back burner, Pete was already working on a very special video for his bride. Pete was secretly videoing himself in different locations on their trip, documenting their visits along with some romantic messages to his new wife which was projected onto a screen. This really pulled on the heartstrings of everyone in the room and highlighted how wonderful a life Alison and Pete already had together before marriage.

After dinner Alison and Pete took to the dance floor to cut their wedding cake that was hand delivered by our Great Western Road neighbours Designer Cakes by Paige. The couple then took to the dancefloor for their first dance, followed by an evening of entertainment from wedding band  The Rox. As it was important for the couple to merge both their English and Scottish roots, the couple requested a section of their evening reception to be ceilidh music. This got everyone onto the dancefloor, and the band made sure to help all of the English guests with the dances.

We received some lovely feedback from Alison and Pete along with their wedding album a couple of months after their big day.

‘Thanks so much for everything you did for us, it really was all so unbelievably perfect. We had so many comments from people about how beautiful the venue was, amazing food, perfect service, etc etc. You can tell from the video just how much of an amazing time we had!! I would definitely recommend John as a photographer too, we were over the moon with all his photos! The walk from the church to Oran Mor along the river and through the botanics with our piper worked out perfectly as well, can’t believe how lucky we got with the weather!

By Pauline Muir

Pauline is the in-house Wedding Coordinator for Òran Mór.

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