At Òran Mór our intimate weddings are just as special to us as our larger events. But intimate weddings are more common now than they ever have been with serious restrictions affecting the wedding, events and hospitality industry as a result of the Covid-19 aftermath.
For Jen and John, an intimate wedding ceremony and reception with only close friends and family was exactly what they had always planned.
In late 2017, Jen and John got engaged and started searching for their venue pretty quickly to secure their ideal date for 2019. After a show round in January 2018, and a return visit to Òran Mór with their parents a couple of weeks later, the couple were keen to book our Gallery and Private Dining room for their intimate wedding ceremony and reception.
The following April the couple attended our annual Spring Wedding Fayre for some wedding inspiration. At the Fayre the couple booked purple hessian chair ties for their ceremony chairs with Make Believe Events which tied in perfectly with their purple theme.
On the morning of the wedding groom John arrived early to deliver the wedding cake which he had made himself – the night before the wedding! John then returned back to the venue at 2.00pm to meet their celebrant from the Glasgow City Council.
At 3.00pm Jen and her father arrived at Great Western Road in a tiny classic Fiat 500 from Edinburgh Classic Wedding Cars, which could only fit 2 people, plus the driver! This certainly caught the eye of passers-by and made for some great arrival shots! Jen has since told me that the company were selling this car – but she sadly wasn’t allowed to buy it.
Jen was dressed perfectly in her wedding dress from The Bridal Suite in Stepps and large floral bouquet from First Blush Flowers, accompanied by her bridesmaids, dressed beautifully in deep purple dresses from Ted Baker. The ladies had spent their morning getting ready with the help of Jen’s usual hair dresser Fuse, Hair & Beauty in Motherwell.
Lining the Bell Tower stairs were gin bottles with dried flowers, giving guests a warm and pleasant welcome to our Gallery. The only way to describe Jen when she arrived was excited – with the biggest smile on her face beaming from ear to ear.
It was finally time for Jen, her parents and her bridesmaid to take to the stairs leading up to our stunning Gallery under the unique art work of the late Alasdair Gray.
Jen was met at the end of the aisle by an emotional John, and the couple were finally married with their nearest and dearest to witness. Photographer duo and couple Rachel and Tonie did an exceptional job at capturing every moment of the ceremony, including an epic confetti shot just as the couple exited the aisle as the new Mr & Mrs!
After some group shots in the Gallery, the couple headed to the Botanic Gardens for some private shots with their photographers, while the guests made their way to our Private Dining Room for a glass of fizz.
The Private Dining Room was dressed beautifully with some bits and bobs the couple had made themselves, along with our personalised menus, a sprig of lavender at each place setting, bunting and of course the grooms handmade cake! The bride and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were used as a table centre which I always recommend as a great décor cheat.
After some speeches and a delicious three course meal, more of Jen and John’s friends joined them to celebrate their day for the rest of the evening. Once they had welcomed their evening guests and had some more refreshments, the couple took to the floor for a cake cutting followed by a first dance and an evening of celebrations which carried on into the early hours of the next morning.