Jenna McGuigan and Kerr Murray visited Òran Mór in August 2017 looking for a potential venue for their summer wedding, planned for 2019. The couple loved the venue and were interested in booking a date with us very quickly after.
The couples flexibility meant that they were able to benefit from our mid-week wedding package for a Thursday in July during the school summer holidays. After Jenna brought her mum in to see Òran Mór the date was set for Thursday 4th July for both ceremony and reception in our Auditorium at 2pm.
Jenna spent the morning of her wedding getting ready at The Hilton Grosvenor opposite Òran Mór with makeup artist Claire Nisbet and hair stylist Lyndsey and Love Hair Glasgow. The bridal party headed over to the venue with the bridesmaids dressed in baby blue dresses from To Be Wed, with Jenna in a stunning beaded and lace white dress from Gwenne Wedding Services. Jenna’s father, groom Kerr and the groomsmen dressed in tartan trews and kilts from Houston Kiltmakers.
As standard on a bride’s arrival, humanist Ross Wright from the Humanist Society of Scotland met the bridal party at the bottom of the Bell Tower stairs. This moment is always an exciting one, but also important for checking that all of the important items such as rings and wedding schedule are all in place before the ceremony begins. It was quickly noticed that in fact the rings were not in Òran Mór and were still in the hotel room! Luckily with the rooms booked just across the road, a member of the bridal party was sent over, making only a small delay in proceedings.
Humanist ceremonies are extremely personal to the couple, and one of the personal touches that Jenna and Kerr made to their ceremony was a twist in the traditional Quaich ceremony. The Quaich ceremony is a Scottish tradition where the couple both drink from the two handled cup, normally whisky, which signifies trust. On this occasion the couple requested a French martini to be made as this was their favourite drink. I was able to put my cocktail making skills back into action from my bartending days, and photographer Mark Wild Photography was on hand to capture the moment as he always is!
The couple were finally married and couldn’t wait to share this moment with their fur baby Charlie! Charlie was being looked after by Grans House Dog Sitting Services who made sure to have Charlie waiting outside Òran Mór to meet the newlyweds just after the ceremony, for a stroll in the Botanic Gardens.
Meanwhile our banqueting team were setting the room for dinner service, with rustic stationary and table décor handmade by a friend. The table centrepieces consisted of wooden logs and simple floral jars made up by Pretty Little Petals which tied in nicely with the bridesmaids and brides floral bouquets.
Jenna’s father kicked started the speeches followed by Kerr and his best man. The bridal party and guests then tucked into a three course wedding breakfast which guests had pre ordered months before through their RSVP.
After dinner the new Mr & Mrs Murray took to the dancefloor to cut their cake – delivered on the day of the wedding by 3D Cakes – and for their first dance which was played by popular wedding band The Kicks.
Mark Wild as always made great use of his time capturing the highlights of our Auditorium before the ceremony and throughout the day. My particular favourite is a shot of Bride Jenna crouched in the gallery looking down on her wedding guests with one of her page boys.
After their wedding Jenna and Kerr kindly got in touch to thank us for helping them bring together their special day, and to say they’d had the best time!
Thanks again to the newlyweds for allowing me to share the memories from their big day.