There is literally so much to talk about when it comes to Laura and Colin Somerville’s wedding planning journey, but I have tried to narrow it down to just over one thousand words.
The first contact I received from the new Mr & Mrs Sommerville was from Laura’s mum Kim, who was getting the ball rolling with the wedding plans as Laura and her fiancé Colin were living in ST Neots, Cambridgeshire. Kim explained that the couple were looking for a festive celebration the week leading up to Christmas 2018 and wanted a really informal style of wedding day with a late ceremony time and a hog roast for catering. Unfortunately we weren’t able to accommodate a hog roast, but after explaining that we have many alternative catering options and were happy to work with the couple to make their day unique, the family were interested in looking into other options.
Kim explained that Laura would be visiting Glasgow in early January and that they would like to visit the venue. The week of the visit I spent most of the week in bed battling flu so didn’t get to meet with Laura and Kim, but my colleague Fiona was able to step in to show them around our venue. Laura and Kim fell in love with our Auditorium straight away and I received an email promptly explaining that they would like to book Laura and Colin’s wedding for the 23rd of December 2018.
Kim explained that the couple wished to have approximately 200 guests for a 4pm ceremony followed by a short drinks reception, hot fork buffet and party. The timing and logistics of hosting a ceremony and turnaround for such large numbers was going to be problematic for our venue, as everything happens in one room. We managed to negotiate on timings and set a slightly earlier ceremony time of 3pm. Although a hot fork buffet is a lot more informal than a traditional wedding breakfast, to serve 200 wedding guests 2 courses actually requires a lot more service time than a plated meal. After explaining this to the family they were more than happy to opt for a plated meal and together with our Chef we came up with a really unique theme for the wedding breakfast. Both the Black and Sommerville families wanted to make sure guests were well fed and watered on the wedding day but in a completely unique style. So a menu tasting was booked in our restaurant for both families to explore the options. After months of deliberation a Mexican style of catering was chosen and the couple worked with our Chefs to come up with the perfect Mexican menu for their wedding breakfast.
Laura and Colin’s wedding guests arrived to a festively decorated Auditorium at 2.15pm, awaiting the bridal party. At 3.00pm Laura, her parents, brother and bridesmaids arrived to our Bell Tower entrance from the Hilton Grosvenor. The Bell Tower was beautifully dressed with hurricane vases and candles bought by the bride’s mother from Ikea, which against the stone wall was simple but so effective.
As the sun had already started to set, the Auditorium was beautifully lit creating a magical and festive setting to welcome the bride. Festive wreaths provided by Blooms Glasgow, with hurricane vases and candles lined the aisle to welcome Laura along with pianist Stuart Bird and singers Madilyn Cuthbert and Michael McBride who provided the backing track to the bridal party and brides entrance.
The couple were finally pronounced the new Mr & Mrs Sommerville and guests celebrated at the bar with a choice of fizz, beer or gin. The couple were keen to offer a gin and tonic as an option and with the help of Laura’s mum Kim, a Gin station was created for guests to help themselves to their favourite gin, a flavoured tonic and a botanical dressing of their choice.
Next, Laura and Colin took to Ashton Lane with photographer David Barz to make the most of the fairy lights in the well-known West end lane. They then returned to the venue just in time to get the essential family shots of everyone in our stunningly lit gallery.
Guests took to their seats at 5.00pm where they were welcomed with a tequila miniature and a mini Mexican hat each with an individual name tag. Each place setting had a personalised Laura & Colin Nacho box, and guests were then served cheese sauce, sour cream, salsa guacamole and jalapenos to kick start their Mexican banquet. The rest of the menu then consisted of…
The food went down a treat with all of the guests and during dessert Laura’s father kicked off the speeches, followed by Colin’s Dad, Colin and the best man.
As the band set up and the room was turned around for the evening reception, both families welcomed the couple’s evening guests in our Private Dining Room.
Laura & Colin cut their wedding cheese cake from George Mewes which was served with plenty of crackers, chutneys and fruit. Laura and Colin were originally from Kilmarnock so requested Killie pies and macaroni pies for their evening buffet, which again went down a treat.
The Kicks then got the party started, with the couple’s first dance and then a set which took the wedding celebrations right through until 1am.
Working with the Blacks and Sommervilles was a completely new experience for me in my career. Not only were both sets of parents very involved in the planning of the wedding, but the couple presented me with a completely new concept and project to work on to create a wedding day completely unique to them. The week leading up to the wedding I was having sleepless nights and at times I thought it may be impossible to meet all of the couple’s requirements logistically with such big numbers, a bespoke menu and a new style of service. But in the end everything worked out perfectly. Not only were Laura and Colin on cloud nine all day, but both families had an exceptional day all round.
I have to thank both the Blacks and Sommervilles for being so great to work with, but a particular thank you to Laura’s mother Kim who was my main point of contact throughout the planning process. Kim kindly gifted the venue all of the hurricane vases and candles used at the wedding, which we have made sure to use again for in house events.
Also thank you to Laura and her group of ladies who supported us at the Òran Mór Ladies Lunch for the Beatson in April. It was great to have you back at the venue making more great memories – thank you so much for supporting our venue even months after your wedding day!
Brides Dress – The Tailor’s Cat Cambridge
Mother of Bride Dress – Frox of Falkirk
Bridesmaids – Asos
Hair – Harpers Salon Barrhead
Stationary – Paper Parade