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Rachel and Jonathan: A Special Surprise For The Bride

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

It is always great when suppliers or entertainers are excited to come to work in Òran Mór, but when a musician who has performed in our venue decides that the Auditorium is the perfect wedding venue for his wedding reception, it’s an honour.

Musician Jonathan Carr and partner Rachel chose to have their wedding reception in our Auditorium after a religious ceremony in their local church. The couple who now live in London, couldn’t imagine spending their big day in any other city but their hometown of Glasgow.


Jonathan, who has performed at many weddings himself over the years, was keen to pull out all of the stops with regards to entertainment for his wedding guests. With daytime Celtic music on arrival at Òran Mór, Club Noir showgirls serving complimentary Haggis bombs (Jäger & Irn-bru) and the fantastic wedding band Ernest playing the guests into the early hours of the morning, the guests were completely blown away by the entertainment from start to finish.


However, the biggest surprise of all was one that bride Rachel didn’t know anything about.

The couple had arranged with their photographer Neil Thomas Douglas to stop off at Ashton Lane for some quirky West End wedding shots. Ashton Lane is a popular back drop for a lot of Òran Mór’s bride and grooms, as so many couples have fond memories of nights on the lane and sometimes even a first date story. This trip down Ashton lane on her wedding day wasn’t the pit stop Rachel was expecting.


The couple strolled down the lane and the first surprise for bride Rachel was the Grosvenor Cinema sign which read ‘Jonathan & Rachel Carr Wedding’ – Rachel thought that was the surprise… but Jonathan then led his bride into the cinema where the Grosvenor staff congratulated them and took them into their own private theatre.


Singer/songwriter Jonathan, had written a song a few years ago named ‘Boy’ which was about falling in love with Rachel, their first kiss – which was each other’s first kiss (CUTE !) – and growing old together.  On the weeks leading up to their wedding date, Jonathan had the idea to get a cartoon made to go along with the song.  A friend of Jonathan’s put him in touch with an animator who illustrated a cartoon of all of the big events throughout their lives, including meeting for the first time, their first kiss, high school prom and of course getting engaged. The cartoon then follows on by imagining what the future holds for the couple. Jonathan sent over pictures of both of them as kids to ensure the drawings were as accurate as possible for the big surprise.

Rachel and Jonathan sat and enjoyed their very own private screening of ‘Boy’, along with photographer Neil Thomas Douglas and videographer Allan Smith, who both captured Rachel’s reaction to her unique and romantic surprise perfectly.

Jonathan told me ‘It was just Rachel and I there, along with our photographer (Neil Thomas Douglas) and videographer (Allan Smith – Life’s Rosie). I wanted it to be a private moment – something just for the two of us to share. The cinema were so helpful and gave us a little time slot when no movies were being shown so we could have the cinema to ourselves.’

Jonathan has kindly allowed me to share the video on this blog and I am sure you will agree, it is a complete tear jerker!

Well done Jonathan, you have claimed unlimited brownie points for this perfectly planned surprise and congratulations to Rachel on missing all of those frogs and finding your prince charming on your first kiss.


Rachel & Jonathan 25/08/17

Photography: Neil Thomas Douglas

Ceremony: Newarthill

Reception: Òran Mór

Band: Ernest

Show Girls: Club Noir

By Pauline Muir

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

0141 357 6214