In December 2017 I received a phone call from Mr & Mrs MacRitchie who were helping on the wedding venue hunt for their newly engaged daughter Susan. The enquiry caught my eye instantly as Susan’s dad’s name was in fact Jim MacRitchie, very similar to my late grandfather’s name Jim Ritchie. Turns out the family were also from Paisley, which was even weirder.
Susan and Paul had recently got engaged and were looking for a Saturday date in early 2019. The couple were really interested in booking Glasgow University Chapel for their wedding ceremony, followed by a wedding reception in a nearby venue, so Òran Mór made it to the top 5 venues. Both Susan, Paul, Eleanor and Jim visited the venue later that month and after seeing the venue, they left provisionally holding Saturday 9th of March 2019.
Soon after the couple were able to confirm a 2.00pm ceremony slot at the GU chapel and the date was confirmed for both the ceremony and reception before the New Year.
On Saturday the 9th March bride Susan arrived at Glasgow University Chapel in a vintage wedding car provided by West of Scotland Wedding Cars, after spending her morning getting ready at home with her parents and bridesmaids. Bridesmaids were dressed beautifully in baby blue dresses from Hobbs which tied in perfectly with the rest of the wedding colours, including the grooms ties, wedding stationary and cake. Susan was dressed stunningly in a white lace dress from Charlotte Grace Bridal and was accompanied by dad Jim, who proudly walked his daughter down the long chapel aisle.
Susan and Paul were now the new Mr & Mrs Hasson and spent some time with photographer Lisa Devine in the chapel, getting pictures before making their way to the Auditorium at Òran Mór to join the rest of the wedding party.
Guests were seated and Jim kick started the speeches and toasts. Both Susan and Eleanor had warned me that Jim’s father of the bride speech was likely to go on, and after several meetings with the family, I knew myself that Jim was a blether so we made sure to accommodate a long speech into the timings for the day. He of course did an exceptional job, and set the bar for groom Paul and the best man who also did a fantastic job. Photographer Lisa, captured the emotional and heartfelt speeches perfectly – as she always does.
Mother of the bride Eleanor had been given the task of looking after the stationary and table set up on the day. Each guest had a personalised name tag with a small baby blue love heart which matched the handmade table plan. For favours, guests received a personalised dish towel, which had been pinned into a bow shape and wrapped into a baby blue ribbon. In the centre of each table was a posie of flowers provided by Wild Rose Florist.
A further 50 guests were welcomed into the Bell Tower Entrance to join the celebrations at 7.30pm and at 8.00pm Susan and Paul took to the dancefloor to cut their stunning 3 tiered wedding cake provided by fellow confetti award winners A-Cakes.
Wedding bang Crowded Croft provided the couple with the soundtrack to their first dance, and had guests on the dancefloor until the early hours of the morning.
It was an absolute pleasure working with the MacRitchies on the lead up to Susan and Paul’s wedding day and to hear that they had all had a fantastic day the week after was just wonderful.
It was also great to work with photographer Lisa Devine again – she has now been the visual aid to three of my wedding blogs. Lisa is also great to work with on the day of a wedding and captures some of the most unique moments that are often missed on the day. For example this fab shot of a cheeky flower girl at the bar! I am delighted to have Lisa Devine attending our next wedding fayre on Sunday 6th of October.
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