A glamorous gathering set against Ayrshire’s breathtaking coastline

Lisa McGlave & John McStay

3rd May 2019

Venue | St Bride’s Church, East Kilbride and Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire
Photography | Ross Alexander Photography


“A few weeks after we got engaged my mum and dad stayed in Trump Turnberry and called me to say we should come through and see it. We never viewed any other venues! We met at St Bride’s High School, and my grandparents married at the church there 55 years ago, so that was an easy choice for our ceremony.

Even though we had what people would consider a ‘big wedding’ – 250 during the day and another 50 at night – it was still so personal and every single person there meant something to us. We wanted our wedding to be fun, and the main inspiration behind our day was ‘love and laughter’.

We’re big fans of Coldplay, who had Xylobands at their world tour a few years ago. We decided to source the light-up wristbands as our wedding favours and it was so cool seeing everyone at the reception wearing them. John had a brilliant time with the remote control that changed the colours – I don’t think I got one shot of it!

My brother is a musician and wrote our first dance song. It was amazing. My grandad passed away eight years ago and I decided to tie one of his ties round my bouquet. I hope this starts a new tradition with the girls in my family.

We’ve had so many comments from people saying how happy the day made them. I think our happiness was contagious and that felt amazing for us to find out.”

Top tip: “Enjoy every minute of the planning and the lead-up and don’t wish it away. Don’t sweat the small stuff and never forget what it’s all about – marrying your best friend – not how lavish your wedding is.”

Brides’ dress Martina Liana at Eleganza Sposa
Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ dresses
Reeta Fashions
Rings ROX
Mother of the bride outfit
Catherines of Partick
Father Rafal at St Bride’s Church
Favours Xylobands
Flowers The Little Flower Shop
Cake Sugar & Spice
Reception music
Fiona MacKenzie, Rico Franchi and The Watershed Band
Filmmaker Little Box Wedding Films
Hair and makeup
Rachael Hunter, Charlotte MacIntyre, Danielle Devine and Lisa Cunning at Blunt Salon