Daniel Douglas and Thomas Schlordt

1st February 2017

Venue | Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee
Photography | Angela Bell Photography

“From the month we got engaged, we wrote our guests a monthly newsletter which included a feature on an aspect of the wedding, a ‘Talk to Thomas’ agony aunt column, a countdown, bios for our wedding team; #teamgroom and some fun quizzes. We live in London so we found it was useful in keeping everyone updated, as well as giving an insight into how things work for two men getting married.

We always knew we wanted to get married in Dundee because it’s the city we grew up in. We fell in love with the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa instantly. There was so much scope for photography around the venue, the staff were amazing and the black and grey ballroom coordinated perfectly with our colour scheme.

When we started to look at ways to personalise our big day, we really liked the large carnival letters. Every option we looked at was out of our budget, but Daniel’s dad (an underrated craftsman) stepped in and made a massive light-up D and T for a wedding gift. They turned out beautifully and were an impressive feature of the wedding.

As Humanist weddings allow, we hand-crafted every part of our ceremony. After we’d passed our rings around the room, finished the vows we’d written and tied the knot with our family tartans, it was impossible to keep the flood of emotion at bay. We were then pronounced Mr and Mrs Schlordt, which just added to the emotional rollercoaster from tears to laughter.

Music was very important to us. Empire blew us away and created the exact party vibe we wanted to achieve. Finding a string quartet was a lot easier. We booked Cairn to play at our ceremony and both acts played an eclectic mix of our favourite tunes and songs that mean something to us.

Our favourite moment of the day was just before the ceremony. We were standing with our mums and groomsmaids, all feeling excited and the string quartet started playing ‘I’ll Be There For You’. Hearing everyone laugh and shout “yasss” in the ceremony room filled us with all the feels. It was perfectly special.”

Top tip: “Be aware that planning a wedding is a big financial commitment when you are paying for it by yourselves. Nevertheless, this gives you a greater sense of pride and satisfaction at the end of the day.”

Grooms’ outfits Ted Baker, Dune and Osiris
Groomsmaids’ dresses Debut at Debenhams
Stationery Toast Wedding Stationery
Entertainment Cairn String Quartet and Empire