Jennifer McDonald and John Darcy

2nd July 2015

Venue | House For An Art Lover, Glasgow
Photography | Jarvie & Jones

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“John and I got engaged on Christmas morning 2011. I was in the kitchen doing the dishes in my jammies when John came in and went down on one knee. Our wee girl Poppy was holding the ring! We enjoyed being engaged so didn’t set a date for the wedding until January 2014, which left us with 18 months to plan and bring it all together.

We booked House For An Art Lover, in Bellahouston Park, straight away. I didn’t look anywhere else as I’d always had my heart set on it. It’s a beautiful building inside and out, so we needed to add no other decoration. We opted for a Humanist ceremony as it meant we could personalise elements and include a handfasting.

Craig Flowers from Independent Humanist Ceremonies guided us through it. We aimed for a romantic look across the whole day – I wanted to keep everything light and bright. We loved every detail of our wedding. Everything just came together perfectly: my dress, the flowers, the guys in their suits, the bridesmaid dresses, the venue, the food and the band were all outstanding.

There were a couple of DIY elements that were unique to our day. Our gorgeous peach cake was made by a friend and – in homage to the venue – I made the wedding invites myself in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I pretty much chose my wedding dress on the first day in the first shop I visited. I was overwhelmed by the choice of beautiful dresses, but in the end I couldn’t resist a fitted fishtail in sparkly lace by Mori Lee. Beautiful!

My biggest bargain was my wedding flowers. I bought a deal via 5pm.co.uk. I was so pleased with them – they were perfect and were exactly what I had imagined. We really let our hair down during the evening reception and had so much fun dancing the night away.

Top tip: My advice to brides and grooms would be go with your heart, and when the big day comes around just relax, have fun and enjoy it.”

Dress and accessories Angelique Lamont
Shoes Kurt Geiger
Bridesmaids’ dresses Coast
Groomswear Next
Flowers Memory Lane Flowers
Cake made by the bride’s friend

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