Natalie Collins and Neil Thomson
24th February 2017
“After looking at a variety of venues we decided we wanted a wedding with a very urban feel and the hustle and bustle of the city. As soon as we stepped inside 29 Glasgow in Royal Exchange Square we both got an overwhelming feeling we could imagine getting married there. The exposed brickwork, open fireplace and candlelight gave the venue the romantic feel we were after.
We aren’t religious and were keen to have a ceremony that was very personal to us as a couple so decided to go with a Humanist celebrant. This gave us the flexibility to write our own vows and make it completely unique. We filled the ceremony room with childhood pictures and family photos, allowing our guests to have an insight into our lives and families.
It was also important for us to make our families a big part of our day. Neil’s mum passed away six years ago, so we had a framed picture of her at the fireplace and lit a candle during a reading in her honour. My parents were fantastic and without their help and support our day would not have been possible.
We were so lucky with our suppliers. Louize Hollywood, wedding coordinator at 29 Glasgow, is simply exceptional. She accommodated every request and ran the day without a hitch. Lynne Wise from Julie Lamont photography, along with her assistant Danni, consistently went above and beyond to ensure our images were captured exactly how we had envisioned. She brought the city into our wedding and our pictures are stunning. Our hairstylist Anne Marie McElroy was amazing too, from our first trial she completely got the look we were going for and she made us all so relaxed on the day by topping up our champagne and having a giggle with us.
At the end of the night we decided to walk back to our hotel. In true Scottish style it was pouring outside so we grabbed some umbrellas and started walking, and on the way we kept getting stopped so people could congratulate us, shake our hands and even offer us some fish and chips! The well-wishes were fantastic – people really do make Glasgow a very special city indeed.”
Top tip: “When you start planning, secure the big parts first. Booking well in advance ensures you get your first choice of venue, photographer, videographer, makeup artist, hairstylist, band and florist. Try and stick to a timeline for getting things done.
Dress and bridesmaids’ dresses Sarah Louise Bridal
Groomswear MacGregor and MacDuff
Celebrant Stuart Rodger at Humanist Society Scotland
Cake Suzanne Esper Cakes
Ice cream cart Equis
Stationery Boutique 10
Makeup Louise Dyet
Hair AMM Hair and Makeup Team