Nicholas Hollands and Alistair Cowan

24th October 2015

Venue | House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Photography | Colin Johnston Photography


“We got engaged at Queens View – a viewpoint near Pitlochry. Alistair went down on one knee and opened the ring box. The ring promptly popped out and bounced towards the edge of the platform and the loch far below. His carefully prepared proposal turned into “Nicholas, will you catch it! CATCH IT!”

Our original plans were for a much more intimate gathering, so we were looking at smaller venues close to the city centre. Once we combined our guest lists however, it was clear we’d need a bigger capacity. House for an Art Lover was the ideal spot as it catered for the ceremony, meal and evening reception.

Our primary aim was to make sure that we had a good time on the day, so we didn’t worry about setting dress codes or other requirements. We knew the House and park would provide a lovely backdrop just as they were, so we concentrated more on a few little details for personalisation.

Alistair and I are big fans of Doctor Who (and sci-fi in general), so we knew The Doctor would be getting involved somewhere. Our friend Doug builds full-size Daleks for a hobby, and he offered to bring Daz the Dalek along to feature in the photos and scare the guests as they arrived. Thankfully there were no exterminations!

The most emotional point in the day was when my dad got up to say a few words after the meal. I don’t think it was something he ever expected to do for me, and he very quickly got choked up – which set Alistair and I off, along with a lot of our friends.

Top tip: It sounds daft, but comfy shoes are an absolute must. You do not get to rest on your wedding day. You’re standing for photos, mingling, dancing and moving between tables to speak to friends.”

Cake Designer Cakes by Paige
Flowers Rainbow rose buttonholes from Flowers at Sandyford, centrepieces provided by venue
Favours Jelly beans and chocolates from Party Delights in boxes from Confetti, along with custom M+Ms
Rings Fraser Hart and Wedding Rings Direct
Music FloorFillerz Mobile Disco

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