Katherine Duncan & David Murphy

20th August 2021

Venue | Barras Art and Design, Glasgow
Photography | Pocket Square Photography

“David and I met in 2011 and got engaged in 2019. He popped the question in our flat. He had made the place look beautiful and I thought it was so nice that he proposed in the home that we had made together.

We hosted everything under one roof at Barras Art and Design (BAaD). We had looked at a few other venues, but nothing else came close. We loved its glass atrium roof and bright, airy feel. We also knew the industrial look of the surrounding area would make a stunning backdrop for our couple photos.

We had a pretty decent idea of what we wanted our wedding to be like: relaxed, fun and just a good excuse for a big party. Once we booked the venue, the day started to become a bit clearer in our minds, but it wasn’t until I bought my wedding dress that I could clearly envisage how the day was going to look.

I spotted the Mercury dress from the Willowby by Watters label that I liked and booked an appointment at its Glasgow stockist, Anne Priscilla Bridal. They didn’t have this particular dress in stock as a sample, but they ordered one in for me to try. They made me feel really comfortable, didn’t pressure me into buying and their service was excellent. Most importantly, I loved the dress on.

I splurged on Valentino Rockstud heeled sandals to wear with it. I wanted to treat myself to some designer shoes because if not for my wedding, then when?! Our budget was £20k initially, but we ended up spending about £25k – it was worth it though!

We had initially booked our wedding for 1st July 2021. We thought it was risky to continue with this date as the lifting of Covid restrictions would inevitably be delayed, so in March 2021, we decided to move the date a few weeks down the line to 20th August.

We had a humanist ceremony led by Claire Digance from Humanist Society Scotland. She was brilliant. She helped us with all the forms and legal stuff, but crucially, she made sure our ceremony was fun and light-hearted. She told our story in a way that perfectly suited us.

I have to give special mention to Megan Crockett MUA. She did my wedding hair and makeup and made me feel special and beautiful even though our wedding day fell on her 30th birthday. I know I am biased as she’s a good friend, but I would recommend her services to every bride-to-be.

David wore a Hunter’s Pride tartan kilt with a moss-green jacket from McCalls. They had a really nice selection of modern tartans that were muted and neutral. His Mum sadly is no longer with us, so I made him a small pin with her picture on it for him to wear under his lapel.

My brother made our wedding cake. He baked a beautiful two-tier cake with chocolate and salted caramel on the bottom and lemon and elderflower on the top. It was delicious.

We were won over by the quality and lighting of Pocket Square Photography’s photos. We were not looking for lots of posed images and Neil’s photos were candid and natural. He made it very easy to be photographed – we didn’t feel like we were posing at all! We also adore the photos that he captured all of our guests enjoying the day.

If you’re sitting on the fence about whether to get your wedding filmed, we would encourage you to do it. We were in two minds initially, but decided to go for it. We are thrilled with what the fantastic Worldly Nomad Films produced.

Sedona Park are a brilliant violin and acoustic guitar duo that play covers of pop songs. They brought a lovely atmosphere to the drinks reception, before the Stravaig Ceilidh Band filled the dance floor with a ceilidh.

We played music from a Spotify playlist for the second half of the reception. We had asked all our guests to RSVP with their favourite party song which worked really well.

Everyone was so excited to be at a wedding. It was the first big celebration after lockdown so everyone went all out for it!”

Top tip: “Spreadsheets! They made keeping track of everything straightforward: what we wanted to book or buy, what we were spending and what we still had to pay.”

Venue Barras Art and Design, Glasgow
Pocket Square Photography
Claire Dignace, Humanist Society Scotland 
Bride’s dress Willowby by Watters at Anne Priscilla Bridal 
Bridesmaids’ dresses ASOS 
Hair and makeup Megan Crockett MUA
Groomswear McCalls
Engagement ring Mr Harold & Son
Wedding rings “I am a jeweller, so I made our wedding bands,” says Katherine
Cake Homemade by brother
Flowers MUD Urban Flowers 
Stationery Homemade
Favours Personalised Love Hearts sweets
Drinks reception music Sedona Park
Reception band Stravaig Ceilidh Band
Wedding film Worldly Nomad Films (see it below)
Transport MET Wedding Cars

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