Tsitsi Lynn Makuni and Gareth Shields

25th September 2016

Venue | House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
Photography | Emma Sanderson Photography

“I adore Charles Rennie Mackintosh, so fell in love with House for an Art Lover at first sight. From the day we met the team, to the wedding day itself, absolutely everything was seamless. They made wedding planning so easy and stress free. The setup, food and service were all terrific.

We had a humanist ceremony conducted by Ken Eadie from the Humanist Society Scotland. This approach was an excellent way to ensure the ceremony was intimate, about us, told our story and included our families.

We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our personalities and our countries. As Gareth is Scottish and I’m Zimbabwean, our aim was to blend the two cultures together and make sure everyone had a great time! The bridesmaids wore purple African-print dresses in a fabric that became a running theme throughout the day. The print was also incorporated into the bouquets, buttonholes and the lining of our ring box.

The centrepieces were traditional African ladies holding table names that were the main towns in Zimbabwe written in a Rennie Mackintosh-style font. Gareth wore Scotland and Zimbabwe flag cufflinks on each arm and even made part of his speech in Shona, a local Zimbabwean language.

It was important for us to have a photographer who made us feel comfortable, didn’t put us under pressure, didn’t take things too seriously and who was happy to go with the flow. Emma Sanderson ticked those boxes and her portfolio was beautiful. There was a lot of giggling during our first meeting and we knew immediately that Emma, and her brilliant mum Linda who assists, were who we wanted doing our photography. We realised that – in addition to photos at the venue – we wanted to take a drive somewhere to get some different shots and Emma was very open to this.”

Top tip: “It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all that planning a wedding entails, so wedding fairs are perfect for helping find your suppliers and giving you an idea of what’s out there. They’re also a great day out!”

Dress Wed2B
Bridesmaids’ dresses Made by a seamstress using fabric from Tess World Designs
Rings bride’s made in Abu Dhabi, groom’s from The Ringmaker
Cake baked by a family friend, featuring Irn Bru, Drambuie and vanilla-flavoured tiers
Stationery Wedding Stationery by Jennifer
Flowers Silk Blooms
Entertainment Stravaig and Stuart Chalmers DJ
Transport EG Chauffeur Hire
 Degenesis Hair Salon
Makeup Lauren Gollan