Philippa & Kristian The Trades Hall of Glasgow
Philippa & Kristian The Trades Hall of Glasgow
Real Life Wedding Blog
Kristian and I originally met at high school in Singapore some 15 years ago! (I’m a Glasgow girl and he’s Norwegian.) Then we met again in Glasgow (twice!) whilst at university/the nautical college a few years later. Third time is a charm! We have been together almost 6 happy years now.
We were really keen to find a venue that captures the spirit of Glasgow and its people. Glasgow is a special city to us as it’s where we finally fell in love. As soon as we visited The Trades Hall of Glasgow, we knew it was the venue for us. Classic, grand and quirky, it’s a hidden gem amongst the beautiful chaos of the city.
Why did you choose your wedding venue over others?
We love The Trades Hall’s mission to give back to the people of Glasgow. As for getting married in Glasgow University’s Memorial Chapel – this has always been a dream of mine and Kristian was blown away when we first visited together. Both venues are so beautiful, and we knew our well-traveled guests would be taken aback by Glasgow’s incredible architecture.
Did you add any personal touches to your wedding day?
We tried to include as many of our loved ones as possible in our day. So, we were lucky enough to have friends and family provide wedding cars, flowers, hair and beauty on the day, live music, playlists, and much more! We also made sure to include our own personal touches such as wedding favours (Harry Potter inspired potion bottles filled with Norwegian Aquavit!) and venue décor that was representative of our two home countries coming together.
Can you describe the type of wedding ceremony you had and why?
We opted to have a humanist ceremony as we both wanted a ceremony that was personal to us and our loved ones. Maggie Kinloch (formerly the Deputy Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) truly brought our love story to life. She brought many happy tears and laughter to the ceremony, it was so relaxed and enjoyable for all.
Why were your photographers a good fit for your wedding?
We lucked out and had two photographers (twins!) working as a team – Del and Jay Jay. Their photos are absolutely out of this world and we just loved how they were able to integrate with our day, mingle with our guests and be absolute ninjas nailing those shots that you don’t even know are happening!
Tell us about your wedding meal/breakfast?
Our venue was responsible for the F&B on the day. We enjoyed plenty of yummy canapes, a delicious three course meal and lovely wine and drinks galore. We are really into food/drinks so we made sure we tried everything beforehand and were satisfied that our guests would be well fed and happy. We also made sure we had some ‘Scottish sweet treats’ goodie bags for our guests to take home and enjoy the next day.
What was your first dance song and why?
We were lucky enough for our bridesmaid Kelly-Anne and our band The Lockhearts to team up for our first dance and perform ‘Tale as Old as Time’ from Beauty and the Beast. We love a little Disney magic and it was so special having a best friend perform for us.
Can you describe how guests were kept entertained during your wedding reception?
Our guests were entertained by the fab tunes and the fab photo booth!! We absolutely loved having Odd Box with us, it was a great treat for our family and friends. Some good old-fashioned photo fun with a modern twist. Loads of fun props, loads of happy smiling faces and fantastic photos to cherish in the years to come.
Highlights on the day have to be dancing down the aisle as newlyweds to ‘You’ve Got the Love’ (performed by Amy Papiransky), being driven by my awesome uncle in a beaut of a car from the university to the Trades Hall. My stepdad’s stunning speech. The food. The drinks. The all-night dancing with my handsome husband. The all-round happy feels from start to finish!
It was quite challenging with Kristian working at sea for such long stretches. So, we had to try squeeze in a lot of wedmin in short bursts. We made sure he was home for the all-important cake tasting!
Planning a wedding can be quite a daunting experience. There’s a lot to think of and manage alongside your normal day to day life! Accept help where offered and try enjoy it as much as possible.
Would I do it all again if I could? Yes! It was an amazing day full of love and laughs with our favourite people. We are so grateful we had the opportunity to bring together our loved ones and party the day/night away. It was a blast.
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Humanist: Maggie Kinloch
Photographers: Del and Jay Jay Wedding Photography
Photo Booth: Odd Box
Ceremony music: Amy Papiransky
Reception music: The Lockhearts
Piper: George Taylor – Arkleston Piping
Bride’s Dress: Eliza Jane Howell – The Bridal Boutique of Jules
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker – Slater Menswear Glasgow
Flowers: Myra Lees
Cake: 3D Cakes Glasgow