Glasgow meets Yorkshire on a DIY springtime wedding day at Pollokshields Burgh Hall

A Glasgow girl (Megan) met a Yorkshire boy (Shaun) and they fell in love, and decided to have a springtime wedding in Polloksheilds Burgh Hall in Glasgow before living happily ever after. Love stories rule!

Megan was the bride that we all want to be; super-organised and creative with a clear vision of what she wanted to create on her wedding day.

Not only did she have a host of spreadsheets and checklists during the planning stages, but the couple also added a lot of DIY touches to the day itself with help from friends and family.

Megan tells us a bit more about her and Shaun’s special day, with gorgeous photos by Ross Alexander Photography… 

“We got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2016 after Shaun tried (and failed) to propose to me over the course of five months. Apparently I ruined all of the romantic moments that he tried to set up for the perfect proposal!

His penultimate attempt was on a ski trip in Andorra. He planned that we’d go to the top of a mountain together and he’d get down on one knee, but I came down with food poisoning!

The successful proposal was at home and it was a complete surprise. It was even more of a surprise finding out about all of his unsuccessful attempts – I was clueless.

Within two weeks of being engaged, we’d booked our venue; it was the only one we viewed! We just fell in love with it straight away.

Pollokshields Burgh Hall is owned by a trust who maintain the building and charge you to hire it for the whole day. You get exclusive use of the venue for the day and because it is located within Maxwell Park you get so many lovely backdrops for your photographer to use.

The venue is blank canvas so you really get to put your own stamp on it, and no two weddings there are ever the same.

We felt more in control of our budget because we organised everything ourselves so we could pick and choose what we wanted to have.

We really wanted to bring in our own caterers, and more importantly, our own bar. Top Class Catering really lived up to their name – they are extremely reasonably priced and the food and drink was spot on.

The Maxwell Hall is a beautiful space with stained glass windows, and there’s an area downstairs which opens out to a patio, meaning our guests could have alfresco drinks in the sunshine – and the sun did shine for us!

As Shaun is from York and I’m Glasgow born and bred, we wanted to have a theme that brought the two families together.

We used a lot of thistles, tartan and white roses to represent both of us. My cousin is a very talented artist, so she designed a thistle and white rose motif that we used on our invites, table names and seating plan, incorporating my bridesmaids dress colours of green, purple and pink.

We had a big DIY focus too as we were on a fairly tight budget, so we did as much as we could ourselves, with help from our brilliant family and friends.

We only spent money on the things that really mattered to us. At the end of the day, we wanted our guests to be well fed, watered and entertained and for everyone to have the best day possible.

I can totally see how people can end up getting into debt and overspending on their weddings, because you’re made to feel like you have to spend big to achieve that ‘perfect day’.

I did stress about it a lot before the wedding but honestly, I can say that we had everything we wanted and more, and we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Almost half of our guests were from England so this was their first Scottish wedding. Shaun and I aren’t religious so we opted for a humanist ceremony with lots of cool Scottish traditions included, like handfasting and drinking from a Quaich.

Our celebrant Les Gray was outstanding, and lots of our guests commented on how brilliant he was.

We didn’t want a long drawn out ceremony so we just had one reading from my sister Lorna, who’d written a poem for us. It was so special. It’s a moment from the day I’ll remember forever.

After the ceremony, the rest of the day was just packed full of lovely moments. The speeches were all tremendous, the photographer was absolutely brilliant, the band were phenomenal; we really just didn’t want the day to end!

I never really know how to answer that question “What does being married feel like?” or “How is married life treating you?”. Truth is it feels pretty much the same as before for us: we’ve been together for over eight years and lived together for five, so we were already settled down.

I guess the main difference is that I have an extra ring, and a new surname! Oh, and people now constantly ask us when we’re planning on producing weans – now that does take some getting used to!”

Venue: Pollokshields Burgh Hall | Photographer: Ross Alexander Photography | Celebrant: Les Grey 

Transport: Glasgow Cab | Dress: Wed2B | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Little Mistress | Accessories: Debenhams 

Groom + groomsmens’ outfits: Kilts 4 U | Cakes: Special Days Cakes | Florist: Glasgow Flowers + Country Baskets

Hair: Believe In Hair | Make-up: Lynn Brown Make-Up Artistry | Catering: Top Class Catering