Lucy Gilmour + Paolo Martone
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Photography | Julie Lamont Photography
True love, we think, is having a pizza named after you. And that’s exactly what Lucy’s husband Paolo did; her namesake is now on the menu at his Merchant City restaurant. “We have very busy careers, Paolo works long weekends at the restaurant and I work more traditional 9 to 5 hours, which means we actually don’t see each other as much as we’d like,” says bride Lucy. It also meant that a Saturday wedding was out of the question, so the pair decided on a Sunday springtime affair in Glasgow.
Lucy and Paolo’s ceremony venue held a very special place in each of their hearts. In fact, years before Lucy even had a ring on her finger, she dreamed of getting married in Glasgow University Chapel after attending a wedding there, and being blown away by her surroundings. Luckily for her, four years later, Paolo proposed and because he was a former student of Glasgow University, her dream could come true!
The reception followed at Mar Hall, a golf and spa resort close to Glasgow city centre. “Looking at the rolling hills, you’d never think you were just 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow,” says Lucy of her chosen venue, “and as soon as we saw the marquee in the grounds, it sealed the deal for us. We had a large wedding and wanted to be able to accommodate everyone, whilst putting our own stamp on the venue. It was just perfect for us.”
The theme gradually became fun, glamorous and sparkly, and entertainment was really important to the couple. “We wanted plenty of room for our string quartet and photo booth, and a big dancefloor so everyone could get up and dance the night away,” Lucy tells us. “We also had mood lighting inside the marquee and fairy lights on the ceiling, which added a nice glamorous touch.”
The marquee at Mar Hall is self-contained, with everything under the one roof including the toilets and the bar. “It was neutral with cream carpets and drapes which, when we added our blush pink theme with a floral archway, sparkly ceiling and large centerpieces, really produced the most beautiful setting,” Lucy reflects.
The décor was an important part of the day, and Lucy says that her amazing wedding suppliers really helped her to pull it all off. “Cherry Blossom flowers created our floristry, which really was one of my favourite things about the day,” Lucy says. “I wanted big, fluffy bouquets with sparkle and Laura produced the most stunning ones I have ever seen, with pink and ivory roses and hydrangeas, with a few diamantes thrown in too!”
The gorgeous cake, by Liggy’s Cakes, was spotted by Lucy at The Scottish Wedding Show at Glasgow’s SECC and, after tasting a few samples (of course!), the couple decided on the delicious and beautiful four-tier blush pink cake covered in butterflies and a cascade of sugar flowers.
Everything was captured perfectly too, by Lucy and Paolo’s chosen photographer, Lynne at Julie Lamont Photography in Bothwell. “I knew a few people who had used her for their weddings and their pictures were stunning, so I felt comfortable knowing we were in good hands,” Lucy says. “We ended up with every photo we wanted, and much more!”
The videographer, Boda Productions, offered the couple a great package and even produced a mini video reel of the full day set to music as well as the longer film. “We decided on a videographer quite close to the date but I’m so glad we did,” says Lucy, “as it’s given us an amazing chance to relive the day again and again.”
Highlights of the day for Lucy included the speeches, where Lucy’s dad surprised everyone by finishing his speech in fluent Italian, reciting a beautiful love poem to them. “Paolo is half Italian and there were a few Italian relatives there who spoke very little English. My dad on the other hand, speaks no Italian whatsoever, so it was such a beautiful and thoughtful touch that he did this for us and Paolo’s family,” Lucy smiles.
The party was also sticks out in Lucy’s mind as a massive highlight, due in large part to her excellent band, Strange Bru. “I’ll never forget the final song when everyone was gathered round us in a circle, and Paolo picked me up and swirled me round “ we just couldn’t stop smiling,” she recalls. “It made me so happy knowing that I’d married my best friend, someone who I’d always be able to have fun with and enjoy the rest of my life with.”
Now that the couple have had their first wedding anniversary earlier this year, Lucy says that being married actually does feel different to before. “It’s strange, because we didn’t expect it to feel different but I have to say, it does!” she tells us. “It feels right that he’s my husband, and I’m his wife. We are so comfortable in each other’s company and it’s really nice to have someone to share life’s special moments with.”
E vissero per sempre felici e contenti!
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