The timing had never been right for Aspen and Graeme, until their stars finally aligned one night at a mutual friend’s party, and they started dating after over 10 years of knowing each other.
“As soon as we started spending proper time together as a couple, I knew he was The One,” says Aspen.
“He made me laugh so much; he still does every single day.”
After proposing at home one night after two years together – “Graeme made me a photo book of our life together so far asking if I would give him ‘A Day To Remember’, the name of one of his favourite bands, and I thought he was elaborately asking me to go to one of their gigs with him!” – the couple got to planning their special day in Glasgow.
“Finding the venue made everything else just fall into place. I knew I wanted an old building, and after a few disappointing visits to other venues, we fell in love at first sight with St Andrews in the Square,” says Aspen.
A grand converted church with Pinterest-worthy interiors, the venue helped to inform the couple’s colour scheme of gold and ivory, with hints of grey.
DIY isn’t one of bride Aspen’s fortes, so she knew she had to choose the right suppliers to bring her vision to life. “Cora Anderson, our florist, was amazing. She really got what I wanted and created some gorgeous florals with heaps of greenery and ivory; she’s super creative,” says Aspen.
Some of the couple’s favourite things from the day were created by E.Y.i.LOVE, who designed all of the stationery and other keepsake pieces, like a foil-printed drawing of the wedding venue which the couple now display proudly in their home.
With six bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus two flower girls and a page boy, Aspen and Graeme’s entourage was pretty big.
One of Aspen’s favourite things during the planning stages was spending lots of time with her bridesmaids and family.
“From girly days out to the bridesmaid dress fittings at Carolyn Baxter in Edinburgh, we had great fun together,” she says.
The wedding took place on a boiling hot summer’s day, and on the same weekend as Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, taking place at neighbouring Glasgow Green.
After travelling through the crowds, Aspen arrived at the venue ready to say I Do.
“My dad got out of the car and asked me ‘Are you ready?’. I couldn’t help but laugh and say, ‘Are you?’.
We both hate being the centre of attention, but I actually felt very calm.
I got to the top of the aisle and realised that Graeme was crying. I think I was just so overcome with Graeme’s reaction that I burst out laughing! It was a memorable moment,” she says.
The wedding menu, created by the team at Café Source, was traditionally Scottish; chicken stuffed with haggis and cranachan bavarois was enjoyed by the guests after some great speeches. “
Best man Bryan was supposed to tell embarrassing stories about Graeme, but he managed to tell some about me too! He did us both proud,” says Aspen.
The Kicks started the party off with a rather unusual first dance choice, an acoustic version of Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley.
“We have very different musical tastes so it took us a while to find the song we wanted as our first dance!”
“I love being married to my best friend, says Aspen, “but nothing much has changed for us. We’re still the same Aspen and Graeme!”