He loves beer and you’re both determined your wedding will be a relaxed party… so where better to get married than WEST On The Green brewery?
It’s the winning logic behind Ailsa and James’s big day, which proved to be exactly the special celebration they’d dreamed of.
Bride Ailsa talks us through their wedding and shares some of the beautiful pics from Caro Weiss…
I grew up just outside Glasgow and knew I wanted to bring all my friends and James’ family to the city.
We wanted our day to just be a really fun party, where all our friends and family could get together and have good fun!
We ending up choosing WEST On The Green brewery as the venue for our wedding.
The industrial style was really in-keeping with our taste and it suited our vision for the day, which was a really relaxed, non traditional party with our friends and family.
James loves craft beer, so getting married in a brewery was his dream!
He loved being able to talk to his mates about West’s beers on the day – it was a really unique venue.
It was great being married somewhere we already know too – we love going there for a pint when we’re both back in Glasgow!
We loved Caro Weiss’s non-intrusive photography style, and the way she chatted about documenting the day rather than doing lots of posed shots.
As soon as I spoke to her on Skype, her friendly manner put me at ease.
James’ uncle filmed the wedding for us and is making a video as a gift!
I really struggled to find a dress that I liked and found the whole experience of looking for a dress stuffy and stressful!
As soon as I met Wendy from Flossy and Dossy, I knew I wanted to buy one of her designs.
Me and my mum loved how laidback and down to earth she was, and also willing to make the designs work for us.
I had almost decided on a different dress at Wendy’s studio, but when I saw my dress hanging on a mannequin I just thought it was really different.
I loved it from the moment I tried it on.
My shoes were blue velvet shoes from GAP, which is definitely not where I thought I’d find my wedding shoes from.
I told my mum I wanted to wear blue velvet and she looked everywhere for them for me!
I had five bridesmaids who all have different styles so I was keen that they each wear something different that they really loved.
They ended up getting their dresses from different places – two of the girls got their gowns from Rewritten, which i really liked.
The colour palette was a really light pink to a really dark red but I hadn’t seen all the dresses together until the day of the wedding, so I was a little worried it wasn’t going to work – it looked great in the end!
Kate was great – she gave me lots of good advice during our make-up trail and kept us all calm the morning of the wedding.
James’ suit was from Paul Smith, and his shoes were Dr Martens. He also wore a Harris Tweed waistcoat for a bit of Scottish authenticity!
The best men wore their own suits as we didn’t want them to look too similar and we wanted them to feel comfortable. We did match green linen ties to bring it all together, though.
Libby Urvois from Love and Little Things helped me with all the styling.
I had quite a clear idea what I wanted, but not being based in Glasgow and being really busy with work meant that I didn’t have lots of free time to hunt for things.
It was great to have her ideas and input.
Three Sisters Bake did our cake table. One of their cafes is very near to where I grew up and I’ve eaten their cakes for years.
My brothers were the masters of ceremony and managed to get a few jokes and their personalities into it which was lovely.
I also did a speech on the day, which I’m really glad I did – it was my wedding too, after all!
Music is a big deal for James so this was one of the most important things for him!
We asked PinUp Nights to DJ as their taste fitted with James’s. He had fun chatting about playlists with them prior to the day.
Our first dance was to Thinking of You by Sister Sledge, and got everyone on the dance floor which was exactly the vibe we were going for.
The day after, we mostly just felt hungover!
But we did have a really fun party at my Mum and Dad’s with all our family and friends.
It was great to get married in a venue could we already knew, and it means we’ll be able to go back and visit for a pint and remember the day fondly in years to come.
Bridesmaid dresses | Varied, some from Rewritten