Scotland meets London: fun + relaxed wedding day at The Islington Metal Works

Laura Devine + Adrian Laird

The Islington Metal Works, London

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Photography | Cotton Candy Photography

YOUNG LOVE

“We met while working in our local WHSmith in Hamilton when we were teenagers. We ended up moving into student accommodation next door to each other when we were both studying in Glasgow, but it took a long time for us to get together because we both kept going off to study and travel abroad separately,” says Laura.

“Eventually, Adie followed me down to London and the rest is history!”

THE PROPOSAL

Laura and Adie had been together for 4 years when Adie popped the question in January 2015 at a very romantic spot. “We were having lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. He had the most perfect rose gold, diamond and morganite ring,” says Laura.

“I had to go home myself on the Eurostar as Adie was still working in Paris for a few weeks. I think people thought I had been left at the alter because I was alone and just kept looking down at my ring and bubbling!” she laughs.

MAKING PLANS

“I enjoyed wedding planning so much that I started my own wedding blog, giving out tips and tricks I learned, and that has now kick-started my own wedding tasking and planning business – Devine Bride,” says Laura.

First priority for the couple was to find their dream venue, deciding on a London big day.

“We choose our ceremony venue because of the gorgeous art deco features that I knew would be amazing for photos even if it rained, and then we chose our reception venue because it was a blank canvas with an urban industrial feel that would be great for a mad Scottish party in London!” says the bride.

THEMESPIRATION

For a wedding completely personal to them, Laura didn’t stick to any set theme. “We wanted to incorporate elements of our Scottish heritage, but also include some London details since London has been our home for nearly 10 years,” Laura says.

“I didn’t want to limit myself with a colour theme; I just wanted our wedding to be one big party rather than a wedding! I choose my favourite flowers rather than my favourite colours. There were little flashes of red as we ended up with some creative tube signage and little London icons, like mini telephone boxes on our tables. Aside from that, everything else was kept quite neutral.”

DREAM DRESS

“My dress was Wing Gown by Catherine Deane. I had seen her designs on the American website BHLDN, and immediately fell in love with her styles. I traced her back to her studio in east London and, soon after I initially contacted them, a sample sale came up. I found the dress I dreamed of, in my exact size, so I knew it was meant to be!”

Keeping it a quiet affair, Laura went dress shopping with sister Rachel, who was her only bridesmaid. “We are very close. I was her only bridesmaid and her mine,” Laura says.

PRE-WEDDING PREP

With many friends and family travelling to London for the wedding, the couple arranged some casual drinks the night before. “It was fun but ended up turning into a bit of a party!  I got to sleep at 2am in the hotel beside our venue!”

“The morning of the wedding went by in a flash. I’m glad I never had any more bridesmaids because we started at 9am and only just made it through me, my sister and my mum with hair and make-up.”

TO THE I DO’S

The couple exchanged their vows in from of friends and family at Islington Town Hall. “We wanted a relaxed and Scottish feel to our day, so I walked in to Let’s Get Married by the Proclaimers, we signed the register to Caledonia and walked out to Del Amitri. It was fun!” Laura says.

“Being pronounced as husband and wife and finally getting to kiss, I just felt a massive wave of relief come over me, and knew I could relax from that moment on for the rest of the day.”

 

SCOTLAND MEETS LONDON

“I designed our invitations like London tube maps and, for our Scottish heritage, we added thistles to my flowers, and had mini bottles of Irn Bru as favours,” says Laura.

Laura’s favourite quirky detail of their big day was their very own Pudding Garden! “We weren’t keen on spending a fortune on a wedding cake, so we asked all of our local friends to bring a cake with them instead of a present.”

TIME TO PARTY

Kicking off the celebrations, the couple created bespoke cocktails for guests to enjoy.

“We had ‘Laura’s Sauchiehall Spritzer’ and ‘Adie’s Bow Bells’. Mine was a homage to where it all started for us, in our Sauchiehall Street student flats and Adie’s was a whisky cocktail, with a twist on where we live now in London, Bow.”

After Laura and Adie had their first dance to Lauryn Hill’s cover of Can’t Take My Eyes of Off You, the dancefloor was full and a band then DJ performed into the wee small hours. “We also had a massive glitter piñata that my friend made us! It was quite the party!”

HUSBAND + WIFE

Laura and Adie set off on honeymoon two weeks later. “We flew to Moorea via LA, then went on to Bora Bora, then Tahiti, then back via LA. We saved a fortune by booking the French Polynesian part through Easy Tahiti and booking our flights in the BA and Air France sale. We also asked for charity donations and honeymoon contributions as wedding gifts via Prezola.”

And how does it feel being man and wife? “It’s lovely that we’re now making plans for our future rather than just for a wedding.”

Photographer: Cotton Candy Photography | Ceremony venue: The Islington Town Hall | Reception venue: The Islington Metal Works | Stationery, Wedding Planning + Decor: Devine Bride | 

| Florist: Dansk Flowers Islington | Transport: Ensign Bus Hire |  Hair + Make-up: Tamara Tott Wedding Day MUA

| Entertainment: The Funk City Party Band + Discowed DJ | Favours: Tunnocks, Irn Bru, Devine Bride + charity donation via Prezola

| Bride’s dress: Catherine Deane | Bride’s accessories: Astley Clarke | Bride’s shoes: Dune London | Groom’s outfit: McCall’s Glasgow |

Bridesmaid dress: John Lewis | Rings: Astley ClarkeHeming Hatton Garden