The crazy snow didn’t stop Linzi and Craig from pulling off a seriously fun wedding at Gleddoch Hotel near Glasgow; even though the wedding was in March, the Beast from the East struck and chaos ensured before the celebrations. With help from great Scottish wedding suppliers, friends and family, the wedding went as planned!
Find out more about the day from bride Linzi, and check out these fantastic shots from Tandem Photo…
“Craig and I met at high school and had been together for 10 years before tying the knot, so we are typical high school sweethearts! The engagement caught me completely by surprise.
We both had two weeks’ off work on holiday and on the first day of our break, I had been out dropping my parents at the airport. I returned home and found a post-it note with a clue on it, my first clue in a treasure hunt!
I eventually got to a personalised book that Craig had written and out fell the last clue. It was a postcode and a list of things to pack. I drove to the address on Loch Lomond, and Craig was there. He got down on one knee on a little beach overlooking the loch and asked me to marry him.
We were so excited to search for our dream wedding venue, it was important for us to have it in a location where our guests could really relax, unwind and spend the weekend. We found that in Gleddoch Hotel in Langbank. The facilities and rooms were beautiful and coupled with stunning views it was the perfect place to have our wedding.
With the weather being so snowy, the hotel were faced with lots of challenges but did such an amazing job to ensure everything ran smoothly for us.
We had quite a big wedding day with 100 guests during the day and another 20 in the evening. Aside from the feeling of having all of our friends and family around us, one of the most memorable parts had to be the the winter wonderland that we never imagined we would have!
Our wedding day was 3rd March, the year before I remember it being a gorgeous spring day with the sun shining, so never did we expect that one year on the Beast from the East would rear its head a couple of days before the wedding.
Whilst it was extremely stressful in the days leading up with the airports being closed, deliveries to the hotel being cancelled and my dress and ring being stuck in shop, by some miracle everything worked out; most of our guests made it, and we had the most spectacular backdrop to say our vows in front of!
When I look back at our photos, I am so delighted with how they look and our day was made even more special by the lengths that our friends and family went to be with us as we became Mr & Mrs Geddes. Our photographers from Tandem Photo were fantastic. Audrey was the nicest person and made us, and our guests, feel so at ease in her company.
From day one, we were sure that Craig and his groomsmen would wear kilts but we knew there needed to be a modern twist and they had to tie in with the bridesmaid dresses.
I went shopping first with the girls and found the most beautiful dresses in a lavender colour, after this we started looking at tartans and found a contemporary grey and purple one called ‘Scottish Spirit’, from Slaters Menswear, which tied everything together perfectly.
My dress was from Sarah Louise Bridal in Glasgow. I fell in love with it instantly when I tried it on, and the team at the boutique were so professional. Having my alterations done by their excellent seamstress made it really stress free.
One of the most personal parts of the day, and planning, was definitely our ceremony. We wrote it all and had two readings; one by my husband’s dad and another by one of our friends.
One of the most special elements of our day was definitely the gospel choir. They sang as our guests arrived, as I walked down the aisle and during certain parts of the ceremony.
We wanted our guests to know as soon as they arrived that our wedding was to be a fun, upbeat and happy celebration, and the choir captured this essence perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for better entertainment.
One of our really good friends at Speciality Cakes made our cake. It was marble to tie in with our stationary and colour scheme with gorgeous fresh purple flowers. She helped us choose the flavours with the most amazing cake tasting and we ended up going for victoria sponge, lemon drizzle, and toffee in the different tiers.
She did an amazing job and it was so lovely to know she was involved in making it and it fitted our wedding perfectly.
We also did a balloon release where each of our guests got one to let off into the air with a tag to be returned if it was found. It looked beautiful for the photos and we got a response from one which was found in Tiree!
Married life is perfect; having been together 10 years we already knew each other inside out but cementing it with marriage feels amazing and we are now a team for life.”
Hair: Kirklands | Make-up: Lesley Neil Makeup Artist
Balloons: Jewels Custom Balloons