Stylish city centre wedding with fresh green colour scheme + vintage Cadillac at Arta, Glasgow

As a Glasgow girl, I’ve got a real soft spot for weddings that have taken place in the city I call home.

Glasgow might not be as classically beautiful as Edinburgh, but what we lack in polish we make up for with spades of personality and style – two things that Thomas and Tracey’s wedding had no shortage of!

The couple got married at Merchant City wedding venue Arta last April, and their wedding photos, taken by Emma Gray Photography, make my heart sing. The shot of the couple beside their green vintage Cadillac in front of the Barrowlands is an absolute cracker.

Check out the pics and hear what bride Tracey has to say about the day…

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Bizarrely, I knew Thomas was The One when we both found out that neither one of us liked Valentine’s Day (which happened to be the day our first date fell on). We agreed that this shouldn’t be the only day you show love for one another. Tell each other and show each other every single day.

The proposal happened on the 5th anniversary of our first date, on a jetty in Oban.

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

We both love Spanish culture and food. On our first visit to Arta we knew it was the place for us due to its rustic charm and eclectic mix of furniture and antiques.

I made signs for the reception myself using decorative frames and brown paper. These were placed around the venue along with objects that people could use (e.g a basket of flips flops with a sign saying ‘for your dancing feet’).

The colour scheme was green as it’s my favourite colour. I always knew I wanted green shoes and it just went from there!

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

I felt quite apprehensive about dress shopping as, unlike most girls, I don’t really like wedding dresses. I looked in lots of magazines for ideas and the only thing that leapt out at me was when I saw shorter-style dresses.

I couldn’t imagine myself in a floor-length style. But I went to plenty of shops with an open mind and tried different styles.

In the end I found a dress that I really liked from Pamela Jayne’s Bridal in Bonnybridge. It was ivory duchess satin, very plain (no bling) and a 50s’ style. The only subtle detail was a slit on the neckline and a bow on the front. I had the dress altered, adding a rise and fall hemline and a halter neck with satin buttons.

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

My sister Charlene was my maid of honour, and our one-year-old daughter, Georgia, was our flower girl. Our seven-year-old son, Lucas, was Thomas’ ‘Best Boy’ (self-titled!).

Charlene had her dress designed and made by Maggie McAllister. Her dress was bottle green and the style was inspired by a picture of Marilyn Monroe; a 50s-style wiggle dress with oversized bow detail.

Georgia’s dress was made from excess material from my dress alterations and was a mini-me version of my dress.

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

We hired a 1958 vintage Cadillac named ‘Flo’ in fresh mint green. Our driver Slavko was brilliant. He drove all the way from Dumfries for us!

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Thomas and I are not religious so we chose to have a humanist ceremony with a sand ceremony added to include our kids.

We had a harpist, Sarah MacNeil, who played Glasgow Love Theme beautifully for my entrance song. It felt right walking down the stairs (I didn’t have an aisle) to marry Thomas. I had butterflies but that was with excitement.

It was very emotional saying our vows. We had written them ourselves so they were very personal.

We both included a few comic ones to lighten the mood; one of mine was “I promise to buy HP Sauce from now on and not just the cheap stuff” and one of Thomas’ was “I promise not to roll my eyes when you tell me about your latest find on Gumtree.” This made it easier to get through without crying!

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Thomas and I made the decision to leave the venue to have photos taken at Glasgow Green just after the ceremony. It was the best decision as it gave us an hour together to absorb that we were now husband and wife.

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

We chose a tapas-style sharing meal as we felt this would break down barriers and get people talking, plus it’s our favourite food.

The speechers were great. I was especially proud of Thomas and Lucas. Thomas is very shy and I didn’t know how he would be with public speaking. I need not have worried; he was articulate, emotional and witty… and he remembered to thank everyone!

Lucas, as our ‘Best Boy’, made his speech standing on a chair, which stole the show. Our hearts were swollen with pride. He incorporated a funny poem which brought the house down. Well done to our super-star son for being brave enough to stand in front of all those people at the age of seven and make a speech.

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Emma Gray Photography Arta

Our first dance was We Are Stars by The Pierces. The band is relatively unknown but Thomas plays this on the guitar and I sing it. The words are beautiful and fitted a first dance: “I see nothing worse than to sail this universe without you.”

Arta performed a petal drop where they scattered rose petals over Thomas and I while we danced. It was stunning and we could hear gasps from the crowd as they didn’t know it was going to happen.

Most people say that it doesn’t feel any different to be married, but we both agree that we feel happier and more content. I think it’s knowing that the person you love has chosen to spend their life with you. That’s a beautiful thing.

Venue: Arta | Photographer: Emma Gray Photography | Videographer: Steeshie Love

Transport: Dumfries Limo | Dress: The House of Nicholas at Pamela Jayne’s Bridal | Alterations: Sew Eazy | Bridesmaid and flower girls dresses: Maggie McAllister | Groom’s tux: John Lewis

Cake: Shirley’s Cakes | Caterers: Hudson Catering | Florist: Pauline’s Florist

Stationery: Larbert Print & Design | Celebrant (and hair and make-up artist): Kirsty Harvey