Our featured Ap bride today is the fabulous Rhona, who planned a fairly traditional Scottish Wedding and blended this with her own quirky elements including a dog and pair of converse trainers!
Rhona and Craig meet through a mutual friend, who cheekily set them up when Rhona was studying for her post-grad!
“…when Craig walked in to my class one day, I just burst out laughing but Craig thought I was being cheeky so was going to mark me down in class! It was only when I spoke to him afterwards that he realised that he knew me! We got together a few months later after I graduated.”
We are so delighted to share today’s love story and wish Craig and Rhona a lifetime of happiness...
WAS THE PROPOSAL A SURPRISE?:
It was a complete surprise, so much so that I was on a dry shampoo day! It happened on a Wednesday night. I had arranged to catch up with my best friend for dinner after work, although, as it turned out, it was all a ruse. My friend and I were walking along Partick Bridge, just beyond Kelvingrove Art Gallery, when all of a sudden, she stopped in the middle of the bridge and handed me an envelope with my name on it in Craig’s handwriting. I opened the envelope and it contained a note of everything that Craig had done in the lead up to that moment (e.g. enlisting my friend for help, finding out what my favourite spot in Glasgow was, seeking permission from my mum etc). The last thing the note said was that I needed to turn around. I was all in a fluster coz I had an idea of what was happening but couldn’t quite believe it, so instead of turning myself around, I turned the page over ha!
My friend had to physically turn me around and, when I did, I saw Craig walking along the bridge towards me with the ring in his hand. The rest, as they say, is history! Being local, it is lovely being able to go by the spot where we got engaged whenever we like. We also returned to the bridge on our wedding day for photographs!
WHAT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST ABOUT HIM?
There is so much to admire about him! He is incredibly kind and generous. He has also been very successful in his career at such a young age, which, being in the same industry, I find very inspiring. He is so supportive and arrived in my life at a time in my life when I needed him most, having just lost my father. He picked me up, put me back together and brought my mum and I into his family. He is a wonderful man.
TELL US HOW YOU/ THEY CHOSE YOUR RING?:
A Glasgow classic, Craig popped into the Argyle Arcade to have a look in the sparkly windows in advance of the proposal. He had researched the 4Cs (cut, colour, clarity and carat) and ultimately settled on a classic solitaire diamond on a platinum band from Laings. It was and is absolutely perfect!
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING STYLE IN 3 Words?
Personal, romantic and fun!
WHEN YOU SAID YES WHAT DID YOU PLAN FIRST?
I think the first thing we settled on was the reception venue. Craig and I are both from Glasgow, live in Glasgow and got engaged in Glasgow so we knew we wanted to source a venue in Glasgow. We also knew that we needed a BIG venue as Craig has a huge family. In the end, we only saw one venue and that was The Courtyard at West on the Green, in the iconic Templeton Building. It is an amazing space, with its own bar and facilities, plus a sizeable bridal room and a view into the brewery itself. We booked it as soon as we found out it had a 1am licence! The lovely thing about choosing West was that it allowed us to have a nod to each side of our heritage.
We had booked the wedding ceremony to take place in my church in the West End of Glasgow where I am from. By having the reception at West, this meant that we were able to continue our celebrations in the East End of Glasgow where Craig is from. After a bit of research, we also discovered that some of his family members had worked in the Templeton Building when it was an operating factory. It really was a very personal wedding.
WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT TOOK YOU BUY SURPRISE WHEN PLANNING THE BIG DAY?
Probably how easily it all came together! Once we had settled on the reception venue, everything else just fell into place.
WHICH DRESS DID YOU CHOOSE?
I ended up choosing an AP Couture dress, which was designed in house at Anne Priscilla. The lovely thing about choosing an AP Couture dress was that I got to meet the designer and seamstress who put it together for me. It was completely custom made.
HOW MANY DRESSES DID YOU TRY ON BEFORE FINDING "THE ONE”?
I visited a total of three shops and, between them, I tried on around 20 dresses. In the end, I ended up back in the very first shop I visited with the lovely girls at Anne Priscilla.
HOW DID YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAD FOUND THE DRESS?
Irony of ironies, I initially discounted the dress I ended up with because it was strapless! However, there was no other dress that compared to it for me! It was clean, it was classic, it showed off my womanly curves and it was absolutely the right choice for me. We combined the dress with a fabulous jacket by Augusta Jones and a beautiful belt, which was my something borrowed from a very close friend who lives in Australia. I felt absolutely amazing!
WAS YOUR PARTNER SURPRISED WITH YOUR DRESS CHOICE?
I think he was surprised to find out that the dress was strapless - you really couldn’t tell because of the jacket! He wasn't too surprised by the fit and flare style though - he knew I was never going to be a princess bride!
WHO DID YOU TAKE SHOPPING, AND WHO HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE?
I brought my mum, Craig’s mum and my bridesmaids, one of whom joined us by Skype as she lives in South Africa! We had such a fun time together and they all helped me to come to the decision! My chief bridesmaid, Sara, really helped when it came to the accessories!
WHO WAS YOUR STYLIST AND HOW DID THEY HELP YOU?
I was assisted by Ashleigh, who was just a superstar from start to finish. She listened to the vision I had for my style and made it a reality!
DID YOU BREAK ANY BRIDAL TRADITION?
Our wedding was fairly traditional but, because my father had passed away, I asked my dad’s nephew to give me away. It meant so much to me to be given away by my dad’s side of the family and, by having Iain with me at that moment, I also had my dad there too. Iain handled the situation with great sensitivity and gave an absolutely amazing speech at the reception!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT IN YOUR WEDDING DAY?
That’s a tough question - we had so many amazing moments! One of our favourites was being met at West on the Green by the owners and Brian the brewery dog! He had had a bath for the occasion and met us wearing a bow tie! We managed to get a lovely photograph with him outside the venue! It was also lovely to walk through the beer garden together as husband and wife. It was such a sunny day and the garden was packed with people, who all cheered and clapped for us as we walked through to the reception. Another special moment was sitting at our top table and looking out to see all of our friends and family sitting together at their tables, laughing and having a good time. Our day was everything we could have hoped for.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DANCE AS MR & MRS?
We chose an absolute 80s classic - Waiting For a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl. This was the first song we ever danced to together so it felt like the appropriate choice for our first dance as husband and wife. It was expertly covered by our amazing wedding band, Funk Nation! You can see the video of it here!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER BRIDES-TO-BE?
Bring a spare pair of shoes! I had a pair of Converse with me because I was determined to spend most of my night on the dance floor and having fun!
WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BECOMING A MRS?
The best part of becoming a Mrs is that we are simply continuing on our lives together. It hasn’t changed us - we’re simply continuing on our journey together.
WHATS THE BEST RELATIONSHIP ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
The greatest marriages are built on team work and mutual respect
Rhona’s LITTLE WHITE BOOK
The bride's dress - AP Couture
The Bridesmaids- Phase Eight
The bride's shoes - Ted Baker (these were my something blue!)
The groom wore - Arran Mist kilt by MacGregor MacDuff
Photographer - Simonsstudio
Videographer - Scott Mackenzie Wedding Films
Make Up - Louise Hamill
Hair - Karen @ Essensuals, Glasgow
Cars - Ultimate Private Hire
Florist - Lavender Blue
Band - Funk Nation
Cake – Designer Cakes by Paige
Rings - Laings