Today I am really excited to share this beautiful Scottish Gay Wedding at Mar Hall with a palette of pink and blue.
I have been blessed to know Paul for some years and was excited to find out that he and Jim were to re – tie the knot.
Together they run The Big Gay Wedding Directory, an amazing resource for gay couples.
Images of the day were captured by Trevor at Silver Photography.
Paul and Jims journey has been frought with obstacles but their story proves that for them and so many others LOVE will find a way.
While planning their own Civil partnership in 2006, it became apparent that many companies out there knew nothing about civil partnerships.
They heard several nightmares of stories of friends being turned away at appointments when they arrived with their partner/ mentioned that their enquiry was for a gay wedding, being told categorically that they were not interested in their business.
Wedding companies and venues started advertising as stocking suitable products for civil partnerships.
In the case of some of the venues, saying that they now catered for civil partnerships but didn’t really grasp what a civil partnership was
So in October 2007 they organised Scotland’s first Civil Partnership Wedding Show.
After its success they soon realised that gay couples needed just as much, if not more help to organise their civil partnership, and so 6 months later The Big Gay Wedding Directory was born.
The Directory is dedicated to providing same-sex couples with a comprehensive list of resources and services to help them plan their marriage.
With the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Act at the turn of the year both wanted to re – affirm marriage vows and their love to each other…
Paul and Jim had put a lot of thought into their day.
They had fallen in love with Mar Hall and they spend the odd night there through the year because they like it so much.
They were very specific about the way they wanted their ceremony and dining room to look and their effort had paid off brilliantly.
The couple discussed with Trevor, their Photographer the photographs they were looking for in great length before the day itself and decided to take the step of doing all of their photoshoot before the ceremony.
All dressed and ready, and with light much better in the morning than it would have been in the afternoon, they took a stroll around the gardens for a few portraits and pictures by the beautiful big tree before the ceremony and reception.
I hand over to Paul…
How did you meet?
“We met on a Saturday night at the dancing in Glasgow in 1999.”
“I was from Edinburgh and came through just on a spur of the moment visit.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in 2003 in New York.”
“I proposed up the Empire State building on a very windy morning.”
“For some reasons the camera didn’t work so we had to go back up the following day to take pictures again.”
“We initially wed in Civil Partnership in 2006.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“It’s has been great fun. 3 years in the planning bringing in all aspects of our life.”
“The main goal of the day was for all the guests of that day to have fun and to feel special.”
“Everything we did and everyone we used for our wedding day exceeded our expectations as you will see from the pictures.”
“It was no easy task picking suppliers as we have so many talented wedding companies out there on our directory, we certainly were not disappointed in who we chose.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on September 27th 2015 and my Birthday.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“The our best bit of the day was being able to call each other Husband for the first time.”
“Jim says that he enjoyed the whole day from the start to the finish and has never been so relaxed and chilled out.”
“I would have been the same if the emotions hadn’t crept in.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Choose to have a great venue with a great event planner and choose a professional toastmaster to run your day.”
“We had no concerns , didn’t know if anything went wrong and they made us so relaxed from start to finish.”
“One other piece of advice would be GO OVERBOARD WITH THE FLOWERS and invest in a string quartet – nothing beats live music.”
“Our guests loved it especially through the drinks reception.”
Thank you so much to Trevor for sharing his extraordinary photography, and to Paul and Jim for sharing their lovely story and a stunning look into their stylish and personal celebration.
I think the opening image says it all, a wonderful contented look and embrace that says “You are mine and I am so happy…”
Photographer – Silver photography
Venue – Mar Hall
Celebrant – Angie Alexandra – Interfaith Minister
Stationery – Bespoke Wedding Stationery
Venue Dressing – 88 Events
Flowers – Lorraine Wood Flowers
Cake – Liggy’s Cakes
Day favours – Kimbles
Evening Favours – Homemade by Jim
ToastMaster – Brian Baxter
Piper – Arkeleston Piping
Fireworks – 21cc Fireworks
String Quartet – Strings Aloud
Evening Entertainment – Ginny and the Tonic
Wedding Tails – Tails of the unexpecTed – TedBaker
Shoes – Jeffrey West