Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Glasgow Micro Wedding with pretty pink and green elements at Dakota in the bustling city centre.
Images were captured by Lj Horton Photography.
Lj Horton Photography is Lesley Jayne, a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Edinburgh and Lothian, covering all of Scotland and beyond.
Her style of photography is light, airy and relaxed focusing on natural emotion in beautiful, romantic images full of light and love that will remain timeless for years to come.
Lesley Jayne says of the couples day…
Loved being part of Joanne and Fraser’s a beautiful Glasgow micro wedding. They were married in Autumn 2020 in the heart of Glasgow City Centre in a lovely intimate affair.
They had booked the very stylish Dakota Deluxe Glasgow as their wedding venue, and planned a fabulous wee wedding with their closest family and friends.
I absolutely loved Joanne’s bridal style, wearing a really gorgeous dress with beautiful lace detail and a very autumnal green shawl. This looked just amazing with her delicate bouquet of pink roses and foliage. Fraser looked very dapper too kilted up for the day.
Joanne and Fraser had a lovely meaningful wedding ceremony followed by a chilled and relaxed afternoon celebrating with drinks and amazing food.
They then we went for a walk in the city streets for some amazing newly married portraits late in the afternoon just in time for golden hour.
Stunning Bride Joanne shares the couples love story, and tells us about their Glasgow Micro Wedding…
How did you meet?
We were introduced by a mutual friend.
We swapped texts for a few days then met for a drink in a wee dive bar in Glasgow and it carried on from there.
The mutual friend ended up being the best man!
Tell us about the proposal…
Our proposal story starts probably a year before we actually got engaged.
I had been at an afternoon tea with my mum and we had a look around the shops afterwards, before I knew it my mum had me in a jewellers trying on engagement rings and sipping prosecco!
Fraser found out about this afterwards and I was braced for him freaking out but he surprised me by giving me a hug and saying maybe someday.
From then we had discussed the idea of marriage once or twice over the months and we finally decided to go ring shopping after a lovely week away with our puppy Eddy.
We ended up in the same shop I had been in with my mum and we picked the same ring I had loved from the year before.
Fraser still got on one knee to ask the question with wee Eddy jumping all over him on the floor.
So no big romantic gestures but it was just perfect for us.
How did Covid change your wedding plans?
We both had very different ideas of what would make the perfect wedding but eventually came to a compromise.
Then Covid happened and changed everything!
Originally we were getting married at a bigger venue with about 60 day guests and another 70 or so added to the evening but we had to re-think over all of our options from postponing to massively reducing our numbers, to eloping.
The one thing we agreed on quickly is that we didn’t want to postpone, we wanted to be married and how we did it didn’t seem as important as making that commitment.
We decided on a venue change more suitable for smaller numbers. We had already booked a suite in the Dakota hotel as a treat for after the wedding so it just made sense to see if they could accommodate the full day.
They were amazing with us and did everything they could to make the day as special as possible.
We were the first wedding they had ever held so I think some of the staff were as excited as us!
We also had to change our booking with The Cartel, the band we had booked for the reception.
We went from having the full band creating a big party for us to having Chris, the lead singer and guitarist performing an acoustic set throughout the ceremony and during drinks afterwards.
He was a complete gem adapting with us as the rules changed. It was great to be able to have the songs that are meaningful to us included in our day in such a special way.
Best bit about the day?
The whole day was great from start to finish but we loved the fact that because our numbers were so small, just 9 including us, we were able to spend a lot of time together as a group.
The Dakota hotel staff were so great with giving us space to sit together in a beautiful but relaxed environment.
We spent the evening together chatting and enjoying one anothers company. It was lovely to be able to share our day with our families and closest friends when that wasn’t something we could guarantee in the weeks running up to the wedding.
Personally I was also a massive fan of the 10pm curfew that was in place at the time! I took full advantage of that by having a bath in our beautiful suite to relax at the end of the day.
What advice would you give to couples planning a wedding just now?
Try to be as fluid as you can be, especially in times like these when things can change quickly out with your control. Know what you’re willing to compromise on and what is essential to you.
Have an open mind to other types of weddings than what you first envisioned. I always had a thing for small weddings but Fraser couldn’t imagine it but he loved it in the end.
Our Glasgow Micro wedding turned out so intimate and special.
And make sure you get a good photographer! I’m not a fan of getting my photo taken, to the point where I considered not getting a photographer at all but I’m so glad that I found LJ Horton.
She was brilliant all day and made me so comfortable. It was like having another friend with me boosting my confidence and capturing all the special moments.
We now have beautiful pictures to treasure and I would be so disappointed if we didn’t have those memories to look back on in years to come.
Glasgow Micro Wedding Suppliers
Venue: Dakota Hotel – Glasgow City Centre
Photographer: LJ Horton Photography
Wedding Dress: Pamela Jayne Bridal – Bonnybridge
Shoes: Pale pink trainers – ASOS
Hair Slide: Vualia – Etsy
Bridesmaids Dress (Gail) – eBay (she’s very eco friendly and wanted to find something that could be reused)
Shawl: eBay bargain (£4)
Kilts: Slater Menswear
Celebrant: Glasgow Council Registrar
Florist: Willow and Wisteria Flowers
Make Up: Glow with Gail
Hair: Laura Hynds – Me Time
Singer: Chris – The Cartel Music Band
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