A Gothic inspired Scottish Wedding at Sloans Glasgow

Today I am thrilled to share this Gothic inspired Scottish Wedding at Sloans Glasgow.

I love Glasgow, its my town, and a great city with its own unique energy and true Scottish grit.

Sloans is a characterful venue slap bang in the city centre and this was the perfect setting for Lesley and Gordons celebration of their life together.

Images were captured by Marc Bowker of One Big Picture Photography.

Marc is based in Greenock and captures alternative and creative Wedding Photography in Scotland, the UK & beyond.


I hand over to Lesley to share the couples story…


How did you meet?

I was living in London and we met through mutual friends when I was visiting Edinburgh.

We bonded over a love of music, gigs and football! We then started seeing each other long distance, Gordon in Glasgow and me in London.

We spend two years in a long distance relationship and then I moved to Glasgow.

Tell us about the Proposal…

In October 2017, we were on a 3 week trip by train, to London, Paris, Barcelona Valencia and Alicante.

In Paris, we headed to the Eiffel tower but it was all cordoned off, due to security so we headed for the Pont Neuf by tuktuk – a thrilling ride through Paris traffic.

We arrived at the Pont in one piece and Gordon started to write our initials on the padlock we had brought to attach to the bridge.

I was busy taking pictures, at which point he asked me what I thought, showed me the padlock, where he had written ‘will u marry me’ and attached the ring .

He had spend four days travelling by train from Glasgow with this ring in his pocket, paranoid he was going to lose it before making the proposal.

I said yes and we then celebrated for 3 weeks. Gordon did say that it was now my responsibility not to lose the ring and he could relax.

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

I have a background in project management so as soon as I got back, we started planning for the Wedding.

I was determined not to turn into Bridezilla although I think I became close a couple of times, everything was planned well in advance.

We were struggling to find a venue and wanted to get married fairly quickly and we just could not find something we both liked which would fit our theme of a slightly gothic style.

By chance we headed into Sloans for lunch one day, saw they had a ballroom and did events.

I’m not a native to Glasgow and we had just never been there so we headed up to see it and  thought it was perfect for our Big Black Ball.

We had always talked about wanting to have a celebration of our life together, whether we ever got married or not and given we have a love of the Gothic it was just perfect.

We finally spoke to Sloans and just had to change the date by a couple of weeks to the 3rd November to get the venue.

We then asked for recommendations with various suppliers and managed to get everyone we wanted.

We were really keen that the music was tour taste and that was about the most stressful part.

Our DJ, Stevie from LBJ entertainments was fantastic, including us in the process, letting us chose music which wasn’t to be played(we really hate a few particular records) and then on the day just keeping the whole thing going.

For my flowers, I really loved Betty Bluebell and although Emma was already fully booked, as it was quite a small ceremony, she agreed to do the flowers which were fantastic. I am so glad we were able to get her.

I was a bit stressed about the dress as it was difficult to get a black wedding dress.

I found Madara on Facebook and could not recommend her enough. Not only did she spend the time getting the design of the dress right, she was also getting married two months before me so was organising her own.

After meeting Madara and talking through what I wanted, I was completely relaxed about it and we made minor adjustments along the way. I was so pleased with it it was exactly how I wanted it.

Any special touches/DIY?

I sourced our wedding invites via the internet and also our wedding favours via Etsy – black shot glasses, with ‘till death us to part’ and a little picture of the grim reaper on it. Perfect for all our guests(who tend to like a drink).

I then ordered heart shaped tablet(a Scottish sweet) to put into the glasses – with a couple of good friends, we spent the day making up the favours and drinking champagne.

We also didn’t want a traditional wedding book so we again used Etsy and has a poster made up with record outlines and then asked everyone to sign it with their well-wishes. This is now hanging in our living room as a reminder of the day.

For the ceremony we used a Handfasting and had it made with stags head charms – I married into the Forbes clan and its their family crest.

What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?

Black and Gothic. We asked all guests to wear predominantly black. We wanted something a bit different and it was really funny that some people thought Id be in white.

What was the best bit of your day?

Every bit was great, but walking into the reception to Motorhead, ace of spades, and then seeing everyone enjoying themselves, was just exactly what we wanted.

Everyone commented the music was great, and the love in the room was amazing .

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

Work together on it, compromise a bit and decide what the key items are and spend the money on that.

We ended up not having a cake as we just didn’t think it made sense.

Make sure you plan the day together and spend time to enjoy the day, don’t worry about the details during your day, enjoy it.

Something will always go wrong, its just a matter of whats important – the day will be over before you know it.


Wedding Suppliers

Photographer – One Big Picture Photography

Venue – Grand Ballroom at Sloans – Glasgow

Wedding Dress – Made by Madara – BAAD (Barras Art and Design)

Kilt – Grooms own

Florist – Betty Bluebell

Rings – Engagement – Diamonds International in Argyle Arcade. and Wedding rings – SH Jewellery in Morningside – Edinburgh. (Designer Hannah Louise Lamb designed the ring – a skyline ring with Edinburgh and Glasgow skyline joined – our home towns.)

Stationery –  Niteowlstudio on Zazzle

Make up/Hair stylist – Space NK makeup / Lisa at Curlers – Giffnock

DJ – Stevie from LBJ entertainments


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