The Info—Photography: Lillian & Leonard Weddings, London Wedding Photographers (APW sponsors) / Venue: Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland, UK / Caterer: Avenu Hospitality / Band/DJ: The Young Evils / Cake: Sugar & Spice / Flowers: Florette / Hotel: Carlton George / Horse & Carriage: Prestige Carriages / Transport: Glasgow Airport Cabs / Anna’s Dress: Custom by Kiko’s House of Couture / Kevin’s Kilt: Hector Russell / Maid of Honor, Best Person and Flower Girl Dresses: Nordstrom
Other cool stuff we should know about: Anna was born in London, Kevin was born in New Jersey, and now they both live in Seattle. With our friends and family scattered all around the globe we decided the best way to not favor any one family and keep our wedding small and intimate, what better than to get married in Scotland! Anna’s mother and her side of the family are from Glasgow after all, so everything seemed to fall in place pretty easily. The internet is a wonderful thing, as we were able to find and coordinate most everything we needed for the big day from afar, and then made a trip over for one week to finalize most everything else in person. As two total music nerds, we also knew that we needed music that best represented us. After all, Kevin did have one of Anna’s favorite songwriters, Eef Barzaley of Clem Snide, write a song that he proposed with. During the ceremony there was to be no “Pachabel’s Canon in D” or “Bridal March,” but rather instrumental covers of songs we love and fit the occasion. Songs involved in our wedding day: “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies (groom’s entrance), “Air on a G String” by Bach (Bride’s entrance), “Sing” by Travis (signing of the registrar), “We are the Champions” by Queen (the recessional), and “Lovely Tonight” by Josh Radin (First Dance). We also knew we wanted both a band, but not a cover band, and a DJ to play our reception, so we reached out to Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer of The Young Evils and brought the two of them over to provide both.
One word sum up of the wedding vibe: Personal. Our ceremony was a family affair. Iain, Anna’s brother, played a large role in the ceremony itself while sister Fiona, took on the role of Maid of Honor and Kevin’s sister, Karen, the Best Groomswoman. The Flower Girls were Anna’s nieces Ava and Micah. We decided to write our own vows and kept everything but the last line, which we had written together, a secret until the ceremony. We made sure that every component of the wedding had a bit of both Anna and Kevin, but also represented and thought about our guests. From every handmade invitation to personalized messages for each guest from the bride and the groom included in their favors, we wanted to make sure the forty-six people in the room knew that they were our nearest and dearest, and that Kevin and Anna would not be the same, or even together, without each one of them.
Favorite thing about the wedding: It’s hard to pick just one… Anna would say it’s either our vows, the guests’ surprise at their messages, the band, our moment away and alone in the carriage as husband and wife. Kevin would lean towards the turnout for our wedding, getting to have it in Scotland, and getting so many of our friends to show up in kilts.