Back in July 2013 I had an email from Becca & Joe in the USA asking if I had any availability to shoot their House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography in May of 2014. A quick check of my diary saw me free. “But where is this place Becca writes about?” I thought. A quick check on the internet revealed a quite unique place situated in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.

Inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover combines art gallery and exhibition space, events venue, café, multipurpose artists studios and magnificent visitor attraction into one unique and inspiring venue. You can read more about this amazing house by clicking on the link above, but essentially the house was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901, work started on the house in 1989 and it was opened in 1996!

Armed with a little more knowledge about the venue I had a facetime meeting over the Atlantic with Becca and a few days later they booked. I decided that I’d take the family up to Glasgow for a long weekend Friday to Monday as the wedding was on the Sunday. We took in some of the sights of Glasgow and I even managed to catch extra time in the FA cup final and cheer on my beloved Arsenal to victory over Hull!

Becca and Joe have provided me with some words about their amazing day and I’ve interspersed their words with a few images… enjoy!

“We knew we wanted to get married in Becca’s home town of Glasgow, and that we wanted a venue that would let us to do everything in a single place and give our international guests a flavour of Scotland. House for an Art Lover was the perfect find!  We loved the simplicity and elegance of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs, and the fact that we could move from one room to another for each part of the day. Each room has a distinct Mackintosh style, but they are all very different from one another.  The music room, where we had dinner, was what sold it for us though – the light and details are incredible.

House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography - Becca's arrival at the house.
House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography – Becca’s arrival at the house.

The staff at House for an Art Lover were also what made it for us. They were brilliant – really accommodating, professional and relaxed. Putting together the wedding from overseas meant that we couldn’t get in to see them in person until a couple of days before the wedding – but they dealt with our dozens of ridiculously detailed emails very patiently and put our minds at ease!

We really wanted our wedding to be intimate and inclusive: to be about our guests and our families, who had flown from all over the world to celebrate with us, as much as it was about us. And we wanted it to be fun and relaxed. Technically we were already married – we had signed our papers at the courthouse in Washington DC almost a year to the day before our wedding celebration in Scotland – so we had our closest friends “officiate” our celebration in Scotland. They kept the details a surprise from us, and got all of the guests to contribute, which made it extremely fun and personal. Such happy memories!

House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography - an Emotive Ceremony
House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography – an Emotive Ceremony

We LOVED having Ian as our wedding photographer. He was so relaxed, friendly and non-intrusive, and mixed in so well with our wedding guests! We wanted photos that were not traditional posed pictures. Rather, we wanted to remember the day as it actually was. We loved the fact that Ian’s photos tell the story of the day – and every time we look at them we remember brilliant, fun and important moments.”

Becca: “I’m completely obsessed with them. My favourite thing is when guests come over to our apartment and ask if I’d mind them looking at our wedding book – “Mind?! No way! I’ll tell you the story behind every picture. You’re here for two hours now”. I’m that person!”.

House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography - Becca & Joe's grand entrance to the reception
House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography – Becca & Joe’s grand entrance to the reception

“We really loved all our suppliers, from start to finish. Becca bought her dress in the US from Modern Trousseau, and Joe had a tartan bow tie made to give a bit of variation to his tux. Kylie Macbeth from The Aisle did Becca’s hair and make up, and Becca’s mum handmade all the bridesmaid’s dresses!

Becca has a long-standing love of VW combi vans, so we had one for our wedding car – it looked great in the photos! Jenny’s Cakes made us a Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired cake, which was both gorgeous and delicious! Our flowers were by Mood Flowers, and had a touch of Scottish in the thistles.

House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography - The father of the bride's speech.
House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography – The father of the bride’s speech.

And then, of course, the music. It was really important to us to have great music and a fun atmosphere. Andy Lucas played us down the aisle, and kept us entertained throughout the dinner and cocktails. And we had Callanish as our band for dancing – an AMAZING mix of ceilidh music (which went down well with our international guests, who had never been to a ceilidh before!) and pop covers. They really did an amazing job of keeping everyone on their feet and dancing.

Our advice for other couples planning their weddings? Forget the rulebook – don’t be scared to do things differently if you want to. Just have fun, listen to your heart and make it your own!”

House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography - The First Dance
House for an Art Lover Wedding Photography – The First Dance
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