Let us cut back once more to a little over one year ago, to the big day in Glasgow when Julie & John officially became “The Talls”. (Official wedding day blogging delayed by higher priority anniversary vaca + subsequent MBA class prep…)
The day before the wedding, we suggested a day trip to Edinburgh to our guests, sending them on their way with one of my favorite Popout Maps of both Edinburgh & Glasgow. John & I remained in Glasgow to relax & finish final wedding-day prep activities, i.e. a hasty table plan + a last minute decision to get my dress steamed. That evening, I arranged to meet the bridal party at my favorite Glasgow pub (Ben Nevis) for a quick prep discussion & perhaps one cheeky pint. Famous last words.
You always hear stories about the brides who go on crazy diets for the month before their wedding and/or wouldn’t dream of ingesting any fatty foods or alcohol in the days before the event, lest they puff up like a tick for the big day. Well, my “last meal” as a singleton was a fried fish supper from the chippy down the road, followed by an impromptu near-bachelorette party drinking numerous pints of lager until midnight and playing an intense game of Dance Ball (not appreciated by our fellow middle-aged Glaswegian pub-goers). And it was fantastic. Some additional Carmanns even made an appearnance.
The boys + a few of the ladies had a similar pre-wedding get-together at my 2nd favorite pub, The Goat. However, I do not believe it entailed any Dance Ball, which I can only assume made it inferior to ours.
Needless to say, the evening offered just the calm, relaxing experience traditionally hoped for before a wedding. The big event was held at House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, an amazing facility designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (excellent Scottish architect who is somewhat Frank Lloyd Wright-esque). Located in beautiful Bellahouston Park, we chose it because of its unique design, gorgeous setting, and super-tasty food. We held the ceremony as well as reception there, thanks to the support of the fantastic Pastor McNally that my mom found at St. Columba’s Lutheran Church. All went smoothly, thanks to great support from Gillian & James @ HAL, Ken Thompson of Team Thomson Photography, and wittily-named ceilidh band Ceilidh Minogue, who talked all of us novices through some very fun Scottish highland dancing. Anyway, enough chit-chat; here’s a few favorite pics courtesy Ken!! (click on individual photos to enlarge a bit)
Thanks for letting me take a quick trip back to our fun times in Scotland last May! We will now return to your regularly scheduled programming of Mexico, so expect a post on our recent anniversary trip to Huatulco this week… honest…