real wedding –  Colourful, intimate Glasgow Wedding with just a photographer and a witness

19 August 2021

Traditionally, an elopement was thought of as two people running away to somewhere to get married, just the two of them. Nowadays, along with microweddings, intimate weddings and more, the definition has expanded; for example, you might have more guests at your elopement, or you might elope in your own city. The latter is exactly what Anne and Thabo did, resulting in a gorgeous, colourful, intimate Glasgow wedding that we’re so happy to be bringing you today.

Though they did get married in the same city in which they live – starting the day off getting ready together at home – Anne and Thabo’s wedding only had the requisite 2 witnesses: PJ Phillips, who was also their amazing photographer, and his friend. The theme of the wedding was “lockdown”, Anne and Thabo explain. “It was incredibly romantic and special for the two of us to do something that was only for us!”

The laidback wedding day started at home, where Anne and Thabo got ready together. Thabo wore a Stewart Christie suit, which he put on before helping Anne do up the zip of her white and gold polkadot Ted Baker midi dress. Anne also wore a flower crown in stunning shades of purple and pink, that matched the flowers in her (similarly jaw-dropping) carnivalesque bouquet from Wild Flower Workshop (we love what Barbara said about the flowers on her instagram, which was that she’s noticing a real moment for colourful bouquets at small, intimate weddings – and that she gets the feeling “there’s a good dose of hope and optimism on the horizon”. If this bouquet doesn’t make you feel optimistic and joyful, I don’t know what will!)

The ceremony took place at Glasgow City Chambers Registry Office, where Patrick and his friend acted as witnesses to their union (all whilst taking the gorgeous photos you see below – talk about multitasking, huh?). Both Anne’s engagement and wedding ring were matte gold beauties from Alison Macleod, and she also wore the Constellation necklace and Catkin studs, which her parents had bought her as a gift earlier in the year.

After the ceremony, Patrick took the couple for a wander and some portraits, hitting a few significant venues for them along the way. Then, it was back to their home, where their friends Elsie and Grant (the only two to know about the secret wedding!) had decorated the house with paper pompoms and bunting, and had organised a private chef for the 4 of them that evening. (Also – check out the wedding Crocs!)

We looooove this glorious Glasgow wedding – or, as Barbara described it, a city centre carnival for two – and hope you love poring over the gallery below as much as we did.

Congratulations Anne and Thabo, and thank you Patrick for sharing these beautiful photos!