An interview with…..

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For my latest blog post, I thought it was about time I featured another of my weddings….. and then I decided it would be nice to do it a bit differently this time! So rather than me telling the story, I’ve left it to my bride to tell her story in the form of an interview. I was thrilled to be part of Arielle’s wedding in July last year…. read on for the story…

So Arielle, tell us about how you met your fiancé…

bride with arms around groom

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Phil Gorry Photography

I met Craig at Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock where we both volunteered as kitchen assistants. It turned out we both attended the same high school, which had merged only a few months earlier! It wasn’t until we went to Strathclyde University and took the same bus together on the way there and back – often on purpose, even if that meant we had to wait a half hour or hour for the other person – that we became friends and finally boyfriend and girlfriend, as many of our family assumed we were already!

Where did you get married and who was in your wedding party?

We got married at the Gleddoch House Hotel in Langbank. As the vast majority of our guests come from Inverclyde, where we’re both from, it made the most sense to go somewhere local. Although we actually ended up loving the Gleddoch so much that if we had the chance to do it again, we’d happily choose this venue! We’ve been living in the Falkirk area for the last two years, so we did a lot of running back and forth between Inverclyde and Falkirk most weekends leading up to the wedding!!

bride fixing her earring

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Phil Gorry Photography

Sarah had her hands full with my wedding troop – along with my hair and makeup, Sarah did my aunt’s and bridesmaid’s hair, and hair and makeup for my two “honorary bridesmaids”, as I liked to refer to them! With the small army of people coming and going from the room, happening to coincide with when I was getting my hair and makeup done, Sarah didn’t falter and managed to get everybody looking fantastic in time for the ceremony!

How did you go about choosing your wedding hair and makeup artist?

A friend at work recommend Sarah so I had a look at her Facebook page and website and immediately saw a hairstyle that I loved. I also thought all of her hairstyles/makeup styles were really on point. I don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis but others in the wedding party do and I felt there were a great range of styles that would suit us all.

Tell us about your trial, and why you picked the hair and makeup styles that you did? 

Back of bride showing braided hairstyle

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Phil Gorry Photography

I had never had my hair or makeup professionally done before so I was a bit nervous. However, Sarah put me at ease with her friendly professional manner. I knew which hairstyle I wanted having looked on the gallery. However, I didn’t have the foggiest idea what I wanted for makeup apart from it being subtle and still looking like me. I asked Sarah to do what she thought was best and I think she absolutely nailed it!

Were you nervous on your wedding morning and during the bridal prep?

On the morning of the wedding I didn’t have enough time to be nervous as there was a whole host of people coming and going out of the room – videographer, photographer, florist, events coordinator and humanist to name but a few! Sarah was excellent the whole morning, even staying longer than necessary to adjust my veil and put fake eyelashes on for my bridesmaid.

Once my hair and makeup was done I hardly remember what happened next as I began getting nervous about the thought of walking down the aisle with lots of people looking at me – I’ve never been a fan of public speaking and it was daunting thinking of saying my vows in front of over 70 people! I don’t even remember or know if I managed to say bye to Sarah and thank her! (Don’t worry Arielle, you did :-))

Bride sitting in chair getting makeup done

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Phil Gorry Photography

And lastly, tell us about your favourite memory from your wedding day…. 

Apart from the obvious, I think one of my favourite memories was taking a moment sitting at the top table to look around at my family and friends sharing our special day. Another favourite moment was the surprise wedding singers I had organised. I had managed to keep it a secret from all wedding guests – even my husband! – and the surprise on their faces was worth a year of keeping it hush!


Thanks so much Arielle for letting me interview you. It was a pleasure to be part of your big day and I had a lovely morning getting you all ready. Hopefully I’ll see you again soon for the next special occasion!

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