Tracey and Glenn were married on the 2nd of June 2018 and hosted their ceremony and reception at The Hedges Hotel, Antrim. Whether it’s the beauty of the area (highlighted by Game of Thrones), or the fact that Tracey and Glenn are a fun loving couple, I knew this wedding would be one to remember. Check out their wedding blog here with all the info and photos from their day!
Here, I caught up with both Tracey and Glenn to get an account of their wedding day, in this Mr and Mrs style interview. Their answers are golden!
Biggest surprise of the day
He said: When they brought the projector out to show my best man’s speech as he couldn’t make it due to a recent amputation, the buggers had me in tears. Freaking mongooses.
She said: Glenn’s friend – who was also his best man – lives in England and couldn’t make it to the wedding. Unfortunately, he had a very serious motorbike accident a couple of years ago and finally got the date through to have his leg amputated, which was too close to the wedding to allow him to fly over. So basically we worked together to surprise Glenn with a video recording of Chris’s best man speech. It was a massive surprise to Glenn! His face was a picture when we played the video during the speeches and it was a surprise for me that I actually managed to keep it a secret from Glenn. Anyone who knows Glenn will know that you can’t keep anything from him.
Best moment of the day
He said: When the speech was finished!! No, it would have been in the morning when Roy (Tracey’s Dad) turned up to give me the buttonhole. The look of nerves on his face and the shakiness of his hands… brilliant.
She said: There are two moments which stand out for me; the first is that moment when Dad walked me down the aisle to Glenn – that feeling will never leave me; the second was the speeches. Everyone did so well! My Dad was extremely nervous about his speech but he completely smashed it. It was a great speech and of course Glenn did a fantastic speech too (although he is a talker, haha).
How were you feeling before the ceremony?
He said: Grand! I was ironing all the shirts for my party, and having a few drinks and a laugh. Sure, I knew Tracey was definitely for turning up (albeit, she was always going to be late).
She said: I was genuinely feeling really calm but at the same time excited for the ceremony from the moment I woke up. I actually had a bit of a sleep-in on the morning with my girls, Emily and Amelia, while my mum and sister were up running around like headless chickens trying to get ready. I was feeling nice and chilled out until the moment I had to put my wedding dress on. Then everyone went into a mad panic and in the rush of things I managed to get a big red lipstick stain on my dress. Complete nightmare! Thankfully, my Aunt Kelly was on hand and managed to get it out before we left, so crisis averted. When I arrived at the venue and was waiting outside the ceremony room, that was when the nerves kicked in.
How did you feel when you saw your other half for the first time?
He said: I turned to my best man seconds before we had to stand and told him: “Shit, I’m gonna cry” and he then said: “Stop being a fruit and man up”. And true to form, I had tears in my eyes as Tracey was walking down the aisle and my chin was trembling. Then Tracey told me to stop or her make-up would run.
She said: Glenn and I are usually really chilled out when it comes to certain situations but when we caught each other’s eyes as I was walking down the aisle, the both of us started to well up. It was a very emotional moment.
How would you describe the style of your wedding?
He said: Modern and traditional (if there is such a thing).
She said: Our wedding itself was very chilled out and relaxed, which suited Glenn and I to a T. The theme to our wedding was very rustic, which complemented our venue, The Dark Hedges Estate, where we held our ceremony in their converted barn.
What was the most fun thing about wedding planning?
He said: Was there a fun side? Tracey took control and asked for my input and went with the opposite, which turned out to be spot on in fairness.
She said: I’ll be totally honest and say it wasn’t the typical girly choice of picking my wedding dress, it was actually choosing the cake as we had great fun at the caking tastings. The cake was the first thing we booked. We had our priorities right! Who needs a venue as long as we all had cake to eat?! I also really enjoyed picking the men’s suits. It was really nice to sit back and watch the most important men in my life get together and get suited up.
What was the most difficult thing to agree on?
He said: Where do I begin? Umm, it would be who to invite. Bloody nightmare (I mean, best day ever!).
She said: Ohh, we may not even agree on what we couldn’t agree on, haha! I would say not that we couldn’t agree, it just took me a while to convince Glenn that we needed a live band to play on the night. In the end he knew I was right and agreed.
How does it feel to be married?
He said: No different in all honesty. I loved her then and I love her now. And I feel like an adult with the wedding ring on.
She said: It honestly doesn’t feel any different but in a good way. Glenn and I lived together with our two little girls beforehand so our family unit hasn’t changed any. Other than instead of getting Tracey I now get “the wife”! Although, the wedding did add that extra buzz around the house, as the girls were just as excited as Glenn and I.
How was your honeymoon?
He said: There are two answers to this question, and I’m going to go with the safe one in case I got verbally abused… It was great to be away. I would have loved for it to have been longer. Plus, I had a photo taken with a sea lion and was told I should be on telly. So a win for me.
She said: We are literally just home from our honeymoon and it was well worth the wait. It was lovely to get away for a couple of days, just the two of us.
Any advice for other couples?
He said: Be happy, be goofy and enjoy every minute. Do what’s good for you both and forget the rest. Have dates, have fights but never stop loving each other. I heard that marriage is a marathon, not a sprint. I disagree as all races come to an end – marriage is forever.
She said: Simply enjoy every minute of your day. Everyone told Glenn and I beforehand that our day will fly by and it really did. So make the most of every second and don’t get too stressed out with the planning.
However, my main piece of advice for any couple who have just got engaged is to book Michael Love as their photographer! You will not be disappointed. He adds a personal touch to each wedding. You can tell he just loves what he does and cares about making your day that extra bit special. I honestly can’t recommend him enough. I had so many people coming up to me asking who he was as he was just so lovely and made everyone feel at ease.
Sum up your day in a single sentence.
He said: Genuinely the best day ever… the golf buggy was the best!! I mean, marrying my best friend was one of the proudest moments of my life… So far.
She said: Our wedding day is one I will treasure forever. Sharing it with our little girls and close friends and family made it extra special.