5th November 2016
“We got married on Bonfire Night – it was amazing for save the dates (remember, remember the 5th of November!). Duncan’s dad has passed away and it was also his birthday, so we thought it’d be a lovely way to include him in our day.
We chose Blairquhan Castle for the ceremony and reception. We wanted somewhere we could take over for the weekend and make it our own. It’s set in beautiful grounds and the salon (where we had our service) was just perfect; it felt quite church-like. After we booked the venue we discovered that Duncan’s dad used to shoot on the estate so perhaps we’d been guided from above.
I love winter and the cosiness that comes with it, so my key words when speaking to our suppliers were magical, candlelight and wintery. I may have mentioned Narnia once or twice too. The main colours were white and gold and I wanted everything to have a subtle sparkle.
We have a little pug called Hector who we dote on, so we knew he had to be included in the day. Our wedding invitations were illustrations of us with Hector in the middle. We also love Harry Potter so for our table plan we arranged the books with bookmarks hanging from them with illustrations of pugs playing out scenes from the relevant book.
Our caterers Ginger Snap were just incredible. When I met Tania I asked for a winter wedding menu that had a little bit of magic and she certainly delivered. Our pudding was homemade gingerbread with miniature toffee apple and popping candy. I almost cried when she told me, and yes, it really was as good as it sounds.
Our showstopper was the fireworks display. We had a beautiful crisp night and everyone was outside in the pitch black when little sparks started going off to ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ from the Harry Potter films and then the firework’s momentum built. It was so bewitching.”
Top tip: “It’s a tale as old as time but you will never please everyone so just make sure to please yourselves. And if you’re set on something and other people don’t ‘get it’, who cares? Your day, your way!”
Dress La Novia
Veil and headpiece La Novia
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ dresses Sarah Louise Bridal
Groomswear Stewart Christie & Co
Pug waistcoat, collar and lead Bowzos
Rings Lucie Campbell
Catering Ginger Snap
Cake Liggy’s Cake Company
Stationery Victoria Whincup Illustration
Flowers Little Botanica
Filmmaker White Balloon Films
Venue decor Ambience Ayrshire
Entertainment Celtic Twist, Andy Lucas on piano and ceilidh by Bahookie
Fireworks Midnight Storm
Hair and makeup Asteria Bridal