Alana McDicken and Gordon Neil

2nd October 2015

Venue | Dumfries House, Ayrshire
Photography | Brown’s Photography

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“Choosing Dumfries House was an easy decision. My mum had worked there for a few years, so I knew how stunning it was. It was also important to us that we had a venue that few of our friends and family had been to before. Just before our wedding, Gordon was offered a job there so it has extra significance now!

We had a humanist ceremony led by celebrant Maggie Roebuck. The individual and personal nature of a humanist ceremony really appealed to us and Maggie was great at helping us create the informal feel we were aiming for. Our friends and family played a major role which was really important to us.

My dress was very simple but with the right amount of detail to make it special.  I knew almost immediately that it was the right dress for me. Although I didn’t have a particular look or style in mind before shopping, I was instantly drawn to this one at Opus Couture.

There were so many memorable moments throughout the day! One particular stand-out moment was at my mum’s house right before we left for the venue. The bridesmaids had left already so I was excited to get going but my Mum refused to leave until she had put the washing in the tumble dryer and folded a pile of towels!

Gordon’s highlight was when the piper began playing Highland Cathedral as I was about to walk down the aisle. All of our guests have commented on this too as there were a lot of tears at this point – but not from me which was a huge surprise to everyone!

Top tip: Don’t let planning stress you out. It might sound a bit clichéd, but it’s really important to keep a focus on why you’re getting married and what you both want from the day.”

Dress & bridesmaids Opus Couture
Headpiece Ella Bulloch
Flowers Red Red Rose
Film maker Adore Weddings
Rings The Jewel Room
Entertainment The Unknowns
Transport Classic Scottish Wedding Cars
Hair Cherry Cherry Hair by Loredana
Makeup Jacqui Harrow

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