14th April 2015
“Choosing our venue was the first decision we made. We wanted to have a relaxed day without any moving about and we knew that we wanted to get married in Ayrshire. We chose Lochgreen House in Troon because of its beautiful setting, which offered the chance to go and get some photographs on the beach.
We opted for a civil ceremony as neither of us is religious. Our registrar, Evelyn Walker, was very good. She helped us stay calm even when Carly’s car broke down en route to the venue! We asked the pianist from the band to play before she arrived. He played some of our favourite songs including the theme song to Jurassic Park. When Carly arrived he switched to Born to Run!
We chose our flowers (tulips) quite early on and used their colours to match the overall theme – subtle whites and pinks which then featured in the bridesmaid dresses and table decorations. My dad is a professional photographer so he was always going to take the pictures, but we also roped in my mum to make the cake – we have a cottage wedding industry in the family! The cake was great, with simple white icing and a sweep of chocolate-decorated strawberries from the base to the top tier.
The wedding favours for the male guests were Tunnock’s Tea Cakes – I must confess to having a mild addiction! We also had an Instamatic camera set up outside the room for our DIY guest book.
Carly’s dad’s speech was excellent, but the dancing at the end of the night was definitely the highlight. It was great to see everyone up on their feet. We have a homemade video of the whole day and this is the part that we keep watching back. There are a few snippets we could use for blackmail!
Top tip: When people tell you that it takes a long time to plan, don’t believe them. We managed to do it in six months without much stress.”