2nd November 2017
“Ewen and I have worked in hospitality over the years, so that gave us a good idea of what we didn’t want in a venue. This became a theme throughout our wedding planning – we had no idea what we wanted, but found it much easier to eliminate things we definitely didn’t like!
The only venue we viewed was The Caves, and we fell in love instantly. It was so atmospheric, with quirky hidden snugs and a massive high ceiling in the main vault. I got a kick out of telling our guests we were getting married in a cave – no-one knew what to expect.
After we booked our band, a music theme developed to fit the lively party atmosphere we wanted to create. Our invites looked like records, we had album covers instead of table names and instead of a table plan, there was boxes of records with a guest’s name on each. Everyone got a little confused and thought ‘their’ vinyl could be taken home and exasperated ushers had to step in and sort it all out. It made us giggle and the venue provided a standard table plan when it all went to pot.
I had six bridesmaids and Ewan had two best men and four ushers. Having such a big bridal party could have been problematic, but it was amazing to share our day with our closest friends and we had loads of fun in the run up making favours and having flower-arranging nights. I managed to get the bridesmaids’ dresses for £30 each which was a big help!”
Top tip: “Try some DIY. Ewan and I made our own sloe gin from berries picked from the estate we live on, my mum made shawls for the bridesmaids and Ewan’s mum put together the buttonholes and flowers for the venue.”
Dress Gwenne Wedding Services
Bridesmaids’ dresses BlackButterfly
Groomswear The groom wore his late grandpa’s kilt, additional Highlandwear from Slanj Kilts
Cake 3D Cakes
Flowers Buttonholes and centrepieces by the groom’s mum and bouquets from Carols Creations
Stationery The Wonder of Ink
Transport Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Hair Signature Hair by Kirstie