Melanie Morgan and Dr Hazem Ismail
27th June 2018
“Our actual wedding ceremony was in a registrars in Kuwait, where we live. We wanted to do something to celebrate with family here, so booked Old Kilmun House for the weekend and 19 people came to stay. We had a formal dinner on the first night and a wedding brunch and barbeque the next day.
We were looking for a venue in a beautiful setting with a real traditional Scottish feel, and when we found this in Kilmun we thought the styling should tie in. We had lots of rustic Scottish touches and unique aspects that were personal to us.
We tried to do as much of the wedding ourselves to make it special. The confetti was made from roses in our garden, and the favours were a mix of homemade liqueurs and bath salts that I made with my parents using berries and botanicals that they grew. We decorated the dining room at the house with flowers from the grounds with the help of the fantastic housekeeper Caroline. I even cooked the wedding dinner! My friend Gary is a chef so he took over for the brunch and then my brother was in charge of the BBQ in the evening.
We went quad biking after brunch, and after a very late night it was the ultimate pick-me-up.”
Top tip: “Don’t feel pressured into having a big costly event with hundreds of guests. Invite the people you are closest to and want to share your day with.”