jenny + donald | carnegie hall

Jenny and Donald were married on 15th August at Jenny's parents house in Edderton, then Carnegie Hall, Clashmore for the reception. They were engaged for around 18 months, but started planning the wedding a year in advance. Huge thanks to Steven from Steven Gallagher Photography for sharing his images of their amazing day, at home! You can catch Steven on his website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We’re both from the Highlands and knew that we wanted to get married close to home. Having looked at a few different places, we were struggling to find anywhere that suited the type of wedding we were after - something low key and relaxed. We were at my mum and dad’s one weekend and jokingly suggested that we should just get married in their garden."

"Although it started out as a joke, we thought about it for a few weeks before deciding that we could actually make it work. It’s a beautiful spot and after it was on the table as a realistic option, I couldn’t imagine anywhere more personal or relaxed to get married. Thankfully my parents didn’t freak out at the idea and were a massive support in arranging the practicalities of holding a wedding there!"

"Carnegie Hall in Clashmore is a beautiful village hall just 10 minutes away from Edderton, so it was an easy choice for the reception."

"Seeing it all come together at the end! It was a massive relief that we managed to pull it off and that the day went exactly how we had wanted it to go. "

"Donald was very involved. He was a big help with everything, from the logistics to the wee details like the favours, and in the last couple of days before the wedding itself when we were all running around like mad things, he was a life saver. Your wedding day is the first stage of your married life together, so it seemed only natural that we should both be involved in planning it."

"Finding a wedding dress was pretty painless, thankfully. I only went to one shop in Glasgow with a couple of my bridesmaids, tried on about four dresses and decided that I was going to go for it -  it was a Maggie Sottero dress, with a satin slip overlaid with lace. I managed to find it online for a lot cheaper than in the shop as well, which was a bonus!"

"We had a Humanist ceremony as we liked how personal they were."

"We both loved the entire day. Arriving at the house and seeing Donald and so many of our friends and family all there, was quite overwhelming for me, just knowing that everyone had made an effort to be there for us both. "

"My sister Katie surprised us at the end of the ceremony with a fiddle tune that she had composed for Donald and I, which was really special."

"I don’t think I could pick out one favourite detail, I was just really happy that everything had come together and people were having a good time but it was a proper team effort!"

"Donald’s mum had sewed metres and metres of bunting and filled the hall with flowers from her garden for us, my dad designed the invitations and him and my mum pretty much rebuilt parts of the garden so that it was more suited for a ceremony."

"We spent a fair few hours collecting 7 inch records as our favours and became experts with a wee hand stamping kit which we used to personalise bits and pieces for the tables."

"Donald and his dad are petrolheads so cars featured pretty heavily in the day! Our tables were named after cars that Donald has owned, he and his best man arrived in his Ford Escort Mark II RS2000 that he’d rebuilt from scratch and I arrived in his mum and dad’s beautiful old Morris Minor."

"I think we bit off more than we anticipated but it meant that we were all so involved in the planning and it just made the day all the more special - without our parents, our sisters Katie and Mae, and their partners Jo and David, we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off and we definitely felt very lucky to have such loving and supportive family and friends."

"Walking into the garden and seeing Donald waiting at the gate. I have a very clear memory of the end of the night as well, when we were dancing in the middle of all our guests, and just having a really fun time!"

"Plan the wedding that suits you and your partner - don’t be bound by tradition or expectation."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: “The Tin House”, Edderton then Carnegie Hall, Clashmore

Band: Muzo-Matic

Florist: Myself and our mums!

Stationery: My dad designed our invites

Photographer: Steven Gallagher

Videographer: Boda Productions

Photobooth: Betty Booth

Caterers: Prestige Highland Catering

Cakes: The Garden Cakery

All of our suppliers were great and went out of their way for us but we were delighted with the way that our photographer Steven documented the day - he made us feel totally at ease, took really natural photos and didn’t make us spent ages away from the party!