We were married on 26th May 2012 at Boturich Castle. We were engaged in June 2010 and married in May 2012… almost two years later. Huge thanks to the brilliant Rooftop Mosaic for their images of the day.
Almost convinced Boturich wasn’t what we were looking for on our drive up there, after seeing venue after venue after venue, we fell in love with it straight away. Don’t get me wrong, this venue is HIGH risk, you are really relying on the weather being kind to you here in the hills surrounding Loch Lomond, but when it does, nothing surpasses the fantastic views that Laura and Ruaridh who live there are lucky to see every day.
Being a designer I was keen to get onto the ‘feel’ of the day. I heard about someone who had a ‘colour explosion’ theme and I thought that sounded up my street, especially for our flowers. I started collecting old jars for our arrangements and ended up with almost 200. We really didn’t go for one specific theme … our stationery was based around ‘animals in love’ starting with owls on our invites.
Paul was a groomzilla! Okay I exaggerate, but he was very involved in the organisation of our wedding, especially when it came to logistics for guests getting to and from the venue and such like.
My dress was from Perfection Bridal in Glasgow’s Merchant City. My dress had some serious bling on the bodice and beaded buttons down the back, some people called it a fishtail but I didn’t really see it like that. All I knew was that I COULD NOT BREATHE in this dress, but it looked so fabulous on it had to be the one. I wore a really long veil which had tiny sparkles through it and Benjamin Roberts ‘Gaga’ shoes – covered in Swarovski crystals.
For the bridesmaids dresses and the boys kilts we went for royal blue; Dessy dresses for the girls ordered from a fabulous online boutique called Joielle, I received the most excellent service from the girls there, and the Royal Pride tartan hired from McCalls in Glasgow. This tartan was designed in celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement, incorporating the royal blue of the dress she wore on the day they made the announcement. Paul and I had travelled down to London for the Royal Wedding in April 2011 so there was no better tartan to choose!
We were married by the Humanist Celebrant Tim Maguire who came out from Edinburgh and was a huge hit with our guests. The ceremony was so personal as we had written most of it ourselves.
Three years on I can say that my clearest memories of our wedding day are probably some of the bad bits like being stuck in a stand still on the Erskine Bridge for an hour and discovering an oil stain on my dress just after saying I do. I am so glad we have our photos and video to look back on to remind me of the most amazing day of our lives and the special moments I had with Paul, as those bits are quite blurry in my mind…
We had a ‘Wishing Tree’ idea for a guestbook, this was one of the best things at our wedding; each place card was a tag for writing a message on the back with some ribbon for hanging onto a tree out in the grounds. My poor bridesmaids and ushers had the task of taking all these down at midnight, however, it was much appreciated as reading them the next day meant so much. I stuck them all into a photo album about a year after the wedding!
Some of our music was inspired by a Friends episode. Phoebe had a steel drum band as she walked down the aisle and I had my heart set on this. We had the Wade Austin Steel Drum Band play during our ceremony and reception – it was truly awesome!
The advice I would give if anyone is planning a wedding and feeling overwhelmed is to go with your instinct, I am usually slated by jumping into things too quickly but we found for our wedding that your instinct is usually right and we didn’t waste time looking for alternatives once we’d seen things we loved.