Isobel and Blair
Isobel and Blair got married on 23rd August 2014 at Westwood Parish Church and then celebrated in stye at the Strathaven Hotel. Here they share their special day.
'We wanted a classic, elegant but relaxed day and chose a subtle pearl and lace theme which we tried to incorporate into the invitations, table plan, table stationary, my dress and all the flowers. Blair wore his family tartan so it was important for us to match the colour to the decorations and bridesmaid dresses as much as possible. Luckily, blue always has been one of my favourite colours!'
'The day was incredible from beginning to end, though it all went so fast! The weather was cloudy and windy in the morning but by the time we got to the church the sun was shining. My mum gave me away and delivered the traditional father of the bride speech as my dad died many years ago. They were both such emotional moments for her and I, but really made the day. The sun really came out at the reception and we were able to have drinks on the lawn whilst getting our photographs taken before a fantastic meal and a brilliant evening reception where the band kept everyone on the dance floor.'
'The most memorable moment of the day, however, was arriving at the church on time only to be told the minister was nowhere to be found! For a moment, no one really knew what to do. I was panicking in the car and Blair was panicking inside. Fortunately the minister turned up a few moments later but all the guests just assumed it was me that was late! It's funny now, looking back, as we had planned everything so meticulously, yet it was one of the few things we couldn't control.'
'Our favourite wedding detail was definitely the two huge John Deere tractors parked at the reception. They were a nod to Blair's farming background and his current sales job and everyone loved them. We've seen a number of pictures of our guests trying to climb on them after one too many, with one guest even managing to switch one of them on!'
'To reflect the fact we were both born in the 80s, all of our tables were named after 80s TV programmes with the top table appropriately named He-Man & She-Ra. On a more intimate note, we were married in the church where my dad had been minister and we had organised Cancer Research charity favours (brooches for the girls and whisky for the boys) in his memory which felt deeply personal. There's also a plaque in the church to his memory and one of my favourite pictures from the day is my mum, my gran and I standing in front of it before the ceremony.'
'Our advice is don't stress over the little things. Your guests won't notice if certain things don't exactly match and, on the day, you'll be having too much fun to care! Think about a round top table instead of the traditional long one for your meal. It means you can talk to everyone at the table and you don't feel quite so much on display. Also make sure you both take a quiet moment together just to take a breath and watch what's going on around you as it really is the fastest day of your life. We wish we could relive the whole day again!'
Photogrphy - Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography
Cake - Jenny's Cakes
Cars - Bothwell Bridal Cars
Make up - Lucy McLean Makeup
Videography - White Balloon Films
Wedding stationery - Perfect Pages Stationery
Flowers - Allison's Flowers
Music - The Jack Dames Wedding Band