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Michael & Lisa

Michael & Lisa

On 25th June 2016 at Rowallan Castle, Kilmaurs, Scotland, Michael and Lisa said 'I do'. Here they share their day with you.

We both wanted a relaxed, comfortable day but that featured elegance and some lovely vintage touches too. We got married at Rowallan Castle which had a lot of original features and outstanding décor. We were keen to have our style in keeping with this so we weren’t looking for anything too modern to take away from this. Personally, I love anything old fashioned looking but with a modern/quirky twist. We wanted also for soft, pastel features so this carried from the grey/blush bridesmaid dresses through to the table décor and the bouquets. Both my husband l work in the hospitality trade so overall we wanted everyone to feel at home and relaxed and even though it was a castle venue it had a lovely homely feel too.

The day before we helped set up all our lovely features that we had chosen. I hate to admit I am a perfectionist so was keen to be there to help and assist with the final touches. Unfortunately our place names that we had spent hours making had gone astray so there was a little stress but were finally found. Looking back it is amazing what stresses you out…

The day of the wedding myself and my two bridesmaids (sister - Nona & friend – Hazel) got ready at the venue as well as enjoyed our breakfast there whilst enjoying some champagne of course. I was keen for the morning of to be very relaxed and for all the suppliers to enjoy the day also so asked them to tuck into breakfast too. That morning I had asked the photographers, Ross & Gill from Number 94 Photography to capture Michael opening the gift l had bought him, a watch box handmade by Jonathan at JB Woodworks which was personalised and enclosed a new watch for the big day.

Our whole wedding was at Rowallan Castle coordinated by the outstanding Liz (who really did coordinate a military efficient day but who had built such an amazing relationship with us prior and understood our every need), which really helped as although it was sunny the morning of and during our photos (we were very lucky) the rest of the day it rained. I had taken my wellies to be fully prepared as we live in Scotland and was lucky they didn’t need to be used.

Our ceremony was relaxed also with some lovely unconventional poems such as ‘Don’t Squeeze my Shoes’, our handfasting part where we had chosen tartans to represent both sides of our family and beautiful music from Amarone Music who were kind enough to accept our request of Calvin Harris ‘Summer’ for walking back up the aisle together.

We were keen to spend as much time with our family and friends (as well as dodge the rain) so we kept our family photos and time away from the guests to a minimum before the meal. Michael and l had decided very early on we wanted a cheesecake (cake made of cheese) as we love cheese so rather than it being cut and eaten only in the evening we decided to make it part of our day and serve it as a 4th course. We had also added vintage teacups to everyone’s place setting which ‘Vintage Venues’ had kindly supplied where the guests favours were held (Hendricks for the ladies & Monkey Shoulder for the guys) with lovely tags made by Lucy Faulkes who had created all of our wedding stationary as well as the welcome board and table plan (our love of the drinks industry due to our jobs made us to decide to call our table names after our favourite bars we had visited all over the world together). As part of Michael’s speech we asked everyone to pour their favour into their teacup and had supplied some tonic, elderflower presse etc for people to mix with for his toast which was lovely to see with a full room drinking and toasting from vintage teacups.

After an array of emotional, hilarious and perhaps nerve-wracking speeches we kept the guests entertained with our own beer brewed at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow with ‘Happily Ever After’ & ‘Boozie Woories’ and with our polaroid guestbook which we haven’t actually read yet as were keen to keep a little of our wedding for us to see at a later date. We didn’t want to leave out my nephew Jude and his friend also so we made up lego boxes with items such as yoyos, whoopee cushions, bubbles, curly straws and capri-suns.

In the evening the music was provided by the amazing ‘The Jack Dames’ who played us into the early hours of the morning with old and new songs to keep all the guests entertained which was followed by some late whiskies by those staying in the castle that evening. For those in the morning who had stayed we provided little hangover kits with the necessities to deal with the Woore Wedding hangover the next day.

Often people say not to get stressed by the trivial things and that may be sound knowledge for some but l am so glad l did. Those small details l feel were what made our day so unique and special to us. We both (yes we both, surprising l know) spent hours making wooden hand made luggage tags with everyone’s names on them but we felt those little things (even though stressful at times) made our day so special and it was lovely to hear so many of our guests appreciate all the little things we had done to make their day more enjoyable and unique for them too.

I had so many people advise me to enjoy every minute and l can’t emphasise the importance of those words. The day really goes that fast! Don’t also be dictated by suppliers or the venue, yes they are there for the day to run as smoothly as possible but if you want to take a further 10 minutes to chat to friends/family a little longer than take that time, it is your day and you should be able to enjoy it and finally those all-important few moments you have with your new husband are precious. We ended up walking up from where we got our photos taken just the two of us and those precious moments were truly blissful and allowed us to truly appreciate that we had just got married! Can we do it all again?

With thanks to:

Rowallan Castle - Venue

Anne Priscilla – Wedding Dress: Pronovias, Veil & Belt: Stewart Parvin

Number 94 Photography – Photographer 

White Balloon Films – Videographer

Opus Couture, West Kilbride – Badgley Mischka Shoes 

Badgley Mischka – Bridal Shoes 

David’s Bridal – Vera Wang White Bridesmaid Dresses 

Vintage Venues – Table Décor, styling & centrepieces 

Amarone Music – Ceremony & Reception Music 

Lucy Faulke – Stationary 

Emma Leigh Makeup Artist – Makeup & Hair 

Lily Luna – Edinburgh Boutique Jewellery Shop – Hair Chain 

George Mewes – Cheesecake 

Jack Dames – Evening Reception Band 

Three Tiers and Tea – Wedding Cake 

Flowers by Sam – Samantha Kennedy a close friend

JB Woodworks – Watch Box for gift from Bride to Groom 

Ivory & Co – Bridal Earrings 

Bercott Diamonds – Wedding Rings 

Mackenzie Menswear - Groomsmen

Linda Miller East Ayrshire Registrar - Celebrant

Mike Farrell - Piper

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