Disneyland meets Halloween themed wedding at Burnhouse Manor, Ayrshire

Autumn is probably my favourite season for Scottish weddings. Doesn’t the scenery look picture perfect dotted with crisp, burnt orange leaves?

Gillian and Christopher agree, and they planned a very special Halloween wedding paying tribute to Chris’s proposal in Disneyland! Using a bold colour palette and lots of Halloween Disney touches, this pair had a day that was so unique to them. And that floral crown – to die for!

Check out the pics and hear what bride Gillian had to say about her DIY day… 

From the very start, we knew we wouldn’t have a stereotypical wedding day. We got engaged at Disneyland Paris at Halloween, so as soon as we started planning our wedding we knew we had to have a Halloween at Disneyland theme!

The day was small and intimate with 50 of our closest friends and family at Burnhouse Manor in Beith, Ayrshire. We chose the venue for a few reasons. Firstly, the setting is stunning and in autumn, the first thing you see approaching the venue is a tree-lined drive with a blanket of orange leaves covering it. Inside, the manor is welcoming, warm and homely. It has that special character that we just didn’t feel in other venues.

The staff were wonderful throughout the planning process and on the day; afterwards, they said that they’d never had a wedding quite like ours!

We loved planning our wedding. We’d sit on a Saturday night with a glass of wine and get stuck into crafting things. There were really stressful times along the way when we would question if we were doing the right thing by making a lot of the details ourselves, but looking back we wouldn’t have done it any other way. It was all worth it to make our day personal and unique to us.

Our colours were purple and orange, and we had lots of pumpkins dotted around with Disney villains everywhere. My florist Gez shared my vision and created the most stunning bouquet and floral crown for me. The colours popped so much. Our stationery was all made by me because I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted anywhere else. I sourced some really cool confetti from Sugar Stop Co. called Witches Brew and Unicorn Poop! The guests loved it, and it made for some of our favourite photos. 

Our photographer Anna Maria went above and beyond what we had hoped for. We’ve had people stop us in the street to say they’ve seen our photos and loved them!

Also, David, our videographer, was amazing. Together, they made such a fantastic team. We were actually really sad when they had to leave on the day! It was great to have them there.

There were a couple of parts of the day that just stood out to us.

Firstly, that moment of watching the last two years’ worth of planning and stress come to life exactly how we imagined it would. It was a mad rush the few days before to finish it all, but just before midnight on our wedding eve, we finished the final flourish and then stood back to take it all in.

Two years of crafting and meltdowns right in from of our eyes. It was amazing! It had us, and our obsession with Halloween and Disneyland stamped all over it.

Another stand out moment was having our son there, standing beside us beaming with pride as we took our vows.

He passed our rings to us in a coffin ring holder! He was desperately waiting for our wedding day because it meant that Chris would officially be his step dad. Chris is his only father figure so it meant the world to him, and us.

The day was as much about our son as it was about the two of us.

The day after our wedding was actually quite bittersweet.

The day was all over, but we were now Mr and Mrs McDonald! We used every opportunity the next day to call each other husband and wife, just because we could.

Being someone’s wife or husband is just the best feeling! 

Venue: Burnhouse Manor | Photographer: Ana Maria Laska Photography | Videographer: MGC Films | Celebrant: Lisa Graham from North Ayrshire Council

Dress: Callista at Amo Sposa | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy + Chi Chi London | Groomsmen: Kilts 4 U

Cake: Cakes by Linzi | Florist: Folky Dokey

Hair: Heavenly Hair by Claire Montgomery | Make-up: Jacqui Harrow Make Up Artist