Dreamy wedding with bespoke dress + details at Rowallan Castle, Ayrshire

Sometimes, I look at a set of wedding photographs and I get a particular feeling “ it’s not so much warm and fuzzy, but rather floaty and dreamy; this wedding gave me all those feels.

It’s easy to get that way about the photography of Craig and Eva Sanders though “ they manage to make every day they capture look extra special. Luckily for them, Mhairi and Daniel’s day was already completely stand out.

As a former interior designer who now works in high fashion for Burberry, Mhairi was always going to put her own unique stamp on the day and managed to make it look special from start to finish. That dress! That cape!! So much inspiration.

Bride Mhairi tells us all about the day¦

“If your venue is beautiful and full of character like Rowallan Castle is then you want to try and dress it, rather than distract from it.

I wanted the day to be understated and classic, with timeless styling and an effortless feeling of made-to-measure, just for us, throughout.

We got married in the castle grounds “ miraculously the weather was on our side “ followed by canapés on the lawn and dinner in the ballroom.

The flexibility of our space allowed us to personalise it in a way I could only imagine. We loved the challenge of re-thinking the space concept and doing something different with the layout.

As part of the personalisation, we wanted to add lots of individual touches to the day like a luxury breakfast in the bridal suite on the morning of the wedding for all the girls; we flooded the venue with Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candles and the ladies received Burberry lip glosses as favours.

The dress! I wanted to change from a ballgown to a cocktail dress at night, for sheer comfort if nothing else.

I originally met the designer, Stewart Parvin, in a Glasgow boutique where he was showcasing his new collection. His designs are classic and timeless and all dresses are custom made to fit you and your personality perfectly.

I booked an appointment at a boutique in London and together, we created the dress of my dreams; four looks based around one classic lace column dress. My custom made cape was made by a friend.

Mhairi’s wedding planning advice

–        Don’t be shy about rallying support to prep your venue the day before. We often think to limit is best, but never underestimate the power of all hands on deck!

–        I spent hours shopping and returning lots of accessories, never getting it quite right. In the end, my dress and my hair and beauty team was all I needed! Getting the professionals in to help get you ready is so worth it.

        Be brave and go bespoke!

–        Invest in a shoe you will wear again, like I did with my I Do in Jimmy Choo heels. They were comfortable too!

–        Keep your guests informed “ a Need to Know list in the guest rooms is very handy, with the hotel details, local taxi numbers, timings “ too much info is never enough!

        Ask a friend to be your master of ceremonies “ it’s fun and personal.

Venue: Rowallan Castle | Wedding co-ordinators: George + Liz at Rowallan Castle | Photographer: Craig and Eva Sanders | Videographer: Boda Productions

Dress: Stewart Parvin | Accessories: Mantilla veil + Jemima belt from Stewart Parvin Accessories, Ophelia silver wedding circlet by Debbie Carlisle

Shoes: I Do in Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids + flowergirls: Stephen Mageean

Entertainment: Meredith McCrindle Harpist + Killer City Sound | Stationery: The Foil Invite Company | Hair + Make-up: Asteria Bridal  

Humanist celebrant: Suzanne Teed, Humanist Society Scotland