I love it when a couple ties the knot in a place that has a special meaning to them, and what could mean more than the place they grew up in?
Bride Kirsty’s parents own The Dumfries Arms Hotel in Cumnock so, when she and Darren got engaged, it was only natural they’d be saying their I Dos in her old home.
Not only did they have a gorgeous wedding venue but Kirsty is a wedding and events co-ordinator, so it’s no surprise that their wedding was the last word in style and glamour.
They paired out-of-this-world florals with Scottish touches to deliver to truly glamorous wedding.
Take a look at all their gorgeous decor details captured by Dream Day Photography, as bride Kirsty tells us all about their big day…
Darren and I met through my cousin Clair and her husband James. We were both initially shy so the first night we met it was quiet until we had a few drinks.
We soon became inseparable and the rest is history.
When it came to picking a venue, it was never a question as to where. My parents own The Dumfries Arms Hotel in Cumnock and I have grown up in the hotel.
My aunt and both sisters got married at the hotel so I’ve been very lucky to not only have a stunning venue but also one that is very close to my heart.
As a wedding and events co-ordinator I am extremely organised.
I found the full process so easy and enjoyable but I was so thankful to my mum who helped with every aspect!
I wanted our ceremony flowers to be overflowing and romantic.
I took my inspiration from Pinterest and we had flowers down the banisters. I never saw the finished flowers until I was walking down the aisle and I was completely blown away!
For the rest of the decor the full room was draped, we had ‘The Millers’ in topiary letters, uplighting and so much more.
The night before the big day all the girls had a relaxing night together.
We had dinner, then stayed at my parents’ house. I had hardly any sleep. The nerves were really setting in!
I wanted my six bridesmaids all to love the dresses so it was a joint effort. All the colours came together beautifully!
For my reception dress I fell in love with an amazing gown by Berta Bridal.
It was the perfect party dress with an illusion neckline and back.
I was so nervous walking down the aisle and was emotional.
We had a string quartet playing Caledonia for the bridesmaids and then it changed to the wedding song from Braveheart.
We picked our own vows and it was tough to say them without getting emotional.
We also did a Scottish handfasting and we had thistles on all our stationery and in my flowers, and our tables were named after Scottish golf courses.
Darren, my dad and the best man Matthew aren’t [normally] speech givers but they all went down well with our guests.
We had a good mix of emotions and Matthew’s finishing line was to ask all the guests to give him a standing ovation while he took a wedding selfie.
As a surprise to our guests we had the band Drums n’ roses. They were fantastic and everyone loved them.
It truly was a magical night!
The toughest part about planning was imagining everything coming together.
My advice would be prioritise what’s most important and go from there.
Check out Kirsty and Darren’s amazing wedding video by Cherry Tree Films…