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Caroline and Peter Gallacher met while studying at university in Edinburgh, and their romance began to blossom. Five years later, Peter popped the question on 30th December 2015, and the couple embarked on a wedding planning journey in the new year.
For the couple, there was really only one choice of venue to host their special day “ Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort in Ayrshire.
Caroline grew up near the hotel, with many hours spent walking around the resort’s championship golf courses with her parents who are keen golfers. Even as a young girl, Caroline felt the magic of Turnberry, mesmerised by its panoramic coastal views.
“We had 15 months to plan the wedding and I just knew that we would choose Trump Turnberry. As well as visiting as a child, Peter and I had stayed in the hotel on a few occasions and just loved it,” says Caroline.
“The hotel had been refurbished and we just loved the overall elegance. The Caledonia Ballroom was so beautiful but it also provided a blank canvas for the décor which allowed our theme for the day to come through.”
A DREAM TEAM
Although wedding planning can be a stressful time for a couple, Caroline felt relaxed and in control, with the help of Trump Turnberry’s wedding team.
“Michelle, our wedding planner, was fantastic from the very beginning. Our initial meeting was such a nice experience and we felt instantly that nothing was going to be too much trouble and it really wasn’t,” said Caroline.
“The communication between us and the hotel was really impressive, as was the attention to detail, even on the smallest of things.”
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
Caroline and Peter said their vows in front of family and friends in Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa Craig Suite. Framed by large picture windows, it overlooks the Ailsa Craig and the Championship links across to the Isle of Arran. Afterwards, they held their wedding breakfast in The Caledonia Ballroom.
“We picked The Ailsa Craig Suite because it was so light and airy and had really wonderful views. The sun shone brightly on our big day, so when we left to get our pictures taken, our guests were able to spill out onto the terrace outside the Ailsa Craig Suite to enjoy the canapes and really take in the scenery,” says Caroline.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were whisked away to Turnberry’s iconic lighthouse for some of their wedding pictures.
“For us this was one of the most memorable moments of the whole day,” smiles Caroline. “We were driven down to the lighthouse and we just sat in the back of the car looking at each and saying ˜we did it!’ It was such a special moment, and to make it even better, the hotel team had put aside some prosecco and canapes for us to enjoy. When we were at the lighthouse, the passing golfers were stopping to wish us well, which I thought was really nice.”
TRIED AND TESTED
A real highlight for the couple was their food tasting ahead of the wedding. Held in the heart of the kitchen at the Chef’s Table, it’s a unique experience that is personalised for each couple.
“We brought our parents along to our food tasting and it was such a terrific experience for us all. We spent the day tasting our menu and speaking to the chefs about what we wanted for the day “ it was so fun and the team at Turnberry made sure that everything was going to be perfect for our day “ even down to the colour of the jelly!” laughs Caroline.
EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
For Caroline and Peter, the memories of their special day will stay with them forever, and the same can be said for their guests.
“For us, it was the best day of our lives. From the first meeting to our last dance, getting married at Trump Turnberry was the most amazing experience,” says Caroline.
“For our guests, the day had real wow factor. Many of them travelled from all over the UK to be with us. They were really impressed at the grandeur of the hotel and the views, but also the attention to detail and the service from the Turnberry team,” says Caroline.
“Everyone was in agreement that Trump Turnberry really is somewhere special and we can’t imagine having had our wedding anywhere else.”
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