Rachel and Graham’s gorgeous wedding at Seamill Hydro was peppered with lots of cute creative touches, including something that I’ve never seen before in all my years of editing a wedding mag: a photo prop frame decorated with paper flowers made from all the issues of Scottish Wedding Directory that the bride bought while wedding planning.
The whole team at SWD feel honoured to have been present on your day in paper floral form, you two!
Find out more about the couple’s wedding, as told by bride Rachel…
Graham and I met nine years ago in Club De Mar, Ayr. Me and my best friend (and future chief bridesmaid!) Katrina were doing our usual Friday night stint in Ayr town.
Ham (as he was called by all his friends) and I both got chatting and exchanged numbers. I then didn’t hear from him and just thought “oh well.” It then came out he’d lost my number and his phone had packed in. He was gutted as he really wanted to take me for a drive (as you did then!).
He finally got my number back from Katrina and things progressed from there. He was and still is the generous, caring, kind man I met all those years ago.
To this day I am still his princess. (Hence the name cards on the top table!)
We got engaged on the banks of Loch an Eilein in Aviemore, a place very close to our hearts as Graham’s grandparents used to visit here with him when he was a boy. It is a beautiful part of Scotland and lovely and remote. We don’t do attention very well, you see!
Our venue, Seamill Hydro, was special to us because of the location. We wanted it to be within Ayrshire as we are both from here. We spend a lot of our time walking on beaches and generally being outdoors.
The views are phenomenal, with Arran being an amazing backdrop, and being able to scope the Ayrshire coastline, which is home for us.
I also work in a custom joinery company, and we did the fit-out for the Seamill’s Firth Pavillion. When we viewed the Seamill, we only looked at plans and drawings, and how it was going to look, as it wasn’t built yet. I knew it was going to be great as it was my work fitting it out!
As I mentioned earlier, we love the outdoors and I also love trees, so we knew it was a rustic theme we wanted.
Pastel colours are also a favourite so blue, pink and peach had to feature. It started with the top table bunting and our card box (made from a wine crate box) and over the next 18 months Mum and I made just about everything that appeared. The seating plan was my favourite part as I knew exactly how I wanted it to look.
We recycled wherever possible and even made a photo prop frame decorated with paper flowers from all the Scottish Wedding Directory magazines I bought from the engagement to the wedding date!
Each table name was based on a place in Aviemore we both visited such as Caingorms, Coylumbridge, Loch Garten, Loch an Eilein.
Dad helped too, cutting 12 log slices, 80 placecard holders and building an easel for our welcome sign. Signs, seating plan, invitations, table décor, place cards, trees and twigs everywhere – magic!
The drinks sign was painted by myself onto a blackboard. We thought it would be a good idea to have our favourite drinks on offer at the bar which Seamill kindly let us do as a one off.
Graham and I were so pleased everything blended together and we had made so much ourselves. The fact I knew no one else had what I had was also a great feeling!
My dress, from Opus Couture, was the first dress I tried on. Susan put half a dozen of my magazine picture ideas together and found my perfect dress!
Graham’s parents bought his kilt outfit and then used the advert in Scottish Wedding Directory to claim the two free hires when buying a full kilt outfit! Win win!
I felt so happy and overwhelmed with everything after the wedding. I find when all attention is on me overwhelming to start but it was so nice to have my family (who don’t live close by to me) all there.
I also felt sad it was over at the same time as it went by so quickly. I knew I had a lovely honeymoon to look forward to, which kept me going.
I also was looking forward to opening all my cards. I love all that kind of thing. It was very emotional though (I don’t know why?) – I think I was trying to come down from this almighty high!
Married life doesn’t feel any different just now, but I keep telling Graham, “I am not your bird anymore, I am your wife!”
Venue: Seamill Hydro Hotel & Resort | Photographer: Tom Gibson Photography | Videographer: Life’s Rosie Productions | Wedding dress: Opus Couture | Bridesmaid dress: JJ’s House | Flower girl dress: Carriage & Castles | Groom and groomsmen’s outfits: MacGregor and MacDuff | Cake: Sugar & Spice | Florist: Flowers @ 7 | Harpist: Sarah MacNeil | Band: Transit Jukebox | Bride’s shoes: Dune | Hair: Cameo Bridal Styling | Make-up: Jacqui Harrow Make-up Artist | Honeymoon: Trailfinders