Purple + travel-themed wedding at Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife

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When Jill and Warren got married at Balbirnie House Hotel last summer, they decided to go for unique purple and travel theme to celebrate places they’d visited and the groom’s job with Lothian Buses!

Photographer and videographer Philip Hawkins Photography was there to capture every moment of their special day.

Check out some of our favourite photos as bride Jill explains more about planning their dream wedding…

Philip Hawkins Photography

We met in Mood Nightclub, Edinburgh, in March of 2010 whilst on a night out with our friends. We just clicked and from there we went on a number of dates before making it official!

Warren proposed to me in April 2015 after my birthday. I didn’t expect it at all but he had planned it all perfectly with an overnight stay at the Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh, then celebrations over the weekend with our family.

We have two beautiful daughters, Lucy and Jessica, who we knew would be part of our special day.

We loved Balbirnie House Hotel – it’s a stunning venue. The grounds were what stood out most

It was the third venue we visited and it was almost like third time lucky! We did go to see others after this one, however we kept coming back to that one.

We loved the grounds and the layout of the place, the fact the ceremony took place on the ground floor and then the evening meal downstairs, which also had a lift for guests who needed it to get down.

The rooms were stunning and the staff were so welcoming. We also read that it had won a few awards for best wedding venue!

Philip Hawkins was the first photographer we met and we booked him straight away after seeing his amazing work.

We always wanted a video to look back on our special day, so it was perfect that Philip could also video our special day.

You barely noticed he was there, everything was perfect.

When it came to finding my wedding dress, my Mum and I went round a few shops.

I ended up choosing an Enzoani dress from Emma Roy of Edinburgh. I also added a sparkly belt which was stitched into the dress to finish it off.

It was a dress I never thought I would have picked as I always wanted my arms and shoulders covered, but it just suited me perfectly and was so comfortable.

My bridesmaids dresses were ordered from For Her & For Him – we picked multi-way dresses so everyone could be different.

We went for a purple colour scheme and our theme was to do with buses as Warren worked for Lothian Buses.

We thought it would be funny to make our table plan up with different numbered buses from our childhood areas, and the tables were named after places we had visited or places that meant something to us.

My great-aunt also managed to get a bus cake topper!

I loved every minute of wedding planning – all my bridesmaids did such an amazing job from start to end.

My maid-of-honour Carly was amazing and helped me stay calm, however nothing was really stressful as I was pretty organised. I loved my spreadsheets and the wedding diary Carly’s mum got me.

My cousin Lynsey also helped me make a website for our wedding and helped out with designing a pair of converse for myself and my maid-of-honour to change into.

They were personalised with diamantes, I loved them! She also made personalised flip flops for the rest of the bridesmaids.

All the girls helped out with everything throughout the planning, as well my Mum.

My sister-in-law Gail even made beautiful tablet for our favours, to go along with our shot of Jager and red bull – a family tradition at all O’Reilly weddings.

I stayed at the hotel the night before the wedding with all my bridesmaids, my mum and dad, and my granny. It was lovely – we had a nice meal and a few drinks.

Warren and the boys stayed at our house – they enjoyed a night out and got taxis to the venue on the day.

We got ready at Balbirnie House on the morning. My granny had given me a pair of pearl earrings as my something borrowed and on the morning of the wedding I got handed a beautiful pearl bracelet from my sister-in-law which my Husband had given to her. It was stunning and I was so glad I could wear it on my wedding.

I had got Warren a new watch which had our wedding date engraved on it, which my brother Craig (one of the groomsmen) gave to him on the morning of the wedding.

As we stayed at the hotel we didn’t use transport, however, my dad arranged for his car to be decorated in ribbon and one of my uncles drove us round the grounds of the hotel so I still had that special moment with my dad. It’s a memory I will treasure forever.

Iain Whitelaw was our humanist celebrant for the day!

After the ceremony we had a meal – we had a large wedding with over 90 day guests and an extra 20 people at night.

Our entertainment was the band Mojo Switch, they were excellent. There was a slight glitch as a couple of days before the wedding I had a call to say the lead singer had laryngitis and was unable to attend.

However, as mentioned when we booked, someone else was able to stand in for him and wow, what an amazing singer he was! Everyone kept asking who they were and saying how amazing the band was.

Everything about the day was perfect! As they say, it does go by very quickly but it was great seeing everyone having such a good time, and that was down to the staff at the hotel as well.

It was amazing staying at the venue and spending the morning as a married couple having breakfast with everyone.

We have two beautiful daughters so we waited a few days then flew to Tenerife for five nights just us two! Married life is great and we feel complete.

Photographer + videographer: Philip Hawkins Photography  | Venue: Balbirnie House Hotel

Bride’s dress:  Emma Roy of Edinburgh | Bridesmaid dresses: For Her & For Him | Bride’s hair: Gemma Hill, Paterson SA Hairdressing 

Groom + groomsmen outfits: The Kilt Hire Company

Florist: Ann McGinlay Designer Florist | Decor: Style-a-chair | Celebrant: Iain Whitelaw

Band: Mojo Switch 


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