First thoughts after an invite to a murder mystery party aren’t usually of meeting The One but for Alix and Carolyn, this is exactly how it happened. Two years on, Carolyn took Alix completely by surprise when she proposed on holiday in Rome’s beautiful Villa Borghese park.
With big plans to personalise their day, the couple started venue hunting. “We wanted somewhere that was unique and romantic, where we could really create our own wedding,” says Alix. They fell in love with the picturesque setting of Venachar Lochside and the DIY began!
There were two themes; family, to signify the two families coming together, and wild Scotland, to bring the garden indoors. Merging the two, the table names (maiden names of mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers) were painted onto logs whilst the girls made their very own family tree. Flowers played a big role too, from their garlands and wildflower bouquets to a ceremony archway “ made by the brides themselves “ with herb pots lining the aisle.
The couple made their own orders of service, menus and place names (they looked up the meaning of each guest’s name and personalised their card “ aww!) as well as providing real confetti.
Of course, a double dose of dress shopping was in order given that there were two brides, and Alix knew exactly what she was after. The elegant tea-length Naomi Neoh gown was silk with French chantilly lace that could be removed at night to make it more of a party dress. Teamed with a birdcage veil and champagne shoes, she had the 1940s look down to a tee.
Carolyn opted for an A-line style with a V-neck and lace detail over the shoulder to a capped sleeve. Her accessories were simple and chic: classic ivory shoes, pearl jewellery and flowers for her hair in place of veil.
Both brides were driven to the venue by their dads and when it came to the bridal party, the creative couple were accompanied by ˜blushers’ “ bridesmaids and ushers combined! It was a civil ceremony with lots of personal touches; tear-jerker vows, a song from a friend, sentimental readings and a sing-song with the guests.
Canapés, prosecco and garden games followed before a fantastic feast and some funny speeches. The first dance was an acoustic version of We Found Love by Calvin Harris and Rihanna, then Karma Rockets kept everyone on the dancefloor. “We didn’t want too much typical wedding music so these guys did some covers of more up-to-date and alternative songs. We also had some ceilidh “ Strip the Willow was one of the highlights of our day!” recalls Alix.
And with it being a beautiful dry night, the wedding ended perfectly with guests heading out to the decking area, which had fairy lights, candles and tartan blankets for snuggling!
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Photographer: Jenniflower Weddings & Photography
Venue: Venachar Lochside
Rings: Blue Nile
Cake: Fondly Iced
Favours: Donation to Pancreatic Cancer UK
Florist: The Secret Garden Florist
Hair: Rainbow Rooms International
Make up: Alaska Beauty
Band: Karma Rockets
Alix’s dress: Pan Pan Bridal
Alix’s veil: Arabesque
Carolyn’s dress: Pretty Woman