Read what bride Claire has to say about her wedding day, and see the stunning photos captured by Jenniflower Photography…
I met Arran through mutual friends back in 2010. This year we will be celebrating 10 years together!
Arran proposed by taking me for a surprise weekend to our favourite city and hotel: Tigerlily in Edinburgh.
Once we arrived in our stunning room I thought I could not be happier or more surprised, then he dropped on one knee and proposed to me.
We live in Westhill, Aberdeenshire, so the venue was a 2.5 hour drive away. But when we viewed The Parsonage it ticked every box we wanted our wedding venue to have and we fell in love straight away!
We loved that it was exclusive use for the whole weekend, which meant we had more time with our family and bridal party before the wedding, and our dog Holly was allowed to stay in the house and be part of our wedding weekend.
The modern décor was to our taste and we loved that we had the choice of using the pavilion, marquee or the main house for each part of our day.
The manager Claire gave us the ability to make our wedding as personal and unique as we wanted. There was no limit and she made us feel so at home and welcome straight away.
The morning of the wedding was one of my favourite parts of the wedding day. I loved us all getting pampered and enjoying drinks on our balcony taking in the sunshine. We wanted our day and night to just be a big party and to see everyone having fun.
I had a very tragic start to 2019. Tragically I lost my brother and my gran within five weeks of each other, only months before our wedding. We are a close, small family so this made wedding planning for me almost impossible.
My husband was an amazing support through that difficult time, and he took control of the final wedding plans for me. My bridesmaids, our families, and Claire the venue manager all stepped in to help complete our wedding plans.
The décor we had for our day was white with touches of pink, it was glamorous and elegant.
As I wanted the ceremony in the pavilion, I knew I was faced with the issue of the room being too large for the number of wedding guests we were having. To bring my vision to life I hired a white draped room divider to make the room appear smaller for the ceremony and then it was removed to make the room larger for the meal and evening. This worked perfectly.
We wanted our ceremony to be personal and relaxed. Our humanist celebrant, Duncan Robertson, managed to deliver just that. He conducted our ceremony with enthusiasm, energy, and laughter.
I wanted to involve two of my closest friends who weren’t bridesmaid so I asked one of them to do a reading and I asked if the other would let her new daughter be my ‘flower baby’. Amy wrote a poem about Arran and I and read it out during our ceremony. Our 12-week-old flower baby, Sophie, was carried down the aisle by my other best friend Lucy.
We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day so the canapes and drinks were served outside on the terrace where everyone managed to relax and mingle.
We made our own sweetie table with different-sized jars and personalised bags with our names and date on it. We also made personalised glass jars filled with a shot of Tequila Rose at our guests’ seats to help get the party started during the speeches.
At the end of our wedding we ended up taking the party back in the house until sunrise. We just didn’t want it to end!
Venue: The Parsonage at Dunmore Park | Photographer: Jenniflower Photography | Videographer: Kyle Littlejohn | Dress: Avorio Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: Debenhams | Groom’s outfit: McCalls | Celebrant: Duncan Robertson at the Humanist Association Scotland | Cake: Cakes-n-Crafts | Florist: The Flower Studio | Band: Velvet Noir | Hair: Lauren at The Loft Bridal Hair | Make-up: Demi Dior Strachan | Decor: Party People