Elegant + glam Summer wedding at Lochside House Hotel and Spa, New Cumnock

Bride Mhairi is an event stylist and her family owns several prestigious wedding venues, so her wedding to husband Jamie was always going to be out of this world.

With plenty of glamorous style, this Lochside House Hotel and Spa wedding day is one we’d have loved to have been guests at!

Here, happy newlywed Mhairi shares all the details from their beautiful big day, with snaps from Ryan Mimiec Photography.

“Jamie and I met on Instagram, then had our first date two weeks later. After that we never left each other’s side, and within three months I was pregnant.

It moved quite quickly but it felt right; our wedding was just the finishing touch, as we’d already committed on every other level.

My family owns the RAD Hotel Group, and while all the venues are gorgeous, I always knew I’d get married in Lochside. It’s been such a big part of my childhood and my life – it really has a piece of my heart.

Because we work in the wedding industry [Mhairi owns JAM Events], I felt a bit of pressure to make sure my wedding was amazing.

I didn’t want to play it safe. My dad was laughing and asking if the theme was ‘big and more’ and I said yes, I wanted it to be extra!

We went for a fairytale theme with a little bit of glitz. JAM Events did all the floral décor; we had blossom trees everywhere, arbors covered in white flowers, floral hoops, huge floral centrepieces and a cake decorated with hydrangeas and orchids.


My dress was Galia Lahav; big and romantic with tulle and flowers all over it. My bridesmaids wore rose gold sequin dresses, and my mum wore white lace.

My make-up was really natural and glowy. We all wore our hair down and wavy; I didn’t want my bridesmaids to look like they were going to prom!

Jamie, my dad, the ushers and best men all wore tuxes for a Prince Charming look.

We had two flower girls – our daughter Vivien (who was a year and a half old) and my cousin’s daughter – and two page boys.

We had a humanist ceremony outside in front of the loch. The sun was splitting the sky, but my veil blew off because it was so windy!

The ceremony was very simple and relatively short, because we had children there and we wanted to get the party started afterwards.

We had a pianist play during the ceremony, then he continued playing inside during the drinks reception. Drums N’ Roses played while we got our photos taken, then when the guests arrived at night we had a piper, and my cousin Jack played sax.

We gave all the women Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming Roller-Pearl as their favours, and the guys got a bottle of Ciroc vodka.

We had a different theme for the evening – I wanted it to be more of a party vibe, with balloons, mood lights and dry ice for our first dance (to John Legend’s All of Me).

My mum put heaters and a gazebo outside and we had a gin bar, wine bar, cocktail bar and shot bar with a saxophonist playing outside for an Ibiza vibe.

Our wedding band kept the dancefloor busy, and people were milling around outdoors too – it didn’t feel like Scotland!

At 11pm we closed the doors to move the party inside and then we had The Kilted DJ playing from midnight until 2am. Everyone was up for a good party!

I remembered people always saying to take five minutes out with your husband, so Jamie and I did that a few times throughout the day.

It was so nice to spend some time together having a wee drink and just taking it all in, as it’s true what they say – the day goes by so fast!

Venue: Lochside House Hotel and Spa | Photographer: Ryan Mimiec Photography 

Second photographer: Mark Ferrier | Videographer: Strawberry Wedding Films | Floral décor: JAM Events 

Bouquets and cake flowers: Flowers @ 7, Ayr | Cake: Sugar and Spice  | Bride’s dress: Galia Lahav at Kavelle Bridal Couture 

Bridesmaid dresses: Opus Couture | Flower girl dresses and bridesmaid dress alterations: Elizabeth Wallace Bridal

Mother of the bride outfit: Joyce Young Design Studios | Groom’s and dad’s tuxes: Jim Forbes Tailoring

Stationery: Bespoke Wedding Stationery by Jackie Adams | Bride’s hair: Jena Kyle | Bridesmaids’ hair: New Image Salon 

Make-up: Onyx Makeup | Childcare: Practically Perfect Event Childcare  

Celebrant: Norrie Flowers, Independent Humanist Ceremonies  | Pianist: Andy Lucas Piano

Pipe band: Drums N’ Roses | Evening saxophonist: Sarah Sax | Wedding band: Ernest | DJ: The Kilted DJ