Planning an outdoor wedding ceremony in Scotland is risky enough, but planning a boat to take your entire wedding party for a cruise round Loch Lomond directly after your outdoor ceremony? Now that’s really brave.
Luckily for Hayley and Gordon it was a gamble that more than paid off.
The sun shone on The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel throughout and resulted in a beautiful wedding day for the loved up couple.
Take a look at the insanely gorgeous photos captured by the creative talents at Wonderful and Strange photography, as bride Hayley talks us through her big day…
We first met as young teens and struck up an instant friendship, we even went to the prom together despite not being a couple. We drifted apart after school but reconnected when we both moved home to Ayrshire seven years ago – we’ve been together since then.
Having a shared history as friends has made our relationship even stronger, although we’d never have imagined back then that today we’d be married!
We both love Loch Lomond and visited Luss as children, so we knew we loved the area. We happened to be having lunch at The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel one day and ended up chatting to the manager about potential venues.
He showed us around and introduced us to their wedding planner, Valerie Jones. We were really keen to have an outdoor wedding, so hearing their plans for Slate Quay completely captured our imagination.
We were so sure the sun would shine we didn’t even consider arranging a marquee for our outdoor ceremony at Slate Quay – brave, we know!
We were the first people to get married at Slate Quay and the amazing venue team worked so hard to get it ready for us, flattening the surface and even building a pier to accommodate our drinks reception cruise.
After the ceremony, the entire wedding party cruised around the loch on-board the Lomond Prince. The drinks were kept flowing thanks to the excellent staff and everyone got to enjoy the stunning views.
We then docked at Luss pier and made our way up through the village, with the locals and tourists cheering us on and helping to clear a path – that was definitely a standout moment.
We wanted our day to have a relaxed and natural vibe, so we chose an outdoor theme and focused on neutral colours to ensure our décor complimented the beautiful scenery around us.
For the decoration, we tried to make as much ourselves as we possible could. We both picked slate from the quay to use as name places (which I then wrote out by hand with a chalk pen) and Gordon spent weeks making G and H letters from wood.
We’re also very lucky to have lots of talented friends and family who lent their skills for the invites, cake, table names, wedding cars and favours. It added such a lovely personal touch to the day.
The whole wedding was such a huge success, everything went perfectly and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day as we said ‘I do’.
We love being married! We’ve always been a close couple but there’s definitely something special about sharing a surname.
Venue: Slate Quay for ceremony, The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel for reception
Photographer: Wonderful and Strange | Videographer: Forget Me Not
Transport: Cruise Loch Lomond (Lomond Prince)
Dress: Martina Liana bodysuit and skirt, Suzanne Neville belt at Eleganza Sposa
Hair: Anna Wade | Make-up artist: Lynsey Maxwell
Evening buffet caterers: Scozzese Pizza Company