Travel-themed wedding with live music at GG’s Yard, Dumfries and Galloway

Unsurprisingly, when Annemarie from Cairn String Quartet married partner Johnathan, music played a huge part in their day.

From the ceremony right through to the evening reception and first dance, their talented friends provided a magical soundtrack to their gorgeous travel-themed wedding.

Bride Annemarie tells us more about their special day and shares some lovely pics from photographer Neil Thomas Douglas

Though Jonny is from very near my home in Ireland, I only met him three yards ago through a mutual friend.

With me living in Glasgow and Jonny teaching and living in Ireland, for the first year of our relationship we only saw each other at weekends.

I still find it crazy that after living in Scotland for 12 years, I ended up marrying a guy from just down the road!

After performing at over 1500 weddings myself, I wanted to choose a venue I hadn’t performed at in Scotland.

Although there are so many dreamy venues that I adore going to, I wanted everything to be new to me on our day and to really feel like the bride rather than the supplier.

When we first found GG’s, it was just a yard and was awaiting planning permission. We fell in love with Vikky and Duncan, their vision for the place and the incredible views.

We also loved that it was close to Stranraer for the ferry from Ireland, too! We decided to book for June and hope for sunshine for a beach ceremony.

We always wanted a travel theme because I travel so much with Cairn Quartet, and together me and Jonny have travelled the world in the last 3 years.

We chose Irish Passports as our invitations because a lot of our guests were travelling from Ireland, then we added loads of little touches like little suitcases full of sweeties as favours which were collected from the “baggage reclaim” area, a big departure board as the timeline for the day and lots of antique globes and suitcases on the tables.

We wanted everything to be bright and colourful but I am mad for sequins so once I saw the bridesmaids dresses I had to have them.

To help make everything bright and cheery, a lady who had looked after me from a baby made yards and yards of incredible bunting which we hung everywhere, on the way to the beach and all around GG’s Yard.

Tim Maguire asked us to write our entire ceremony ourselves and though this seemed daunting, it was personal and he delivered it so brilliantly.

I had seen him conduct so many ceremonies and always knew, where I ever lucky enough to get married, I would love for him to be the celebrant.

The music of the day was so important to us and it really was the best part of the day.

Alasdair from Skirls Aloud met our wee VW van and piped me down to the beach – he was great craic and a lovely face to meet when stepping out of the car! He even braved a bull in the field that wasn’t as excited by his striking Red outfit and loud pipes as we were.

Having all of my friends and colleagues from Cairn String Quartet play Schubert Quintet (both mine and my Dad’s favourite piece) as I walked up the aisle was so emotional but also so comforting and I was just so happy to see them all.

During the signing of the register, my good friends Fiona Hunter and Mike Vass performed Warm by the Coronas which was my surprise for Jonny.

I wrote a string arrangement to accompany them and it was so beautiful. He was so surprised.

Ginny and the Tonics were incredible during he drinks reception and wedding breakfast – so much fun and everyone loved them!

Our cake was made as a present by Shona from the Magical Cake Company and it was incredible – so personal and just beautiful!

She also made us cocktail flavoured cupcakes to go with our cocktail hour.

Having Rick Redbeard from the Phantom Band perform our first dance was incredible, and I cried like Dawson in Dawson’s Creek the whole way through!

I wrote the accompanying string parts and the Cairn String gang played again – it was beautiful.

For dancing Cask Strength Ceilidh Band are brilliant for getting everyone up on the floor. Most of our Irish guest had never ceilidh danced before and loved it.

Cosmopolitan are an 18-piece Big Band and there are no words to how much everyone enjoyed them.

People are still talking about the music from the day months later. I wouldn’t change one song.

The combination of Neil and Barry as photographer and videographer is a comic duo worthy of a sitcom.

They were brilliant at relaxing us as neither of us are very comfortable when having cameras about.

You would hardly notice they were there a lot of the time and when you did, their banter was brilliant.

Afterwards, for our honeymoon, we decided to make the most of Jonny’s lengthy summer holidays, spending an incredible six weeks travelling around Sydney, New Zealand and Bali.

It was so much fun, we wanted the day to be in our lives again and again and again.

We are loving the little things that come afterwards now, receiving photos and videos and even catching up with our guests and hearing what fun they had on the day and seeing their photos.

I would do it all again in a heartbeat – I loved every minute of the planning. We had incredible   suppliers and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of them.

Watch the highlights of Annemarie and Jonny’s day in this video from Worldy Nomad Films…

Annemarie & Jonny // GG's Yard Wedding Video from Worldly Nomads Films on Vimeo.


Venue: GG’s Yard | Photographer: Neil Thomas Douglas  | Videographer: Worldly Nomad Films

Dress: Justin Alexander from Pronuptia Bridal, Belfast | Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Packham | Hair and makeup: Ann Marie McElroy and Julie at AMM Team

Groom: Ted Baker | Groomsmen: Moss Brothers | Pocket squares and ties: Fox and Brie

Rings: Timothy Sharp Jewellers | Celebrant: Tim Maguire | Transport: Rennicks Wedding Cars

Cake: The Magical Cake CompanyTable cloths: Magpie Linens | Kids Creche: Wedding Crechers

Entertainment: The Cairn String Quartet | Ginny and the Tonic | Rick Redbeard | Cask Strength Ceilidh Band | Cosmopolitan Big Band | Skirls Aloud


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