There’s nothing I love more than a weekend-long wedding. It really gives the couple a chance to properly celebrate with all of their guests, especially if they’re coming from other countries.
Lynn and Paul also saw it as an opportunity to spend time with each other; they’re both in the Royal Navy and live at opposite ends of the country most of the time!
Check out what bride Lynn has to say as she reflects on their day…
Paul proposed at the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. He’d bought the ring while he was out there working and I flew out to meet him for a holiday. Afterwards, we went back to the same shop he got my engagement ring from and bought the wedding rings.
We actually don’t live together all of the time: I live in Portsmouth and Paul in Edinburgh due to work, but that is our normal! Time together can be limited, so planning a wedding was a challenge! We’re both in the Royal Navy and Paul was away for six months in the lead-up to our wedding, so I had to do a lot of it alone which made it quite hard.
I also decided to make our stationery and floral arch (with help from my bridesmaids) which added to my stress, but we loved those little personal details in the end. It was all worth it!
We travel a lot with work but we also love to take holidays together whenever we can, so we had a travel theme for our wedding with maps, globes and souvenirs that meant something to us.
Our table names were all places we’d visited, and the placecards were luggage labels. The main colour was a beautiful coral pink with some pastel colours to keep it bright and summery.
We had guests come from far and wide to celebrate with us, so we decided to make a weekend of it rather than just one day. They had gone to such lengths to get to Scotland to be with us, it was the least we could do to make it special for them, too.
We pretty much decided that Errol Park would be our wedding venue the moment we saw it. It had everything: stunning views of the River Tay to the south, a stunning grand entrance, a house we could stay in with loads of bedrooms and just a rustic, charming vibe that we loved.
Errol Park is surrounded by acres of lush fields and gardens, beautiful trees and flowers and of course, the Highland Cows that are resident there! We really did feel like King and Queen for the weekend.
We had good weather on the day so we had our ceremony outside. We also had Highland dancers do a performance in the house, a chippy van for our evening food, fireworks and a ceilidh… it really was a day full of fun and love!
We had such a great time that we were still up partying with our guests until 6.30am; in the Navy, this is known as ‘sun uppers’, when the party goes on until the sun comes up!
Our guests came back to the house the next day to talk about the day before and say their goodbyes before everyone headed home. Paul and I were both on cloud nine, we just didn’t want it to end.
We’re loving married life. Just eight months after we celebrated our wedding day, I’m pregnant with twins! We’re completely over the moon, and can’t wait to have a family together.