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Everyone told us that it would be the best day and it truly was. There were no major hiccups and everything ran almost perfectly to plan! We had a lot of Ian’s family from Denmark attending the wedding and the biggest surprise was when Ian’s Danish uncle stood up to give his own speech, which we had no idea about. A Danish Wedding tradition is to sing a lot of songs and we were thrilled to find out that Ian’s mum had written a song about us and our relationship, and had made songsheets to hand out to everyone. The whole room proceeded to sing along to the song she wrote to the tune of “Oh My Darling, Clementine “. That was one of the best parts of the day because it was a surprise. Fiona’s uncle, Campbell also played us a couple of his songs on his acoustic guitar at the drinks reception. As this is a bit of a Christmas family tradition in Fiona’s house, it also turned into a bit of a sing-song and Campbell’s Scottish singing style was a real treat for everyone, especially the Danes and the Londoners.
We figured out fairly quickly what we liked, and what we didn’t like and after looking on the internet (especially the Glasgow Wedding Collective) for inspiration and at a few wedding magazines we realised that there is such a vast amount of wedding information out there that you could go mad if you research for too long! We started making decisions fairly quickly based on styles we liked and hoped everything would come together in the end, rather than worrying about things fitting in with a particular style or theme. We wanted a traditional wedding but also a day that felt comfortable for us both.
Lochgreen House was the last venue we visited but I think we subconsciously knew we were saving the best til last! We wanted a venue with beautiful surroundings, with a luxury feel and where we felt well looked after by the staff. We also needed enough overnight accommodation for our out-of-town visitors. Lochgreen ticked all the boxes for us and it just felt ‘right’. The wedding coordinators, Ann and Jaclyn were absolutely superb and kept us right with what needed done.
We weren’t 100% at first but after seeing a few videos online we agreed that we’d really like to have a video reminder to help us relive the day once it was over. As it was such a special occasion we knew we’d like to try and capture as many moments as we could. Everyone who’d been married before says the day whizzes by before you really get a chance to take stock – and it did! Once we found Little Love Films (a recommendation from our photographer, Lisa Devine) and saw their work, it was a no-brainer!
What was your favourite part in your highlight film?
Fiona’s favorite part of the film is probably catching all the interactions between friends and family and seeing people really enjoying themselves. We love the first dance slow-mo too. We didn’t go with a slow first dance, just one we like to dance to together and we’re so pleased John captured it so well on camera.
Don’t draw the planning process out for too long, just pick something you like and go with it. The longer you think about things the more chance there is of you changing your mind and stressing you out but once things are done and booked you can relax and move on to the next thing. Also, Fiona created an itinerary for the days leading up to the wedding and included an hour-by-hour account of what was going to happen on the day. Although it might seem like overkill, it was actually very useful because it made sure that all the important stuff got done and there was no last minute flapping (well, not too much anyway!)
Ceremony Venue: St Charles’ Church, Paisley
Reception Venue: Lochgreen House, Troon
Priest: Father Stephen Baillie
Photographer: Lisa Devine
Make up: Alexis Miller
Ceremony music: Organist (Josephine Pieraccini)
Band: The James Honey Band
Flowers: Roots, Fruits and Flowers, Glasgow
Reception venue decoration: Butterfly Venue Dressing (chair covers and postbox)
Bride’s Dress: Enzoani
Groom’s Suit: Thom Sweeney
Best Man & Ushers Kilts: Houston Kilmakers, Paisley