Whilst chatting about our businesses, she told me about an incredible photoshoot they had planned to promote the Brand.
I have been excitedly waiting ever since to see the images, and hear all about it, and I am delighted to be able to share the wonderful results of their day on the Loch.
Vicki shares her recollections.
"On a bright breezy morning in May 2011, Weddings at Loch Lomond gathered at Boturich Castle to turn one special couple into their iconic cover image by bringing together some of the areas finest wedding suppliers to create a special photoshoot."
"Having rested well at Lodge on Loch Lomond the night before, Karen Dowdall and Robbie Porter were driven to Boturich Castle set high on the Eastern hills above Loch Lomond to begin their special day."
"Karen had her make up and hair styled expertly by Angela of Stardusts Hair and Make Up in Boturich Castles dayroom, whilst Robbie visited Totally Tartan in Alexandria where he was fitted with his kilt transforming him into a true Scotsman for the day."
"And then the moment arrived – Karen slipped on her wedding dress.
A stunning deep red taffeta Ronald Joyce design called Daneille, designed by Veni Infantino which was supplied by The Wedding Planner of Helensburgh."
"We held our breath as she walked down the stairs looking truly stunning!
They both received their flowers – a hand tie for Karen and a button hole for Robbie - a mixture of Grand Prix roses, jasmine and thistles, lovingly put together by Helensburgh Flowers."
"Karen and Robbie even had the pleasure of choosing some stunning wedding rings by designer Sheila Fleet who specially made a red stone and silver kilt pin for Robbies kilt too."
"Graham Wilson Photography set about photographing the day directing Karen and Robbie from picture to picture as all good wedding photographers do.
Leven Films, with camera in hand filmed each moment perfectly, to produce our fabulous video."
"The special couple then were treated to not one but two modes of transport – a vintage Rolls Royce from John H Glen and a white Jaguar from Double Six Limos.
After filming had ceased in the castle grounds with the cars, everyone moved into the large glass marquee which overlooks the cool clear waters of Loch Lomond with Ben Lomond towering in the distance."
"A full table was laid with glass wear; cutlery and napkins kindly supplied by The Cruin, with place cards, table number and menus by Cherish Stationery.
A huge glass candelabra was placed in the centre of the table dripping with roses and thistles supplied by All Dressed Up and decorated by Helensburgh Flowers.
Twinkling diamonds were scattered, silver charger plates were placed and red satin sashes were tied to the chairs by All Dressed Up to bring the colour scheme alive."
"We were delighted to have three cakes to photograph on the day from Confetti Confection, Rainbow Cakes and a yummy sweet cake from Gems Balloon Box who provided large red colourful balloons too."
"We even had a table full of wedding gifts, picture frames and wedding cards supplied by The Loch Lomond Gift House too."
"Colin Lawrie Piping Services kept everyone entertained with fabulous Scottish tunes whilst Orla, the Golden Eagle arrived from the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre.
Her presence was truly majestic."
"We broke for lunch and headed to The Rowantree Tavern in Balloch.
Graham Wilson took Karen and Robbie up to Drymen, then over the other side of the Loch to The Cruin and Lodge on Loch Lomond where we managed to get some cracking shots."
"Whilst at The Cruin, Karen and Robbie (who is a Marine Engineer) were treated to a quick sail on the Loch aboard RA Charters boat Beau Jangles.
It was then back over the hill to Helensburgh to The Rosslea Hall Hotel, Rhu to take our final shots of the day."
"The red dress was taken off and carefully packed away along with all the lasting happy memories of the day. Karen and Robbie Porter, thank you so much for becoming the faces behind our brand and hope that you have a very happy life together now that you are married.
And thank you to all the wonderful suppliers who pulled together, to help create such a fantastic day. Everyone can be found right here on our website."
"As for the video – well you’ll have to watch it again and again to appreciate just how fabulous a place Loch Lomond is.
Link is HERE."
"One day when you come and visit you can say, I’ve been there before, and we will be standing by to help you plan your perfect wedding!"
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