You can read about the Ceremony in Part 1.
After the ceremony the guests made their way back from Gretna, pausing to check into their hotels and freshen up before the reception.
They were greeted back at the house by an elegant and relaxed Drinks reception, and were served Canapes, Pimms and Champagne preceding the Wedding Breakfast.
A fabulous Champagne Balloon Arch by Balloons by Inspiridiation, who also created the balloon arches within the house
The lovely Wishing Tree, and the Post Box fashioned by the Groom that can now be hired alongside or seperately from the Candy Cart for any celebration.
Tell us about your Wedding Planning Journey [continued]
"The idea was to do as much of the planning as possible ourselves. I loved sourcing all the suppliers and planning the whole look and feel of the wedding."
"Our little saying that we worked round was “Love is sweet….everything Bling!”
"We wanted some unique features at the wedding so of course had the candy cart (that’s another story).
We used sweetie names for our table names, and gave little personalised cello bags of sweets, as favours, and these doubled up as our place name tags."
Julie used her own Business, "Julies Candy Cart" as a talking point and centrepiece on her Big Day.
"The “Bling” came from my allergy to flowers. I decided not to risk the bright red eyes on my wedding day. It was going to be a flower free zone, apart from the flowers outside of course."
"I found the perfect crystal bouquets online at “A Crystal Wedding” based in Swansea.
Sarah made the two most beautiful matching bouquets for my matron of honours and myself.
Cascades of Swarovski clear AB crystals with a touch of gold beads scattered throughout to complement the gold and silver in my wedding dress."
"I made the other accessories to match the bouquets, these included the men’s and ladies’ button holes, Ella’s magic wand, the table centre pieces, the cake topper and the table plan."
Why did you have an On the Day Co-ordinator ?"The nature of the wedding with it being in our own home, so no venue coordinator at hand, I think, was the main reason.
To have someone there just to make sure the last minute detail was just so. To let suppliers in and make sure they set up as instructed, to welcome the guests with a drinks reception, organise canape service and the waiters/waitresses during the drinks reception.
To oversee that drinks were topped up and that things ran smoothly over all. Mainly to do the things that we thought we might not be able to allocate to other people to do."
"The things that were really appreciated and unasked like the encouragement and calming words when getting ready, and tidying round so our room looked immaculate for the ladies, who were to be using our ensuite bathroom, instead of it being strewn with clothes."
To continue the day the guests then enjoyed a sumptuous meal dually prepared by the fabulous Caterers, and Hog 2 Roast , followed by some rousing and emotional speeches.
Following the meal, the Bride had brought together a brilliant Treasure Hunt to occupy the Guests while the room was turned around for the Evening Reception.
Thereafter as Evening Guests arrived, the Evening Reception got underway with fabulous entertainment supplied by Geoff Nugent of Geoff Nugent and the Undertakers, accompanied by Rich Dugan from Pittsburgh USA.
A last word from Julie "It was a long exhausting journey to plan all that we wanted, but we got there in the end with help from friends and family. We are very lucky to have such talented people around us who gave their time and talent to us on our special day."
Co-ordination - Plans and Presents Wedding and Event Planning - Alison Tinlin [On The Day Co-ordination]
Venue - Anvil Hall, Gretna
Cake - Classic Touch Celebration Cakes, Wishaw
Cupcakes and cake pops - Cup couture, Glasgow
Candy Cart- Julie’s Candy Cart
Hire Items - John Brown Cater Hire, Glasgow (Chairs, tables, fridge)
Jamie Shannon - Hog2roast Dumfries
Balloons - Balloons by Inspiradiation, Uddingston.
Photographers Colin Carpenter and Paul Atherton
Entertainment- Geoff Nugent of Geoff Nugent and the Undertakers (accompanied by Rich Dugan from Pittsburgh)
Piper- Scott Allan (Friend of family)
Other people who supplied, but are not in the business
Douglas Taylor and Russell Harris - Wedding cars
Sheila Tulloch and Moraig Lowman - Catering
Jack and Nathan Colman - Bar tenders
Shona, Eilidh, Alistair and Andrew - Waiting staff (Neighbours kids)
Doug Colman, Nathan Colman, Dyan Spence - Additional Entertainment (singers)