Rachel McDowall contacted me in August 2018 looking for a wedding venue for her wedding. Rachel and her fiancé Paul were looking for an intimate wedding ceremony and reception for close friends and family. The couple were expecting baby Olivia in March 2019 and wanted to marry before Christmas. After seeing pictures on our website and social media, Rachel and Paul booked the venue for the 2nd of December in our Auditorium Gallery and Private Dining Room.
The couple visited Òran Mór in October to see the venue and to discuss their wedding plans, and thankfully the couple fell in love with the venue, and couldn’t wait to get their wedding planning under way. Rachel and Paul were delighted to hear that our Christmas decorations were going to be up for their wedding date in both the Gallery and Private Dining Room.
On the 30th of November I spent my day putting the Christmas decorations up in our Gallery and Auditorium. I have inherited this role in Òran Mór as this is generally a quieter time of year for me and I have to admit – I absolutely love it!
On Sunday 2nd of December Rachel arrived to our Bell tower entrance on Great Western Road in a vintage taxi which was provided by One Fare Day, to marry fiancé Paul. Paul’s cousin Sophie Rocks welcomed guests into the Gallery with the stunning sounds of the harp with a Disney theme soundtrack. Rachel walked down the aisle to the popular A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and was met by humanist Melanie Leckie who married Rachel and Paul, making them the new Mr & Mrs Hastie.
The Gallery was simply dressed with candles and rose petals which Rachel and Paul had provided. In winter the Auditorium Gallery can be dark with very little natural light coming through the windows, but our coloured up lighting and ceiling mural made for an exceptional back drop for the couple’s ceremony shots.
David from Dearly Photography was shooting in Òran Mór for the first time on the day of the wedding, and captured Rachel and Paul’s day beautifully. David completely utilised the views from our Gallery, making the couple’s time in our Auditorium well spent, before moving through to our Private Dining Room. I would like to personally thank David for using my Christmas decorations as a backdrop for the couple’s shots, using our fairy flights provided by Make Believe Events as well as our Christmas tree and banister garlands. I made sure to plaster these all over the Òran Mór Weddings Instagram promoting our Christmas wedding season.
The couple were joined by guests in our Private Dining Room for a three course wedding breakfast, speeches & evening reception. The board room table was dressed with more jars and candles and the bridesmaid’s floral bouquets in vases. Each guest had a place card and a snowflake brooch from the Cancer Research UK and the ladies were given a festive wooden tea light holder which was a beautiful touch and fitted perfectly with the Christmas themed day. The gentleman in the room were gifted a vintage key bottle opener which was tagged with a sweet quote ‘The key to happiness is love & the ability open a bottle’ bought online from Etsy.
Rachel & Paul cut their beautiful wedding cake by Blossom Sweet Cakes which was displayed on a personalised wooden board with their name and wedding date, topped off with roses and a Mr & Mrs Hastie cake topper. The cake was cut, followed by a first dance which was played by some regulars at Òran Mór two piece band Ginny & The Tonic who entertained guests till late into the night.
A massive congratulations to Rachel & Paul on the arrival of baby Olivia who was born on the 28th of March! Thank you for sending me a picture of your bundle of joy, and I hope to meet her one day soon.