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Shona and Ben – Something Blue & Something Gold

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Shona and Ben got in contact in April 2018 looking for a wedding venue for both a ceremony and reception for approximately 100 guests in spring / summer 2019. The couple were aware that Saturdays in the summer were popular dates so requested to provisionally hold a date before they could arrange a visit to the venue to ensure they didn’t miss out. After a visit and a date in the diary, the couple assured me that they loved the venue, but would like their parents to pop in for a look before confirming their wedding date for Saturday 8th June 2019. After both sets of parents approved, the couple were ready to book and get the planning underway.

Like a lot of my couples Shona and Ben actually bought a new house the year before their wedding, so we held off until the following December for our first meeting. On meeting the couple updated me with a few of their supplier bookings including their ceilidh band Bahookie, and Shona’s make-up artists for the wedding, my personal recommendation Mitchell and Macinnes.

At our meeting the couple informed me that they were actually friends with another one of our clients Harriet and Jamie, and would be attending their wedding in the January. Shona and Ben were really excited to attend a wedding reception as a guest, and this was certainly a great way of sussing out what they wanted for their own wedding the following year.

Shona and Ben were keen to keep the original blue and gold décor within our Auditorium, blue and gold Brentwood chairs, blue carpet and coloured up lighting with some added rose petals and lanterns to line the aisle. Shona’s mum Frances made the couple’s wedding cake and did a wonderful job of delivering it to the venue in one piece as well as all of her other mother of the bride duties on the morning of the wedding. Frances had help from Shona’s sister Katrina delivering the cake who also had an important role for the wedding, playing the flute for the couple whilst signing their marriage schedule which was a beautiful and personal touch to the couple’s ceremony.

On the day of the wedding Ben arrived at 1pm with his groomsmen dressed in kilts from MacGregor and MacDuff for a drink in our main bar. Photographer McLellan Photography was there early to capture this in plenty of time before Shona was ready to make her way over to our Great Western Road entrance ahead of her 2pm ceremony. I always encourage my couples to have a think about the first couple of rows and reserved seating for the ceremony. Shona made personalised reserved tags for over the chairs, which looked beautiful awaiting the guest’s arrival.

Shona arrived in a stunning dress from Angelique Lamont alongside her parents, and two bridesmaids in stunning blue dresses from Monsoon. The couple were pronounced the new Mr & Mrs Archibald by humanist Maggie Roebuck from The Humanist Society Scotland and exited the aisle where they were met with an exceptional confetti throw. Shona and Ben celebrated with their guests with a glass of fizz and canapes, before heading off with photographer Martin to the Botanic Gardens for some couple shots.

It was lovely to catch up with Harriet and Jamie during the drinks reception, and I actually shared their own wedding blog on the same day which was completely unplanned. But it was nice to show them the blog in person, seeing their reaction on the day was just wonderful!

Guest were called to their seats, referring to a stunningly designed table plan that Shona had personally designed matching individual menu cards, place cards and table signs. The tables were dressed beautifully by Lavender Blue with tall vases filled with stunning flowers matching Shona’s floral bouquet.

The bridal party were piped into dinner and Shona’s father kicked off the speeches followed by Ben and his best man. Guests were then served a three course meal which they had personally selected a couple of months before the wedding.

Shona and Ben cut their wedding cake, handmade by the bride’s mother – which must have been a remarkably special moment for the Forsyth’s – before taking to the dancefloor for their first dance. Rock / Ceilidh band Bahookie looked after the entertainment for the rest of the evening and had guests on the dancefloor until the early hours of the morning.

‘We just wanted to say a massive thank you for Saturday and the lead up to the big day. We had an amazing time, everything was perfect! Thank you so much for all your work and organisation, it couldn’t have gone better 😊 also love all the pictures you put on your Instagram story- thanks for sending me those! We will send you our photos from our photographer when we get them through.’

Congratulations again to the new Mr & Mrs Archibald and thank you for your lovely feedback and for sending us your pictures!

By Pauline Muir

Pauline is the in-house Wedding Coordinator for Òran Mór.

0141 357 6214