When I came across Karen on the SWD wedding forum, she was showing off her fabulous creations for her wedding. Hours upon hours of her spare time spent on attaching swarovski crystals to the heels of her shoes or to the tiaras of both herself and her girls. This was going to be a wedding with personality.
After being together for 15 years and engaged for 9 of those, Karen and Craig finally decided to book their wedding in June this year.
So why did the couple chose Culcreuch Castle?
Initial planning began back in 2003 where I gathered every brochure I could get my hands on of castle venues. Fast forward to 2009 where with a mortgage and a child, there was no way the castle venue was going to happen…..until I remembered Culcreuch. We called them right there and then to book a viewing, fell in love with the place and booked for the only Saturday they had left in June 2010!
Our whole entire day was just fabulous but I must admit I was looking forward to our first dance as we had taken lessons. With all the comments we got afterwards and still to this day, I think we managed to pull it off!
I absolutely loved all the planning from start to finish but because I wanted to do try doing mostly everything myself, I may have put a bit more stress and pressure on than required. Saying that however, it’s the way I am. I love having 17 different projects on the go at once!
I made my own and all my girls tiaras, spent weeks hot fixing swarovski crystals to the heels of my shoes, made all the bouquets, reception decor, buttonholes, all my stationery (took a full 2 weeks alone just to do the invites) and welcome baskets for all my guests that stayed at the castle. I was desperate to do my own cupcakes but thought it would be too much so I made the cake topper instead!
Craig and I planned everything together and with a little help from mum and my girls, we got ribbons tied around favours, assembled order of the days and added a squillion diamontes to embellish various pieces of stationery. Craig was just amazing throughout as he is the spreadsheet king and had every single receipt recorded and every task timed. He did the logistics, I did the designing.
It’s strange, being together for 15 years, we already felt married in a way. I guess now that it’s all official, I can finally call myself a wife and a Mrs. I have a husband now, not a ‘partner’. A proper family, in the traditional sense. It does feel different but I can’t really explain it. My 6 year old daughter thinks it’s hilarious – but it gives me goosebumps every time I think ‘my name is Mrs Bruce’
Bet you loved reading that as much as I did – I do love a wedding where the bride and groom stamp their identity by doing things themselves!
Well done you guys – and Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Bruce!
Thanks to John Carroll Photography for all images.