Another stunning bride, Jen and her groom, Craig share some of their wedding photos and highlights from their special day at Lochside House this year.
Over to Jen and Craig – Enjoy!
Why your chosen venue
We first got engaged at Christmas 2005 and spent some time just going around different venues to get an idea of what we were looking for. We visited a place every couple of months and after a year we had maybe visited about 10 venues, none of them ‘did it’ for us. They were either too expensive, or needed upgrading or we didn’t warm to the staff. Then a work mate recommended Lochside House to us; it was over an hour away from our home but we thought we would check it out and immediately fell in love. It just had everything, the right price, the exclusivity, amazing food and the staff – the staff were really what sold it to us as everyone, from the owner down to the reception staff, give outstanding service. The other thing we fell in love with was the ceremony room – with its panoramic views over Loch of the Lowes.
Best memory from your day
This had to be standing across from Craig during the ceremony and looking at his face when he said his vows. We had a humanist ceremony and we both had to email our celebrant a little piece about what we meant to one another, however we weren’t allowed to read each others until we heard it on the day. Hearing the lovely things he said about me was so special and I am so glad we captured it on dvd.
Where you got your dress from, any memories from dress shopping?
I have a bit of a funny story about my dress. My mum and I went to a wedding show at Lodge on the Loch at Loch Lomond not long after I got engaged. We hadn’t even set a date yet but we were considering LOTL as a potential venue. I spotted this lovely dress at one of the stalls and pointed it out to my mum as a potential style and colour for the future. The girl asked if I wanted to try it on, and I said no, but my mum cajoled me into it and I fell in love. The girl said she might be able to do me a deal as it was sale stock, so she came back and offered me my dress, plus veil, shoes and tiara of my choice for £200!!! I snapped it up, thinking I could sell it on ebay if I changed my mind. Four years later, I still love it and am so glad I bought it.
Worst bit about planning
The worst bit about planning was definately trying to please everyone else. Everyone will have their own ideas about what you should and should not do/have/buy/serve etc and the biggest lesson I learned was to just make sure we had what we wanted as you can never please everyone.
Best bit about being married
The best bit about being married is just being married I guess. It’s amazing to wake up in the morning and know I am his wife, after waiting nearly five years to make that come true. It is also so nice not to have to plan a wedding now, and to have the time to spend with my lovely husband.
Any fabulous worthy of note pressies, or gift list recommendations?
We were just so overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and kindness. We have been able to do so much to our house to really make it feel like a home, things we would never have been able to do, and we are so grateful to our friends and family.
Some wonderful photos, and what a fab dress – a true bargain indeed!
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Brown, thanks for sharing your special day with us and all the best for the future.
All photos were taken by Loudoun Media.