From their romance on the rally circuit (not a phrase we thought we’d ever write!) to their relaxed celebration in the beautiful Scottish Borders, we just love Louise & Kevin’s wedding story. Enjoy their highlights film…
Who saw who first?
It was probably quite mutual. Kevin and I both compete in the Scottish Rally Championship as co drivers, when we first met we were always competing just a few cars apart, so competition was fierce! If I’m being honest though, I probably saw Kevin first. Our romance finally started when we competed on the Tour of Mull rally in 2005.
We were inspired by…
I spent a lot of time on Pinterest! Both Kevin and I are very laid back and enjoy the country life, so we wanted a very relaxed day. We didn’t have a theme, just lots of things that we like and that meant something to us both.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
I’m from the Highlands, so my dad spent some time collecting stag antlers from the hillsides back home and I painted these white and used them as our table centre pieces.
We incorporated our love of rallying, by using some of our rally maps on our invites and as part of other decorations. Our table names were all named after rally stages that carried some significance for Kevin or I, or both of us.
My mum helped me make our invites, order of service, confetti cones, table plan and all the finishing touches like favours. Of course, I was delighted and very proud to have Steve Bannister, who I co drive for, drive me to the church in the rally car we compete in together. Steve and his wife Ol are very close family friends also, so that was very special to Kevin and I. Both Kevin and I have enjoyed many years of rallying in that car, so it meant a lot to have it as part of our big day.
What was on your wedding menu?
Pressed terrine of melon, sweet basil sorbet, watermelon, lemongrass gel; Roast Lamb Rump, potato Dauphinoise, Alsace Cabbage, Celeriac; and Warm chocolate financier, rum and raisin ice cream.
First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Neither Kevin or I are fond of being the centre of attention, and Kevin isn’t a huge fan of dancing, so we opted for a relaxed shuffle and asked everyone to join us shortly after!
What is your advice for future brides??
Be as organised as you possibly can be, and plan well in advance. Try not to get stressed by the little details – always remember the focus of your wedding….being with the man you love most in the world with all your nearest and dearest to share it with you. Relax and enjoy it and everyone else will too.
Where did you spend your wedding night?
The Roxburghe Hotel in the beautiful Bowmont Suite.
Kevin was born and bred in the Scottish Borders and myself in the Highlands. We are both very proud of our heritage and for us there was no other option. We both feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country and we were very lucky to have two such amazing settings for our wedding day to share with our family and friends.
What was the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
There were so many moments…it was an overwhelming feeling, knowing that all the people that matter most to us were there to share our special day. However, I think the most special moment was walking up the aisle and seeing Kevin. He was very emotional, which is very unlike him and surprised me hugely, but at the same time made me realise just how much he cared.
This has got to be one of my favourite wedding cars ever! Anybody else going for something a bit different? Christina x