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Allison+Adam

Photographed by Andrew Lynch Photography

at Western House Hotel

Ayrshire-Scotland

Romance blossomed across the aisles of the local supermarket, with Allison being nicknamed “that girl from Morrison’s”. Their wedding day was all about music and family. We love how they brought it all together, and managed to arrange the perfect weather for an outdoor wedding ceremony.

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How did you meet and become engaged?
Adam had originally saw me in Morrisons supermarket during a few weekly shops before I even knew he was. We ended up randomly meeting at a house party and it basically went from there. I think I’ll always be “that girl from Morrisons”.
We got engaged in Loch Lomond on the 1st of December 2012. A group of us were away on our annual trip and we were staying in a suite with a bay window which looked out on to the Loch. Adam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him…I of course said yes and immediately ran to my sister’s room to tell her the news.
Our wedding was inspired by…
Music and family. Music: I have a strong passion for music as I grew up with a dad who played in a band so it was important for me to portray this. My invites which I made myself were event tickets and the RSVP was a tear off slip to be returned. The table names were made of black records with particular artists and songs as the names which I made myself. The gifts were CDs of all our favourite sings which I also made myself. Our guest book was a black guitar which all the guests signed with a silver pen. All the bouquets had music note ribbon and the gents button holes were made out of sheet music. We also had live acoustic music at the ceremony and before the meal which was amazing.
Family: My veil belonged to my mum, my ring box was my nanas, my shoes had messages written on the soul, my second dance was just for my dad. I had a Ford badge pin which belonged to my brother, my sister was the MC at the speeches and I had a brooch on my bouquet from my papa.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
It was a gorgeous day in September (one of the nicest of the year) and we managed to get married outside. There was an air show on at a near by air field so they were flying overhead as we got married. I was told that they made a heart in sky, but I never got the chance to see it. Also surprising was that my nana was there. She is 93 and I didn’t think she would make it. But she was there in a wheelchair and it was truly amazing. It was the only time I cried all day – she looked amazing and I was so happy she got to see me get married.

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What was your first dance song?
Our first dance was “It means nothing” by The Stereophonics as this was our song, by a band that we love and have seen several times live. My second dance song was “Little Respect” by Erasure as it is a song that means something to my Dad and I.
Any advice?
Get planning as early as is possible – it saves so much stress and hassle leading up to the day. I had everything done at least one month before, which left me with the rest of the time to relax and get pampered and collect the things that had to wait till the day. Keep a spreadsheet to tally up spending and see where you have saved – it’s amazing what you can do on a budget if you work out where the larger spends should be. Don’t fall out with family and make it all about you – they care just as much as you do. It may always seem like that but its true and they are the ones that mean the most at the end of the day. Lastly, take a minute in the day to take it all in – its one day one time and you want to see how much everyone is enjoying themselves and the hard work was all worth it. All of this made me one of the calmest brides ever and I enjoyed every minute…
Why Scotland?
I am very patriotic and I would never get married anywhere other than Scotland. I kept my wedding local to Ayrshire which allowed everyone I asked to come.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Seeing my groom’s face as I walked down the aisle. He was as happy as me and I’ll keep that look in my head and heart forever for days when life might get tough. I also still cant believe just how lucky we were with the weather and how truly happy all my guests were. It really was the best day from start to finish.

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Top advice from Allison on planning. Anyone else loving the sound of having that final month to enjoy, without any last minute stress? Alie x
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VenueWestern House Hotel, Ayrshire. From the second I drove up the tree lined drive I knew that it was the venue I wanted and even delayed the wedding till September just to get it as I had originally wanted a spring wedding.
PhotographerAndrew Lynch Photography. My husband and I don’t like the over posed pictures and did not want to spend hours taking pictures, which Andrew completely understood and took some amazing shots which we were extremely happy with. So many photos – its hard to chose a favourite.
FilmmakerLoudon Media. There was so much footage we actually had to have two DVDs instead of one and a separate 25 minute montage (great just to have on to show people without having to sit through 2 hours of film). We also had a diary room where our wedding party got to leave personal messages for us, which we didn’t see till we got the DVD.
Florist – Myra Craigan from Balloons and Blooms. I had a particular idea of what I wanted my flowers to be like as I wanted a musical theme. I had ribbon musical notes wrapped round the stems of each bouquet and my flowers were blush and ivory. Myra was amazing and made my bouquet as I wanted and it was nothing like anything she had done before. I also had a key brooch attached to my bouquet which my papa (who died 10 years ago) gave me when I was a little girl. (this was my something old)
Make-up artistMillenium Beauty Kilmarnock
Wedding dressEllis Bridal from Opus Couture, West Kilbride. This was the first dress I tried on and the one I bought. Nothing compared to it for me. It had all I wanted; it was plain and simple with lace flowers detail to the bodice, button down and key hole back.
Accessories – My headpiece was costume made by Corrine Smith Design. I also got my earrings, bracelet and bridesmaids jewellery from Corrine. She was truly amazing and took the time to find the perfect pieces for me. My shoes were from Dune and I had my bridesmaids and my mum write a message in blue pen on each shoe the night before the wedding (this was my something blue). My cathedral veil was my mum’s which she wore 37 years ago. It had flower lace detail which matched my dress perfectly (this was my something borrowed). I had a blue Ford car pin badge attached to my garter which was my brothers as he loves Ford cars (another something blue). My ring box was a vintage old red leather ring box from an old jewellers in Kilmarnock which was given to me by my nana (another something old)
Groom’s outfitMackenzie Kilt Wear, Glasgow. Adam had a brown sporran and ivory cravat while the others had a seal grey sporran and blush cravat. All men were given a personally engraved pocket watch to wear on the day. I also personally made the button holes out of sheet music paper and added a blush pink and duck feather with pearl in the middle.
Bridesmaids’ dresses – I ordered these from China and got them delivered. Dresses were made to order and were absolutey stunning.
Stationery – I made all of the wedding stationery myself including invites, table names, placecards, order of service, centre pieces and gifts.
Cake – My mum’s friend made my beautiful 3 tier cake.
Band & musiciansThe Kiks, booked through Coast Entertainment. The Kicks played a wide variety of music and the dance floor was full all night. We also had Chris Suckle (accoustic guitar at the wedding ceremony). Chris was just perfect and a truly lovely guy who did everything we asked. He was an excellent entertainer and everyone loved him.