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Holy Loch DIY Wedding

From a surprise proposal (live on Good Morning Britain no less) to a DIY wedding in a Scottish Castle, this pair know how to celebrate in style. We love their vision of spending a weekend with friends and family with everyone ‘mucking in’…

How did you two meet?

We met in Cairns, Australia, both backpacking around the world at the time and ended up in the same dorm room. Tom had me belly laughing from the first 10 minutes of chatting! Our first date was in a Mexican restaurant, which became the reason for our surprise, extravagant engagement. We lived together in London for a while and then moved to Edinburgh.

And how about the engagement?

The engagement was a HUGE surprise – it was on live TV in front of millions, on the Coronation Street cobbles, serenaded by the Doritos mariachi band!

Tom won a competition with Good Morning Britain to propose on Valentines Day in a special way – watch it here:

Our wedding day was inspired by…

Spending as much time with everyone as we could. I couldn’t imagine just one day, the run up to the big day was all part of it and we wanted to savour this. We aimed to have it relaxed, fun and everyone mucked in to get it all ready.

Tell us about your venue

Hafton Castle is a beautiful, old castle with views over Holy Loch. It has 19 bedrooms, all with en-suite, a lovely reception area, a bar, swimming pool, snooker table and fantastic gardens, so was ideal for intimate weekend wedding. We had the run of the place and could decorate as we wished – having this freedom was fantastic and exactly what we wanted.

How was dress shopping?

I wanted a very simple wedding dress to start with, as I knew I’d add to it as I went along – I had a fantastic dress maker, who knew exactly what i wanted. She worked on my sister’s dress so I knew she was the best and I had an idea to add a big bow on the back and it turned out just as I had wished. My veil was my sisters (something borrowed) that I had altered to add the hemmed edge.

And how about the groom’s outfit?

The suit was designed for the England football team for the 2016 Euros. It was cut from 100 per cent British cloth sourced from Alfred Brown mill, featured a football pitch lining and the World Cup gold star on the inside – Tom’s not a massive football fan, but he shopped about for a navy suit that fitted well and as soon as he saw and tried this on, it was perfect. It didn’t give England much luck, but it worked a charm for him!

What did you do for evening entertainment?

We had a DJ only – our first dance was James Vincent McMorrow, Higher Love.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

We had an interfaith Minister and during the ceremony Tom got a bit excited and basically said ‘I do’ to her rather than me! This had us all in giggles.

Any advice?

Take time to think about what actually matters. Spending time and effort worrying about minor things will spoil the fun! If your prep is on point it’ll be fine – let it go and relax, come the big day it all just fits into place and all you think about is how wonderful it is to be marrying your better half, with everyone you love to be there to share it with you.

Why did you pick Scotland?

I couldn’t imagine anywhere else – I’m Scottish and wanted somewhere that had enough space for all our family and friends to stay. Why would you not want to get married in a beautiful Scottish castle??

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

The speeches – my dad’s speech had him and everyone crying! He couldn’t get through the speech without crying. It became funny and my mum was tried her hardest to get him to pull it together.

The best man’s speech was incredible – Dave was a natural comic with impeccable delivery and stories that were shocking, hilarious and shamefully true!

Everyone dancing to Loch Lomond was also a superb way to end the night and a memory that will stay with us forever.

“Take time to think about what actually matters.” Good place to start and return to when wedding planning… Alie x


VenueHafton Castle
PhotographerBlondie Photography
Hair stylistThe Beauty Box, Dunoon
Make-up artistLeeAnne Fraser
Wedding dressPerfect Moments Bridal Boutique, Elgin, customised by All Sewn Up
Groom’s outfitMarks & Spencer
Bridesmaids’ dressesJenny Packham from Debenhams
CatererRegis Banqueting