Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Ayrshire Winter Wedding inspired by the sea with frosty blue and grey details.
I have known the Bride, Amanda for several years and watched her Business, The Floral Design Boutique blossom.
Its so lovely to share her and Johns love story and their amazing Ayrshire Winter Wedding day…
Jacqui is based in Falkirk in Scotland but travels all over the world.
With her relaxed and unobtrusive style, she captures creative and natural images capturing the best moments from your wedding day.
I hand over to stunning Bride Amanda…
How did you meet?
John and I met at a BBQ in 2014 hosted by the friend who turned out to be our best man!
We lost touch with each other for a few years after that but then started chatting again after a well-timed Snapchat
Tell us about the Proposal…
It was the 2nd anniversary of our first date, also during lockdown so we were unable to go far.
John took the day off work and arranged a picnic for us on our favourite local beach.
As part of his plans, he called me down to the water to look at bottle he had “found” washed up. He hadn’t found it of course, he had made it himself and it was so unique.
He had distressed an old bottle with a message scrolled inside reading “Will you marry me?”
After saying yes, we had a lovely picnic on the sand being congratulated by everyone passing by.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We had been trying to set a date to get married in Summer of 2021 as John’s mum, Jane, was in poor health and we really wanted her to be there.
She was in and out of hospital many times so we could never actually pin a date down and sadly she passed away in the July.
We had a bit of a run of bad news prior to and after Jane’s passing and so we decided to end 2021 on a high.
We set our December date in September and gave ourselves just 3 months to plan our big day.
We honestly can’t say it was difficult though, it was very straightforward.
Probably one of the main reasons for this is that we knew exactly where we wanted to have our ceremony and reception.
We decided to get married on our local beach where John proposed, even though it would be December and potentially chilly that didn’t phase us at all.
We’ve celebrated a few special occasions on that beach now and knew it was a definite for us to say our vows to each other.
We were also pretty certain on The Waterside as our reception venue, and were lucky that they had a date in December that suited.
Any special touches/DIY?
A few weeks before the wedding John and I went a walk along the beach to collect driftwood which we then used to make our archway and centrepieces.
Our archway was a beautiful addition to our ceremony with flowers added to it by our florist.
Our centrepieces were a labour of love, it took us forever to attach all of the driftwood to the vases but we were delighted with how they looked in the end!
Again, they were further brought to life by a ring of flowers around the base by our florist Pretty Little Flowers.
We had The White Company “fir tree” scented candles in each of the vases for dinner too, there was a gorgeous scent in the room.
Our son, Archer, was diagnosed with epilepsy at just 8 weeks old and was admitted to the Childrens hospital for many weeks.
ERUK have been so helpful to us in terms of information and just the epilepsy community as a whole.
What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?
We were happy to let our winter beach ceremony dictate the colours here as we ran with the frosty blues and greys of the sea at this time of year.
I included this in my dress too, a custom made two piece by Wardrobe by Dulcinea with a frosty blue ombre skirt.
Did Covid have any impact on your Wedding Planning?
When we started planning our wedding in September there were very little Covid restrictions in place and in fact things seemed to be calming down so we didn’t have to give it too much thought aside from mask wearing and good hand hygiene.
One week before our wedding though the Omicron variant became absolutely rife and Covid was headline news yet again.
The government were advising people not to go to Christmas parties or nights out and only to mix in a max of 3 households if at all.
Naturally this was pretty scary for us, especially as we have our young twins to consider, and of course for our guests too.
In the end we were able to go ahead though, thankfully our ceremony was outside in a vast open space and for our reception we were able to socially distance our tables.
Quite a few of our guests couldn’t make it though, we ended up 14 people down for dinner, they either had Covid, were isolating or were too nervous to come.
Johns brother was working in South Africa at the time and had caught Covid, he couldn’t get back in time for the wedding due to isolation rules etc but as a surprise to us he made it back in time for the evening reception which was wonderful.
What was the best bit of your day?
When we first got to see each other at the top of the aisle.
We met at the top of the aisle and walked down together, that was a really lovely moment we won’t forget.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
If you can possibly choose a location for your ceremony that means something to you then do.
It’s really nice to have somewhere special you can visit over and over again.
Also, keep focused on the fact that you’re getting married, the party is just a bonus.
Venue: Ceremony: Ardeer Beach / Reception: The Waterside
Photographer: Chic Photo by Jacqui
Wedding Dress: Wardrobe by Dulcinea (Etsy)
Bridesmaid Gowns: Maya from Next
Kilt: Clyde Kilts – Saltcoats
Stationery: Emmy Designs (Etsy)
Hair and Make Up: Pamper and Polish
Cake Maker: Little Cake Parlour
Florist: Pretty Little Flowers
Rings: Sweet Rosie Jewellery
Entertainment: Drinks Reception & Meal Music – Ginny & The Tonic / Evening – DJ
Camper Van Transport: West of Scotland Wedding Cars
To Contact Chic Photo by Jacqui