Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful Gin inspired Ayrshire Wedding with accents of Champagne and Gold.
Amy and Nicks special day was in 2 parts due to Covid restriction with their beautiful portraits captured in the snow following their January 2021 ceremony, then a fabulous follow up celebration at the Dumfries Arms in August.
Images were capture by The Gibsons Photography.
The Gibsons are Chantal and Scott, husband & wife photographers based in Glasgow but who are up for an adventure and love to travel.
They specialise in telling your story in natural settings in the great outdoors, green spaces and enjoying the seasons with relaxed, colourful, light, bright and fun wedding photography.
Stunning Bride Amy says of the couples day…
How did you meet?
We met through a mutual friend and were friends first.
Our relationship grew to love after lots of fun nights out with friend, and it went from there..
Tell us about the Proposal…
We were in Belfast for the weekend and the sun was shining.
We spent the day on the open top bus tour and enjoying drinks in beer gardens with fantastic live music.
We had dinner in Six by Nico later that evening where Nick got down on one knee after our meal and popped the question.
We were cheered on by all the other diners and gifted a bottle of bubbly by the restaurant.
We ended up being the last in the restaurant in our own wee bubble.
What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?
Classic and neutral with Champagne gold and a pop of bold colour. Oh and gin!
Any special touches?
We had gin miniatures as our favours at our reception. Half were my hometown gin and other half Nick’s.
Our table plan was one of our favourite touches. It was hand watercolour paintings of all of our favourite gins and each table had that bottle filled with lights as part of the centre piece.
Nick is from The Isle of Arran which we wanted to incorporate so as well as the gin favours, we carried out a traditional hand fasting which a piece of Arran tartan in January and then at our reception we drank Arran gin from a Quaich.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
It started pretty quickly after the engagement and once we had a budget it was all go.
We loved the venue hunting although it was hard. We surprised ourselves as our venue wasn’t originally what we thought we’d go for.
Our planning/journey was a bit up and down thanks to Covid (see story below!).
Otherwise, we loved all of the usual processes but saying yes to the dress was definitely the best feeling!
We were pretty organised. Nick loves a spreadsheet which was very helpful.
Did Covid have any impact on your Wedding Planning?
Yes! We were originally planned to be married on the 24th of Oct 2020.
After we went in to lockdown the uncertainty was growing daily. Therefore, in June 2020 we decided to postpone a while as it was looking unlikely we would be able to have our day as we had planned it with all of our guests there.
The new date that we chose was the 16th of January 2021 thinking that SURELY by then things would be better!?
We chose this date as our honeymoon had been booked (pre-covid) for the 25th January and if there was any possibility we could still go, we would want to be married.
However, as before, the uncertainty was continuing to grow therefore we decided to make peace with the idea of a small wedding and if only small numbers were permitted at the time, we would go ahead on January 16th with only our close family, bridal and groom parties at our ceremony.
A large amount of time passed where the number allowed at weddings was 20 – which our close family and bridal/groom part fitted perfectly in, so we were finally hopeful and were full steam ahead for January 16th.
We also secured the 28th August for a celebration/reception.
However, Christmas was looming and everyone was questioning what the First Minister was going to announce about festive celebrations.
We had the horrible gut feeling that Christmas celebrations would be allowed and the timing of the knock on effect would typically be just in time for the 16th of January.
As we feared, it was announced that Christmas mixing was allowed and then return to lockdown on the Boxing Day.
We prayed this wouldn’t cause things to change. However, on Tuesday the 5th of January 2021 the worst happened and it was announced that from Friday the 8th restrictions were getting worse due to rising cases and from the only 5 guests were allowed (including Bride, Groom and officiate).
We will never forget that announcement.
We sat on the couch watching the television and we went numb. We were so close. We sobbed and were silent for what felt like hours.
We didn’t know what to do. Could we do it with 5? Which parents would we choose?
We remember a flippant comment being made about if only we could do it before the rules change to the reduced numbers. And from that moment it started to go 100 mph…
We dissected the Scottish Government announcement and the published guidance and realised that if we got married before the end of the week we could legally still have our 20 guests and travel between council areas was still allowed for weddings.
The next two days were a complete blur. After many disappointing phone calls (venue now shut, honeymoon cancelled) we found a registry office who would be able to accommodate us.
Excitedly, we called our lovely humanist who had been on our wedding planning journey with us and written such a beautiful ceremony, to be disappointed again that she would not be allowed to come to a registry office.
However, the momentum had built and were just so ready to be Husband and Wife and for some time off of the constant worrying and uncertainty of what was to come.
Therefore, we chose to keep going and had a Registrar from the office call us and we made a ceremony.
But what about all the other all the details?!
After many many more phone calls we somehow had flowers and a photographer and since we were technically not allowed to drive to pick up our kilts, we had them sent over to our house in a taxi.
Thankfully the dresses were already done! We were nearly there!
Last but not least we got technical and got to work on figuring out how to hook our go pro camera to a Facebook group that we could live stream our ceremony to.
With just over a day to go, will we tell people now or not tempt fate?!
We decided to keep it quiet and not risk any more disappointment (it didn’t quite feel believable). Also, the weather forecast was threatening snow!
The day came and so did the snow (and lots of it)! Panic was over as everyone felt they could travel and the roads were okay.
Whilst it was very far from the morning we had planned we were so excited. We told the rest of the family and our friends and set up our Facebook group. Everyone was so excited.
Little did we know, as we we were not staying at our venue the night before anymore, one of our wonderful Bridesmaids and Best Man had also been busy making phone calls.
They surprised us with a traditional wedding car for me and her Dad and a flashy Range Rover for Groom and Best man and we got to the venue without hiccup.
The ceremony was wonderful and technology was on our side!
The rest of our family and friends watched from home with a glass in hand. We had some beautiful snowy and socially distanced photos outside with our families and then went off for a few ourselves.
We went to the gardens we had originally chosen for photos and it was even more beautiful in the snow.
Our car waited for us and took us all the way home. Father of the Bride had handed out a bottle of champagne for each household and once home we had zoom speeches and a living room first dance. It was amazing!
A couple of weeks later we had our homey-moon which was a week of delicious food deliveries, cocktails and hot-tubbing in the garden.
We even decorated our living room Caribbean style.
On August 28th 2021 we recreated our day and had a wonderful reception in our original venue with all of our original guests.
The photographers returned and Bride was able to have a full glam team this time. It was worth the wait!
What was the best bit of your day?
Can we pick from both days?
In January, apart from the ceremony, definitely our living room first dance. It was just so unique and intimate.
In August our first entrance was us coming down a beautiful iconic staircase with all of our guests looking up at us.
It was so special and we really felt a sense of ‘it was worth the wait’ but without the nerves
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not a thing. In hindsight what we did was truly so special and what Bride gets to wear her dress twice! We still had everything we ever wished for!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Love always wins. We always wanted a big wedding but all that we really remember was how special and intimate our little wedding was. Anything is possible!
Snowy Portraits in January
Ayrshire Wedding Suppliers
Photographer – The Gibsons Photography
Venue – Wedding 1. Cumnock Registry Office / Wedding 2. Dumfries Arms Hotel – Cumnock
Kilt Hire – Scottish Spirit Tartan from Gilt Edged
Cake Maker – Through the Cake Hole
Florist – Mhairi Me Flowers
Videographer – Code Word Zebra
Rings – Ernest Jones
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