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Pamela and William’s Stunning Lodge Wedding on Loch Lomond

Pamela and William were married on Sunday 27th July 2014 at Lodge on Loch Lomond. They met while on a night out in Glasgow and had their first date the following week. They went for lunch at The Left Bank restaurant in Glasgow.

The proposal happened on a Sunday morning in Pamela’s flat. William got up early to make bacon rolls and when Pamela went into the kitchen, she found William with a ring! She said “he didn’t get down on one knee, but it was very much a surprise”.

They chose Lodge on Loch Lomond as the venue for both their ceremony and reception. Pamela said “My family have always loved going to Loch Lomond. My dad has always had a sailing boat on the loch and we have many happy memories there. So we couldn’t think of a better place.”

Lodge on Loch Lomond

Pamela wore a Pronovias dress from Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow. She said “It was the second dress I tried on. I knew I wanted something a little less traditional but not too far removed. It was made with fine layers of chiffon and was quite slim fitting”. Because the dress had long sleeves and a high neckline, Pamela kept her accerssories to a minimum. She wore her Gran’s pearl studs and a detailed headdress.

A beautician that is a family friend did the bridal parties hair and make-up. “She did an amazing job of transforming my face but still managing to keep it natural looking.” “I knew I wanted my hair up because my hair is so fine it would have looked flat and washed out by the end of the day. Plus, being the summer it was quite warm and I didn’t want it to be sweaty. The bridesmaids all had their hair up also. Their styles were very similar but not exactly the same.”

Pamela Loch Lomond

Pamela didn’t set out with a colour scheme, but after choosing pink for her 4 bridesmaids dresses, everything else was chosen to fit in. Her bridesmaids were her sister, best friend and William’s two sisters. Their dresses were floor length, one shouldered, slim fitting chiffon. The dresses suited all their figures and colourings. They were also bought from Anne Priscilla Bridal. The girls wore pearl bracelets with matching pearl drop earrings.

The groom and best man wore dark grey tweed kilts.

Pamela and William had a short religious ceremony officiated by Pamela’s parents neighbour who is a minister and who has known Pamela since she was a child.

Loch Lomond Wedding Ceremony

Lynne Knott, the florist, provided the table centre pieces on tall podiums as well as podiums of flowers at the entrance and for the ceremony. Pamela hired a white aisle, tea light holders and chair sashes from All Dressed Up, Alexandria. The favours were whiskey miniatures for the men and heart shaped tablet for the ladies.

For the evening reception, Pamela and William hired a band called Something Blue who had been recommended to them by friends. Their first dance was to Paolo Nutini, Loving You. “We didn’t want anything too cheesy.”

“Our photographer was Alan Snelling. He had been recommended to us by the piper, Donald MacKenzie, who my uncle knew! I would recommend Alan to other brides. He was very friendly and Patient! Our florist was Lynne Knott. Again, recommended to us by a mutual friend. Our stationery was provided by Vicky MacKenzie. I picked up her card at the Loch Lomond Wedding Fair. Her personalised cartoon drawings caught my eye. Our cake was made by  Lyndsey at Custom Cakes. The cake was 3 tiers and very simple with a personalised cake topper from Not on the High street. It was plain sponge and fruit”.

For their honeymoon Pamela and William were initially looking to go to Positano in Italy. However, after seeing an advert for a luxury Eco cottage on the Isle of Islay they changed their minds. Pamela said “It was beautiful and very relaxing. After the lead up to the big day it was lovely having the peace and quiet with no one else. Not to mention visiting the 9 whiskey distilleries and beautiful beaches!”

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Photographer: Alan Snelling Photography 

Venue: Lodge on Loch Lomond 

Flowers: Lynne Knott

Cake: Custom Cakes by Lynsey

Cake Topper: Not on the High Street 

Brides Dress By: Pronovias

Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses from: Anne Pricilla Bridal 

Stationery: Vicky MacKenzie 

Piper: Donald MacKenzie 

Decor: All Dressed Up

Band: Something Blue 



Ben and Kate’s Amazing Tipi Wedding


Ben and Kate were married at All Saints and Salutation Church in Darlington followed by a Tipi Reception in the field next to the church.

Luke Holroyd, the photographer said “Kate & Ben’s wedding for me was the highlight of 2014, I couldn’t have dreamed of a better setting, bride & groom and weather to photograph a wedding! Like most people looking to book a wedding photographer they usually ask for recommendations, and Kate & Ben couldn’t have had a more reliable recommendation through Ben’s sister Amy. I actually studied photography with Amy at Derby University so she knew me and my portfolio probably better than anyone!”


“Kate & Ben are an awesome couple, and I first got to meet them in Kate’s hometown of Darlington for their pre-wedding shoot. Well, what a contrast the weather was compared to the wedding date. I’ve never seen rain or at least photographed in rain like it. We could have easily agreed to cancel and just have a chat, but Kate & Ben were ready to embrace the lovely British Weather.”


“Their wedding day.. it was fantastic! Held in Darlington, surrounded by awesome family & friends it was truly a pleasure to capture. The ceremony and reception were all held at the same venue, in which Kate & Ben had transformed the church’s field into one of the best wedding venues I’ve seen to date. Who could ask for better backdrops than TeePee’s, muddy Land Rovers, fantastic colours and car engines for table decorations!”


Kate’s advice is to make your planning experience one to remember; make sure that it is a team effort. “The day is a celebration of you spending the rest of your lives together. Ben has a love of cars and mud and I have a love of bright colours, everything being clean and pretty. It was amazing how we collectively organised such an amazing day.”


Kate said “If I was able to do it all again, I would have been a little more understanding regarding the politics that surround a wedding, with who should sit where and who should come. Sometimes you need to take a step back and realise that people can be a little crazy and you may feel stressed and worried but those feelings are felt by everyone involved.”




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Venue TeePee: Papakata

Flowers: Eliza Blooms, Darlington 

Dress: Madeleine Gardner

Mens Suits: Moss Bros (Ted Baker)

Table Plan/ Calligraphy: Sam Green Calligraphy

Photographer: Luke Holroyd Photography 

A Rustic Wood and Lace Themed Real Wedding: Jesse and Marie

Jesse and Marie were married on 25th January 2014 at South Farm, Royston.


They are a really fun laid back couple who wanted something simple with the themes of wood and lace. The venue was perfect for this with their Rustic looking barn and chickens running around!


Everything was all in the detail with this winter wedding! The bride loves the artist Rob Ryan so everybody bought them tiles for their new house and the guest book consisted of blank tiles for the guests to leave a piece of advice on, which will then go up in their house to be seen forever! They also had an old typewrite with the beginnings of their love story written on the sheet of paper.


The rustic touches were everywhere from the wood and wild flower centrepieces made up of old teapots and lace wrapped jars to the wooden cake stand and the favours were little bags of tea personalised with the couple’s names. The place names were scrabble letters (which the guests had great fun rearranging into naughty words!)


Marie wore a beautiful Naomi Neoh dress to carry on the lace theme and the groom wore tweed.


The wedding planner was Carmela Weddings and Lisa said the one piece of advice she would give anyone planning their wedding is to really think about how your personalities can come through on your wedding day. Guests love seeing little details which make them say ‘that’s so them!’ so focus on that.

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Venue: South Farm, Royston

Planner: Carmela Weddings and Events

Photographer: James Davidson

Florist: Crazy Daisy