We got engaged on Adele’s 40th birthday at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh – it was a surprise for Adele, although our daughter was 7 at the time!
We wanted to get married on our own, we didn’t want a big fuss, and we came across Crear after seeing it in a wedding magazine. It ticked all of the boxes for a quiet, intimate wedding. The cottage looked gorgeous, and we were allowed to take our dogs. We wanted somewhere that we could go long, scenic walks.
We didn’t really have any expectations for the day, we knew it would be fab. We had visited the church and the Minister David Carruthers at South Knapdale Church in the February, we had taken our daughter with us so that she knew where we would be getting married, but we thought that she would have been bored coming with us, and rather than pick one or two relatives to come along, we decided to do it completely on our own and have a party the following week that everyone could attend without having to make a long journey.
Our wedding day was perfect, from the lovely girls who came to do my hair and makeup, to us travelling in the car together to the Church, to us walking down the aisle together (as the Minister put it, we are both making this decision to be together, at our intimate ceremony. I worried that I would regret not having family there, especially our daughter Charlotte, but I didn’t at all, I was so happy walking down the aisle with Gavin by my side before we exchanged vows.
Do it the way you want to. We upset a few people by choosing to go it alone, but we knew it was right for us. Leave the planning to the fabulous Crear team, we had literally nothing to stress about other than what we were wearing. After the ceremony we went back to the Cottage and drank pink Champagne, took our three Border Terriers to the beach for a walk, and then went to the Kilberry Inn for a fantastic, relaxed meal.