The Parsonage at Dunmore Park is able to boast that it is ‘Scotland’s most elite & exclusive private home.’  The venue is a fabulous fusion of Victorian grandeur and contemporary design! The Parsonage is only available for hire, on an exclusive-use basis for a limited number of days each year!!

Unfortunately, Gillian and Neil were unable to hold their wedding celebrations at their first venue choice, but the Aurora group has a superb portfolio of venues, so they were able to offer Gillian and Neil a truly unique venue for their wedding in June 2014. We caught up with them to hear how it all went.

The Parsonage, wow. What a fantastic venue. Were there any reasons behind getting married at this location?

As Neil is from Fife and I am from Glasgow we wanted a venue in the middle! We originally booked our wedding reception at a venue in Stirling. However, I was later contacted by the venue to explain that as the building was under renovation it would not be ready on time. As a result we looked at other possible venues owned by the Aurora Group. We booked The Parsonage as we loved the fact that we had exclusive use of the venue and could have our ceremony in the beautiful Gallery and reception in the marquee.

I’m desperate to know, how did Neil proposal?

We got engaged 8th February 2013 Neil proposed during our skiing holiday. On our last day he kicked off his skis, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. After waiting almost 5 years, of course I said yes!

Tell me about the day. Did you have a theme?

The main inspiration / look of our wedding was simple elegance with a vintage feel. The weather was definitely not in our favour as there was torrential rain all day and even a thunderstorm at one point! Despite this our day was perfect! The ceremony was beautiful and moved our guests to tears. The food was delicious and the speeches made by my dad and Neil were amazing; I felt so proud. When our evening guests arrived the party definitely started! The band played a fantastic mix of retro and ceilidh music, which ensured the dance floor was packed all night long!

What made your wedding day unique?

We both loved our ceremony, as it was so personal. Barbara Millar from Fuze Ceremonies was absolutely outstanding – even though we were the first couple that she has ever married! My mum contributed to the writing of our ceremony, which made it even more special. Our first dance was definitely a favorite moment – even though we were surrounded by people it felt like it was just us.

Tell me a bit about the ceremony? Why a Humanist Ceremony?

I always knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to ‘Balcony Scene’ Romeo & Juliet by Craig Armstrong. Neil’s cousin, Fraser plays in the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and offered to play this for us, which was really special. We opted for a Humanist ceremony as we could personalise it. Our celebrant, Barbara Millar from Fuze Ceremonies, was excellent and moved our guests to tears. Family is important to us and we wanted their involvement in our wedding. Thus, our ceremony included two readings, which my brother, Christopher and Neil’s cousin, Louise, delivered. We also included the symbolic gesture of hand fasting.

Who did your Bridal and Grooms party consist of?

I had three Bridesmaids Laura, who I have been friends with since primary 1, Nicola, who I have been friends with since we were in 1st year at secondary school and Lindsay who I met at 18 and we have been friends since we were in 1st year University.

Our Best Men were Jonathan, Neil’s been friends with him since nursery and Casey, who has been Neil’s friend since school.

Our Groomsmen were Christopher, my Brother and Michael a friend since nursery

What one piece of advice would you give to others planning their wedding?

Invest in a great band! Our band did not have a pre-agreed set list; they played music based on the crowd’s reaction. This ensured the dance floor was full all night! Look online for inspiration – sites such as Pinterest give loads of great ideas for centre pieces, hair styles, make up, flowers, etc.

 Who’s, who? We would love to know which wedding suppliers you used! So the cake, the celebrant, the dress, florist, transport? What did they do to make your wedding feel special? 

Celebrant: Barbara Millar, Fuze Ceremonies

Bridal Dress: Anne Pricilla Bridal
I always had an image in my mind of my ideal dress. I wanted a tight fitting ivory lace dress with a sweetheart neckline and fishtail. I managed to find my perfect dress relatively quickly. The team at Anne Pricilla helped me to accessorise my dress with an ivory satin belt with vintage broach, lace cap sleeves and veil.

Wedding Dress & Bride’s Shoes:
‘Rainbow Couture’ pearl and crystal encrusted peep toes from Anne Pricilla Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses:
Classic champagne dresses from Coast

Groomswear: McCalls of Glasgow
We hired a kilt with matching plaid in the Hunting Pride tartan

Flowers: Designer Flowers
Hand tied bouquets of cream Avalanche roses, pale peach Vendella roses, white Hydrangea and white Bouvardia Buttonholes of pale peach Vendella roses Headbands for flower girls of white gypsophila

Invitations: Ink Spot

Reception: The Honeymoons’ six piece band with sax and fiddle played – a mix of retro and ceilidh music

Transport: Collumbine Wedding Services

Photography: Ramsden Photography

Videography: Mackenzie Wedding Films

Hair and makeup Hair: Jasmine Murphy Hair @ G20 Hair & Beauty

Honeymoon: Trailfinders

Wedding cake: A family friend made our cake, which was ivory with ‘lace’ icing

Music: String quartet during ceremony – family friends