Our Wedding, 9 October 2002

On 9 October 2002, we were married at Prestwick South Parish Church in Scotland. The reception was held at the Brig o’Doon House Hotel in Alloway, a venue which stands on the banks of the River Doon and has the bridge made famous in Robert Burns’ Tam o’Shanter at the back of its grounds.

I was in the Campbell Tartan, and Len had a lovely silk stole in the Campbell Tartan that was somewhat troublesome to find!

As the wedding was to be in Burns country, we tried to theme the wedding to add a bit of local culture and heritage to the day, especially since we had some guests who were travelling from afar (south England, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and even Kazakhstan!).

Scan of Lorraine’s sketch

We designed our own cards on the PC using a wonderful sketch that Len did of the Brig o’Doon that we scanned. We used this sketch for the invitations, the thank-you cards and to make themed labels for our favours. Len made up the ladies’ favours herself by filling little sachets with lavender (for which many thanks are due to Maria Cristina and Jazz Murphy!)

The gentlemen’s favours were wee books of Burns’ poetry with a themed sticky label pasted inside.

Lorraine did the flowers herself too. She started gathering wild flowers months in advance and dried them out using silica gel. The confetti was also made up of dried-out petals that we put into little baskets and gave to the three flower girls (my three nieces – Nicole, Chloe and Erin).

We had our cake made in the shape of the Brig o’Doon by a little shop called Sugar and Spice in Troon and they did a wonderful job! The iced groom was also in the kilt!

Music was provided by the Dukebox Showband, a band we found when trawling the Internet as the whole wedding was organised from our home in Luxembourg which made things a little more difficult that usual. In fact, we hadn’t even seen inside the Brig o’Doon House Hotel until a few days before the wedding! The band were great and did all the hard work of catering to the guests. Mind you, the ceilidh dancing was a bit of a shambles, but at least we tried!

The day after the wedding we arrived back in Luxembourg at about 10pm, emptied our cases and repacked them ready to be picked up at 4am to head off to Rhodes on our honeymoon, where we spent a week relaxing. It was great finally to be able to stop and enjoy being married.

Our good friend Rick Booth agreed to take our “official” photos on the day and he did a great job with his old analogue camera producing some great black and white shots. Nice one Bike!

Thanks are also due to Chris & Hazelbud for sending us the CD of their pictures – theirs were the only pictures to include Dad Campbell outside the church so thanks!