Today we showcase the wedding of Jen and Alan, a bride and groom who found their perfect wedding photographer through this very site! They fell in love with the work of Maureen Du Preez and hired her to capture their big day.
Jen & Alan were married on the 6th of July 2014. Their reception took place at the stunning Solsgirth House in Dollar, Kinross-shire, with a ceremony at the nearby St James the Great church. It was an eventful day with lots of entertainment for their guests, including an energetic performance from Scottish tribal band Clanadonia.
When and how did you meet?
We met online, but after just 2 weeks Alan (crazily) decided to fly from New Zealand to Scotland to meet me face to face and stayed with my Mum and Dad. Our first official date was in a wee coffee shop in my home town.
What was your vision and inspiration for your wedding day?
The most important thing in me and Alan’s lives is our Christian faith. We wanted the church service to be the centre piece of our day, and to be full of joy and music. But I am also a proud scot, and wanted to show his Kiwi family a big Scottish welcome through a ceilidh, piper and celtic entertainment! I have always loved the outdoors and liked ‘homemade’ personal touches- so we went for natural looking flowers arranged by my wonderful arty Mum, homemade favours and table decorations.
How did you decide on the location and venue for your big day?
We almost booked a location in the city centre, but I didn’t feel it was us. We needed a big venue for a good-going ceilidh, and I wanted something out in the country side. The beautiful country house was elegant but not intimidating- somewhere we felt we could still relax.
What was your favourite moment of the day?
Too many to decide on one favourite moment! The service was full of excitement and praise, which we loved. I also felt so special listening to my new husband’s speech after dinner.
Do you have any tips or advice for other couples planning their wedding day?
My tips would be involve your organised friends/Mum/sisters if you’re not a great organiser (like me!). Also be able to compromise- some elements of my day were different from what I’d planned as a little girl. The rings, venue, food even my dress were different (and my husband wasn’t a Scot- so no kilt for my groom!), but what I got was better than what I’d imagined! And it suited out needs much better. Also beware of turning into a crazy person- so many details to organise, especially a few days before the big day, can take their toll on even the most down-to-earth people! Keep your marriage at the centre of your thoughts about the day and having a great time with loved ones. Who cares about the chair covers?