Our latest #InOurVeils blog comes from the beautiful bride Gemma. Her wedding took place at Western House Hotel Ayr, her dream venue since before she was engaged, and we can certainly see why! Darren and Gemma’s day looked just perfect, with lots of love, laughter and dancing.
Gemma chose a simple yet stunning Joyce Jackson veil to perfectly compliment her dress.
We especially love the sweet photos of Gemma and her dad; these special moments were captured perfectly by Simon Lees photography
How did he pop the big question?
It was so simple but so romantic. We had been together for 7 years and had just bought our first house together at the start of 2014. It was an old house and needed a lot of work and when we still hadn’t moved in close to Christmas Darren was starting to get impatient.
I was more relaxed but then again I didn’t know he had asked my dad for permission and had planned to propose Christmas morning in our first home.
Sure enough he pulled it off and we moved in Christmas Eve, he tossed and turned all night before finally making me go downstairs to open presents. The ring was hidden inside a new bag before he got down on one knee asked me to marry him. I was so taken aback I actually threw the ring away and burst into tears.
When and where did you get married?
We got married on the 21st of May 2017 on our 9 year anniversary at Western House Hotel Ayr. I had dreamed of getting married there before we were even engaged. Its beautiful gardens and stunning location made it the most perfect day.
Did you have a specific theme or colour scheme?
I didn’t have a specific theme but I wanted everything to be light and modern. I tried to keep everything crisp with whites and ivory. The flowers were all white hydrangea and my bridal bouquet had a hint of pink peeking through with some pale pink peonies.
This matched the dusty pink colour of the bridesmaid dresses, and pink rose petals that had been scattered around the ceremony. I like everything to match so the same design that was used on our invitations matched our table plan, table numbers and favours. We also used all the places we had been on holiday as our table names.
How did you feel when you said yes to the dress?
Finding the right dress for me was difficult. Being a young bride I wanted something modern but elegant and it was proving a difficult balance to find. I had been out with my mum, dad and bridesmaids looking in a number of shops, and was ready to settle for one, when my mum talked me into going to one more shop with only her and that’s when I found it. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one, and when I saw my mum’s face I knew I was right.
How did you choose your veil?
I got my veil quite late on as the ones I had tried on I didn’t like. However my dress just didn’t feel complete, so I decided to try on a veil recommended by the bridal store. It was so stunning yet subtle with the delicate crystals along the edge that I couldn’t imagine wearing my dress without it.
Where did you buy your Rainbow Club or Joyce Jackson veil from?
The same place I bought my dress, Bijoux Bridal Boutique. The girls there just gave me so much good, honest advice it was hard to go wrong with my choices.
What was the most favourite and memorable part of the day?
The whole day was memorable and I loved every second, but the moment I walked through the doors to the ballroom where all the guest speaker and Darren were waiting for me to walk down the aisle was the loveliest part of the day for me. Everyone let out a gasp and were all staring back at me with big smiles and I just felt like such a princess. I can’t ever imagine having that feeling again it was a once in a lifetime.
Do you have any advice for brides to be?
Dance all night long. I worried so much about everyone having a good time in the run up and someone told me the best weddings are always when the bride is never off the dance floor. As soon as the band played we were up dancing and everyone just gravitated to the dance floor with us and we danced the night away – all the worrying had been unnecessary.
If you have worn one of our wedding veils, wraps or bridal belts on your wedding day and would like to be featured on our blog – please get in touch with us!
Photographer: Simon Lees
Wedding Veil: Joyce Jackson
Videographer: Thomas McCue
Make up: Lauren Macleod/Marisa Brown
Wedding Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Bridal Boutique: Bijoux Bridal Boutique
Wedding Venue: Western House Hotel Ayr
Stylist: Jam Events (dancefloor/led lighting/led letters/moodlighting)
Florist: Dawn at Ivory Tower Weddings
Cake: Three Tiers and Tea