We’d been together for almost a year and had just moved into a new house when after weeks of packing and unpacking, David persuaded me to have an evening off and celebrate unpacking the last box. He cooked a wonderful meal for us both with wine and candles to accompany it.
Towards the end of the meal David got down on one knee and proposed. It couldn’t have been more romantic. He’d picked a beautiful ring with a thistle pattern. Then it dawned on me why it had taken him 2 hours to get some wood filler from a shop down the road the day before!
Here, Gudrun shares more of her special day with us…
What was the main reason you picked the venue?
As we lived in Scotland with family and friends in Essex, Austria and Scotland we were looking for a venue with good transport links, on site accommodation and most importantly lots of charm.
After looking at numerous venues we found the Marygreen Manor and it ticked all the boxes. It was a recommendation of David’s niece Katherine, who had celebrated her birthday there and remembered what a wonderful place this was.
We arranged a visit and knew it was the one as soon as we saw it. We were given a guided tour around, and to our delight it had a beautiful private courtyard garden, with overlooking guest rooms and covered walkways in case there was rain. The original Tudor style dining room with its oak beams took our breath away. From the start we were given all the information we wanted and perfect advice on which package would suit our guest numbers. We were confident that the wedding team there would enable us to organise everything from Scotland.
Do you have any stories from the day you’d like to share?
It was a perfect day from start to finish. The ceremony was so beautiful even the registrar had a little tear in her eye, everyone was relaxed and the weather was beautiful. We didn’t have a single thing to worry about all day and it was fantastic to see our guests thoroughly enjoying themselves.
I found it particularly wonderful that the 15 kids at our wedding had a great time and formed friendships across language barriers without ever having met before.
Perhaps, the only mishap was that we forgot a part of our wedding dance, but thankfully nobody noticed and we just smiled and carried on.
What were the moments that you remember most?
Everything! There is not a single moment of the day we didn’t enjoy. We can now understand why everybody says “it was the best day of their lives.”
Do you have any advice for future brides?
Preparation is everything! Take your time and enjoy every step. We created lots of memories on the way and in the end getting married became so much more than just the wedding day. Our straightforward sounding plan to combine miniatures of our favourite whiskey and thistle themed home-made shortbread for a Scottish touch ended in a rather memorable mid-winter trip to the Dalwhinnie distillery in the north of Scotland and a 3 month quest for the perfect recipe and shortbread moulds in the shape of a thistle.
I can only recommend giving yourself time to relax and unwind a day or two before the wedding, but most importantly – on the day just let go, don’t stress and enjoy!
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