We're married!

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016 @ 2pm

So the big day has come and gone… but the memories will stay with us always!

This website started life as a private and special place for our treasured wedding guests to prepare for our wedding. But now we are officially Mr & Mrs we thought it was about time we opened up our site for all our friends, family, colleagues and nosey parkers to have a look round.

Here you’ll find lots of information on our big day, from the proposal in St Tropez to the big event at Ross Priory, Loch Lomond. Have a read of our blog posts, a browse through our many photographs or a giggle at our little question and answer section.

Not only that but you can find out a little bit more about us here, see some of our favourite memories from when we got together, and if that wasn’t enough, we’ll continue to update the site with important moments in our married life together.

Thanks for coming and sharing this with us.

Big love, Mr & Mrs King. x

Welcome Drinks
drinks
4pm, Monday 1 August

We anticipate that most, if not all, of our guests will be arriving at Ross Priory on Monday August 1. With that in mind we thought it would be nice to get together with everyone during late afternoon/evening for some drinks and chit chat before we all retire to get ready for the big day.

We’ll leave you all to organise your own meals on that day — and there’s plenty of options if you fancy going out and about — but we can highly recommend the bar menu at Ross Priory having sampled it during our first visit in September 2015.

We’ll be in the bar area from 4pm for drinks and hope many of you will be able to join us. Darren, Dad and the girls will be leaving around 7.30pm to go back to our holiday cabin for the night (so that the bride and groom don’t see each other until the big moment). Shelli and Mum will be staying at Ross Priory.

Ceremony
ceremony

2pm

The wedding ceremony will take place at 2pm. If the weather is good we’re planning on holding it outside in Ross Priory’s beautiful grounds, but if mother nature doesn’t play ball we’ll be in their stunning ceremony room.

After the ceremony they’ll be canapés and bubbly, and a chance to mingle, whilst our photographer works his magic.

Wedding Breakfast
breakfast

5pm

 

We need your choice at the latest by July 4, 2016.

Please note: Because our numbers are quite small, the venue has kindly agreed to let us mix and match the vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. So feel free to choose — for example — a veggie starter and a meat main, or visa versa.

Starter

Non-veggie

Butternut squash soup with seared scallop.

Veggie

Baked button mushrooms topped with smoked applewood cheddar, served with chargrilled baguette.

Followed by

Fresh ogen melon with red berry sorbet.

Main

All of the following are served with the chef’s selection of market fresh vegetables and potatoes.

Chicken

Supreme of chicken stuffed with haggis, wrapped in bacon, with a grain mustard whiskey cream sauce.

Fish

Baked salmon fillet with wilted spinach and lemon beurre blanc.

Veggie

Roasted vegetable torte with a tomato basil coulis.

Dessert

Option 1

Chilled orange and passion fruit tart with wild berry basket and lemon mascarpone.

Option 2

Steamed chocolate pudding with dark chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.

To Finish

Coffee and chocolates.

What about kids?

We’re really sorry that we can’t have everybody’s kids at the wedding, but for those that are coming please note that there is a choice for their main course.

Starter

Potato wedges with dips.

Main

Chicken

Roast chicken breast, mashed potato with peas and gravy.

Veggie

Penne pasta with tomato and basil sauce, with a toasted baguette.

Dessert

Ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry).

Any special requirements?

If you have any allergies to certain foods then please let us know in your RSVP! We really like you and wouldn’t want you to swell up like a balloon because you politely ate the nosh.

Please let us know any concerns you may have with regards to the food for our wedding and we’ll be more than happy to liaise with the venue for you.

Reception
reception

7.30pm

The evening reception will start around 7.30pm and will be a relaxed affair. We’re reliably informed that after lunchtime the casual visitors to Ross Priory pretty much dry up (it’s more or less in the middle of nowhere) so we’ll pretty much have the venue to ourselves. There’s a lovely bar and a dance floor for those who feel the need to shake their funky thang!

With such a small number of us we thought it would be a bit over kill to hire a DJ, so we’re aiming on playing some tunes from one of our iPods over the venue’s sound system.

The wedding breakfast being at 5pm, we’ve chosen not to lay on an evening buffet. But should you start to feel peckish after strutting your stuff, rest assured the bar will be open and serving snacks. Let the party commence!

Gifts
gifts

No Gift Related Pressure!

Having moved in together – compressing the entire contents of two homes into one! – we have everything we need that you’d expect to see on a normal wedding list, so we’re not having one.

We really appreciate you being with us on our big day, especially considering how far away it’s being held for everyone, and that to us is the biggest gift you could give us. Having you all there to make our day so special is all we could ever ask for!

That said, if you really do feel uncomfortable about not giving us anything on our wedding day, anything you can give to help us with the cost of the wedding would be gratefully – and graciously – received.

Accommodation
accommodation

We’ve block booked all rooms at Ross Priory for both Monday 1st August 2016 and Tuesday 2nd August 2016.

We checked the numbers and there’s room for all of our lovely guests to stay, which was one of the reasons we went with Ross Priory as our choice of venue.

Please let us know your date requirements for rooms – assuming you’ll want to stay at Ross Priory – with your RSVP and we’ll liaise with the venue for you. This will allow us to ensure rooms for our girls and Mum and Dad (Val and Tony) are allocated to ensure that they’re next to each other, hopefully giving us an undisturbed wedding night!

At the time of writing rooms are available for more than the two dates we’ve reserved. If you want to spend more time in the beauty that is Loch Lomond then please let us know and we’ll again liaise with the venue for you.

Room Rates
Double£100
Twin£100
Single Occupancy£70
Ross Priory

Loch Lomond

Ross Priory

Ross Loan,
Gartocharn,
Alexandria
G83 8NL

(0)1389 830398

Ross Priory

Ross Priory

Ross Priory
Ross Loan, Gartocharn
Alexandria, G83 8NL

(0)1389 830398

Darren & Shelli

Darren

  1. I’m not the sort of person you should put on speaker-phone.
  2. I thought growing older would take longer.
  3. Sometimes I feel quite intelligent. Other times I have to sing the ABCs in my head to remember which letter comes next.
  4. I love it when song lyrics totally apply to my current situation.
  5. If you tickle me, I am not responsible for your injuries.
  6. I may have a bad mouth, but I can do great things with it.
  7. I am old enough to know better, but young enough to do it anyway!
  8. I talk to the cats as if they actually understand what I’m saying.
  9. Admit it. Life would be so boring without me!
  10. Shelli makes me smile without even trying!

Shelli

  1. I don’t have to watch the whole movie to cry at the sad part.
  2. I’ve grown more as a person in the last five years, than in the 33 that came before.
  3. You know those fleeting moments when everything is as it should be? I live for those.
  4. If it wasn’t for Darren, I would be a crazy cat lady.
  5. Nothing de-stresses me more than singing loudly.
  6. My favourite sound is my girls laughing together.
  7. I looked into his eyes, and I just knew.
  8. I can lose hours planning conversations in my head that I will never have.
  9. I like my men like I like my red wine: strong with undertones of fruitiness.
  10. I’m marrying my soul mate. It doesn’t get better than that.
QuestionDarrenShelli
What was your childhood nickname?Tubs (thanks dad!) and NosmoBeanie/Bean Bags
You won £1 million. What’s the first thing you buy/spend it on?Around the world tickets for us and the girls, all four of them!A big country house in Scotland.
If your life was turned into a movie, what actor/actress would play you?Robert Downey Jr.Martine McCutcheon
What is one misconception that others have of you?That I’m a really confident person.That I’m a calm, confident person.
What would you do if you did not have to work?Spend my time in the great outdoors.Sleep a lot more, read a lot more and volunteer for a good cause.
Do you have any hidden talents?The girls tell me I do a pretty good Gollum/Sméagol impression.Nope… what you see, is what you get.
What is your earliest childhood memory?The Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at school in Cliffe Woods.Building snowmen on our roof garden in Sidcup.
Cake or ice cream?Cake…with ice cream!What kind of a decision is that?
What is your biggest fear?Not being strong enough.Failing my children.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?A soldier.A vet.
Read all about it!

Our First Anniversary

A visit to Scotland to celebrate our first anniversary at Ross Priory, and a weekend of fun and games with good friends.

Honeymoon Day

Our honeymoon day spent enjoying the wonderful Scottish landscape, with a bit of James Bond thrown in for good measure!

Meeting The Photographer

An awesome time spent meeting our wedding photographer (Ross) at Ross Priory, including an “engagement” shoot which was so much fun!

Pre-wedding Honeymoon – Day 4

Our final day in the Lakes, taking in a quick walk in the hills, and a walk round Dunham Massey before heading home.

Pre-wedding Honeymoon – Day 3

Not looking forward to the prospect of being soaked to the skin again, we jumped into the car and did a bit of a tour round the west side of Windermere. As a bonus, we managed to get a little walk in too!

Wedding Photos!

Ross' Photos

David's Photos

Bygone Photobooth's Photos

Other Photos

Memories