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The Day

Calling it “The Day” isn’t really accurate. For us it was the start of a fantastic holiday with Mum and Dad (Val and Tony) and the girls in one of our most favourite places: Scotland, and Loch Lomond. For our guests it was a couple days away helping us celebrate our amazing day.

You can see below how our celebrations spanned the couple of days we were at Ross Priory, having booked all of their rooms for everyone to enjoy this amazing venue.

Monday 1st August

Welcome Drinks: 4pm

We anticipated that most, if not all, of our guests would be arriving at Ross Priory on Monday 1st of August. So 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 retiring to get ready for the big day.

We left everyone to organise their own meals on that day — there were plenty of options if anyone fancied going out and about — but we highly recommended the bar menu at Ross Priory, having sampled it during our first visit in September 2015.

We were in in the bar area from 4pm for drinks and thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s company. Darren, Dad and the girls left around 7.30pm to go back to our holiday cabin for the night (so that the bride and groom didn’t see each other until the big moment). Shelli and Mum stayed at Ross Priory.

Tuesday 2nd August

Ceremony: 2pm

The wedding ceremony took place at 2pm. We w’re planning on holding it outside in Ross Priory’s beautiful grounds if the weather was good enough, but sadly mother nature didn’t play ball so it was held in their stunning ceremony room.

After the ceremony there were canapés and bubbly, and a chance to mingle, whilst our photographers worked their magic.

Wedding Breakfast: 5pm

Ross Priory really were truly amazing. Because our numbers were quite small, they kindly agreed to let us mix and match the vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. This meant our guests were free to choose — for example — a veggie starter and a meat main, or visa versa.
Q
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.
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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).

Reception: 7.30pm

The evening reception started around 7.30pm and was a relaxed affair. After lunchtime the casual visitors to Ross Priory were pretty much non-existent (it’s more or less in the middle of nowhere) and we pretty much had the venue to ourselves. There’s a lovely bar and a dance floor, for those who felt 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 played some tunes from one of our iPods over the venue’s sound system.

We also had Bygone Booth set up to take silly photos, with prints given to everyone at the time, along with digital copies for us. They were a massive hit, especially with the kids!

Gifts

No Gift Related Pressure!

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

We really appreciated everyone being with us on our big day, especially considering how far away it was being held for everyone, and that to us was the biggest gift everyone could give us. Having everyone there to make our day so special was all we could have ever asked for!

Accommodation

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

We checked the numbers and there was 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.

Once we knew everyone’s date requirements for rooms we liaised with the venue, allowing us to ensure rooms for our girls and Mum and Dad (Val and Tony) were allocated to ensure that they were next to each other, giving us an undisturbed wedding night!

Wedding Party

Father of the Bride
Mother of the Bride
Chief Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid
Best Man
“Matron” of Honour