The last thing you expect to happen when you go for an afternoon tea with the girls is to end the day as a fiancée…little did I know, this was going to be the start of my journey to becoming a Mrs!
In May, my sneaky friends sent a message to organise a long overdue, girly day out. I was oblivious that they were helping my even sneakier other half Tim in his plan to pop the big question. As life is so busy these days, I jumped at the chance for all of us to finally get together. One of the girls suggested the Marcliffe, which at the time I thought was maybe posher than usual for us but I went with it, still none the wiser!
On the 30th of June, we went into Aberdeen and arrived at the fancy hotel. Shortly after being seated, a waiter came to the table and said there was an urgent call for me. Cue the panic! He led me out to the terrace behind the tearoom and told me to wait there, and he would be back in a second. At this point, I was extremely confused. Two singers came out of nowhere and began singing our song, ‘Ain’t Nobody In The World’ by John Legend, at this point it clicked, and I was overcome with emotion. Another two singers then joined them, and it was beautiful.
I looked round to see Tim standing there, he led me to a quiet spot in the gardens, got down on one knee, and I said yes without hesitation. After the tears, he suggested that we go back in to tell my girls. Unbeknown to me, a room full of our family and friends would be waiting to congratulate us. I was completely overwhelmed at all the thought that had gone into making this day so special. To date, it was the happiest day of my life. We spent the afternoon and evening celebrating with copious cocktails – it was perfect.
It’s a date…
It didn’t take long after the engagement to begin planning, every girl plans their wedding years in advance, right? Pinterest had become my favourite app. We always had an idea of when we would want to get married and decided on mid-week because we could get a lot more for our budget that way. Also, there are usually no football matches on a Thursday so it meant my groom wouldn’t be hiding under the table watching the results from his phone!
As I am a teacher, we opted for a summer wedding. That means I’ll have time off before the big day to prepare, and time off afterwards to enjoy the honeymoon period. We didn’t want to wait too long to start our married life, so decided that July next year would be ideal.
A berry beautiful venue…
We had talked about weddings for a long time; I always wanted to get married in Scotland and luckily my Londoner fiancé agreed. We didn’t feel that a hotel wedding was right for us and really wanted to find somewhere different that we could make our own. I have always wanted to be very hands-on with the organisation, planning and décor of the wedding to make it more personal and meaningful.
I’ve always been a fan of Barra Berries, and after doing a bit of research, I found that The Barn @ Barra Castle had recently opened a unique wedding venue in the North East. We fell in love with everything about it instantly: the amazing space, the rustic feel and the location nestled right in front of Bennachie. After going for a visit, we knew it was the one.
We could picture our alter under the stunning beams, and imagine all the special touches we could add to the venue to make it our own as we looked around. The caterer we wanted to hire was one of the top affiliated choices for the venue, and the amazing guidance from the team made it an easy decision.
When we visited The Barn @ Barra Castle, they had one Thursday left for July 2019, so it was meant to be!
Top Tips for finding the perfect venue:
- Try to gauge a rough idea of numbers so you can ensure you find a space that will accommodate both your day and evening guests comfortably.
- The setting and decor of the venue were really important to us. Look for somewhere that you can envision yourself walking down the aisle, will complement your decor ideas/theme and most importantly provide a picturesque setting for photographs.
- Check out the catering options with any venue, make sure that you research affiliated caterers and what they include in their packages, taste their food and speak to them directly. Attending exhibitions at various venues will give you a great feel for the venue itself and affiliated caterers and suppliers.
Stay posted for the next blog where I’ll be looking at getting a taste for the right caterer.
The Future Mrs Jones x