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Breathtaking summer wedding of Louise and Barry

You know a wedding is going to be pretty special when the baby ring-bearer travels down the aisle in a remote-controlled Merc – Louise and Barry’s stunning wedding celebrations at The Signet Library included some spectacular surprises: read on and find out how they tied the knot in style and kept their guests entertained all night long. . .

Photographed by Craig & Eva Sanders 

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Louise and Barry were determined that their wedding was going to be all about creating an amazing experience for their guests. They were fantastic to work with, and their wedding certainly goes down as one of the most memorable occasions we’ve been involved with.

The bride and groom set the bar high when they arrived for the rehearsal the night before in full evening dress – not for them a quiet night before the big day – they were en route to a lavish dinner on board the Royal Yacht Britannia with close family and friends. A hearty breakfast and a spot of bubbly next morning set any foggy heads to rights and the bride looked fresh as a daisy with her pretty diamante hair decoration and gorgeous white dress complete with diamond decorated bow.

Even without any adornment, The Signet Library is a breathtaking space; add armfuls of billowing roses, golden chairs and tables set with the crispest linen and crystal and it becomes a palace. The moving ceremony (Louise couldn’t hold back those tears) had a double significance as there was also a naming ceremony for the couple’s 10 month old son Freddie – who had the important job of delivering the rings, along with his cousin as passenger in a mini-Mercedes – never has a journey up the aisle provoked bigger smiles!

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The smiles turned into gasps as the next surprise unfolded: hidden among the seated guests were members of the amazing gospel choir, Soul Nation, who treated the audience to some rousing and spine-tingling big-sound singing. Unexpected and a fabulous lift to the ceremony.

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Drinks including flutes of fizz and raspberries were accompanied by some scrumptious canapés, including haggis balls with lavender and honey crème fraiche, and dainty beef wellingtons – just right to keep everyone energized for the celebrations ahead.

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The newly-weds led everyone upstairs to the grand surroundings of the Upper Library for a real feast of a wedding breakfast. Unusually, Louise and Barry had chosen a selection of seasonal dishes for their guests to choose from in advance. Starters included a, dare we say, rather hipster vegetarian option:  pumpkin, pickled ginger and sweet chestnut cheesecake with ruby cabbage and goji berry salsa, served with crispy kale and a parmesan wafer. Carnivores were spoilt for choice with Simon Howie pork spiced with seaweed dust and a delectable Ayrshire chicken roulade baked with cranberry, oatmeal and parsley. For dessert the pear and Drambuie tiramisu was a big hit, along with the French style apple galette with vanilla bean ice cream and a sweet cider syrup.

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Rarely have we run a wedding with so much music! From the gospel choir and jazz quartet to the Karma Rockets who revved things up on the dance floor this was one hot rockin’ wedding. And just when guests might have thought things were calming down, the flipflops came out for the ladies, along with bacon rolls and a whole table of candy treats late on in the evening and lo and behold, the Red Hot Chili Pipers arrived as a surprise final act, playing at full belt, delighting the guests, and ensuring that no-one got to stop until the last drop was drunk and carriages arrived at 1am.

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Congratulations again, Louise and Barry – you were such good sports and we think you deserve all the happiness in the world, not least for giving your guests the best wedding ever (we hope you enjoyed it too. . .)

Venue: The Signet Library

Photography: Craig and Eva Sanders 

Videography: Cinemates

Food & Drink: Heritage Portfolio

Cake: Too Good To Eat

Flowers: Planet Flowers & 27 Alloway 

Entertainment: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Karma RocketsCroon & the CreepersSoul Nation Choir 


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