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                                                                                                                  How did you meet?
                                                                                                                  We were both working at Continental Airlines, he was my
                 REAL LIFE
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                                                                                                                  boss! He was actually dating a friend of mine. When they
                                                                                                                  broke up I asked if she’d mind me dating him and she
                                                                                                                  said that was fine. The irony is that she married another
                                                                                                                  gentleman who works with us and we’re all good friends
                                                                                                                  now. It’s kind of crazy, everybody looks at us like, ‘You guys
                                                                                                                  are all friends?’
                                                                                                                  Tell us about the engagement
                                                                                                                  Even though my sister lives 1500 miles from us, she had
                                                                                                                  driven down with her husband to babysit, so that we could
                                                                                                                  go out to dinner on Valentines Day. As we left she was taking
                                                                                                                  photos. I was like, ‘What are you doing? We’re just going to
                                                                                                                  dinner...’ Of course, she already knew. Chuck had arranged
                                                                                                                  to have a dozen roses waiting at our table. When we left the
                                                                                                                  restaurant, a horse-drawn carriage pulled up. I was touched
                                                                                                                  because his hands were shaking so much he couldn’t get
                                                                                                                  the ring box out of his pocket. By that time we’d already
                                                                                                                  had a baby together, been together a couple of years – I
                                                                                                                  was thinking, why are you so nervous? It was really romantic
       Tracy Winter & Chuck Deleacaes                                                                             though, despite the rain!
                                                                                                                  How did you enjoy the wedding planning?
       Date:              Friday 1 June 2007
                                                                                                                  We had a lot of fun. I think having a small wedding made
       Ceremony:          The Castle Campbell Hotel, Dollar                                                       it less stressful... I had a few bridezilla moments though!
       Reception:         Harviestoun House Hotel, Tillicoultry                                                   Because most of it was being planned across the pond I
       Photography:       Q Photography                                                                           had to let our wedding planner Yvonne [of Scottish Wedding
       	                  www.q-photography.co.uk	                                                                Consultants] handle a lot of the arrangements. I kept asking
                                                                                                                  her for stuff to do, and she said, ‘Don’t worry about it, it’s all
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                                                                                                                  under control’. And she was right! I had complete blind faith
                                                                                                                  in her, but it worked out well.



      American couple Tracy
      and Chuck planned a                                         Tracy                                           What made you choose your venue?
                                                                                                                  We’d never been to Scotland at the time but loved the
                                                                                                                  romance of the castles. It took us several months to find the
                                                                                                                  right one, and I mean looking literally every night. We chose




                                                                  & Chuck
                                                                                                                  Castle Campbell because it’s beautiful, with its gardens and
                                                                                                                  views across the Ochil Hills. We found Harviestoun through
      Scottish wedding with all the                                                                               an online search of places nearby the castle. It’s really pretty
                                                                                                                  and the staff were so sweet and accommodating.
      trimmings: a castle setting,                                                                                How were you feeling on the morning of the wedding?
                                                                                                                  Even after all our years together, the best man and his wife
      bagpipes... a game of darts                                                                                 kept us apart the night before. The entire morning I was
                                                                                                                  literally locked upstairs in the bedroom like a prisoner; I could
      in the pub                                                                                                  hear them all chatting downstairs but they wouldn’t let me
                                                                                                                  come down until Chuck left!




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                                                                                                                                           Tracy Winter & Chuck Deleacaes
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                                                                                                                                           What about walking down the aisle?
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                                                                                                                                           I was a little nervous. When we went in my maid of honour didn’t follow the
                                                                                                                                           instructions – she walked up the side rather than the middle; that was kind of
                                                                                                                                           comical, which helped break the ice a little. But it was great because Chuck had
                                                                                                                                           no idea about my dress. When he saw it his jaw hit the floor.
                                                                                                                                           What do you remember most about the ceremony?
                                                                                                                                           I remember Ian the bagpiper playing softly, it was very touching and I saw a few
                                                                                                                                           guests welling up.
                                                                                                                                           We hadn’t seen our wedding bands until the ceremony – I think that made the
                                                                                                                                           minister nervous because he ended up dropping them! We’d been dying with
                                                                                                                                           curiosity because we designed them ourselves and had them sitting on our
                                                                                                                                           dresser for about a month. We’d had ‘love eternal’ in Gaelic engraved on them,
                                                                                                                                           with the help of a friend of a friend from the islands, who translated for us. I
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                                                                                                                                           started crying when I saw them sitting there on the bible, they’re so cool.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         19th Century restored listed steading. Built around a colourful,
                                                                                                                                           How did you enjoy having your photos taken?                                                 cobbled courtyard with the stunning backdrop of the Ochil Hills, it is
                                                                                                                                           Simon was very entertaining, climbing around on the castle, joking that he was             ideal for your treasured photographs. A marquee can be attached to
                                                                                                                                           going to get in trouble because it’s a historic place. He’s not only a delight in           the luxurious Tobermory Suite for the larger wedding party. We are
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                                                                                                                                           wanted – there’s one of us hanging out a window with all the guests above                    Member of Tourist Board “Eat Scotland” • Winner of Tourist Board Best Hotel Award 2004
                                                                                                                                           us, that’s one of my favourites. I questioned the setting of some shots but was
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                                                                                                                                           Any disasters?
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                                                                                                                                           Well the best man didn’t quite fit in his jacket, but even the small problems just
                                                                                                                                           added to the day. I made sure I didn’t get stressed out about anything. Chuck was
                                                                                                                                           a nervous wreck though, he was crying all through the ceremony!
                                                                                                                                           What were the best bits?
                                                                                                                                           I liked the look on people’s faces when they saw my dress; pleased but shocked
                                                                                                                                           at the same time.
                                                                                                                                           The most fun was with Ian the piper, the banter was great. He did a fantastic
                                                                                                                                           toast before dinner and then everybody got up in turn and addressed us, with
                                                                                                                                           Ian coaching them in Gaelic. Yvonne had given us a quaich too so we all toasted             Visit us online at ...www.harviestouncountryhotel.com
                                                                                                                                           each other with that. Ian was the life and soul of our reception and we were sorry
                                                                                                                                           to see him go as he was so entertaining.
                                                                                                                                           David – the caretaker at Castle Campbell – took photos of the wedding, had
                                                                                                                                           them developed and blown up and then brought them to our reception. It was
                                                                                                                                           such a wonderful surprise.
                                                                                                                                           We had fun that night when we went to the pub in Tillicoultry. I wore my dress
                                                                                                                                           and we met a bunch of locals. One of my girlfriends and I played darts with some
                                                                                                                                           of them, and we actually beat them! They were so humiliated they left, it was
                                                                                                                                           really funny.
                                                                                                                                           Your biggest challenge?
                                                                                                                                           Putting my faith in Yvonne, only because we hadn’t met her and she was so far
                                                                                                                                           away. But she took very good care of us; there wasn’t one detail overlooked. I
                                                                                                                                           am amazed by how smoothly everything went. The entire wedding was a success
                                                                                                                                           because of her.
                                                                                                                                           Did you stick to your budget?
                                                                                                                                           We kept watching the exchange rate, with the dollar being so weak, thinking,
                                                                                                                                           please don’t go any higher! But we came back with money left over so that
                                                                                                                                           was a bonus!

                                                                     schemes &
                bride to                                               themes
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                bride                                                 We didn’t really have a theme or                                       Scottish Wedding Consultants, 0131 445 1000
                                                                      colour scheme. This was a second                                       www.scottishweddings.com “How do I begin to describe our
      “Have faith in your wedding planner, and don’t panic!           wedding for both of us, so we didn’t                                   co-ordinator, Yvonne? She took very good care of us as we were nervous
      And on the day, remember that it’s too late so whatever         feel the need to do all that. In a                                     about details being missed. After the ceremony and reception she was still
      happens happens, accept it and move on. It is what it is!       way it gives you more freedom, so                                      attentive and helpful. She always managed to put out my fire and send me in
      Also I would definitely recommend getting a wedding video.      with my dress for example, I didn’t                                    the right direction with a smile on my face.”
      Ours was shot by Steve Towle [of Design Scotland Video]         have to worry about matching it
      and I’ve got to say he is a master videographer. His sample     to anything. It was actually the                                       hAiR & bEAuTy
      videos on the Scottish Wedding Consultants’ website were        first dress I had ever seen. Then                                      Laura Darling Beauty Therapist / Make-up Specialist,
      what hooked us to Yvonne in the first place. We were            I searched from the day we got                                         TEL: 07870 404164, www.beauty-artistry.com
                                                                      engaged till January the following                                     “Laura was extremely prompt, listened to my desires, explained her intentions
      nervous that with our small guestlist and short reception
                                                                      year, but I couldn’t get that one out                                  and made any alterations that I asked with a smile. The end result was
      Steve wouldn’t be able to make us a quality video, but
                                                                      of my head and finally succumbed                                       beautiful and fresh. She is a wonderful make-up artist!”
      we couldn’t have been more wrong. Our video is stunning
                                                                      to buying it. The irony was that I
      and extremely touching. He captured priceless moments
                                                                      sold it on eBay to a girl from the UK
      and was thorough with all the details... not to mention very    getting married in Scotland!
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      patient with my multiple music changes at the end!”                                                                                     were used for this wedding, please contact us on, editorial@reallifeweddings.co.uk




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