Package of Three
As the world became a very unpredictable place mid-March, Suzanne McKinnon and John Morrison were fresh in that lovely post-wedding bubble, having managed one last hurrah with their friends and family as they tied the knot on 14 March 2020.
We got all the details from Suzanne…
“Our first date – ‘just a few drinks’ – resulted in us chatting and drinking wine all night long! We had an instant connection and were both already excited about the future.
But that future wasn’t just John and I – we come as a package of three. And John knew that when he proposed, he’d want to include our gorgeous fur baby, Willow. So, he had a dog tag made with an engraving that asked me to marry him. And when I looked up from reading it, he was down on one knee. It was just the sweetest proposal and, of course, Willow was part of the wedding!
Our first priority was the date because we wondered if we could plan our wedding in just five months, making our already booked holiday to Australia our honeymoon! Turns out we could – and we managed to get all of the suppliers on our wish list, too!
With March nuptials, we knew we couldn’t rely on the weather so wanted a venue that’d have ample photo opportunities regardless. It also needed to be big enough for our hefty guest list, and Meldrum House was perfect.
We filled the venue with flowers and greenery, and tried to include our favourite colour – orange – without making it autumnal. Our table names were Australian places and our favours even came all the way from the other side of the world. To see everything come together was amazing.
The night before we tied the knot, we had a private dinner for 20 at Meldrum House – which included a fun-filled game of Mr & Mrs. Everyone stayed over, which meant the wedding morning was very relaxed.
When hair and make-up arrived, then the photographer and florist popped in, it just felt like a big group of friends. It was fab, but also so nice and calm.
My gown was designed by Stephanie Allin and I picked it on my first day of dress shopping. I’d had no idea what I wanted and was very excited about potentially trying on lots of styles in lots of shops. But as soon as this one was on, I got ‘that feeling.’
I wanted a very simple look so opted for earrings that matched the pattern of my jacket and flowers in my hair – can you tell I love flowers!?
We opted for a humanist ceremony and chose Rachel because we’d been at a previous wedding of hers and loved how personal she made it. She really captured their personalities and did the same for us – we were over the moon and had so many touching comments about it.
Afterwards, we opened our free bar and served canapés – from haggis bonbons to Italian-style sharing platters – as well as our cake of cheese, with oatcakes and chutney.
We wanted to give our guests a choice for their meal so offered at least three options for each course, then topped them up in the evening with a ‘pimp your chips’ station during the band break!
On that note, we chose our band after loving their upbeat vibe at a previous wedding. They got everyone in the mood for a good time and really kept the dance floor full. They also learned our first dance song – Amazed by Lonestar.
That was probably our highlight: everyone we love around us as we danced. But hearing the words, “I can now pronounce you husband and wife” does come a close second!
Little White Book
- Venue: Meldrum House Hotel
- Bride’s dress: Ivory Grace
- Groom’s outfit: Georgian Dress Hire
- Bridesmaids outfits: Midnight Elegance
- Hair: Hair by Gail Thomson
- Make-up: Denna Whyte Makeup
- Photography: By Rhea
- Transport: RS Coaches
- Flowers: Flowers by Lilybet
- Décor: North East Events
- Ceremony singer: Blair Mcleod
- Band: Diego
- Dog groomer: BUZZCUTS
- Rings: Finnies The Jeweller
- Humanist celebrant: Rachel Donald