Jack hails from Inverness and when he asked Hayley on that very first date, it was actually over the phone while he was home celebrating Hogmanay with his family. Eight years later on this very same spot outside Inverness Castle, while the couple were up visiting, he asked her another important question, this time on one knee holding a ring. Hayley remembers, “We announced our engagement that evening at the family’s annual quiz night. Jack’s mum asked the first question: ‘What special event took place outside Inverness Castle today?’ Nobody guessed until I showed them my engagement ring! It was a lovely moment.”
Given the significant part it played in their love story, it’s no surprise that the couple drew inspiration for their wedding theme from beautiful Scotland, and the traditional grandeur of Cheshire’s Wrenbury Hall lent itself well to their vision. “As soon as you drive through the gate you get that wow factor. It has such a warm and friendly feeling, and the staff will do anything they can to make your day special,” Hayley says.
So, with the venue selected, the date was set for 21st March, 2020 - blissfully unaware that only two days later the country would go into lockdown. Here, the bride shares her treasured memories of this special day…
The couple's Scottish-inspired theme was created using a natural palette, and the stunning floral design was largely responsible for holding this all together. Hayley explains, "Our flowers were insanely beautiful, even better than we'd imagined. We wanted a natural look with lots of foliage, and didn't fancy anything bright, so we asked for a few subtle dusky pinks to be added here and there for a hint of colour. Our arrangements also featured thistles, nodding to Jack's heritage. I loved my bouquet so much I never wanted to put it down, and the top table was so jam-packed with flowers that I couldn't take my eyes off it."
The table plan was scribed on a large mirror with a silver frame, draped in ivory flowers and foliage. It was titled: "Thank you for sharing our first meal as Mr & Mrs Maclennan." Guests arrived at their tables to find heart-shaped Hotel Chocolat favours, because has Hayley says, "Who doesn't love chocolate?" At the tables' centres there was either a large arrangement on a tall silver stand ora candelabra draped in foliage and blooms. The tall ceiling in the Orangery allowed the florist free-rein to go to town on the height of her designs.
The pair turned their hands to a bit of craft to create their memory board. They sprayed a board in black paint and pegged vintage-style photos to some string. Hayley tells us, "We included momentous times in our relationship such as big holidays, milestone birthdays, buying our first home, welcoming our new puppy, and of course, our engagement."
A three-tier iced bake had always been the couple's vision. The showstopper was decorated with pearls to complement the bride's dress and silver to suit the theme. Guests were treated to one tier of millionaire's chocolate, caramel and vanilla cake with caramel buttercream, one of lemon with lemon buttercream, and lastly After Eight devil's food cake with white chocolate and mint butter cream. We don't blame you if you're thinking about licking the page right now!
After trying on every style of silhouette available, the bride found herself attracted to the neatly tucked-in waist and big A-line skirt of an Allure Bridals ball gown. "It suited my figure, and when I tried it on, I felt so special. I knew it was the one." As the bodice was embellished with pearls, there was no need for too many accessories, so she chose a subtle head band, a pair of Tiffany earrings borrowed from her sister, and a Tiffany heart bracelet bought for her by the groom.
Jack had always wanted to get married in a kilt, so it was lucky that his groomsmen and the dads were happy to embrace the look too! The groom set himself apart by wearing a plaid and pairing a tartan tie with a different coloured sporran. "I was so excited to see them all together stood outside the beautiful hall," the bride says.The bridesmaids were dressed in silver with a hint of soft iced blue, as Hayley always knew she wanted a pale and delicate hue for them.
Guests were welcomed by the sound of bagpipes, which Hayley could hear as she was putting on her dress. "It was a surreal moment for me, I felt like a princess," she remembers. The piper also played as the newlyweds made their reception entrance to the cheers of everyone assembled.
The brother of one of the couple's close friends performs magic as a hobby and was more than happy to entertain guests during the wedding breakfast. Hayley remembers, "He was in his element. I could see the laughter on everyone's faces as he made his way around the room."
For the bride, the moment her father saw her in her dress for the first time was one to remember: "My three sisters were my bridesmaids, so my dad got to see the four of us and my mum before the wedding, all looking our best. He was very proud," Hayley tells us. She later made her ceremony entrance to The Secret Wedding by James Horner from Braveheart, and says, "I could see Jack getting emotional as I started walking down the aisle, which was nice as he doesn't often show that side. The song provided such a wonderful ambience and most of our guests shed a tear too."
Jack had his heart set on having smoke bombs for a bit of fun, and photographer Michael arranged to make his wish come true. The wedding party danced in front of the hall creating a sky full of colour while loved ones watched from the windows.
Hayley says: "Every supplier was absolutely perfect. They all made sure everything was spot on and just how we wanted. Our photographer, Michael, was a great attribute and our wedding photos are absolutely fantastic, we couldn't have wished for better. Our toastmaster, Pete, was also fantastic. He made Jack and I feel so special and always made sure we had a drink in hand and organised the day to perfection."
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