Alison & Michael
6th July 2019
What made you choose Crieff Hydro?
We loved the scenery and setting of Crieff Hydro. The size of the venue allowed us to invite 160 guests during the day which very few other venues were able to offer us. We loved the Drawing Room as a venue for our ceremony and wedding breakfast and we thought the Ferntower Suite downstairs would be great for our evening celebrations. The staff at Crieff Hydro also were extremely friendly and helpful and this also helped us decide that Crieff Hydro was the right one for us!
What would be your one key piece of advice Bride to Bride & Groom to Groom?
Make a weekend of it – there are so many people to see during the wedding day so try and make the celebrations last as long as you can.
Crieff Hydro is a great place to spend the full weekend so we were able to make the most of our wedding celebrations. We had dinner in The Brasserie the night before for 15 of our closest family and friends and had breakfast on the Sunday with around 100 of our guests who were staying in the hotel.
Having many of our guests around from Friday until Sunday meant there was less pressure on the wedding day to get round all of our guests so we were able to relax and enjoy the wedding even more!
Where did you get your dress and how did you choose it?
The dress was from Ava Grace Bridal in Glasgow. Alison spent time trying different dresses from different shops and found her perfect dress there! It was exactly what she was looking for and everyone agreed she looked stunning!
How did you meet, who proposed and how did they do it?
We first met at University in Glasgow as we were both members of the skiing club. It wasn’t until after a reunion 5 years later that we started dating. Michael proposed in October 2017 in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. We live close by so it is a place where we have spent a lot of time together. The proposal happened in a quiet spot with a nice view over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.
How did you know they were the one?
I think we both knew early in the relationship; we began spending a lot of time together quite quickly and felt really comfortable around each other. We both have similar hobbies and interests which also helps! We both enjoy hill walking and travel which made it easy to find things to do together that we both enjoyed.
What was your favourite part of the day?
There were so many special moments that it is impossible to pick one!
The ceremony was obviously a special moment – it was great to mingle with our guests outside during the drinks reception. The food provided by Crieff Hydro was fantastic and the speeches were also memorable. Our first dance was also very memorable and we both enjoyed the end of the evening with all of our guests on the dance floor.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
We chose Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper
What was the most romantic part of the day?
Our photographer took us away at sunset to get some photos together. The photos were not intrusive and this allowed us both to spend some time together on our wedding day together away from all of our guests. It was a very special 20 minutes with the beautiful back drop of the hills around Crieff.
Did anything funny happen on the day?
One of the bridesmaids (Alison’s sister – Kirsty) did a rap – which neither bride or groom were aware of! This was also quite out of character for Kirsty and she did a great job – receiving a standing ovation.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
There were so many memorable moments – seeing each other for the first time that day as Alison walked down the aisle, the drinks reception outside in the Perthshire sunshine, the speeches, the first dance and also having all of our guests up dancing at the end of the evening.
The food provided by Crieff Hydro was fantastic and many of our guests mentioned how good it was – also memorable were the Crieff Hydro staff. Kayleigh did such a good job in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding making sure that all the finer details were in place and Claire did a tremendous job making sure everything ran smoothly on the day – thanks both!