Nikki & Kenny
5th August 2018
Photography by Stevie Weir
What made you choose Crieff Hydro?
My husband and I have been coming to Crieff Hydro every year since 2010. After the really bad winter when our flat got flooded and we needed a break, we booked a deal and fell in love with the place – we’ve returned 2 or 3 times a year ever since. It was an ideal venue as it was half way between both our families as my hubby’s family live in Paisley and my family are from Inverness. Ever since our first stay, we’ve always dreamed of getting married in Crieff Hydro and our dreams came true.
What would be your one key piece of advice for future couples?
Bride to Bride: I would advise to please yourself & your hubby and do what you both want and what makes you happy. Make time for each other on the day, for just the two of you, as it all goes by in a flash. Luckily, I had a groom who liked to be in control (in a good way!) and he eventually realised that you can’t control what happens on the day – you have to trust everyone that you have booked. Everything always comes together perfectly on the day.
Groom to Groom: Definitely take the time to spend a moment with yourself and your new wife – leave the running around after everyone to the guests. It’s your day and you get one shot at it, make the most of it!
Where did you get your dress and how did you choose it?
My dress was the first one I had seen online… I tried it on and fell in love with it. My bridesmaids and mum could not believe it, as I have spent more time picking dresses and being indecisive for friends’ weddings than in did for my own! Apparently, I made it very easy and stress free for them. My wee mum bought my beautiful dress from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo in East Kilbride. My dress was beautiful and I wish I could wear it again.
How did you meet, who proposed and how did they do it?
Kenny and I both work in the police and worked together on the shift as neighbours for a year before we started dating – that was over 10 years ago now and it has flown by.
Kenny loves Crieff Hydro as much as me – it’s our hideaway and place to chill, away from the stresses of everyday life. It was even more special when he chose to propose to me near the tennis courts on the 8th June 2016 and, of course, I said ‘yes!’ Needless to say, it didn’t go as planned and we had such a laugh, but it worked out perfectly in the end. Our engagement story was one of the highlights of our ceremony!
How did you know that your partner was ‘The One’?
We just clicked and were amazing friends before anything actually happened. I just knew when we started dating that he was the one. He looks after and protects me but he also drives me crazy. I know I drive him nuts too and that’s how we have lasted so long! We bicker and argue like any other couple but we both know we couldn’t live without each other.
What was your favourite part of the day?
Everything about the day was just perfect. I cannot thank Dawn and Clare enough for everything they did as not a thing went wrong. I loved getting ready in the beautiful Bridal Suite with my mum and girls, to walking down the aisle with my wee dad and then marrying my soul mate. Having all our friends and family there who travelled so far and the majority spent the whole weekend with us. Our wedding ended up lasting for days, creating memories with all our loved ones around us.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Ed Sheeran – Perfect – Chris Suckle played the song for us and his band were amazing – we thought that it perfectly summed up how we felt on the day.
What was the most romantic thing about the day?
After the ceremony, we snuck off with the photographer to have some time together and take it all in. We went up to the Knock for some time on our own and had the most beautiful photos of just the two of us. I am so grateful to our photographer for stealing us away for half an hour to have that time alone. We both loved it – we enjoyed a glass of fizz and took a deep breath to take it all in.
Did anything funny happen/unexpected on the day?
The best man’s speech was the most hilarious part of the day. Chris, Kenny’s brother did him proud and got him a belter. He had no idea and Chris made such an effort with a slide show and everything. We were taken aback and it was just so funny… we had tears running down our faces and the photos say it all.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the day was our ceremony. John Foley our celebrant helped write our script perfectly and everything about it was about us. That’s what we wanted and for everyone to know our story and we also said things about each other that we both didn’t know until the day which made it even more special to hear what each other felt about one another.