Ellie and Mark's Scottish Inspired Wedding

As soon as Mark and I got engaged, we decided to get straight down to business and start preparing for ‘The Big Day’ and the rest of our lives together. We wanted the day to be simple - a family orientated occasion with Christian values that hopefully reflected our personalities. We planned to get married on 'May Day' (a long weekend) and had high hopes for sunshine.

We wanted to be married in a local Christian church - All Hallows fitted the bill and the Vicar was really supportive leading up to the wedding. We wanted a traditional Anglican church combined with a more contemporary and relaxed (but still sincere) service.

The dress - wow! That was definitely the most fun part of the wedding preparation! It was made by 'Pronovias' in Barcelona, and caught my eye because of its intricate detail. The dress was ivory lace and made by hand - the amount of time and effort it must have taken certainly made it even more attractive to me. Initially, I didn't want to have a veil, however, as soon as I saw the one that went with my dress I was fixed on it!


The De Vere Daresbury Park Hotel in Warrington was where we chose to have our wedding reception. After looking around numerous hotels in Liverpool, we felt this one suited us best. The location just outside the city was important to us, because it felt it was more secluded and meant that we wouldn't be driving past the hotel every day. We didn't want to get too familiar with the hotel before or after the wedding so we could keep our day special.

We met the chef before the wedding at our taster session and we were very happy with our choice - the way the food was presented, and of course how it tasted, was amazing! Overall, the Daresbury Park Hotel just had that little extra bit of class that was really attractive to us.


Certain parts of our wedding had Scottish features, as I have a Scottish background. For our evening entertainment we had a Ceilidh band called 'The Oatcakes' who came all the way from Glasgow. The music was absolutely fantastic and it was so much fun! Having a Ceilidh was different because a lot of our guests had never been to been to one before, and it got everyone joining in and having a good time.

The photographer was a really important decision for us because we wanted to have photographs that we could loook back on and remember all the emotions from the day. We certainly made the right choice with Ian MacMichael photography. We did a pre-wedding shoot which was really helpful, as it made us feel comfortable with the camera and with Ian and Hazel. One thing that always annoyed us, about other weddings we had been to in the past, was photographers taking over and being in the way - Ian and Hazel were able to take some unbelievable photos without doing this at all.

His portfolio was so impressive and that attracted us to using him in the first place. Now - after seeing the photos - we are so happy! They have caught all the emotion of our day in a range of photographic styles - some creative, some traditional and some natural.

All things considered, this was definitely the best day of our lives.

Wedding photography by Ian MacMichael
Ellie's dress is by Pronovias
Wedding reception held at the De Vere Daresbury hotel.

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