Brig O’doon House Hotel in Ayr is a perfect wedding venue. The hotel itself is set on the banks of the River Doon in an outstandingly beautiful area within lovely manicured gardens.
The Brig o’ Doon is a late medieval bridge used as the setting for the final verse of the Robert Burns‘s poem Tam o’ Shanter. In this scene Tam is on horseback and is being chased by Nannie the witch. He is just able to escape her by crossing the bridge (over a running stream) narrowly avoiding her attack as she is only able to grab the horse’s tail which comes away in her hands (thanks Wikipedia – my literature degree didn’t cover Burns comprehensively).
Yvonne and Gordon had taken over Doonbrae House, a 19th century house opposite the house, to stay in before and that’s where Yvonne and the girls were getting ready whilst the boys were in Rose Cottage next door. Yvonne was very cheery and relaxed when I arrived, more concerned with helping everyone else in the party to get ready before herself, I found her on the floor tying up her dad’s laces long after she should have been in her dress! Gordon and the boys, on the other hand, were regretting getting into their woollen kilts so early as for October it was so, so hot and muggy.
The bridal party were piped over to the hotel and down the grand staircase into the main ballroom where the ceremony was taking place. The flowers and bouquet were created by Elaine at Dream Flowers & Favours. The celebrant for the ceremony was one of Gordon’s tennis students.
If you were a guest at Yvonne and Gordon’s wedding, you can view the whole album and purchase images here. The password is Gordon’s surname.