Darrelle and David's Norwood Hall wedding

Updated: Jul 31


Darrelle and David's wedding at Norwood Hall was my last wedding (March 2020) before lockdown was announced. It was an emotional rollercoaster for Darrelle and David in the run-up to their big day, even the night before their wedding day, they weren't sure whether it was actually going to go ahead. Thankfully it did - and what a day it was, all the stress and worries were instantly forgotten and they enjoyed their special day to the max. Keep reading, if you'd like to find out more...

Q. How did you guys meet?

A. We met on a night out in Priory Nightclub while both out with friends, it was a roller disco and I sat down to take my skates off after falling over many times. Although David still denies all knowledge of a roller disco to this day!

Q. How did the proposal go?

A. We went away for a child-free night to Dunblane Hydro, we had a lovely meal and a nice walk around the grounds, I stopped to take a photo of the hotel all lit up and when I turned around David was down on one knee, I burst out crying straight away before saying yes. It was so unexpected after such a long time together and being 6 months pregnant with our second child I thought it was never going to happen. It was the best surprise ever!

Q. When did you start planning your wedding?

A. We wanted to wait until after our son was born in February before getting straight into planning, but we did book the Norwood straight away in November 2017, as I always knew that’s where I wanted to get married.

Q. Where did you find the inspiration for your wedding day?

A. I knew what I wanted from the beginning, I got most of my inspiration from other weddings we have been to over the years and I like to watch a lot of bridal programs even before being engaged, “say yes to the dress” was always on my tv.

Q. How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

A. I took a lot of recommendations and advice from friends who had been married, I still had my bouquet from Angel K Silk Weddings from when I had been a bridesmaid. She was my first choice straight away, her flowers are beautiful. Norwood Hall Hotel was always going to be where we got married, I fell in love with it at the first wedding we ever attended together 10 years ago, it’s just perfect. At our first meeting, the staff were so lovely and made me even more excited to be getting married there. We got a list of suppliers from the Norwood as well, which was helpful when deciding on bands and photographers, we originally booked Janie Barclay to be our photographer, but were told Iska was taking over and after meeting at her studio and seeing her beautiful albums we knew she was right for us. My makeup was Alana McCrae who always does my make up for any special occasions, I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else. My dress was from Etiquette Bridal, it was actually the first dress I tried on, Eilidh was so lovely and helpful with everything. My hairdresser was Laurie L Hairdressing she had done my hair for being a bridesmaid and I knew she would do exactly what I wanted and she's also really fun to have around on the day.

Q. How did you personalise your wedding day?

A. We wanted to make our 2 little boys Dylan and Cameron as much a part of the day as possible, so we got them to decorate the ribbons we were using for handfasting with their own drawings and writing, they loved doing this and we love how the ribbon looked. we also made up our own sweetie table with personalised love heart sweets and bags with our names and dates.

Q. What was the most stressful part when planning your wedding?

A. At the beginning, the most stressful thing was the thought of trying to get our 2-year-old in a kilt, as we couldn’t even get him measured without a tantrum - never mind trying it on. So we were a bit worried how he may be on the day, but in the end, both our boys were amazing and our biggest stress the week of the wedding was, that we didn’t even know if it would go ahead because of COVID19. There were lots of tears and stress that week and we were waiting in the hotel on the Thursday night for Boris Johnson's announcement to find out if we were going into lockdown or if we could actually get married the next day. Luckily we got our day and it was amazing.

Q. What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?

A. The whole day was just perfect and I don’t think we will ever forget that we were one of the last weddings before lockdown we feel so lucky.

Q. Was it easy to jump back into regular life after your wedding?

A. We both laughed at this question, as we have jumped into anything but regular life since the wedding, we went straight into lockdown from the Monday and haven’t seen any of our friends or family since the wedding, it has been a strange start to married life. This has actually been the longest we have ever spent together, as David normally works away, so being at home together for 8 weeks straight, has been very different. Although it has been nice to have all this family time. I have just been spending my time watching our wedding video by Scott Cassie and constantly looking at our photos. We can’t wait to see all our friends and family hopefully soon and maybe get a date night as husband and wife when we are aloud.

Q. What advice would you give future brides and grooms?

A. Don’t stress about the small things, on the day it’s only the two of you that matter and you won’t even care about anything else. Just take a minute to take it all in and enjoy, don’t stress about making sure you have spoken to everyone just dance have fun and be married!


A few kind words from Darrelle:

Supplier Love:

Venue | Norwood Hall Hotel

Dress | Etiquette Bridal

Kilts | Millsom and Main

Makeup | Alana McCrae Makeup

Hairdresser | Laurie L Hairdressing

Flowers | Angel K Silk Weddings

Cake | Cakes by Design

Videographer | Scott Cassey Documentary

Second Photographer | Sian Lyon


Thank you very much for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoyed reading Darrelle and David's story and seeing some of my favourite images from their wedding day. If you would like to know more about my wedding photography, please get in touch. I'd love to hear all about your wedding plans!


Lots of love,

Iska

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