Wedding stories

Anna and Keith’s Winter Wedding at the Shireburn Arms

© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
PROPOSAL When, where and how was the marriage proposal?

We got engaged in Stratford upon Avon in January 2017.  I had already chosen my ring so new the proposal was coming but it was still a really special moment for us both.

VENUE Why did you choose the Shireburn Arms?

We were looking for a dog friendly venue that had enough rooms to accommodate our guests overnight.  We wanted a relaxed, informal wedding and Shireburn fit the bill perfectly. 

© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
THEME Did you have a theme?

We didn’t have a theme or colour scheme as such but a detail we had running through the décor was eucalyptus which featured on the table plan and place cards etc. I also had this in my bouquet and on the cake stand that we made ourselves. I think the Ribble Suite is such a lovely room that it doesn’t need much in the way of decoration, it looked stunning on a winter’s afternoon with all of the candles and fairy lights lit.

CEREMONY What did you walk down the aisle to?

I walked down the aisle to Come What May sung by Collabro, it is a beautiful song and we were both very emotional.

© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
FOOD How was your wedding breakfast?

We chose 3 options for each course, soup, fishcake and goats cheese tart to start. Chicken, salmon and pork for main course. Sticky toffee pudding, crème brulee and chocolate brownie for dessert. We went for two taster meals prior to our wedding so that we could pick our favourites.

ENTERTAINMENT Tell us about your entertainment

We booked a DJ from DFC, he was such a lovely guy and despite it only being a small wedding he still managed to get people up dancing. My nephew’s band, The Facades, also did a set for us in the games room. They made it really special and we will never forget it.

© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY Your photos are amazing, who was your photographer?

Gemma McAuley Photography.  I found Gemma on Instagram and loved her work.  She is so down to earth and we felt really relaxed having our photographs taken.

© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography
WEDDING COORDINATOR How did you find your wedding coordinator?

Sarah was a great wedding coordinator. Our planning process was extended due to covid so we did have a few different coordinators during this time but Sarah was definitely the best. Nothing was too much trouble and she put our minds at ease whenever we had any queries.

PLANNING Who helped plan your wedding? Did anyone in particular bring your wedding to life?

I planned the majority of the wedding myself as we only had 30 guests so it was quite straight forward. 

EXTRA'S Tell us about the little things that made your day personal?

I loved the fact that almost all of our guests stayed over the night before the wedding so we were all able to have breakfast together. It was nice to go out on the morning of the wedding in such nice surroundings and have a leisurely dog walk before getting ready. I really liked that there is a bridal dressing room so I was able to have a few family members with be whilst I had my hair and make up done. We wanted our dog, Teddy, to be a major part of our wedding as he is so special to us and he was actually the ring bearer. My nephew walked him down the aisle and he wore a little suit that I had made for him. His bow tie was made in the same fabric as Keith’s tie and he looked very smart.

© Gemma McAuley Photography
© Gemma McAuley Photography

Wedding Details

  • The couple: Anna and Keith
  • Wedding Date: 2nd November 2021
  • Venue: Shireburn Arms
  • Photographer: Gemma McAuley Photography

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