25th May 2019
This date marks the beginning of a new chapter for Matthew and Gillian, starting their life together as Mr & Mrs McFerran.
Their chosen venue was located within the stunning grounds of Montalto Estate, and we definitely did not miss the opportunity to have a little explore…
HOW DID MATTHEW PROPOSE?
“On our first date, we went for a picnic to Newcastle amd Matthew told me that this was it and we’d get married and I awkwardly laughed. Just over a year later, sat on the exact same bench in the snow, we got engaged. An ‘I told you so’ moment.”
Gillian had two dresses. “The first one was my main wedding dress. Enzoani Lavender. I loved every dress I tried on when shopping. I couldn’t choose but we ended up with a fuller skirt, lace and sparkle. Friends had envisaged a plain crepe dress with a little sparkle so it was a big surprise for most people. The second one was sparkly from top to bottom, much more fitted and was there to allow partying in the evening.”
ANY SURPRISES ON THE DAY?
“Matthew loves Mauds ice-cream, so I organised for an Ice-Cream Cart to be there on the day. We also had a GB Guard of Honour, and Matthew had a video as part of his speech with children from our school talking about us.”
“We focussed our day on our story. I had looked online for teacher ideas but didn’t want anything tacky. We had two pupils from Matthew’s class read in church, all my class handpainted a bride and it was put at the bottom of the book arch. Table plan was based on books that we read in school either in P2 or P6/7.
The Story of Us cards on each table gave us an opportunity to write a short thank you to each group for taking the time to celebrate with us, and included Matthew’s love of all things football.”
“We wanted somewhere that was totally our own, and The Carriage Rooms are magical. Also, Montalto House is amazing. We stayed in it with our bridal party and family, and then invited others back for breakfast and a tour the next day.”
NOW THAT YOU’VE DONE IT, WHAT WOULD YOUR ONE MAIN PIECE OF ADVICE BE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
“It doesn’t matter if you have 50 or 150 guests. It is your day – invest in making it your day to remember, no one else’s. Include your grandparents if you are fortunate enough to still have them around. Spend time with them on your day, and make sure your photographer knows who they are and that you want them in your photos.
My Granny was unable to make the church service but when I was leaving home for church, I could see something at the corner of the road. It was my Granny who had walked from her house to the top of the road to wave me off. She was waving a white hankie. I felt like I was going off to war but it was one of the most memorable and emotional moments of my day.
Lastly, don’t worry about the things you can’t control. The weather, what the children will do etc. Roll with it – if it goes wrong it’s a good story. Our flowergirl ran back up the aisle, it made a beautiful photograph and it really lightened the atmosphere in church.”