25 Jul 2012
Mellerstain House has been visited over the years by many international names and distinguished guests, and on Saturday 26 May 2012, under Saltire-blue skies, Ingrid and Alan joined that illustrious list. Happily, the sun shone for their multi-cultural wedding. Ingrid was born and brought up in Norway and Alan is from the Scottish Borders.
The couple divide their time between the two countries, but decided to marry in the beautiful Scottish Borders where they have a holiday home.
The pretty church of the small village of Lilliesleaf was the setting for their ceremony.
Ingrid, who had stayed in the magnificent four poster suite at Mellerstain the night before, arrived in style in a white Jaguar (available from www.bordersvintageexperience.co.uk) looking utterly fabulous in a lace dress with a tiara and floor length veil.
Immaculate and understated make-up was courtesy of Jody at www.bowenthomson.co.uk.
Following Norwegian tradition, Alan chose the bouquet for Ingrid, with Get Knotted creating a relaxed, hand-tied arrangement in a pale pink, lilac and cream colour scheme which included peonies, roses and freesias.
Wedding photography was courtesy of Lloyd Smith (www.aikmansmithphotography.com) based in Melrose, with some fantastic shots including some taken at iconic Borders viewpoints like Scott’s View (below) as the couple made their way back to the reception at Mellerstain House.
The drinks reception was held in the magnificent gardens at Mellerstain on what was (still!) certainly the most beautiful day of the year, a great setting for the delicious canapes and refreshing Pimms served by Gill Orde in Catering. During the drinks reception guests enjoyed a mini-tour of this fascinating house, followed by a three course dinner in the splendidly period Music Room.
Get Knotted decorated the dining tables with silver candelabra set in luxurious wreaths of flowers.
During the planning stages leading to Ingrid and Alan’s wedding, it was interesting to learn that speeches are a very big part of Norwegian wedding celebrations. Ingrid and Alan decided to incorporate several during their wedding dinner and afterwards, after a break, the speeches continued downstairs in the gallery, where traditional Norwegian wedding cakes that had been brought by wedding guests were also much enjoyed!
The evening of festivities was brought to a rousing close with music by Colin Train and his band The Fabulous Shire Boys
We were delighted to see another lovely couple embark on married life, and we wish Alan and Ingrid every happiness together