Jo and Chris have been together for 8 years and were married in Scotland
Chris popped ‘The Question’ in Paris (The City of Love).
Jo had never been to Paris and had always wanted to go – they arranged to fly over for the weekend.
When they arrived they went for a walk around the gardens by the Eiffel Tower. They were walking for a good hour and Jo was enjoying the scenery not realising Chris had other things on his mind.
They went to the hotel and when they were outside their room Chris told Jo to close her eyes…
Jo said “I presumed he’d arranged a bottle of champagne for the room as he does little things like that when we go away. He guided me into the room and with my eyes still closed he asked me if I’d marry him. I opened my eyes to see Chris on one knee. I immediately said YES!! After the initial shock, excitement, happiness, tears I looked around the room. We had the most perfect view of the Eiffel Tower with champagne, chocolates and roses (Chris had never bought me flowers). He put so much effort into everything and had planned it all with the hotel manager for months without me having any idea. We then spent the most amazing weekend in Paris to celebrate.”
Chris’s attention to detail didn’t stop there..
He chose the most perfect engagement ring. The diamond set in a Francesca clasp, Francesca is the name of Jo’s eldest niece so he’d even thought about that!
Jo and Chris got married at The Brig o’ Doon House Hotel in Alloway, Scotland on 23rd October 2016.
Although their Wedding was a little while ago we just had to feature them now that we regularly write our ‘#PrettyBride Blog’.
The village where The Brig o’ Doon is, is the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns and there are quirky little quotes from his poetry throughout the venue and village. Chris’ family are Scottish and his grandparents used to take him there as a child. Jo said “It was an easy choice to make”. Plus it’s a beautiful location and typically Scottish which is exactly what they wanted.
Your Wedding Dress
I had been to one other Bridal shop before visiting Dress Me Pretty. It was nice there but I felt something was missing. I was browsing the Internet for other shops and came across Dress Me Pretty. As it was Hinckley I thought it was perfect as it was literally 10 minutes away from me. From the second my mum, sister and I walked in I knew I’d found what I’d been missing at the other place. Amy and Jodie were just so welcoming, friendly and I felt like they LOVED their jobs and we hadn’t even started looking at the dresses. I tried so many dresses on, different styles, different colours. Jodie was fantastic and knew what would and wouldn’t suit me. She also gave me incredible advice on each dress so I could make my decision. Amy was in the office but kept popping her head out to give her valued advice too. Both of them were just incredible and I felt like they really understood me in such a short space of time.
Although we wanted the wedding to be traditionally Scottish, we decided against the haggis! We had a lot of people travelling from England so thought it was best to make sure they enjoyed their meal.
We had a DJ for the evening reception. Chris was set on doing lots of research on this point. I wasn’t too fussed thinking that a DJ would just play songs we and everyone enjoyed so it would be fine. I was wrong. Our DJ was incredible! He could not do enough for us and even got us to play games like Mr and Mrs to get everyone into it. Needless to say everyone said how amazing he was and how much they enjoyed the evening.
When visiting venues in Scotland our photographer Suzanne had her work on display in a couple of them.
I fell in love with her natural style immediately and knew I wanted her as our photographer. On the day itself she was brilliant, she kept everyone calm yet she got the job of the formal photos done quickly and easily. She even had little bags of sweets for the kids for being so good for the photos! Suzanne knew we were only in Scotland for a week too so having the wedding on a Sunday she edited them all for the Wednesday so that we could choose them before going home on Thursday. Our photos are perfect and keep the memory of our perfect day alive.