After a university placement at GWD and now working in events management, it’s no surprise that planning her wedding to Ryan Seller came naturally to Megan McIntosh!
“We’ve known each other all our lives: I remember meeting him at my cousin’s wedding. I was only 10 and told my family I was going to marry him!” laughs Megan.
Sure enough, on Saturday, 25 March 2017, her ambitious 10-year-old dreams came true as Megan and Ryan tied the knot in beautiful and romantic surroundings at Meldrum House Hotel. She had perfected the soft, elegant look: a blush pink colour scheme, complemented by table centres adorned with roses, gypsophila, fairy lights and candles, as well as lots of scattered rose petals.
Megan did the majority of the planning – but decided not to tackle the DIY aspects: as any events planner worth her salt knows, if you want something done properly, you hire an expert. So, she took full advantage of the northeast’s plethora of suppliers and saved the best jobs for herself – namely designing her sweetie table and searching for The Dress!
Although she knew what she wanted all along – and the gown she chose was exactly the style she had in mind – Megan took full advantage of the opportunity to go wedding dress shopping: “This was my favourite part. I loved trying on so many beautiful dresses. My experience at Avorio was amazing and, although they’re a little further out from where I live, it was worth the journey every time.”
Before she even looked in the mirror, she knew the subtly embellished fishtail lace dress was The One. She completed the look with a traditional veil and diamanté belt, and opted to lose the beaded part across the back, cleverly using it on her cake instead.
The night before the wedding, Megan and her bridal party took advantage of the lodge accommodation at Meldrum House and had a girly night in, complete with champagne, gifts and a tear or two.
And, on the big day, 72 guests joined them to hear their love story, shared by a humanist celebrant. “It passed so quickly,” says Megan. “Afterwards, we had a drinks reception with canapés and an acoustic singer to entertain guests.”
Traditional fare followed – mini haggis, neeps and tatties; chicken with smoked cheese; and crème brûlée – then 80 more friends and family arrived for the evening.
With Dirty Dancing being the couple’s favourite film, choosing (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life as the first dance came naturally. The Graham Geddes Band was up next, chosen by Megan as their line-up included a saxophone: “It really added something extra to the evening reception.”
Reflecting on wedding planning, Megan gives some valuable advice: “Don’t stress over silly stuff: as long as you and your groom are there, that’s all that matters. Also, don’t worry about a time of year to get married. We chose March and a lot of people questioned it as we were likely to get bad weather. But we actually got the best day and everyone was sitting outside with sunglasses on.”