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Bryngarw House Wedding- A Blessing of Dragons and Unicorns- Mr & Mrs Gourlay

Bryngarw House Wedding- A Blessing of Dragons and Unicorns

Kayley and Ally met in such a unique way, they first got talking on a travel forum. Ally was working away in Qatar at the time and was based in Scotland when he was back in the UK. So they couldn’t physically meet for a while, when they did, Ally drove the 8 hours from Scotland to Wales and they’ve been together ever since!

Their proposal was just as romantic too!
“Ally had initially wanted to propose to me at the Griffith observatory in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to him, on the night he chose there was an event that made it free to the public! After being stuck in traffic for quite a while Ally suggested we just stop further down the road and get out to walk up on one of the hills. At the top Ally gave me a card and read me a poem he’s written and asked me to marry him underneath the Hollywood sign.”

The Wedding

The pair had a Bryngarw House Wedding in Bridgend, South Wales. The venue is nestled within it’s own 113 acre country park and surrounded by the river Garw. It’s a truly gorgeous place to marry with the ceremony room decorated in a French style, the multicultural theme for the wedding fit right in. Bryngawr House suited the couple as they had guests coming all the way from Scotland and needed somewhere that could accommodate them too.

The morning was relaxed with the girls having their hair and make-up done in the bridal suite. Kayley chose coral bridesmaid dresses to match the stationary and flowers too. Two adorable flower girls completed the bridal party and an emotional father walked her down the aisle whilst Canon in D Pachabel played. Ally, wearing a stylish full kilt suit, was waiting at the end for her.

They opted for a humanist ceremony with a handfasting which was beautiful to watch. The older bridesmaids got to physically tie the couple’s hands together to tie the knot on their married life.

Kayley and Ally love travel and animals and combined the two by using their national animals from each of their countries as a starting point for their theme. The national animal of Scotland is a Unicorn and for Wales is a dragon. So of course the wedding was a ‘Blessing of Dragons and Unicorns!’. Other animals featured on the table names (and masks!) from the countries they planned to visit on their honeymoon!

The evening started with a gorgeous and sentimental first dance to City and Colour’s The Girl which ended in everyone dancing with them! A scottish Ceilidh band (Jig n Reels) got all the guests dancing a traditional dance before the Indietones had everyone rocking til the early hours.

These two are off on one incredible honeymoon to travel around South and north America! Including Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, the galapagos Islands the rest to be continued in the USA!

Thank you for letting me share your beautiful Bryngawr House wedding with you!

Favourite part of wedding planning: “Pouring through wedding magazines cutting out ideas and designs.”
Favourite part of wedding day: “Getting to hear the heartfelt speeches on the day and having all of our friends and family with us.”


Dress : Benjamin Robert’s from Eva Ashley
Veil : Richard Designs
Rings : Gemtime Jewelers (Ally’s ring had been made using gold from the family) mine designed specifically for me
Shoes: Rainbow shoes & clip ons from Rachel Simpson
Bridesmaids: Dessy
Cake: Cottage Kitchen Cakes
Stationary : Water colour designed by James Hunt-Cosh. Table stationary by Leanne Jones
Flowers: Walnut and Willow

Make-up Artist: Farhana Ali

Music: Indietones, Chris Hastings, John Campbell, Jig n Reels

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