Real Weddings: David & Lauren Curran
Love at First Sight & First Visit…
David & Lauren began their love story when they met in a local pub, they clicked straight away and since have had some seriously amazing moments together. From a jaw dropping Bali engagement to this beautiful Lochside wedding, we are utterly obsessed!
The couple originally planned to wed in sunny Florida before covid got in the way and left them with just 14 weeks to plan a UK wedding! Scotland and Florida are two very different places especially in terms of the weather, but David & Lauren really felt that Lochside brought the magic they were looking for. The couple came to view Lochside on a beautiful summer day where they also enjoyed an overnight stay together. They were amazed by the service they received during their stay, which let them know they were in safe hands. They tell us it was an easy decision when deciding between venues as Lochside set the bar so high. Although planning a stunning wedding like this in just 14 weeks may sound impossible to some, David and Lauren say, “As soon as we got to Lochside, everything was easy.”
The Beginning of Forever
On the morning of the wedding, it was particularly stress-free for David who started off his day on a relaxing note with a quick trip to the spa with his groomsmen (lucky him!) While Lauren may not have been quite so pampered, she tells us that her experience on the day was also very stress-free and our wonderful wedding coordinator Jenna really played a part in this. The couple can’t praise Jenna enough and feel that her chilled out vibe really set the tone for them on the day. Lauren also explains how she just loved the style of the entire hotel, this made her job easier as it meant she didn’t need to worry too much about any over the top decor. The couple kept to a neutral theme with trendy dried flowers, this was special as it meant that guests could take these home and cherish their own piece of the day as well as being able to keep the all-important bridal & bridesmaids’ bouquets – how amazing?!
This stunning wedding took place in November, but the couple were blessed with some magnificent winter sun. Everything came together perfectly and the iconic views at Lochside really got the chance to shine in their photographs just like they did on that wonderful first visit of theirs. One of the couples’ and their guests’ favourite things about Lochside was the variety of areas within the hotel which are used on the day. Guests are welcomed into the striking Glen Caol Lounge before moving through to the picturesque ceremony suite. The newlyweds tell us that many of their guests assumed this is where the whole day would take place with the ceremony suite being turned around for the evening meal and reception, little did they know what would await them with the spectacular Lochview Function Suite and Lounge area. This brand-new suite really elevated their experience, and the neutral décor went perfectly with their vision, as did the panoramic views of the Loch and surrounding countryside. They say their guests were absolutely blown away and they loved the fact that the adjoining lounge area could be used for those who liked to chill out for a bit without feeling left out or missing anything.
When we asked the newlyweds what their standout moment of the day was it was a hard one to answer as everything felt so perfect. However, a few highlights included, the best man’s speech which came in the form of a song, fully performed and written by David’s best friend Jordan. Another highlight for both was the incredible fireworks display that was held at the end of the night, it’s the perfect location for this and it really ended the day on a high. As well as that, the couple just generally loved having all their nearest and dearest in the same place and celebrating with those closest to them!
Advice from The Newlyweds
“Take a step back and enjoy it, don’t stress, none of the small things will matter on the day. Also, if you can, get flip flops or slippers to offer to your guests at night they will love it and won’t be off the dancefloor!”
“Try your very best to make your way round every table and speak to your guests, they will really appreciate it and that’s what it’s all about.”
From all of us here at RAD – Congratulations! Thank you to this lovely couple for choosing us to be a part of their magical day & for sharing their story with us!