John and Sophie married in Essex earlier this year and we caught up with John to hear all about their big day…
What was your favourite part of wedding planning?
Letting Sophie take control! I had very little to do with the planning to be entirely honest and she did an incredible job. Although I did quite enjoy trying all the food and drink offerings at the venue and cake samples too, you have to be sure about these things don’t you?!
Can you talk us through your outfit?
We wore the Glen Orchy tweed charcoal suits with waistcoats and Silver Mist tartan and a tartan straight tie to match. We also wore a black dress sporran with chrome cantle and ghillie brogues.
What was your first dance?
All of me by John Legend, we also had a violin version of this playing in our ceremony room as it is a song we both love and the lyrics are so fitting in the circumstances.
Where did you get married and why did you choose that venue?
We got married at Gosfield Hall near Halstead, Essex which isn’t far from us. The venue sort of chose itself. It’s a very grand house built in 1545 and is where Sophie’s sister was married a few years ago. We (Sophie) looked at a number of venues locally but we kept coming back to this one. It could sleep many of our guests and could cater for our whole day from ceremony to catering to entertainment and bar. It really was perfect for us!
Why did you choose a kilt outfit over a traditional suit?
My mother’s side of the family are originally from Carluke and it is a part of my family which I am particularly proud of and very much wanted to celebrate my ancestry. I also felt that a kilt outfit, looks very smart but just felt a bit more relaxed and natural for me. I’m really not a traditional wedding suit with tails kind of fella.
Were there any surprises on the day? (Good or bad!)
Sophie organised a piper to play for us. My late grandfather played the bagpipes and it was very fitting that a piper should be at the wedding. It sounds a bit silly but it made it feel like he was there with us which was just perfect!
Were any of the groomsmen or other party members in kilts?
My 3 brothers were my groomsmen. They all wore the same as myself, with the exception of my buttonhole flowers being different.
What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?
In honesty go with your gut feeling and don’t deliberate too much on decisions. If something feels right it probably is!
Would you come back to MacGregor and MacDuff?
I already have! My brothers and I purchased the same suits we wore on the day and purchased 8 yard handmade kilts, flashes and straight ties in our family tartan, the Thompson blue. I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for” and the quality of these is just top notch.
My cousin is getting married in August and he and his brother have also come to yourselves on our recommendation for the same suits/tartan, and a friend of mine is also in the throes of hiring for his wedding too!
I honestly couldn’t recommend you all enough. From the minute I contacted you to make a kilt fitting appointment in London you have been nothing short of amazing. You made a potentially painful experience very simple and helped us all the way through the process. On top of that when one of my guests needed to replace some items of his own which were damaged in a house move at short notice you jumped into action and turned around a delivery in an incredibly short timescale. You really surpassed any expectations I had and will 100% be my go to supplier for any kilt hire/accessories I may need in future.
Get the look:
8 yard fully handmade kilt – from £389
Thistle buttonhole – £10.99