Jenny and Phil – The Carnbooth House Hotel

The long holiday Easter weekend used to be peppered with a couple of games of golf or a trip to the seaside and dinner at our favourite seaside eatery – The Ship Inn in Irvine. It’s traditionally a time for rest and relaxation. Not this year! A hectic but fun-filled weekend started with the glorious wedding of Jenny and Phil at the Carnbooth House Hotel in Carmunock. The Carnbooth is a warm, welcoming and sumptuous boutique hotel south of Glasgow. It has a fascinating past with a rather extraordinary claim to fame. Legend has it that Rudolph Hess famously landed his plane in a nearby field during the war and was held here for a couple of days afterwards. The same legend suggests Winston Churchill was then seen puffing on a trademark cigar in the driveway on his way to question Hess. Of course there are other local legends which claim Hess landed a few miles away in the nearby town of Eaglesham but it was nonetheless fascinating to think that the great rooms of the Carnbooth may have played host to such a momentous historical event! The grand old house has continued to serve it’s country well since the war and it became a special school for the deaf and blind before it was sold by the local Council and redeveloped into the magnificent hotel it is today. Did I mention the welcome? John and his team provide the most fantastic wedding service and I was bowled over by the hospitality. I am heading back there in a few weeks and I can’t wait! This was also my first wedding under the control of an official toastmaster and what a brilliant experience it was. Hats off to the wonderful Maurice King – toastmaster to the stars. Maurice takes control for the whole day and I have never seen anyone organise the big group photograph so efficiently! Future brides take note – I want Maurice at your wedding!

All of this only confirms that Jenny and Phil had an absolutely brilliant wedding day. The sun shone, the temperature nudged towards summer levels, and the bride and groom had the most magical day to remember.  Jenny and Phil met as 16 year olds at the church youth fellowship meeting and have been together for a long time. Officially it was day 3083 of their relationship but Jenny’s mum Jacquie apparently announced way back on day 2 or 3 that the young couple were destined to marry – Phil therefore refers to this as an arranged marriage! I also discovered there have been 2008 episodes of Neighbours broadcast since Jenny and Phil got together and that Jenny is reputed to be taller than 1.2m. All of these remarkable facts came courtesy of the best men, Chris and Nick, who presented a most unusual but very entertaining quiz on the life of the happy couple. “First prize is a holiday to Hawaii” they said! Aye right and I think the winning table should be asking for a steward’s enquiry into why they are not currently winging their way to the Pacific! Usher Danny was then presented with a bouquet of flowers for his help in arranging the stag – check out Danny’s brilliant reaction below!

Jenny and Phil are like two peas in a pod – they are made for each other. They both come from great families and it was such a pleasure to be asked to play a part in their special day. I had already photographed Jenny’s big brother Andrew’s wedding and I will look forward to the calls from Jamie or Romy sometime soon! Grateful thanks go to John, Maurice and the team at the Carnbooth for their kindness and hospitality. A huge vote of thanks to Jacquie and Alan for making me feel so welcome. To Liz and Tom, Diane, Romy, Charis, Chris, Nick, Daniel, Martin and wee Emma, a special thanks for doing everything so well and for looking so handsome and pretty. To Jenny and Phil I wish you health and happiness for ever. It really was such a pleasure and here are a few reminders of a truly perfect day……
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil
Jenny and Phil

 

 

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