Wedding Blog

Mill Forge Gretna Green
Mr and Mrs Dobson Martin
Jan 2015
17

Mr and Mrs Dobson Martin

Welcome to our first Blog of 2015. The topic is the Humanist Ceremony of Tara and Carl Dobson Martin which took place here at the Mill Forge on 3rd October 2014. Thank you to the lovely couple for sharing their day with us.

When and where did you first meet?
We both live in Kielder and worked in the local pub.

Where did you go on your first date?
We went for a meal and went to the movies to watch the Golden Compass!

How did Carl propose?
We were on holiday in Devon, walking ...

mr and mrs mcgoldrick
Dec 2014
31

mr and mrs mcgoldrick

Our final Blog for 2014 features the lovely Maureen & Andy McGoldrick who were married here on 9th July 2014. This story proves that the love of your life could be living right next door!!!!

How did you and Andy meet?
Andy was actually my neighbour!

What was the proposal like?
Andy proposed in a pub over drinks - he didn't have a ring, we got those a couple of weeks later.

How did you hear about the Mill Forge?
Andy's brother got married at the Mill Forge 3 years earlier.

How did you book your ...

Mr and Mrs Wilkinson
Dec 2014
15

Mr and Mrs Wilkinson

Today we welcome Mr & Mrs Wilkinson who were married on the 1st of September 2014 which is the 10th anniversary of when they met.

How did he propose?
Duane proposed to me in our back garden with the most gorgeous ring

How did you first hear about the Mill Forge?
An old school friend was married here and I was looking through her photos and just knew it was the perfect place for our wedding, away from home for a lovely small and personal wedding ceremony

How did you book?
I ...

Mr and Mrs Sinnott
Dec 2014
8

Mr and Mrs Sinnott

Our latest Blog features The Wedding of Sarah Baldam & Anthony Sinnott - 15th August 2009. Many thanks to Sarah and Anthony for sharing this.

When and where did you first meet?
We first met in a bar in Middlesbrough in November 2006, but once we got chatting we found we had quite a few mutual friends and had previously met!

Where did you go on your first date?
Our first date was the day after we met, we went for a meal and then to a fireworks display as it was the 5th November.

How ...

Mr and Mrs Haithwaite
Nov 2014
30

Mr and Mrs Haithwaite

It's time for another one of our lovely couples to share the experience of their wedding day with us. The Wedding of Paul Haithwaite & Pamela Haithwaite (nee Robertson) took place on 17th July 2010.

When and where did you first meet?
Originally met through MySpace & decided to meet at a Rugby League match back in March 2007

Where did you go on your first date?
St Helens v Bradford Bulls or first date together was to the Pictures at the Trafford Centre

How did he/she propose? (did he have a ring?)
Christmas Day morning ...

Mr and Mrs Warner
Nov 2014
23

Mr and Mrs Warner

Welcome to our latest Wedding Blog. This week features Jayne (Lowe) and Graham Warner who married here at #TheMillForge on 12 August 2002. Their wedding photo was also used in one of our Brochures! I would like to thank Jayne and Graham for sharing their story with us ....

When and where did you first meet?
We met through a friend and Graham thought it was a blind date and I was told it was someone to go clubbing with. Back in March 1997; the date was at a nightclub in Brentwood, Essex.

Tell us about ...

Mr & Mrs Kollecker's Renewal of Vows
Nov 2014
17

Mr & Mrs Kollecker's Renewal of Vows

Charlene, so where did you and Brady first meet?
We first met in 1999. A friend and I were in London and went for lunch. We saw a large group of men in Military Uniform at the bar and we soon got chatting. Brady told me he was in the US Army, based in Germany. We hit it off immediately and he asked to see me again. I was married, so I declined. However, we did exchange email addresses to remain friends and soon became pen pals. I went through some very difficult times over the next few years but ...

Mr and Mrs Ross
Nov 2014
10

Mr and Mrs Ross

Today we welcome Mr & Mrs Ross who were married in The Mill Forge on the 20th of August 2014

When and where did you first meet?
We first met in October 2005 whilst working in the same department in a factory. He chatted to me on the factory floor for a while before eventually finding the confidence to come sit with me at lunch times. From there things just progressed from friendship to romance.

How did he/she propose?
He took me on a day trip to the beach at Sandyhills and proposed to ...

Nov 2014
5

Mr and Mrs Aisthorpe

Today's Customer Q&A session features Sarah & Steven Aisthorpe who were married on the 6th of August 2012

When and where did you first meet?
We have known each other for over 20 years and grew up in the same area, but started dating in 1996.

Where did you go on your first date?
Cinema, to watch . . . . Space Jam!

How did he propose?
On Christmas Eve 1997, yes he had a ring! (yes, we had a very long engagement!)

How did you first hear about the Mill Forge?
We ...

Mr and Mrs Anderson
Oct 2014
31

Mr and Mrs Anderson

The first of our customer interviews features Lesley and Gordon Anderson who married in The Mill Forge on the 23rd of September 2014

Date of your wedding?
23rd September 2014 - this day was also Gordon's 40th birthday!

When and where did you first meet?
We worked together for a courier company & have known each other for about 9 years. We began dating almost 7 years ago. 9 months after we got together, Gordon had an accident at work (Sept 2008) that has left him paralysed in his right leg. He had surgery on his ...

Exclusive Weddings at The Mill Forge
Sep 2014
24

Exclusive Weddings at The Mill Forge

There was great excitement here at #TheMillForge earlier this month when we hosted our very first Exclusive Wedding.

The Exclusive Wedding package means the Bride & Groom, together with their guests have sole use of our venue for the entire day. This is ideal for larger wedding parties looking for that special Gretna Green wedding experience to share intimately with their friends and family.

All the staff here at The Mill Forge worked hard to ensure the day was perfect for the lovely couple and we were delighted that the sun was even shining for the occasion. ...

Truly Spectacular Shoes!!!
Sep 2014
1

Truly Spectacular Shoes!!!

Over the years, we believe we have just about seen everything - from themed weddings in fancy dress, to those weird and wonderful ideas that make a wedding so memorable.

We were delighted recently when one of our lovely brides customised her own wedding shoes by using a decoupage technique to transfer images onto a pair of stilettos. It was incredible just how much detail she managed to get onto her shoes - from the Gretna Green sign, to a bouquet of flowers and the Anvil. Even the popular Gretna Piper, Pipe Major Craig Irving made an appearance. Craig ...

Capturing the Moment
Aug 2013
5

Capturing the Moment

There are all different kinds and styles of wedding photography available yet sometimes the best pictures come naturally or by chance.

Take for example the picture above which was taken by Gretna Green photographer Colin Carpenter. He was in the right place at the right time and by using his many years of experience, he managed to get a truly unique shot.


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Wedding Rings
Jul 2013
3

Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are an unbroken circle which is to symbolise the everlasting love, They are worn on the third finger of the left hand as in Roman times it was believed a vein ran from this finger straight to the heart.

Engagement rings were first used after Pope Nicholas proclaimed in 860AD that not only was an engagement ring required to seal the agreement of marriage, but that it should be gold to signify financial commitment from the groom. In 1477 King Maximillian presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond engagement ring and from that day to ...

Cooling Off
Jun 2013
22

Cooling Off

An eagle-eyed photographer managed to capture some brilliant pictures of a bird using our fountain to cool off during the recent hot weather.

As the recent heat-wave swept over the country we all wanted to find a way to cool off. We did however stop short of joining the bird in the fountain.

It brings a whole new meaning to the cooling off period, brides and grooms used to have to go through before they could be married in Gretna Green.

Thanks to Colin Carpenter Photography for the pictures.


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Steamboats and Petticoats
Jun 2013
16

Steamboats and Petticoats

Last weekend saw a brand new theme for a Gretna Green wedding at The Mill Forge.

Joanne & Cavan Bretherton and their guests dressed in clothes to match the theme of Dreamboats and Petticoats. As you can see from the pictures above, almost all of their party joined in with the bride and groom by wearing appropriate clothing.


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Triple Celebrations
Jun 2013
8

Triple Celebrations

When Jill Eyles and Shane Macklan arrived at The Mill Forge they had lots to celebrate.

Not only were they being married in Gretna Green, they were also celebrating their birthdays.

As is their custom, they both wore 'silly hats' on their joint birthday. Their fun-loving guests joined in with the tradition as you can see in the photograph above


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Colour at Last
Jun 2013
1

Colour at Last

After a cold damp spring, it is great to see our gardens starting to show a splash of colour.

June is the time of year we put out our hanging basket and plant summer bedding. We are all hoping that the weather is kinder to us than previous summers, allowing the plants to bloom to their full potential.

With a little bit of sunshine, our gardens can become a blaze of colour. Perfect for wedding photographs!


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Biker Chic
May 2013
25

Biker Chic

When keen bikers Susan and Liam Bradley turned up to be married in The Forge, they arrived on their favourite mode of transport.

Bearing specially printed shirts they exchanged their vows and posed for photographs before roaring off into the distance.

Best wishes to another couple who added their own unique stamp to their special day.


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Food Hygiene Award
May 2013
17

Food Hygiene Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an Eat Safe award for our food hygiene practises.

While food hygiene is naturally an important concern of ours we never set out to win any awards. Our aim was to provide the most hygienic environment possible in our kitchens and all public areas for the benefit of our guests.

General Manager Graham Smith says "Receiving this award is a testament to the hard work and rigorous practises followed by our staff. To win an award for something we do as routine is amazing, and I would ...