In case you're wondering, thats not the paparazzi loitering in the undergrowth but our arty photographer Colin - determined as always to get the best angle for the shot. You must agree it's going to make a lovely picture...
I'm happy to report that Halloween passed at The Mill Forge with no nasty surprises or supernatural goings-on - just a full quota of brides and grooms enjoying their own very special day.
However, soon afterwards I heard rumours of an 'unusual' cake which appeared in the function room.... We're not exactly sure where it came from or who it was meant for, but I think you'll agree it is rather spooooky!!!
Marriage Joins Two People In The Circle Of Its Love by Edmund O'Neill
Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.
Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. And there may come ...
by this wedding cake which was delivered today - isn't it wonderful?
All the staff were trying to guess who would want such a cake. A dairy farmer? A milkman? A cheesemaker? A cowboy? Maybe a 'moo'sician? But it turned out it had been specially made for a bride who's just crazy about cows - simple as that! Moove over darling!!!
A lovely romantic wedding was held in The Mill Forge. The bride and groom had 'run away' to Gretna Green without telling anyone -- Nothing unusual. - This couple were over the age of 16 - of course I could not tell you how old they are - but I am sure they would not mind if I mentioned that the bride was born in 1925 and the groom in 1932! Both widowed, they decided after knowing each other for over 30 years that Gretna Green was the place for them. Our wedding co-ordinator Andrea and wedding photographer Paul Taylor ...
Couples come to The Mill Forge for their wedding - but did you know........ ? The word "wed" is derived from the ancient Greek word for "pledge." And that's exactly what a wedding ceremony is, no matter what country it takes place in, no matter which culture its part of. To wed is to pledge yourself to another. There are few acts we perform that are more pure or more beautiful than the act of marriage.
At the Mill Forge we know them as wedding favours... but have you ever wondered where this tradition came from? A lot of people think this is a modern wedding practice, in fact it is a tradition steeped in history.
The custom of giving wedding favours dates back to early European history where they were given to celebrate marriages, birthdays and christenings by the wealthy aristocrats of the period. In those days these treats were luxury items such as sugar cubes which would illustrate your wealth and were symbolic of royalty.
Pastor Sandy Jamieson is a minister with Assemblies of God a Christian denomination. He has been serving Gretna now for 11 years conducting Religious marriages and blessings in and around the area.
Pastor Sandy says " it's a real privilege to serve the couples on their wedding day at the Mill Forge, I always try to put them at ease and help them to enjoy their day by putting a bit of my personality and humour in where appropriate".
Pastor Sandy Jamieson is married to Jan a primary head teacher and has 3 children; he loves eating out ...
Who needs a wedding car when you can travel in style!!
Or - are they the Bridesmaid and Best Man at the ceremony at The Mill Forge? Our happy couple were married by a registrar at 10am then went on their merry way. Congratulations to you both. Happy biking !!
Even Pipe Major Craig Irving sometimes needs a bit of help with his plaid.
But at home Craig has his wife Bev to lend a hand, ably assisted by his two wee boys Matt and Archie.
Craig earns his living piping couples to and from their weddings. The pipes certainly add a Scottish theme to your big day. Always happy to pose for photographs, Craig in his pipe major regalia brightens up any wedding album.
We are often asked to help grooms don their kilts, which we're always happy to do. But if you would like to ...
We asked him his thoughts on years of doing weddings in Gretna Green.
The Mill Forge is a very special place, made special by the warmth of the welcome that is given to everyone and the care and attention given by the staff to ensure everything runs smoothly for the couple on their wedding day. For my part, I have been conducting religious weddings at The Mill Forge for the last ten years. My chief aim is to ensure that every couple has what I describe as a 'good experience' in their wedding ceremony. By nature I am described ...
A beautiful young woman floated up the aisle looking every inch the conventional bride. Her proud husband-to-be looked over his shoulder and smiled at her. Their friends and family sat down and the minister began the wedding ceremony. Nothing unusual here, I hear you say...
But as the happy couple reached the door of the Mill Forge as man and wife, the bride looked towards me and winked. She raised the hem of her dress and nodded towards her feet ... "It's the rebel in me" she whispered!
Just seen the cutest little page boy and flower girl in the world!
They were really good during the ceremony but were very excited by all the confetti when they got outside and started fighting over who could collect the most. Thankfully, peace was restored in time for the photographs!
It's always been claimed that good things come in small packages and here's the photo that proves it!
One of our wedding cake suppliers has chosen this dinky little car as an environmentally-friendly way to make their deliveries and it's become a regular visitor to The Mill Forge.
Whilst it probably couldn't transport a cake of recent 'royal' proportions, it's just the right size for traditional three tier wedding cakes, single tier chocolate cakes, individual cup cakes - or anything else the bride and groom may desire.
So, if you would like a little inspiration or assistance ...
Words of wisdom read out at one of our religious wedding ceremonies today.
Captain Corelli's Mandalin By Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" ...
We are delighted to announce that we received an award from TripAdvisor the well known hotel review website.
We were awarded a Certificate of Excellence for the many positive reviews our customers have left on their website.
We would like to extend our thanks to all the people who left these wonderful reviews of their experience at The Mill Forge. We cannot put into words how pleased we are with this recognition. Every member of staff has played their part and we are all cock-a-hoop to receive such a prestigious award.
Hello to all our past, present - and future - brides and grooms. We've been very busy over the past couple of months getting our new-look website up and running and we hope you like the result.
Our wedding planner team found it rather daunting to have to move around in front of the camera lens for a change, to have a new photo taken for the website. We're much more used to directing from behind the scenes!
We've only just calmed down after the excitement of Wills and Kate, but of course every day is ...