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.
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 ...
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.
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!
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 ...
One of the nicest things about working at The Mill Forge is receiving the many thank you letters and reading the wonderful reviews left on TripAdvisor and our Facebook page.
It makes the long hours and hard work associated with the hospitality industry much more bearable when we can see how much our efforts are appreciated. Especially nice is the way that most reviewers comment on all aspects of their time in our care, thus spreading the praise across the whole team.
Many of the couples who get married in The Mill Forge admit that have checked ...
Marriage is one of the world's oldest rituals and the wedding vows which are commonplace today have hardly changed for centuries.
Wikipedia says: The traditional vows, taken from the Book of Common Prayer are, "To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part."
They were first published in English in the prayer book of 1549, based on earlier Latin texts (the Sarum and York Rituals of the medieval period). An older version of the ...
Last weekend we hosted a series of crime writing masterclasses - Crime and Publishment - led by famous authors and industry professionals. Over the course of the weekend we had seventeen budding authors attend the various sessions.
Each session went well and there was a wonderful atmosphere as writers from all over the country learned from the professionals. Learning wasn't the only thing on the agenda as all the attendees made new friends, networked and talked about crime writing.
The final session was unique opportunity for crime writing classes as each attendee was given the chance to ...
Last Sunday saw our very first wedding fayre. It was very well attended with couples coming from all over the UK to speak with us and the various suppliers who were exhibiting.
The atmosphere throughout the day was fantastic as brides and grooms quizzed suppliers and staff members about their own special day. All around, were smiling faces as questions were answered and friendships made.
All the feedback from the event has been wonderfully positive whether it has come from customers, exhibitors or staff members.
I would like to thank all who attended for coming, the ...
Just like all the brides marking their calendar until their big day, we have been counting down to our wedding fayre.
Preparations are well under way and we have a great day planned. There will be photographers, cake suppliers, florists, jewellers, wedding cars and many other suppliers for brides and grooms to discuss their requirements with.
Our wedding planner team will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
The wedding fayre is on Sunday the 3rd of March from 12.00noon to 4.00pm.
Last night The Mill Forge hosted a Burns Night for the local primary school. There was entertainment provided by the children and the haggis was addressed by the primary sevens.
Over fifty parents attended along with forty children and several teachers. There were renditions of Selkirk Grace, Auld Lang Syne plus highland dancers, traditional Scottish dances and Burns recitals.
All in all it was a great night to be a part of, and Burns himself may have said "a richt guid time was had by a'."
Not every couple who comes to Gretna Green to be married chooses to wear a traditional wedding dress and a morning suit or kilt.
This bride and groom found the ultimate choice for comfort on their wedding day. Who says you have to stick to tradition?
To us watching as they exchanged vows, their choice of clothing made perfect sense for a cold January day. The Ministers are often asked to match their clothing with the wedding party, but on this occasion the Minister opted out.
Every year we undergo a maintenance program which sees us redecorating, repair and in some cases making alterations to our facilities.
This year is no different and we are changing the décor of all our double rooms as part of our program. Out goes the old wallpaper and in comes the new. The paintwork is being rubbed down and undergoing a dramatic colour change which involves two coats of undercoat before another two coats of the new colour can be applied.
Lots of other small details will be improved as part of the renovations which we will ...
Our wedding fayre is nearly upon us and we have some fantastic exhibitors lined up to showcase their wares. A full list will be advertised soon.
Our budget busting offer of a double bedroom for only £40 per night for Saturday 2nd and Sunday the 3rd of March is proving to be very popular. If you are planning on attending our wedding fayre and staying over, then you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.