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 birthday following his accident. We moved in together when he was discharged from hospital. He walks with crutches but was determined to walk down the aisle without them and he did!

Where did you go on your first date?
We went out to dinner.

How did he propose?
We went on holiday to Salou 4 years ago for my 40th birthday & got engaged. He had a beautiful cluster diamond ring.

How did you first hear about the Mill Forge?
I found the Mill Forge online. We wanted to have a quiet wedding ceremony & both liked the idea of being married in Gretna Green.

How did you book?
We drove down to Gretna Green in January this year. We originally had been to the registry office and paid to reserve our date. I had seen pictures online of the Mill & was looking to book our meal and stay in the Mill. We got shown round the bridal suite, restaurant and bar. We also got to see in the Forge & instantly were blown away at how beautiful it was. We quickly cancelled our registry office ceremony & booked everything at the Mill. The Mill is stunning and the staff are fantastic.

How many wedding dresses did you try on before buying your dress?
I tried about 8 different styles but you know when you find the best one.

How many guests did you bring to your wedding?
Our wedding was very small. Gordon's brother Colin and sister in law Carol Ann, were our best man & bridesmaid. Their son Lewis was our pageboy. My son Colin did me proud and gave me away

Who conducted your Wedding Ceremony?
The Minister, Sandy Jamieson.

What other services did you book?
We attended your wedding fayre in March. We booked Craig Irving the piper we also had Craig play the small pipes in the forge on our wedding day. We booked Carrie for our photographs and we are delighted with them. I made all the flower bouquets & button holes myself. Our cake was from Marks & Spencer - I changed the ribbon and made a floral arrangement for the topper.

Any surprises on the day?
As it was also Gordon's 40th birthday. We had a surprise cake for him that the staff kindly brought to us at the end of our meal.

What was the weather like?
It was a showery day but didn't spoil any photo opportunities.

Most romantic or memorable moment of your day?
The whole day was magical.

Did you have any special songs/music on the day?
Piper Craig played Highland Cathedral for us as I entered the Forge.

Did you have a honeymoon? If so where?
We had our honeymoon in Salou. As this was where we got engaged & it had significance to both of our 40th birthday's although 4 years apart

Did you do anything special for your 1st anniversary?
We will probably be back at the mill!

In one sentence, please sum up your wedding day here at the Mill Forge.
We had a wonderful day. The staff, food, location & the grounds of the Mill are fantastic