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I’m pleased to announce, following my marriage to my husband David on 9 August, that I’ve now changed my name from Miss Pamela Berry to Mrs Pamela Robertson. We had an absolutely amazing day and wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate and for giving us such generous gifts. (I have no idea where I’m going to put them all!)
We were married at the breathtaking Melville Castle in Eskbank in a simple but beautiful civil ceremony performed by Dalkeith Registry Office. The ceremony was followed by canapés, drinks and garden games on the terrace before a 3 course meal with, thankfully short, speeches and a ceilidh in the marquee in the evening.
The Big Day went like clockwork thanks in no small part to the help of Melville’s wedding planner Jane, who even arranged for the sun to shine following thunder storms the day before!
There was a strong Scottish theme to the day (kilts as far as the eye could see and good old fashioned Highland Cathedral for the ceremony entrance music) overlaid with a purple colour scheme. The flowers (supplied by Liberty Blooms) were a stunning mix of pink and purple with a few blue thistles for good measure. Both my own and my bridesmaid’s dresses were supplied by Gwenne’s Bridal in Broxburn. Anyone looking for bridal wear should definitely go there – the shop is like an Aladdin’s Cave, each room leads to another and another.... and they’re all filled with the most stunning dresses! We used external caterers (GH Events) for the wedding meal and evening buffet and can’t recommend them highly enough – the food was so good the groom had 2 main courses!!
We did have the usual photo shoot but this was much less painful than expected thanks to Marc Miller Photography’s more documentary style approach. They wandered around taking pictures of the day as it unfolded rather than just having lots of formal posed photos. We did have some group shots but kept this to a minimum in order to fully enjoy the rest of our day. Thanks Marc!
I was however less impressed by Kinross Cakes, whose 3 tier Victoria sponge cake was so delicious our guests ate the lot and left us with very little to take home the following day!!! I also need to say a heart felt thank you to my mum for providing her ever popular fruit cutting cake and to my mother in law for providing platefuls of heart shaped Scottish Tablet to have with our post dinner coffee – brilliant effort ladies!
Cullen Ceilidh Band provided the evening entertaining, which was a roaring success. Everyone had an absolutely amazing time, although there were a few sore heads the following morning! I suspect this may however have been from the post event drinks back in Melville’s main bar, where some of my cousins led the festivities with their rendition of rugby club favourite ‘Father Abraham’ – it had to be seen to be believed!
Thankfully David and I gave ourselves a week's recovery time before we then jetted off to China for our honeymoon, where we split our time between Beijing and Shanghai.
Beijing exceeded all our expectations and was without doubt our favourite part of the holiday. We of course took a trip to the Great Wall whilst we were there, which definitely deserves its title as one of the wonders of the world. The Forbidden City is however also incredible – just be sure to take decent walking shoes because the place is massive! Beijing also offers the best of both worlds with the more modern shopping malls to the north east of Tian’an Men Square (all the usual designer brands) and much more interesting traditional market streets to the south of the square.
Shanghai on the other hand is much more westernised and heavily overcrowded in the main tourist areas. It was however very nice strolling down the Bund imagining where the ships used to make port during the Opium Wars and Yu Gardens in the south of the city were well worth a visit. The gardens were beautiful and they are surrounded by a ‘bazaar’ selling everything from tasty treats (insects on sticks!) to traditional Chinese tea pots to silk scarves.
We are of course now both back to work, fully rested and raring to go!