Feature in Daily Record by Jenny Morrison

Nice feature today in the Daily Record about parents who are in the wedding industry and play a role in their daughter’s wedding.

 

Mum and dad play their part in big day for children

 

Having a parent who works in the wedding industry may be a huge asset to any bride or groom, but it makes for a stressful day for mum or dad.

WATCHING your son or daughter get married is one of the happiest and most emotional days in a parent’s life.

But what if your job as mother-of-the-bride is not to help your daughter choose her wedding dress but design it?

Or if you are not just one of the guests who will be sitting down to the wedding banquet but it was your job to make it for all 150 of them?

Having a parent who works in the wedding industry may be a huge asset to any bride or groom, but does it make it a much more stressful day for their mum or dad?

Here, three parents with very different jobs in the wedding sector – a minister, a baker and a designer – reveal how they put their professional skills to the ultimate test for their children’s big day.

DAVID CESSFORD – Son’s wedding design was a piece of cake


David made the wedding cake for his son

 

 

  WHEN the luxury wedding cakes you make are sought after by Hollywood stars, then creating a unique, show-stopping creation for your own son’s wedding sounds like no easy task.

David and Mandi Cessford, of Rainbow Sugarcraft, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, have delighted clients in the past by making everything from an 11-tier wedding cake shaped like the Empire State Building, to a 3ft long cake shaped like a dragon.

But they admit the five-tier, sphere-shaped cake they built when David’s son Paul, now 30, got married has been one of their most dramatic.

David, 58, said they knew they needed something extra special for Paul’s wedding as he works alongside the couple as a baker in the family business.

David said: “If you make a living from designing and making amazing wedding cakes for other people, then it goes without saying that when you get married yourself then people will expect your cake to be pretty amazing.”

While David won’t give away any secrets about how he managed to piece the cake together, he revealed that every sphere was a different mouth-watering flavour.

He said: “For this cake, making the spheres themselves was easy enough, but working out how it would stand was a different matter. But our motto is anything is possible.”

While David knew he
would need to assemble the contemporary wedding cake at the venue early on the big day, he had other important duties to perform that morning, too.

He said: “We actually had a few weddings on that day.”

David added: “We would never name any famous clients, but we have provided cakes for weddings that have taken place from Skibo Castle in Dornoch, to Gleneagles Hotel, to venues in the south of England.”

For more details go to www.rainbowsugarcraft.co.uk

REVEREND JAMES MUNRO – Who gives this women? Oh, it’s me! Minister performs double role five times

 


Reverend James Munro

 

 

  IN his 33 years as a minister, the Reverend James Munro has been delighted to carry out hundreds of marriage ceremonies.

But five of them have given him more delight and filled him with more emotion than most.

Earlier this year Church of Scotland minister James made headlines across the country after it was revealed he had performed the wedding ceremonies for all five of his daughters.

Proud James, 64, walked his first daughter, Eilidh, now 33, down the aisle in 2001, before switching roles from father-of-the-bride to minister and performing the marriage ceremony, too.

Later that year he carried out the same role for daughter Dolina, also 33.

He conducted the wedding services for daughter Ishbel, now 31, in 2003, and daughter Anna, 28, in 2009.

James performed the unique double role again earlier this year when his youngest daughter, Kirsteen, 25, married pub manager Alasdair MacKillop.

James, who is a grandfather of seven, and minister of Hamilton-Bardrainney Church in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, said: “As a minister it is always very special to conduct a wedding ceremony – but when the bride is your daughter, the day is more special than you can imagine.

“When my first daughter asked me to walk her down the aisle and carry out the wedding service too I was delighted.

“And for the rest of the girls to want the same was a real honour.

“When the girls got married I felt a sense of trepidation. Whether it was nerves or excitement I don’t know, but I suppose it was only natural.

“By far the strongest feeling was overwhelming delight to see my daughters so happy.”

James, who is set to retire in four months, says he knows of no other minister who has walked five of his own daughters down the aisle before conducting the ceremonies.

JOYCE YOUNG – Mum created daughter’s dress, everyone else’s and even the ties

 


Joyce Young designed the wedding dress for her daughter

 

 

  AS an award-winning wedding dress designer, it is perhaps no surprise that Joyce Young would create her only daughter’s wedding dress.

But the devoted mum pulled out all the stops by also designing and making the wedding outfits of most of the bridal party.

Joyce, 58, designed not only the bridal gown for her daughter Susie, now 30, but the dresses worn by her daughter’s four bridesmaids.

She also designed her own mother-of-the bride outfit, that worn by the mother of the groom, and even the mother-of-the-bride outfit worn by her daughter’s stepmum.

Joyce then designed the ties worn by the men and she even took responsibility for the look of the wedding tables by designing the table runners and other decor at both ceremony and reception.

Joyce said: “Designing wedding dresses and mother-of-the-bride wedding outfits is what I do. I could never have imagined anyone but me designing my daughter’s wedding dress, the bridesmaids’ dresses or even my own outfit. I wouldn’t have allowed her to go anywhere else – but she didn’t want to, either.”

Far from being stressed out, Joyce, who runs the design label Joyce Young by Storm, says she always dreamed of one day designing Susie’s fairytale dress.

But she admits the dream could easily have turned into a nightmare after she was left stranded in New York just weeks before Susie’s wedding.

Joyce, who has a wedding shop and new outlet store in Glasgow with another shop in London, had travelled to America in the weeks leading up to the wedding two years ago to see several of her Tartan Spirit range of evening dresses being featured in a catwalk show.

But the Icelandic volcano eruption that blocked the sky with ash meant her scheduled flight to Scotland was delayed – and she ended up spending not one but three weeks in the US.

By the time she got back, Susie’s wedding to Neil Chance, 30, was just under a month a month away. Joyce admits many brides and mothers-of-the-bride may have found the stress too much.

She said: “Being stranded in New York so close to the wedding was not ideal.

“Some brides might have been upset, as there was a lot of work still to do on Susie’s dress, but she was actually very calm about the whole thing.

“She knew we would get everything done in time – and we did.”

Joyce admits that seeing her daughter glide down the wedding aisle in her fairytale dress was an emotional moment.

“She looked amazing and the dress was perfect for her. I had been so busy that it wasn’t until the night before the wedding that the emotion actually hit me.”

For more on Joyce’s business, go to www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk

 

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