Our House Party


Our House Party

Hayley McCabe and Michael Greig met online in 2015 and took a year to realise they’d known one another as children! Fast forward to 2021 after the groom proposed on a private cruise in Tenerife

We knew we wanted a weekend-long wedding with only our nearest and dearest so looked for an exclusive use venue that would suit an intimate celebration. When we found Ballogie House and saw its Thursday to Monday package we knew it was The One. It could accommodate up to 60 guests and we had 46 plus the two of us so it was a great fit for our relaxed house party vibe

As it was October, we wanted an autumnal feel. Flowers and décor were rich autumnal colours paired with nudes, toffees and creams and there were pumpkins and pinecones scattered throughout. We added celestial details, like stars hanging from the ceiling, star/moon cocktail stirrers, celestial hair pieces, on-theme signage and a giant crescent neon sign that said ‘To the moon and back’.

Instead of a guestbook, we chose a six-litre bottle of Champagne that was written on with a gold marker. Afterwards, we chilled it and popped the cork on Sunday when we carried on the party with our closest friends and family. It now sits in our dressing room with fairy lights inside.

I did a lot of research before booking bridal appointments but fell in love with my dress as soon as I saw it. It complemented my English Rose complexion, and the beading and detailing was like nothing I’d ever seen before. I felt like a Hollywood starlet! I added Jimmy Choo bridal shoes and finished the look off with a hairpiece (I’d ordered a few styles to try and was glad I did).

My two dearest friends were my bridesmaids and they wore beautiful toffee-coloured velvet dresses and matching shoes with a hint of sparkle. I’d asked them to be by my side on a spa weekend at Thainstone House, surprising them with a cake in the shape of a ring that said ‘Will you be my bridesmaids’? I also gave them gift boxes with photos of us, perfume, make-up brushes, a jewellery box and a personalised bracelet.

Ballogie’s five-day package meant we could really enjoy the venue. On Thursday it was just us two. We made some finishing touches to the décor (feeling like kids running around the big house and picturing how it would be in the days to come!) then chilled out in the hot tub. Friday was when our bridal party arrived and we had a rehearsal with Amy, Ballogie’s amazing wedding coordinator. At night, the boys stayed in the lodge and the ladies in the house. We had a relaxing evening with drinks, food platters, gifts and dancing.

Saturday was the big day… And it rained! But they say it’s good luck and I think we had enough rain (and luck) to last us a lifetime that day. We’d hoped to get married outside but thankfully there was a contingency plan to set up in the marquee. We had a humanist ceremony and, beforehand, used a service that’s essentially AI for vow writing. It asks you questions and shapes a script that you can then edit to make it your own. It was a lifesaver!

Afterwards, we got family photos, mingled with everyone then headed off in a family friend’s vintage Pontiac car for couple photographs. Our guests, meanwhile, ate, drank and enjoyed our entertainment – a live saxophonist, an audio guest book and a live watercolour artist.

Hayley's Little White Book

Beauty treatments: Tallo Beauty

Cake: Gumblossom

Décor: Without a Hitch

DJ: Touch of Class DJ Services

Flowers: Hay’s Flowers

Food/drink suppliers: Val Morrison Catering, Dutch Courage Bar Hire

Grooms outfits: Mitchell Scott

Hair: Michelle Reid Hairdressing

Humanist: Ashton Easter

Live artist: Sarah Leask Studio

Make-up: Tracey Cepeda MUA Photographer: Danielle Leslie Photography

Piper: Thistle Piping

Rings: Jamieson & Carry

Saxophonist: Rich Gordon Music

Stationery: Paige & Co

Venue: Ballogie House

Videographer: NL Visuals

Vow writing: Provenance