Bride of the Week: Allie Holloway

Eat, Drink and Be Married

At a beautiful resort in Quebec, Allie and Colin said "I Do" in true Scottish style.
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If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then Allie Holloway had Colin Fairbairn from the get-go.

Allie worked at the Montreal area pub where she met her future husband. “I remember the first time I saw him, sitting at the bar, by himself in his suit. He was so soft-spoken and charming,” recalls the bride. It didn’t hurt that the restaurant, called Ye Olde Orchard, served Celtic fare either. Colin is Scottish. Undoubtedly, the establishment made him feel at home.

Allie made sure her celebration felt like a “huge family dinner,” one that included a few men in plaid skirts jumping up and down and singing their hearts out whenever the impulse struck. Regarded as formal national attire in the United Kingdom, kilts are the classic wedding dress for men in Scotland.

By Spring 2009, the two were inseparable, even after she accidentally spilled an entire pint of Guinness on him on their first date. Since this act is just about unheard of for a woman who works at a pub, Allie knew right then that he had to be the One.

Allie married Colin at the Auberge des Gallant resort in Rigaud, Quebec on July 14, 2012. With its lush verdant grounds and flowers galore, Allie held the ceremony outside in the garden near a pond and in front of two old willow trees. Colin wore a kilt in a nod to his homeland but Allie’s gown still stole the show.

Her Pronovias gown, made of "what felt like 100 pounds of silk and crinoline", made her 110 guests gasp in awe. “I am normally a very no-frills person, but I felt like a princess sashaying my dress around!” says the bride. There was a “Celtic Knot” ceremony during the vow exchange. As Colin and Allie held hands, they were bound with a strip of fabric bearing the Campbell Tartan, Colin’s clan’s tartan back home. Readings included a poem, My Love, by Scottish poet Robbie Burns.

A reception followed that embraced the theme of the night, dubbed Eat, Drink and Be Married. It took place in a formal room with handsome oak paneling. “Since we met at a Celtic bar, this was such a beautiful place to hold our reception. Plus it really went with our theme,” shares the bride.

Allie made sure her celebration felt like a “huge family dinner,” one that included a few men in plaid skirts jumping up and down and singing their hearts out whenever the impulse struck. Regarded as formal national attire in the United Kingdom, kilts are the classic wedding dress for men in Scotland.

This cheery and relaxed wedding atmosphere didn’t stop Allie from keeping her reception’s décor classic and understated. Deep violet, buttercup yellow and moss green were her colors of choice. Everything from the bridesmaids’ dresses of green belted with a yellow sash to the bride’s bouquet of white, yellow and purple blooms kept the environs consistent.

Except for the wedding favors. How could she possibly pass up the opportunity to give out Guinness glasses to her guests? It symbolized the one spilled beer that tied the couple together happily ever after.

--Erinn Bucklan

 
 
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