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Windswept Beauty and the Mermaids… Part 1

Since I first saw this wedding I have wanted it. Coveted it.

For months we waited patiently while Cara and Nye bonded with their new arrivals. They knew it was perfectly us. We knew it was perfectly them. And for no-one was it more perfect than Sophie and Glenn.

Sophie and Glenn were married on 17th August 2010 at Crear, in Argyll Scotland.

I think this is the most perfect wedding I have ever laid my eyes upon.

Feathery Gorgeousness

I didn’t want a traditional white wedding dress as although I did try some traditional white ones on, none felt right-so I scoured the internet for an evening dress (Glenn and I met on an internet dating site, I sourced most of my wedding from the internet!)

After many attempts I eventually found the Tadashi feathery Gown on the Bloomingdales Website in America, and loved it at first sight- But as nowhere in England stocks Tadashi Shoji (A Japanese Designer) I had to have it shipped from a store in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, slightly risky but luckily it was a risk worth taking! (It also went on a round-the-world trip after getting caught up in the Ash Cloud but luckily arrived in time to get it altered to fit!)

Gemstone beauties

I searched Etsy, the online craft/arts store, and discovered Melanie in Massachusetts , who trades under the name ‘LittleLuxury Boutique‘ she handcrafts unique jewellery using beautiful gemstones.

She handmade me a bracelet and matching drop earrings which she describes as ‘soft brown, champagne and beige gemstones, with metallic-lustered teal peacock freshwater pearls for a bold and beautiful accent of color against a neutral backdrop. Gemstones include: andalusite ,champagne citrine, gold rutilated quartz and green topaz’.

I also wore a Pearl and Ivy vintage inspired feathered headband, which had vibrant blue and green tones, offsetting t the neutral champagne colour of the dress.

Blue Balls

My shoes were a pair of Vivienne Westwood Melissa Globe Shoes, neutral/champagne colour with an oversize bright blue globe balanced on the top!

(Heeled slingback shoes featuring peep toe design).Very comfortable, scented rubber-good enough to eat,fun, reasonable cost, can wear again and wow factor all rolled into one!

Windswept Beauty

I did my own makeup, using Bobbi Brown products.

I booked the hairdresser over the phone She was a local girl, who I hadn’t met, (but who had been recommended!) However… she turned up with green festival dreadlocks, a hangover and had obviously trained at the Edward Scissorhand School of Hairdressing… All I can say, is I’m very grateful it was a windy day and the ceremony was outside as my hair was atrocious! (Oh and the satin ribbon blew off my dress in the wind too but c’est la vie!)

Eyes like the Sea

Glenn wore a soft brown suit with off-white shirt and silk champagne tie. He wore the buttonhole I made for him (champagne ostrich feathers and a peacock feather) complimented perfectly by his eyes.

(Bit cheesy I know – but he has eyes the colour of a stormy Irish sea, which was the first thing I noticed about him when we met – awwww.)

Maid Bargains

The young bridesmaids (who were my daughter Poppy and Glenn’s daughter Leah), fared slightly better! Despite the hairdresser being possibly the worst hairdresser in Scotland, I remained remarkably calm-probably because I knew there was no-one in a thirty mile radius who could have stepped in to help, so just had an extra glass of sangria (or two!)

The young bridesmaids (flower girl?) dresses were Nicole Farhi prom dresses, which a local dressmaker miniaturized for me to fit our two young daughters. (I found them on Ebay for 50 pounds the pair though originally they were 500 pounds each!!) I didn’t have a traditional colour scheme- as in one or two colours, instead, I chose a neutral base- champagne/ bronze/, cappuccino/ vintage coffee, and added complimentary hues/tones in teals/ purple/lavenders.

It was more about tones, soft hues with flashes of colour –actually inspired from the landscape/seascape in Argyll –the first time we saw Crear for the first time the year previously in Autumn, the sea, the heather, the hills.

Groomsmen (my brother Hamish gave me away, and Glenn’s brother John was best-man) wore suits/ties of their choice and wore one of the feathered buttonholes I had made to tie them in.

Creating at Crear

The venue is called ‘Crear, space to create. If we couldn’t create it ourselves we sourced it from an artist who could!

We hung up over 40 paper pompoms in the venue (which I sourced from Etsy, (Portland Oregon this time!) I had spent the day before the wedding making them up as they all arrived flat packed and needed frilly-ing up!

Fantastical, Unique Photography

Cara and Nye, aka Lillian and Leonard were our Photographers. We saw photographs they had taken at a previous wedding at Crear, so hunted out their website and just knew that they were perfect for us. Also their reportage style of photography was ideal, as neither of us like posed formal shots, and were trying to avoid the typical wedding photos.

On the Wedding day itself (and subsequently) Glenn and I were bowled over by Cara and Nye; their delightful company, honesty, (diplomacy and tact!), sincerity, talent, calming influence, professionalism, creativity, hard work and effort. We are both overjoyed with the photo’s needless to say!

Photography – Lillian and Leonard

Venue – Crear

Gown – Tadashi Shoji

Bracelet and Earrings – ‘LittleLuxury Boutique

Feathered Headband – Pearl and Ivy

Buttonholes – Brides DIY, made of Fishing feathers.

Piper – Iain Campbell T 01546 603152.

Poms – Etsy

Despite every ounce of chic, unique and DIY style you see here, it is nothing compared to tomorrow’s instalment.

There will be mermaids, and they are so beautiful you will DIE.

Yours Truly,


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Pale and Oh So Interesting… Part 2


It’s Part 2 and a total detail-fest, never mind being the prettiest modern wedding I’ve seen in a long time. If you haven’t got time to read it properly now, make sure you come back later with a coffee or a glass of wine and just drink it all in. All images by Lillian and Leonard.

So Beautiful.

Fresh From the Garden

We wanted the flowers to look like someone had just been out and picked them all (a bit messy). We didn’t really have a colour scheme so there were pink, purple, blue, yellow – pretty much everything. Margaret Soudan did the flowers and she was amazing. We were not sure we had described what we wanted very well but somehow she got it absolutely perfect!

Photography beyond words…

Lillian and Leonard (Cara and Nye) were our photographers. I have no words to describe how amazing they were. Their photos are the most perfect reminder of the day and everyone who has seen them has commented on how fantastic they are.

Cake of all kinds…

I am totally addicted to cheese and so I wanted one cake to be a cheese cake. This was basically 4 wheels of cheese on top of each other and came from the Bath Fine Cheese Company. And yes, they delivered it all the way to Scotland. I ended up having 4 pieces of incredibly posh cheese on toast at the end of the night.

My sister, Sarah Kelt, made the sweet cake. It was a top tier of fruit cake and three lower tiers of individual sponges, iced in white and decorated with small white icing flowers. She made it at the venue on the Thursday before the wedding, it was stunning and delicious – what more could you want!

A Unique Space

To be honest, Crear is pretty visually stunning anyway, and the view is probably decoration enough. As below we used some of the favours to decorate the tables and people then took them away at the end of the evening, we also had some lovely “Hearts and Ribbon” bunting also from Cox and Cox. Aside from that it was just flowers.

We made the seating plan ourselves (the night before the wedding). We bought Harebell paper, pearl headed pins and a board from Hobbycraft. Names were written on small pieces of the paper and then pinned on to the board. The beauty of it was that we could move people around as we were working it out and we could make last minute adjustments for anyone who couldn’t come.

For favours we had Cox and Cox heart shaped candles, wedding matches and small slate name plates. We also bought glassine bags and put in two heart shaped chocolates. These were then machined closed with a zigzag stitch, together with a card with our names and the date.

Ceilidh dancing

We had Archie McAllister and band. They did a caleigh for a couple of hours and then played some more modern music for the remainder of the night. They were fabulous (although I think they got a bit frustrated at times due to everyone’s complete inability to follow the dance instructions).

The song was “They can’t take that away from me” sung by Frank Sinatra. I would like to say we had a romantic reason for choosing it, but it was actually because we were learning how to dance (with The First Dance Company) and the track was very short! We were really nervous so knowing we only had to be out there for a couple of minutes was somehow reassuring!

Advice from a Bride

Our wedding was special because it was ours! I could not have wished for a more perfect day. As with all occasions, the company was what counted. Everyone we wanted to be there made it (including my 89 year old Grandad), and as far as I know everyone had a wonderful time.

Arjen and I were really flexible about how the day would be, as long as we were both there and had our friends and family around us we were not really that bothered about the rest. I think if you are too fixed in terms of what you want you risk disappointment whereas if you are open to ideas you may find things that you had never really thought about that end up being your ‘best bits’.

For us though I think the venue was really what made the day, we actually stayed there with our wedding party for 3 days prior to the wedding, this made the whole experience feel much more of an ‘event’ than just a day. I couldn’t believe it when we had to leave as it had begun to feel like home (although slightly larger and with more spectacular views than our actual home!)

If it was possible I would suggest you hire my mum – she was incredible, especially with all the little details that I probably wouldn’t have thought of.

I would also say, remember that your friends and family are (generally) adults and therefore capable of sorting themselves out – don’t feel you have to sort out everyone’s travel accommodation etc, remind them of the existence of Google.

Most of all though, take it in. The day will go past so quickly and there are so many different things going on, try to stand still every so often and take a mental picture. It was the most amazing experience of my life and I wouldn’t change a minute of it.

And Sigh.

I might just cry now this is over, truly.

Thank you so much to Cara at Lillian and Leonard for making this so easy to post and so enjoyable! And thank you to Naomi and Arjen for their oodles of inspiration!

Yours Truly,


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Pale and Oh So Interesting… Part 1

I’m more than a little bit excited about this wedding. With a modern Bride totally rocking her very stylish and grown up look, it’s a total fashion fest. That, plus a pale but pretty palette and some out of this world photography by the wonderful Cara and Nye at Lillian and Leonard, and you’re all going to love it too.

We are Naomi and Arjen and our wedding was on March 27th 2010 at Crear, near Kilberry in Argyll.

Luscious Liberty

My Dress was by a designer called Jesus del Pozo bought from Liberty in London. It was only the second place I went to try on dresses and I literally could have bought every single one but when I tried this one on I knew it was the one. I wanted something swooshy and not too formal (I never wear long dresses). It was quite Grecian and incredibly comfortable – which was important to me. It was also something that I knew Arjen would love (which he did).

Keeping it Simple

I had earrings from The Earring Boutique online (cheap but beautiful). No other jewellery (my engagement and wedding rings were enough). I had bought a comb to go in my hair but on the day decided on a few Lilly of the valley and roses from my bouquet instead.

I wanted to look like me but better (not a different person, wanted my husband to recognise me)!
My hair was in a side bun and was done by Vicki from Heaven (a local hairdresser in Lochgilphead) she came to the venue and was amazing. She did exactly what I wanted.

I did my own make up and discovered the wonder of mineral makeup (bare minerals) I bought everything else from SpaceNK, spent a great afternoon having a makeover to try everything out!

Salvatore Shoes

Very high, dusky rose in colour with metallic spiky heels from Salvatore Ferragamo. They were hand made and had petals on the back of the heels. I wanted shoes I could wear again so cream was out. I wear them all the time now with jeans.

Luschious Lily of the Valley

The bouquets and button holes were all different. My bouquet was lilly of the valley which looked and smelled beautiful.

Chic and Stylish in Navy

We didn’t have a colour scheme but I wanted the bridesmaids to have something they could wear again. We got navy blue knee length dresses from LK Bennett and I know they have all worn them since. They wore their own shoes (from flats to 5 inch heels).

A Stylish Groom

He wore a Hugo Boss suit and a Liberty print shirt – he doesn’t like ties so he didn’t wear one. He didn’t look at me as I walked down the aisle because someone told him it is not the done thing but he teared up when I got to him and so did I – so I think that was a good reaction! Saying our vows it felt like we were the only people in the room and was quite a surreal experience but an amazing one.

The Best Men wore their own suits and looked fantastic in them.

Seriously? How Bea.Utiful is this Bride? Super stylish and with a Groom to match!

I could literally cry tomorrows post is so good, so beautiful, so clean. The decor, the details, the images. Pure Brilliant white and lots of love, you will not be disappointed.

Yours Truly,