I love a pun or a bit of play on words I do. So when this wedding landed on my Rock My Wedding desk I immediately thought 31 July? Scotland?… This wedding shall be called High Summer in the Highlands… Perfect. Job done.
Then I read through Claire’s account and a sentence she wrote about her photographers really jumped out at me. All puns and thoughts of word play went out the window and I decided instead to name this post after those very well chosen words. So sit back and enjoy a few of the “hundred little moments” that combined to make one big huge moment that will stay with Claire and Dan for the rest of their lives.
We got married on 31st July 2010 at Kirknewton House Stables outside Edinburgh, Scotland. The venue was a converted stable block, so had lots of light, exposed brickwork and access to gorgeous gardens for the ceremony and drinks. Yes – an outdoor ceremony in Scotland! We met at university in Edinburgh, and I’m from Scotland so it was lots of fun for us to plan a wedding near such a fantastic, beautiful city where our university friends could return to visit old haunts, and that was easily accessible for a number of family members. The venue comes as a bare shell – we organised catering, marquee, décor -everything ourselves.
My dress was from Vera Wang and I bought it in Selfridges, London. I originally didn’t pick it out, but the sales assistant suggested it. It was the first dress I tried on. I dutifully went to some other stores, but nothing came close. I’m not a particularly girly or glamorous girl, so I found a lot of the gowns on offer just weren’t me. I wanted simple, contemporary lines, with natural fabrics and a bit of fun.
Making A Statement
I really wanted a ‘statement necklace’ to go with the simple neckline of the dress and, after months of hunting, found a South African designer, Pieter Erasmus. His jewelry is stocked in a couple of places in London, and I found this necklace in a gorgeous, tiny jewellers in Islington when on a day out with some friends. We popped in and had a lovely time trying things on, but I wasn’t 100%. We left, had a couple of glasses of wine, and I nipped back and took the plunge. My dress was so simple that the dramatic necklace worked well. Once I had that, I wanted to go for simple hair and jewellery. I wore a pair of diamond stud earrings my parents had given me for my 30th birthday, and some cream peony roses in my hair.
No Mean Feat
My shoes were pink patent mary janes from Christian Louboutin. I was certain I wanted shoes that could be worn again, and as my dress was so simple, I thought some bright shoes would really set it off. By the time I got round to buying them, a lot of the shoe designers were stocking autumn/winter shoes and so there wasn’t much in the way of colour (tip – plan ahead!), but miraculously the Louboutin stores still had a number of gorgeous (and very comfortable) heels in hot pink. I had looked at wedding shoe designers, but again saw a lot of sparkle and ‘girly’ shoes and not much in the way of actual style. As I’m not very good at walking in heels, I also had a pair of white Haviana flip flops to change into after dinner. I wore both pairs throughout my honeymoon, and plan on wearing them for years to come.
Hair In The Nick Of Time
My hair and makeup could not have been more last minute. Both trials were on the Thursday before the wedding, and I had no real ideas of what I wanted, although I new I wanted to resist ‘bridal’ hair, which in my mind consisted of French rolls, ringlets – a look that would have left Dan a little puzzled. I was fortunate to have an outstanding hairdresser and make up artists who knew exactly what I wanted– Freddie Antabi in Edinburgh, as well as Louise from EyeCandy Scotland to do make up for me and my bridesmaids. As the wedding was in a garden in the summer, I decided not to have a veil or headdress, and just wore some flowers (that were added to the florist’s order at the last minute).
Off The Planet
Our florist was the absolutely fantastic Planet Flowers. Central Scotland brides and grooms are SO lucky to have Planet Flowers right on their doorstep. I really wanted a relaxed, summery feel to the wedding, but with bold colours, so we had lots of bright pink flowers in jam jars. My bouquet was a mixture of bright pink peonies and hydrangeas, while the bridesmaids carried bouquets of bright pink hydrangeas. The men wore thistle buttonholes. Planet also did an awesome job decorating our venue, with hydrangeas on stands lining the aisle, hurricane lamps with flowers and candles in our evening marquee, and gorgeous peonies to decorate the cake.
Smith, Sweeney & Duchamp
Dan and his brother wore matching Paul Smith suits. Oliver Sweeney brogues and Duchamp ties. I didn’t intervene at all in their choice, just gently suggested they shouldn’t look like they’d just come from work! I love the idea that Dan will be able to wear his wedding suit to the weddings of friends and family for years to come. As neither Dan nor I is particularly formal, and the wedding was outdoors, we thought morning dress would have been over-doing it. However, there were lots of handsome men, young and old(ish) in kilts to add a sense of formality and occasion to the proceedings.
Looking To The Fuschia
The three adult bridesmaids wore matching French Connection teadresses in bright blue, with layers that matched the layers on my dress. They wore towering fuschia peep toe pink heels, also from French Connection. Niamh, our flower girl, wore a cupcake dress from JCrew, that a friend’s mother arranged for us from the US. While every bride I think intends to give their closest girlfriends and family a dress they can wear again, I think we all know that doesn’t often work out! However, the girls have assured me that the dresses and shoes have been worn again – phew!
100 Little Moments
We chose the absolutely awesome and talented Lillian & Leonard, wedding photographers based in Glasgow. Their style of photography totally suited our wedding, and they were so lovely when we met them. They have a great sense of fun and romance and seemed to capture the occasion and the hundred little moments that occur during the day. Dan and I are not grand, dramatic types and we wanted the photos to reflect the day simply and honestly, so the natural, reportage style was ideal for us. We were over the moon with how the photographs turned out, as were our friends and family.
photography Lillian and Leonard
Flowers Planet Flowers
Venue Kirknewton House Stables
Dress Vera Wang
Shoes Christian Louboutin
Necklace Pieter Erasmus
Hair Freddie Antabi
More tomorrow peeps, including some of the best captured shots of a bustling dance floor that I’ve seen in a quite some time. Oh, and there is the small matter of the ceremony of course… you wouldn’t want to miss that!
See you tomorrow then?