Today we’ve got a Scottish Garden wedding that actually took place in the Brides back garden – how’s that for the perfect location? There is so much family input throughout this relaxed and pretty affair that I think anyone trying to pull of a wedding with that homespun feel can be inspired.
Sarah and Matteo got married on 7th August 2010 and all the images are by Craig of McBeth Photography.
I am from Scotland and Matteo is from Italy. We live in Italy but decided to get married in Scotland on my parents farm. In Scotland ministers are allowed to perform marriages anywhere, so we were able to have a religious ceremony in a marquee in the garden of my parent’s farm surrounded by the stunning Border countryside.
We had drinks and canapes in the garden before going to our reception in Hawick Rugby Club function suite.
Packham Petite Perfection
As I’m sure is true for most brides, the most exciting part of the wedding preparations for me was choosing the dress. I loved going dress shopping with my mum and sharing those precious moments together, just the two of us. I tried on a lot of dresses in various bridal shops but they were all quite similar, strapless with full skirts and a lot of beading. They were all beautiful but I knew that I wanted something a little bit different.
I eventually found ‘The One’ in a shop called Pan Pan in Edinburgh. It was a Jenny Packham dress called Petra and I fell in love with it immediately. From that moment I couldn’t wait to wear it on my wedding day.
I chose a hair comb also by Jenny Packham and a beaded veil by Richard Designs completed the look.
I needed to wear fairly high heels as I’m quite short compared to my bridesmaids! I chose a pair of 4” peep-toe sandals from Dune. They were really comfortable to wear and I used a pair of plastic heel stoppers to stop me from sinking into the grass during the ceremony!
I had my hair done at a local hairdressers called Style-a-Head. I’ve been going there to get my hair cut since I was a little girl so I know the hair stylist, Nadia, really well. She did an amazing job of getting my very long and fine hair to stay up all day.
Local, Country flowers
My bridal bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets and the button holes were all from a local florist called Stems of Jedburgh. We wanted a natural, country look using flowers that were locally sourced and in season. I described the kind of look I wanted to the florist and then left it up to her to choose the flowers.
It was a complete surprise for me when the flowers were delivered on the morning of the wedding. I think the florist created my vision almost exactly.
My sister found the bridesmaids dresses in a sale in John Lewis and had to telephone all over the country to find three in the right sizes! They were perfect and suited all three bridesmaids really well. I didn’t want them all to be completely matching so they all chose their own shoes and accessories. My mum made the flowergirl’s dress.
Kitted out in a Kilt
Matteo wore a kilt in my family’s tartan. From the minute we got engaged he said he wanted to wear a kilt and he loved wearing it on the day. Quite a few of the Italian guests also wanted to wear kilts so we hired the lot from David Thomson & Son Tailors in Jedburgh.
Getting married outside was something I really wanted to do when I was planning, and if I had known it was possible in Scotland, I might have looked a bit further afield… something to bear in mind if thats high on your priority list.
There’s more really special images in Part 2 which really signify the importance this couple placed on their friends and family being present. Look out for it tomorrow!