As soon as I read the first line of Bride Emma’s report I just knew that I’d like her – ‘an important requirement of the dress was that it would allow me to ceilidh dance and eat cake with no control pants required!’ See?? She’s definitely a girl after our own hearts. Yes, she wanted to look gorgeous, but she also wanted to eat cake!
Her and Fraser also created a genius idea for table numbers, they used numbered bottles and asked each table to put messages inside for them to open on the anniversary corresponding to the bottle number. Isn’t that a lovely idea? Such a fun way to make your guests feel included in the marriage, not just the wedding day. And what a lovely way to reminisce about your wedding day on your anniversary.
This is a beautiful wedding lovely ones, filled with pretty blooms, rustic touches, sparklers and hot men in kilts…enjoy!
Emma The Bride: An important requirement of the dress was that it would allow me to ceilidh dance and eat cake with no control pants required! This one was so pretty and comfortable, but I was after an open back so I had it altered by the brilliant tailors at Chambers in Wimbledon. Scott Johnston at Tantrums and Tiaras in Putney made me a sash to match my headband, which is a family heirloom worn by grandma, aunts and my mum. I’d like to pass the sash down the generations along with the headband now. It was wonderful working with Scott, having enjoyed looking at his designs in the window of his shop since I was small.
Fraser wore the scarlet Fraser clan tartan, which he’s worn since the days his kilt reached his ankles! I gave Fraser an engraved kilt pin the night before as a wedding present and he wore the sgian dubh (knife) with a beautiful handle made of fossilised wood that his friends gave him on his 21st birthday.
The great hall of Thames Rowing Club is such a beautiful room but we particularly loved its relaxed, community hall atmosphere and incredible views of the river Thames. Emma’s sister used to row for TRC and Emma spent a lot of time by the river (not rowing) growing up in Putney so the venue held a lot of nostalgia too.
We both love Scotland but weren’t able to get married there, so we brought it to Putney! The colour scheme was meant to reflect the Scottish landscape that we love walking in – greens, greys and purples. We created the stationery with my friend Guy Sexty who is a brilliant graphic designer – he used my watercolours of Scottish flowers and Fraser’s handwriting as a font.
There was tartan ribbon on everything – invitations, orders of service, flowers, tables, napkins, table plan – we used 456 metres or four football pitch lengths of it! Our dress code was ‘a touch of tartan’, and the non Scottish guests embraced it with tartan ties, braces, pocket squares, sashes and underwear!
Emma’s godmother is a brilliant seamstress and helped us to make all of the bunting and napkins in different shades of green and purple.
One of our favourite ideas that we pinched from a friend was ‘Speech Bingo’ – we gave each table a bingo card full of classic speech phrases, tailored to the speechmakers e.g. ‘Emma’s dad makes a nautical reference’. The winning table had to stand up and shout bingo, no matter what stage the speeches were at. Instead of table numbers, we had numbered bottles and asked each table to put messages inside for us to open on the anniversary corresponding to the bottle number. We’re really looking forward to opening Table 1’s this August!
Celeste French does the wedding flowers at All Saints’ Church – she is unbelievably talented and incredibly nice. We said we were after a natural, wild, Scottish feel and she got it down to the ground, adding her own creative twists. We also loved the way she taught us about flowers, inviting us to visit the Covent Garden flower market for inspiration and to learn about the flower industry. It was a really nice way for us both to get involved in something that typically isn’t the groom’s area!
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids are such beautiful girls with very individual style and it was really important that they felt like themselves. Originally the plan was different outfits but then we stumbled across these No 1 by Jenny Packham dresses, which suited all three of them so well. The girls looked so beautiful in them, they completely took my breath away. I loved the way Celeste also added thistles to their hair.
Again it was important to Fraser that the guys wore what they wanted, with the exception of the Cumbrian best man as it was Fraser’s one opportunity to make him wear a kilt! Fraser’s dad and brother wore trews made from their Johnston clan tartan, while one of the ushers showed all the others up in his exceptionally smart Royal Marines uniform.
We got married in the church I’ve been to since I was small. I used to sing in the choir and my old choir mistress put together a wonderful choir of friends and children from the Putney community. The service was conducted by two close family friends – the previous and the current vicar of All Saints. They’ve known Fraser and me for years and it meant so much to us.
Our friends the Scarletts performed a beautiful acoustic set. They used to perform together at university balls and very kindly got back together for our wedding. They sang our first dance which was so moving. We enlisted the help of Rebecca Harrad from Bounce Studios to teach us a waltz for our first dance. One of our favourite parts of preparing for the wedding was learning the dance with Rebecca – she made us feel completely at ease while gently pushing us to do something special – we can’t recommend her enough. The energy our ceilidh band, The Timorous Beasties, played with was infectious. Their sense for the audience was amazing and every piece was so brilliant that no one wanted to sit down. A highlight was their Scottish remix of Avicii’s Wake Me Up!
We had a drinks and canapes reception in the church grounds immediately after the service, as there’s nothing worse than being hungry or sober at a wedding. The canapes were provided by Putney Pantry, the church cafe. The wedding breakfast was a buffet by Mainstream Catering. Instead of a wedding cake we had a cake table full of our favourite cakes kindly made by our friends and family – one of our favourite things about the wedding!
We enjoyed working with Fiona Kelly and her assistant Jesse so much. They were both brilliantly professional and just nice people to be around. They managed to be visible and invisible as needed which is quite a skill. Their photos capture the day perfectly, including so many funny moments that we didn’t realise had happened until afterwards.
Photography by Fiona Kelly Photography
- Bride Annasul Y
- Boutique Teokath of London
- Sash Tantrums & Tiaras
- Alterations Chambers Tailors
- Shoes Paradox London
- Make Up Sadaf Admed
- Venue Thames Rowing Club
- Stationery Design Guy Sexty
- Florist Celeste French
- Bridesmaids No 1 Jenny Packham
- Groom & Groomsmen McCalls
- Entertainment The Timorous Beasties
- Canapés The Putney Pantry
- Caterers Mainstream Catering
- Transport Lord Cars