Get ready to snuggle up tight as we pop to Scotland this morning to share in the tartan infused, candlelit nuptials of Jen and Bob. In a word, Jen’s Claire Pettibone dress is divine; layers upon layers of embroidered lace which harmonises perfectly with Bob’s kilt – made from the family’s tartan naturally.
There’s some serious transport eye candy for those of you thrilled by anything of the four wheeled variety and take a look at that delicious menu in the slider. Yum! This big day is definitely one for those brides looking for some rustic inspiration so get those pinning fingers ready.
The Brides Fashion
Jen The Bride: I tried on a lot of different dresses and was becoming more dismayed that nothing suited my small frame before I found “the one”. Claire Pettibone dresses are the epitome of understated beauty and the lack of structure and boning made it incredibly comfortable and relaxed. Layers of tiered ivory lace with a blush silk underlay gave a nod to 20’s glamour, with a cathedral length veil for daytime and a bespoke Art Deco head band for evening. I was initially nervous of straying away from the traditional white wedding dress, but the blush gave some warmth to my pale skin while I felt washed out in white. It was incredibly flattering and I cried when I had to take it off at the end of the day!
We both have large families and it was important to us to have all our loved ones there to celebrate with us but we needed a space big enough to accommodate everyone. An empty barn overlooking the beautiful St. Andrews coast certainly had the “wow” factor, while giving us the freedom to design every last detail of the day, exactly how we wanted. I like to be organised and enjoyed being heavily involved liaising with a very extensive supplier list.
We envisioned a very laid back, vintage feel to our day and highlighted it with plenty of personal touches which we feel conveyed us as a couple. From our welcome drinks of Pimms and bottled beers that our guests could help themselves to from an old tin bath, to a photo booth sofa created from hay bales and a working vintage typewriter for guests to leave us messages/ advice. The colour scheme was generally rustic, with plenty of burlap, neutral linen and ivory lace, which made for plenty of pretty little details.
Our good friend Marna was our very talented florist, and she created stunning designs from succulents, craspedia, white stock, sweetpea and peonies. She added galvanised steel watering cans and an old bike on which she created a kitsch chalk board within the frame. Nothing was too much hassle for her. We collected jam jars for months which we decorated in burlap and lace and used as our centrepieces and pew decorations, filled with flowers, and dotted around the venue with tea lights.
The Wedding Party Fashion
The twobirds dresses meant all four of my bridesmaids could adjust their dress to a style that suited them and felt comfortable. With so many ways to wear it, there was plenty of fun trying to decide, but they all looked stunning.
We got married in Dunino Parish, which is a small, humble old church. It was simply beautiful and reminded us the most important part of the day was that we were getting married to each other. Our friends read: Colossians 3:12-17 ” clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And above all these virtues, put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity” and the art of marriage by Wilfred Peterson “marriage is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful”. Processional music was ‘Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros, recessional: ‘Fly me to the moon’. First Dance: ‘My baby said yes’ by Bing Crosby.
My new husband also plays the bagpipes so he and his dad put together a full band with pipes and drums to surprise our guests to a short performance in the evening. It was such a personal touch and definitely made me swell with pride.
Our vintage gramophone dj’s played original vinyl throughout dinner from the 1920’s to 1940’s. I absolutely loved this, as did all our guests!
Our photographers did an amazing job capturing the day. Simon and Sylwia are a dynamic husband and wife duo whose passion and talent is very clear. We didn’t particularly want a lot of “staged” photos, but they ensured we had a few with key family members then the rest in a reportage and artistic style. The result was stunning. We also had a pre-wedding shoot which helped to relax our nerves and ensured we felt relaxed and familiar in their company.