When we receive outdoor weddings to feature, I always have my fingers crossed that the weather held for the lovely couple…so you can imagine how happy I was that this outdoor wedding in Scotland was filled with sunshine for Lauren & Glen.
How they’ve styled the aisle is particularly pretty – colourful posies on white seats and a stunning floral arch are perfect for a Summer wedding.
Lauren The Bride: I was very concerned with looking natural and just a slightly better version of my usual self. I don’t wear much make up normally so didn’t want to be unrecognisable on the day! I wanted my dress to be elegant and wanted a look that would last forever. I also wanted the dress to be a little bit sexy so got Stephanie Allin to remove a large section of the material to give me an open back. I definitely played it safe, but that meant I was so much happier and comfortable on the day and Glen was delighted with the result.
I got a bit stuck on shoes so Glen picked them for me one Saturday morning while we were out shopping. He went for party shoes from Kurt Geiger which added a nice bit of sparkle – they were perfect.
Glen was obsessed with looking like Sean Connery from a very specific scene in the film Goldfinger. I think he got it pretty spot on. But he looked better.
When searching for a venue we knew two things – it had to be Scotland and it had to be a great party venue. We also weren’t keen on having a marquee. With our numbers (150) that actually made it quite restrictive in Scotland. We had been to a few barn weddings in England which we loved, so when we saw Wedderburn it seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
We wanted a rustic theme to run throughout our wedding weekend. Wooden barrels, wooden wine crates full of flowers, jam jars with tea lights, lavender around beams, bunting, lanterns, hessian runners. We got married outside in the castle grounds and had a large arch made. We got a light curtain for behind the band to add a bit of magic.
My Mum is the most wonderful reader so we always wanted her to take on this role. She read the translation of Ich Liebe Dich by Erich Fried beautifully. Phil, a best friend read a favourite and hilarious poem brilliantly – You’re Beautiful by Simon Armitage. Another best friend sang while we were signing the register which totally blew us away and is one of those hair standing moments that will never leave us. Thank you Georgie! We also walked out to Michael Jackson which got us immediately in the mood for the reception.
Nick Schinder’s band The Child were unbelievable. They did an acoustic set outside after the ceremony and then rocked the dancefloor in the barn later on. By a long way the best wedding band I’ve ever experienced!
David Jenkins shot the wedding and the pre-wedding gathering on the Friday evening. We didn’t want more than 3 or 4 formal group shots, so David had a real challenge to try and get photos of all the important people in conversation or enjoying the reception. He took time on the Friday evening to engage with key members of the wedding party and get a feel for who would be important to get photos of.
It was just like having another guest at the wedding, he slotted in seamlessly. The wedding never felt interrupted by the photos and we’ve ended up with some wonderfully natural photos, capturing people as we know them, not posed or lined up against a backdrop. We were delighted with both the style, colours and tone of the photos David took, the way he presented them back to us after the wedding and the albums have turned out beautifully. Something to keep on the coffee table for ever!
People travelled from far and wide for our wedding so we were always going to make a weekend of it to spend as much time with our favourite people as possible. We had a haven’t seen you in ages reception on the castle lawn on Friday evening then moved into the castle for a jamming session, nibbles and more drinks. We had a lot of family and friends stay on site both in the castle and in the grounds which made it all that extra bit special. We had a game of two halves on Saturday morning where we ran a final test of our relationship – a football match of my side vs Glen’s in the grounds of the castle. Most people thought I was pretty mad to be playing football on the morning of my wedding, but that is very me and it settled any nerves. We got married outside on the castle lawn in the afternoon and partied late into the evening. On the Sunday we hosted a hog roast at the barns and said final goodbyes to everyone. For the vast majority of the weekend we were flooded by the most amazing Scottish sunshine. If you don’t believe me, check out the photos!