Sarah and Mike’s wedding is just brimming with quirky decor inspiration and covetable ideas for making your own big day look super stylish. Over the years they’ve collected lots of ‘S’ and ‘M’ signs, which they displayed on the mantlepiece, they used neon perspex table numbers and an abundance of fluffy gyp, but it’s their plastic flamingo Philomena who really steals the show. Club Tropicana vibes are always good as far as we’re concerned.
The whole day has been captured by the wonderful Betty and David at Tub Of Jelly, who capture every emotion and detail on camera and in motion beautifully. And if you like your wedding films with a bit of sass, then you’ll LOVE this one…
Sarah The Bride: I always knew I wanted something vintagey looking and elegant. I tried on a few lovely dresses but couldn’t find one that was perfect and in budget. Then I came across Wendy at Flossy and Dossy and her amazing dresses. I loved her style and the fact she never makes the same dress twice, so each one is even more special. I picked the sparkly fabric and choose the backless style and Wendy did the rest. I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on. I chose gold jewellery and shoes to match my vintage engagement ring.
Mike wanted something that was a little bit different, so decided to get a bespoke suit made at Walker Slater in Edinburgh. He chose a grey fabric with a subtle gold and blue check through it, and accessorised with a yellow bow tie, brown Grenson half brogues and tropical socks and pocket square.
When we were looking for a venue, the most important thing for us was that we wanted somewhere that we could do our own thing. We wanted to organise our own catering (we knew we wanted Lazy Sunday right from the start) and wanted somewhere we could stay at for the whole weekend with our family and best friends. We came across Myres Castle and it was perfect – an amazing 10 bedroom castle for the wedding party to stay in, and lovely laid back ceremony and reception areas in the incredible castle gardens.
We didn’t really stick to a colour scheme – Mike designed the invites and other stationery in various florescent colours (printed using riso printing) and we had various flashes of colour throughout the venue, with lots of gold, copper and grey. We have been buying lots of S & M’s over the years, so they made an appearance, along with our much loved flamingo Philomena. We chose vintage plates and napkins to go on grey tablecloths, as the Barnquee was quite white so we wanted to warm it up a bit.
Since we had quite a lot of colours going on, we chose mainly gypsophila for the flowers; bunches in copper pots lined the aisle, and sprigs of gypsophila and other wild flowers were dotted in old gin bottles sprayed with gold in the middle of the tables. I had a simple gypsophila hair crown and bouquet with peach and gold ribbons.
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids all have very different fashion sense, so I found a picture of a theme I liked (gold, nude and sparkly) and got them to choose their own dresses. I loved how it turned out, two short, two long and a mix of plain and embellished. They all looked amazing. The Groom was also given free reign to pick out his own outfit and opted for a blue suit, brown shoes and a bowtie in Mike’s family tartan.
We opted for a Humanist ceremony, as we wanted to be able to write it all ourselves. Our celebrant Leigh told the story of how we met and our lives over the past 8 years. Our Bridesmaid Jennifer did a reading featuring extracts of the travel blog I kept while we travelled the world together in 2012. Our friend Rob did a reading of “There is a light that never goes out” by the Smith’s, and our friend Andy played “Lucky” by Radiohead on the guitar as we signed the register.
The evening entertainment started with an exhausting hour of ceilidh dancing, followed by the Groom’s playlist featuring a mix of songs through the ages from mo-town to modern day. The highlight was impromptu performance of Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights by the bride and groom.
We started with sharing platters of Scottish and Italian charcuterie, smoked salmon and cheeses. We then had a grazing table with a Moroccan theme; tagines, flatbreads, salads and dips. We didn’t want to have a cake so instead had a plethora of desserts, followed by a huge cheese board.
Tub of Jelly photographed our friends Kate and Pete’s wedding in 2014, and we said then if we ever got married the first thing we would do was book them. Betty and David photographed and filmed the whole day and their style was just what we wanted; relaxed, informal and creative. They captured the day perfectly, we can’t stop looking at the pictures.