Firstly a ‘sharing basket’ starter full of crisps & dips during the speeches – er yes please – genius idea! I bet it was like watching a film at the cinema only way better!
And secondly I’m loving all high street savvy wedding attire and budget friendly, DIY decor. Everybody looks totally gorgeous and the fabulous rustic barn reception is literally an explosion of colour & creativity. The top table backdrop of bright streamers & giant initials is a great focal point and those festoon lights *sigh* so magical. I bet Ruth was a very busy lady in the run up to the wedding sourcing & creating all that fabulous decor!
Our Bride & Groom are part of a string quartet and are huge music lovers so of course the entertainment put on for guests was top notch. There was a fiddle & harpist, their own string quartet and a ceilidh band to really get the party pumping. All the antics were kindly helped along by the spectacular Gin cocktail bar!
Ruth The Bride: Michael and I met for the first time in 2004 when we both attended a Saturday music school in Glasgow, but it wasn’t until 2 years later that we started dating, during our Fresher’s Fortnight at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After graduating from the RNCM we launched The Dotted Crotchets – a string quartet, available for weddings and events, that performs covers of contemporary songs. Performing for hundreds of weddings over the past 4 years has been an honour, and we weren’t short of inspiration when it came to planning our own wedding!
Choosing our ceremony venue was easy – we got married in a beautiful, small church in the village where Michael grew up. The church was especially important to us because it is where Michael’s Mum was buried after losing her battle with Cancer. Not having her there with us on the day was heartbreaking, but we know she was watching over us.
For the reception we wanted to avoid a typical hotel, so that it didn’t feel like we were going to work. Unfortunately there weren’t very many venues that fitted our requirements – until we stumbled across Errol Park on a wedding blog. Although they had only hosted a handful of weddings, it was exactly what we had been looking for and we booked their last available date for August 2014. Being a DIY venue it meant that we could use the suppliers we wanted, and their stable barn was perfect for our rustic theme.
Music is obviously very important to us, and we are very lucky to have a wonderful group of talented friends who were happy to perform for our big day. Before the ceremony a family friend, Calum, played the bagpipes to welcome our guests to the church, and Michael’s Brother and Best Man, Steven, accompanied our hymns. My entrance, the signing of the register and our exit were all performed by two of our good friends, Cat and Esther, who play fiddle and harp in Twelfth Day. Their music was simply beautiful and was a definite highlight of the day. We chose the Friends theme for our exit and they secretly organised all our friends to join in with the clapping bit, which was a fab surprise!
We had to include Dotted Crotchets in our day, and we were very grateful to our friends Ailsa, George, Sarah and Fiona who agreed to play in the string quartet during our drinks reception. We’re biased, but it was the perfect addition to the reception, and our guests loved being able to request songs.
Our Scottish wedding wouldn’t have been complete without a ceilidh in the evening, and the fabulous Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band drove all the way up from Manchester. They are the best ceilidh band we have ever seen and got everyone on the dance floor. The giant Strip the Willow which extended right out of the stable into the courtyard was another highlight of the day! On our invitations we had asked our guests to choose a song, so from this list we created a playlist for dancing after the ceilidh. It was hilarious seeing everyone’s reaction when their song came on!
I have always loved making things so the wedding was the perfect excuse to get my craft on. I designed and made all the stationery, I made the table plan using a giant frame and a polaroid photo of each guest, I created a DIY Photo Booth, and hand cut a ridiculous amount of tissue paper for our epic colourful confetti shot in the open top car (thank god the rain held off!).
When it came to booking our photographer the first and only place I looked was The Glasgow Wedding Collective. Our quartet is a member of this fab bunch of wedding suppliers and we were spoilt for choice. We booked Lisa Devine as we loved her natural and unobtrusive style and she was an absolute star on the day – rearranging the group photos when the heavens opened and climbing ladders to get the whole group shot. We were thrilled when we received our edited photos and are really grateful to Lisa for capturing the day so beautifully.
We also booked John-Paul from Leven Films to video the wedding, and we’re so glad we did. The whole day passed by in such a blur that it’s lovely being able to watch everything back.
As we didn’t have a specific colour theme I asked Amy Annand to create bouquets for me and my Sister with pinks, yellows, purples, oranges, and greens and they looked exactly like I imagined – they were beautiful. For favours we collected 120 tin cans, which I covered in colourful paper, and Amy provided mini plants. They looked lovely and colourful on the tables, and everyone took them home to plant.
As we wanted our wedding to be relaxed, we avoided a traditional 3 course dinner. We decided to have a Wedding Picnic and booked a hog roast with potatoes and salads. We also bought a wicker basket for each table and filled it with local produce for our guests to dig into while they waited. To complete the look my Mum and I, along with several helpful friends, spent 9 months prior to the wedding collecting 120 vintage dinner plates from charity shops across the country – the mixture of colours and patterns looked great on the tables.
After much debate we decided that we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a wedding cake and my Mum kindly made discs of meringue which were layered with cream and berries on the day to create a big berry pavlova cake – it looked and tasted amazing! The cake was pudding for everyone on the top table, and all the other tables had a plate of homemade shortbread, brownies and meringues – again made by Mum and her friend Pauline, with berries and cream to help themselves to. In the evening we had cheese and biscuits, and we made use of the fire pits in the courtyard with giant toasted marshmallows. We also handed out ice-lollies to cool down all the sweaty ceilidh dancers!
One of the decisions we made early on was that we wanted a free bar for our guests. To keep it simple we had wine, beer and soft drinks, and to save money we did a booze cruise to France before the wedding. After dinner we also unveiled a ‘Gin Table’ where our guests could help themselves to different flavours of gin and mixers – it went down very well and was a big contributor to the dancing that unfolded late into the night…
The whole wedding was exactly what we wanted, but it only came together with the help of our friends and family, particularly my resourceful Mum. From collecting plates and tea sets, to baking puddings, to the fabulous music, to setting up the venue, it really was a team effort and we’re very lucky to have such wonderful friends and family.
Photography by Lisa Devine Photography
- Bridal Dress Phase Eight
- Bridal Shoes Kurt Geiger
- Earrings Oliver Laudus
- Headpiece Toshop
- Bridesmaid Dresses Etsy
- Venue Errol Park
- Florist Amy Annand Flowers
- Festoon Lights AM Lighting
- Transport Caledonian Classics
- String Quartet The Dotted Crotchets
- Ceremony Music Twelfth Day Music
- Ceilidh Band Triple Scotch
- Videographer Leven Films