Inspiration

Sophie & Fred's outdoor wedding in Scotland combines lots of my favourite things - a rich burgundy and pink colour scheme, dark wood details and lots of foliage. It's a stylish and beautifully styled wedding, but with no pretence or showiness, which gives all the right kind of vibes for a wedding day. There are little ones running around, dogs chilling under tables and pipers playing bagpipes (this is a Scottish wedding after all). Caro Weiss was there to capture everything as it unfolded and as always, her work is natural, thoughtful and a truly special set of images for Sophie and Fred to remember their day by.

The Venue

Patricia The Bride: Aultmore Estate is run by my uncle and I have been visiting there since I was 7 with my grandparents. It meant a lot to me to get married in a place that has a lot of memories and where my uncle calls home. 

The Decor

Burgundy and pink. We wanted the flowers to look rustic and to suit our venue. It was important to us that the venue looked relaxed and represented us. We clicked with Lisa straight away. I was not very good at expressing what I wanted but Lisa understood me from the first call. Every time I walked in to the marquee it took my breath away, she did such an amazing job. 

The Bridesmaids

My bridesmaids wore Biba, House Of Fraser. I got a bargain with these. My mother in law found one in the sale rail and it was perfect. I then went on a search around every house of fraser in London to try and find two more.

The Ceremony

We let our friend pick the reading so it was a surprise for us on the day.

The Food

Ronnie Dunn is a local guy who comes out of retirement for a few weddings a year. We had a three course meal where the guests had an antipasti, they were then served roast dinner and we had a designated carver for each table. Sticky toffee pudding was the dessert, which is our favourite! Our wedding cake was made by our friend Camilla. Cake Table was by Mountain Cafe, it's our favourite cafe probably ever. Fred and I have a motto that you cannot go to Aviemore and not have mountain cafe cake so we put together a selection of our favourite. It all went and we didn't actually get one slice!  Argentinian cake - Fred's Dads family is from Argentina and it is a tradition in Argentina that instead of throwing the bouquet, you have a cake with ribbon and on one ribbon is ring. The single lady who pulls the ribbon with the ring is the next person to get married. 

The Photography & Film

We cannot thank Caro enough for the photos. She captured everything we wanted on the day and we love every single photo. We felt so comfortable with her on the day and as two people who hate having their picture taken, this was really important to us.  Videographer - Orangetide films.  We cannot thank Colin enough. Our original videographer had to cancel unfortunately and we booked Colin two days before the wedding. He made the journey to the highlands and was amazing on the day.

The Details

Table Plan and watch pictures, welcome to the wedding of and menu - De Winton Paper Co. Fred and I met whilst working in the Fine Watch Room at Harrods and are both still in the industry so it is a big part of our life that we wanted to be a part of our big day. We commissioned Harriet to draw our favourite watches and turn it in to a table plan. It is now hung up in our house. Harriet also wrote some of the signs on the day. Arrow signs - whilst wedding planning I spent a lot of time on Pinterest (as many brides do) and came across a sign that says 'can I get a witness' and loved it. I found the company who made it on Etsy and also ordered a few others from them.  We had a few family members and friends bringing children and we didn't want them to get bored so we bought each one a few activity books and crayons to keep them busy during the meal.  We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and enjoy the evening doing whatever they wanted to do. We know not everyone is a fan of dancing and so we set up a fire pit next to the marquee. It was one of the best parts of the wedding to see all of our friends and family snuggled up under blankets having smores. 

Advice

Our only advise is to enjoy it all, the day, the planning, the engagement and to spend as much time together on the day as you can. It goes so quickly so enjoy it together and enjoy watching all of the hard work you have done come together. 

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Written by Fern Godfrey

Venue: Aultmore Estate | Bride: Mikaella | Boutique: Clifton Brides | Veil: Augusta Jones | Hairpiece: Hermione Harbutt | Shoes: Valentino | Groom: Brook Taverner | Waistcoat: Jacamo | Shoes: Crockett & Jones | Watch: Jaeger Le Coultre | Flowers: Floral Menagerie | Best Men: Next | Bridesmaids: Biba | DJ: Fresh Entertainment | Cake: Mountain Cafe Aviemore | The Cairngorm Cakery | Videography: Orangetide Films | Hair: Pin Up Hair | Make Up: Cat Robertson | Stationery & Illustration: de Winton Paper co | Arrow Signs: Sweet NC Collective

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