Heathcliff fans: rejoice! This sensational Scottish wedding has more than a hint of Wuthering Heights to it, with low-level lighting in the form of a fabulous festoon light canopy, foliage features reflecting the rugged rural coastline outside – and lashing wind and rain, which did not dampen Clare & Steven’s spirits, but in fact makes for the most mesmerising and magical couple’s portraits. Honestly, they’re spectacular. Add in a delicious drippy wedding cake, perspex signs, a tree-lined aisle and the groom in his family’s tartan kilt for a truly romantic treat. Ready, set, swoon.
Rachel and Neil tied the knot at Fingask Castle, Perthshire in Scotland. We know how popular a bit of tartan is on Rock My Wedding so prepare yourself for a little celtic indulgence.
We have lots of nice D.I.Y touches for you today as well as some beautiful couple shots. Rachel and Neil managed to escape the masses for a private picnic before returning to the party.
Photography today is courtesy of the scottish sweetness that is Candysnaps.
I got my dress from Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow city centre, the designer was Augusta Jones. I heard many people on our wedding day refer to the style as “vintage-inspired” and it had a fantastic long train.
As all my bridesmaids live in Ireland, I had taken my “honourary bridesmaids” (Glasgow friends) dress shopping with me. We had been to a couple shops and I had already found “the one” but just wanted to make sure I got all the trying on of dresses completely out of my system! So just to humour myself we made an appointment with Anne Priscilla Bridal – I also stupidly lied about my budget and told the lady I would spend up to £2000!!
There were lots of beautiful dresses to choose from within my “budget” and I narrowed it down to about 4 to try. I hadn’t really paid much attention to them and certainly hadn’t fallen in love with any from the hanger but as soon as I had my dress on and I turned and saw the back I knew I loved it. I’m sure the girls could tell from my face and I could tell from their gasps and squeals that it was perfect and definitely “the one”! And thankfully it was within my real budget! (More or less!).
A Charming Gift
I wore a blue john necklace which Neil had bought me for my 21st birthday. I did quite fancy wearing mums pearls but I knew Neil would love it if I wore something he had bought me, plus it doubled up as my something blue! I also wore my granny’s ring which I inherited when she died which was my something old. I wanted something quite simple for my hair and decided on a beautiful hair comb with butterflies and diamantes from Melle Cloche (Glasgow). I also wore my Pandora charm bracelet – another 21st birthday present, which is full of charms from loads of people who mean a lot to me and I had a lovely new addition of a wedding cake charm from Neil on the morning of the wedding.
My shoes were a bit on the boring side! I went for flat sandals with pearl and diamante details from Office. I did really fancy some nice heels with a peep toe but I can’t wear heels for the life of me! And I ALWAYS end up bare foot regardless of how comfy my shoes are so I knew I needed to go for flats or I’d be tripping over my dress at the ceilidh!
I had a couple of hair trials with the lovely hair and make-up artist, Helen McEwen, as I wasn’t quite sure what kind of look I wanted to go for. Because the back of my dress was so beautiful I didn’t want to obscure it by having my hair down but Neil didn’t like the look of any of my trial up-dos! And obviously I wanted him to think I was absolutely gorgeous! So I ended up going for loose curls swept round to the side.
Neil also likes plaits so I asked Helen to put a small plait in too. I just wanted really natural looking makeup and Helen managed to do that perfectly! I don’t wear a lot of make up normally and didn’t think I’d feel comfortable with a “full face” but Helen made me look gorgeous (if I do say so myself!!) and I didn’t feel like I was wearing any make-up and I received plenty of make-up and hair compliments, though I liked Neils best when he said I looked like Kate Winslet in titanic haha!
Relaxed And Unstructured
Our florist was the lovely Elaine Parker from Posing Petals, Glasgow. She did an amazing job!! I think the brief was something along the lines of – I wanted it to look like I might have done it myself! I had a picture of a bouquet I really liked and told her I trusted her to make it look lovely but didn’t insist it had to be identical to the picture – I didn’t want to cramp her artistic freedom! And I absolutely LOVED the bouquets, she did a fantastic job.
Because we wanted the whole wedding to be quite relaxed, we didn’t want anything too structured for table centres and I really liked the idea of having small posies of flowers in jam jars, quite rustic looking, again, like I might have done it myself. Elaine did a fantastic job here too, she tied all the jars with natural raffia and some had little wooden hearts tied on too. They were gorgeous and were really the look I was going for. And most of them disappeared with the guests at the end of the night which was great!
The button holes were really simple with a Scottish theme, so some had heather and some thistles and Neil had a bit of freesia in it as there were freesias in my bouquet. She also made lovely gerbera wrist corsages for my Glasgow girlies as a wee thankyou to them for all their help and support over the past year.
Flower Of Scotland
The two best men and usher wore kilts, which were hired. They wore flower of Scotland as it was the closest tartan to Neil’s Dads, ancient MacDonald tartan. As I had four bridesmaids, we couldn’t afford to splash out on proper bridesmaids dresses. Again, I wanted something quite relaxed, Grecian and a bit floaty and colours we liked were dusky pink or aubergine. Thankfully, one of my bridesmaids, Sarah, found the perfect dresses in HM. They were exactly the colour and style that I wanted but nowhere near the price I would have paid in a wedding shop.
The Handsome Groom
Neil also wore Flower of Scotland kilt but he had a different coloured tie and sporran so I could easily identify him! We knew we wanted to go for kilts as Neil’s parents are Scottish and he doesn’t feel comfortable in a suit. I think he looks very handsome in a kilt – but then I would think that!
Special, Natural Moments
Our photographer was Caroline Weiss from Candysnaps in Glasgow. We had a look at a few photographers’ websites before getting in touch to meet with a few. We really loved Caroline’s reportage style – we didn’t want to spend the day being positioned into loads of fake shots and we knew she’d be able to capture lots of special, natural moments for us. She was also really easy to get on with and we thought she would be quite unobtrusive and go unnoticed by most of the guests – which proved to be true as most people who we’ve shown the professional photos to have said ‘oh, I don’t remember her being there/taking that photo!’. And she really did do an amazing job – we LOVE the photos! We’re going to have a really difficult time picking the ones we want for our album.
A Trio Of Cakes
We don’t really like cakes with royal icing so we knew we would go for 3 individual cakes. We just had to decide on our favourites… Neil and I made a chocolate cake and a victoria sponge and our lovely friend Heather made a delicious carrot cake, which received loooooaaads of compliments! Because we’re quite handy in the kitchen we didn’t think it would be too much hassle just to make them ourselves and I think most people don’t mind too much how a cake looks as long as it tastes yummy! And we certainly saved a lot of money making them ourselves!
We both love a good ceilidh and we think a live band makes all the difference. We went to see our band Sporran Again at an event they were doing and we really liked their style – they play quite traditional ceilidh music for the first half of the song then break into a bit of funky rock! They were fantastic and very good at describing the dances, as only about half our wedding guests knew how to ceilidh. They also received lots of compliments on the night! They also put on a disco section while they were having a break and a disco after midnight just to cover everyone’s tastes!
Neil actually recorded a song for our first dance – it was a cover of “landslide” by Smashing Pumpkins. It’s one of our favourite songs and it was lovely that he made it that little bit more personal by playing and singing it himself.
We made a donation to Mary’s Meals, a charity that was special to Neil’s Grandma. We also had a photobooth in the evening so people could stick photos into our guestbook – all photo strips were printed out immediately in duplicate so everyone had a handful of fun photos to take home!
Because we had hand made a lot of things including the cakes, all our stationery and had painted and decoupaged bottles for the tables with maps of some Scottish islands (as this was the theme for our tables), it was so special to receive compliments on the day as we felt that our hard work had really paid off!
Photographer – Candysnaps
Dress – Augusta Jones
Boutique – Anne Priscilla Bridal
Hair Comb – Melle Cloche
Shoes – Office
Hair and Make-up – Helen McEwen
Florals – Posing Petals
Entertainment – Sporran Again
I love the song landslide by The Smashing Pumpkins, and a personalised recording would make not only the perfect backing for a first dance, but also a perfect present for your loved one. I may even have a little tear in my wedding bloggers eye today.
Thank you Rachel and Neil for sharing your big Scottish day with the RMW kilt appreciation society 😉