Delphine Manivet bridal gowns 2012

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A Riot of Colour And Love.

That’s the first thing that came to mind when Lauren McGlynn submitted the W-day of David and Morn. It looks like a riot, a beautiful, chaotic, perfectly choreographed riot.

There are fashion magazine-worthy getting ready shots, multi-hued maids, an over-sized white-on-white bouquet in direct contrast to the colour pop hydrangea florals…..And that’s before you get to all of the tartan. And the abundance of balloons. And the actual entire bridal party charging the streets of Inverness following the dulcet tones of the bag pipes.

Oh and then there are the dreamy “Dad” pictures – gets me every time.

I defy any of you to not have yourself a mahoosive grin at the end of this post no matter how gloomy the day may seem.

Please leave Morn and David some love – they really deserve it folks.

Silk And Lace

We were married in Inverness on the 2nd of July 2011, at Ness Bank Church followed by the reception at the Glenmoriston Hotel.

My dress was made by Delphine Manivet. I went to her London shop after seeing an advert in one of the wedding magazines. It was the second dress that I tried on – the Long Calais lace Raphaelo dress. The material of Delphine’s dresses far surpassed any other dresses. The lace was gorgeous and the silk felt wonderful, this dress allowed me to take off the lace overlay for the evening and just wear the silk shift accessorised with a black grosgrain ribbon.

The simplicity, cut and use of incredible material meant that when I put the dress on, I knew it was the one. The customer service was superb (thank you Jo and Helene!), David and I also loved the idea that one day we will show our grandchildren the beautiful dress that was made in Paris and shipped over to the UK for fittings and made just for me!

Fresh Florals

I wore a pearl bracelet and put fresh peonies in my hair, the same that were in my bouquet. I had 3 Peonies with hair pins attached to then so I could refresh the flower throughout the day as they wilt in the heat… I used all 3!!

Satin Choo’s

I chose Jimmy Choo satin wedding shoes. I had planned to get some Jimmy Choo’s which I could wear again, but the wedding range matched my dress (colour) perfectly. Maybe I will have them dyed one day….

A Transformation

My hair, and my bridesmaids hair was transformed by husband and wife team, Susan and Stuart, their salon is Kennedy and Brown in Inverness.

I have a very talented friend, Julia Morgan who owns The Tea Posy. She made up my bouquet with peonies, sweet pea and lily of the valley.

The church was decorated by the church florist and friends, they put a lot of effort into achieving exactly what I was after. The hotel was decorated by Stephen Seedhouse, a fabulous florist based in Nairn and Inverness. I had ‘flower fitting’ at the hotel 2 weeks before our wedding, it was such a good idea (and fun!), I changed my bridesmaids flowers completely at the fitting because Stephen had brought sample bouquets of the flowers and colours that I had asked for to see how everything went together. It was a great thing to do.

Left To Their Own Devices

I left the men to organise themselves… most already owning a kilt. I wanted everything to go but not to match. My flower girls (my daughters), had dresses made for them, the same colour as my lace. The 4 bridesmaids wore the same dress but each chose a different colour. I selected the bridesmaid dresses from Boden.

Bespoke Tartan

The groom, my groom, had everything made for him at Campbells of Beauly. We both went and selected the tartan and check for the kilt and the jacket. I was permitted to attend one fitting… then wasn’t allowed to see the final ensemble until I walked down the aisle! David looked amazing, completely unique in his own design and selection of checks.

A Fly On The Wall

Our Photographer was just incredible, Lauren McGlynn based in Aberdeen. A friend of the family recommended Lauren and I knew straight away with one look at her website that Lauren’s style was just what we were after. I met Lauren as I was getting my makeup done on the morning of the wedding, immediately I knew we were going to have fun and she really was just like a fly on the wall constantly taking unobtrusive photographs though out the day, capturing every moment. We hardly knew she was there… We were never jostled into line ups and false poses! Everything was natural and easy. I recommend Lauren on every level; we were absolutely delighted with all her photographs…

A Home Made Look

Our ‘family wedding cake’ was made by the Storehouse of Foulis. David and I, and our two daughters, each chose our favourite flavour of sponge and we had a four layered cake that went like this: Prize sponge on the top, then carrot cake, then coffee cake, and a large layer of chocolate cake for the base! It looked home-made, which we wanted, and it tasted fantastic! The only problem was that everyone wanted a taste of each layer!

Singing And Dancing

We had a band that could play covers and a little bit (really only a little bit!) of ceilidh. They were called The Blue Notes and they played for several hours. We also had a friend of ours play the guitar (and the father of the bride on the drums!)….this was great fun and made it very personal and everybody but everybody was up singing and dancing.

The first dance wasn’t a big thing for either of us… so we left it up to the band to select a song of their choice to play – I have no idea what it was…is that terrible?!

A Selection Of Malts

Instead of favours we opted to give everyone an after-dinner drink while the speeches were taking place. We didn’t want to do champagne, as by that stage people are after something more like a digestive or a whisky, though any drink was on offer so those still on the bubbles could remain so. It was a nice personal touch and the guys were particularly pleased to get a good selection of malts.

A Heart Theme

I made special paper hearts for several months before July, these were hung at the end of the pews and continued the heart theme from our invitations. Candles were a main want of ours. We had to persuade the Minister to let us cover her communion table with church candles, and candles ran as a theme on our table pieces. It was very beautiful, the light mixed with the heady scent of the flowers.

Photography And Flowers

As the cost of things rise, inevitably they will – my advice is don’t scrimp on the photographer or the flowers. It may seem very expensive at the time but I assure you it is well worth it. Think of little personal touches: we sat the children separately with s few childminders sitting with them over the meal time; this allowed the adults to relax and enjoy the wedding meal. David and I love good food. That is what led us to our venue of the Glenmoriston.

We wanted our guests to have fabulous food and wine, in the end we fed 90 adults and a dozen children a 5 course meal that is still being talked about! I got hold of wedding photographs of everyone who was coming to the wedding and made up little cards as name plate, if they had not been married then I selected funny picture or baby pictures. It was a great talking point when everyone sat down and many photographs resulted in tears of laughter…it was very time consuming to do but worth it – I had the cards printed at Moo.com.

Venue Glenmoriston Hotel

Dress Delphine Manivet

Groom Campbells of Beauly

Shoes Jimmy Choo

Flowers Stephen Seedhouse

Photography Lauren McGlynn

Hair Kennedy and Brown

Cake Storehouse of Foulis

Are you smiling? A huge cheshire cat type beam?

Me too.

I vote we all do a big old RMW type jig (this entails possibly wearing peach and waving a big bunch of gypsophila in the air)…. down the nearest street at the earliest opportunity.

Big RMW Riot Love

Charlotte xxx