Humanist Wedding

Festoon Light Canopy and Indoor Trees for Humanist Wedding in St Andrews, with Bride in Anne Priscilla Bridal and Groom in Kilt, by Carla Blain Photography Pin Image

Festoon Light Canopy and Indoor Trees for Humanist Wedding in St Andrews

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.

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Zoe & Ben

An Ecologist want’s to get married where? Outside of course! Zoe, our outdoor loving, Ecologist Bride, had always dreamed of getting married outside, surrounded by nature in all its glory. 

Ever After, The Dartmoor Wedding Venue, Devon was to become the perfect venue! With its stunning Orchard for a Humanist Ceremony, beautiful buildings for a wet weather plan and the most helpful staff and owners. 

As perfect as this wedding looks and was, the road leading up to it was rather bumpy. First losing their original florist, then six weeks before the big day they lost their photographer! GASP!!!! Can you imagine? They did strike gold though when by chance Lucy Turnbull was available to step in and couldn’t have captured a prettier day.

There are some brave colours popping out in this Tropical wedding that work so well with the couples theme. Reds, burnt oranges and deep rich purples are pure joy. 

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Laura & Alan

Wow Wow Wow! This humanist wedding is ruddy gorgeous!!! I mean obviously any wedding that serves drinks during the ceremony is always going to have us wholly but this mega venue and gorgeous couple serve up an absolute beauty of a wedding, during a storm no less!

It is an alternative wedding dream hit list for you pinners out there, Foliage Filled – tick, Stunning Glasshouse – tick, Boutique Venue Anran in Devon offering a perfect hybrid of Contemporary Meets Rustic, tick tick, Bespoke Bridal Gown, Groom in trainers – you got it, Humanist Ceremony with Corona’s a clinking – TICK!

Photographer Kristian Leven was lucky enough to capture the day and we’re delighted to share it with you.

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Heather & Bruce

I always love featuring weddings that take place outside, especially when the couple are lucky with the weather. Heather and Bruce’s big day, held next to a Scottish loch was bathed in glorious sunshine – or at least it looks that way in the images by Weddings Vintage 😉 We’re always so envious of our Scottish couples who can legally marry in the great outdoors.

The day was so lovely that the couple headed out on the water in a boat, which made for the most gorgeous images. Enjoy this one, it’s full of gorgeous flowers and fashion too…

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Lynsey & Barry

There is something interesting to look at in every single one of Lynsey and Barry’s wedding photographs by White Stag Wedding Photography. I found myself saying ‘ohhhhh look at that bouquet!’ ‘Ohhh look at that floral arch!’ ‘Ohhhh an outdoor ceremony!’ “Wow TWO London buses!’ ‘Oh my goodness a steam engine ride!!!’

And it went on like this for some time, so I can only imagine how much fun it was for Lynsey and Barry’s guests to watch the day unfold…

Now it’s your turn, so grab a cuppa, get comfy and enjoy this fabulous wedding, with pretty details and fun ideas around every corner.

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Clean, Scottish and Stylish… Part 1

As Charlotte and I get asked more and more for our expertise or opinions on weddings, we are required to choose ‘favourites’ of every kind. Depending on the context, our favourites can be very different on each occasion, but it is through doing this that I have begun to appreciate the things that I really love. True to myself, my choices can’t be pigeon holed but I am starting to sense a theme of clean, pared back design, regardless of the references.

Todays wedding, despite the vintage vamp lip and birdcage veil has a decidedly modern slant, with clean lines and simple but effective style throughout. Needless to say, it is going straight to the top of my ‘favourites’ list. 😉 It’s all beautifully complemented by the strong photography from Elemental Photography. I could have stared all day at these images…

Katie and Stevie got married on 30th April 2011 in a ceremony outside at Chapel Green Earlsferry, a ruin which overlooks Elie Bay in the small coastal village on the East Neuk of Fife, where Katie grew up.

Make-Up Artistry

Sandra Cormack at SC Make Up Artistry did both my and my bridesmaids hair and make up. She was recommended by a colleague at work. Sandra was lovely, made us feel totally at ease and has years of experience having done London fashion week, film and TV work.

We had airbrush make up which has a much lighter coverage and suited me, as I tend usually not to wear heavy make up.

A Story of Two Dresses

I had two dresses as the first would have been impossible to dance in!

My ‘ceremony’ dress was from Emma Roy in Edinburgh and was Allure Bridal. It was a fishtail gown and was the first I tried on. Verity at Emma Roy had, in addition to the few I had picked out from the rail, chose 10 others so I had the opportunity to try on lots of different styles which I wouldn’t have chosen myself. It was a useful exercise in that I knew what I wanted and wasn’t swayed by any of the other, albeit beautiful gowns. As it turns out I think the style I chose is discontinued now. Subsequently, I only ventured into one other shop on the same day while looking for a dress. I had the dress customised by sourcing bridal buttons which were sewn down the back of the dress over the zip. The bustle was also arranged by the seamstress at Emma Roy.

Volcanic Rock

As we were engaged in Iceland beneath the Eyjafjallajökull volcano the preceding March, my ‘holding’ engagement ring which Stevie bought me there was silver and Icelandic kalcedon. I love chunky silver jewellery and Bethsy Gray (a lovely Danish lady) in Glasgow is my favourite jewellery designer. I contacted Bethsy and commissioned her to make some cufflinks as a surprise for Stevie on our wedding day in a similar style to my engagement ring.

In addition, I had bought a couple of pieces for my Bridesmaids as gifts (silver and boulder opal ring, necklace and opal earrings). We found the silver orb necklace which Steve wanted to buy as a wedding gift for me in St Andrews.

I made my birdcage veil myself – I had found a pair of silver 1950s Danish clip earrings from Abernyte antique centre, which Steve gave as a birthday gift. I sewed them onto some white widow’s veiling sourced online.
Being new to this wedding malarky, we had forgotten about wedding rings until about two months before the wedding! Thankfully several people recommended Claire McDonald from No. 5 in Cupar. She was so lovely when we visited her shop we knew we wanted her to make and source our rings.

Red Soled Love

I love shoes and I love red so it was an easy choice. I figured that this would probably be the only time I would buy a posh pair of shoes and I would want to wear them again after the wedding, so red Louboutins it had to be!

I had some difficulty sourcing them in Scotland as I was aware of only a few stockists, none of which had the shoe I had spotted online. After e-mailing the Louboutin London store the lady very kindly passed my details on to Selfridges who posted them up to me when they arrived in February.

Sculptural Succulents

I was very lucky that Steve’s mum used to be a florist and I knew I could trust her with the ideas we had. I knew I wanted quite sculptural flowers and as Steve has always liked cacti and succulents, I wanted to include those in the flowers we had.

My bouquet released my ‘inner goth’ and contained cream calla lillies and akito roses, cream lisianthus, white tanacetum, grey brunei, dried nigella seed heads, tillandsias, echevaria and semperviva.
Steve’s button hole had elements from my bouquet; semperviva and grey brunei.

Teal Maids

I knew I didn’t want my bridesmaids dresses to match but as it turned out although the styles were very different, both shades were pretty close.

I had spotted the shorter Dessy dress some time ago and loved the teal colour. The longer dress which my bridesmaid chose was from Reiss. I knew I wanted them in red shoes too which they chose themselves. And red fingernails were a must!

A 21st Century Kilt

Steve’s kilt was his own which he has had for 12 years in his family tartan, ancient Gordon. He contacted Howie at 21st Century Kilts who made a beautiful waistcoat and jacket which was lined in airforce blue fabric – the detailing on the jacket was very special.

Howie also detailed Steve’s existing kilt to tie in better with his jacket and changed the leather straps to brown. He bad brown brogues from Jones the Bootmaker. His tie was also airforce blue sourced online. The best man hired a kilt from Slanj and Steve’s brother’s who were ushers wore their own kilts.

Both our wedding rings are silver. My ring was inspired by Danish design of the 1950s and 1960s which I liked which Claire redesigned and made. Steve chose a simple silver wedding band.

Humanist Vows

During the ceremony, we had music played by friends who Steve has known since school and university. They had agreed to form a band especially to play at the ceremony. As we wanted full on electric guitars, we had to hire a generator and hide it behind the ruin! Unusually for Scotland, we had had a bit of a spring heat wave which allayed fears we previously had of torrential, horizontal rain, and thankfully our wet weather contingency was not required.

As we were having a humanist ceremony which we had written ourselves, our story was told well by our celebrant Duncan McKenzie. The guys played the first song Steve and I danced to in the Glasgow Garage the night we met, which was Buddy Holly by Weezer.

The second song they played was Everlong by the Foo Fighters. Given two of the guys stay in London, one in Glasgow and the other in Fife it was a huge effort on the guys’ part to make the performances so incredible.

Photography – Elemental Photography

Ceremony Venue – Chapel Green Earlsferry, Fife.

Make-Up – Sandra Cormack at SC Make Up Artistry.

Dress – Allure Bridal from Emma Roy in Edinburgh.

Birdcage Veil – DIY by the Bride.

Shoes – Louboutins from Selfridges

Maids Dresses – Reiss (long gown) and Dessy (shorter gown).

Kilt, (Grooms own) and Jacket – 21st Century Kilts

Are you not blown away?

Wait until you see part 2 lovelies 😉

Yours Truly,


You can find Elemental Photography on The Love Lust List, however, all real weddings are chosen on individual merit and no part of this post is sponsored.

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Sunshine On A Rainy Day part 2………

More sunshine for you all on this cold January day, we are LOVING this wedding here at RMW HQ and really hope you all do to. An excellent example of how no matter what the weather you will ALWAYS have the best day of your life.

Over to the lovely bride Katy and some of her fantastic planning details, as before all of the beautiful images are courtesy of the very lovely and very talented Jo and Simon at Shoot Lifestyle Photography

The Tea Party

We went for an English tea party and country chic feel. The main theme was pearls and braces .Vintage teacups (bought from charity shops by James’s nan) were filled with chocolates and my mums tea pots were filled with flowers. We had a local farmer drop off 40 hay bales and had drift wood signs to point everyone in the right direction.


Fabulous Photography

Photography was imperative to us. We had already booked a photographer but saw the wedding pics of a friend of a friend and loved them. 6 weeks before the big day we emailed Jo & Simon at Shoot just to see if they had our date free and to our amazement they did. We met at their house for a brew and loved them. They were so genuinely excited about our plans and made us remember how exciting getting marred is and how quirky and unusual our big day was going to be. Jo cried when we showed her our ideas and again when she read the script for the ceremony.

We had a pre wedding shoot at the venue at the same time as the rehearsal -Jo cried again!! . Simon was amazing with his advise, even down to the position we should stand in so my hair wouldn’t blow in the wind and stick to my lipgloss. They worked with the humanist to position everything perfectly so we would get the best images possible. We would never have thought of any of that.

We decided to go the whole hog and have pics as well as video ( we still cant believe Jo and Simon did them both so well), we even had a video diary for our guests which was hilarious and brilliant to look back on.

On the day Jo and Simon were amazing . Jo was so calming and felt like one of the family swapping bracelets with my mum and crying happy tears with us all (again!) They were so considerate and not in your face, all of our guest’s commented on how genuine and hard working they both were – not to mention enthusiastic.

Jo and Simon – forever part of our lives.


Dad Baked The Cake (!)

My forever doting parents don’t really bake but they wanted to help and suggested they make our cake.I bought dad a cake book and all he needed to make it for fathers day and they created a master piece! They made the most wonderful fruitcake with two layers and pearl beading, a gorgeous little teacup and saucer filled with flowers sat on the top.


I’m So In Love With You

Our first dance was Al Green, “I’m so in love with you”. A beautiful song that we have sang to each other over the years while watching Pulp Fiction. It just felt right and the words just fit our lives together.
We danced in the field with a glorious ‘on fire’ sunset, the rain stopped for us. The pictures and video say it all.



Lanterns at Sunset

We ate sweet and savory scones and served them with pink champagne followed later in the evening by a BBQ – all done by a chef who happens to be a friend of ours. We had Sky Lanterns which were so amazing and just added to the romantic feeling of the day.


Our Big Day Our Way

Our wedding was as much about the people in our lives as it was about us. We wanted a party, and that we had, but our advise would be to keep reminding yourselves what it’s all about, it’s the marriage not just the wedding. Enjoy each moment, let everyone and everything fly over your head it’s about you two, as long as your happy together forget it all.


This is one of my most favourite weddings EVER.

Love it Love it LOVE it.

A million thank you’s to Jo from Shoot for submitting it to us and Katy and James for sharing all the details of their special day.

Big Outdoorsy Sun-set dancing Love

Charlotte xxx

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Sunshine On A Rainy Day…….Part 1

Is it your first day back at work after all of the lovely time off for the festive period?

Are you a bit depressed and fed up about the whole situation?

Well don’t be because this simply delicious wedding will bring a big fat smile to your face….

Promise 😉

Katy and James got married in James’s sister and brother-in-law’s field which is set in a 10 acre piece of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The couple had an intimate humanist ceremony, in front of forty immediate family and friends and had planned to marry outdoors actually in the field……but the rain meant they needed to marry inside the tipi which was originally for the evening celebrations.

Personally I don’t think it mattered a jot as the tipi absolutely rocked and you can see the total and utter unadulterated happiness and joy in every single snap.

All of the A.mazing images are courtesy of Jo and Simon at Shoot Lifestyle Photography


Pimp My Gown

At the time of choosing my dress I was working in a fashion boutique. So, from the start I knew I wanted something bespoke. That said I still had to try on loads of dresses before I figured out the style I liked. In the end I pimped up a Jasper Conran Jane Austin style dress. I used Swedish lace and beads and to add to the effect I wore a French hand made bra which was just slightly on show.

To follow our theme I wore an abundance of (home made) grey pearl beads which matched James’s suit. Much to my Dad’s dismay we spent hours & hours making my necklaces from over 600 Swarovski pearl beads.


Sexy Shoes and Sexier Wellingtons

I planned for all eventualities. I had three pairs of shoes, some beautiful ivory satin Calvin Klein’s which I didn’t get to wear but which I will cherish for ever. My second pair were some ballet shoes to match the bridesmaids but again too wet to wear them. My final and most practical pair were my sky blue spotted wellies – didn’t mind the mud on these as they weren’t designer – Asda £12!.


Shades Of Blue and Grey

James, the guys and my dad all wore silk charcoal suits with white open neck shirts, grey braces and tan brogues. My best woman wore a grey waterfall fronted cowl neck dress with pink wellies. My Bridesmaids wore dresses designed and made by me. Sky blue cotton dresses with big bows for the little ones and puff ball dresses for the older ones. The blue cotton was used to tie the sunflowers on the crook hooks and selfishly I have blue eyes so they matched me too!


Blooming Lovely

An amazing friend and I did my flowers. My bouquet consisted of white hydrangeas, rosemary, larkspur and eustoma. The two older bridesmaids had blue hydrangeas and green foliage the small bridesmaids had blue flowery bears tied from their wrists. Button holes were eustoma and rosemary. Table centres were made up of various wild flowers and foliage mixed with eustoma, hydrangeas, gerbera and larkspur. We had a path lined with crook hooks and sunflowers with corn.

You can never have too many flowers…..


Totally Tipi

The acapella version of ‘I’ll be there’ by The Jackson 5 was my entrance song and as I walked into the tipi everything was perfect, James had created an aisle and everyone was waiting to see if I was a blubbering sodden mess due to the weather but I just couldn’t stop smiling. The Humanist ceremony is basically a snapshot of your lives together, including anecdotes about us and our family and friends. It worked perfectly for us, there was laughter, tears and heaps of love and it was so special we could never thank the humanist enough.


Good grief I think I just shed a tear myself, I blo*dy love this wedding.

And there will be EVEN MORE gorgeousness and unique details on the way in Part 2 so stay tuned!

Big huge rain-soaked love

Charlotte xxx