Carley and Fraser’s wedding is literally a dream from start to finish. I’m in love with the opulent berry tones, the flowers EVERYWHERE, the gold accents, the fabulous fashion choices and the quintessential Scottish estate venue. Honestly, if you were to look in the dictionary under ‘Stylish Autumn Wedding In Scotland’ this is what you’d find. It makes complete sense then, that Bride Carley is a wedding photographer herself, so she had an eye on what she wanted to create for her own big day for a while. This is clearly the realisation of a beautiful dream!
As you’d expect, the photography for this occasion is top notch, with her friends Marc Millar and Julie Tinton both helping to capture the day. Make sure you’re sitting comfortably for this one, it’s a seriously stunning day and I just know it’s going to give you all the seasonal feels…
There are so many wedding venue gems hidden away in Scotland, like Colstoun. I love featuring Scottish weddings because I get to nose inside them (virtually of course) and admire how you lovely people decorate them. Jen and Sean went to town with foliage, well and truly bringing the outdoors in for their reception. Their ceremony followed the same notion, taking place in the venue’s polytunnel while the rain hammered down above them – luckily this is happens to be one of the most romantic sounds in the world.
Jen looks gorgeous in her gown, the lace top was made specially for her and it looks divine, I love a high neckline and capped sleeve combination. Images come from the very lovely Caro Weiss, whose brides and weddings are always so stylish and original…
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…
When the bride is a photographer herself, you just know that the wedding is going to be a gorgeous one. Olivia and Jed’s wedding is stylish and elegant, but also feels contemporary and fresh, with lots of fun details – like the gin bottle centre pieces, the moose motif and a dessert table to end all dessert tables.
Images come from Photos By Zoe who has captured the pretty details, people’s emotions and the drama of the Scottish manor house venue to perfection.
Keeping with the Winter theme today we thought we’d take you up North for a rustic Scottish wedding complete with Christmas carols and an impromptu sing a long by all the little children to Disney’s Frozen ‘Let It Go’. I must confess I wouldn’t have been able to resist joining in too!
Everybody was then transported by vintage bus to a fabulously decorated hall full to bursting with DIY decor, vintage trinkets and homemade treats all lovingly put together by family and friends the day before. All of these little details added to the overall creative, fun vibe of the wedding day.
I love Audrey Hepburn and now I love Kerry! Both are absolute style icons in my eyes. Kerry’s bespoke vintage inspired Audrey wedding dress and Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes. Are. Just. Gorgeous! The Bridesmaids look very chic too in their 50s inspired navy dresses and faux fur stoles and how can I forget the Groom paying homage to Scottish tradition and rocking his tartan kilt!
Long standing readers of RMW will recognise this morning’s beautiful Bride…
Sarah of ‘One Jolly Girl’ fame is a previous Real Bride competitor and so we’re thrilled to be bringing you her wedding this morning!
You may have seen her work at Real Bride Karen’s wedding (where she made the cake) and you can’t have failed to notice her appreciation for a man in a kilt…I don’t doubt she went weak at the knees when she saw husband Angus on their wedding day!
As I’m sure Angus did when he saw Sarah in her fishtail Justin Alexander number. She looks so beautiful, radiant and happy.
Sarah and Angus outdid themselves with their gorgeous Scottish beach wedding. The Tunnock’s branding style stationery looks amazing, the whole beach ceremony set-up is stunning and of course, Sarah’s wedding cake looks absolutely delicious.
Without further ado, I’ll pass you over to Sarah to tell you all about her and Angus’ big day…
Victoria and Richard live in Northern Ireland but decided to make the trip across to Scotland so that they could be married in Inverness, the place they had first met seven years previously.
Embracing the great Scottish outdoors Victoria opted for an outside ceremony and they celebrated their nuptials with a back garden replica of the Highland games. If you have never seen a bride tossing the caber before then this just might be your lucky day. Beautiful Alan Hannah dress, super scottish kilts and a record player… There is something here for everyone.
Victoria The Bride: We both live in Northern Ireland but I (Victoria) wanted to get married in my home country and Richard was up for it so we made the journey to Inverness in Scotland – which is where we both met originally 7 years ago. Bunchrew House is in a stunning location on the banks of the Beauly Firth and we knew that we wanted a venue that was exclusive to us so took the hotel for two nights and made it our own – kind of like the ultimate house party. The staff were incredible at Bunchrew and couldn’t do enough to help us. Really couldn’t have asked for a kinder more helpful bunch of people.
I wanted to go for a really natural and relaxed look for my hair and makeup on the day. I didn’t want to look completely different so kept my usual curls but styled them up with my blue feather hairpiece all the way from Australia. Make-up was done by my sister-in-law and she did a great job. I used Dior products and my perfume was Lady Million by Paco Rabanne.
My dress was by Alan Hannah and it was from Blush Bridal Boutique in Belfast. It was actually the first dress I had tried on during my hunt – I then went to about 15 other shops but of course came back to this one. I had originally wanted to go for a short style 1950s type dress but everything changed when I tried on this dress. The style seemed to really suit my curls. I was surprised at myself for picking such a ‘bride-y’ dress. But I don’t regret it for a second.
Richard bought me my bridal Jimmy Choo shoes as a surprise for my Christmas before the wedding. It was a total shock and I couldn’t believe he had picked them out himself and got the right size – massive brownie points and one very happy bride-to-be!
Of Maids & Men
The overall colour scheme was a light blue. Richard’s suit was a light shade of blue along with his blue tartan bowtie from Etsy. I matched my blue feathered head piece with him – also from Etsy.
I had a bit of an entourage as my wedding party with my 2 sisters as bridesmaids, 4 flower girls and 4 page boys who were all of our nieces and nephews. Yikes! All of the dresses were handmade in Aberdeen and Dubai (bestman’s family live there) and the boys wore kilts. Richard had his eldest brother as best man and his two other brothers and my brother as ushers.
The theme and feel for the day was really important for us. We wanted a relaxed summer fete feel to the day with a vintage twist. We created our very own Highland Games as we were really conscious of our guests having something fun to do in-between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast. The Highland Games was a labour of love for Richard – ordering all the games online, getting signs made by friends and setting it all up on the morning of the wedding. We even had one friend make us a caber to toss – along with our not so traditional pineapple and haggis shy. The sack race and tug of war were the most fun parts and I was so happy everyone got stuck in.
Hey Mr DJ
We had gramophone DJ’s supplied by the amazing Butler & Taylor that played old gramophone tunes on the lawn after our reception which added a really relaxed atmosphere. Everyone drank their pimms from their vintage tea cups and enjoyed the games in the sunshine. Bliss! Butler & Taylor also helped us decorate the ceremony area and reception area creating a beautiful wedding scene – they really helped us realise our vision. We also hired various items from Grace & Saviour in Belfast.
There were also quite a few DIY projects on the go for our wedding – scottie dogs handmade by my mum hidden around the venue for the kids to find – although I think the adults ended up doing most of the seeking. Mum also made some bunting and put together the favours – tablet/fudge in wee bags with bespoke labels.
Both Richard and I made the table plans and seating cards – a joint effort. We bought loads of extra flowers ourselves to pop in jam-jars all around the venue and hang from the tree so spent the night before sorting all the containers out and sorting the flowers.
A Bike Of Blooms
Our florist was the amazing Angela Hunter from Inverness that created our bouquets and table centres to go in the vintage tea pots. Ivory Roses, blue roses, spray roses, Bouvardia, Thistles, crystals Bound with Organza and secured with diamond clasp – just gorgeous. Angela also did a great job of decorating our vintage bike frame.
The Great Outdoors
I loved the ceremony outside under the beautiful cedar tree – known as the loving tree. We had a Scottish Handfast section to the ceremony where you have the symbolic act of our hands being tied together with a ribbon – representing the union.
We had a reading from The Velveteen Rabbit and it was by chance that as I was walking down the aisle a hare bolted across the lawn. It was really surreal and guests weren’t sure if we had set it off on purpose or not. We hadn’t – but it was pretty magical! Other readings included an Irish blessing and These I can Promise by Mark Twain.
We had Sigur Ros to play us up the aisle and bagpipes to pipe us down the aisle.
We had bagpipes for the guests arriving. I loved the sound of the pipes lilting across the Beauly Firth. We had Butler & Taylor as gramophone DJ’s while we had our drinks on the lawn. This was brilliant and the old and young loved this mix of vintage tunes.
Maximum Bob – a local Inverness band – provided the music for the evening with a ceilidh and cover songs. They were fantastic and I think everyone got roped into the dancing at some stage.
We also set off sky lanterns later on in the night which was really funny. We had bought biodegradable lanterns as Rich had read about wildlife getting caught in lanterns once they landed BUT they didn’t seem to work very well and it was epic trying to get them all to float – with lots going into the nearby tree. It was hilarious!
The food provided by the hotel was tremendous. We had a trio of Salmon to start, followed by steak with Blueberry Crème Brulee for desert. So delicious.
We had found an image of a wedding cake on a blog and asked a local baker – Harry Gow to replicate it and we bought our cake toppers from Etsy.
The favours were bags of tablet from a shop called The Starry Rock Shop in Kirriemuir where my mum and dad live and Richard’s most favourite thing in the whole world. My mum put the bags together and we put bespoke labels on them.
Our place names were handmade by me and Rich. We also bought a load of picture frames and created the table plans ourselves. Our invites were designed for us by a local designer in Northern Ireland called Shelly Moore. They were incredible! She even created our very own logo for the day.
Try and enjoy your day when it comes and don’t stress the little things. Remember your guests are there because they love you and are there to see you get married. At the end of the day that is what is important.
Good to see a bride putting a bit of welly into it.
This is one of those weddings that you look through and wish you’d been invited to.
Any of my friends out there who are planning on getting married soon, can we please have the highland games please. PLEASE.
These images by This Modern Love have captures the fun and frolicks perfectly. Not only do they have a kick ass name but they also seem to live up to it – creating some seriously eye popping picture candy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before you read the second part of this most beautiful wedding ever, I need you to sit down.
You see Rock My Wedding, Cara and Nye (Lillian and Leonard) nor indeed Sophie and Glynn can be held responsible for injuries sustained from swooning at the overwhelmingly gorgeous details, images and heartfelt thought, that has gone into creating this completely fantastical affair.
I haven’t just died, I’m in actual Wedding heaven.
Floral Vintage Fantasy
I made the buttonholes out of feathers I bought from the local fishing supplies shop! Again, the colours were neutrals –champagne ostrich and peacock with complimentary -blues, greens, teals, shades of purple, velvet ribbon in either lavender or teal. I used feathers to compliment my ‘feathery’ gown.
Flowers were blooms I had chosen specifically for their colour, vintage coffee, cappuccino colours with the different hues of purple/lavenders- predominantly Metallina, Amnesia and Blue Curiousa Roses, Hydrangeas, Lavender and Brunia
For the table flowers, I scoured ebay for vintage glass bottles, found some beautiful ice blue ones, and palest aqua ink bottles, to compliment the colour of the flowers. Most single blooms in vases, a few larger displays around the venue-but all very informal, no formal arrangements.
The florist at the venue Gill, sourced and arranged the flowers for me, she also made me a very simple bouquet from hydrangeas, and the bridesmaids had simple bouquets made solely from Amnesia Roses.
There wasn’t a theme for the wedding, though vintage hand-stamped mermaids in bell-jars did feature! If I had to pigeon-hole it, I’d say whimsical vintage romance- if there is such a thing… As it was by the sea, I didn’t want to theme it the usual way, I wanted it to be unique and different.
I found an artist from America (Calamity Kim Aka Kim Sherrod) who made the cake topper , the vintage fabric boats for along the tables and the merfolk, ( I placed the merfolk under bell jars, one merman , one mermaid in each, sat together in a clam shell, with miniature seashells, sea glass).
This is how Kim describes her creations: ‘hand stamped paper doll mermaids using a combination of stamps and templates by Kimberly Crick and Catherine Moore, they are backed using decorative paper or vintage sheet music pages. Each mermaid is assembled and then embellished with flowers, shells, beads and vintage scrap images. They are all unique and one of a kind.’
A (Short) Cake
A shortbread stack made by Fishnets and Stalkings– who also catered for our wedding. Again we didn’t feel the need to go down the traditional wedding route so handmade lavender shortbread served with coffee after the wedding meal seemed like a great plan! (oh and neither Glenn or I managed to eat a piece as the kids got their before us…)
‘The cake topper was made using a papermache round box that was covered with scrapbook paper and sealed with several coats of decoupage medium. The Mer Bride and Mer Groom stood on the top of the box. I decorated the top with shells, beads, paper flowers and scrap fish to represent the underwater scene’
On each place setting was a vintage paper mermaid and a hand-printed and embossed card which had an extract from Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussy Cat
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
And a hand-printed and embossed card with the words of the Celtic benediction which had been read at the end of our wedding ceremony
The peace of the running water to you,
The peace of the flowing air to you,
The peace of the quiet earth to you,
The peace of the shining stars to you,
And the love and the care of us all to you.
(All the cards and mermaids on the place settings were painstakingly created by me!)
We gave each of our female guests a wooden spurtle-a Scottish porridge stirring stick, with a tag which read:
‘Thank you to all our friends and family for travelling to Crear to celebrate with us. We are grateful for you, your friendship and support and all the wonderful memories we continue to create together. Please accept our gift as a token of our gratitude. The Spurtle or Theevil is a Scottish porridge stirring stick. According to folklore the porridge should be stirred clockwise with the left hand otherwise you may summon the Devil. Traditionally the spurtle is given as a wedding gift to the new bride both to tame the porrige and the new husband. However we would like to give you a spurtle to tame whomever you deem necessary!! Sophie and Glenn xxx
The children were each given a vintage compass, the toddlers a wooden sail boat for the bath. They were also each given a colouring book designed by my friend Katy Rose, who sadly died from Breast Cancer before the wedding.
We also had set up a children’s table, providing outside and inside games, as we had 15 children in total and wanted parents to relax as much as possible, by keeping the children entertained as much as possible!
Everything was handcrafted; everything from the place setting cards, to the paper pom poms to the hand-stamped mermaids, to the wind mills and the cake topper, the paper boats with fabric sails and the buttonholes. The wedding vows to the invitations!
We used one of Glenn’s photos of Argyll (he is a photographer) for the Save the Date Card. My sister Tabitha (an MA student in Art and Textiles) created the invitations for us, which set the tone for the rest of the Wedding.
The name cards and table plaques were individually handcrafted by Amanda Howard of Maygreen Fairies (UK.) We used local (romantic and water-related) place names for the table names , ‘The Sound of Jura, the Corryvreckan Whirlpool and Loch Fyne
Amanda created the Mermaid themed Table Name Plaques, Place Name Settings and Mermaid Holders. Using vintage images she added mermaid fins printed onto acetate and balanced the Mermaids on top of the place cards and table plaques. Amanda works with vintage images altering them to create whimsical art, for more details see her website or blog.
Calamity Kim Aka Kim Sherrod also made the crafted boats… ‘The boats are covered with sheet music or other decorative papers and the sails are cut from embroidered linens. The anchors were made using tiny pencils to represent the Bride’s profession (writing) and the tiny chains were made from paper. I tied them to dowels using waxed linen and embellished some of them with shell buttons and pearls.’
Poppy and I folded a hundred origami boats out of vintage scrapbook paper which we dotted around the venue and placed tealights within them.
I sourced miniature paper pin wheels from Etsy crafted from vintage paper (and old dictionary pages-as Glenns first words to me were ‘have you swallowed a dictionary’- and I am a writer by profession) dotted around in gold lustre vases from Cox and Cox.
We only had a small guest list of 50 adults and 15 children, each one of them means the world to us, so we wanted to create a wedding which showed them just how much they mean to us, one way we could do that was by making and creating a wedding just for them, making it unique , personal, rather than ‘mass produced, shop-bought –just another wedding.’ The attention to detail ,the hours spent crafting,and rubber-stamping and embossing, and folding (and internet scouring!) was so worth it when I saw the end result, and saw just how happy the guests were with the amount of effort we had gone to for them.
We also held our wedding over two days, with the ceremony the first day and a BBQ (Atlantic langoustines landed that very morning in Tarbert!)held at Crear the following day, so we could spend as much time as possible with all our guests-all of them had travelled a long way to get there, some from Kenya, Ireland, Spain. I think that was one of our best decisions as it meant we had a chance to talk properly with everyone over the two days. However…My only advice for brides-to-be would be to make sure you spend some time with your new husband-by the end of the two days the only person I felt I hadn’t spent any time with was Glenn! ( Our honeymoon was one nights camping on a remote rocky outcrop next to the Sound of Jura ..we did have plans to share a bottle of champagne and a bbq, but the midges put paid to that idea so we beat a hasty retreat back into the tent)
I think that our guests loved that the day was so relaxed, no ‘pomp and ceremony’, we hired a coach to pick up all the guests en route (from their b&b’s) so they didn’t need to worry about driving, they were offered a never-ending supply of sangria and champagne; the ceremony was held outside (originally we were going to hold the ceremony at the beach but at the last minute we had a change of heart as it was raining in the morning, and held it at Crear, by the wall overlooking the sea); the humanist wedding ceremony, was just perfect- beautiful , meaningful, words; Celebrant Annie Loughlin from The Scottish Humanist Society.
Everything was just so relaxed -but I think the location, is so awe-inspiring, so hauntingly romantic, so dramatic yet so serene that the guests couldn’t fail to be caught up with the moment!
We designed a programme for our guests in which we printed the words of the poem ‘The Jumblies’ (read at the ceremony)and our vows (incase we should ever forget them!) we also put the following details:
A Final Thought
The Bride and Groom
Sophie Natasha Hendrie Stewart & Glenn Robert Wheeler
Earth’s circumference at the Equator 24,901.55 miles
The approximate amount of miles Glenn has travelled to and from Clitheroe in over six years of dating, driving to the ends of the earth and back to see Sophie…
How they met
Glenn’s first words to Sophie
Have you swallowed a dictionary?
Their first date almost three months later…
An afternoon in May 2004 at the Rose and Crown Public House in Clitheroe. Sophie thought Glenn had eyes the same colour as a stormy Irish Sea , Glenn thought Sophie needed a square meal…
The first romantic break some time later…
A weekend camping in the Lake District. Pippin escaped from the tent at dawn to worry sheep, Glenn gave chase in his underpants; Glenn fell fully clothed in the stream; Despite her better judgement Sophie persevered with the relationship.
One balmy evening in August 2008 at an open air restaurant overlooking the Creek in Dubai.