Lauren and Marc’s classic and elegant Scottish wedding at Kirknewton Stables is so pretty. With a romantic lilac colour palette, boys in super smart kilts and fairy lights galore, it’s a wedding I know you’re going to love. Images come from Ross Alexander, who has captured everything in such a beautiful, natural way – if you’re looking for a friendly and easy going wedding photographer in Scotland, he’s your guy!
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
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.
Venue: Bunchrew House Hotel
Photography: This Modern Love
Vintage Event Hire Specialists & gramophone DJ’s: Butler & Taylor
Wedding hire service: Grace & Saviour
Flowers: Angela Hunter
Cake: Harry Gow bakers
Chair Hire: North of Scotland Marquees
Dress: Alan Hannah
Boutique: Blush Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Jimmy Choo Band: Maximum Bob
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.
Photography – Elemental Photography
Ceremony Venue – Chapel Green Earlsferry, Fife.
Make-Up – Sandra Cormack at SC Make Up Artistry.
Birdcage Veil – DIY by the Bride.
Shoes – Louboutins from Selfridges
Kilt, (Grooms own) and Jacket – 21st Century Kilts
Are you not blown away?
Wait until you see part 2 lovelies 😉