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Clean, Scottish and Stylish… Part 2

So it’s time to share part 2 of this stunning wedding, crisp, clean and very cool. We love.

And in this part you get to see the second dancing dress, (with cool shoe change too!) all the reception finishing touches and some simply beautiful photography.

Bring. It. On.

Stylish Photography

Our photographers were Christina and Jay from Elemental Weddings We had spotted them from another wedding they had photographed at our venue and booked them on the spot.

We had an engagement shoot last August so we could meet them before the wedding and feel a bit more relaxed about the photos.

We needn’t have worried as Christina and Jay are amazing and we cannot recommend them highly enough. They made us feel immediately at ease and you can tell how passionate they are about their work.

Reception in a Cow shed!

The reception venue was Kinkell Byre just outside St Andrews which is basically a posh cow shed! It was one of the first venues we saw and we knew it was the one for us – the stone work and oak barrels have rustic charm and the view over St Andrews Bay is one of my favourites.

Sandy who owns Kinkell Byre was so helpful with many aspects of arranging the day. Stevie at i-light productions arranged the lighting and spent considerable time with us making sure our cakes and centrepieces were properly lit. His work really brings the venue to life.

For the centrepieces, we had spotted large volcanic looking bowls which we wanted to plant up with a variety of succulents and tillandsias. We did this a few weeks before the wedding (again it was useful that Steve’s dad is a gardener!) We also had several white cascading phalaenopsis placed on the oak barrels.

Our caterer was Tania Dixon from Ginger Snap who also sourced all the cater hire and was very professional, and the food was excellent. We had an evening buffet of Simple Simon pies who are located in Biggar.

Decor Designs

I had sourced silver birch trees on e-bay in January. I had visions of lovely leafiness but the reality was they looked pretty stick like for quite some time! Thankfully the warm spring weather did it’s thing and we had leaves on our sticks on the day.

I had spent the evenings making a ridiculous amount of pom poms (120 to be precise) which we were going to hang from the beams in the byre. When we actually saw the byre again in the flesh we realised this was not going to be an easy feat as the beams were far higher than we had anticipated. As I’d made and ‘fluffed’ the poms, Steve had the job of climbing a very tall ladder and throwing nylon thread over the beams to hang them. We decided it was better to have the groom in one piece than more pom poms hung!

Our save the dates and invitations were made by a friend of Steve’s who owns a series of vintage printing presses. Some of the fonts on our invitation are over 100 years old and the volcano block print featured was hand cut for us.

I started making the pebble place names in October with pebbles collected from Elie beach. Our tables were named after volcanoes we have either both or individually visited; Eyjafjallajökull, Mount Fuji, Pacaya, Tungurahua, Villarrica, Popocatéptl, and Ixtaccíhuatl.

A Cake Table

We had looked into various options for wedding cake all of which seemed crazily expensive. One Saturday in St Andrews we noticed a new cake shop that had opened called Bibi’s Bakery and we met Jenni. She is the most lovely lady and was so enthusiastic about ideas that we had. I knew I wanted to have a cake table with a selection of cakes for our guests to choose from rather than dessert.

We had a tasting session and chose several large sponges: Raspberry and Vanilla, Chocolate, Earl Grey, Coffee chocolate, Lemon, Chocolate and Pear, Chocolate peanut butter and animal cupcakes for the kids (penguin, polar bear, tiger and dog!) The cake domes were sourced online. The silver knife and cake server were both given to me as gifts for my 30th from my close girlfriends.

I had also sourced online very big round balloons which we filled with helium and tied with bakers twine – some of our guests had a lot of fun with those later in the night! During the tying process Stevie accidentally let go of one of the balloons and it floated way up out of reach into the rafters. Sandy (the byre owner) thought it would be fun to shoot it down but thankfully it was retrieved without a gun shot being fired!

Swinging Fever

Callanish provided our evening entertainment with a selection of celtic and contemporary music and we can’t recommend them enough. They also left their sound system so we could plug in our ipod for later.

For our first dance we had secretly attended swing dance classes for a few months last year. Usually when we were on our way to class someone would call (usually Steve’s mum) and I had to make something up (usually that we were on the way to the supermarket). Needless to say, now when we are actually on the way to the supermarket she doesn’t believe us. We attended a swing dance aerial’s workshop and latterly arranged a private lesson with Ben and Helen who don’t normally choreograph dances but since we knew a few moves they arranged something for us including a couple of the knicker flashing aerials we had learnt! The music was At the Woodchoppers ball.

Alison Kirk in Perth was where the shorter of the two bridesmaids dress’ was from. It was a teal Dessy dress and I loved the 1950s shape so much so that I opted for the same style in white for my surprise 2nd evening dress – in snow white. The staff at Alison Kirk were so lovely and Laura who did the alterations was fantastic. The high spike heels did prove problematic when walking across grass to the ceremony and of course these shoes were not made for dancing! So the shoes of choice for the evening were grey and red converse all stars (girls slim fit).

Scandophile Favours

For favours, we decided as Scandophiles to celebrate Walpurgis Night (30th April) by setting off wish lanterns at the break in the dancing. The pebble place names were also taken home by our guests as a memento.

Advice from a Bride

For quite a bit of the day it was pretty surreal and the best way I can describe it is like being in a film. I thought I would feel very nervous walking down the ‘aisle’ and also thought I would cry saying my vows as they were very honest and heartfelt, but I actually felt very strong through the whole experience.

Our wedding didn’t really follow any theme other than things we like, although I suppose there was a strong volcanic element! To be honest it was our guests who made the day so special – we only had 50 guests but everyone was either close family or friends who we really wanted to be there.

Things will always happen that change your plans for one reason or another. My close friend who was to be a bridesmaid fell pregnant and was due to give birth a week after our wedding. She had to step down as bridesmaid on her midwife’s advice and it was touch and go whether she would actually make the wedding at all. I was overwhelmed when she managed to not only make the wedding but dance the gay gordons and party until well after the meal. It’s moments like that that make you realise what good friends you have. The effort our band made into making our ceremony very personal to us by agreeing to form for the day and learn and arrange songs for us meant so much and really made the ceremony.

The day passed so quickly and advice given to us was very true – that you need to take a step back every now and again through the day and take it all in. The times the two of you have together alone are also very special and one of my favourite parts of the day was having some photographs taken with my husband just after the ceremony.

Source things online and DIY if you can – it saves a remarkable amount of cash.
Stick with your instincts. Your head can be turned by lots of beautiful weddings on wedding blogs which can make you feel inadequate. Remember the day is about you and your husband and a party with friends. Keep it personal and it will work.

Photography – Christina and Jay from Elemental Weddings

Venue – Kinkell Byre

Entertainment – Callanish

Second Dress – Dessy at Alison Kirk

Swing dance classes – Zoot Swing

Lighting – i-light productions

Caterer – Ginger Snap

Pies – Simple Simon pies

Cake – Bibi’s Bakery

Wedding Car – 1960 Mercury Montclair owned by Jim at Rock and Roll Motors in Bo’Ness!

It’s going to be a long time until another wedding knocks this off my top spot!

Tell us your favourite bit…

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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Dolly Pop… Part 2

Oh La La… this Dolly is a whole lot chic with a good measure of Pop…

See her feathered short and chic number? Is that a stylish bow? A nod to the sixties with the mother of all buns and an ever so slightly flirtacious whisp of a birdcage veil across her eyes?

This Dolly knows what she wants.

For more flirtacious fun, we couldn’t resist this Ugo Zaldi feather skirted dress from Blackburn Bridal Couture. With more than a hint of vintage little-white-dress glamour and out-right cheek, this was this Dolly Pop’s perfect dress.

When it came to the styling we kept the make-up look the same, but changed the accessories to accentuate the chic and statement aspect of this dress. Chanelling a city civil with attitude, this Dolly wore another of William Chambers stunning bow head bands. William can make birdcage veils to compliment his pieces but for this look I used some Russian Veiling from John Lewis and fashioned the birdcage with the aid of some well placed kirby grips and nifty trimming. Et Voila for a bit of french style…

Of course, bows were by now becoming a bit of a theme (a bit like my plait obcession during the last shoot,) and now we had changed the hair to an oversized, piled high bun, we could add my very favourite bow. A complete showstopper and another of William’s fabulous pieces, this bow is covered in russian veiling and sports a large cream silk flower in its centre. A statement piece for when you want to be the very center of attention.

Add some chunky accessories (Coral bead bracelet from New Look) and colour pop shoes (these bow and peeptoed patent coral lovelies are actually the ones my Bridemaids wore, also from New Look) and tie the whole look together with the same bouquet for an inimitably stylish look.

I think we should re-name her Dolly-fabulous.

Style it Up

A lot of what we’ve shown with Dolly Pop is all about the fashion and accesories, but it wouldn’t be like us not to use a dolly-good prop…

Pinks featured heavily in Dolly Pop’s looks, be they Candy, Coral, or Raspberry, she worked them all without a hint of Barbie in sight. Punchy, juicy and bright, they work really well with the gown as a backdrop, so whether you choose it for shoes (New Look, as before) jewels or to keep warm in a cute cardi, it looks fabulous in photos and makes your look really stand out.

And the afore mentioned prop? A Kate Martin lips print available from 55 Max. Because props for your wedding don’t have to be letters spelling out L.O.V.E.


Photographer – Julia Boggio

Bouquet – Robbie Honey

Hair – Cassandra Rizzuto (Love Your Hair)

Make Up – Katy Messer (Make Up By Katy)

Venue – Nonsuch Mansion, Cheame, Surry.

Short fifties style lace and tulle skirt dress – Morgan Davies at Morgan Davies Bridal

Feather Skirted Dress – Ugo Zaldi at Blackburn Bridal Couture

Bow Headpieces – William Chambers

Short Veil – Morgan Davies Bridal

Birdcage veil – DIY by Rebecca

Shoes – High Street

Coral bead bracelet – New Look

Kate Martin lips print available from 55 Max

Button Bracelet – Blue Pebble at NOTHS

Styling – Rock My Wedding

Yours Make-It-All-About-You Truly,


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Planning Perfection…….part 1

I don’t know about you guys but planning just one wedding was quite enough for me, can you imagine planning two?!

Well that’s exactly what Becky and Joe accomplished last summer when they married at Westminster Registry office followed by a family dinner at the Goring Hotel….. and then held a stunning second soiree in sun-shine filled Ibiza just 4 days later.

I guess the trick is to keep it fairly simple and intimate, with a clear focus on not getting too wrapped up in the small stuff and instead just concentrating on the two most important Rock My Wedding rules 1) You are actually getting married to the person you love and want to spend the rest of your life with 2) Celebrating this fact with those you genuinely want to celebrate it with.

Everything else is just decoration 😉

All of the lovely images are courtesy of Caro Hutchings.

Recycling The Pretty!

I wore the same Katherine Swain hair comb that I wore in Ibiza so it was great to use things twice! I didn’t want to wear a veil as wanted to save that for the wedding in Ibiza.

I also wore the ivory Jimmy Choo peep toe heels that I wore again in Ibiza, great value for money I say!!

A Bouquet And A Button Hole

My bouquet and the button holes were from Wild at Heart on the Pimlico Road.

I had my hair done in the morning at Errol Douglas while Joe had a massage, a great tip he said for any nervous grooms!. I did my own makeup on the day.

Short And Sweet

I knew the shape and style I wanted for the day and that was plain and knee length with a 1950’s type look. After searching on a lot of designer sites it was actually from Theory on the high street.  I made an adjustment to the belt and pinned a broach I found on ebay to the front to give it a bit of sparkle!    

Suave And Sophisticated

Joe wore a black tailored suit from Marc Wallace with a grey and white flower pattern shirt underneath, the same shirts that our ushers wore in Ibiza as we loved the print so much.

Capturing The Big City

We looked at a lot of photographers but we really wanted someone who was a bit unique to take our London photographs, we knew they wouldn’t have many people to work with so we wanted someone very creative and worked with the London style well.

We found Caro Hutchings and she really stood out to us and we both immediately wanted to book her.

I think she creates a real atmosphere and feeling with her work and we loved what she did with our wedding day.

Garden Games

It was great fun going to some sites in London after just getting married, we walked through Trafalgar square and had some photographs as it was where Joes parents had got engaged. One of our favourite photos is on the steps in front of the National Gallery surrounded by loads of tourists!

We had some drinks back at the The Goring hotel and played some croquet on the lawn, then all sat down to a gorgeous dinner in there dining room.

We didn’t have a cake or any favours or a first dance as we only had our parents with us on the day which was fantastic as we got to share it all just with them. We felt so lucky that we were off to do it all again with all of our friends and family in Ibiza a week later so we really didn’t mind that our day was over.

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Bouquet – Wild at Heart

Dress – Theory

Hair Comb – Katherine Swain

Groom’s Suit – Marc Wallace

Photographer – Caro Hutchings

Evening Drinks Reception – The Goring Hotel

And you lovelies will get to see all of the Ibiza gorgeousness in part 2, ’tis a real treat. Promise.

Anyone else planning two affairs? if you are we want to hear all about it and how on earth you are coping, your organisation skills must be OUT OF THIS WORLD.

Big Planning Love

Charlotte xxx