Morning folks! By jove have we got a corker of a wedding for you this morning; a beautiful Scottish and English inspired affair set in the woodlands of Natalie’s childhood home under the trees.
There is possibly the best profiterole wedding cake that I ever did see, a beautiful lace frock, an ACTUAL family tree, kilts a-plenty and the most luxurious buxom blooms to boot. Yes lovelies, it’s more than a little bit handy to have a sister that’s an uber talented wedding florist – one of whom RMW has actually worked with on our I Believe In Mermaids shoot last year. And believe me when I say that Katherine is GOOD.
I promise that this morning’s wedding will warm the cockles of your heart – particularly when you see the orange kilts. Immense!
Natalie The Bride: The service was held at a local church – St Peter and Paul’s, Wadhurst – in the village where I went to secondary school. My granddad was also buried there so it meant a lot for us that he was also part of our day. The reception was held in a forested area at the back of my parents’ garden. We were fortunate enough to work with a great marquee supplier who shared our vision for the reception – he even suggested it was possible to leave a couple of trees inside the marquee, which looked beautiful.
Make-up was an easy decision as one of my oldest friends – Nikki Hanson is a make-up artist, so I just left it to her and knew I was in safe hands. It was also so nice to have one of your best friends there in the morning of your big day – she definitely helped make me feel more relaxed!
Liz Bower from ‘Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair’ styled my locks as well as my bridesmaids. I was delighted with my hair on the day and she was so lovely to work with – very chilled whilst remaining professional and she obviously has a lot of talent. I just described what I was thinking and showed her a couple of different images – she very quickly ‘got it’ and my hair pretty much stayed in all day even lasting through a Ceilidh.
My dress was designed by Lusan Mandongus. I knew I wanted something lacy, vintage, sleek and classic and I found the dress at Isabella Grace on my first visit and knew that this was the one – which is very unlike me, normally I mull over decisions for ages. Having not bought a wedding dress before I didn’t really know what to expect but I can honestly say that the whole experience at Isabella Grace was so refreshing and it was a truly personal experience with lots of little special touches.
I wanted very classic simple shoes that I could possibly wear again. One of my friends pointed me towards some Sophia Webster shoes which I loved and they even had a little heart detail stitched into the sole. They went beautifully with the dress and didn’t distract from the dress detail.
Given that the groom and his half of the wedding party are Scottish choosing their outfits was pretty easy. They each wore their own tartan kilts and we opted for grey woollen waistcoats and jackets which we felt was softer look than the traditional black. We tried to match the grey jackets and silver ties with the wedding invites that we designed and the flowers; the bridesmaids wore a dusky pale pink floaty dress from Coast which also went with the flowers.
We wanted to have subtle hints of the Scottish English connection, given that Ross is Scottish and I’m English. My family name is Scott therefore a family tartan was easy to come by. So we integrated both the ‘Weir’ (Ross’s surname) and the ‘Scott’ tartan into our day. We used both tartans to bind the order of service and around the panama hats for the men. We also had a consistent theme of thistles and pale vintage pink roses throughout the flowers.
My sister is a very talented florist so she did all our flowers. We had an abundance of different types of pale dusky pink and white roses, white hydrangeas, silver thistles and foliage. This continued into the table arrangements, pew ends, bouquets and button holes. She also filled milk churns from Ross’s family farm with flowers and had them at the entrance of the church for the ceremony and at the entrance of the marquee.
The ceremony was very relaxed and we tried to integrate our personal touches where we could. My bridesmaids and I were piped from the wedding car to the church door. We asked the organist if he could play my favourite instrumental piece, from Last of the Mohicans during the signing of the register which sounded amazing in the church. One of my closest friends wrote her own love poem and read it during the service which was very special.
Our band was called Pastiche and they played Swing and Folk in the afternoon whilst we were milling around the garden in the afternoon under the bluest sky. In the evening the same band mixed covers with ceilidh which was brilliant fun. Our first dance was, ‘That’s how strong my love is’ by Otis Reading and we managed to squeeze in a cheeky lift at the end.
We hired Craig Milne from Appetite Catering to do the food for the whole day following a recommendation from a friend which did not disappoint. We opted for informal nibbles whilst people milled around the garden followed by a selection of pates and artisan breads followed by a BBQ feast. We wanted everything to be local if possible and Craig helped source our local foodie favourites. He made a profiterole tower for our cake and a selection of treats which were brought to each table on vintage cake stands. We also hired an ice cream bicycle from Bewl Cycles to serve up our favourite choice of Taywell ice cream during the afternoon.
Make sure you hire a photographer who is happy to go with the flow, shares your vision and does not boss you around on your big day. Our photographer, Rebecca Douglas was absolutely perfect, she was extremely friendly and approachable and along with sharing our vision had some great ideas on how we could create unique images which we would treasure forever.