All these years of featuring beautiful weddings and I think this is the closest I’ve ever been to the aesthetic of “If I planned it all over again…”
Scotland, in my humble opinion, is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And Crear on the west coast is one of the most breathtaking venues I have ever seen.
It’s obvious that Kate and Mark are super stylish, the paper goods branding, the all white blooms, the attention to minimalist detail. Everything is so clean and simple and pure.
Kate’s feather headdress is the kind of accessory I would wear every day if I could and the booties?! I live in cute ankle boots. Why didn’t I just put a pair on for W-day rather than spending hours searching for the perfect shoe?
Kate is my ultimate bridal inspiration. This modern fairytale affair is the stuff of dreams.
There were heated discussions at RMW HQ over who would put this feature together. We all wanted it.
Kate The Bride: We got married in August at Crear on the wild west coast of Scotland. Mark and I are both Irish but we met while we were at university in Edinburgh, eight years ago. Having travelled the world over, we still maintain that Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world. I love its wild beauty and isolation.
Crear was the only venue we visited. We flew over to Glasgow on a rainy weekend in January and drove the three hours across the Rest and Be Thankful and the Kintyre peninsula to beautiful Crear. It was love at first sight! We had caught Crear on the darkest, dullest, wettest day and even then, we knew it was the one. The house was completely our style – relaxed, cosy, and most importantly, filled with light, even on the greyest of days.
The first thing I bought after we got engaged was my wedding shoes. I gave up wearing stilettos years ago as I just can’t walk in them. I live in booties so I decided that’s what I would wear on my wedding day! I was browsing the January sales with my bridesmaid and she found the most perfect little gold Maje booties with tassles – so me!
After trying on over 50 dresses, I started exploring the possibility of designing my dream dress. I drew out some sketches, found some inspiration online and arranged to meet with Sarah Foy, a bridal designer based in Dublin. Sarah was incredibly patient with me throughout the whole process and understood my vision perfectly – flowy, ethereal, lightweight, bright and delicate.
The dress was topped off by a feather headpiece by my favourite Australian designer, Spell Designs, and a Swarovski crystal and tulle cuff by Johanna Johnson, a wedding gift from Mark.
Mark wore a gorgeous tailored Hugo Boss navy suit with a knitted navy tie and silk white pocket square. He looked so handsome. For his wedding gift, I bought him cufflinks with the map grid reference of Crear hand stamped on them.
Early in the planning process, we decided that a simple, boho, ethereal and laid-back theme would most accurately reflect our style as a couple – and lots of white!
We wanted our wedding stationery to reflect the style of the day so we designed and made all the stationery ourselves. The process took weeks but we were thrilled with the results!
The studio at Crear has expansive views across the surrounding green fields to the sea and the stunning Paps of Jura. The view changes constantly throughout the day from atmospheric clouds and belts of rain to glorious sunshine reflected on the sea – so romantic! We didn’t want to take away from the view so we kept the decorations simple – white on white on white.
We didn’t want our flowers to look “arranged”. Our brief to Mel, the florist at Crear was “simplicity – daisies, white peonies and some greenery”. She did an amazing job bringing our vision to life.
For dinner, we chose to use three long trestle tables rather than round tables for a more intimate feel. Our chef, Alan Boslem, cooked up a delicious feast. The pièce de resistance was a sorbet inside a hand blown sugar apple which you had to crack open – incredible! He also provided a much needed pick me up curry in between the ceilidh and the disco which was served in cute white takeaway boxes. Mark is a huge carrot cake fan so we opted for a simple carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
We decided early in the process that there were three things we were willing to splash out on for our wedding – the holy trinity of a unique venue with great food, talented photographers and a brilliant band. We saved money by doing lots of DIY and we never regretted spending the extra on these three things.
From the very beginning we knew we had to have Penny and Cam McKinley Rodgers as our photographers. In fact, their availability was a factor in deciding the date of our wedding! We can’t thank them enough for driving all the way from Bambury to a remote corner of Scotland to capture our day. And capture it they certainly did – in addition to over 700 stunning stills, they produced a short film slideshow which included video and audio from the day. I’ve literally spent hours watching this over and over again! The results of their hard work brought so much joy to both of us and our families and friends. They were so much fun to have around on our wedding day – we absolutely loved having them there.