María + Graeme

Photographed by Crieff Photography

at Comrie Croft

Perthshire-Scotland

A rustic barn in Perthshire was the beautiful setting for María and Graeme’s winter woodland wedding. With lots of lovingly made DIY details, a great team of local suppliers and a night spent under the stars, it was a magical day full of love and laughter. We can’t wait to see how wedding number two, in Mexico compares!

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
We’d say neither, there was definitely a strong attraction from day one that made falling in love irresistible to us in just a few weeks!
We were inspired by…
We were inspired to try and bring the outside inside, given the time of year, so the theme was a Woodland Winter Wedding.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
It was a completely DIY wedding, we organised everything, designed it all together and took the time to integrate little things like advice cards, stamps and candy bags with our names, into it. We also relied heavily on friends and family to help with the set up and organisation of different things, with two of our best friends playing the music during the ceremony, others helping set up the venue and four of them even cooking for over 50 guests the night before!
What was on your wedding menu?
Starter: Beetroot and Cumin Soup and Cullen Skink; Main Course: Slow Roast Organic Rare Breed Pork, Roasted in Thistly Cross Cider served with a Seasonal Salad; Dessert: Hot Chocolate Bar with Marshmallows, Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Make sure you include little details that all guests will remember, something like advice cards for your marriage where couples can pass on their wisdom and you’ll have a good laugh reading through them. Everyone always says it, but do try and relax and enjoy it as much as you can. It’s easy to get caught up in the day, but just let it all happen and have fun!
Where did you spend your wedding night?
In a Nordic kata in birch woodland, with a cosy stove, as snow fell round about!
Why Scotland?
Why not Scotland?! The weather, the light for the photographs, the setting, the fantastic local suppliers and the amazing venue where everyone could mix together and meet each other at an informal setting over a whole weekend! There was never going to be anywhere other than Scotland that we would get married (except for wedding number two back in Maria’s home city in Mexico!)!!!
What’s the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
No one could stop smiling, everyone had so much fun and enjoyed the ceremony, dinner and dancing. We relied on friends and family to help us with the organisation and set up, and as we weren’t in a big hotel it was a very relaxed atmosphere, just a big party where everyone seemed to be comfortable and could relax or party as much as they wanted.
Taking the photos out in the cold and snow was a struggle for all, but still people smiled and the photographs are magical!

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I love the sound of the wedding night under canvas, with snow falling all around. How romantic! Christina x
Suppliers
VenueComrie Croft, a rustic barn in Perthshire surrounded by birch woodlands and with Nordic katas.
CATERERWild Rover Food
PhotographerCrieff Photography (Brian and Paula O’Neil)
FloristBluebells Florist, Crieff
Hair stylist – María’s sister, Gaby Navarro Pimentel
Make-up artist – María did her own makeup as she wanted to “look natural and feel like herself”.
Wedding dress – Custom made in Mexico by bridal designer
ShoesZara
AccessoriesTierra Rossa and Chisholm Hunter
Groom’s outfitDuncan Chisholm Kiltmaker
Bridesmaids’ dresses – All by different designers
Stationery – Original design by Maria Navarro Pimentel, finalised and printed by Hallewell Publications
Cake – Fiona Mackie at Lemon Drizzle Cakes
Band – RANT (The Highlands premier rock band playing a highly eclectic mix of covers), Shoobedhu and the Teabags (traditional reels and ceilidh)
Additional suppliersGordon’s Cater hire



Pamela + Alastair

by Jill Cherry Porter Photography

at Seamill Hydro Hotel

Ayrshire-Scotland

With wild garden flowers and rainbow tea lights, plus an ice-cream cart and surprise first dance, today’s wedding is full of colourful details and a whole lot of fun. Pamela and Alastair threw tradition to the wind and did things their own way. And the result was simply wonderful.

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Who saw who first?
I was meeting Alastair on Byres Road on a cold, wet November night. I was nervous about meeting him so I was ducking in and out of doorways trying to catch a glimpse of him, but once I saw him the nerves disappeared and I relaxed.  And the rest as they say is history.
We were inspired by…
I used We Fell In Love constantly when planning my wedding and found so many good ideas and aspects that we wanted to use for our own wedding.
We were also inspired by what we would enjoy and like to see if we were at a wedding as a guest. Fun was an important part of the day, as we didn’t want it to seem formal and stuffy.  As I had no bridesmaids our colour scheme was wide open, and we tried to make our day as colourful as possible, from wild garden flowers to rainbow colour tea lights on the tables and an ice cream cart.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We wanted our guests to recognise us through our personal touches to the day. We had both sets of grandparents’ photographs on the mantelpiece during our ceremony as they are no longer with us, but are still important to us today.
Instead of bridesmaids, I decided to have my little brother to be my best man. And Alastair had his step father as his best man. During our ceremony Alastair’s sister and my cousin were both asked to say a few words about us, which brought a lot of laughter and tears to the guests. And my cousin piped us into the meal.
As we couldn’t decide on a first dance, we asked the guests to choose our first dance for us.
We had a photobooth, which the guests could use to take funny photos in costume and props to stick in a guest book for us and they kept a copy as a favour. We also used a canvas picture of the two of us, with pictures from our engagement shoot and guests signed it and left comments. Each table number had pictures of us at that age.
We hoped that the time and effort that we took to add these touches brought smiles to the faces of our guests.
What was on your wedding menu?
Grilled goats cheese salad with balsamic roasted beetroot & candied pecan nuts, or Smooth Chicken liver pate with a red onion marmalade and Arran oaties; Seared fillet of cod, with a coarse grain mustard cream, or Sirloin of beef, with a red wine tomato, mushroom and tarragon sauce; Medley of desserts.

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First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Mumford and Sons  – I Will Wait (chosen by our guests). We didn’t know what the dance was going to be until the music started,  so we just let loose.
What is your advice for future brides & grooms?
Don’t feel the need to stick with tradition!  We didn’t want a big wedding party and having my brother as my best man was something very important to me.  Although I did get some funny looks from people when asking “Who are your bridemaids going to be”. I’m glad I had him by my side on the day.
No matter how much planning and organisation, some parts of your day may not go according to plan, once the day arrives just go with the flow. Remember to take time during your day to stop and watch what’s going on around you, as you may have spent months and months planning this day, but the day passes so quickly.
Where did you spend your wedding night?
In the newly refurbished honeymoon suite in the hotel.
Why Scotland?
It’s the best place in the world! We have both worked abroad, and home is definitely were the heart is. It’s funny how living somewhere else helps you to realise how much you miss your home.
We had guests coming from different parts of the world and we wanted them to experience a good Scottish wedding and experience Scottish hospitality.
What’s the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
The ceremony. As we decided to have a Humanist ceremony we were able to have it exactly the way we wanted it – there was lots of laughter and emotion.
I was so nervous up until the point of walking into the ceremony room, and even though my dad was making me laugh and trying to calm me down, I felt my knees start to shake, but as soon as the doors opened and I saw Alastair at the end of the aisle, the nerves disappeared.  All the faces staring at me disappeared into the background and all I could see was Alastair smiling at me.

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I love that Pamela & Alastair let their guests choose their first dance song. Would you trust your people to do the same? Christina x
Suppliers
Venue & catererSeamill Hydro Hotel, Humanist ceremony in the Arran Suite and reception in the Brisbane Suite.
PhotographerJill Cherry Porter Photography
Filmmaker – Duncan Kane, Showreel Media
FloristLavender Blue, Glasgow
Hair & make-upThe Aisle Bridal Hair and Make-up
Wedding dressEnvious Bridal, Glasgow
ShoesWestend Bridal Boutique
Accessories – Graypuss Jewellery
Groom’s outfitMcCalls, Glasgow
StationeryPaper Tulip
CakeCakes by Siobhan
BandSlanj Celtic Rock Ceilidh Band
Additional suppliersBlushbooth; The Ice-cream Cart Company; Rachel Hair, clarsach player (Hireaband as agent).



Fiona Watson - February 25, 2015 - 8:47 am

Jilli I love how you captured my brother and sister in law’s wedding. Such an amazing day xxx