Natalie + Dermot

Photographed by Tandem Photo

at St John’s & Tullibole Castle

Perth & Kinross-Scotland

What better way to personalise your ceremony than to be married by the groom’s dad?! Natalie and Dermot’s relaxed celebration continued at a fairytale castle, complete with peacocks and a maze, which all the guests enjoyed getting lost in. And nobody cared one bit about the rain. This is our kind of wedding…

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Love at first sight! I met Dermot when I went to see a friend for a drink after work. She was trying to set him up with someone else. I realised he was the one for me after he bought me a Kinder Egg!
HOW WAS THE QUESTION POPPED?
We had spent a week in the USA, with lots of potential proposal opportunities, but nothing came. Then the day after coming home – whilst looking through holiday snaps, he showed me a slideshow of photos of Brighton Beach. As they zoomed closer in, there were two little kissing dolls on the pebbles with ‘Will you marry me’ in letter beads. I was surprised, to say the least! He had made two rings – one said yes and the other no. I obviously chose the yes ring! He then produced the proper engagement ring that he had bought in America from a Deco vintage jewellery shop. It was perfect!
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
I had my ring for old and my shoes for new. However I completely forgot to wear my borrowed/blue garter – too much pre wedding excitement! Luckily I’m not overly superstitious.
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
I think for our guests our first dance was unexpected – although many were not surprised! We danced to Happy by Pharrell! Not choreographed, just silly and romantic at the same time. For us, the only unexpected thing was that everything went without a hitch! Everyone loved and got lost in the maze! The wonderful Scottish rain didn’t get anyone down and the dancing was an unexpected hit!
BEST COMPLIMENT ON YOUR WEDDING?
That is was very personal and really good fun. All the elements reflected us and everyone enjoyed themselves!

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HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Honeymoon in Italy. We spent half the trip in Rome and half in Sorrento. It was beautiful and relaxing. Amazing sights and awesome food and drink. The only hitch was the Dermot had an allergic reaction on our last night… but who remembers that!
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
I didn’t expect to, but I think we embraced tradition. Having my father-in-law and aunt doing the church service made an otherwise traditional service more relaxed and special.
CLOSE YOUR EYES, THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. NOW, DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Beautiful, personal and fun.
Why Scotland?
Because we wanted Dermot’s dad to do the church service in their local church, it just had to be Scotland. Other than that, the gorgeous backdrop makes it special.
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING HITCHED?
It feels different without being any different!

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Sounds like the ceilidh was a total hit. Sporran Again were the band at my wedding too, I can highly recommend them! Christina x
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Venue – We got married in St John’s Episcopal Church in Perth, this church had special meaning to us as Dermot’s dad was the bishop here, and Dermot had attended the church as a child. We wanted a personal ceremony so we were married here by Dermot’s dad and my aunt! Our reception was at Tullibole Castle, we fell in love with this place as soon as we arrived to visit! The fairytale castle, the gardens, the peacocks and a maze! What more could you ask for! The castle is the home to Lord Moncreiff and his family and it had a small, personal feel. They were really friendly and it just felt right for us. We wanted something individual and that we could decorate, make personal to us. It also had accommodation so I stayed there with my bridesmaids the night before and my new husband the night of the wedding. It was perfect!
Photographer – We found Tandem Photo through We Fell In Love, we met them at Tullibole castle and almost immediately knew we wanted to go with them. We loved the relaxed feel to their photos, and they were both lovely when we met. We didn’t want anything too formal, more realistic photos, capturing the moments. That is exactly what they did. They fitted in so well on the day that some of our guests thought they were our friends taking pictures! They took some amazing shots of silly moments as well as the more traditional ones. It was so nice to have two photographers too – pictures from different points. Our pictures were incredible.
Florist – Our flowers were done by Little Botanica. They were recommended by our lovely photographers and the flowers were beautiful. Living so far away, I was worried as I couldn’t go for a meeting but they were happy to talk over phone and email. I sent some ideas of natural bouquets and colours, I couldn’t have imagined more perfect flowers when they arrived on the day. Everyone commented on how beautiful they were and they smelt incredible too.
Hair stylist – I didn’t want anything too much done with my hair as it is short anyway. My usual hairdressers in Brighton at Simon Webster did the cut and colour a few days before and Alison Stewart Hair did the final touches, fitting the hairband and veil.
Make-up artist – My make up was done by Cat Robertson. I found her online, I wanted a vintage feel to match my dress but nothing too heavy. She did it perfectly. All the bridesmaids were happy too… and it lasted. Good makeup makes you feel even better and confident for all those pictures!
Wedding dress – I found my dress in Birmingham of all places! My family live close by and I wanted to go dress shopping with my mum. After trying a number on in different shops, I did not expect to find the one in this little shop near the train station in Birmingham, it was designed by a British designer – Ronald Joyce. When I tried the dress I had the moment! I loved the vintage feel, the sequin detail, and felt amazing in it. I still stare at it with love now!
Shoes – I found a beautiful pair of Rachel Simpson shoes at a wedding fair in Edinburgh. Simple but matched my dress beautifully, and so comfy! I did however have an amazing pair of silver Converse that I had adorned with sequins for the dancing!
Accessories – I made my headband myself after being inspired by all the beautiful ones I had seen and couldn’t afford! I spent a number of hours attaching beads to make a vine which I loved. It also was something personal. My veil was bought from the dress shop and had gorgeous beading all around the edge which matched the dress and headband perfectly. I didn’t want to take it off!
Groom’s outfit – Dermot already had his family kilt but he wanted to have new jackets for him and his brother…the best man. Walker Slater in Edinburgh designed this with them picking all the fabrics and style. He looked very handsome!!
Bridesmaids’ dresses – I wanted the bridesmaids to not all look exactly the same, they are individuals after all! I found amazing dresses from BHS that were adjustable so they could all wear it differently. The colours also fit with Dermot’s kilt colours, which I was trying to use as a colour theme. They looked amazing! My god daughter needed a special princess dress which I also got from BHS. She was a star and looked like one!
Stationery – We made all the stationery ourselves using clever apps and photos we had taken ourselves. We wanted something to reflect us and it saved money! It was quite some work though but worth it! All of our stationery included pictures of the kissing dolls – which were part of the proposal and Brighton.
Cake – I hate icing so didn’t want a traditional wedding cake! I had seen a picture of a naked wedding cake in a magazine and thought it was amazing! We used Celebration cakes in Perth. They had never done a naked cake but after sending photos and a trial it came out looking beautiful, tasting incredible.
Band – Dermot wanted a traditional ceilidh and found Sporran Again. Having never done a ceilidh, I was a little anxious but it was so much fun. I’m not sure I have ever seen so many people on a dancefloor at a wedding! Although our party was not a very talented group. I’m not sure whether that’s because of the English continent or the whisky!
Wedding transport – We really wanted something fun and something that expressed our personality, rather than the traditional wedding car. Which is why we were excited when we saw the vintage VW camper at a wedding fair in Edinburgh. It was beautiful blue with a plush interior. We also got champers for the journey. It was big enough to fit all my bridesmaids to the church and my hubby and I had a lovely relaxing trip back. It was amazing!
Caterer – We wanted something tasty but informal for food. We also wanted to make sure everyone had enough food in their stomachs, as we knew how much everyone would drink! We found a caterer that sourced all the food locally – Gourlay Catering. We had sharing platters of a Aberdeen Angus roast beef dinner. I’m not sure how much I actually ate in the end – too much talking – but it was lovely! We then had a trio of desserts for pudding – including a traditional cranachan.



Holly+Will

Photographed by Sarah Elizabeth Photography

at Roslin Glen

Edinburgh-Scotland

They gave their wedding guests a grid reference to a secret forest location and told them to dress as they wanted. We absolutely love Holly and Will’s relaxed, intimate style. Think Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a touch of vintage seventies…

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Love at first sight!
WEDDING STYLE?
Natural. We got married in the middle of the woods in Roslin Glen.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
My underwear(!), my shoes, my wedding dress (from my mum), and the ribbon on my petticoat.

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ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
I (Holly) forgot to organise a lift for myself from the ceremony site home!
BEST COMPLIMENT ON YOUR WEDDING?
That our family based ceremony was genuine and heart felt.
HONEYMOON OR MINI MOON?
Not yet!
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
Ditched!
CLOSE YOUR EYES, THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY… NOW DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Dream come true
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING HITCHED?
Bonding our family together

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I love that Holly borrowed her Mum’s wedding dress. Anyone else planning on rifling through Mum’s wardrobe? Alie x
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Venue – Nature ceremony, Roslin Glen
Reception Venue – The Counting House, Edinburgh
Photographer – Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Florist – Mairi MacLeod of Fleurichan Mhairi, South Uist
Make-up Artist – The Bride
Hair Stylist – My friend, Victoria
Wedding dress – My mother’s handmade wedding dress that she wore in 1972
Shoes – Accessorize
Accessories – Earrings and hair pins from Hamilton Island, Australia
Groom’s outfit supplier – Geoffrey (Tailor’s) Kiltmakers
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Target, Australia
Cake – Marks & Spencer
Piper – Fin Moore
Band – Bella McNab’s