Today we’re bringing you a beautiful international love story. Michelle and Mark met in London, live in Australia and celebrated their wedding at a romantic Scottish castle just outside of Edinburgh. Bathed in beautiful sunshine and with super pretty styling throughout, it sent our hearts a flutter the moment we saw it!
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Mark and I met in London through mutual friends. He played football with my flat mate at the time and we used to be part of the same social group. I really liked him, but I was a bit too shy and never really spoke to him, until one fateful drunken evening when I plucked up (some Dutch) courage.
We were inspired by…
Planning a wedding from the other side of the world doesn’t mean you can’t add your own mark and personal touches. We looked at every detail we could style from afar and started early!
After we first got engaged, I would spend hours poring over magazines and wedding blogs, saving pictures and pinning everything I liked onto my Pinterest boards. It was a lot of fun! I especially liked White wedding magazine and I couldn’t have planned our wedding without blogs including We Fell In Love for inspiration – I found my lovely florist on this blog and used to read We Fell In Love daily for wedding inspiration, so it’s amazing to actually get featured.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We were both keen on having a wedding that felt relaxed, intimate and full of lots of personal touches. We decided at an early stage that we wanted to use a white feather motif throughout our stationery. Feathers have a special meaning to us – we lost Mark’s Dad three years ago now and for some reason as a family when we see a white feather we think of Frank. We wanted to make sure he was a part of our day. We also handmade tags for the wine bottles on each table which said, ‘Please raise a glass to Big Frank’.
I loved planning every detail. We spent hours at Sydney markets looking for gorgeous brooches as presents for Mothers of the Bride & Groom. We were also on the look-out for vintage teaspoons, we decided early on that we would have these teaspoons tied with tartan ribbon to homemade tablet. We managed to source and polish over 100 of these spoons!
What was on your wedding menu?
A Wee Haggis Clapshot, Scottish Salmon, Rib of Beef with skirlie tomato, whisky cream sauce, seasonal vegetables and crispy roast potatoes, traditional cranachan (that everyone LOVED). Then later in the evening we had delicious blocks of cheese with oatcakes and chutney and wedding cake of course!
We also chose our own wines for the meal, we wanted to have Australian wines at our wedding as a nod to where we have lived for the last six years. This was a really fun part of the wedding planning as we hosted wedding wine tasting evenings with our friends and once we made our choice, we ordered our wines from Tesco.
First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Our first dance was ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. We took a few lessons in Sydney just so we had a few steps up our sleeve, but it definitely wasn’t choreographed. The dance lessons were a lot of fun!
What is your advice for future brides?
I bought a new Chanel perfume to wear on my wedding day, and I’m so glad I did because every time I wear it now it takes both my husband and I straight back to our wedding day. So now that’s always a small piece of advice I give to new brides-to-be.
So many people gave me advice before the big day, and many people said that the day will go by so quickly, and they told me to take it all in and just be present. It was such wonderful advice because I really did stop worrying about all the little details and organisation of the day, I just wanted to relax and enjoy it. We had the best day and reminisce all the time about it now!
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Saying our vows and the wedding speeches were really special moments. Mark’s speech was beautiful and my Dad wrote a poem, I was just blown away. I think everyone in the room was in tears (happy tears!). Luckily I have it all on video as I love watching it all back.
I also stole moments every now and again with my new husband, and we just stopped and watched all our amazing family and friends together enjoying each other’s company. It’s those moments that I remember most clearly. Living in Australia means we don’t get to see all our loved ones as often as we’d like, so it was amazing having everyone together. The last song of the night was ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey and it’s a song that will always have such a special meaning to us both, the dancefloor was packed with everyone singing their hearts out (and there was a bit of air guitar thrown in for good measure too). It was the best song to end the best day of our life. I’d go back and have our wedding all over again in a heartbeat.
Mark is proudly Scottish and we always knew we’d get married in Scotland. Edinburgh is such a stunning city and what bride wouldn’t want to get married at a castle? It was incredible.
I love the way that Mark’s late father was included in the day – such a special touch. Christina x
– St David’s Church in Dalkeith & Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrigg, just outside Edinburgh. I couldn’t have planned my wedding without the staff and event coordinator at Dalhousie Castle; they were incredible and made the day run so smoothly. They just had everything under control which meant I could relax and enjoy the best day with all my family and friends.
– Naomi Kenton Photography
. I found Naomi Kenton through a blog post. I absolutely loved her use of light and how she captures emotion. I really didn’t want any staged pictures and Naomi’s relaxed, editorial style suited us perfectly.
– Jonnie Lewis Videos
. The video Jonnie produced exceeded every expectation we had, and it’s such a precious memory of our day. Our highlights wedding video is here
– Sophie from I Heart Flowers
. Sophie was amazing and I’m so glad I found her. She was so easy to work with and managed to interpret my very vague brief into the most stunning flowers.
Hair & make-up
- Laura Gray Hair & Beauty
– Karen Willis Holmes
. I’d been to quite a few wedding dress shops, but as soon as I walked into KWH I just knew I would get my dress from there. I loved the friendliness of their staff and the beautiful dresses. I absolutely adored the dress Susan created for me.
– I tried on so many shoes! I ended up finding my perfect pair from a shop called Betts
in Sydney. They are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own, I bought some diamante flats to change into later but I ended up dancing the night away in my heels all night!
– bought my head piece and earrings from a boutique in my hometown of Tunbridge Wells in the UK called The Pantiles Bride
– The groomsmen wore kilts which we hired from Macgregor and Macduff
in Glasgow. Mark wore a kilt for the ceremony and then changed into a bespoke suit and navy tartan jacket he had made by Argy’s
, I loved their dresses and classic lines.
– Amanda Day Rose
created our beautiful stationery with a bespoke feather motif that was used across our save the date card, invitation, program, table numbers, guest book sign and wine bottle tags. A pleasure to work with and create our wedding stationery.
– Marks and Spencer
cake and decorated with wild flowers by our florist.
– Music was a really important part of our day. As soon as we found Ernest Wedding Band
– we booked them. They were incredible and everyone loved them. We also booked Carla Mclean
for the church ceremony – Carla is a folk singer & guitarist. She sang some traditional Scottish folk songs as well as some covers that I requested of Coldplay ‘Til Kingdom Come’ for the bridal processional, Bruce Springsteen ‘Dancing in the Dark’ for signing the register and ‘I See Love’ by Passenger for the recessional.
– Pochette Square
. We wanted to give our groomsmen pocket squares for their outfits and something that they would use again. We found a company in France that had some beautiful patterns. I also bought a gorgeous floor length veil from Etsy
, and a fur stole from Alannah Hill