Photographed by John Elphinstone Stirling
It was love at first sight for Laura and James, as they met through mutual friends. Their intimate wedding was the best kept secret – only their witnesses knew. We love everything about their day: from Laura’s floral headpiece to the relaxed pace. We think you may swoon a little…
WAS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT?
It sounds cliched but it really was. My flatmate at the time was already friends with James and out having drinks, my best friend and I decided to tag along later on in the night and something super cool sparked. Circumstances kept us apart for a couple of months so by the time our first date came round I think we were already really sure that this was ‘it’.
Tell us a little about your engagement…
We didn’t have an official engagement as such. We’d been together for 6 years and we have a little girl together. Around her first birthday merriment we both had a pretty loved up chat about being this little family unit and how much fun we were having together. Being married hadn’t really been a priority to us before and all of a sudden we were like, let’s get married, let’s do this, let’s become The Camerons.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
We didn’t have a set theme, I think because we had such spectacular surroundings at Ardanaiseig we didn’t have to worry too much about extra decor. The first time we saw it – we knew it was perfect.
Tell us something about your wedding day that might surprise us…
We didn’t tell a single soul about it, apart from our witnesses.
How about your wedding music?
We didn’t have a first dance but I walked down the aisle to ‘I Want You’ by Tom Waits and we had Bright Eyes ‘First Day of My Life’ playing after we signed the register.
Work out what’s important, really important to you both as a couple, and work back from there.
Honeymoon or Minimoon?
We had a bit of both! We spent a couple of days at the lovely Ardanaiseig after our wedding and 6 months later we had 5 lovely days in NYC (toddler-free!)
Scotland is really quite spectacular and oh so romantic. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
It was really important to us that our daughter was able to enjoy our day without being ushered and shooshed as things were going on. She was allowed to go wild which made us really happy – I think you can see it in the photos. Also I think because of the nature of how we got married (with only 4 guests) the day went at a lovely lulling, restful pace. It was delightful.
Anyone else planning a super-intimate wedding, with your witnesses as your only guests? Alie x