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Emma + Craig

Filmed by Cherry Tree Films

Photographed by Stuart Craig Photography

at Balbirnie House Hotel

Fife-Scotland

This #TBT reminds us how much fun weddings can be when all the family are involved. Emma’s Mum managed to organise, not one, but two surprises. And who doesn’t love a surprise?

WHO SAW WHO FIRST?
We met through a mutual friend while both studying at Glasgow Uni, but we didn’t start going out until a year later. Craig’s exact words were “if I ask you out, will you say yes?”
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
Scotland! We’ve been to some amazing weddings in Australia, but when it came to planning our own day we knew that we wanted to keep it quite traditional with kilts, bagpipes, haggis canapés – the lot! Pinterest and wedding blogs were great inspiration for the little details and we were also inspired by some lovely quotes (hence why the great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, featured on our Order of Service books!)
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING?
Through the little details, such as swapping the table plan idea for wee rustic bags of tablet with everyone’s name and table number on them, and we had our ‘top table’ in the centre of the room so none of our guests felt like they’d been stuck in a corner.
Emma’s Mum also organised a surprise rickshaw to transport us from the church to Balbirnie which was so much fun! We also weren’t expecting two white doves to appear during our group photo. After planning the whole day ourselves it was lovely to have a couple of surprises.

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WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Starter: Chicken liver parfait with spiced apple chutney, dressed salad and toasted brioche.
Main: Braised daube of Scottish beef with cabbage and smoked bacon, buttered carrots and horseradish mash.
Dessert: Vanilla crème brulée with Balbirnie shortbread.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We thought about having a couple of dance lessons beforehand but ended up just going for a sedate shuffle. It just felt more ‘us’ and was completely magical on the day.
ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
Enjoy the planning process as well as the day. Planning your wedding shouldn’t feel like a chore, it should be fun! If something is giving you a headache then take a step back and think ‘do I really need this?’ Don’t lose sight of what the day is really about.

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WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR WEDDING NIGHT?
We had the whole of Balbirnie House booked out, so quite a few guests ended up at the bar until 2am. We eventually made our way up to the bridal suite which was the perfect way to end the day.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Having our closest family and friends travel from around the world, just to be with us.
Why Scotland?
We love living in Australia but Scotland will always be our home. We couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else.

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I love the idea of travelling by rickshaw. Anyone else planning a unique form of wedding transport? Alie x
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Ceremony settingMarkinch Parish Church
Reception venueBalbirnie House Hotel
FilmmakerCherry Tree Films
PhotographerStuart Craig Photography
FloristAmy Annand
Make-up Artist & Hair stylistLaura Gray
Wedding dress – Mori Lee dress from Bernadette Pimenta Couture, Melbourne
Shoes – Designed by myself through Shoes of Prey
Accessories – Emma’s earrings and necklace – family heirlooms, Emma’s bracelet – Links of London
Groom’s outfitMacGregor & MacDuff
Bridesmaids dressesWitchery
Stationery – Invitations and menus from Vista Print. Everything else was our own design.
Cake – Anne Malcolm (family friend)
Wedding transport – Rickshaw bikes from b-spokes
Additional Suppliers – Ice cream bike from Tricycle Treats and String Trio – L’Inviti String Trio