Let them eat cake… a whole 12kg of it! From beginning to end this wedding was all about family and friends. Pretty much everything was handmade, from the beautiful bridesmaids dresses through to the rather generous cake.
How did you meet and become engaged?
One of my school friends went to uni with some of Ewen’s school friends. Both of us were invited to a house party on a drizzly Saturday night in October 2006 and he was the first person I saw when I walked in to the living room.
Fast forward 6 years and we’re working/travelling in Australia when Ewen (with some help from his sisters who helped choose and bring the ring over) got down on one knee at “The Edge” (a glass box sticking out from the side of the Eureka Tower), 88 floors above Melbourne. I had absolutely no idea but it was so special, the staff caught the whole thing on camera and printed us out all of the pictures..
Our wedding day was inspired by…
We wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple and be a fantastic party for our nearest and dearest, rather than be straight out of the pages of a wedding magazine. Almost everything was hand made from my wedding and the bridesmaid’s dresses, 12kg wedding cake (made by my sister), numerous other cakes for our cake table to the flowers, centre pieces, table plan and decorations (including 52m of bunting made by my mum). We both felt so honoured that our close friends and family could be part of our special day in their own small way – but we were eating cake for weeks after!
Crear, one of my mum’s first venue recommendations (well, they do say mums know best!) and the last venue we went to see, is a beautiful converted barn/cottage in the middle of nowhere in the middle of Argyll with beautiful views over the ocean to Jura. We wanted a relaxed wedding weekend so that we could spend lots of time with those who had travelled from far and further to be with us – Crear fit the bill perfectly. There were even the perfect amount of rooms to accommodate our bridal party and groomsmen.
And something surprising about your day…
After the ceremony, the venue whisked Ewen and I away to a private room to have 10 minutes to ourselves and let it soak in. Instead, once they closed the door I got on Ewen’s shoulders and we paraded in front of the room our guests were in – making our entrance as newlyweds in our own unique way!
Tell us all about the dress shopping…
A close friend of mine had a beautiful Flossy & Dossy wedding dress made for her wedding in 2013. As the number of dressses I tried on increased and my patience for wedding dress shopping decreased, she suggested that I contact Wendy for a consultation. I left our initial meeting feeling excited that I’d finally found ‘my’ dress, although it was only a drawing on a piece of paper.
Wendy made the whole experience so special, I felt like her only bride and was constantly amazed by her creativity and eye for detail – she really ‘got’ what I was looking for and the finished dress surpassed every expectation I had. My beautiful dress is a soft polkadot tulle fit and flare dress with the most amazing train, sparkly lace appliques and a beautiful lace trim to the neck and hem.
Any advice for wedding planning?
Ewen said “have fun and try not to stress about your speech”. My advice is there’s no right or wrong way, only your way so do (or don’t do) the things that will make you happy. Also, a table of cake is a very good idea.
Although we got engaged in Australia, for us there was only ever one place we would get married – Scotland, home of the kilt, the ceilidh, haggis and beautiful scenery.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
It’s a cliché, but the whole day was perfect and I’ll never forget the feeling of walking down the aisle. But the impromptu rock-out to Tenacious D-mid ceilidh was definitely unforgettable!
Anyone else loving the colour in this wedding? It makes us feel happy just looking at it. Alie x
– McBeth Photography
. It was important for us to have a photographer who would both blend into the background and get some fantastic candid shots of us an our guests, but also take non-cheesy photos that we’ll have on our wall forever. From our slightly-awkward, urban engagement shoot in Glasgow city centre, to the beautiful beach pictures 15 minutes after the wedding, Craig captured the day, and us, perfectly.
– As a hayfever sufferer I knew as soon as we were engaged that I wouldn’t have real flowers at our wedding, but it wasn’t until I did some Pinterest research that I discovered the thousands of alternative options. I spent a lot of time (our 11 month old mini-usher was in his mummy’s tummy when I started) cutting out thousands of felt circles to create colourful flowers for my bouquet an around the venue, plus ivory flowers for my bridesmaids and the buttonholes – finished off with button and pearl centres. I couldn’t have done it without my sisters and close friends and was a great excuse to tune in to Friday Brideday on TLC, but am glad that I don’t have to cut any more circles!
– Jennifer Jayne’s Hair Designers
– Flossy & Dossy
– Gabriella by Miss KG
– Wendy (Flossy & Dossy) made me a simple veil finished with some of the lace from my dress, which I switched out to a beaded comb borrowed from a friend in the evening for dancing. I also wore diamond earrings given to me by my parents on my 21st birthday and wrapped an amethyst necklace (which I inherited from my gran as it’s both of our birth stones) around my bouquet.
– Kilt from Macgregor and Macduff
, rest of outfit from family
– Handmade by my super talented mum, including polka dot tulle from the fabric markets of Istanbul
– Designed myself, printed by vistaprint, customised by me and my sister
– My sister