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Catriona + Graeme

Photographed by Carley Buick

at the bride’s family home

& Kinloch Hotel

Isle of Arran-Scotland

Today’s #TBT is one that we know will make you smile. From a proposal in ‘Paradise’ to a down-to-earth garden wedding on the beautiful Isle of Arran, this wedding is full of the good things in life – friends, family, community and champagne in tea cups. We just love Catriona & Graeme’s laidback Scottish island wedding.

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We met as teenagers, and a summer romance followed. We met again 11 years later as adults, and fell in love.
How was the question popped?
On the 10th tee of the golf course in Blackwaterfoot, named ‘Paradise’, on a windy morning just before new year.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
Old and borrowed family jewellery, a new frock, and the groom’s shirt and tweed jacket were blue.
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
The sun coming out on the day (when hurricane Bertha was the initial forecast), followed by a magical rainbow.
BEST COMPLIMENT ON YOUR WEDDING?
“Best speech I have ever heard at a wedding”, “Cheery wee night” & “You both look so happy, I have never seen Catriona smile so much.”

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HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
We had a mini-moon in the form of five days in Lisbon straight after the wedding with three weeks in Cambodia & Vietnam planned for January.
Wedding style?
Family, friends and community focused. Calling in favours from family and friends and all the talented people we are lucky enough to know.
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
A bit of both; we kept the things we liked and ditched the rest. The ceremony was very important to us; it was a religious ceremony, with non religious music with all the family involved. We didn’t have a big wedding entourage, we drank champagne in tea-cups, walked to the venues, and didn’t have a gift list (although we were still totally spoilt with lovely gifts).
CLOSE YOUR EYES & THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. NOW, DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Warm, down-to-earth, fun.
Why Scotland?
It couldn’t have been anywhere other than the Isle of Arran – it’s home.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Being able to now get on with planning all the other things in life that we want to do and experience together.

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Oooh that fox cake topper and the story behind it (see below)! Christina x
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Venue – The garden of ‘Tighnamara’, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran. This was the bride’s grandparents’ home, now kept for all the family & friends to enjoy. This is also the groom’s home village on the Isle of Arran. And Kinloch Hotel – This is a few minutes walk through the village from ‘Tighnamara’ and is owned and run by family friends. It was also the groom’s first place of work!
PhotographerCarley Buick (assisted by Eileen). She made us and our whole family feel at ease, understood exactly what we wanted and gave us so much more. A very talented lady who we can’t recommend enough!
Florist – Eleanors flowers, Brodick, Isle of Arran
Hair stylist – Shirley Sloss, Lamlash, Isle of Arran & Alice Anderson, Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran
Make-up artist – Emma McNeil, Isle of Arran
Wedding dress – This was a bespoke design, beautifully crafted & made by the ridiculously talented Holly at Totty Rocks, Edinburgh. I tried on a few, but just couldn’t find anything like the image I had in my head! My sister saw a wedding skirt in the window of ‘Totty Rocks’ so we just went in to have a chat, met Holly and new immediately that she understood exactly what I was looking for, and what I got back was even better than I had hoped.
ShoesAmazon. Customised with bows made by the bride. (They had to be flat to allow me to traverse the garden, golf course and beach!)
Accessories – A fresh rose in the hair, jewellery I had been left by both of my grannys, and a necklace lent by my mum.
Groom’s outfitMcCall’s Kilt Outfitters, Edinburgh
Bridesmaids’ dresses – The bride’s sister was the maid of honour, and also 7 months pregnant! So we ended up finally finding a dress at John Lewis and having it customised to fit her beautiful blooming bump. For the flower girls, the groom’s nieces, aged 7 & 8, we very luckily found dresses that reflected the design of the wedding dress in the Next kids department.
Stationery – Save the date, day and evening invites all designed & illustrated by the bride. After years of designing invitations for my friends and family it was difficult to finally sit down and do my own! I’m a graphic designer and illustrator working at Tayburn.
Cake – A bespoke design by the very talented Heather Maciver, owner of Heathers Cakes. Heather made the most beautiful cake that not only looked stunning but tasted incredible. She also had to work with some odd little fox cake toppers that the bride had already made! The Groom’s surname, ‘Tod’ means ‘fox’ and this was our way of incorporating this.
Musicians Findlay Napier and Gillian Frame. We were so lucky to haveour friends Gillian and Findlay play our favourite songs, (which also happens to be their music!) for the first dance and a few thereafter; we felt very, very lucky and our guests loved it. Another friend, Gill then did the calling for some ceildh dances and another friend, Tom was the DJ till the end!
Transport – The bride and her family got ready in the house where the ceremony was held, and the groom and his family walked down from their home at Balgowan Farm in Shiskine. It was Shanks’ Pony (on foot!) for the guests also as they walked across the harbour bridge between the service and reception.
Caterer – Arran Foods for canapés in the garden, Arran Dairies, Arran Butcher, and the Kinloch Hotel for the wedding breakfast.
Additional suppliers – The Cameron’s store, Blackwaterfoot