From the rustic autumn flowers to the berry buttonholes and uber beautiful bespoke dress, today you’re in for a total treat. Inspired by their love of the Scottish countryside, Gayle and Grant drew elements of the outdoors into their romantic woodland wedding. We are more than a little in love…
Who saw who first?
We met in a pub in Aberdeen though a mutual friend, and just clicked! It was actually my birthday when Grant told me to pack a bag and whisked me down to Gleneagles as a surprise! He booked me into the spa all day long, and then took me to Andrew Fairlie’s restaurant for a 4 course dinner complete with wine. Towards the end of the meal, Grant wanted to leave, unknowingly to me to take me to the spot he wanted to propose and I grew agitated – he wouldn’t wait to finish the bottle of wine! We went outside and one of the Gleneagles shuttles picked us up and dropped us at the club house, in a separate room called the Blue Bar. He had a lit fire waiting, with chocolate covered strawberries. “What a nice birthday treat!” I thought, as the waiter popped a bottle of champagne. He left it in the bucket and left and as I turned around to thank Grant for everything he’d done for my birthday, he got down on one knee!
We were inspired by…
We love Southern California (where we live now) and originally thought we might get married there, but I wanted a Scottish wedding and to spend it with all our family and friends in Scotland. But we decided to keep the theme – outdoor, woodland inspired, with natural woods and cosy romantic lighting used throughout.
Tell us about your venue…
We both instantly fell in love with Gleneagles and decided to get married there. We left for the venue on the Friday before the wedding, and had a rehearsal night greeting family and friends from all over the world. The hotel prepared a meal for us in the Deseo Restaurant, and cocktails for the ladies in the Main Bar as the Ggntlemen ventured down for cigar and whisky tasting in the Blue Bar. Our ceremony took place the next day in the Glendevon Suite, overlooking the golf courses, terrace and iconic Gleneagles fountain. With the beautiful fall day we had, we were able to enjoy the sunny weather on the lawns and even got photos over the lake by the golf courses, whilst cocktail hour was in full swing back at the hotel. The night finished with the Gleneagles Pipe band, piping out over the lawns a good luck blessing for the newlyweds and firework finale that blew all our guests away!
And the flowers…
I trusted Planet Flowers completely and left the majority of the decision making to them, and it turned out better then I could have imagined. I had mostly roses with a wild and ‘unkempt’ look, with small trailing flowers and dark green foliage – lots of reds to complement the bridesmaids’ dresses, and men’s buttonholes. Similarly, the bridesmaids’ and ladies’ corsages were filled with dusty pink roses to complement my dress. Our flower girl carried a basket full of autumnal foliage, lavender and herbs to scatter down the candlelit aisle. The ceremony was completed by fruit and berry scatterings and an archway entwined with roses. (The flower girl ate one of the berries during the ceremony!). This theme carried on to the reception, where the centrepieces were filled with candles, flowers and fruits (which some of the guests actually tucked into!).
Tell us something surprising about your day…
The bride drinking the night before the wedding with the groom’s best friends until 4 in the morning and still managing up the aisle the next day? (haha!)
How did you choose your photographer?
Our wedding co-ordinator gave us a list of recommended photographers and Blue Sky
was the first one I decided to research. Reassuringly, I had a friend who was married in Aberdeenshire who used them so I knew they were fantastic quality. Upon meeting Niels and Alie for the first time, we felt instantly that they were the couple for the job! They were so friendly and accommodating and knew exactly our style from the get-go.
We are in love with your dress! How did you find it?
I had a clear image in my head of what I wanted, so much so that after heading into the first boutique I decided to find a dress maker. Mette at Freja Designer Dressmaking
was so highly recommended, and so incredibly friendly when I spoke to her that I knew we would create my dream dress from scratch! We started with a basic A line style, with corseted buttoned back. But the skirt was so much fun to create with her, we took layers of fabric in creams and dusty pinks, then layered and pinned the skirt to show off all the colours we used. The side teased back to reveal folded fabric roses under the skirt. She also made the flower girl dress which was made with the same fabrics, without pinning and a red bow to match the bridesmaids.
What was your first dance song?
‘You & Me’ by Penny and the Quarters, which the Big Band composed. The song was unreleased and they did a great job putting their own spin to utilise all the instruments in the band. They had a great mix of new and older swing songs – the dance floor was filled for their version of Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk! And they finished the set with New York, New York!
Have fun!!! You’re marrying your best friend and soul mate, don’t worry about anything going wrong or being on time, or anyone else enjoying themselves. It’s your day, no one else’s, so do everything your way. We made time every couple hours to sit away from all our guests and catch up! To go over everything that was happening and really let the day soak in.
For one, so that (most of) our family and friends could all spend the day with us, and the venue was perfectly positioned to take in all of Scotland’s countryside beauty!
What’s the most unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Walking out of the ceremony towards outside and high-fiving each other! “We did it!” Seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. And at the end of the night, sitting together, while Grant played the piano and singing to each other before heading up to bed!
Quite possibly my favourite buttonholes ever! And I love the sound of the late night piano session, don’t you?! Christina x