Photographed by Suzanne Black Photography
at St John’s Church, Cupar & Pitcairlie House
All the stops had to be pulled out to ensure that storm damage didn’t spoil Natasha & Peter’s big day. And while the run up to the wedding was full of drama, the day itself couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Enjoy this week’s #ThrowbackThursday post!
Who saw who first?
Pete spotted Natasha in the local rugby club.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Many things were done by hand for the wedding. The invitations were all made up by hand and the invites had each individual guest’s name printed on it instead of being hand written on a dotted line. It was very time consuming but definitely worth it as I had many comments on how nice the invites were. Each invite also contained a personalised reply card and a stamped addressed envelope; I know what I’m like for replying to things so I just wanted to make it as easy as possible for the guests. I think the whole day was quite personalised, we got married in the church where my brothers and sister got married, and the reception at Pitcairlie House is right next door to the family farm and where Pete’s mum, who is no longer with us, had always wanted to have a wedding. My older sister had started a flower arranging course and made up all the flower stands and decorations for the church for us.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
There were three choices for the starter and main courses which were: Starters – Chicken liver pate served with onion marmalade and rustic oatcakes; Salmon tian with horseradish and crème fraiche; or Spinach and cream cheese roulade with sun dried tomato tapenade. Main course choices were: Free range chicken fillet stuffed with asparagus and mozzarella with a veloute sauce; Filo tartlet with roasted vegetables, olives and feta in a tomato and basil sauce; or Fillet of locally reared beef with cream and cracked black pepper sauce. The dessert was a trio of desserts: French lemon tart, chocolate brownie and baby meringue basket with cranachan and berries, which of course everybody said yes to! With most of the guests being farmers, the most popular choice by far was, of course, the beef!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Our first dance was to “Many of Horror” by Biffy Clyro. We didn’t choreograph anything but we’re not shufflers when we dance together! There were a few twirls going on and we just had fun!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Don’t be afraid to do things your own way, it’s your wedding. And don’t let yourself get worked up and stressed about things, it’s not worth it – you want to enjoy your day!
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
That it actually managed to take place! The days leading up to the wedding was the time of the horrific wind storms – trees were down everywhere, roads were closed, there were floods, etc. The Tay Bridge was shut and my maid of honour couldn’t get down from Arbroath to help me until the day before the wedding. The Forth Road Bridge was shut so the marquee company couldn’t get through either. The marquee was supposed to go in the field in front of the house, which had become waterlogged and a mud bath, and they couldn’t put the marquee up in the storms on the Monday, or the Tuesday as it would’ve been far too dangerous, and were going to have to do it on the morning of the wedding! Luckily for us, Pitcairlie House had hosted a wedding the weekend before and the marquee that was set up there couldn’t be taken down in the storms, so they kindly got in contact with us and gave us the details of that marquee company to arrange using it for our wedding aswell. Very kind neighbours! So it was a mad morning the day before the wedding phoning, texting and emailing guests and suppliers to notify them of the change of reception venue. Because of the storms, we were lucky we had our cakes aswell – two trees had fallen on my bridesmaid Victoria’s home power lines on the Monday and she had to de-camp to her sister’s house and rope her into helping get nearly 200 cakes made! On the day of the wedding itself everything ran so smoothly after all the drama, it was unbelievable. That’s what we’ll never forget – how lucky we were!
What an incredible back story there was to this beautiful big day! We’re so happy it all worked out well for Natasha & Peter. Christina x