Today’s couple are proof that incredible things can happen when you swipe right. After meeting via Tinder, Nathalie and Lennert quickly bonded and fell in love. He proposed off the shores of Portofino (so romantic!) and they were married in an understated, chic, nature-inspired and (surprisingly!) sun-drenched Scottish wedding. We are more than a little in love…
Who saw who first?
We met in a very contemporary way – on Tinder! We were both looking to meet new people and we got so much more than we hoped for! We met in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2014 – I had just moved back from NYC and Lennert had been working in Geneva for about 5 years. We were both ready for love and commitment, and we quickly bonded over our common interests, values and approach to life in general.
And how was the big question popped?
For our first trip away, Lennert organised a weekend in and around Portofino – it was the most romantic thing ever. We shared a wonderful meal on the terrace of the Hotel Splendido overlooking the bay of Portofino, and between the stars, the breeze, the delicious food and wine, the gentlemanly Italian waiters and the piano music in the background, it was perfect! It was off the shores of Portofino that Lennert proposed 1.5 years later, and at that same restaurant that we shared our first dinner as an engaged couple.
We were inspired by…
Nature! I am very keen on sustainability and wanted a local, fresh and natural feel to the wedding. We wished to work with locally grown flowers and plants- using soft colors, wooden crates, and vintage jugs and pots. All of the flowers from the church were reused in the marquee, as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Get Knotted recommended using bay trees, which are very decorative and a nice sustainable touch as they get reused. We also used lots and lots of candles for a romantic atmosphere. It was important for us to honour the people who are no longer with us, and we had a lovely ladder table with photos of them, flowers and candles – this was extremely special to us.
We were incredibly lucky with our team of wedding providers… Lindsey was absolutely wonderful! She is charming, so friendly, and a great listener- working with her was such a pleasure that I couldn’t wait for our regular wedding catch ups. Lindsey helped us every step of the way and her advice made all the difference when it came to the little details we never had thought of! On top of being a talented florist and decorator, Lindsey is also a great wedding planner and we can only recommend working with her. The flowers and styling she put together were beyond our expectations, it was as if she could read our minds. Thanks in great part to Get Knotted, we had the wedding of our dreams – elegant, subtle and fun!
Your photos are so beautiful! How was the experience?
We could not recommend Ditte and Chris, her co-photographer, more – the whole experience with Fist Light
was professional, friendly and especially fun! They made us and our guests feel comfortable from the moment we met them, and made a lot of effort to get to know us and understand what we wanted. Both are extremely talented photographers who pay attention to tiny details we would never notice but make the pictures so authentic and natural – we really feel like each photo reflects us and our wedding. We shared many laughs during our photo shoot, yet they knew how to fade into the crowd during our celebrations, leaving room for super natural, “unposed” pictures as well. Ditte was also extremely responsive and patient with us throughout the creation of our album, and everything was shipped internationally to us in lovely boxes with nice details – we loved it! Needless to say, we are delighted…
Tell us about your venue…
Broxmouth Park is a gorgeous venue – we first visited in November, and even on a winter’s day, we were stunned. The beautiful mansion is set in a grand, well-groomed park, dominated by a gorgeous Lebanese Cedar. Couples can use the lovely rooms inside the house for more intimate weddings, or the top notch marquee tent on the lawn for larger parties. The food was excellent, even with a large number of guests; and the service during our day was impeccable. We also stayed a few nights in the park with our wedding parties, in the two cottages available. Between the lush gardens, the sheep, the horses and the wild deer we spotted in the early mornings, it was a wonderful place to stay and to celebrate our wedding.
And something surprising about your day…
One of our dear Scottish friends organised a surprise pipe and drums band led by a Household Piper to HM the Queen! They greeted us outside the church when we walked out, and then welcomed us at Broxmouth Park – it was such a lovely, uniquely Scottish, touch.
How did the dress shopping go?
The dress is completely different to what I thought I wanted. I was going to go with the total princess look with something BIG… I went on the first trials with my mum and my maid of honour; and the first shop owner recommended I indeed go with something big as I only had one shot at such a dress. I tried many on that first day, and several looked really nice, but I just felt like I was dressing up, wearing costumes – not exactly how you want to feel on your wedding day…
I met THE dress on my second day dress hunting, and it just felt like a glove the minute I tried it on. It was dainty with transparent lace in the back, a little bohemian and had that tulle skirt which was the one thing I would not compromise on! By the way, I highly recommend tulle – I somehow cut my finger during the wedding day and the stains washed right off the tulle with just some cold water!
I wore my grandmother’s vintage bracelet from the 1920s, borrowed pearl earrings from my mum, and a beautiful headpiece by Lottie Designs. That’s about it – I thought the dress did enough and didn’t need much more.
Len was, let’s say, quite relaxed about finding his suit. We thought he was all set with a suit he bought at a regular department store a few months ahead of time. About three weeks before, he had lost quite some weight and the suit didn’t fit so well anymore; he also realised he wanted something special – needless to say, I got a little nervous… Luckily, it only took one day to find an elegant and nicely tailored Carlo Pignatelli suit, phew!
What did you choose for your first dance?
We loved the idea of a live band, and it didn’t take us long to decide on the Magic Keys, they have a great repertoire and are a classy act! We actually took dance classes to prepare – that was a lot of fun, and a great way to bond. We chose “Fascination” by Nat King Cole for our first dance, it is a lovely, romantic, slow waltz, which is quite easy to master and to add nice effects to.
Really think about how you are both going to contribute to the planning – be open about what you are keen on doing, and not. Really listen to each other, you both have ideas about what your day could be like and it’s important to share. It can be quite a stressful time for a couple, but good communication will be a great help!
My father is Scottish and it just felt right. Ever since I was a little girl, I pictured my wedding there. We also had a bit of pressure from our friends who were all very keen to visit!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Having (almost) everybody we love together in one place – that was just magic!
I love the ladder table in memory of loved ones. Such a beautiful way to include absent friends and family. Christina x
– St Mary’s Parish Church
, Whitekirk &
– First Light Photography
– Lindsey Hunter, Get Knotted
– Gwen Mckenzie – Mckenzie Hair Design
Eye Candy Scotland
, Zohra dress from
Belle en Blanc
, Lausanne, Switzerland
, Isabel, Champagne colour
– Headpiece by LottieDaDesigns
, with vintage bracelet and pearl earrings.
– Carlo Pignatelli
suit from Zoro
, Zurich, Switzerland
, pearl pink chiffon dresses, in different styles
– Paper by Paperless Post
– Spring Orchard
– The Quartet
The Magic Keys
, Ecosse Classic
and Torrance taxis