Inspired by ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ Sarah found her amazing gown after lots of searching. And boy was it worth it. The styling of this wedding is perfect for the walled garden setting. From the 7ft tall highland stag (love him), to the funky flowergirl boots, this wedding is brimming with style…
How did you pick your wedding location?
We started by booking the gorgeous Fasque House which was owned by the Prime Minister William Gladstone before being sold off (even though his original library remains very much intact with many of the original books) privately to become a wedding venue.
It holds up to 40 guests which was perfect because we wanted to make a weekend of it with friends and family coming from all over the world, and I knew my children would be safe running around the grounds. Amazing venue, great management. They went above and beyond to help us with anything and everything.
Tell us more about your theme…
I started my theme with the invites, which I designed myself. I worked with a talented designer in Brighton called Jel to design the stationery according to my own vision. Our favours were little colour matched books about Scotland to reiterate the Scottish theme.
I originally bought a modest dress at a low price but one day was watching ‘Say yes to the dress’ and saw the most incredible dress by Ian Stuart. I knew I had to have it. I spent a long time trying to track one down and eventually got one second hand because they were discontinued. The dress was crazy over-the-top but amazing – exactly what I wanted from the wedding.
The bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS. The flowergirl dresses were custom designed by Isabelle Randall. I bought the Doctor Martin boots to give it a funky edge – an idea I stole from Isabelle’s own catwalk show.
And how about your flowers…
Isla Duncan did the flowers. She was so amazing and patient at dealing with my back and forth ideas and emails. I know nothing about flowers only that I kept saying – they need to be this colour and bigger, bigger, bigger. I did all of the décor and table arrangements myself. I’m now left with a million candles from The Range and Dunelm Mill… but it was worth it.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
We borrowed a 7ft tall Highland stag and my Dad had to cart it 40 miles down the motorway in an open trailer to get it there… it got quite a lot of stares! But he looked very handsome on the day with stunning flowers through his antlers and a bow around his neck.
We hand wrote the ceremony ourselves with some guidance from the celebrant. We opted for a spir itual humanist ceremony which acknowledged all of our Christian, spiritual and humanist beliefs. The procession in for the ceremony involved a huge number of people and each group of people had their own ‘walk -in’ music. The first song up was ‘White Wedding’ by Billy Idol for the boys, it got all the guests thinking… this wedding is going to be a bit of fun.
Rather than use the old magnificent bar that the castle already has – we felt it would drag people away from the main party area so we painstakingly created our own amazing bar in another room with help from 10 Dollar Shake who mixed incredible cocktails and added a huge wow factor to the day. The extra money was soo worth it but involved plumping and electrics and so on, quite an upheaval.
Try to do as much as you can in advance so you can enjoy the lead up to the wedding. Get other people involved with certain aspects that you trust and know will suit their strengths.
For example, my bridesmaid Helena is a designer for a top designer for a major retail chain and I just said to her… can you help with the hen party – just a few party straws and things. When I walked into the apartment in Ibiza for the hen do, she had completely decorated the whole place – it was UNBELIEVABLE the lengths she had gone to – hand crafting beautiful presents for everyone and cutting out funny pictures of different people on different bodies. You will find, if you pass on a task to someone and just say ‘you do what you think is best’, it takes the pressure off you and you get a lovely surprise at the end of it.
Top highlight of the day?
The highlight…The service! The groomsmen and ushers walked down the isle to‘Nice Day for a White Wedding’ by Billy Idol and the Bridesmaids walked down to ‘Going to the Chapel’. I walked down to ‘When I fall in Love’ by Nat King Cole. The service was pretty much written by us with help from our Celebrant, Jane Patmore who offers bespoke services. It was so personal to us and we loved it. We walked back down the isle to ‘Your Love Keeps Lifting me Higher’.
Great advice on asking your friends to help. We love the sound of bridesmaid Helena’s planning – she’s a keeper for sure! Alie x
Venue – Fasque House
Venue and Supplier Finder – Chic Scotland
Wedding Planner – Emma at Timeless White
Photographer – Dasha Caffrey
Florist – Isla Duncan
Hair stylist – Louise Smith, Serenity, Aberdeen
Make-up artist – Kaye V Make-Up
Wedding dress – Ian Stuart
Groom’s outfit – Pure
Bridesmaids’ dresses – ASOS
Flowergirl Dresses – Isabelle Randall
Celebrant – Jane Patmore
Caterers – Sinclairs Private Chefs
Cake – Love Laura Lane
Stationery and Signage – Jel from Dusted Design
Band – Coda
Additional suppliers – 10 Dollar Shake; 3 Tier Creative