Prepare to go weak at the knees over Nicole & Rob’s gin-inspired, rustic wedding on a beautiful farm in the Perthshire hills. The home-made details are sublime and for this pair it was all about the teamwork (with more than a little help from Mum).
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met at a friend’s Hogmanay party. Rob somehow managed to find himself up on the kitchen table dancing in his boxers at 2am and I clearly thought “that’s the man for me!”
We got engaged on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond during a weekend away at Cameron House. He’d sourced out a quiet, secluded spot right at the waters edge with views across the loch to Ben Lomond – it was so romantic!
Our wedding day was inspired by…
Gin – everything from gin cocktails served in Hendricks vintage teacups, to centrepieces and table plan and names, to hundreds of gin bottles from across the world providing decoration throughout the marquee stacked high on rustic ladders, filled with flowers and candles.
We had bottles of sloe gin on the tables for our guests and our ‘the perfect accompaniment to your gin and tonic’ favours – homemade elderflower cordial and jars of popcorn in a wheelbarrow filled with lemons and limes! It really was gin-tastic!
Tell us about your venue…
Errichel House and Cottages is a family-run farm on the slopes above Aberfeldy, Perthshire – a setting which provides spectacular views down the valley to Schiehallion and the other mountains to the North.
The grounds comprise of a beautiful duck pond, a home Paddock with Shetland and Highland ponies roaming freely, woodland areas and elegantly maintained lawns for guests to explore.
The ceremony was followed by a drinks reception in the beautifully stone built roundhouse at Errichel where gin cocktails were served in vintage teacups, along with Prosecco, local craft beer and a selection of delicious canapés.
What did you do for entertainment?
Entertainment during the day was provided by Anna Shields who is a highly talented singer with a distinct tone and a delight to be around when she’s strumming away on her baby blue guitar. I came across Anna busking on Buchanan Street in Glasgow and since our big day she’s supported Paolo Nutini(!) – she’s a real Scottish star in the making!
We’d been fortunate enough to come across Papa Shandy and the Drams after an anniversary dinner in Glasgow and ended up listening to them do their stuff for their entire set. We then actually pulled the wedding date forward a week to enable us to book them.
The band, for me, outwith the actual vows and act of getting married, was the most incredible part of the day. From the moment the first dance was finished, the dance floor was bursting full of people dancing and having a good time, and this was entirely down to the band. At one point, Rob and I looked at each other during a stip the willow and the entire marquee was literally bouncing – it is still one of my favourite memories.
Our first dance was a song called ‘Die a Happy Man’ by Thomas Rhett. We’d first heard it on a Friday night while cleaning the kitchen and I was completely struck by some of the lyrics. He says ‘that red dress brings me to my knees, but that black dress makes it hard to breathe’ – words extremely similar to ones Rob had said to me when we first started dating. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was hearing! Papa Shandy sang it live for us on the day and it really was such a special moment for us both.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
Surprisingly (although I would say unsurprisingly as he has a tendancy to forget things) 45 mins prior to the ceremony, Rob texted me to say he had no kilt socks or sporran. After ten minutes of sheer panic, crisis was thankfully averted as said items were found under the seat of our car.
Every bride will probably say this, but make sure you enjoy some time together on the day. It’s so easy to get caught up in everything and it’s over in a flash so make sure you try to enjoy each other’s company, even for a few moments on the day.
A very close friend had given me this advice prior to the day, and we were able to enjoy our first few glasses of Prosecco together sitting in the back of ‘Betty’ (our wedding V W camper van vehicle) watching all the guests arrive at the reception venue. It was such a special 15 or so minutes where we got to digest the emotion of the ceremony, tell each other how much we loved each other, and ultimately get excited for the party ahead!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
For me, it was seeing everything come together. My mum and I had been planning for just over a year collecting bottles and jars and odd bits of ribbon, bows, thread (basically anything and everything we could get our hands on). We had a vision from the start, but standing in the marquee in the pouring rain the day before staring at a large open space with nothing in it other than a ‘Champagne’ coloured carpet was quite terrifying if I’m honest.
Every single thing in that marquee was handmade or customised; from filling jars of popcorn, to folding napkins, to handwritten labels and attaching homemade ‘bride and groom’ name pegs, to hanging lanterns and ladders, to unpacking hundreds of gin bottles, to drawing the table plan, to home baking for our dessert table, and of course, to putting gypsophila into everything!
It was a real team effort and I will never forget the joy of standing with mum less than 24 hours later looking at a beautifully dressed room full of our little touches. I will be forever grateful to her for everything she did, and would do it all again with her by my side in a heart beat if I could!
Gin cocktails and gin favours? Anyone else thinking Nicole and Rob’s guests were in wedding heaven? Alie x
Ceremony Venue – Dull and Weem Parish Church
Reception Venue – Errichel House and Cottages
Photographer – Mark Timm Photography
Florist – Coach House Flowers
Make-up artist & Hair Stylist – Sandra Cormack
Filmmaker – Edinburgh Wedding Videos
Wedding dress – Mia Mia from Anne Priscilla Bridal
Shoes – Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids Dresses – Angelique Lamont
Groom’s outfit – MacGregor and MacDuff
Wedding Transport – Love Vintage Campers
Wedding Cake – Clark’s Bakery
Band – Papa Shandy and The Drams
Additional Suppliers – Anna Shields and Vintage Booth Scotland