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Wild, wholesome and wonderful, Cat and Rob’s rustic wedding was organised within a matter of weeks. We think these two pretty much nailed it, don’t you? Enjoy this #ThrowbackThursday post.

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How did you meet and become engaged?
We met very randomly at The Mighty Deerstalker running race in the Borders. It was particularly random because, as a general rule, I don’t run! Rob spotted me on the dance floor, exuberantly celebrating surviving my first (and nearly my last!) run. We got engaged on my birthday last October on the Isle of Eigg. Rob proposed on the edge of a cliff – nothing to do with the threat of a ‘no’, it was really very romantic!
Our wedding day was inspired by…
We just wanted to focus on spending time with family and friends. Our work at Wild Rover Food is so busy that we just wanted everyone around us for a big party, without the worry of excessive decorations or details. We wanted a simple, rustic, natural approach to the day. We are used to being ‘Jacks of all trades’ so we enjoyed building the barrel bar and collecting garden foliage for decorating the tent. Friends and family really came together to make the space look beautiful too, and I think that their love and care really came through in how everything looked.

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Tell us something surprising about your day…
The transformation of our old girl Bessie (1961 Series 2 Land Rover) into our wedding car! Friends did an amazing job of decorating her and it was so much fun driving out to the main road for a quick spin – but too cold to go far!
I was also so surprised how engaged we both felt with the day. You so often hear of couples saying how the day flies by, and though it certainly seems like a blur looking back on it, I do remember feeling that on the day I loved every moment and felt completely ‘with’ everyone and everything.
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t get too hung up on details! We planned our wedding in about four weeks, so I had to be decisive (I am normally a nightmare), but I remember spending Christmas trawling through so many decorations and bits and pieces we could have bought and getting quite stressed about it. In the end, we didn’t buy any of it and I didn’t miss it either! Remember that you’ll be so absorbed with all these wonderful people around you and the wonderful person you’re marrying that you may not notice some of the things it is easy to obsess over when you’ve just a few weeks to go!

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Tell us more about the entertainment and first dance…
We didn’t have to plan much entertainment – folk were very happy to congregate around fireplaces and drink sloe gin proseccos before dinner. We had made a huge batch of sloe gin with sloes from Rob’s family farm in Northern Ireland, so that was a nice link to his home and certainly led to some entertaining behaviour from our guests! After the meal I just remember seeing lots of folk chatting, swirling and generally having a good time. Our first dance was a bit of a disaster as the Ceilidh folk played a random piece that Rob’s dad loved but I had never heard before! All was saved though when I asked our good friends who do a great ‘Proclaimers’ tribute to play ‘Lets Get Married’ – we had an absolute ball whirling around to that, so that is now officially my wedding dance!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Standing with my just-become husband right after we had said ‘we do’ and looking around all these people who had come to support and celebrate with us. It felt like an enormous hug from everyone you love, with the person you’ve decided to spend your life with standing slap bang in the middle of it all. Wonderful!
I love that Cat and Rob planned their wedding in a matter of weeks. Anyone else feeling inspired to have a short engagement? Alie x
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Wedding VenuePowis House, family home near Stirling. We were really lucky to be able to whack up a traditional marquee (Myreton Marqee Hire) and a 60-yr-old military tent we bought from the local scouts in my family’s garden. In January it was a bit (a lot!) of a risk, but my parents, nanny and aunt and uncle who all live at the house were amazingly open-minded in letting us plough on with our mad-cap ideas. High winds in the lead up were scary, but a lovely dusting of snow lifted our spirits on the week of the wedding. We had wood burners lended to us from festival friends to help warm the tents, and we used the house as well to for the canapes and for anyone who needed to retreat to roaring fires in the evening.
PhotographerFirst Light Photography Ditte is an amazing photographer! We can’t have been outside more than 10 minutes (due to the FREEZING conditions!) but Ditte got some incredible shots, which says so much for her vision and quick thinking. We knew she was good, but really! Again, when it came to the ‘family photos’ these were really fast-moving, whilst still feeling like she had ‘got’ what we wanted. I didn’t even get to the jaw-aching smile again face before a sloe-gin prosecco was thrust upon me with the instruction to go and mingle and enjoy ourselves. If you want a record of your day that feels like an album of real memories (as opposed to composed ones), Ditte is your woman!
Florist – We wanted to create a natural/wild but simple look with our flowers. We worked with the lovely Moss in Bridge of Allan to select the stems, which we then arranged ourselves in big kilner jars. We also dipped pheasant feathers in gold glitter for a touch of sparkle. My mum is really creative so she made all the flower displays in the house, which were just beautiful. A neighbour potted snow drops from the garden for us, which were really pretty on the tables. Rob’s buttonhole and my bouquet were from Planet Flowers.
Hair stylistCapelli Hairdresser, Bridge of Allan
Make up – The bride’s sister
Wedding dress – I bought my Charlie Brear dress on Preloved and the lovely Mette at Bridal by Freja worked her magic to make it fit! Mette was so reassuring and did a wonderful job to make the dress suit my shape. She made the whole ‘wedding dress process’ much more relaxed than I expected – and my mum had an incredible contemporary tweed suit made by her too. On the wedding day itself the dress felt so wonderful to wear – despite dragging it through the mud in boots for photos and dropping a chocolate coated meringue down it after the main meal, it looked amazing (most of the time!) and I certainly had fun!
Wedding shoesDune Gold Mid Court Heel (being able to walk in them was a priority as I always wear flats!)
Accessories – I bought some pretty little gold leaves to go in my hair from Notonthehighstreet and I borrowed a ‘vintage’ fur wrap from my nanny, which felt very glamorous. My ‘unofficial bridesmaids’ bought me some lovely sparkly earrings which I had on for the dancing, and I also wore a pearl necklace that Rob had very unexpectedly got me for our 4th anniversary. Other than that my ‘something blue’ was a hankie my Aunty gave me, stuffed into my bra – about the only place it wouldn’t show!
Groom’s outfit – Rob had a great day in Edinburgh getting various stylists to dress him in various outfits! In the end he settled on a lovely combination of trousers from Hugo Boss and Tweed waistcoat and jacket from John Lewis Collection. He looked gorgeous on the day and very Rob, which is just how I hoped he would look!
Transport – Our own 1961 Series 2 land rover
Stationery – Homemade
Cake – We made a Cheese Tower with help from artisan cheese expert Tanny Gill
Caterer – We were very lucky that our team of Wild Roverers agreed to cater for us!
Band – Friends played us in and out of the ceremony, while neighbours played a ceilidh set
Additional SuppliersVirginia’s Vintage Hire – this made styling a room very easy and effective. And making our own rings with Donna at Make Your Own Wedding Rings in Edinburgh was such a special experience – I’d really recommend that to everyone.