With a dress called Paradise and a kilt in the spirit of Scotland, Colette and Christopher said I do in front of family and friends from around the world. We love that their Scottish wedding incorporated some pretty special viking traditions, including the groom being kidnapped…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met through mutual friends at a local nightclub where Colette to this day claims my first words to her were ‘I think my mum knows your brother’. Smooth or what. After that first meeting we grew close spending countless evenings on the phone or in each others’ company and before long we had moved in to our first home together and never looked back.
Fast forward 7 or 8 years and I decided to surprise Colette with a trip to the seaside and overnight at my Uncle’s flat in Ayr to get away from the norm for a bit. The caveat was we had to swing by The Cruin to pick up something from a work colleague first. Colette’s lack of direction and poor local geography skills worked to my advantage as she assumed Loch Lomand was ‘on the way’ from East Kilbride to Ayr.
Once we arrived at The Cruin I left Colette in the car and headed towards the venue. A quick phone call from me told her to open the glove box and play the video I had made reminiscing of all the amazing memories we’d shared finishing with a request for her to join me on the jetty as I had a question to ask her.
Thankfully it was a mild day and as Colette met me on the jetty I dropped to one knee and asked her to be my wife. Its a moment I’ll never forget as long as I live. After numerous phone calls to friends and family what was originally proposed as my uncle’s flat was in fact an overnight in a luxurious suite in Cameron House which was incredible. We had the perfect day and it took a while to get back down from cloud nine afterwards.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
As we had close family friends coming in from overseas we wanted to make the day as traditional as possible. The venue blended perfectly with that theme and little touches like tartan ribbon round the cake and table names like ‘eejit’ and ‘roaster’ accompanied with plaquards complete with pronounciation and meaning really poked fun at our roots.
The groomsmen were also given gifts of Scotland football tips where each top was allocated a number which formed part of our wedding date. We tried to make it as much about family and placed beside our wedding cake pictures of both sets of parents cutting their own cakes on their own special day.
Tell us about your venue…
We fell in love with our venue the minute we set eyes on it. From the beautiful gardens coupled with the backdrop of the Brig O’Doon itself, to the traditional Scottish décor and warm friendly staff it really was the perfect setting for us. The fact the sun shone on us from start to finish was just the icing on the cake.
How did you choose your photographer?
Stevie Weir was a friend who had just recently started his photography business. We were immediately blown away by his work and knew that he would be able to keep us calm and relaxed on our big day. We absolutely love how unique our weddings photos are, all because of Stevie.
We are in love with your dress! Tell us more…
My wedding dress was called ‘Paradise’ by Suzanne Neville. It was completely different to what I thought I would choose but immediately knew it was the one when I tried it on as I felt different in this dress, I felt like a bride! The initial design was strapless however I added a hand made Italian lace bolero which I felt gave it the extra wow factor. It also created a gorgeous key hole cut out at the back which just added even more beauty to the dress.
And what about the groom?
I wore a traditional kilt with the Spirit of Scotland Tartan with a dark grey tweed jacket and waistcoat. The addition of a deep purple cravat added some colour to the outfit and beautifully complemented both the brides and bridesmaids dresses.
How did you pick your flowers?
Don’t Eat the Daisies is a local florist and I was keen to utilise as many local businesses as possible as I had used many of them before for other events.
I really wanted to stick to the Scottish theme and tied in my flowers with our wedding tartan which was the Spirit of Scotland. This tartan consisted of deep purples, navy, bottle green and cream so it was beautifully offset by thistles, purple and white roses in the bouquets which were also hand tied with a ribbon of the wedding tartan.
Slow shuffle or big number?
Our first dance was “All of Me” by John Legend. The lyrics were just so beautiful and we couldn’t think of a better song to play as we took our first dance as husband and wife.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
The sun was shining! And it was warm! In Scotland! We couldn’t believe it but it made the day that extra bit special. It allowed the guests to really explore the venue and spend all afternoon in the beautiful gardens (some even brought sunglasses…in late September!)
If you get the chance to sneak off for five minutes – do it!
We were very fortunate with the staff at the Brig O’Doon who were so attentive to us from start to finish. Toward the end of the pictures a staff member pulled Chris and I away and sent us to the honeymoon suite, shortly followed by champagne. This allowed us to share a few precious moments on our own.
Although it’s your wedding day, as bride and groom you rarely get the chance to spend time together and the reality is the day goes by in a flash. It’s something we will never forget and are very grateful that the staff done this for us as we had a chance to reflect, albeit for a short time, on what had already been such an amazing day and even better…what was still to come!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
We had guests attend our wedding from various parts of the world and feel very lucky with the efforts they made to attend our special day.
We have close friends who stay in Denmark and they have their own wedding traditions which our guests truly embraced.
Throughout dinner a ‘clink’ of glasses meant we had to stand on our seats and share a kiss. As you can imagine this quickly became an ongoing theme. Then the bride and groom take turns to leave the room at which point the guests of the opposing sex plant a kiss on the newlywed and place a loveheart sticker on their cheek.
The final act was after the first dance the groom is kidnapped by the guests, his shoes removed and the toes of his socks are cut off. It symbolises the grooms inability to make a run for it since he has no socks on his feet.
The Viking traditions really made our day unique and will last long in the memory with both ourselves and our guests.
“If you get the chance to sneak off for five minutes – do it!” Sound advice we reckon, Alie x
Ceremony Venue – St Brides RC Church, East Kilbride
Reception Venue – Brig O’ Doon House Hotel, Ayr
Photographer – Stevie Weir
Filmmaker – TR Media
Florist – Don’t Eat The Daisies
Hair stylist – Miller Hairdressing
Make-up artist – Louise Dyet Make Up
Wedding dress – Suzanne Neville from Eleganza Sposa Bridal Boutique, Glasgow
Shoes – Eleganza Sposa Bridal Boutique, Glasgow
Groom’s outfit – Macgregor & Macduff Glasgow
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy from Christie Couture
Wedding Transport – Waterside
Musicians – Capella String Quartet and Ian Melvin, Piper
Band – The Unknowns