After falling in love in France, Beth and Frederick got engaged on the banks of the Zambezi at Victoria Falls . But when it came to their big day, Scotland was the one. They tied the knot in the oldest inhabited house in the country, and just wait until you hear the story behind the pearls Beth wore! So much to love…
Love at first sight?
We met in France through friends, while I was working on private yachts. He had his business in South Africa, so I ended up moving over to South Africa within the year of meeting. We got engaged on the banks of the Zambezi at Victoria Falls .
We were inspired by…
Our friends and family – we wanted it to be a fun, chilled day and as simple as possible. It was important to me to get married “back home” since we live in South Africa. We also wanted all our friends there to come and experience Scotland!
I did the flowers for the tables myself, with the help of friends (when I was working on private yachts, going to the flower markets in the south of France and making up flower displays was my favourite part of my job). The bouquets were made by a very good friend’s mother. The florist “Stems” in Innerleithen did the flower girl’s crown of flowers.
I did the designs myself. Shaka Signs in South Africa did my printing .
We hear you found dress shopping pretty stress-free. Tell us more…
It literally was the first time I went dress shopping with my friends in South Africa, it was the first dress shop, and the 3rd dress I tried on and I was done. I didn’t want lace and Tracey the owner of Toujours said please, please try this dress on, so I tried it on… well she knows her stuff – it was perfect and so me. I fell in love with it straight away. We cancelled the rest of the dress appointments for the day and went and drank champagne over a girly lunch in Durban. It was one of my favourite moments of the wedding prep!
I got to wear a family heirloom - each girl on my mother’s side gets to wear Mary Queen of Scots’ pearls on her wedding day. The story goes my ancestor helped her, so she gave the pearls as a thank you in return.
And what about the groom?
Frederick wanted to wear a suit as he said he wouldn’t feel comfortable in a kilt. All his South African groomsmen wanted to wear kilts!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
How much the ceremony meant to us both, it was very special and emotional, much more than I thought it would be. The speeches also blew my mind, they were the best speeches I’ve ever heard.
Enjoy every second. Don’t sweat the small things. During the wedding itself; look around, take it all in as it really does go far too fast.
Which supplier completely rocked your wedding day?
Becky at Ena May Photography, she captured the day just how I wanted it!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Stepping out of the car and seeing all the people we love on the lawn in front of Traquair House, it was the most overwhelming experience ever, especially since I hadn’t seen a lot of the guests in a very long time.
And then seeing Frederick standing at the front with his groomsmen. He looked so happy and proud. That’s what it’s all about.
Anyone else find dress shopping a total breeze? Christina x
Venue – Traquair House
Photographer – Ena May Photography
Florist – The bride and friends. Flower girl’s crown by Stems.
Hair stylist – Art Formers, Peebles
Make-up artist – Rebekah Mcvitie
Wedding dress – Toujours Wedding House, South Africa
Groom’s outfit – Suit by Country Roads. Groomsmen’s kilts by Graham McGrath, Peebles .
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Coast
Caterer – Gary Moore Catering
Band – Julie Harvey sang at ceremony , our band was The Sleekit Beasties