Today we’re travelling to Mey, in the very north of Scotland, where Holly and Michael became husband and wife then danced the night away at their local village hall. Full of florals and bright raspberry tones, and with a cake that featured “a pooch and potatoes”, their day made us smile lots…
Love at first sight?
I met Michael while I was working in a local bar in the town we both grew up in, we started as friends but grew closer.
Within the first few months of seeing each other, we took a trip of a lifetime to travel South-east Asia and after a couple of months backpacking we knew what we had was special and made some amazing memories.
Four years later, he purposed to me in the middle of our new house build on Boxing Day 2012. We moved in August 2013 after a lot of hard work – Michael built the house himself along with a joiner, working most nights along with long hours on the family farm. Then we got to wedding planning.
It took a few years before it all fell into place, I fell pregnant so had to reschedule our wedding day but it was magical when it finally came around, and our little girl April got to be part of our special day which means the world.
We were inspired by…
We wanted our day to be a very laidback affair, just all our nearest and dearest together celebrating. We both have quite large families, so just family and friends was still a good sized wedding party. We choose to have a humanist wedding which was lovely and personal, including a poem dedicated to April and we got to light a candle in memory of lost or very dearest loved ones, which burned the whole day and night long. A special sentiment and I still have the candle to keep. As I walked down the aisle, one of the little paper butterflies that was attached to the lanterns managed to attach itself to my train. As they say “when butterflies appear angels are near” I like to think of this as a little sign from above.
I wanted the overall theme of the day to be floral, colourful and pretty with a lot of smiley wedding guests too. I liked the thought of DIY elements to keep it simple. Luckily, I have a super talented arty family to help me out. My sister made our save the dates which were hand drawn, my aunty painted a wedding sign, my bridesmaids made the photo booth props and my mum made huge paper flowers to use as a Photo Booth backdrop, tablet for all the wedding favours and all the jars for the table centres. Not forgetting the handmade bridesmaids’ bracelets as thank you gifts from myself. I made them for my group of girlfriends too, who were all so supportive in the run up to the big day. Living and working on the family farm we wanted to incorporate this into our day, so we named the tables after different types of potatoes and a little surprise on the day, Carrie-Anne who did our cake had made edible little potatoes which sat at the side of our wedding cake which was a naked cake with beautiful fresh flowers. It all worked in perfectly.
Isobel from Bizzy I’izzys created some amazing flowers for our day. Florals were a theme throughout the day, invites, chair sashes etc. were floral and bright so I wanted a big focus on the flowers. She made a floral arch way for us to get married under in the marquee. It was fabulous. The colours also were so bright and vibrant and just what I was after.
I often read We Fell In Love and loved to hear of everyone’s own unique style and little additions to their day. Its so fab to take ideas from.
Tell us about your venue…
The venue was our local village hall, it’s just down the road from where we stay and is such a super wee venue it was the obvious choice. We wanted something close to home and a blank canvas so we could create the right style for our wedding. The hall committee were so helpful and along with our caterers made it such an enjoyable experience. We arranged for a marquee from another local village to be set up at the front for the ceremony to take place, so the meal could be set up and ready in the hall.
Andrew Mackay from The Pentland Hotel did an amazing job of pulling everything together for us from the set up to the meal itself, which I think is the best meal I have had at a wedding.
How did you choose your photographer?
Chantal and Scott, The Gibsons, were absolute stars. They drove all the way up to the Highlands from Glasgow to photograph our wedding. Im sure they were wondering how long they were going to be on that A9 north of Inverness, but the views I’m sure helped with the long journey. On the day, Chantal came to our home to be with me and the girls getting ready, and Scott went down the road to Michael’s parents home to capture the lads getting organised. I loved that they are a twosome and you get that opportunity to see shots of both the bride and the groom on the morning of the wedding. Chantal commented on how laid back I was on the morning of the wedding and actually had to tell us girls to start getting dressed so we could keep to schedule. I always run late, so was glad of someone trying to keep me right. They were both just so lovely and managed to get us all organised to get all the family photos I wanted, including a photo with our dog Poppy. We have so many special pictures of our wedding day, and I absolutely love every single one. I feel so lucky to have had them shoot our little wedding all the way up in Caithness.
For me the video and the photos were very important because they last forever and are such a good way to remember the day. I often watch the video back to just relive the day. Jill (Storyboard Films) did an amazing job with our film, full of love and laughter just how we felt on the day.
Your dress is stunning! Tell us more…
I bought my dress a few years before the actual wedding day. I looked around every shop in Glasgow and Aberdeen but finally found the one when we visited Fochabers’ Avoria Bridal. As soon as I stepped into it, I knew it was the one. It was something completely different to the princess style I thought I would have gone for. The train was amazing and the veil really complemented the dress. I still love my dress.
The girls tried on various bridesmaid dresses but I was looking for a certain colour and when I came across the dress in Phase Eight in the sale I had to have them. They were the right pop of colour I was looking for.
I had my jewellery handmade by Lark and Lily Designs which included my earrings, bracelets, the bridesmaids’ earrings and my headpiece and I made the bridesmaids and flowergirl girl bracelets myself which was the start of my own jewellery making business.
We all did our own make up on the day, with help from my beauty therapist bridesmaid of Essence Spa.
And what about the groom?
Michael wore a Caithness tartan designed by Martin Gill, who owns Blackstairs Highland wear. We were the first wedding party to wear the Caithness tartan and it looked amazing!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
We were lucky to be blessed with a lovely day which is not always a given in Caithness but the sun shone and the guests could enjoy the canapies and Prosecco outside at the front of the hall, while the wedding party nipped down the road to the Castle of Mey and gardens for some photos. The gardens were beautiful at that time of year and we got some lovely shots, plus a bee buzzing into my veil. The castle itself is beautiful and the staircase was a stunning background for the group shot.
The day passed in a flash and before we knew it we were getting swung about the hall in all the Scottish dancing. My bustle, not withstanding the amount of spins in a huge Strip The Willow, fell down but luckily I had my seamstress on hand at the dance to help me out. Gails Dressmaker, who is my bridesmaids mother. She managed to pull together something so I could continue dancing the night away, she is an amazing dressmaker and I was so thankful for her.
Our advice would be to try not to let the stress and planning of your day take away for the magic of it all. The most important thing is that you have a good time and do your day the way you want to do it. “Over planning kills the magic”.
We wanted to get married locally and near our home, where we met, where we live and where we will raise our family.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The one truly unforgettable thing for us would be the overwhelming feeling of happiness and togetherness you feel on your wedding day. Becoming a family, becoming husband and wife and having the biggest smiles ever all day long. It was such a lovely day, with all of our favourite people together celebrating, it gave us the warmest feeling and memories to last a lifetime.
We love that Holly and Michael’s little girl, April got to be part of their day. So cute! Christina x
Venue – Mey Village Hall
Photographer – The Gibsons
Filmmaker – Storyboard Films
Florist – Bizzy I’Izzys
Hair stylist – Blow Your Top
Wedding dress – Sottero and Midgley from Avorio Bridal
Groom’s outfit – Blackstairs Highlandwear
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Phase Eight
Caterer – The Pentland Hotel
Stationery – Oh Happy Days by Simply Bliss
Cake – Cakes by Carrie-Anne
Band – Eclipse
Transport – Dunnett’s