Photographed by Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
at Houston House Hotel
Love was the theme for this wedding. And while Monique and Graeme planned a surprise first dance for their family and friends, it turned out the real surprise was actually for them…
Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
Graeme had spotted me from afar before we met. However, it was me that made the first move, twice! So I guess we could both say love at first sight.
How was the question popped?
Graeme took me out for dinner on a Thursday night to Bovine restaurant in Glasgow. I kinda’ knew what was going on as No 1. we were going out on a school night to a swanky restaurant and No 2. my Dad text me to wish me congratulations before we had even left the flat! (Graeme had called my Dad to ask for my hand in marriage and I guess he was just very excited!).We had looked at rings together and we discussed getting engaged for months but although I had a good idea what was going on we were both nervous and excited and I burst into tears when he proposed. I couldn’t see the ring from my tears.
Any unexpected moments?
The Flash Mob dance! After our first dance, which was a surprise for everyone, my family made their way up to the dance floor. They went into a magnificent dance routine to Black Eyed Peas – ‘I GottaFeeling.’
It was just amazing, my sister and one of my brothers led the way, with my parents, step dad, brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins and their partners all joining in! The routine finished with my relatives holding up placards saying “WE LOVE U MON & G.” Unbelievable!
I was in such shock I couldn’t take it all in and I’m just so chuffed that the whole thing was videoed and loads of photos were taken. So whilst I was telling the photographer and videographer that we were doing a wee surprise first dance, my sister, chief bridesmaid, was doing the same!
Full of hearts! The theme for the day was definitely LOVE, RED and HEARTS. I am obsessed with hearts. So we had heart invitations, heart place cards, heart table name cards etc. All the names of our tables were LOVE in different languages.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
Embraced! From the good old Scottish traditions of men in kilts, to bagpipes and our piper doing a quaich toast. To some Jewish traditions; getting married under a canopy which is called a ‘Chuppah’. My husband putting on a ‘kepah’ (scull cap) when we were pronounced husband and wife and breaking a glass which illustrates joy and we did some Israeli dancing too, my husband and I were on chairs being swung around by our brave guests. Amazing fun.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Hearing Graeme introduce me as his wife. Best feeling ever.
We love the sound of Monique and Graeme’s surprise flash-mob dance. Could your bridal party pull it off?
Images copyright of Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
Bagpipes for your Wedding
The sweet sound of bagpipes is synonymous with Scotland. From solo pipers, to rock pipe bands, there are lots of different ways to introduce your guests to the pipes at your Scottish wedding.
You could organise a solo piper to be there from the start of your wedding. The sound and sight of the bagpipes is guaranteed to get your guests smiling and reaching for their cameras.
How about your piper leads you and your guests in a procession? It’ll grab everyone’s attention and is a great way of directing your guests to your drinks reception.
As entertainment you could mix up the bagpipe sound with some drums. Both Macumba
have a great sound and we know you’ll have trouble stopping your guests from stomping their feet, dancing and maybe even going a little bit wild.
Or for a surprise you could organise for the local pipe band to make an appearance at your drinks reception (especially if you have a nearby hill or some trees to hide them behind!). This is the stuff of true Scottish romance.
We love the Scottish tradition of the bride offering the piper a dram of whisky, as a token of thanks for his services. Your guests will love it too.
And as the sun goes down and everyone heads off, you could send them off into the night with a Scottish tune or two as a lasting souvenir.
Should every Scottish wedding feature some bagpipes? What do you think?
We’re In Love
Here’s what has caught our eye this week
We can’t wait to check out the UK’s first Guerlain Spa, due to open as part of the redeveloped Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh this winter.
The French perfume house said the treatment menu will reflect “luxury, emotion and refinement”. The spa will feature three treatment rooms, a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi-style pool and a 24-hour gym.
The relaunched Caledonian Hotel is due to officially open this month as a Waldorf Astoria Hotel following a £24 million refurbishment. Word on the street is that it will more than impress.
Popular Scottish wedding band, Ernest were given the Simon Pegg seal of approval this week.
After attending a wedding north of the border, the Shaun of the Dead actor Tweeted: “If you’re getting married in Scotland and you need a band for the reception,
@ernest_theband rock. I know because they rocked me!”
These are photos we’d love to see!
On Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September Heritage Portfolio are opening the doors of Edinburgh’s stunning Signet Library for you to come inside and start imagining your dream wedding day.
The team will be there from 10am until 5pm and would love to see you – so just give them a call to arrange an appointment with one of their wedding designers, for the chance to pick their brains about your wedding plans.
Scottish milliner William Chambers will be exhibiting his designs at ‘Headonism‘ in London this weekend, as part of London Fashion Week.
The Glasgow-based designer won Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards this summer. He has also been spending time in New York as part of Scotland Re:Designed, a collective aimed at promoting the country’s fashion and textile industries.
The exhibition is being held at Somerset House and runs from today until September 18th.
Photographed by Brown’s Photography
A remote and rustic hideaway on the west coast of Scotland was the perfect backdrop for this romantic, relaxed house-party. From handmade decorations to the hog-roast supper, it was all about being together.
We were inspired by…
We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and informal and Crear perfectly lends itself to this. Crear and the surrounding area really inspired us to create something quite natural and wild, rustic and homely.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We both discussed and decided on all the elements of our wedding this made the day very personal and unique. Our stationery, decorations and gifts were all hand made by us which created personal touch. The day before the wedding our close family and friends helped us to decorate Crear which we have many happy memories of.
First dance – choreographed routine, or sedate shuffle?
Before our guests were brought through to the galley, we had a secret unofficial first dance! The Ceilidh band were warming up and it was very spur of the moment! It was nice to have a moment alone to ourselves!
Our official first dance was to one of our favourite songs, ‘You and Me’ by Lifehouse. We hadn’t rehearsed or choreographed our dance, but we had lots of fun!
What’s your advice for future brides and grooms?
Enjoy all the wedding preparations as much as you can, there will be things that will stress you but try not to forget what the purpose of your day is all about. I had made a promise to myself that come the morning of the wedding I was just going to smile all day and not let anything bother me, so just relax, take it all in and enjoy yourself!
We both are from Scotland and love the character and charm of our country. We had many family members coming from all over the world and we wanted to show off Scotland at its very best! Fortunately we found Crear which provided us a very Scottish backdrop for our Wedding.
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Jonathan : “The moment when I first saw Karen walking towards me in her wedding dress, she looked absolutely perfect and I couldn’t wait to marry her!”
Karen : “There are so many things I’ll never forget but the one thing that stands out is how happy I was… I felt like I was on cloud nine the whole day!”
We love how Karen and Jonathan used the location and surrounding of Crear as inspiration. What’s inspiring you?
Images copyright of Brown’s Photography
Filmed by Cherry Tree Films
at Cameron House
Loch Lomond was the scenic setting for this Scottish-Irish celebration. If you’re anything like us, then your heart will melt a little as Stuart tells Jacqueline: “There’s no doubt about it, you’ve definitely become the Sunday of my week and the measure of my dreams.” Enjoy this beautiful wedding film trailer.
Who saw who first?
Stu saw me first, in a bar, in Saigon. His friend dutifully came over and introduced himself … and the rest is history.
We were inspired by…
All the great parties we have ever been to that made us sigh with happiness. We wanted everyone to relax, laugh and have a ball, whilst enjoying Scottish tradition and hospitality at its best.
How did you personalise your wedding?
We had a Humanist ceremony and this allowed us to tailor our ceremony to exactly what we wanted. We had our rings warmed by all of our guests as the ceremony was taking place, we asked our mothers to act as our witnesses and to end the ceremony, our celebrant, Tim Maguire, asked everyone to look under their chairs for the lyrics to a song we wanted everyone to sing. The song was ‘Is this love?’ by Bob Marley and the string quartet played while we all sang (no doubt terribly!) – we will remember it forever.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Baked haddock tartlet, goats cheese tartlet, lamb, wild mushroom gnocchi and a white chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez. No routine and no sedate shuffle. More twirling around the dance floor whilst singing away.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Look only at your husband to be as you walk down the aisle. You will see everyone later, but you will only see that look once in your lifetime and it’s so beautiful to see.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Stu’s face as I walked down the aisle, saying our vows, my dad’s face when he saw me in the dress that he had refused to look at for two years…there are so many.
Stu is from Ireland and I am from Scotland. We knew as soon as we got engaged that the wedding would be in Scotland but when we saw Cameron House and the view of Loch Lomond, the decision was made. We had guests coming from Australia, Norway, Sweden and many other countries and we wanted them to see Scotland at its best.
Is there a dry eye in the house? Have you fallen completely in love with Jacqueline & Stuart’s wedding, as we have? The location, the scenery, the romance…
From elegant to quirky, skyscrapers to dancing kicks, we’ve brought together some of our favourite shoes just for you.
For timeless elegance or a gorgeous vintage look, opt for classic colours. And how about a touch of sparkle or a cheeky flower too? Ivory glitzy bow slingbacks by Next
(top), ivory suede Elizabeth heels by Emmy
(bottom left) and cream and metallic Mrs Lower heels by Irregular Choice
Or you could glam it up with metallic heels – perfect if you’re a bit of a magpie at heart. We love a bit of bling, just waiting to be showed off at the right moment! Diamante court shoe by Black Sand at Dune
(top left), gold sandals by Nine West at Kurt Geiger
(bottom left) and glittery gold Jimmy Choos
Brightly coloured heels are growing in popularity and are a great way to add a vibrant colour pop to your day. Whether they will be your something blue or romantic red is up to you. We predict that you will be wearing these again and again. A beautiful reminder of your fabulous big day. Fuschia Vivienne Westwood
suede pumps (left), Jimmy Choo red patent leather pumps, blue glittery shoes by Miu Miu (both available at Net-a-Porter
And if it’s a case of the quirkier the better, how about leopard print Louboutins, floral-tastic kitten heels or skull-topped skyscrapers? Guaranteed to get your guests talking. Leopard print Christian Louboutin
heels, blue shoes by Irregular Choice
and pink skull toed heels by Alexander McQueen
Another idea is to have a pair of shoes custom-made, just for you. Perfect if you know exactly what you’d like, but just can’t find it anywhere. Bespoke shoes by Emmy
(top), custom shoes by Nicky Rox
And if you plan to drop some serious shapes on the dancefloor, then how about a pair of hi-tops (Converse allow you to custom design your own) or ballerina flats? London Calling gold hi-tops by Kurt Geiger
, Alexander McQueen
skull ballet pumps and white Converse
Here at We Fell In Love HQ we have set our heart on those glittery blue Miu Miu pumps. Which pair are your favourite?
Photographed by Kimberley Brand Photography
at St Giles Cathedral & The Botanics
After falling in love in Scotland, Lindsay and Max felt there was no better place but Edinburgh to celebrate their marriage. They drew inspiration from the 1920s for a celebration full of eating, drinking, dancing and general merry making!
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
We met while working at Martin Wishart
[Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant]. I’m from Toronto, Canada and Max is from Ulm, Germany. We were both following our dreams of working abroad at the highest level possible. After a few weeks of working there, our restaurant manager set us up on a date after realising that we would be perfect together, but we were too shy to make it happen ourselves. We have been inseparable since!
HOW WAS THE QUESTION POPPED?
Max proposed on my birthday weekend to Langdon Hall
(one of the best relais and chateaux in Canada). I had staged in the kitchen at Langdon Hall just before moving to the UK and had dreamed of one day going back and experiencing all it had to offer! He spoiled me the whole weekend. We had a picnic on the way (supplied by my favourite patisserie), went to the spa, sipped champagne, enjoyed a tasting menu and then he proposed to me on the last day! I was so shocked at first but I knew I wanted to be with him forever.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
Mother’s purse, my shoes, red lipstick, a ribbon from my favourite restaurant in the world – The French Laundry
[in Napa Valley, California].
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
The sun shinning when ever we were outside and pouring when we were in!
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Backpacking adventure! We travelled through Peru and Ecuador for 3 weeks! We did the four day trek to Machu Picchu, visited a cocoa farm, went whale watching, climbed waterfalls and so much more!
CLOSE YOUR EYES, THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. NOW DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Can we do it again???? Oh wait, thats 5!
We love the sense of individual style and fun throughout Lindsay & Max’s big day – what do you love most?
Ceremony venue – St Giles Cathedral
Reception venue – Royal Botanic Gardens
Photographer – Kimberley Brand Photography
Wedding dress – Vera Wang
Accessories – Headpiece by David Dunkley of KC Hats
Shoes – Something Bleu
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Modcloth
, Le Chateau
, Dorothy Perkins
Make-up – By bridesmaid, Daniela Luchetta
Florist – Floral Ambitions
Stationery – The Invitation Place
Cake – Collaboration between Lindsay and her best friend Jenna Bernardon of Jenna Sweetcakes
Catering – Prestige Scotland
Venue styling: Lace Tableclothes by 88 Events
; Glassware, teacups, plates, frames, etc. by The Green Cockatoo
; additional styling by the wedding party.
Music & dancing: Band – Swing Supreme
; Opera singer (sang Ave Maria during the ceremony and Cheek to Cheek for first dance) – Groomsman Maximilian Fuhrig; Organ Player- Good friend Wayne Weaver; Charleston dancers – Groomsmen Julian Moldering and Jenna Bernardon; Scottish Dancer- Groomsman Scott Ross
Wedding transport – The Red Bus
Images copyright of Kimberley Brand Photography
The world of wedding favours has lots to offer. Gone are the days of sugared almonds – we love the variety and personality of these little gifts. With everything from handmade treats to donations to your favourite charity, here are some of the ideas we’ve spotted…
For your Scottish wedding, what could be better than some malt whisky for each of your guests to take home? You can pick your favourite, personalise the bottle with your names, or even pop a mini kilt on it.
Or you could opt for other boozy miniatures for the guys and the gals. And how about a nod to your heritage at the same time? From French Champagne to Welsh whisky. And we love this Scots/Canadian/Dutch combo – with whisky & rye, topped off with clogs, and delicious maple syrup for the kids.
We love these personal favours. From homemade candles, to Granny’s chutney recipe or that special Scottish tablet.
If you know your guests have a sweet tooth then there is a plethora of treats, from traditional sweeties to chocolate. The teddy bears and the gingerbread men will be a great hit with young and old alike.
Another fun idea is favours that will break the ice and help get the party started – after all, how can you be short of words when you find yourself sitting next to Audrey Hepburn, or a man with a rather roguish moustache?
One of your guests may go home a whole lot richer, with a lottery scratchcard. So long as they promise to share, right? Or, there’s the altruistic option of gifting money to your favourite charity and leave your guests a little message. We love the idea of quotes on marriage.
We’re In Love
Here’s what has caught our eye this week
This weekend marks the middle of the annual Scottish Food and Drink Festival 2012.
From wild food foraging for beginners to specialist events and tastings, there’s lots to tickle your taste buds.
Events are run throughout Scotland and celebrate all that is unique about Scottish food and drink .
Do you know your Sauvignon from your Syrah? How about a day of wine tasting in Edinburgh this Saturday?
Perfect for a chill out day with your other half, a gathering with the girls, or some homework for your wedding planning.
The World of Wine One Day Workshop is at The Scotsman Hotel on Saturday 8th September.
This one is definitely for the girls… and we’re loving the sound of it.
The 14th -16th September sees the first Pout Edinburgh show at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
Pout is a ladies lifestyle show featuring, fashion, beauty and pampering.
You can get your tickets here
And finally, we are loving the new Essence bridal accessories collection from Kilmarnock-based Corrine Smith Design.
The award-winning company is gearing up for a busy autumn and will be launching over 20 new pieces internationally during New York International Bridal Week next month.
Designed to depict the beauty of nature, the new collection has a soft, romantic feel and features headdresses, hairvines, combs and pins.
We predict that Corrine and her team are going to take NYC by storm!
Self-confessed magpie Janet McCrorie has been putting the sparkle into weddings since opening her Rene Walrus
Edinburgh boutique in 2005. She also boasts an international clientele, with her designs appearing everywhere from chic New York City weddings to laid back Australian beach ceremonies. We caught up with her to talk bridal trends, sources of inspiration & even wild swimming!
How did you get into designing jewellery and accessories?
To be honest, I’ve always been making jewellery and adornments since as far back as I can remember; even as a kid I was constantly raiding my mothers jewellery box and I loved dressing up. I studied fine art at Edinburgh Art College but undertook various silversmithing courses and eventually ended up teaching it to kids in my summer break. After college I started selling my designs though other shops, but eventually set up the Rene Walrus boutique in 2005.
What do you love most about it?
I love creating new designs and learning new techniques, but I am such a magpie so I have to say it’s when a new delivery of crystals come in from Swarovski and I tear open the crisp paper packaging to reveal the celestial sparkle of the crystals spilling out.
And what’s been the highlight so far?
Being nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards was definitely my number one highlight so far and to be in the same room, at the ceremony, with so many of my heroes was awe inspiring.
Which new trends are you seeing?
In bridal trends, colour is making a welcome return and brides are shunning the vintage look for more fashion forward accessories. There has also been a big move into DIY, which is why I’ve decided to share my industry techniques and knowledge in a series of specialist jewellery classes.
What’s your favourite thing about the Scottish wedding scene?
The wonderfully supportive and friendly community of suppliers.
What/who inspires you?
Life inspires me, in fact I’m known to take my notepad everywhere in case I need to jot down ideas or sketch a quick design. I’m also obsessed with fashion blogs and I’m always looking up new designers – recently I’ve developed a girl crush on the young fashion designer Claire Barrow
with her exquisite illustrations, hand painted on leather.
If you weren’t creating stunning jewellery and accessories, you’d be?
A fashion designer.
On a rare day off we’ll find you where?
With my full wetsuit on, swimming in a scottish river!