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Photographed by Craig and Eva Sanders Photography

at Houston House Hotel

by Edinburgh-Scotland

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!

Wedding style?
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?
Suppliers
Venue – Macdonald Houston House Hotel, Uphall by Edinburgh
Photographer – Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
Filmmaker – Reel Vision
Wedding dress – Bridal Dream Dress
Shoes – Freja Rose
Accessories –  Corrine Smith Design
Make-up Artist – Wedding Make Up By Julia
Hair Stylist – Minster Hairdressing
Groom’s outfit – Houston Kiltmakers
Florist – Mood Flowers
Wedding Transport – West of Scotland Wedding Cars
Cake – Cake Sensation
Band – Amplifive

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 and Clanadonia 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.

What better way to party than with a rock pipe band such as the Red Hot Chilli Pipers? Or for some cracking ceilidh tunes, we love Reel Time Ceilidh Band.

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!

The Signet Library

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.


  • Cherry Tree Films - September 14, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Wedding Bands? Been saying that for years… Ernest are simply brilliant! 😀ReplyCancel

Photographed by Brown’s Photography

at Crear

by Kilberry-Scotland

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!
Why Scotland?
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?
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Venue – Crear, by Kilberry
Photographer – Morag at Brown’s Photography
Wedding dress – Benjamin Roberts dress from Contessa D Bridal Boutique, Paisley
Shoes – Dune
Accessories –  head piece was from Glitzy Secrets and my earrings were from Magnolia
Groom’s outfit – Own kilt
Stationary – Handmade by the bride and groom
Band – local fiddler Archie McAllister

Filmed by Cherry Tree Films

at Cameron House

Loch Lomond-Scotland

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.
Why Scotland?
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…
Suppliers
Venue – Cameron House
Filmmaker – Cherry Tree Films
Photographer – Lillian and Leonard
Hair & Make-up – Beauty Room at Cameron House
Wedding dress – Mori Lee
Accessories – Sweetheart Vintage
Groom’s outfit – Macgregor Macduff Kilt Hire
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Coast
Flowers – Mood Flowers
Stationery – Sarah O’Neill Designs
Cake – Marks and Spencer
Band – Callanish

  • Steve - September 12, 2012 - 9:58 am

    My heart definitely melts a little at that wonderful line from Stuart’s speech. There are so many other wonderful sections from the speeches, I can’t wait to build a film around them! Jacqueline’s own speech was so poetic, just beautiful (and held back for the main film)!
    Thanks WFIL team for sharing this trailer, and thanks to Jaq & Stuart for being such stars! 🙂

    Steve
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  • Pamela - September 12, 2012 - 10:47 am

    A truly wonderful occasion where you could see how much thought and love went into every moment. The trailer manages to encapsulate the romance of the day and brings back the wonderful memories. It’s definitely love that you are feeling. I had to get the tissues out again! I’m sure the film will be treasured forever.
    Wishing you every happiness in you journey together.
    PamelaxxxReplyCancel

  • Yvonne @ Sixpence Weddings - September 12, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    The film trailer makes me well up every time I watch it! Stuart you are such a sweetie! What a wonderful speech. You two are obviously meant to be together. All the very best, have a fabulous life together! x
    Yvonne.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - September 12, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Simply Perfect!

    This is a truly magical wedding trailer that I find myself watching over and over, in the hope that I see more. Good job Cherry Tree – Can’t wait to see the full thing!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - September 12, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Och! Pass me the hankies, welling up again! Brought back memories of a fantastic time at the dream wedding of Jacqueline and Stuart. Cannot wait to see the full feature film!! A wee Scottish greeting to you both – Gun cuireadh do chupa thairis le slainte agus sonas. (May your cup overflow with health and happiness.) xxxReplyCancel

  • Nicola Canale - September 17, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Jaq and Stu’s wedding has been the highlight of my year, it was an amazing day followed by a special weekend. My heart was full of joy to see one of my bestest, oldest friends so in love and happy. This clip captures every essence of what the day meant to all that got to be part of it. I didnt think this was possible as most of the time you were left speechless. Well done, unique video for a unique day. I cant wait to see the rest…. Genius.ReplyCancel

Bridal shoes

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 (bottom right).

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 (bottom).

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 All Stars.
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

Edinburgh-Scotland

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?
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Ceremony venue – St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
Reception venue – Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
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, Canada
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

Wedding Favours

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.

  • Julie reid - January 13, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    Hi,
    I was looking at your site & noticed the alcohol miniatures with the kilt on and wondered if you could tell me if there is a company that sells them?
    Thank you JulieReplyCancel

    • Christina - We Fell In Love Team - January 16, 2013 - 9:54 am

      Hi Julie, these kilted favours were handmade by a member of the bridal party. Hope someone in your circle has great sewing skills that can be put to good use!

      Christina (& The We Fell In Love Team)ReplyCancel

  • Louise banfield - June 7, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    Hi could u tell me prices on the miniature wine bottle and whisky bottle please and with the little kilts on price all together many thanks xReplyCancel

    • cgolian - June 9, 2013 - 11:52 pm

      Hi Louise, Thanks for getting in touch! These kilted miniatures were made by the bride’s friend. xReplyCancel

  • Dawn Logan-Brown - June 9, 2013 - 10:23 pm

    I was wondering where you found the mini kilts for the Whiskey bottles. My daughter fell in love with them and would like to use the idea. Thank you DawnReplyCancel

    • cgolian - June 9, 2013 - 11:50 pm

      Hi Dawn, we’re glad to hear your daughter has been drawing inspiration from the blog! These mini kilts were made by the bride’s friend. We love them too!ReplyCancel

  • Arlene Wallace - September 23, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Id love to make these myself for my wedding. Are there any instructions on how they were made. Id like to give them a try.ReplyCancel

    • Alie - September 23, 2014 - 10:57 pm

      Hey Arlene – which one were you thinking of making? Let us know! WFIL xReplyCancel

  • Donna Taylor - September 26, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Hi I love the whiskey with the little kilt if I can please have some pricesReplyCancel

    • Christina - October 9, 2014 - 10:01 pm

      Hi Donna – these kilted miniatures were made by the bride’s very talented friend. xReplyCancel

  • Josi Riley - August 9, 2015 - 9:33 am

    Really love the Whisky with the wee kilt – how much would it be for 40 – and do you ship to California?ReplyCancel

    • Alie - August 11, 2015 - 11:44 pm

      Hi Josi – these kilted miniatures were made by the bride’s very talented friend and aren’t commercial available I’m afraid… xReplyCancel

  • Svetlana - March 25, 2016 - 2:02 pm

    Thanks for thenice ideas! I like the miniature Whiskey bottle. I’m getting married next year, and I’m looking for some interesting wedding favour ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Ilse McMurdo - March 29, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Has the brides talented friend started her own business yet? and if so can I order the kilts for the whiskey miniatures for my daughters wedding in July.

    Very best regards

    Ilse McMurdoReplyCancel

  • Natalie Caswell - July 30, 2016 - 8:55 pm

    hello, please can i ask where you got the little mini kilts from and the tea cup candles as these are perfect favor ideas for my wedding many thanks
    NataliexReplyCancel

  • Alison McCann - October 29, 2016 - 12:17 pm

    Woukd love to know where to buy the little mini kilts for the miniture whiskey bottles. Need tgem quickly though as the wedding is in 5 weeks!!ReplyCancel

  • Luis Ribeiro - February 20, 2017 - 12:47 am

    Hi,

    Im getting married on 31 March 2017 and I was wondering if you could provide information regarding the price for the botles with mini kils.
    Kind Regards
    Luis RibeiroReplyCancel

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Scottish Salmon

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 .

Wine Tasting in Edinburgh

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.

 

Pout Event Edinburgh

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!


Rene Walrus

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!