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Here’s what has caught our eye this week

We are absolutely loving Hayley Scanlon’s new HS Collection ‘Velvet Venom’. Hayley, who won the coveted title of Young Scottish Designer of the Year at the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards, exhibited her new collection last week as part of the V&A’s One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography. We think her new collection is pretty hot. Already, Jesse J and Azealia Banks are fans of Hayley’s design, so we’re in good company.

And if you’re loving this season’s take on velvet, here’s some more velvet inspiration for you.

This Sunday 11th November is the Balmoral Hotel’s exclusive wedding event. From 12 noon until 4, it’s your chance to enjoy the 5 star hospitality of The Balmoral Hotel and catch-up with some of Scotland’s top wedding suppliers.

As well as these suppliers the fabulous Stewart Parvin couturier will be there and is offering private consolations.

If you fancy being on the guest list then get in touch with Elizabeth Bell on 0131 622 8809 or ebell@roccofortehotels.com.

As autumn slowly turns to winter, how about bagging yourself some wonderful November Treats at Glasgow’s Hotel Du Vin?

You can book a luxury English Sparkling Wine Dinner on the 18th November, where you are treated to a 4-course-dinner along with specially selected sparkling wines to complement.

Or (perhaps and – if you feel your waistline could handle it!) you could opt for their equally indulgent 4-course Truffle Dinner.

Just the place to get you into the joy of festive food done beautifully.


If you’re looking for that perfect gift for Christmas for your loved one, or are planning a honeymoon in Scotland then you need to have a look at the wonderful Coillabus’ Eco Dwellings’ Christmas Shop. With it’s fabulous remote island location and gourmet cooking organised for you, it’s perfect for that luxury break away from it all.

And if you mention We Fell In Love when you book then you will bag yourself an exclusive Spirited Soap toiletries set. Perfect for starting your holiday.

Have you got your advent calendar yet? Whether you share one in the office, or have one at home for the kids (big or small), then this is one that is going to get everyone out of bed during the month of December.

Biscuiteers beautifully detailed advent calendar cloth and tin of goodies to fill are a must have for any biscuit-muncher. And if you type the word ADVENT at the checkout, you’ll get free Royal Mail shipping when you order an Advent Tin or Calendar, until 10th November.

You know you can always pretend it’s for the kids, or the boys…


Photographed by Blue Sky Photography

at St Andrews Cathedral, Dundee & Rufflets Hotel

St Andrews-Scotland

What began as a holiday romance, culminated in a celebration that was classically elegant, with a modern twist. A magical, enchanting day and proof that love at first sight can, and does, happen.

Love at first sight – in Gran Canaria! I was on a “girls” holiday and Jordan a “boys” holiday. We met in an Irish pub and clicked straight away!
In front of 2000 people on stage at a Jimmy Carr gig in The Caird Hall, Dundee!!
My mum surprised me by getting the ring my Gran had left her, restyled and shaped to fit me. It is a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring and this acted as my old, new, borrowed and blue. It was so special to wear on my wedding day.
After the meal, Niels (from Blue Sky Photography) suggested we do more shots. He pointed to the field across from the hotel. I was immediately up for this , the sun was beginning to go down and the sky looked beautiful. So Niels went off to the hotel reception and returned with a pair of green wellies (4 sizes to big). I popped them on and off we went.
Some of my favourite moments from the day were during this time – it was surreal and quite magical and the shots turned out great!
We opted for a lovely mini-moon in the romantic city of Paris. We had visited a few years back and couldn’t wait to return. As we have a young daughter, we couldn’t imagine being away from her for more than a few days but also felt that after all the wedding chaos some time away as a newly married couple was required.
We fully embraced the tradition of the day – the only exception to this was our collective free-style first dance to Rihanna’s “We fell in Love” -suitably named for this blog! It was amazing and such good fun to see all our wedding party really go for it.
We love the story behind how Joanne & Jordan met and the soft, romantic feel to their beautiful big day. What’s your favourite part?
Ceremony venue – St Andrews Cathedral, Dundee
Reception venue – Rufflets Country House Hotel, St Andrews
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Filmmaker – Cherry Tree Films
Wedding dress – Nora by Maggie Sottero from Emma Roy
Shoes – Dune
Groom’s outfit – McCall’s of Broughty Ferry – Platinum Pride of Scotland tartan
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy Collection from Suelise Bridal Collection
Make-up Artist – Karen Bowen
Florist – Planet Flowers
Cake – Sienna Sparkle by Special Days
Band – The Strides, booked via Music for Scotland
Additional musicians & entertainment – Select Strings, St Andrews Pipe Band, John Harrower – magician, Dundee University Choir.
Wedding transport – Chauffeurs of Carnoustie



Despite his ‘official’ drink of Martini, you’ll find Bond quaffing a fair few glasses of fizz. As the Skyfall season is in full-swing, we’re wondering if you know your Brut from your demi-sec, and what Champagne is top choice for your wedding celebrations…

Tattinger gets the Bond seal of approval as it’s his drink of choice in one of the romantic dinner scenes in Casino Royale. It’s known for being fresh and fruity and quite a dry Champagne.

Bollinger has also featured in a fair few Bond films over the years, starting with Roger Moore. Its Champagne has a lot more Pinot Noir than other labels, and is extra-aged, which makes it a strong, structured Champagne.

Or Moet & Chandon – this is a hugely popular, world-leader in the Champagne houses. An elegant colour, sparkling bouquet with a generous palate – beautiful served chilled with canapes or strawberries

Veuve Cliquot is the gorgeous orange label so often associated with celebrations. We love the sweet taste of this champagne. It has a bit more Chardonnay in its mix, so is quite rich and golden in colour. If you close your eyes you can probably taste vanilla and fruit.

The essence of Pommery is lively, fresh with finesse – a more balanced mix of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The fashion-conscious will probably be aware that Pommery POP is the Champagne to be sipping through a straw at your favourite nightspot. The distinctive blue glass should help everybody to know exactly what you are drinking!
And, just so you can impress your friends and relatives, here are a few definitions to help you weave your way through the champagne cocktail hour:

The word Brut when used to describe Champagne means dry; Sec covers anything medium dry to medium sweet and Rich or Doux refers to a champagne that’s sweet to very sweet. And don’t forget – when opening that special bottle, twist the bottle not the cork.
There’s something seriously special about indulging in a glass or two of champagne – don’t you think?

Photographed by Soraya Photography

at St Columba’s Church & Stornoway Town Hall

Isle of Lewis-Scotland

From missing wedding favours to a dog gate-crashing the ceremony, not quite everything ran smoothly on this big day. But Helen & David took it all in their stride and had a romantic island wedding that will be remembered for all the right reasons.

David and I had known each other through friends for years before we ‘met’ …we were both living between Stornoway and Glasgow with work and university, but I properly met him when we both moved back to Stornoway in 2008 and he turned up to fix my computer at work! Not exactly romantic, but it worked!
Getting married! I love all the lovely and beautiful vintage type weddings you see in magazines, but it turned out that wedding planning didn’t fit very well with everything else we had going on – we had just bought a house together and I was more worried about rewiring than table settings! But I think that actually helped. I became less worried about the little things – we had a beautiful church and reception venue, fantastic caterers, picked bands with a huge variety of music we love, and invited as many of our family and friends we could – everything else was just happy extras.
Our whole day was pretty simple and easy going – personalising was just having so many people we know involved. The weeks up to our wedding involved a friend of my father’s working tirelessly to alter my wedding dress, my colleague Mairi making delicate chiffon cover-ups for the bridesmaids …she even drove my father and I to the church on the day!
David and I were out for dinner one night and this song popped into our heads that we thought was perfect – Yoshimi by the Flaming Lips. Our fantastically talented friend William Campbell sang and played acoustic guitar and segued it beautifully into Love Me Tender which we felt was a more recognisable tune for the rest of the family to join us on the dancefloor.
Don’t panic! If you get an idea in your head it can be hard to relax or be flexible if you find it’s not achievable. One personal touch I wanted for the day was our favours – photos taken by friends and family of places we love in the islands, beautiful beaches and views – and they didn’t turn up. But what can you do? I managed to amaze myself by not even flinching – these things happen. The most important part of the day, corny as it sounds, is getting to say your vows to your other half – and even then, a dog managed to gatecrash the wedding and run down the aisle mid-way through our service! But it just all added to the fun of the day.
Oh and definitely get a photographer – I had hoped to just ask one of my very capable friends, but it takes so much know-how and patience to get the photos that really capture what the day was like and our photographer, Margaret was brilliant. We barely knew she was there some of the time, yet the pictures she captured are just so perfect and will help me remember all the wonderful things about the day.
David can be a bit shy about public speaking and was so nervous about giving his speech, but as soon as he started speaking he had the whole room laughing and hanging onto every word – he was brilliant, and I was so happy everyone was seeing just how great my new hubby is.
We love this romantic wedding setting. Tempted to have a Scottish island celebration of your own?
Ceremony venue – St Columba’s Church, Stornoway
Reception venue – Stornoway Town Hall
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding dress – Benjamin Roberts at Wedding Daze
Accessories – David’s grandmother’s platinum and pearl bracelet
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Coast
Hair Stylist – Emma at Tangles
Make-up Artist – Joanne at Beautilicious
Groom’s outfit – Celtic Clothing
Stationery – “Our invite (pictured, second image from top) was created with a photograph by our friend, Lauren Maitland. It was an engagement present hand made in Harris Tweed by a friend of a friend, and the photo is taken at Dalmore beach, where David and I would go for walks and to watch the amazing sunsets – using the photo was probably the only kind of ‘theme’ or romantic-type thing we did!”
Cake – Jane at Eoropie Tea Rooms
Caterer – King Boar
Musician – William Campbell

A Velvet Revival

As winter approaches, the fabric of the season is velvet. It’s been seen on the catwalk, from Ralph Lauren’s velvet suit through to Gucci’s floor-sweeping dresses. Here are some ideas for how you can embrace velvet this season…

Think wedding dresses with a touch of velvet. Those that have caught our eye are (top-bottom; left-right): Vera Wang “Eliza” & “Ethel”; Claire Pettibone “Provence”; Caroline Castigliano “Beauty” and Stewart Parvin “Put Yourself in my Place”

Or how about the stunning celtic-inspired wedding dresses from Lindsay Fleming? “Ros” featured here has a boned and fitted red velvet bodice – lush!

And we are swooning a lot over this sumptuous velvet cloak with ostrich feathers from Joyce Young.

For some velvet on your shoes, you could also introduce some colour. We love Christian Louboutin’s and Jimmy Choos’ velvet sandals and for the real ‘wow’ factor Chanel’s red velvet shoes fit for a queen. Christian Louboutin’s velvet trainers are a treat for the boys and Nine West’s burgandy shoes are perfect for winter weddings.

If you’re attending a wedding, or a Christmas party night, here are some outfits for the season. We’ve spotted this black velvet evening dress from Hobbs, which would look great on the arm of Lavin’s Velvet DJ. Or to show off those heels, how about Adrianna Papell or LK Bennet? And for the ubiquitous little black jacket, we like these from Coast and Next.
We love the recent revival in velvet. What trends are you following as winter approaches?…

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to a Paisley-based wedding accessories business which has won its second industry award in four months.

Run by Design & Technology teacher Louise Graham, LHG Designs was named Accessories Retailer of the Year at the prestigious Scottish Independent Retail Awards in Glasgow.

LHG Designs, which specialises in hair accessories and jewellery, is now gearing up for further expansion by launching its new 2013 collection in stockists throughout Scotland. (Photo by Audrey Russell Photography)

Looking for some quality time chilling with your other half or one of your best girls? Then why not book a treat for you and that someone special?

If you book a blissful ‘Escape at One’ day at Edinburgh’s One Spa for £70, then a friend can join you for an additional £10.

The perfect way to relax ahead of the hectic festive season.


We are loving this winter scented heart wreath from The White Company.

With its blend of spicy cloves, warming cinnamon and zesty orange, it’s perfect for a winter wedding.

See more ideas on how to layer your wedding day with festive scents here.







When it comes to a notebook destined to inspire great literary thoughts, you just can’t beat the classic Moleskine.

Similar notebooks were used by artists and writers including Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

And for the perfect gift, you can have a personal message debossed (by hand) onto the book by Moleskine Press. A great place to store wedding planning ideas and inspiration.


Photographed by First Light Weddings

at Surgeons’ Hall


A proposal on a blustery day atop Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, followed by a winter wedding in the heart of the city makes for the perfect love story. And there could be no better season for Mr and Mrs Yule to tie the knot…

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
We first met at Freshers’ Week at university in late summer 1996 – with the wedding not being until December 2011, I think you have to class that as gradual attraction!
How was the question popped?
We were both back in Scotland (on holiday from the UAE, where we both live) in August 2010. Andrew booked a night for us at the Glasshouse Hotel. After we checked in we went for a walk up a blustery Carlton Hill. Andrew forced/persuaded me to climb the folly at the top – and that is when he went down on one knee and proposed.
Any unexpected moments?
Andrew managed to leave the wedding licence in the pub before the ceremony – either that or he invented the scenario as an excuse to nip back over there to get a final drink as a free man.
Best compliment on your wedding?
We were really pleased that many folk commented that the ceremony, which we wrote ourselves and during which many friends and family gave readings, was very personal.
Heritage Portfolio commented that it was the most social wedding that they had ever catered for with lots of people mingling and getting on well (proving a bit difficult to get everyone back in their seats when the food was ready to be served!).
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day… now – describe it in three words…
Andrew: Real – emotional – happiness
Sarah: Happiest- heartfelt – amazing
Why Scotland?
Although we live abroad, it is definitely home to us.
The styling of Sarah and Andrew’s winter wedding is just gorgeous. If you’re planning a winter wedding for this year, we’d love to hear your ideas…
Venue – Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Wedding dress – from Kavelle
Wedding shoes – Christian Louboutin
Groom’s outfit – 21st Century Kilts
Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist – Preen
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Dessy
Florist – Planet Flowers
Caterers – Heritage Portfolio
Band – The Ceilidh Experience

  • Ditte, First Light - November 1, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Thanks for featuring Sarah and Andrew’s beautiful wedding – It’s been so nice re-living it again on your blog!
    First (and probably last!) time we ever saw a groom playing baseball with the wedding ring box!ReplyCancel

at Hilton Glasgow Hotel

The cream of Scotland’s wedding industry was celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow last night. Over 600 wedding professionals were on hand to honour their peers at the event, which was hosted by top TV personality Keith Chegwin. We Fell In Love was there to catch all the fun, frolics and behind the scenes chat. Not to mention, the all important announcements.

And the winners are…
Event Decorators and Linen Hire

Winner: Silver Events

Beautifully Covered
Blue Parrot Company
Make Believe Events


Winner: Jewellery by Liam Ross

Alan P Fulton Manufacturing Designer Goldsmith
Colin Campbell & Co.
Kevan Scott Goldsmiths

Specialist Wedding Services

Winner: Learn 2 Wedding Dance

21cc Fireworks

Stationery & Favours

Winner: Sixpenny Blue

Crafty Cards
White Blossom Paper Boutique

Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid Designer & Retailer

Winner: Catwalk

Joyce Young By Storm
The Finer Detail

Wedding Accessories

Winner: Corrine Smith Design

Melle Cloche
Rene Walrus

Bridal Dress Designer & Retailer

Winner: Freja Designer Dressmaker

Alison Kirk Bridal
Dragonfly Dress Design
Gwenne Wedding Services
Ivory Whites
Lamesley Bridal
Olivia Cameron Bridal
Opus Couture
Rachel Scott Bridal Couture
The Bridal Boutique
The Glass Slipper


Winner: Kilts 4U

Slater Menswear, Glasgow

Hair and Make-up Artist

Winner: Laura Gray Hair Beauty Bridal

Chicabelle Make-Up Artistry
Flutterby Bridal Hair
Looking Good MakeUp
LG Makeup
Make up by Leigh Blaney


Winner: Something Special Flowers

Blooms Florist
Cherry Blossom
Coach House Flowers
Florette Flowers
Irene’s Florist
Poppy Floral Design
Simply Flowers by Clare

Music and Entertainment – Daytime

Winner: Apollo String Quartet

Jennifer Port
Thistle Piping

Music and Entertainment – Evening

Winner: T-Junction Wedding Band

Lee Live


Winner: George Lammie Photography

Alan Hutchison Photography
Blue Sky Photography
Deeside Photographics
Dream Day Photography
Duke Wedding Photography
Elemental Weddings
Karl Double Photography
Paul Walker Images
Premier Photography


Winner: Carrs Loch Lomond

Chauffeurs of Carnoustie
Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars


Winner: Cherry Tree Films

Butterfly Films
Gryffe Weddings
TRMEDIA Wedding Videos

Cake Designer

Winner: Liggy’s Cake Company

Custom Cakes by Lynsey
One Fine Day
Special Days Cakes
Too Good To Eat
Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes

Independent Caterer

Winner: Top Class Catering

Prestige Scotland
Red Poppy Catering

Wedding Venue Co-ordinator

Winner: Hopetoun House – Jennifer Pirie

29 Private Members Club – David Smith
Cameron House – Emma Brady
The Balmoral Hotel – Elizabeth Bell

Wedding Venue

Winner: Lochside House Hotel & Spa

Drumtochty Castle
Gailes Hotel
Glenbervie House Hotel
Lynnhurst Hotel
Meldrum House Country Hotel
Oran Mor
Orocco Pier
Palm Court Hotel
Seamill Hydro Hotel & Resort
The Balmoral Hotel
The Caves
The Vu

Industry Award

Winner: 21cc Fireworks

VOWS stands for Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier and is an awards body set up in 2005 to recognise businesses within Scotland that offer excellent customer service within the wedding industry. The awards are voted for by recently wedded couples through marriage or civil partnership.

Photos by the We Fell In Love Team. Additional photobooth images by LookLook, who offer a photobooth hire service for weddings & events.

Filmed by CineMate Films

at Glenalmond College & Fornought House


With sweeping hills drenched in sunlight, Perthshire was the stunning setting for this Scottish-American wedding. After a charming ceremony, the celebrations continued at stately Fornought House, where everyone danced into the night to the songs of Frank Sinatra. We hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding film trailer.
We love the beautiful, soft colours in this wedding. And the thought of dancing the night away on that fantastic looking dancefloor! Feeling inspired?
Ceremony venue – Glenalmond College
Reception venue – Fornought House
Filmmaker – CineMate Films
Photographer – Mirrorbox Photography
Music – Robert Scott, Apollo String Quartet