Photographed by Blue Sky Photography
at St Andrews Cathedral, Dundee & Rufflets Hotel
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 OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
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!
HOW WAS THE QUESTIONS POPPED?
In front of 2000 people on stage at a Jimmy Carr gig in The Caird Hall, Dundee!!
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
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.
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
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!
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
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.
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
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
Images copyright of Blue Sky Photography
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.
WHO SAW WHO FIRST?
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!
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
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.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
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!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
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.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
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.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG 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
Images copyright of Soraya Photography
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?…
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
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
Images copyright of First Light Weddings
For classic wedding style that exudes timelessness, think crisp whites, contrasted with dark colours, and team with elegant design and fonts.
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
Winner: Jewellery by Liam Ross
Specialist Wedding Services
Winner: Learn 2 Wedding Dance
Stationery & Favours
Winner: Sixpenny Blue
Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid Designer & Retailer
Winner: Corrine Smith Design
Bridal Dress Designer & Retailer
Winner: Freja Designer Dressmaker
Winner: Kilts 4U
Hair and Make-up Artist
Winner: Laura Gray Hair Beauty Bridal
Winner: Something Special Flowers
Music and Entertainment – Daytime
Winner: Apollo String Quartet
Music and Entertainment – Evening
Winner: T-Junction Wedding Band
Winner: George Lammie Photography
Winner: Carrs Loch Lomond
Winner: Cherry Tree Films
Winner: Liggy’s Cake Company
Winner: Top Class Catering
Wedding Venue Co-ordinator
Winner: Hopetoun House – Jennifer Pirie
Winner: Lochside House Hotel & Spa
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?