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Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Newly engaged and looking for a stunning venue in Scotland’s capital city?

Heritage Portfolio is due to host Wedding Open Days at two of our favourite city venues – The Signet Library and Mansfield Traquair – next weekend (January 19th & 20th).

Steeped in history, The Signet Library was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV. Mansfield Traquair was built in 1885 and has been described as “Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel”.

Email joanne@heritageportfolio.co.uk to make an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Heading over to another of our favourite cities, and WEST Brewery – an independent brewery & restaurant on Glasgow Green – is due to hold its first Wedding Open Day on Sunday, January 27th.

As well as offering a chance to see this unique venue dressed for a wedding, suppliers from cake makers to florists will be on hand to chat through your plans & ideas.

The open day runs from noon until 4pm. See more details on WEST weddings here.

 

 

No matter what the season, it’s worth warding off the elements by investing in a beautiful brolly for your Scottish wedding!

We love this one from the Noa Noa Spring 2013 collection, due to arrive at Scandi-chic boutique Kakao by K this week.

 

 

Got the January blues? Brighten up your return to the office with a quality pair of brogues.

We’ve been lusting after the new collection from Scottish brand Govan Originals, who have been making bespoke shoes since 1925.

The shoes are making their debut in Florence this week, and Milan next month, and we predict that those stylish Italians will be snapping them up.


Photographed by Nicholas Frost Photography

at Pittodrie House Hotel

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

Five years after meeting at a party, Jennifer and Calum celebrated with another party. This time, with all their family and friends, and waking to a countryside covered in snow the morning after.

Who saw who first?
We both met at a party and firstly became friends, then soon after one thing lead to another and five years later here we are!
We were inspired by…
Having been to a lot of weddings ourselves we picked up a lot of things along the way. Pinterest was a definite inspiration to our wedding as well.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We personalised the wedding quite a lot to our personalities. We viewed a lot of venues but we felt Pittodrie House had the intimacy we would like from a wedding. We made our own wedding invitations in a vintage rose style, we also made our own favours of small jam jars filled with red and white hearted shaped chocolates sealed with a small square of material and bound with some twine. We bought other vintage items that we placed throughout the venue as well.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Half and half. We planned the Waltz and practiced a fair few times in the living room before the day but this turned into a sedate shuffle about 3 steps in! We also planned to go into Gangnam Style straight after the first dance however this came out later on in the night.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
Make sure you choose great reputable suppliers, as this was definitely a great aspect of our day. Invite who you want to be there and have fun, don’t stress too much.
WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR WEDDING NIGHT?
In the tower honeymoon suite at Pittodrie House Hotel, we woke up to a snow covered country side.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
How much fun we had with our friends and family.
Experience of weddings, combined with a little bit of Pinterest, helped Jennifer and Calum along their wedding journey. What’s inspiring you?
Suppliers
Venue – Pittodrie House Hotel
Photographer – Nicholas Frost Photography
Filmmaker – Ali Star Productions
Wedding dress – Perfect Bridal Rooms
Shoes – Crystal Bridal Accessories
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Jane Norman
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – Gibbs Tailored to Suit
Make-up Artist – Emma Jane Make Up Artistry
Florist – The Flower Room
Band – Pepperpot

Rustic themed

Scottish weddings

From festivities at the family farm to dancing under the beams of a barn, these country chic real celebrations are full of rustic details and charm. We hope they inspire you as you plan your Scottish wedding.

Annabel & John embraced tradition with a church ceremony followed by a big party on a Scottish Borders farm. We especially loved their tractor transport – check out their day in full here. (Photos by First Light Weddings)

Inspired by the desire for a great party, Rosie and Kenny’s laid-back wedding saw them saying “I do” in the morning room of a museum and dancing the night away under the beams of a barn. (Photos by Archibald Photography)

Inspired by a love of the simple things in life, Lorna and Dave wanted a wedding where everyone could kick-back and relax. A cow barn in Fife provided the perfect spot – see their wedding story here. (Photos by Elemental Weddings)
Fancy a ceilidh in a cowshed or perhaps a teepee party in the woods? We’d love to hear what you’ve got planned.

  • Sole Divas - January 10, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Lovely setting for a wedding. The fairy lights give a great romantic touch.ReplyCancel

Country House

Scottish weddings

There is something wonderfully romantic about a country house wedding. Whether it’s a sense of history, chic styling, or that feeling of escaping from the world, there are lots of reasons for you to pick one for your wedding. Scotland has a wealth of them, so here’s a taste of some we featured in 2012.

Starting in the north, Inverness, Achnagairn House offers exclusive use and the chance to have your wedding breakfast amidst the timber braced ceiling, stunning oak-panelled ballroom. And if you’re part of the Frasers, Mackenzie, Mackintosh or Lovat clans, then you ‘re practically family, so are well connected with the house. You can enjoy Jillian and Paul’s Real Life Wedding story by Soraya Photography here.

Formally a baronial mansion house, Fasque House, just outside Fettercairn, is a country house packed with history. It was the former home of the Gladstone family and has recently been completely modernised. To get a feel for it, have a look at Kate and Graham’s wedding, by Nicholas Frost Photographyhere.

St Andrews is the capital of the East Neuk of Fife and if you’re planning to whisk your friends and family there as you tie the knot, then Rufflets Coutry Hotel could be the perfect spot. Not only does the hotel boast cosy fires and window seats for you to loose yourself in, but the gardens are also rather special. For a taste of it, view Joanne and Jordan’s wedding, captured by Blue Sky Photographyhere.

Moving west towards Glasgow, Chatelherault Country House was designed by the famous Scottish architect William Adam. It was built in 1732 as the hunting lodge and summer house for the Duke of Hamilton and now you can hold your wedding in this very building. Take a look at Rachel and Andrew’s wedding here by First Light Weddings.

Hoscote Country House in The Scottish Borders is set in a 450 acre estate, giving the chance to holiday and explore as well as hosting your wedding celebrations. You can book the house for exclusive use and enjoy it being your home for a couple of days. Hayley and David’s magical wedding, photographed by Rachel Rose, is featured here.
We love the sense of occasion, balanced with a real relaxed vibe that a country house can bring. Are you planning a Scottish Country House Wedding for this year?

  • Sole Divas - January 10, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    What a fabulous choice of country houses. I don’t know how you would choose…..ReplyCancel

Creative shoots

We’re kicking off the week with a look back at a few of our favourite photoshoots from 2012. From True Romance during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to frocks made from foliage, it was a fantastic year.

From dancing in the street to wearing your heart on your sleeve – anything goes during the Festival Fringe. Inspired by the carnival atmosphere, top London photographer Julia Boggio created this quirky love story, exclusively for We Fell In Love. (Photos by Julia Boggio Photography)

What happens when a creative team including a florist, a designer dressmaker and a couture embroiderer get together to bring a forest fantasy to life? Something very magical indeed. (Photos by Elemental Weddings)

A fairytale shoot in the park proved a perfect prelude to the wedding day of these two lovebirds. It’s a fresh-as-a-daisy take on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Photos by Calum Riddell)

Precisely 72 hours after they said ‘I do’ by an old pine tree in Michigan, Heather and Mike had embarked on their honeymoon adventure in Scotland. As a surprise, Heather had organised a honeymoon shoot to help tell their story. It’s quirky, poetic and incredibly romantic. (Photos by Nordica Photography)

Following a romantic just-out-of-a-movie proposal in Las Vegas, a casino in Edinburgh proved the perfect spot for this gorgeous engagement shoot. (Photos by Blue Sky Photography)
Feeling creative? We’d love to hear from you if you’re planning an unusual e-shoot or daring to brave a very different dress.

Wedding Dress Ideas

Short and Sweet

Whether you’re searching for that sassy look to show off those killer heels, something cute and playful, or simple and elegant, there is lots to choose from when it comes to short wedding dresses. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for 2013.

We love this short dress ‘Vainica’ from Pronovias. Floaty and feminine, with ethereal embroidery detail, it’s undeniably romantic and bound to have your groom (and your guests) swooning just a little.

For a little bit of fifties vintage, we’ve spotted these glamorous short gowns. Top (L-R) Alexis by Alan Hannah and Justin Alexander. Bottom: Bourboun, Cannes and Para Jet-Set all by Ian Stuart. Some cute kitten heels would set off these dresses perfectly…

And moving into a little bit of sixties elegant simplicity, Suzanne Ermann has some lovely  little dresses. How gorgeous would these be with some funky headwear? Or Little by Little by Stewart Parvin with its beautiful open back detail.
Are you planning to rock a short wedding dress? Let us in on your style secrets…

  • Sole Divas - January 10, 2013 - 12:51 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful dresses. The first lace dress is my top favourite.ReplyCancel

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Congratulations to all you newly engaged peeps! If you got a bit of bling over the festive season and have just started planning your Scottish wedding, then we are here to help!

Whether your are looking for a remote and romantic wedding, a whole lot of historysomething a bit different or a castle fit for a princess – Scotland has it all.

We look forward to hearing how your plans are coming along and featuring your beautiful weddings on We Fell In Love.

 

 

 

While some superstitious couples have decided to wait until next year to wed, savvy brides and grooms have been snapping up special offers for 2013 dates, according to BBC News.

And with some cultures considering 13 to be a lucky number, they could be on to something!

We’ve spotted late availability offers at the following Scottish wedding venues – Norton House (near Edinburgh), Balbirnie House (Fife – pictured), Glenapp Castle (Ayrshire), Guthrie Castle (Angus) and Hotel du Vin (Glasgow), to name but a few.

While we’re on the subject of savings, now is a great time to pick up some gorgeous pieces for your big day.

We love this Mimosa Shoe from Coast, complete with oversized pom poms and studded with beads (reduced from £75 to £35 at the time of publication).

And if you’re a big fan of designer heels, check out the Net-a-Porter sale which offers 50% off some top brands.

 

 

 

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit and healthy but you’re not quite sure where to start, then Active Scotland is well worth a look.

Developed by NHS Health Scotland, the site lists classes, activities and clubs in your local area – from baseball to belly dancing.

And if you’re looking for a really big challenge to train for, then Wildfox Events have adventures taking place amidst some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery – Glencoe Marathon anyone?

Good luck & let us know how you get on!


Photographed by Susan Renee Photography

at Coos’ Cathedral, Aboyne Castle Estate

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

This romantic and rustic wedding took place in a Cow Barn on the edge of a Castle Estate. With food and wine flowing all day and details-to-die-for, this is one Scottish wedding you’ll want to feast your eyes on…

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
Alcohol fuelled attraction at first sight!
We were inspired by…
Traditional Scottish weddings where the food and drink is flowing, there is a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of ceilidh dancing. Coos’ had a simple, rustic feel to it which we loved and which influenced many of the wedding day details and decorations.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
The great thing about the Coos’ venue is that you are hiring a space only and everything that goes into that space is your responsibility from caterer, to furniture to decorations. In that respect everything is personalised as there is no set wedding format in place. Although this makes for more work in the long run, we always wanted to have as much of our personalities into the wedding so Coos’ was the perfect venue for us. In terms of the personal touches we incorporated the list is endless, I think I enjoyed thinking about all the little details even more than shopping for the dress!
What was on your wedding menu?
Main Meal: Pea Soup with Mint Cream; Steak & Ale Pie or Goats Cheese, Spinach, Sweet Potato and Red Onion Pie, served with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables; Prosecco Jelly with Ice Cream… then the Evening Meal: Massive amounts of Cheese and biscuits; Cooked hams; Homemade chutneys; Sour dough breads and fruit.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
A Grand March – fantastic option for the venue as it got everyone on the floor straight away, where they stayed all night!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
To quote my Dad from his speech “A word of advice…don’t give it” I think everyone has their own idea about how they want their day to turn out and how best to achieve that.
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Honeymoon in the Maldives, two weeks of absolute bliss.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Firstly the relief that it wasn’t raining or snowing…it had done both in the days prior to the wedding and secondly having a great time dancing the night away with all our friends and relatives.
WHY SCOTLAND?
You can’t beat a Scottish Wedding; everyone is always so up for having fun. Plus the benefit of having a Ceilidh means that it gets everyone up onto the dance floor.
We love the idea of small blackboards to reserve rows for family and close friends at the front of the ceremony – informal, yet making the special people feel special. What details are you loving the most?
Suppliers
Venue – The Coos’ Cathedral, Aboyne Castle Estate
Photographer – Susan Renee Photography
Wedding dress – Jenny Packham
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Accessories – Hair piece and Bracelet – Jenny Packham
Family Necklace worn by my Mum and Gran on their wedding days
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Karen Millen
Florist – David Florist, Aberdeen
Caterer – Country Flavours of Alford
Cake – Cheese from Mellis’ in place of a traditional cake
Daytime Musicians – Rococo Quartet – Clarsach & Fiddle Duo for during the ceremony and drinks reception
Band – Ceilidh Stomp
Wedding transport – Land Rovers provided by Town & Country

Vintage inspired

Scottish weddings

From the glamour and decadence of the Roaring Twenties to rock ‘n’ roll-inspired 1950s style, it’s little wonder that vintage-inspired looks continue to trend. If you’re thinking of drawing inspiration from your favourite decade and adding a little vintage style to your big day, then here’s some real wedding inspiration to get you started.

Inspired by “autumn, fonts and simple vintage style”, Becca & Rowan chose the spectacular setting of an 18th Century castle in the Scottish Borders for their big day. Becca wore a stunning Cymbeline gown with a lace bolero, adding an opal & sea pearl necklace that used to belong to her great great aunt and a hair band that was chosen to complement the necklace. See more of their wedding story here. (Photos by Q Photography)

Lorna & Dominic opted for an outdoor ceremony in the beautiful gardens of an East Lothian country mansion. Their celebration was full of vintage-inspired details – from soft pink bouquets and flower petals to Lorna’s sparkly rhinestone headpiece. View Lorna & Dominic’s Scottish wedding in full here. (Photos by Craig & Eva Sanders)

We love Maria’s 1950s-inspired dress and birdcage veil. She married Mark in a church ceremony and celebrated with an atmospheric party in a former market building in Glasgow. See Maria & Mark’s Merchant City wedding here.(Photos by NDK Photography)
From the signature 1940s red lip to the full petticoats of the 1950s – which is your favourite decade for style inspiration?