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When it comes to your wedding transport, are you a petrol-head at heart, or more at one with horse-power? Whether you’re a practical couple, or just dying to travel in style, we have some ideas here to get you planning those wheels.

For your classic, stylish Scottish wedding, nothing beats a beautiful old car. This Silver Cloud from Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars will add that bit of glamour to your arrival.

Meanwhile let your guests sit back and enjoy the ride in one of these vintage buses from The Red Bus Company, or this 1950’s vintage Daimler bus from Waterside Weddings.

To enjoy the feel of the open road, let a horse and carriage take the lead for a true fairytale wedding. Or start that honeymoon feeling early with a proper VW Campervan.

Or how about rockin’ your Scottish wedding with a phenomenal ride in one of the Irn Bru Taxis? We love it.

And for something completely different, especially if you own a set of leathers, then you could organise transport for the boys, or even the whole bridal party.

If you prefer pedal power, then a traditional Dutch bicycle, like this one, may fit the bill. Romantic and environmentally friendly!

If you have friends or family who own a special (or particularly nice looking) car, why not borrow it. And better still, borrow them as chauffeur. You know they’re just waiting for you to ask.

Another option is to hire a vintage car for the day, perfect if you have always fancied trying out a particular model and like being in the driving seat.

Going for the rustic feel? Friends with a local farmer? Then a tractor and trailer ride could be the answer.

If you are planning a coastal or waterside wedding, then a boat ride is a great way to kick off the festivities.

For the real wow factor, which will ensure your guests are blown away, why not look at organising a helicopter.

We’ve shared our favourite ways to hit the road in style, now it’s your turn. How will you be travelling on your big day?

  • normand anne - December 2, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    hi,
    we are going to get married at edimbourg and wanted to hire a double bus to do : edimbourg center to carberry tower and come back at 1am;
    is it possible with your company ?
    thank you for your answer ,
    kind regardsReplyCancel

    • Christina - December 2, 2014 - 10:01 pm

      Hello! We don’t do buses I’m afraid, just blogging, but we’d be happy to put you in touch with some great companies who do. Please email features@wefellinlove.co.uk for more details.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - January 8, 2016 - 10:47 pm

    How much would a vintage bus be for 11 people on the 8th June, for a prom at new Cumnock AyrshireReplyCancel

Photographed by Blue Sky Photography

at The Hub

Edinburgh-Scotland

Wedding traditions from either side of the pond were brought together in this Scottish/American celebration. And what Scotland may lack in sunshine, it more than made up for in the ability to host a killer party.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight! We met at the American Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pete was stationed there as part of his military assignment in the US Marine Corps and I had just moved there from Scotland to take up a nursing position in a local hospital. We met a few days after I arrived and the rest is history.
Any unexpected moments?
My dad wearing a kilt was a big surprise – he had never worn one before and had told me he wasn’t going to start wearing one aged 68! Pete sending me a beautiful bunch of red roses on the morning of our wedding, with a lovely card and message. And all the friendly tourists clapping and cheering when we walked down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, after having some photos taken.
Best compliment on your wedding?
We had so many lovely compliments on our wedding, but we really like this one from our best man – “So, Scottish weddings are pretty much the greatest thing on earth. Americans need to take note.”
Wedding style?
Our wedding was a mix of different styles. It was a little bit traditional Scottish (kilts, ceilidh dancing, haggis and whisky), a little bit modern American (our Polaroid photo guest book and lots of cupcakes), a little bit vintage (our beautiful old Bentley) and a little bit classic (my ivory and silver Chantilly lace wedding dress).
Why Scotland?
Pete just loved Edinburgh when he first visited Scotland and for me it is home despite emigrating to the USA last year. We love the historic feel of Edinburgh’s Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. We both feel Scotland is a beautiful country, steeped in history and tradition and we wouldn’t have had our wedding day anywhere else. Our American guests (many of whom had never ventured outside the US) loved our Scottish wedding, it was a new and unique experience for them. We may have forfeited California sunshine for cobbled streets, bagpipes and castles, but we are so happy we did.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now describe it in three words…
Happy, unique, perfect.
We love that Jennifer & Peter chose the wedding customs that they both like, from Scotland and the United States, and ditched the rest. What do you love most about their big day?
Suppliers
Ceremony & reception venue – The Hub
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Wedding dress & accessories – Joyce Young by Storm
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Groom’s outfit – Slanj Kilts
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Jasmine Dresses from The Finer Detail, Glasgow
Hair Stylist – JD Bridal Hair
Make-up Artist – EyeCandy Scotland
Florist – Laura Eberst
Cake – Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes (sweet) & Valvona & Crolla (cheese)
Caterer – The Hub
Polaroid guest book – Creatively Kept
Band – The Tatties
Wedding transport – Ecosse Classic Weddings Cars

Sixpence Weddings and Events

There’s something pretty wonderful about being a little bit fairy godmother and a little bit wise sage. With bags of experience in Scottish wedding planning and a real heart for true love, Yvonne Towle, from Sixpence Weddings and Events takes us into a world filled with happily ever afters.

How did you get into wedding planning?

By accident really! After getting my Biology degree, I started my working life in the Pharmaceutical Industry working for a couple of very large multi-national companies. My role started to change in that I was organising more and more of the weekend workshops/ evening meetings for my team. In amongst all that, my then fiance and I decided to get married. We went off to the Caribbean taking only our wedding clothes and a lovely wedding planner did the rest for us. It wasn’t till after we’d actually married and I was sitting in the jacuzzi one day that I had the idea that there must be lots of people wanting to come to Scotland and do the same as us. This thought simmered away for quite sometime until I decided to to do a little research. At that time, 16 years ago, there was only one other company offering this service. This was how my company was born.

What do you love most about it?
I love it that no two weddings are the same. I love finally meeting the couple after months and months of working with them to plan their wedding. As I work with couples from both the UK and Overseas, it varies how much face to face contact I’ll have with them and so meeting up for the first time is a real buzz! I love that I well up at every ceremony as they say their vows to one another! I love seeing all my hard work come together to make their perfect day happen.

What’s been the highlight so far?

Seeing so many of my couples happily married and having them now coming back to me wanting to help them celebrate their anniversaries! Also following everyone’s lives via Facebook etc as their lives change and their families grow. It’s just amazing to become a friend to many of my couples long after their wedding has taken place. How special is that?! Being acknowledged for my dedication and level of service by being nominated for the Vows Awards 4 times is also a huge honour.

Which new trends are you seeing?
I love that couples are really trying to customise and very much make their weddings their own. In recent years, couples are using a lot more little accent touches to really put their stamp on their wedding. Such as; little signs saying “Happy Ever After Starts Here”, having photos of their parent’s weddings around, wishing trees so guests can leave them little messages, designing all their own table enhancements – place cards, table numbers, favours etc. Sweetie tables with all their childhood favourites – thank heavens for those, so much nicer than a chocolate fountain! Far more often, couples are decorating spaces with props to create a particular atmosphere or theme than ever before. Gone are the days of just a ceremony then back to somewhere for a meal and dance. A lot more thought is going into how they can individualise their wedding spaces and make them their own. I love being part of this and helping them make it happen.
What’s your favourite thing about Scottish weddings?
We love to have a party and let our hair down! Scotland is so beautiful and we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful places to marry. We really are spoiled for choice! I love some of the bands who are putting a modern spin on the traditional ceilidh music and really bringing it to life.

Who inspires you?
My clients! They all have their own thoughts, hopes and dreams of how their wedding should be and it’s up to me to help them bring that to life.
If you weren’t planning fantastic weddings you’d be…
Running my own little posh tea shop in Queenstown, New Zealand or a deluxe B&B in Provence!
On a rare day off, we’ll find you where?
Buying shoes and drinking champagne somewhere sunny. No only kidding! Spending time hanging out with my two favourite people in the world, my wonderful husband and Son.

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Fancy a Scottish brew? Coming soon – an ale locally brewed in East Lothian from Archerfield Ales. Keep an eye on this one – plans are a-foot to develop this micro-brewery complete with a visitor’s attraction, all set in a derelict walled garden. We love the sound of it.

Hankering after those long summer nights of festival action? Then get yourself along to King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow for their summer nights festival. With 60+ bands over 15 nights in July you’ll find some inspiration to get you into your groove.

Exciting news this week from the VOWS Awards 2012. These awards are the Scottish Wedding Industry Awards for outstanding suppliers. This year the theme is eighties and the presented is Cheggers himself. So dust down those leg-warmers and shoulder pads and get yourself some tickets to the wedding industry event of the year – tickets on sale from Monday. See you there..

And for a bit of Italian cooking… if you see yourself as a potential master chef in your own kitchen, then you have to check out this dining event at Edinburgh’s Hotel Missoni, just off the Royal Mile. Tickets are available now for this event in September. Join Head Chef, Mattia Camorani, as he demonstrates how to create the perfect dish.

 


Photographed by First Light Weddings

at Sprouston Kirk & Kersquarter, Kelso

The Borders-Scotland

Embracing tradition was the order of the day for this Scottish Borders celebration, with a church ceremony followed by a big party down on the farm.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love after only a few dates.
How was the question popped?
At the top of my parents’ farm, on a very sunny afternoon.
Any unexpected moments?
Being given three little gifts saying “Just married” by John’s niece and nephews as we came out of the kirk. Seeing how well my sisters and brother had decorated the tractor that took us from the kirk to the reception. And an ice-cream van arriving to serve ice-cream during the reception.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
A three week honeymoon to Italy and then India.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now describe it in three words…
Bride: Fun, wonderful and a big party. Groom: Party, a laugh and perfect.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Spending more time with each other.
One of our favourite things about Annabel & John’s wedding is the relaxed, fun feel, and we especially love their wedding transport. What do you love most about their big day?

Suppliers
Ceremony venue – Sprouston Kirk
Reception venue – A field in front of the bride’s parents’ house, on their farm in the Scottish Borders, with a good view over the River Tweed.
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Wedding dress – Anna Cristache from Emma Victoria Payne, London
Accessories – Bracelet borrowed from bride’s mother, earrings from John Lewis
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Catering – Gill Orde in Catering

  • Claire - July 12, 2012 - 10:49 am

    LOVE that they were taken to the reception by tractor. The first dance looks fab. And her dress is absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Kelso Blooms - July 12, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    The Florist for Annabel & John’s wedding was Kelso Blooms, 4 Bridge Street, KELSO, TD5 7JD, 01573 226 637.ReplyCancel

Photographed by Suzanne Black Photography

at St John’s Church, Cupar & Pitcairlie House

Fife-Scotland

All the stops had to be pulled out to ensure that storm damage didn’t spoil Natasha & Peter’s big day. And while the run up to the wedding was full of drama, the day itself couldn’t have gone more smoothly.

Who saw who first?
Pete spotted Natasha in the local rugby club.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Many things were done by hand for the wedding. The invitations were all made up by hand and the invites had each individual guest’s name printed on it instead of being hand written on a dotted line. It was very time consuming but definitely worth it as I had many comments on how nice the invites were. Each invite also contained a personalised reply card and a stamped addressed envelope; I know what I’m like for replying to things so I just wanted to make it as easy as possible for the guests. I think the whole day was quite personalised, we got married in the church where my brothers and sister got married, and the reception at Pitcairlie House is right next door to the family farm and where Pete’s mum, who is no longer with us, had always wanted to have a wedding. My older sister had started a flower arranging course and made up all the flower stands and decorations for the church for us.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
There were three choices for the starter and main courses which were: Starters – Chicken liver pate served with onion marmalade and rustic oatcakes; Salmon tian with horseradish and crème fraiche; or Spinach and cream cheese roulade with sun dried tomato tapenade. Main course choices were: Free range chicken fillet stuffed with asparagus and mozzarella with a veloute sauce; Filo tartlet with roasted vegetables, olives and feta in a tomato and basil sauce; or Fillet of locally reared beef with cream and cracked black pepper sauce. The dessert was a trio of desserts: French lemon tart, chocolate brownie and baby meringue basket with cranachan and berries, which of course everybody said yes to! With most of the guests being farmers, the most popular choice by far was, of course, the beef!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Our first dance was to “Many of Horror” by Biffy Clyro. We didn’t choreograph anything but we’re not shufflers when we dance together! There were a few twirls going on and we just had fun!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Don’t be afraid to do things your own way, it’s your wedding. And don’t let yourself get worked up and stressed about things, it’s not worth it – you want to enjoy your day!
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
That it actually managed to take place! The days leading up to the wedding was the time of the horrific wind storms – trees were down everywhere, roads were closed, there were floods, etc. The Tay Bridge was shut and my maid of honour couldn’t get down from Arbroath to help me until the day before the wedding. The Forth Road Bridge was shut so the marquee company couldn’t get through either. The marquee was supposed to go in the field in front of the house, which had become waterlogged and a mud bath, and they couldn’t put the marquee up in the storms on the Monday, or the Tuesday as it would’ve been far too dangerous, and were going to have to do it on the morning of the wedding! Luckily for us, Pitcairlie House had hosted a wedding the weekend before and the marquee that was set up there couldn’t be taken down in the storms, so they kindly got in contact with us and gave us the details of that marquee company to arrange using it for our wedding aswell. Very kind neighbours! So it was a mad morning the day before the wedding phoning, texting and emailing guests and suppliers to notify them of the change of reception venue. Because of the storms, we were lucky we had our cakes aswell – two trees had fallen on my bridesmaid Victoria’s home power lines on the Monday and she had to de-camp to her sister’s house and rope her into helping get nearly 200 cakes made! On the day of the wedding itself everything ran so smoothly after all the drama, it was unbelievable. That’s what we’ll never forget – how lucky we were!
We fell in Love with Natasha & Peter’s beautiful wedding the minute we saw it! Now we’d love to hear your thoughts – what do you love most about it?

Suppliers
Ceremony venue – St Johns Church, Cupar
Reception venue – Pitcairlie House, Fife
Photographer – Suzanne Black Photography
Wedding dress – Suzanne Neville at Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen
Accessories – Earrings from Perfect Bridal Rooms.
Shoes – Rainbow Couture ‘Allora’ from Arabesque, dyed dark purple/aubergine to match the purple flowers in the bouquets
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Reiss ‘Luz’ black floor length gowns for the five older ones and the two flower girls wore white dresses with a black ribbon waist tie and narrow black piping to the hem of the dress.
Groom’s outfit – Own kilt outfit was the Hunting Fraser tartan worn with a charcoal tweed jacket and waistcoat, and a purple tie.
Florist – Oor Fleurs of Auchtermuchty
Caterer – Wendy Gudgeon Catering
Stationery – D.I.Y kit from Confetti.co.uk
Piper – Brian Donaldson
Band – Franco, found on musicforscotland.co.uk. “They were absolutely fantastic and I danced all night. We got them to stick more modern rocky type music as that’s what we enjoy and it seemed to go down well with the guests aswell!”
Wedding transport – Three white BMW 5 Series from Eastern BMW, decorated with purple ribbon courtesy of Deebees Rosettes.

  • Olivia - July 11, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Stunning colours, romance and a touch of the real ‘Scottish’ about it -Great to see that the Kingdom still has it. More please!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - July 11, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    I LOVE the colours in this wedding. And the fact that the bride just beams all day. Such a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

Gifts for your groom

From hip flasks to quirky cufflinks, if you’re looking for something special as a wedding gift for your husband-to-be, then here are a few of our favourite ideas.

If your fiance likes a twist on tradition, then one of these sporrans from 21st Century Kilts might be just the thing for him. And we love this wooden flask with horn finish and thistle closure, perfect for his favourite tipple.

Or how about a handmade Scottish silver kilt pin or stag horn sgian-dubh? Available from James Ness & Son, a third generation family run business, made by their master silversmith and hallmarked in Edinburgh.

If he plays guitar, these silver plectrum cufflinks from Not on the High Street, will go down a storm.

And if he’d appreciate a stylish and unusual timepiece, then this ceramic watch from Nixon could be the one.

For the man who enjoys a bit of pampering, the Grooming Package from The Players Lounge is sure to go down well. A hot shave is followed by a shampoo & conditioner, scalp massage, haircut and finish leaving him all set for the big day.

Photographed by Lynne Kennedy Photography

at Armadale Castle & Kinloch Lodge

Isle of Skye-Scotland

A holiday romance turned into true love for Anya and Hergen. Ten years later, they eloped to the Isle of Skye, where they were married against a breathtaking backdrop in one of the world’s most romantic locations.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We met in 2002 on Lanzarote, Canary Islands, in the reception area of our hotel. It turns out we even sat in the same plane from Munich but hadn’t known! It was quite early in the morning when we met and Anya wasn’t really in a “holiday mood”. She wondered why someone could be so happy at that time of the day! So we had a coffee together, after that a Prosecco at the beach. And during the rest of the nine days, some more drinks.
How was the question popped?
On Lanzarote again, in 2011.
Favourite thing about your wedding?
We met so many special people around our wedding at Armadale Castle and at Kinloch Lodge. They made it such an unforgettable day for us.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
We spent another week in Scotland after the wedding. It was, as always, a very special time, with very good weather and high temperatures (yes, that’s true!).
Wedding style?
Just the two of us and some really nice people around us.
Why Scotland?
Hergen lived for about a year in the Glasgow area in the 90s, so Scotland has always been a special place for him. Anya’s fist time in Scotland was in 2003 and she fell in love with it right at the beginning. We usually come here once a year. When we decided to get married just on our own it didn’t take long to know that it had to be in Scotland!
Suppliers
Ceremony venue – Armadale Castle, Clan Donald, Skye
Reception venue – Armadale Castle & Kinloch Lodge on Skye
Photographer – Lynne Kennedy Photography
Wedding dress – Natascha Müllerschön Couture, Munich, Germany

  • Nicholas Frost - July 12, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    Beautiful Photography Lynne.ReplyCancel

Lazy Sunday

With a passion for food that is as creative as it is culinary, Carole Fitzgerald from Lazy Sunday shares with us her vision for the sort of dining experience that takes us back to basics so that we kick-back and enjoy time sharing food together. Aren’t we all in need of that sort of lazy sunday vibe?

Tell us a little about Lazy Sunday

You know that feeling when you kick off your shoes on a Sunday afternoon and chill with family and friends? That’s the Lazy Sunday feeling. It’s about sharing generous, simple, home-made food and hospitality in the most relaxed and uncontrived of atmospheres. It’s about doing less to food rather than more. It’s about bringing together the very best of local and seasonal ingredients to create sensationally relaxed gatherings of people happy to chitter chatter their way through dip, drizzle and dunk nibbles. It’s everything that formality isn’t. It’s feasting without the fuss.

Because I also love photographing food, and creating very relaxed, informal and less contrived gatherings, Lazy Sunday also offers cooking/dining/styling occassions where you are welcome to cook with me, eat with me, take pictures with me and be part of the whole experience of creating memorable photographs from the process. You will also meet like minded souls and that’s a very special thing

How did you get into food and catering for weddings?

I’ve always always enjoyed cooking and from an early age can remember fishing off the end of deserted piers with my dad. We would always eat what we caught and I quickly got over any squeemishness around gutting or boiling or filleting. Once married, I bought an old water’s edge boathouse in South Queensferry and turned it into a very successful restaurant called (surprisingly) The Old Boathouse. I used to meet a friendly fisherman in Dysart cemetry who would provide me with bin bags full of langoustines and crab and I never really knew what would be on the menu until the fresh produce arrived at my door.

As a family, cooking together and eating around our kitchen table was always a huge part of our daily life and it’s what I miss most about my children having left home. There is a small bit of me that thinks that the reason I love catering for weddings and parties is because I am trying to recreate that sense of family sociability that was so important to me (and will be again once my children bear me grandchildren!)

What do you love most about it?
I love that food breaks down barriers; that it soothes the soul and lifts the spirit. I love that you can create drama with food, fun with food and comfort with food.

What’s been the highlight so far?

Gosh, where do I start. One of the things I love most of all about catering for weddings is that every single bride has a real sense of how they would like their celebration to be. If they are looking for formal, silver serviced, much manipulated food they won’t get it from me. So the highlights for me are always when I am able to match the style of the food with the sense of the occasion. I recently catered for a wedding at Dairsie Castle. The kitchen was tiny. The guest list was large. The marquee was a good walk away in the garden. And the prep area was under an open sided shelter. But the bride was beautiful and relaxed and lovely to work with and her style was vintage and once we’d set the food out and saw the joy on her face because we ‘got ‘ what she was trying to do -that was a highlight.

And a recent picnic in a potting shed in Wemyss Castle. I loved being able to serve bread from plant pots and have little home-made custard tarts tumbling onto tea towel strewn picnic tables. I also loved when a groom called me virtual valium and when a bride referred to me as ‘the shiniest of stars.’ That made my heart thump.

Which new trends are you seeing?
Sharing platters – that’s a big trend just now: Generous boards and slates of Scottish nibbles that both surprise and delight the guests; a huge emphasis on hand crafted style and home-baking and less contrived desserts – wobbly tiers of Victoria sponge piled high with cream and jam and reminding guests of when they were little and got to lick the spoon; casseroles and tagines – again informality on a plate. And finally an enormous sense that food should be fun and visually playful and should never take itself too seriously.
What’s your favourite thing about Scottish weddings?
Tough question. Mainly I think that it is because our landscape, our heritage and our culture enable couples to genuinely live their dream on the day.

Who inspires you?
People who follow their heart. And my children – who are not only chasing their dreams but who also face every challenge that comes their way with strength and integrity.
If you weren’t creating fantastic dishes you’d be…
…an aspiring artist. I’m a very visual person – which I hope is reflected in the style of food that I create – but also a frustrated artist. I wish I could paint what I see. Instead, I take pictures so ultimately if I weren’t creating the food I’d love to be photographing it instead. I also would like to write more. I miss having the time to do that.
On a rare day off we’ll find you where?
On Skipness beach on the West coast of Scotland collecting driftwood and walking the Westies. Or the Normandy coast – picnicking from dawn til dusk on food that is raw and real and unfettered by the stupidness of legislation. Or sitting in my garden by the sea browsing magazines and cookery books. Bliss.

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Lock up your groom – Harvey Nichols has described the Alexander McQueen menswear accessories collection, which has just landed in the Edinburgh store,  as “exceedingly fabulous”. Then again, if we get to borrow this snakeskin card holder, we’re all for his splurge.

 

Looking for a beautiful, personalised gift for a friend’s wedding? We have fallen in love with Scottish designer and illustrator Emily Hogarth’s papercut commissions. A great way to capture special moments in life, they can incorporate names, dates, hobbies and anything else you would like to add in.

Fancy mastering the perfect steak or classic crepes? Learn how to make your own five star brunch, lunch or dinner and then polish off your gourmet results with a glass of wine at Nick Nairn Cook School Aberdeen.

Or if you’d rather stick to the eating part, head along to Taste of Edinburgh this weekend. Over 30,000 foodies are expected to descend upon The Meadows across three days of mouth-watering eating, drinking and entertainment. Is anyone else getting hungry yet?