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Photographed by First Light Weddings

at Chatelherault House, Andiamo + the Town House

South Lanarkshire-Scotland

It was love at first sight for Rachel & Andrew. Inspired by relaxed, Italian weddings and a shared love of music and fashion, they celebrated with a sing-a-long, customised pizza & a whole lot of style.

We were inspired by…
Lanvin fashion sketches were the inspiration for the stationery. The dress was inspired by Grace Kelly. Travelling around Tuscany together and seeing relaxed weddings spilling out onto the town squares, inspired our choice of the intimate setting of Chatelherault for the ceremony, Andiamo for the meal and Roberto Enzo to play during it.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Music played a huge part in making it our day. During the ceremony we had a sing-along to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. The string trio played Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ for the signing of the register, which our guests loved, and The Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind’ for the recessional. Roberto played music from some of our favourite films.
What was on your wedding menu?
Too much to mention! The highlights were the huge antipasti platters for the starter and ‘Pizza Del Cliente’, where guests concocted their own special pizzas. Andiamo also did an excellent job at matching wines to each course. In the evening, the chocolate fountain (and bacon rolls) were popular.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
A badly executed choreographed routine to an acoustic version of Lana Del Rey Video Games.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Enjoy the planning. At the time it feels like a second full time job, but afterwards all of the tiny details build to form a memory of everything that was great about the day.
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Honeymoon in Malaysia. A city break for a few nights in Kuala Lumpur and complete relaxation on the beach at a spa hotel in Penang.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Rachel – Andrew smiling as I walked down the aisle with my dad.
Andrew- Seeing Rachel walk down the aisle, surrounded by our closest friends and family.
WHY SCOTLAND?
It’s where we fell in love! (…plus we wanted to be alone on our honeymoon).
So much to love here! Those shoes, that cat & the bib that Rachel dons for the meal, just to mention a few! What’s your favourite part of this beautiful big day?
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Ceremony venue – Chatelherault House
Reception venue – Andiamo + the Town House
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Wedding dress – House of Mooshki, Sunderland
Shoes – Alexander McQueen
Groom’s outfit – Gilt Edged, Glasgow
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Ted Baker
Hair & Make-up – Lisa Jones Hair and Make Up, Sunderland
Florist – De Bloemist van Nederland, Glasgow
Cake – M&S
Musicians – Apollo String Quartet (ceremony), Roberto Enzo (meal), The Dawn Patrol (evening reception)
Wedding transport – Gayles Bridal Cards

  • Claire - October 18, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    Wow the dress, hair and head piece just go together perfectly- what a beautiful bride!ReplyCancel

Scottish castle wedding venues

Getting married in a Scottish Castle may be the very thing you’re dreaming of. If so, we’ve picked a few from across the country to give you a taster of where you could be resident prince and princess for a day (or even a weekend).

If you would like to have your very own castle for the weekend, then Duns Castle could be the one for you. Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders, it is surrounded by rolling hills, fields and forests. Owned by the very welcoming Hay family, who still have their private home within, since 1696, the castle has a homely feel, while still packing plenty of wow factor.

Not many Scottish castles tick the fairytale box to the extent of being pink, but this one does! Picturesque Fyvie Castle, in Aberdeenshire, is also steeped in history, with origins dating back to the 13th century. Run by the National Trust for Scotland, the castle houses an impressive collection of armour, tapestries and paintings – perfect for keeping the history lovers among your guests entertained while others enjoy a stroll through the grounds.

If you’re thinking of eloping to Scotland for your wedding, then just over the border from England is Comlongon Castle, a fifteenth century medieval castle that has been restored. This could be your very own castle for the day.

Just outside Edinburgh is a thirteenth century fortress. Dalhousie Castle is setting in stunning grounds and has its own chapel where you can hold your wedding ceremony. And if you’d like your wedding rings delivered by owls, then that can be arranged…

With its quirky topiary and stone sculptures, Fingask Castle is full of charm. Secluded in a rural valley in Perthshire, you can’t help but feel a million miles away from the real world. Perfect for a magical, ethereal Scottish wedding.
Is it your dream to get married in a Scottish Castle? Get in touch and share what you’re planning…

  • Vanessa Mumford - December 26, 2012 - 3:02 am

    I love these locations! I like the concept of having a royal wedding theme here. 🙂ReplyCancel

Photographed by Claremont Photography

at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral & The George Hotel

Edinburgh-Scotland

A surprise summer’s day added to the relaxed atmosphere of this traditional Scottish wedding in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre.

Who saw who first?
We can’t really decide since we were both on our first day of a student teaching placement and we were more intrigued to see which class we were going to have to teach… But Jen added Dave to facebook first. (Dave did accept)
We were inspired by…
A traditional Scottish wedding!
How did you personalise your wedding day?
All of the family were involved – from the homemade stationary by the brides’ mum to the flowers by the grooms’ mum, the wedding being conducted by the grooms’ father and the brides’ brother playing the bagpipes. We also managed to have the best man deliver his speech from a hospital bed in Birmingham across the internet, broadcast to the wedding.
What was on your wedding menu?
Chicken liver and foie gras pate with brioche, Chicken wrapped in maple smoked bacon with basil sauce Chocolate truffle tart
First dance – sedate shuffle, or choreographed routine?
Our first dance was “Let there be love” by Nat King Cole. We practiced a couple of times but neither of us will make strictly come dancing.
What’s your advice to future brides and grooms?
Enjoy the build up to the wedding its over so quickly!
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
The champagne reception in the cathedral gardens with all our friends and family enjoying the amazingly sunny day, which appeared from nowhere.
Why Scotland?
Because its our home and one of the most beautiful places on earth!
We love that so many family and friends were involved in Jenny and David’s wedding. Whose talents are you make use of for your big day?
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Venue – St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh
Reception Venue – The George Hotel, Edinburgh
Photographer – Claremont Photography
Hair Stylist – Charlie Miller
Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander dress from Pretty Woman Edinburgh
Wedding Shoes – Rainbow Club
Accessories – Tiara – René walrus, Edinburgh
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Handmade by a friend with silk from Malaysia; Flower girl dress from John Lewis
Florist – Fiona Cummings, Edinburgh
Wedding Transport – Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Cake – Made by a friend
Band – Obessession

From street to snow

Women’s winter boots

Snow is falling, pavements are getting slippier and our blue toes are crying out for some love. But finding the perfect pair of winter boots isn’t an easy task – do we substitute style for practicality or endure a few months of sliding along the streets? We’ve brought together a selection of boots for the job – from the sublime to the slightly ridiculous. The choice is yours.

You can’t go wrong with a bit of Scandi-style or Nordic-influence. These people know how to look seriously good when it gets cold. Whether you add the Sarah Lund-inspired jumper is up to you. Main image, sweater back tan snow boots from Edinburgh-based La Beau Boutique. Top right, Helly Hansen Iskoras Boots from John Lewis. Bottom right, Ilse Jacobsen cosy winter boots, available at Zalando.

Sticking with the international theme, Italian brand Olang has a huge range of boots designed for snowy conditions. We love the knitted cuff on these Cannes Tex boots (main image). And of course, you can rely on the Canadians to know what they’re doing when it comes to winter wear. Sorel boots became the world’s best-selling cold weather boot after being introduced in the 1960s. Our favourite pair is the Joan of Arc faux fur cuff boot (top right), available at ASOS. And we love the chunky style of these black winter boots (bottom right) by German brand Tamaris.

Can’t bring yourself to give up the heels this winter? These suede and shearling wedge heel boots by Jill Sander (left) could be the answer. And these knee high DKNY wedge boots (centre) will look gorgeous with a sweater dress and oversize coat. Or go all out with these Alexander McQueen shearling and leather ankle boots. Just take a taxi while you do it. All available at Net-a-Porter.

If you can’t live without your trusty Uggs, then these Maddi Mid Boots (top left), available at Office, will get you through ’til spring. And pavement pounding in the December shopping rush will feel more secure in these Sorel Chipakho Felt Boots (top right), available at Schuh.
Whether a trip to the Alps is on the cards or not, you can embrace your inner snow bunny with these Juicy Couture snowflake design boots (bottom right), available at ASOS. Or for board-inspired snow style, keep cosy in these DC Lodge Boots (bottom left) , available at Schuh. Having tested them in a Canadian snowstorm, we can vouch for their warmth! Adding an all in one snowsuit is optional and may lead to other crimes against fashion…
Need inspiration for winter style, Christmas gifts or wedding planning? We’d love to help! Just leave a comment below and we’ll get on the case.

  • cemmy - December 18, 2012 - 3:27 am

    thank you for sharing, i love your blog.ReplyCancel

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

This week the international fashion pack descended on Scotland, with Chanel hosting its annual Metiers d’Arts show at Linlithgow Palace.

Inspired by Scotland’s heritage and Mary Queen of Scots, who was born at the palace, the collection featured striking tartan, tweed, feather & leather looks, with ruffled collars sitting alongside reworked sporrans and hip flasks.

The show featured Scots supermodel Stella Tennant, and guests were treated to a medieval style banquet afterwards. You can check out the stunning looks unveiled on the night in the official footage here.

Looking for your dream wedding dress? Anais Bridal Couture in Milngavie is hosting a designer day with Elizabeth Stuart on Saturday, December 15th.

Known for her romantic, ‘future meets fairytale’ designs, Elizabeth Stuart  launched her collection after struggling to find the perfect dress for her own wedding.

For more details on the event contact Anais.

 

Christmas is almost upon us and to celebrate, Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh, is inviting guests into a world of festive glamour with an exclusive fashion show and preview of their indulgent Christmas Afternoon Tea this Sunday (December 9) from 3pm – 5pm.

Style and season will collide as guests enjoy an exclusive preview of Kakao by K’s Christmas collection before sampling a selection of seasonal treats including delicious Cinnamon Bombolonis, Mince Pies and Traditional Mulled Wine.

Tickets cost £15-20. Contact Hotel Missoni to book.

 

 

Need some gift shopping help from the We Fell In Love elves? For the men in your life,  we’ve put together a selection cufflinks – from quirky Lego to geek-chic designs.

And we’ve got a selection of gifts for gals – from gorgeous jewellery to travel accessories here.

If you’re in the market for a Christmas jumper, here are our favourites of 2012.


Photographed by Susan Renee Photography

at Aswanley

Huntly-Scotland

A glamourous, rustic barn dance was the inspiration for childhood sweethearts who have said “I love you” each and every day since they’ve been together.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
I was 14, nearly 15, and he was 16 when we first met and we’ve been together coming up for seven years in May. We instantly liked each other and that was it for us, we said ‘I love you’ after three weeks of officially being together and have said it to one another every day since then.
We were inspired by…
A glamorous rustic barn dance, we wanted it to be as homely and comfortable as possible for our guests.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
In as many ways as possible:
Our senior pastor, Ben, from our church – who’s known Matthew since he was born – married us, our youth pastor and good friend, Danny, spoke a beautiful sermon and another pastor, Mark, who was best man at Matt’s mum and dad’s wedding prayed a blessing over us.
My younger cousin, Rebecca, was our flower girl and she carried a basket, with a heart with the words “Matt here comes your girl” burned onto the wood.
Our recessional song that we walked out to was “Must’ve done something right” by Relient K which played as Matt proposed to me a year earlier.
We also used VOGUE and ELLE magazines as well as Financial Times newspapers as part of our décor to represent the industries that we both work in.
First dance – sedate shuffle, or choreographed routine?
Song: “Loving you, Loving me” – Dave Barnes
We didn’t choreograph it but some people thought we did because Matt dipped me backwards in the middle of the song and started spinning me round. It was natural and perfect for us.
Honeymoon or Mini Moon?
We couldn’t decide which to choose until two weeks before the wedding when we decided to book a 10 day honeymoon to Koh Samui, Thailand. It’s a great decision to just go away somewhere to relax if you can do it, we got a great last minute deal and it helped us get away from the wedding stress and enjoy being married.
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Walking down the aisle as Etta James sang “At Last” in the background and thinking that in two minutes I was going to be his wife, I don’t ever want to lose that feeling.
Why Scotland?
Because its our home and one of the most beautiful places on earth!
We love the idea of giving your groom a note at the top of the aisle – beautiful. What’s catching your eye from this wedding?
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Venue – Aswanley, Huntly
Photographer – Susan Renee Photography
Filmmaker – Darren Campbell, ETERNAL videography
Make-up Artist – Bridal Party did their own
Wedding Dress – Ian Stuart ‘Bali’ dress from his Belle Époque collectiony
Wedding Shoes – Nine West
Accessories – My wedding clutch was vintage, it was my mum’s ‘going away’ bag from her wedding
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Coast
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – The Scotch Corner, Turriff. The kilt was the Isle of Skye tartan.
Florist – The Flower Shop, Peterhead
Catering – Val Morrison, Inverurie
Cake – Made by my sister, Louise

Filmed by Cherry Tree Films

at St Salvator’s Chapel & The Old Course Hotel

St Andrews-Scotland

From meeting at school, to studying together at University, this love story began with friendship and grew into something more. St Andrews was the inspiration and proved the perfect setting for a wedding filled with personal touches.
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Andrew and I met at school, so we were friends for a while before we realised that we were meant to be more than friends. We have been together ever since then and celebrated our 10 year anniversary a month before the wedding!
We were inspired by…
The biggest inspiration came from St Andrews itself, but in addition to that, we had a handcrafted stamp made for our Save the Date cards which featured an adorable little red heart stamp (from the very talented lilimandrill on Esty). We used the heart stamp on all of our invitations, order of service and then incorporated it into our table plan and post box which featured the iconic St Andrews skyline. I suppose you could say the inspiration was love in St Andrews! The heart also tied in perfectly with the British Heart Foundation pin badges that we gave out as favours.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
Our goal was to have a traditional Scottish wedding, accented with personal touches. We wanted to include and to personalise all of the traditional elements of the day, so Andrew had a white rose as his buttonhole with some Holly (for me!), our table names were houses from Jane Austen novels, made from the pages of the books (because I love Jane Austen) and we had gorgeous Bride and Groom bears, knitted by Andrew’s Granny, sitting next to our cake.
What was on your wedding menu?
To start, we offered a goats’ cheese and sun blushed tomato filo tart with basil dressing, it was simple but delicious! Our main was the star: beef fillet wellington with a wild mushroom sauce, dauphinoise potatoes, coriander carrots and broad beans. So many people have told us it is the best beef wellington they have ever had! The Old Course certainly excelled themselves. For dessert, we had sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Yummy!
First dance – sedate shuffle, or choreographed routine?
Sedate shuffle! Andrew had bought me dance lessons for Christmas a few years ago and although we discussed having more lessons I didn’t want to worry about remembering a routine so we just held each other close, swayed to a special song and enjoyed a tender moment together. We played ‘Just Breathe’ by Pearl Jam.
Honeymoon or Mini Moon?
We went on an incredible honeymoon to Hawaii. A beach-side cottage looking out onto a stunning tropical vista was the perfect place to unwind after all the excitement, to reflect on the big day and simply to be together. It was paradise!
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
There are so many little moments that will make me smile forever, like my bridesmaids running into the room so they could see me in my dress, to arriving at the chapel to the sound of the wedding bells, and our first dance. But I think the best moment was walking down the aisle. Not only was it very emotional, seeing Andrew waiting for me but I found it very touching to see everyone I knew and loved smiling at me and watching me as I walked towards my soon to be husband!
Why Scotland?
We spent five great years together at the University of St Andrews, falling in love with the dramatic scenery of the East Neuk and the charm of the Auld Grey Toon. Andrew actually proposed to me at the end of the Pier, so St Andrews has been at the heart of our relationship. We’re both from Scotland and, as St Andrews is so special to us, we knew it would be the perfect place to create more memories.
We love this tale of romance. What’s your favourite part of Holly and Andrew’s love story?
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Ceremony venue – St Salvator’s Chapel, St Andrews
Reception venue – The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Filmmaker – Cherry Tree Films
Photographer – Claremont Photography
Make-up Artist – Look Good Makeup
Wedding Dress – Phillipa Lepley
Wedding Shoes – Emmy’s Shoes
Accessories – Kelly Spence
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – The Finer Detail
Florist – Planet Flowers
Cake – One Fine Day
Band – The Tatties
Wedding Transport – Ian Cargill Cars

  • Zoe - December 19, 2012 - 8:01 am

    OOooh – Cherry Tree does it again – in tears!! GORGEOUS images – beautiful wedding, so such lovely moments – thank you so much for sharing this xxxReplyCancel

Cufflinks for the boys

They’re classic and elegant and they say a lot about a man. Now just to decide which cufflinks to select for your beloved groom, best-man or Dad. Here are a few we’ve spotted…

We love these cufflinks from Shiny Cufflinks. If your man is a cycling enthusiast, or road-racer himself, then the antique-style cufflinks are perfect. They’re hand made in the UK and designed by British designer Dave Faulkner. For the boy that never grows up, you can’t beat this lego design, or this Geek-Chic tribute to his i-phone home button..

For a splash of colour, we’re loving this selection from Ted Baker and Paul Smith. It could act as a subtle nod towards your bridesmaids’ colour…

For your Scottish wedding, a great gift (especially for the non-Scottish chaps in your bridal party) could be these hand-pierced thistles. Or how about personalising them with the place or date of your wedding? We spied all three on Not on The High Street.

And for classic, timeless design we love these cufflinks from Hugo Boss and Tiffany & Co.
Any favourite or unusual cufflinks you’ve got your eye on?.

Photographed by Craig & Eva Sanders

at Port of Mentieth Church & Roman Camp Hotel

Callander-Scotland

Soft pastel shades, to complement the pink walls of the country house hotel setting, set the tone for a day full of romance.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We went to school together and, after a brief flirtation aged 14, we went our separate ways. Ten years later we met again at a party and hit it off immediately. We’ve been laughing ever since.
How was the question popped?
Christmas 2010 in the gardens of Roman Camp, down by the river on bended knee in the snow. It was perfect.
Any unexpected moments?
My Mum surprised us all by providing the “last word” of my Dad’s speech as she quoted from the Bob Dylan song “Forever Young”. Joe is named after the singer as his middle name is Dylan. We will never forget that moment as everyone cheered and whooped as she rose to speak. It was amazing!
My brothers wrote and performed a song for us called “Growing Old” during the ceremony. It was so special and made the ceremony very personal to us.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
We honeymooned in Italy for three weeks, leaving a day after the wedding. First staying on the Pantheon Square in Rome, then soaking up the culture of Florence, a week in a secluded villa in Tuscany and then a final week spent hiking, paragliding and on cable cars in the Dolomites…bliss!
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
We like tradition but only chose things that worked for us. We didn’t have a top table but two big round ones in the middle for the bridal party and all our brothers and sisters. We also didn’t pose for many formal photographs, preferring just to spend as much time as we could with our guests. Craig and Eva did a wonderful job and our favorite shots are the natural ones were we are just laughing and having fun.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Now we are a family – we feel so lucky and have had the best time, but it’s only just the beginning! (Cheesy, yes, but it’s true!)
So much to love here, but we have to give a special mention to those gorgeous pink ballet pumps. And to the beautiful bouquets and flowers, which were created by Heather’s very talented mum, Sheena. We’d love to hear what you love most about this big day.
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Ceremony venue – Port of Mentieth Church
Reception venue – Roman Camp Hotel
Photographer – Craig & Eva Sanders
Wedding dress & veil – Crystal at By Storm. Heather: “I loved the 1950s style with the halter neck and full skirt. It was a dream to wear.”
Accessories – Heather wore a necklace, bracelet and diamond earrings that Joe has bought over the years (her something old) and a diamond bracelet from Tiffany’s that her best friends gave her for her 30th. She also wore crystal hair pins from Corrine Smith Design.
Shoes – Pink rose ballet pumps from Pretty Ballerina – “I knew I wouldn’t manage in heels, being very clumsy, so Joe gave me these for Christmas.”
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Angelique Lamont Bridalwear – “We got a seamstress to add the halter neck to link in with my dress”
Groom’s outfit – MacGregor and MacDuff
Hair Stylist – Angela Christie at Wedding Hair Designer
Make-up Artist – Jules Watson at Wedding Makeup Scotland
Flowers & cake – Friends & family
Band – Bahookie
Wedding transport – Pink Limo Company and Mackies Coaches

Wedding flowers

Striking Succulents

Full of colour and texture, succulents are available all year round and make a great addition to bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

If you’re using succulents in your wedding flowers, or have a different idea altogether, please share it by leaving a comment.