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Following on from the beautiful creative shoot we shared yesterday on the blog, we’ve spotted that one of the top team behind this – Days Gone By Jams and Preserves, are sharing their wares at The Carnaby Market, St Andrews on Saturday 23rd February.

Not only can you bag some of their homemade jams and preserves for you (or your Mum – cue – remember mother’s day), but who knows you may find yourself indulging in some vintage fashion or jewellery while you’re there.

Sounds like a fun day out in St Andrews we think.

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And if you’re not in Fife on the 23rd of February, then you might just want to head along to Glasgow…

The Scottish Wedding Show is taking place on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th February in Glasgow’s SECC.

It’s one of Scotland’s biggest shows and there will be ideas and inspiration; cake tasting and the chance to meet suppliers first hand and perhaps tick-off some of the to-do list.

Tickets are available here.

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Fancy becoming a little creative with jewellery for your wedding (for yourself or as a gift)?

Then why not book yourself into one of Rene Walrus’ jewellery making classes (dates in February and March 2013).

Might be just the ticket for a girls night out…


Tweed, Twine & Vintage Lace

Today we journey to a village in Fife where we discover Carphin House, the beautiful backdrop to this creative shoot. It was a shoot about all things tweed, twine and vintage. Be inspired by this top team, their style and beautiful look…

We love how Zöe and the team created this shoot – if you had to pick one favourite bit, what would it be?
Credits
Photographer – Photos by Zöe
Venue – Carphin House by St Andrews
Make-up Artist – Jillian Elizabeth Make-up Artistry
Florist – Twigs and Twine
Models – Lucinda Shale, Charlene M M Key and John O-Hagan
Wedding Dresses – Lamesley Bridal, Edinburgh (inc The Vintage Wedding Dress Company)
Kiltmaker – Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers
Props – Hatters Catering and Kit and Caboodle
Homemade Preserves – Days Gone Bye Homemade Jams and Preserves
Cake – Heather’s Cakes
Stationery – Twenty Seven – The Online Wedding Stationery Company

  • Saddleworth Shindigs - February 7, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Oh wow, so very beautiful, love everything!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hayler - February 7, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Oh my gosh…these are so beautiful…I love all of it!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Packard - February 7, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    So hard to choose my favourite. I think they are all gorgeous. Well done Zoe and team. XReplyCancel

  • WENDY GRANT PHOTOGRAPHY - February 7, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Absolutely beautiful as always from the lovely and very talented Zoe! I love everything about this shoot but I think my personal favourite has to be the one on the stairs.ReplyCancel

  • Zoe Campbell - February 7, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    gorgeous as always from lovely Zoe 🙂 I love these gorgeous emotive images, you get such a lovely warm feeling from them. Stunning work by all what an amazing team 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • Siegrid Cain Photography - February 7, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    can’t chose a favourite photo – they are all just amazing. I keep going back to the black&white photo of bride on the stairs looking upwards into the light. The flower-wreath and vintage dress are huge eye-catchers and I love the table decorations.
    Zoe you are just fabulous xReplyCancel

  • Shelly Mantovani - February 7, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Blummin lovely work from Zoe. Awesome stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 7, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous Zoe. xReplyCancel

  • Jaye Cole | Tux and Tales Photography - February 7, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    What a GORGEOUS shoot. Stunning! The models are so beautiful and I love the dresses – they are so beautiful.

    And the table set up with the fruit – love it!

    Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Nicolson - February 7, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Beautiful results Zoe – well done and thanks from Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Morter - February 7, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Such beautiful work Zoe!ReplyCancel

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Photographed by Soraya Photography

at The Torridon Hotel

Invernesshire-Scotland

Nestled into a corner of the North West of Scotland is a hotel by a loch. On Bonfire night, with the wedding ceremony at dusk and a fireworks display at night, it really was a day to be remembered…

Who saw who first?
David’s brother and I used to work together, we used to meet at work/family gatherings. Got together on a work xmas night out! The rest is history…
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We kept it small (38 guests) and intimate. We had the hotel for exclusive use for the weekend. Our guests arrived on Friday and left on Sunday morning. Activities were organised for the saturday morning: clay pigeon shooting and archery. Our wedding ceremony was at dusk on the Saturday afternoon.
What was on your wedding menu?
Macaroni cheese the night before as part of a buffet (bride’s request)! Scottish beef from the hotel’s own herd
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We danced to Elton John – your song.
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Start planning as early as you can. Don’t go for theatrics, simplicity is much more effective.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Our fireworks display! We got married on 5th November: bonfire night!
Why Scotland?
Beautiful surroundings, excellent hospitality. It’s our home…
Remember, remember the 5th of November. Have you picked a significant date for your wedding?
Suppliers
Venue – The Torridon Hotel
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding Dress – Ian Stuart
Shoes – Christian Louboutin blue velvet, my something blue
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Saris (my parents are Sri Lankan)
Make-up Artist – Preen Beauty, Aberdeen, (Laura and Sarah).
Hairdresser – Max at Toni & Guy, Aberdeen, (one of David’s close friends)
Florist – Amanda Call Flowers
Cake – Made by the Bride!! and Bridesmaids: red velvet lower tier, victoria sponge middle tier, carrot cake top tier
Band – i-tunes shuffle

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Wedding style

Emerald Green

As the official pantone colour of 2013, Emerald Green is a colour that’s catching our eye. Here’s a few ideas of how you can be on-trend by introducing it into your wedding day – either as a main colour, or a subtle highlight…

Described by Pantone as a lively, radiant, lush green, Emerald is the Color of the Year for 2013. We love its freshness and think it will work naturally for a spring or summer wedding, and provide a burst of bright for an autumn or winter colour. We’re looking forward to seeing how you’ll wear it.

Add a touch of colour with these shoes. For heels we’ve spotted two top pairs from Jimmy Choo and the Green Trinked Flats are from Anthropologie. (made with real soft Italian seude – seriously your feet will love you)


For jewellery, we spotted a gorgeous vintage-inspired necklace – Ines from Anthropologie and a simply out-of-this-world Swarovski crystal piece from Gabriele Frantzen, available from Harvey Nichols. For the ears, how about these Nina Bredal Studs from John Lewis, or this drop earring, also from Anthropologie ?


How about choosing Emerald Green for your bridesmaids, or even for your own dress. Dresses from L-R; T-B are Coast (Maxi); Morven from Joyce Young by Storm; Coast (Maxi – Benhaz); ASOS and Daltoness (also from Coast)

For the true Scotsman, Green is already a very natural colour, with lots of tartans having it as a base. You could invest in some Emerald Green Kilt socks to enhance your look, or add a touch with this brooch for your plaid from Kilts and Cashmere. And if green tartan’s not part of your look, then fear not you can still wear a splash of green with accessories, such as this watch from Paul Smith.

Remember colour can be a fantastic way of adding accent to your day. How about adding colour to your table, your stationery or even your gifts for family and bridal party? You can pick Emerald Green ribbon and add scatter some emerald jewels, such as these from John Lewis

For your personal touch of Emerald, we’ve spotted hairpiece from Melle Cloche; Models Own Emerald Black nail polish – for daytime or an evening look. And as the most subtle touch, a tartan garter, such as this one from The Scotland Shop.

For those guests, or family members there are lots of fun ways to introduce colour. We love Eyeco Skinny eyecolour from Harvey Nichols. Or how about updating your i-phone cover for the year – or simply the wedding. You can even wrap your present in some cool on-Pantone lettered wrapping paper, from Indigo Elephant, through Not on The High Street.
Is Emerald Green on your colour palette for your wedding? We’d love to see what’s inspiring you.

Filmed by Little Love Films

at Stirling Castle

Stirling-Scotland

As dusk fell on a winters’ night in Stirling, Sharon and Brian wed by candlelight in Stirling Castle. From the very arrival of the bride through to the bridesmaids performing backing vocals, this looks like a party you would definitely want to be part of…
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight
How was the question popped?
On Brian’s 50th birthday over dinner with family and friends in Gleneagles Hotel. The words “Will you marry me?” were written in chocolate on my desert plate…
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?
One sister gave me a dainty, old hanky; my husband gave me a new ring amethyst ring to wear, I borrowed beautiful hair slides from my second sister and my blue was of course, a garter from sister number three.
Any unexpected moments?
When my husband couldn’t talk after he watched a recording of me singing a love song to him as part of my speech. I knew I wouldn’t be in a position to sing the words I knew I really wanted to say, given the emotion of the moment, so 9 months prior to the big day I enlisted the help of a fabulous singing coach, Catriona Lang, and Brian’s daughter’s partner, Barry McIntosh (Sound Engineer) to create my own music video to play at the end of my speech. All the Videography and Photography was wonderfully brought together for me, kept as a secret from Brian, by Jill Cherry Porter Photography.
Best compliment on your wedding?
“People ask me about the wedding, and I can’t tell them just how spectacular it was. It was simply the best wedding we’ve ever been at or likely ever to be at. Pure Joy!”
Honeymoon or Mini Moon?
5 week-long honeymoon: Australia; Singapore; Vietnam and Hong Kong
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
Mixed – we had no cake and instead all our guests drank a toast to friendship from special, handmade Arran quiachs. We also married at 18.00 by candlelight then ate and danced on to 01.00.
Why Scotland?
There’s no place like home.
We love Sharon’s entrance and the how she and Brian danced up the aisle. How are you planning to rock the aisle on your wedding day?
Suppliers
Ceremony venue – The Chapel Royal, Stirling Castle
Reception venue – A champagne and canapés reception in the Palace of Stirling Castle before the ceremony. Then in to the Great Hall for dinner and a party
Filmmaker – Little Love Films
Photographer – Jill Cherry Porter Photography
Make-up Artist – Angela Ellis from AMR Beauty Therapy, Hyndland, Glasgow
Hairdresser – Tony Eadie, Parc, Stirling
Wedding Dress – Joyce Young, By Storm, Milngavie, Glasgow. Joyce took my sketches and designed my perfect gown, coat and of course marabou feather collar!
Wedding Shoes – Rainbow shoes
Accessories – Ian Gallagher, Stirling
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Dessy
Florist – Marylin Bevan, Head Florist, Loch Lomond Golf Club
Stationery – Jill Cherry Porter Photography & Claryce Design
Caterer – Benugo at Stirling Castle
Band – Our fabulously talented friends: Iain Forbes (Guitar player and Singer/songwriters), Barbara Forbes (backing vocals and percussion), Gary McEwan (vocals and guitarist) and Barry McIntosh (bass guitarist and recording studio owner)
Wedding Transport – Loch Lomond Golf Club

Ewan Kirkpatrick – Drumtochy Castle

Recently we caught up with Ewan Kirkpatrick; GM of Drumtochty Castle and through-and-through people-person. As someone who has lived and breathed hospitality for most of his life, we think he’d make a great dinner party guest…

What did you do before you were General Manager of Drumtochty Castle?

I have always worked in the hospitality industry – ever since I was 14 years old. It was the only job I ever wanted to do. After leaving school I trained at Telford College in Edinburgh. I worked my way up through the industry and then went to Bermuda for 6 years. When I returned I went to work for Macdonald Hotels as restaurant manager of Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeen and within ten years I was appointed to General Manager.

What do you love most about it?
I love getting to know the couples and tailoring the service we provide to fit their dream perfectly. The fact that I can share people’s most special day, and help them achieve the wedding they have always wanted.

What’s been the highlight so far?

The highlight has to be the diverse range of people I meet from all over the world. If every wedding was the same it would not be nearly as exciting, I don’t know who’s coming through my front door. One day Kylie Minogue walked in… In many cases I keep in touch with the couples who have tied the knot at Drumtochty.

Which new trends are you seeing?
For me I definitely think the trends coming through are a much more personal wedding to the couples. You hear more often guests saying “that’s so them”. 20 years ago when I first started running weddings they were all very much the same, but now each couple wants to make everything personal and I love to see and help them get there.
What’s your favourite thing about Scottish weddings?
Within the wedding scene in the North East of Scotland there’s a huge range of very professional suppliers. Working with these suppliers makes my job so much easier. It’s like one big family; everybody will help out everybody else.


Who inspires you?
I really like people, and that’s what inspires me to give the best service that can be offered. I try and instil this into my staff – we should be going the extra mile for our guests.
If you weren’t GM of the Drumtochty Castle what would you be doing?
If I’m honest I’m not totally sure what I’d be doing, if I wasn’t working in the hospitality industry, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else; but I guess I would make a good dog walker, or maybe a postman.. Maybe one of these jobs if I ever retire!
On a rare day off, we’ll find you where?
On a rare day off, I spend my time tinkering with my kit car which I have been attempting to build for the past 5 years! This machine should be on the road this summer with any luck, I’m sure there will be pictures of it on our Drumtochty Facebook page. Either that or battling though the huge list of jobs my wife seems to leave at every opportunity!
We think that behind every great wedding is a top team. Who are the stars of your day?

  • Ross McCrosson - February 4, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Having worked as a supplier to Drumtochty Castle with http://www.bahookie.org, for many years, I have to say that Ewan is a true gentleman and should be the standard that every GM should set to attain.

    Its our favourite venue and have always found that each couple are treated with dignity and respect, and made to feel genuinaly special.

    Well done Mr KReplyCancel

  • Julie Brinklow (Thistle Piping) - February 6, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Ewan is an inspiration.

    He knows exactly what to do in all situations and it never ceases to amaze me that when Ewan tells me that dinner will be 4:30pm, I can look at my watch just before I pipe them into the room and know that it’s going to say 4:30pm!

    He runs a tight ship, his staff know exactly what is required when they work for Ewan and they respect him immensely.

    A truly remarkable man.

    Julie the Piper
    Thistle Piping
    http://www.thistlepiping.comReplyCancel

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

If you’re on the hunt for your perfect bridal gown at a fraction of the price, Stewart Parvin have a Sample Sale this weekend in their London boutique! With discounts of up to 80% off previous season dresses, veils and accessories this could be the weekend you find “the one”.

Held on Friday 1st February and Saturday 2nd February 2013 with fresh stock added each day, we’ve a feeling this could be one sample sale that you’d want to be at nice and early!

Full details of the sale can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

With Valentines day just a few short sleeps away, we’ve seen (and swooned) over these gorgeous handmade valentine’s cards by Emma of 27 – The online wedding stationery company.

Available now through Not On The High Street, these cards can even be written and sent by Emma so the sender’s identity will be a true mystery!

As we’re now into February, we hope that all those good intentions of healthy eating are still going strong. But you know every now and then it’s ok to enjoy a bit of something you love.

We are very excited about the new Krispy Kreme Doughnut store coming to Edinburgh.

Opening on the 13th of February it’s just in time for Valentines day so could make for a very special treat. Or how about introducing a Doughnut Bar for your wedding? Your guests will love it!


Photographed by Lynne Kennedy Photography

at Loch Ness Country House Hotel

Inverness-Scotland

There was a whole lot of love in the air and a little bit of snow on the ground for this autumn wedding. With the music and words for the ceremony completely personalised, it was a day for family and friends to come together and celebrate…

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
Love at First Sight.
We were inspired by…
Our family and friends. We wanted to celebrate with those closest to us and for everyone to enjoy the day.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We decided not to have a religious ceremony, but it was really important that our civil ceremony was meaningful to us and personalised. We wrote the ceremony ourselves and included readings by my brother and sister which reflected our personalities and relationship (What is Love? and A Lovely Love Story). The music included Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered when we were signing the register and Jack Johnson – Better Together for walking back down the aisle. I also made as much as I could myself including invitations, orders of service, the table plan and place names (with the help of our mums!).
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
More than Words by Extreme – Definitely a sedate shuffle!
What is your advice for future brides?
Don’t get stressed out over small details. The important thing is that you and your husband have a day that you love that is special and personalised to you, and that you celebrate with close family and friends. The day flies past, so take time out during the day to take it all in! Also, try not to get stressed out over the invite list – invite people that are special to you that you really want to be there to help you celebrate.
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
We had an amazing 3 week honeymoon to Thailand and Cambodia – we loved every minute.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
The fact that it snowed in October – we loved it!
Why Scotland?
It’s our home, and the Highlands are beautiful. We are both from Inverness / The Black Isle but have lived in Glasgow for a number of years. We never considered getting married anywhere but the Highlands, and when we visited Loch Ness Country House Hotel, we fell in love with it straight away.
We love that family and friends inspired Nicola and Stephen. Isn’t that what your wedding day should be all about?
Suppliers
Venue – Loch Ness Country House Hotel
Photographer – Lynne Kennedy Photography
Wedding dress – Rosetta Nicolini from The Bridal Room, House of Fraser
Shoes – Belle from West End Wedding Boutique
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Dress to Impress
Make-up Artist – Eileen Solan
Hairdresser – Louise Chrystal
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – Slanj Kilts
Florist – Angela Hunter
Cake – Cupcake Creations
Band – The Anne Dickson Band

Wedding style

Flower girls

The growing number of mini bridesmaids on the wedding scene is hard to miss. From Kate Middleton’s more modest four to Kate Moss’ flock of 15 flower girls, it’s a trend that looks set to continue this year. Here’s our pick of some of the cutest styles for your favourite little girls.

If your individual style is more punk than princess, or you like something a bit quirky, then how about having your flower girls rock one of these frocks? Main image, Rule Britannia Tutu by The Button Tree; Bottom left, Millie London Print Dress by Poppy; Bottom right, Frilled Dress by Nyoki Handmade London, all available at Not on The High Street.

Add a touch of colour or detail, from flowers to frills, to tie in with your wedding theme. Top left, Stone Chiffon Bronte Dress by Tulip and Nettle; Top right, Amy Jewel Dress by Little Bevan; Middle left, Angels Face Peaches & Cream Dress by Little Linens; Middle right, BHS Lydia Cameo Dress; Bottom left, Christabel lace dress by Monsoon; Bottom right, Alfred Angelo Style 710.

Be it ivory or white, little girls love getting to dress like the bride. Keep it classic with these looks. Top left, BHS Lydia Ivory Strappy Dress; Top middle, Dessy Flower Girl Dress FL4026; Top right, John Lewis Fairy Bridesmaids Dress; Main image, Style FL4036 by Dessy; Middle right, Coast Lara Dress; Bottom right, Gilly Gray Flower Girl Dress.
Are you planning on having flower girls in your wedding party? If so, we’d love to hear what they will be wearing!

Scottish Weddings

Summer Loving

Scottish summers are all about the long nights and the promise of warmer weather. Perfect for your wedding guests to don their hats, ready for sipping Pimms on the lawn!

If you’re planning a summer wedding in Scotland it is possible to allow yourself to dream (and plan) for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The great thing about choosing to tie the knot in Scotland is that it is only the minister or celebrant that needs to be licensed, not the venue. What does that mean for you? It means you can pretty much get married anywhere – with permission of course. We love that!

Summer colours should make you smile. We love bolds and brights that will look vibrant on a sunny day (and brighten the day should it be less sunny). For bridesmaids you can also think shorter as well as full-length as summer is the time when you don’t need to plan for the warm wrap.

You can continue the colour theme when thinking of food for your wedding. In Scotland, berries come into their own in summer. Strawberries and blueberries work well for deserts and for canapés. You can also introduce colour in your Pimms or a cheeky wee champagne cocktail. Or what about organising some ice cold beers? Sure to be a hit on a balmy summers’ day with the boys! And then, of course, there’s the ultimate summer treat everyone will love – ice-cream for your guests.

Outdoor locations for photographs become more possible in the summer months. You might just think of planning to get some shots in a field, on a hill or simply slip into the gardens to bask in the sun… Chat to your photographer and share your ideas (and hear some of theirs too!)

Not only does summer make you think of venturing outside for photographs, your guests will also want to enjoy the sun. So why not plan your entertainment so that if the weather’s nice your whole wedding reception can decant outdoors? Parasols, outdoor furniture, chilled out music and giant games mean the party can make the most of the weather.

And when you’re thinking of summer in Scotland then think on those long summer nights. Ideal for dancing until the wee hours or watching the sun go down. We love summer.
Planning a summer wedding in Scotland? What are you dreaming of?