We’re In Love
Here’s what has caught our eye this week
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.
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.
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…
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
(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
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.
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?
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
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
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?
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.
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
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!
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?
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
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!