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Planning your autumn wedding

Autumn is the season of change; when the colours come alive with flaming reds and burnt oranges. In Scotland thoughts are turning to candles and open-fires, while continuing to enjoy the last breath of late summer sun. For those planning an autumn (or fall) wedding there’s a palette of colour just waiting to be explored.

Be inspired by what’s outside and available. Think leaves, with reds and oranges, autumn berries, pumpkins…

From stationery through to flowers and frocks, plan seasonal and bold to give warmth and colour-pop.

How about serving up some whisky cocktails to warm your guests? The colour of autumn and a taste of Scotland.

For your wedding menu, how about starting with a chutney, or some soup? There are lots of great seasonal root vegetables to choose from… and for pudding you can’t go wrong with a touch of berries.

And for your room setting, golds and oranges look rich and inviting. Or you could introduce some contrasting creams or even some pink. Have fun with colour and remember you can never have enough candles.
If you’re planning an autumn wedding, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas…

  • Donna Marshall - August 28, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Mmmmm, that food looks yummy! Lovely ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Snedden - August 28, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    Love the depth of these autum colours (matches perfectly with the whiskey cocktails there!) great to see such beautifully subtle but fun ideas.ReplyCancel

Photographed by Soraya Photography

at Martin’s Memorial Church & Stornoway Town Hall

Isle of Lewis-Scotland

The most northerly island in The Hebrides was the magical setting for this local couple to tie the knot. And while a broken down ferry meant it wasn’t all plain sailing, their family and friends pitched in to ensure it was a perfect day.

HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
The tables were named after villages in South Lochs, on the Isle of Lewis, the area John grew up in. My father also owned a farm in the area, which he had to sell recently due to ill health, so the top table was named after the farm – ‘Crobeag’. We hope to settle in South Lochs one day.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
My father is a local farmer and butcher, the evening buffet featured Charlie Barley’s mini scotch pies with Stornoway black pudding and pork sausage rolls with caramelised red onion, also from the butchers!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
‘Blair Douglas – Kate Martin’s Waltz’. Shuffle! We couldn’t wait to get the rest of the wedding party and guests on the floor to take the heat off!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Go local, everything we sourced locally (on the Isle of Lewis/Scotland) or from friends, was hassle free. We live on an island and the ferry broke down the day before the wedding, leaving the caterers, photographer and guests stuck on the mainland. Thankfully they all managed to make it via another ferry route sailing to the Isle of Harris.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Ria: “It’s hard to say one thing! For me it was my father walking me down the aisle. He has suffered Parkinson’s disease for over 10 years and has been very ill following a hip operation last year. His mobility was very limited as his hip had been removed and he was walking using crutches, but he still managed to march me up the aisle!
“Also my Granny Jessie arriving at the church, she has also been very ill over the last year and we had planned to go to the hospital after the service to see her. It was a lovely surprise to see her there; she even made it to the reception for the wedding breakfast before going back to the hospital.”
John: “Having all our friends and family helping, especially when the caterers were delayed by a ferry breakdown. Everyone went out of their way to help get the hall set up and tables laid at 10pm the night before the wedding. We really couldn’t have managed without them.
“We were also overwhelmed by the number of people who had come along to the church to see us after the service, there was a change in the weather and the sun broke out just as we stepped out of the church, it was a surreal experience!”
WHY SCOTLAND?
We love it here. We are both from the Isle of Lewis; getting married anywhere else was not an option. The weather is unpredictable, but the craic is great!
Ria & John’s love for Lewis really shines through in their big day – from the tablenames to the locally-sourced menu. Feeling inspired?
Suppliers
Ceremony venue – Martin’s Memorial Church, Stornoway
Reception venue – Stornoway Town Hall
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding dress – Eden by Jenny Packham
Accessories – Odna Bridal Headdress II by Jenny Packham
Wedding & engagement rings – Kenneth Moore Jewellers, Inverness
Shoes – Dune
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Belsoie (Bordeaux) by Jasmine Bridal
Groom’s outfit – Ben Wyvis Kilts, Inverness
Hair Stylist – Bride: Jennifer’s Hair Salon, Stornoway; Bridesmaids: Carol, Back Hair Studio, Isle of Lewis
Make-up Artist – Elaine Macdonald Freelance Make Up, Stornoway
Florist – Anderson Road Nurseries, Stornoway
Band – Mànran
Wedding transport – John’s 1983 Ford Escort XR3i Mk 3, a project he has been working on over the last few years.

Photographed by Kirstie Abbey Photography

at Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

Royal Deeside was the scenic setting for this elegant country house wedding. With the beautiful surroundings, bespoke Humanist ceremony and table names based on Louise & Alan’s travels, it was an enchanting day.

We were inspired by?
I had a clear idea of what I wanted our wedding to look like. I did look at magazines and blogs, but the initial ideas I had when we first got engaged 18 months ago were pretty much the same as what we had on the day. Black and white touches with lots of candles and hydrangeas!
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We chose to have a Humanist ceremony as I loved that it allowed us to tell our guests a little more about us, how we became a couple and our engagement. Our table names were also named after the countries we have visited together.
FIRST DANCE? CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Last Request – Paolo Nutini, it was definitely not choreographed!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Be organised! Don’t leave things to the last minute or hope they will fall in place, they probably won’t. As I was organised I could enjoy the run up to the wedding with my family and bridesmaids and not spend time running about panicking.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
We hired the venue out for the weekend, so the whole experience was amazing but probably my favourite part was when we saw each other for the first time. The realisation that after all the planning it was finally here and we were lucky enough to share it with all the people that mean the most to us.
WHY SCOTLAND?
We always knew we would get married in Scotland, it is home and there is nowhere else like it!
We love the classic elegance of Louse & Alan’s wedding and their black & white colour scheme. What do you love most?
Suppliers
Venue – Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory
Photographer – Kirstie Abbey Photography
Wedding dress – White One by Pronovias
Accessories – Bracelet and earrings – ‘something borrowed’ from a friend; Pearl Tiffany bracelet – a present from Louise’s brother on the wedding day; Hair comb, a supplier on Etsy – Chantal Eveleen
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Coast
Hair Stylist – Tracy Woods
Make-up Artist – Erin McGairy at Estilo
Florist – Dolce Vita Flowers
Cake – Made by Alan’s granny
Band – The Limit

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Fancy learning how to make hairpins like these or a set of stunning Swarovski ear-rings?

For all the creative souls out there, new jewellery and tiara making classes will be starting at top Edinburgh wedding jewellery boutique, Rene Walrus in September.

We are feeling more than a little tempted…

Huge congratulations to Aberdeen-based photographer Nicholas Frost, who was awarded an Associateship by the Master Photographers Association this week.

You can view weddings by Nicholas and his very talented wife, Carol on We Fell In Love here.

Loving your work, as always, guys!

Planning your wedding in Perthshire?

On Sunday 2nd September Crieff Hydro are hosting a wedding fayre, with ideas and inspiration and even the chance to enter into a cheeky wee prize draw.

If you’d like to go along, you can register here


Photographed by Nordica Photography

In Edinburgh

Scotland

Precisely 72 hours after they said ‘I do’ by an old pine tree in Michigan, Heather and Mike had embarked on their honeymoon adventure in Scotland. As a surprise, Heather had organised a honeymoon shoot to help tell their story. It’s quirky, poetic and incredibly romantic and we fell in love with it at first sight of these pictures.

Tell us about the proposal…
It was April. We were walking our dog, Raleigh, through the woods in the sleepy country town we live in, and we were going off trail a little bit. We came upon a spot up high on the valley that runs through our town, with a decent view of the river that runs through it. All of a sudden, Mike starts digging in his pocket and says “Raleigh and I have something we want to ask you.” He pulled out a ring, muttered that famous phrase, and I think I stuck the ring on my finger before I even remembered to say yes. My favorite part of the whole thing was, as we were hugging one another and I was crying like the sap that I am, I just heard Mike utter “Damnit, I forgot to take a knee” and then we were both laughing. It was perfect. As far as I’m concerned, a proposal isn’t complete without a little comic relief and profanity.
Where did you get married?
We got married under a gigantic pine tree at our 160 year old country home in Michigan. The house itself is really special to us, especially me. It’s the house my Dad was raised in, and we moved in and took over the old clunker after my grandfather passed away. The roof leaks, and the basement is something out of a nightmare for most people, but it’s home, and we’re working on returning it to it’s former glory.
Tell us about planning your Scottish honeymoon…
My late paternal grandmother was from Scotland, and I always remembered her talking about home before she passed away. It’s always been on my list of places I’ve wanted to go. I’ve felt that pull ever since I lost my grandmother in middle school. Originally, we had planned a more modest honeymoon in the Florida keys, but one day we were sitting at home and Mike just turned to me and said “I’ve been looking into it, and I think we should go to Scotland.” to which I think I responded “Are you f**king serious?” and from there, the plans began. We had a very small window of time to work with for our honeymoon. We got married on June 9th, and since I’m a wedding photographer, I had to be back in Michigan on June 23rd for a wedding. We knew we just wanted to rent a car and go, once we got to Scotland, and that’s just what we did, visiting Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Skye, Loch Lomond, and Stirling. Our favorite part of Scotland, by far, was the Isle of Skye. My grandmother always spoke about it, and she was a MacLeod. It was amazing to visit such a beautiful place that I had heard so much about, and that some of my ancestors had come from. Also, the B&B we stayed at, on Skye, had 2 adorable dogs, and we’re into that.The only hard plans I made before traveling was booking Nordica for the session that brings us here today. The session was a surprise for Mike. He and I are both big Wes Anderson fans, and I’ve always felt Nordica’s work has a similar visual quality as Wes’ films, so even though Mike isn’t as big of a photography buff as I am, I knew he would love the results. These photos were taken less than 72 hours after our wedding in a place I have always dreamed of visiting. It’s awesome that we have something to document that time in our lives.

We’re more than a little bit in love with this honeymoon shoot. Isn’t it a perfect sequel to your wedding photography?

  • Philly - August 23, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    GorgeousReplyCancel

  • Niels - August 23, 2012 - 8:08 pm

    Knowing Edinburgh as I do, I love this view of the city… what a gorgeous shoot.ReplyCancel

  • Anja - February 14, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    I fell in love with the pictures <3ReplyCancel

  • s h e r r y - February 15, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Ack, I looove these!ReplyCancel

Buttonholes

You say boutonnière, I say buttonhole…whatever you call them, they’ve come a long way from the once ubiquitous sprig of heather or traditional thistle. Here are some ideas to get you started.

If you’re having a traditional Scottish wedding then the call of the thistle can be hard to resist. Whether teamed with heather, berries or some other funky blooms, it always looks good.

A thistle and rose combination can work well too, particularly if you’re from different sides of the border and want to give a nod to both countries.

Simple white sprigs of flowers contrast well against dark jackets – we love these classic, elegant buttonholes.

And what can be more romantic than a single rose?

Or how about a splash of bold colour, to contrast with the groom’s jacket and tie in with the bouquets. We love this colour pop!

A seasonal theme can be carried through to the buttonholes, like these stunning autumnal berry creations.

Or how about something elegant like ivory ranunculus? Or a solitary orchid for a timeless look to blend beautifully with the other wedding flowers.
Now that we’ve shared some of our favourites, we’d love to hear about yours. Do you prefer the traditional thistle, the elegant single bloom or the bold, modern styles?

Photographed by Sarah Elizabeth Photography

at Robin Chapel

Edinburgh-Scotland

This is a beautiful tale of an elopement planned in the United States which took place in a tiny little hidden chapel, in Edinburgh, packed with a military legacy.

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight! We actually met in a Law class in college, started dating a few months later, and got engaged a year later!
How was the question popped?
Chris proposed on Christmas Eve. He wrapped the ring in a huge box and put in under the tree a week before Christmas. I went crazy trying to guess what it could be!
Any unexpected moments?
We had a wakeup call for 7 am the day of our wedding (so we would have plenty of time to get ready), but out wakeup call never came… We woke up an hour before the wedding was supposed to start!
Close your eyes, think of your wedding day – now, describe it in three words…
Best. Day. Ever.
Why Scotland?
We had always wanted to go to Scotland, as we had heard great things about the country. Nothing could have prepared us for how beautiful it was! We absolutely fell in love with Scotland and hope to return in the future.
Why Robin Chapel?
We found Robin Chapel online. It was built as a tribute to Robin – a soldier who was killed in battle in WW2 – by his parents. The minister couldn’t have been more welcoming over email and the military connection fitted us perfectly.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
The unconditional support and commitment we now have for each other!

We love that this wedding was made for two. What do you love most about this intimate wedding?
Suppliers
Ceremony venue – Robin Chapel
Photographer – Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Wedding dress – David’s Bridal
Shoes – David’s Bridal
Florist – Narcissus Flowers

  • Nicole Wilson - June 15, 2015 - 10:56 am

    I love this idea. My partner and I are wanting to elope to Scotland. This looks perfect as we want it to be just the two of us. Any information would be very appreciated as we DONT know where to start! We are from Australia xReplyCancel

    • Christina - June 16, 2015 - 1:02 pm

      Hi Nicole,

      Thanks so much for getting in touch – we are so happy to hear that you are finding inspiration on We Fell In Love! We’ll pop you an email with details on who to contact for help planning your elopement here in Scotland. How exciting!

      And please do keep in touch and let us know how you get on, we would love to see your photos!

      Christina (& Team We Fell In Love)ReplyCancel

The VOWS Awards 2012

The VOWS Awards, now in their eighth year, have firmly become fixed in the Scottish wedding scene. We’re thrilled to announce that we’re proud sponsors of the 2012 VOWS awards.

The VOWS Awards (Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier Awards) were set up in 2005 to acknowledge those companies which offer excellent customer service within the Scottish wedding industry. From groomswear to florist, photographer to dress designer, those companies which go the extra mile are acknowledged and commended in a glittering gala dinner each November.
If your wedding suppliers have wowed you with their service, vote for them online here.
We’re looking forward to working with some amazing Scottish wedding suppliers over the coming weeks and we’ll keep you posted on all the news.

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

One for the boys. We are loving this Paul Smith tie-pin. A chance to rock the Team GB spirit post olympics and pre paralympics and look good at the same time.

Looking for some inspiration for your wedding day, or just loving the whole world of weddings? Then head along to Glasgow next weekend on the 25th and 26th August for Scotland’s Exclusive Wedding Event at the Royal Concert Halls. From frocks to floristry, cakes to ceilidh bands, there’s lots to explore.

And one for the girls. Collar necklaces are one of the hottest trending fashion accessories of the moment. This pretty pastel green collar necklace with wings caught our eye and you can bag one for yourself from Kakao, either online, or in their boutique in the heart of Edinburgh.

We love these new Coillabus eco-dwellings that have been created on the Isle of Islay. The two turf-roofed stone cottages sit beautifully in the landscape. Imagine relaxing in the hot tub gazing at the stars. Perfect for a romantic getaway or your Scottish honeymoon.