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Photographed by Archibald Photography

at Dunnottar Castle

by Stonehaven-Scotland

A ruined medieval fortress, which inspired a location in Disney’s Brave, was the dramatic backdrop to Kirsty & Richard’s coastal engagement shoot.

SO, GO ON, SPILL THE BEANS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT STORY…
We went on holiday for a week to the Isle of Skye in May 2010. We were staying in the gorgeous Aird Cottage on the north/east of Skye in Trotterinsh, which had with the most stunning views. We went for long walks and cycles throughout the week which were great.
The day before we left we went on a costal walk not far from the cottage – after climbing down a rocky part of the mountain we were blown away with the most stunning views of the coastline and views out over the sea. We sat down to have lunch looking out over the water and spotted two whales. It was amazing to see and we watched them for some time.
It was then as we were getting ready to continue on our walk that Richard asked me to marry him. He was down on one knee packing the rucksack and said “Do you want to get married?”, I said “Yes, of course I do”, Richard said “To me?”, to which I replied “Of course to you!”. Richard then said “I’m asking you to marry me?”, to which I said “Are you taking the p**s?”. He said no, then the penny dropped so I asked him to ask me again, which he did and I promptly said yes!
It really was such a shock, I had joked throughout the holiday that there were some nice spots for Richard to propose but never thought he was actually thinking about doing it and had planned to propose when we were in Skye. He really did take me by surprise and I was on cloud nine. It was the most beautiful setting and gorgeous day of our holiday, so the Isle of Skye will always have a place in our hearts.
Why did you choose Dunnottar Castle for your engagement shoot?
We live in the country and love scenery and the countryside, so Stonehaven was a perfect location – with a mix of history, countryside, stunning views and a quaint harbour. Dunnottar Castle and the surrounding areas were one of the first places Richard had taken me to for a walk when we got together.
I am originally from Glasgow, therefore had only seen a tiny percent of the beauty Aberdeenshire had to offer until I met Richard. Richard’s parents grew up in Stonehaven too so there was sentiment involved- we even had a picture taken outside of Richard’s grandparents home from some 60 years ago on Stonehaven Harbour!
Our engagement shoot with Archibald Photography was so much fun, we had great weather, although windy but the images captured are truly unique for an engagement shoot and not just about us as a couple, but seeing us enjoy the things in life we love together.

Photographed by Q Photography

at Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como-Italy

An eighteenth century villa overlooking Lake Como was the stunning setting for a destination wedding full of Italian romance and Scottish style.

WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
We didn’t want a big wedding, we wanted a very personal wedding and everything we did was done exactly our way.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
David waited for me to arrive by boat and then we walked each other down the aisle. It gave us a chance to have a few minutes on our own.
By law an Italian wedding ceremony must be conducted in Italian. We had a Humanist service and our family back home were able to listen in to it live – they had a Champagne tea to celebrate. Our wedding planner, Federica read out a card from my grandparents during the ceremony.
David is a curler and we filled a quaich that he had won with rose Prosecco to sip from during the ceremony. He also plays piano and recorded the music that we walked down the aisle to.
WERE THERE ANY SURPRISES ALONG THE WAY?
I love shoes and David took me to New York in January to find my wedding shoes. I hunted everywhere and just couldn’t find the perfect pair. When I was back home I ended up seeing a pair that I loved, in Next, and bought those!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Plan your wedding as a couple and do what you want to do. Don’t cut the cost when it comes to photography. If you need to cut back, then do it elsewhere. You will have these photos to look back on for the rest of your life. We love Simon’s style and our photos are just perfect.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Random strangers coming out to wish us well and everyone starting to clap as we walked back through the cobbled streets of Bellagio. Also David getting hijacked by Italian grannies, who loved seeing him in his kilt!
WHY ITALY?
We got engaged when we were on holiday in Thailand and decided that we wanted to be married abroad and have a very personal wedding. We were tempted by Australia, where we have family, but wanted something closer to home. We looked for villas in France and Italy and when we found Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, we thought it looked amazing. It has been in a few films, including Casino Royale and Star Wars Episode II.
We used an Italian wedding planner, Federica Nascimben who was so genuine and helpful, her service was brilliant. And we kept it Scottish as much as possible, bringing our photographer, hairdresser, dress, silk flowers and rings over with us.
We then had a second celebration, with a big party when we got home to Scotland.
What an incredible setting for a wedding! And we love the story about the Italian grannies! What did you love most?
Suppliers
Venue – Villa del Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy
Wedding planner – The Italian Wedding Event
Photographer – Q Photography
Wedding dress – Augusta Jones
Shoes – Next
Hair Stylist – Kirsty Zaharia
Florist – Moody Cows
Rings – Tom Coll Jewellers

Tartan for your Scottish Wedding

Tartan is the fabric of style for 2012. The groom may have his kilt in hand, but whether you’re part of the wedding party, or a guest, there are lots of ways to introduce a little bit of tartan to a Scottish wedding. Here are a few ideas…

We are loving these shoes from Christian Louboutin – heels to die for.

And how about this gorgeous Alexander McQueen tartan dress. Perfect, with a pair of heels (and a warm jacket!), for attending a winter wedding in Scotland. We think we may have spotted both Rhianna and Emma Watson sporting this little number.

If you’re attending an autumn or winter wedding in Scotland, you will have to think of your outergarments. We’re loving this stylish tartan coat from Anta.

And for the chaps, this stylish Anta tartan scarf, which would sit perfectly alongside a stylish suit and colourful buttonhole.

And for the informal wedding where the groom wants to chill it all down with a relaxed suit, or change for the evening entertainment… how about these from Christian Louboutin?

How about these gorgeous little bags from Tattimole? We think these bags could also add a tartan twist for your bridesmaid or your Mum…

And for accessories, for you, or as a gift, we’ve spotted this white tartan charm bracelet from Maffa

And for the kids, a locket heart from Tartan Twist.

  • Anna - October 1, 2012 - 11:49 am

    So many fabulous tartans but guys if you are feeling left out then we can make you a tartan suit!ReplyCancel

Scottish wedding awards shortlist

Champagne corks will be popping all over Scotland tonight, following the much-awaited announcement of The VOWS Awards 2012 Nominee shortlist.

Now in their eighth year and affectionately dubbed ‘the Oscars of the Scottish wedding industry’ The VOWS (Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier) Awards are voted for by brides and grooms and recognise excellent customer service.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by Keith Chegwin at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on October 29th. We Fell In Love are delighted to sponsor the event and would like to congratulate all of the finalists on their very well deserved nomination.

To view the full shortlist of nominees click here.

We’ll be bringing you all the results and behind the scenes news on the night – be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WFILblog) to keep up to date.

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Here’s what has caught our eye this week

It’s a big day for the Scottish wedding industry. The Nominee shortlist for the VOWS Awards 2012 has just been announced – see full details here.

The VOWS (Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier) Awards recognise excellent customer service in the Scottish wedding industry and are voted for by brides and grooms.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by Keith Chegwin at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on October 29th. We Fell In Love are delighted to sponsor the event and will be bringing you all the results and behind the scenes news on the night. Huge congratulations to all the nominees!

The glamour, mystery and drama of some of the world’s most striking fashion photographs are on display in Dundee, in a major exhibition from the V&A due to open today.

Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography‘ is being held at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, ahead of the opening of the V&A at Dundee.

The exhibition runs until January 6th and features work by giants of 20th century photography including Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and David Bailey, alongside contemporary images.

 

One of Glasgow’s most chic and stylish wedding venues is hosting an open day this Sunday (September 30th).

29 Private Members Club in Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow will open its doors from noon until 5pm.

To book your visit, contact co-ordinator David Smith.

Looking for a wedding band who can offer a mixture of ceilidh and covers?

Callanish Music is holding a live showcase at their studio in Leith, Edinburgh on Tuesday, October 9th.  Email music@bananarow.com to reserve tickets.


Photographed by Sarah Elizabeth Photography

at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh-Scotland

Childhood sweethearts tied the knot in the romantic setting of Edinburgh Castle. The party that followed was full of fun and plenty of soul…

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We’ve known each other for 13 years after meeting at age 16.
How was the question popped?
On a privately hired yacht in Puerto Banus, Marbella, Spain.
Any unexpected moments?
Our daughter running down the aisle to the groom.
Honeymoon or Mini-Moon?
We have a honeymoon planned for later in the year so we could spend time with our guests when they were over for our wedding. A pre-wedding weekend was spent in Venice, Italy and the Honeymoon will be in Maldives/Sri Lanka..
Close your eyes, think of your wedding day – now describe it in three words…
The best ever!
Why Scotland?
We met in Scotland, Kath is Scottish and Iain’s Dad is Scottish. There is also no better place in the world to get married than Edinburgh Castle..
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Building our family life together.
Suppliers
Venue – Edinburgh Castle
Photographer – Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Make-up Artist – Lauren Gollan
Wedding dress – Maggie Sottero from Emma Roy
Wedding Shoes – Rainbow Club
Accessories – Tiara from Glitzy Secrets, Bracelet from MacIntyres
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Ebony Rose from Emma Roy
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – Geoffrey Tailor
Flowers – Flowers by Lamb
Wedding Transport – Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Cake – Abercrombie Cakes
Band – Lounge Singer and The Soul Kings Band arranged by Donny Hughes Roadshow
Photo Booth – Look Look

Filmed by Little Love Film

at Roman Camp

Callander-Scotland

It was a relaxed summer’s day in Scotland when Lauren and Matt wed on the banks of the River Teith in the heart of The Trossachs. And here’s the story of the happiest day of their lives…
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight!
How was the question popped?
Following dinner and a cinema trip on Christmas Eve to see A Wonderful Life, we returned home to 200 candles lit, photographs of us all over the walls, favourite flowers everywhere, favourite song playing, a bottle of Champagne and the hugest box ever. I unwrapped lots of boxes and when I unwrapped the final one there was the diamond and Matt down on one knee!
Best compliment on your wedding?
Happiest couple and “the best wedding I’ve ever been to”.
Close your eyes, think of your wedding day – now describe it in three words…
Super happy – yippeeeee!
Why Scotland?
It’s a gorgeous setting and is so beautiful.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Being Mr and Mrs!
Suppliers
Venue – Roman Camp Hotel
Filmmaker – Little Love Films
Photographer – One Wedding Photography
Hairdresser – Thomas Ionta Hair
Wedding dress – Elite Bridal Boutique, Kirkaldy
Accessories – Sophie Harley jewellery
Bridesmaid’s dresses – Coast
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – Slanj Kilts
Flowers – Endrick Blooms
Band – Kilter

Planning your Winter Wedding

As the nights turn chilly, what could be more cosy than getting together with your family and friends and having yourself a wedding celebration? And whether you embrace or exclude the Christmas theme, there is plenty of winter wonderfulness to have your guests enchanted…

Whatever you do when planning your winter wedding in Scotland, bag yourself some candles. Not only will they provide gorgeous soft, flattering light, they’ll also warm your guests inside and out.

When thinking flowers, think seasonal. Berries bring colour and just imagine the wintery smell from pine leaves and cones.

For colours, you could go classic white, or introduce some cool blues and purples… Or brighten up the room with some warm wintery reds.

For a winter wedding you need to plan for the cold. We love the idea of shrugs, or muffles for the girls, or even a beautiful full-length cloak. And we think the idea of packing a spare pair of shoes, or even wellies, is a must.

If you’re planning a December wedding, you may be loving all things Christmas-styling. From baubles as name places through to messages round the Christmas tree, there’s lots you can do to embrace this time of year. You could even treat your guests to a mince-pie or two.

Your guests will enjoy a warming drink, such as mulled wine or seasonal punch. And as the evening progresses, how about a nice glass of red or even a dram?

Planning a winter menu is all about taste and warmth. How good is the idea of mini pies? (for starter or dessert) and think seasonal veg and berries for colour on the plate.
Are you planning a winter wedding? If so, we’d love to hear (and see) your ideas…

  • Jodie Smith - September 25, 2012 - 10:19 am

    I love winter weddings! I’m having my wedding the weekend between Xmas and New Year in 2013… It seemed only right to have a winter theme since I am going to become Mrs Snow!ReplyCancel

Photographed by Soraya Photography

at St Clement’s Church & Harris Hotel

Isle of Harris-Scotland

With its spectacular beaches and sense of peace and tranquility, the Isle of Harris was the perfect setting for a no fuss wedding for two.

HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We had a clarsach player, who played one of our favourite songs – Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling good’.
We were inspired by…
Friends back in Australia, who are originally from the Hebrides.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Lamb for the groom, salmon for the bride.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Jennifer: Feeling like a princess next to my man, his bright blue eyes, full of happiness, love and contentment. Scott: Seeing my beautiful bride for the first time, how she looked, and through the whole day, our sharing of laughs, tears and our own tender moments.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Have a relaxing bath before all the stress starts.
Why Scotland?
We were talking with friends about a planned road trip. Scott is half Scottish and The Hebrides just came up as the place – we were so happy to have had our special day there and to see the rest of Scotland.
We love the intimate nature of this wedding and the scenic backdrops. What do you love?
Suppliers
Ceremony venue – St Clement’s Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris
Reception venue – Harris Hotel, Tarbert
Photographer – Soraya Photography