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Photographed by Nicholas Frost Photography

at King’s College Chapel & Norwood Hall Hotel

Aberdeen-Scotland

It was love at first sight through gin-soaked eyes when Rachel and Graham met. A twisted take on antique chic set the tone for a day of unbridled, whirlwind fun.

How was the question popped?
On some rope swings, on a tiny beach, on an island (Pulau Weh) with no roads, in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia where we were scuba diving.
Something new, something borrowed, something blue?
New weddings rings, borrowed extra hairpins from photographer (never to be returned) and blue flower sewn into lining of dress.
Any unexpected moments?
Lighting a unity candle during the ceremony as a blessing, and the minister’s lighter wouldn’t spark up. Thankfully our best man came into his own and produced one from his sporran, apparently for cigars later.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Mini-moon to Berlin for a week. Grand trips are the way we normally approach holidays, so a mini city break seemed a good way to mark the occasion – with something different.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
We embraced our own interpretation of tradition!
Why Scotland?
Scottish weddings are the best in the world – plus, we live here.
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Ceremony venue – King’s College Chapel
Reception venue – Norwood Hall Hotel
Photographer – Nicholas Frost Photography
Bride’s dress – Madeleina by Forget-Me-Not Designs
Accessories – Paloma Headpiece by Halo & Co
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Wedding rings from Finnies the Jeweller
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Jasmine Bridal
Hair Stylist & Make-up Artist – Ishoka
Florist – Nicky Walker
Cake – Celebration Cake Shop
Band – Graham Geddes Band
Wedding transport – Aristocars

Photographed by Craig & Eva Sanders

at The Lodge on Loch Goil

Argyll-Scotland

An hour or so north of Glasgow lies a romantic hideaway, complete with a treehouse overlooking the loch. With the sound of water lapping and the smell of wood burning, you can imagine how relaxed this intimate wedding was.

 

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
First came friendship, then came love.
How was the question popped?
Nathan had arranged a hot air balloon ride at dawn and then took me to the beach, where he proposed with a beautiful ring that he had designed.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Mega-moon. One week in Kruger National Park, South Africa and then one week in the Maldives – absolute bliss.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now – describe it in three words…
Intimate, loving, perfect.
Why Scotland?
We have lived in Australia for four years and still love going home to Scotland – especially the west coast. It is where our family and most of our friends live and where some of our greatest memories come from – even more so true since our wedding day.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Being able to call each other husband and wife – for us it felt awkward calling our other half our fiancé(e) or partner – it just didn’t feel right.
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Ceremony & reception venue – The Lodge on Loch Goil, Argyll
Photographer – Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
Bride’s dress – Pronovias
Shoes – Grazia Valentine
Groom’s Outfit – Slanj Kilts
Hair Stylist – Lynsey Brown
Band – Callanish Music

Freja Designer Dressmaking

Amidst the Georgian splendour of Edinburgh’s New Town, sits a studio overflowing with fabric, ideas and inspiration. We caught up with award-winning Danish designer dressmaker, Mette Baillie, whose bespoke gowns regularly grace the pages of glossy magazines, glide down cathedral aisles and stride up catwalks. Here she tells us how she fell in love with fashion design, loves studying the human body and, perhaps surprisingly, is on a mission to cover us up.

How did you get into fashion design and dressmaking?
I can’t remember when I started designing clothes. My mum tells me I never played with my dolls as a child. I just made them clothes. I drew clothes and made clothes from anything to hand. I knitted my doll a football kit when I was five or six. My mum said it was too hard to knit stripes as my first project, so I hid it from her! I think I made my first real clothes for myself at the age of seven. Some of my earliest memories are linked to fabrics, colours, textures, and the inevitable language clothes communicate. This has fascinated me for as long as I can remember and it still does.
What do you love most about it?
I love how good clothes make you feel. I love to see that in people’s faces – that is why I make clothes. It’s the way that swishy skirts make your twirl and straight skirts make you walk elegantly. Bodices and tops which fit you perfectly, make you hold your head up high and relax your shoulders, and make the very most of your figure and posture, and that way make you beautiful. Good clothes can boost your confidence and seriously change how people perceive you and how they interact with you.
What’s been the highlight so far?
It is really hard to say, I have highlights everyday! But I think working with my amazing team and how we together develop new techniques, and discuss problem solving and celebrate the success together. My staff are so dedicated, and wonderful to work with. It has been a celebration for us all to be in the final for the VOWS Awards [the Scottish wedding industry awards] for four years running and to win it in 2009. I have constant highlights of lovely, beautiful and famous people wearing our designs.

Which new trends are you seeing?
I really love to see the new “demure” lines. I feel fashion over the last years has become very naked; I love watching girls putting their clothes back on! Even if it is very fine sheer layers, then I think it adds a sense of mystery and exciting revelation. There is also a lot of colour coming up in the wedding trends – that is very exciting and something we see as a way for the bride to personalise her wedding dress.
What’s your favourite thing about the Scottish wedding scene?
I really feel proud to have a firm place in the Scottish wedding scene. I think few, if any countries have the variety of venues Scotland has. We have some stunning historic venues and some wonderful modern places to hold weddings. I feel the brides we work with are very developed in their styling, they are fun to work with, and I see very many modern Scottish brides, or brides with links to Scotland, who have a clear sense of tradition, and make these their own.
What/who inspires you?
Everywhere I go I find inspiration. This could be the way somebody moves in their clothes, how a living or historic person come across, or how colours mix in the park. My favourite place in the whole world is the V&A museum, I never tire of looking at their changing exhibitions. I have some favourite films I go back and watch and love the clothes in – that could be Titanic, A week with Marilyn, Out of Africa – the list goes on and on! I love Danish design and feel proud of being part of a very clean, uncluttered and stylish design background.

If you weren’t creating beautiful dresses you’d be?
I can’t imagine myself not creating dresses! But I do love sport, and I do love clothes, and I very nearly went into the world of making performance clothing for sports people. I love watching how people move in clothes, and how clothes can make them move differently. In performance clothing, you try to make clothes to follow or even enhance the movements of the wearer. That I would find hugely interesting. I have to analyse people’s bodies when I make them clothes; often I discover a client has had a frozen shoulder, or that they play tennis or something that has altered their bodies, and I then have to cater for this in the clothes they have made.
On a rare day off we’ll find you where?
I don’t have many days off, but when I do, I am usually pretty active. You will see me running around Edinburgh often – Holyrood Park is my clear favourite, Gypsy Brae a close second. You may see me riding my yellow Freja-fashion Honda VTR1000 on bendy sunny roads, or simply enjoying the company of my lovely friends. For my holidays, I love to escape to the tropics for scuba diving.

  • Lois pace - October 23, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Hello, I was just wondering if you can make prom dresses? I have an idea in mind and have sketched out my idea. I’ve basically taken a few dresses that I liked and merged them together… Also, if you are able to help, could you quote me? Thanks,

    Lois. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Christina - October 31, 2013 - 11:31 pm

      Hi Lois,

      Thanks for your message. We have forwarded it to Mette at Freja who will be in touch soon.

      Best wishes,

      ChristinaReplyCancel

Photographed by Sarah Elizabeth Photography

at Loch Ness Lodge

Inverness-Scotland

Helen and Matthew’s big day was really one very special weekend. Theirs was a relaxed house party with their closest family and friends. Complete with archery competitions and fine food and great company, it was the kind of party where no one wanted to leave.

 

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Gradual attraction – we’d known each other for several years.
How was the question popped?
During a weekend in Shanghai – I was on the start of a long-term secondment for work.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
We had two weeks in Fiji, travelling around the island on a yacht.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
We split from tradition – our wedding was very casual and took place over a weekend. The dress and the ceremony were a little more traditional.
Why Scotland?
We love Scotland and the venue stood out head and shoulders above the rest.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
My wife.
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Ceremony venue – Loch Ness Lodge, Inverness
Reception venue – Loch Ness Lodge, Inverness
Photographer – Sarah Elizabeth Photography
Make-up Artist – Hailey Campbell
Hairdresser – Louise Chrystal
Florist – Angela Stewart Creative

Photographed by Archibald Photography

at St Salvator’s & Lower & Upper College Halls

St Andrews-Scotland

Chloe and Graham met in this world-famous Scottish town, which boasts history by the bucketload and a breathtaking coastline. It was the natural place to say “I do” and then enjoy a fantastic, chilled party with their family and friends.

 

 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?
Old, borrowed and blue: a sapphire ring, borrowed from mum. New: dress, shoes, headdress, husband.
Best compliment on your wedding?
Nothing pleased us more than when people told us how relaxed they felt – that’s exactly what we had wanted.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Working honeymoon, kind of. Within a fortnight of getting married, we were on a plane to Mexico, where we have been happily living and working ever since.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now – describe it in three words…
Fun, happy, elegant.
Why Scotland?
No matter how far away we are, Scotland is always home. That, and the fact that we met while studying (or, more accurately, drinking) at St Andrews and wanted to go back to get married there.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Without wanting to get overly mushy, it’s the feeling of togetherness that feels different. Decisions are made for ‘us’ now, not for ‘me’. That feels great.
Suppliers
Ceremony setting – St Salvator’s Chapel, University of St Andrews
Reception venue – Upper and Lower College Halls, University of St Andrews
Photographer – Archibald Photography
Florist – Impulse Flowers
Make-up Artist – EyeCandy
Wedding Dress – La Sposa – Pan Pan Bridal
Wedding transport – High Society

  • Olivia MacPherson - June 13, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! What a brilliant website. Easy to use, beautifully displayed and well put together. I know where I need to come now to find out everything about great Scottish weddings! Well done We Fell In Love and Thank You!ReplyCancel

  • Mark Archibald - June 14, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    Chloe & Graham were brilliant fun. You gotta love a bride that plays football on her wedding day! We loved being part of their day and thank you for featuring their wedding on this lovely new super-stylish blog for Scotland – Mark & DonnaReplyCancel

Photographed by Elemental Weddings

Edinburgh Castle & The Caledonian Hilton Hotel

Edinburgh-Scotland

This is a love story straight from the movies. Jennifer and Andrew met onboard a flight that Jennifer shouldn’t have been on and Andrew almost missed. And like all good fairytales, this pair married in a castle and rode off in a horse and carriage.

 

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight! Andrew, driving down from Hartford, Connecticut to JFK Airport, and caught in the normal traffic jams around New York, was running very late for the 19:30 flight BA176 to London. Meanwhile, Jennifer was flying up from Houston, Texas after her original flight was cancelled, and was now heading for the same flight. The check-in agent managed to get Andrew onto the plane, and upgraded him to the upper deck of the 747, in the last remaining seat. Well, what a Christmas holiday treat that was! Not only was Andrew upgraded, but he was seated opposite Jennifer. After breaking into conversation, and the great hospitality of the in-flight crew, Andrew and Jennifer now infamously talked all the way past Iceland, before reclining those great business class seats for a deep sleep and dreams of what could be…
How was the question popped?
On the Sky Deck of the Sears (Willis) Tower in Chicago, Illinois. Andrew wanted to propose in the air like we met!
Any unexpected moments?
Andrew was full of surprises. The day before he invited a dance instructor, who choreographed our first dance. The most fantastic surprise was the carriage ride through Edinburgh from the castle to the Caledonian Hotel. AMAZING!!! In the middle of the wedding breakfast, the fire alarm went off and we evacuated from the Caledonian Hilton Hotel and continued the party outside!
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
Semi-traditional Scottish & American
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now – describe it in three words…
Absolutely breath taking.
Why Scotland?
We went to Hogmanay in 2009. We loved Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop to the city, the people and the Scottish heritage!
Suppliers
Ceremony venue – Edinburgh Castle
Reception venue – The Caledonian Hilton Hotel
Photographer – Elemental Weddings
Make-up and Hair – JD Bridal
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero – Odessa
Groom’s Outfit Supplier – Geoffery (Tailor)
Piper – Pipe Major Iain Grant
Wedding transport – Carriages for All Occasions
Cake – Too Good To Eat
Band – Code Red booked through The Magic Agency