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Photographed by First Light Weddings

at Surgeons’ Hall

Edinburgh-Scotland

A proposal on a blustery day atop Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, followed by a winter wedding in the heart of the city makes for the perfect love story. And there could be no better season for Mr and Mrs Yule to tie the knot…

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
We first met at Freshers’ Week at university in late summer 1996 – with the wedding not being until December 2011, I think you have to class that as gradual attraction!
How was the question popped?
We were both back in Scotland (on holiday from the UAE, where we both live) in August 2010. Andrew booked a night for us at the Glasshouse Hotel. After we checked in we went for a walk up a blustery Carlton Hill. Andrew forced/persuaded me to climb the folly at the top – and that is when he went down on one knee and proposed.
Any unexpected moments?
Andrew managed to leave the wedding licence in the pub before the ceremony – either that or he invented the scenario as an excuse to nip back over there to get a final drink as a free man.
Best compliment on your wedding?
We were really pleased that many folk commented that the ceremony, which we wrote ourselves and during which many friends and family gave readings, was very personal.
Heritage Portfolio commented that it was the most social wedding that they had ever catered for with lots of people mingling and getting on well (proving a bit difficult to get everyone back in their seats when the food was ready to be served!).
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day… now – describe it in three words…
Andrew: Real – emotional – happiness
Sarah: Happiest- heartfelt – amazing
Why Scotland?
Although we live abroad, it is definitely home to us.
The styling of Sarah and Andrew’s winter wedding is just gorgeous. If you’re planning a winter wedding for this year, we’d love to hear your ideas…
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Venue – Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Wedding dress – from Kavelle
Wedding shoes – Christian Louboutin
Groom’s outfit – 21st Century Kilts
Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist – Preen
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Dessy
Florist – Planet Flowers
Caterers – Heritage Portfolio
Band – The Ceilidh Experience

  • Ditte, First Light - November 1, 2012 - 10:01 am

    Thanks for featuring Sarah and Andrew’s beautiful wedding – It’s been so nice re-living it again on your blog!
    First (and probably last!) time we ever saw a groom playing baseball with the wedding ring box!ReplyCancel

at Hilton Glasgow Hotel

The cream of Scotland’s wedding industry was celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow last night. Over 600 wedding professionals were on hand to honour their peers at the event, which was hosted by top TV personality Keith Chegwin. We Fell In Love was there to catch all the fun, frolics and behind the scenes chat. Not to mention, the all important announcements.


And the winners are…
Event Decorators and Linen Hire

Winner: Silver Events

Finalists:
Beautifully Covered
Blue Parrot Company
Make Believe Events

Jeweller

Winner: Jewellery by Liam Ross

Finalists:
Alan P Fulton Manufacturing Designer Goldsmith
Colin Campbell & Co.
Kevan Scott Goldsmiths

Specialist Wedding Services

Winner: Learn 2 Wedding Dance

Finalists:
21cc Fireworks
Hireaband

Stationery & Favours

Winner: Sixpenny Blue

Finalists:
Cards4ever
Crafty Cards
White Blossom Paper Boutique

Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaid Designer & Retailer

Winner: Catwalk

Finalists:
Joyce Young By Storm
The Finer Detail

Wedding Accessories

Winner: Corrine Smith Design

Finalists:
Melle Cloche
Rene Walrus

Bridal Dress Designer & Retailer

Winner: Freja Designer Dressmaker

Finalists:
Alison Kirk Bridal
Dragonfly Dress Design
Gwenne Wedding Services
Ivory Whites
Lamesley Bridal
Olivia Cameron Bridal
Opus Couture
Rachel Scott Bridal Couture
The Bridal Boutique
The Glass Slipper

Groomswear

Winner: Kilts 4U

Finalists:
Kiltpin
Slater Menswear, Glasgow

Hair and Make-up Artist

Winner: Laura Gray Hair Beauty Bridal

Finalists:
Blusha
Chicabelle Make-Up Artistry
Flutterby Bridal Hair
Looking Good MakeUp
LG Makeup
Make up by Leigh Blaney

Florist

Winner: Something Special Flowers

Finalists:
Blooms Florist
Cherry Blossom
Coach House Flowers
Florette Flowers
Irene’s Florist
Poppy Floral Design
Simply Flowers by Clare

Music and Entertainment – Daytime

Winner: Apollo String Quartet

Finalists:
Jennifer Port
Thistle Piping

Music and Entertainment – Evening

Winner: T-Junction Wedding Band

Finalists:
Corra
Lee Live
Wonderland

Photographer

Winner: George Lammie Photography

Finalists:
Alan Hutchison Photography
Blue Sky Photography
Deeside Photographics
Dream Day Photography
Duke Wedding Photography
Elemental Weddings
Karl Double Photography
Paul Walker Images
Premier Photography

Transport

Winner: Carrs Loch Lomond

Finalists:
Chauffeurs of Carnoustie
Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars

Videographer

Winner: Cherry Tree Films

Finalists:
Butterfly Films
Gryffe Weddings
TRMEDIA Wedding Videos

Cake Designer

Winner: Liggy’s Cake Company

Finalists:
Custom Cakes by Lynsey
One Fine Day
Special Days Cakes
Too Good To Eat
Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes

Independent Caterer

Winner: Top Class Catering

Finalists:
Prestige Scotland
Red Poppy Catering

Wedding Venue Co-ordinator

Winner: Hopetoun House – Jennifer Pirie

Finalists:
29 Private Members Club – David Smith
Cameron House – Emma Brady
The Balmoral Hotel – Elizabeth Bell

Wedding Venue

Winner: Lochside House Hotel & Spa

Finalists:
Drumtochty Castle
Gailes Hotel
Glenbervie House Hotel
Lynnhurst Hotel
Meldrum House Country Hotel
Oran Mor
Orocco Pier
Palm Court Hotel
Seamill Hydro Hotel & Resort
The Balmoral Hotel
The Caves
The Vu

Industry Award

Winner: 21cc Fireworks

VOWS stands for Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier and is an awards body set up in 2005 to recognise businesses within Scotland that offer excellent customer service within the wedding industry. The awards are voted for by recently wedded couples through marriage or civil partnership.

Photos by the We Fell In Love Team. Additional photobooth images by LookLook, who offer a photobooth hire service for weddings & events.


Filmed by CineMate Films

at Glenalmond College & Fornought House

Perthshire-Scotland

With sweeping hills drenched in sunlight, Perthshire was the stunning setting for this Scottish-American wedding. After a charming ceremony, the celebrations continued at stately Fornought House, where everyone danced into the night to the songs of Frank Sinatra. We hope you enjoy this beautiful wedding film trailer.
We love the beautiful, soft colours in this wedding. And the thought of dancing the night away on that fantastic looking dancefloor! Feeling inspired?
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Ceremony venue – Glenalmond College
Reception venue – Fornought House
Filmmaker – CineMate Films
Photographer – Mirrorbox Photography
Music – Robert Scott, Apollo String Quartet

Winter Scents

If you’re planning a winter wedding in Scotland, you’ll already be thinking of flickering candlelight and roaring log fires. Why don’t you make it even more inviting by layering your wedding with some festive scents of the season? Here are a few of our favourites to tempt you…

You can’t go wrong with the classic ‘Winter’ candle from The White Company. One of their signature candles (and their all time best-selling product), it’s the very definition of winter candles. Brand new this year is Pine Cone – an evocative, uplifting blend of pine, fir, sandalwood and resin. We’re already walking in the woods…


We love Firefly Embers from Molton Brown – it’s a luxurious aroma evoking campfires and aged leather. And how about treating your guests to something nice for their hands? Infused with amber essence and the warm aromas of Indian gaiac wood, vetiver and Siberian pine essential oils, Amber Cocoon will leave your guests hands feeling special (and will also remind them of your wedding day every time they come across this gorgeous smell).

Or how about the scent of Pine and Eucalyptus from Jo Malone? From candles through to room diffusers, you can let the festive aroma float throughout your wedding, from your preparations through to your wedding venue. Lush…

This season from John Lewis we’ve spied a few favourites… from the Snow Fall candle through to John Lewis’ own Winter Spice 3-Wick Candle for burning well into the night. We’re also adding to our wish list the rustic tealight holder wrapped in real birch wood – perfect for placing above a mantelpiece with an open fire or as a table centrepiece along with some fir branches and holly…

And if your wedding is close to Christmas, then this spicy and warm scent from Melt Candles is perfect. Blending together the smell of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, orange and vanilla, it’s like a Christmas pudding all wrapped up.

If you’ve had a winter wedding, or are planning one, we’d love to hear what scents inspired you…

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

This week we’ve been coveting the gorgeous silk gowns and kimonos designed by British label Lucile.

Established in 1890, the haute couture label was founded by London-born Lady Duff Gordon, who is credited as being one of the founders of modern day fashion.

According to Marie Claire, the brand has seen an “underwear stampede”, with sales up by 50% since being namechecked in the current series of Downton Abbey. Definitely the bridal lingerie of choice.

 

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since Multrees Walk – home to top designer boutiques including Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and, of course, Harvey Nichols – came to Edinburgh.

To celebrate its anniversary, a number of discounts and offers are available at boutiques on The Walk this weekend. And don’t forget to check out the new Hugo Boss store. We’ve already spied some rather lush crocodile-style handbags. And for the chaps we’re loving the statement knitwear, perfect for autumn.

 

 

If your thoughts are turning to winter weddings, Christmas parties and glamorous nights out, then make sure you don’t miss our feature on this season’s hottest evening looks.

From metallic maxi skirts to leather & feather dresses, we round up our favourite designer and high street outfits. And then we throw in some killer shoes and gorgeous clutches to boot.

Just don’t tell your bank manager those Louboutins were our idea…

 

 

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve been spending our nights scaring ourselves silly with horror films.

If you fancy doing the same, then Stanley Kubrick’s classic, The Shining is showing  at independent cinemas including The Filmhouse,  GFT and Belmont Picturehouse on Halloween.

Meanwhile, Dundee Contemporary Arts  is due to show a 30th anniversary screening of The Poltergeist.

Now where did we put that cushion…


Photographed by Elemental Weddings

at Duns Castle

Berwickshire-Scotland

A Scottish Castle played host to this rustic travel-themed wedding. From falling in love at Grad school this pair brought family and friends across the Atlantic for a day jam-packed with fun and a ceilidh to remember.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
It was some serious ‘Gradual attraction’. We first met when interviewing at a graduate school. We had about a 5 minute conversation where Marie walked away thinking – “Wow, He’s ridiculously nerdy!” and Ryan walked away thinking “I hope she decides to go somewhere else”. Luckily, we had a second chance to sort that out because we did end up at the same graduate program. After a couple of social gatherings and some outdoor walks, we found out that we had much more in common than we first thought. In fact, the things we didn’t have in common were things we both enjoyed learning more about. Now Ryan is really into cooking and good food, and Marie is interested in camping and backpacking. As it turns out, we were both pretty nerdy… ☺
How did you personalise your wedding day?
Simon played a song with special meaning to us as part of the ceremony. Although the wedding was in a castle, we wanted a more earthy-rustic feel incorporated, as we love the outdoors and going on camping trips together. One way we tried to incorporate this was by trying to use more wild flowers than traditional wedding flowers, incorporating moss, bark, berries, and lots of greenery into some of the arrangements. As part of our travel/journey theme, we designed postcard save-the-dates, passport invitations, then continued that theme with welcome bags we made from old maps, used an old suitcase for cards, and had a guestbook that was in the style of a travel journal. The guestbook/’travel journal’ was made from an old book that we covered pages with old maps and put in postcards from the places we have lived and photos of each of our guests with either Marie or Ryan from different times/events throughout our life (and of course left note cards for guests to write and place next to their photo). We also used the same guest photos as the place cards at the tables for the reception.
What was on your wedding menu?
Dressed crab with lime and avocado, salmon with fennel-orange salad and new potatoes, followed by two different pairings of Falko cakes (two paired together are better than one!… either a lemon cake with blueberry sponge cake or opera cake with prince regent cake were served to people).
First dance – choreographed routine, or sedate shuffle?
We gave it a two or three test-runs, so it was somewhere in between.
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Your day is about the two of you (not everyone else, although you want to share/celebrate it with them). It is easy to get stuck worrying about what everyone will think. Don’t get too caught up in the details (don’t sweat the small stuff), especially on your big day. . . try to relax so you can truly enjoy it!
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Who ever forgets a good ceilidh?!!?!?
Why Scotland?
Let’s be honest… Scotland has amazing scenery and beautiful venue options! While we originally thought to have the wedding back in the USA (where we’re from), it became clear that having it here in Scotland was a lot easier to plan! We both had moved to Edinburgh about a year before the wedding. So, the wedding also became a great opportunity for friends and family to visit us here and see Scotland. We all got to spend an amazing 2 1/2 days together at the venue, giving us extra time to catch up. Many people made a holiday out of their trip and spent time sight-seeing other areas of Scotland too! It was a brilliant experience for everyone.
We love how Marie and Ryan incorporated their love of travel into their wedding. What inspires you?

Suppliers
Venue – Duns Castle, Duns, Berwickshire
Photographer – Elemental Weddings
Wedding dress – Amsale  (Second dress for ceilidh dancing – purchased at French Connection)
Accessories – Jewellery from Etsy
Groom’s outfit – Geoffrey Tailor
Make-up Artist – Ebony from Glam Candy
Florist – Narcissus
Cake – Falko
Music pre-dinner – Simon Kempston
Band: Whisky Kiss

Photographed by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

at Broxmouth Park

East Lothian-Scotland

An East Lothian country mansion was the beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony and a celebration full of vintage-inspired details.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Gradual attraction over one week! First date through Match.com!
How was the question popped?
A surprise proposal in Guernsey. He met me after work and surprised me with a weekend away to Guernsey and proposed on the beach there, with a ring he had chosen himself.
Best compliment on your wedding?
Everyone has said they are the best wedding photos they have seen, even from the men, who normally don’t pay attention to wedding photos! So we have Craig and Eva Sanders to thank for that.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Honeymoon – first night at Mar Hall in Glasgow, then two weeks all super inclusive in Mexico, at two different resorts. Very luxurious and relaxing!
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day. Now, describe it in three words…
Sunny…Love…Special.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Knowing we make such a good team and are about to embark on new adventures together.
We love all the gorgeous details, the two cakes, and the mice toppers! What’s your favourite part of this wedding?
Suppliers
Venue – Broxmouth Park
Photographer – Craig & Eva Sanders Photography
Wedding dress – Anne & Bobbies
Accessories & bridesmaids’ dresses – Kavelle
Shoes – BHS
Groom’s outfit – Slaters
Hair Stylist – Edinburgh Bridal Hair
Make-up Artist – Vicky Cameron
Florist – Stems (bouquets, cake topper, staircase arrangements, etc.), Linden Flowers (corsages, Button holes and flower petals
Musicians/band: Allestri String Quartet & Callanish
Wedding transport – McKendry Coaches

Eveningwear trends

If you are a guest at a winter wedding or have a glamorous gathering coming up, here’s how to tap into this season’s key trends.

You can’t go wrong with metallic. Draped metallic jersey dress (left) and bronze metallic skirt (centre), both by Karen Millen. Baroque jacquard dress (right) available at Oasis.

Add a touch of bling to an outfit with this smartphone case (left) or straw bobble clutch (top right), both from Oasis. Bronze all over sequin clutch (bottom right) by Karen Millen.

To add the wow factor, skyscraper heels are where it’s at. Yves Saint Laurent gold leather sandals (left) available at Harvey Nichols. Louboutin spike-embellished metallic leather pumps available at Net-a-Porter.

Embrace your dark side with three of this season’s key trends – studs, leather and feathers. Alexander McQueen clutch available at Net-a-Porter. Iridescent feather and leather dress by Warehouse.

Cobalt is very hot right now and is the perfect way to add a gorgeous pop of colour to a cold, dark night. Peplum dress (left) by MSGM at My Wardrobe. Vionnet silk crepe de chine gown (right) available at Net-a-Porter.

To finish the look, keep cosy with this feather boa scarf by Oasis and stripe faux fur coat by Warehouse.

Photographed by A-Fotografy

at Solsgirth House

kinross-shire-Scotland

Scottish and Japanese cultures came together to create a beautiful celebration in a stunning baronial country house.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Both. But … Chie knew that she would go out with him if he was single when she first met him (and he was!).
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
By incorporating as many Scottish and Japanese flavours as possible with our hand-made/personalised items.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Totally impromptu with James Morrison’s “I won’t let you go”.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Just have it your own way and enjoy it!
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Mini-moon (two nights at five star hotels in Edinburgh right after the wedding, before we came back to Australia). Our proper honeymoon will be over New Year in Perth, Australia for two weeks (with lots of winery tours and beaches!).
WHY SCOTLAND?
We chose to have our wedding in Scotland for a few reasons. It’s where we met and lived for a long time and is a meaningful place for us. With the Scottish scenery and the venue we chose, it’s also a romantic place for a wedding. And Andy has a huge family, who are mostly based in Scotland.
Did you spot some of the Japanese influences in this wedding? We especially love the origami and the cherry blossom on the cake.
Suppliers
Venue – Solsgirth House
Photographer – A-Fotografy
Wedding dress – Kavelle
Accessories – Swarovski
Shoes – Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy
Groom’s Outfit – Slanj Kilts
Hair Stylist – Flutterby Bridal Hair
Make-up Artist – The Complete Look
Musicians: Pianist – John Rankin; Piper – Kevin Maclean; Band – Callanish
Linen hire – Silver Events
Wedding transport – Earnside Coaches

  • Armands - October 22, 2012 - 9:59 am

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for the nice feature. Will be in touch with my future Scottish weddings. You website is so inspirational. Will recommend every bride to come along and have a peek.
    Thank you,
    Regards,
    Armands
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