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Photographed by Elemental Weddings

on Blackford Hill


Childhood sweethearts Pamela & Ben returned to the scene of their engagement, with fantastic views over Edinburgh, for this scenic shoot. They brought another of their loves with them – Pomme the Pug.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We met when we were 11 through a friend who lived across the road from me and who played rugby with Ben. We were friends for years and then got together when we were 14. Therefore, it was kind of gradual; I think we were too young to call it love at first sight – although we probably thought it was at the time!
How was the question popped?
We took the dogs for a walk up Blackford Hill on the day in-between our birthdays. Ben had recently injured his knee, so he had to persuade me that all the steps up to the top was good rehab for it! It was a really sunny day in September, and we were sitting looking over the Edinburgh skyline when Ben asked.
Hence why you returned for your e-shoot?
It’s a place that we both love. On a nice day, I think it’s the best viewpoint in the city of the city! It also meant Pomme could be involved with the photos.
What did Pomme think of it all?
I think she loved it! She loves going to Blackford Hill, and to have extra people to show it off to – she was really in her element. She loves the camera, and always seemed to be in just the right spot for the shot.
We love the story behind this shoot, the stunning backdrops and, of course, the lovely Pomme. If you have a great proposal story, we would love to hear it.

Gift Ideas for the Girls

Let’s give it up for the girls. From bridesmaid to bride, they’ve worked hard to make all things wedding day come together perfectly. And you need something to show your love and appreciation. Here are some of our ideas…

If you are having a vintage style wedding, then a piece of vintage-inspired jewellery will make a great gift for your bridesmaids. Kruos bracelet by Anthropologie, silver vintage drop earrings available at Kakao by K & crystal deco necklace by Coast.

For bridesmaids with a quirky sense of style, then how about this bow tie watch from Urban Outfitters, raccoon shoulder bag from Curiouser & Curiouser or crystal heart pendant by Vivienne Westwood.

For the little flowergirls in your wedding party you could give them their own piggy bank (with some pennies to get them started). We love this one from Not On The High Street. Or you could select a silver charm for your little stars. Rosie Brown Jewellery in Edinburgh has lots to choose from. Or how about a Photo Cube (just like you had when you were wee) with some of your wedding photographs. Here’s one from Cox and Cox.

For the girl who likes to travel, how about kitting her out with all the must-have travel accessories. We are loving these Tiffany Rimless Sunglasses – perfect for honeymoon. And for luggage ideas Cath Kidson has a gorgeous antique rose wheeled suitcase…or for the personal touch you could pop her new name on some Moleskine Luggage Tags.

How about something personalised for your bride? More Than Words will create completely bepoke prints for you – think favourite things, top locations or simply all that you love about your girl. Or for something fun as a gift from the girls, how about some Mr and Mrs Cushions or a personalised frame, both available from Not On The High Street.

Photographed by Lynne Kennedy Photography

at St. Peter and St. Andrew Church, & Weigh-Inn Hotel


Love flourished a few years after a first sighting as teenagers. A few years later tradition met contemporary styling in a wedding day that was magical, fairytale and utterly Scottish through and through.

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
I spotted John when I was about 19 years old on a night out with my friends but was introduced to him 4 years later at the end of night out at Christmas when we were both visiting our family in Scotland. This was when we both realised that we both live in the South West of England, exchanged numbers and started to date but could only see each other at the weekends. John would travel 100 miles at weekends to come visit me. We both very quickly realised that there was something very special between us and moved into our first flat 8 months later and have lived together ever since.
How was the question popped?
John surprised me by taking me to Bovey Castle, in Dartmoor for one of the most amazing weekends of my life. It was apparently a last minute booking and when we arrived at the hotel we were upgraded to the deluxe suite ( he still to this day denies this being part of the plan as it sounded too good to be true at the time!) He later took me on a beautiful walk around the hotel grounds which was absolutely stunningl- we stopped at a gorgeous lake and as I had my back to him- when I turned round there he was on one knee. I was so surprised that I sadly can not remember exactly what his speech was but shouted out YES!!! we later then had a gorgeous evening in the hotel restaurant and he then treated me to a gorgeous facial the following day.
Any unexpected moments?
John’s dad prepared a song he wrote for me that he sang with the band at the end of the night. He changed the lyrics of the classic song ‘All for Mairi’s wedding’ to ‘All for Zara’s Wedding’ and wrote all the verses so they related to me- it was very sweet and funny at the same time, it got the evening party in good spirits singing along.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
I cherry picked elements of a more traditional style with choices that I wanted to be happy with forever. I wanted to make sure that I would never look back in photos and think ‘ What was I thinking?!’ so went for a more traditional cake, bouquet, make up look and dress with the made to measure tulle shrug to cover my shoulders for the church – which was nice to take off and glam up for the evening with a strapless dress.
Why Scotland?
Although I do not live in Scotland, I am incredibly proud to be Scottish. All my family and friends are in Scotland and John’s parents live there too. I couldn’t imagine having it anywhere else apart from Scotland and in the town where I was born. It was nice for family and friends who have not been to Scotland or a Scottish wedding before to embrace all things Scottish- the people, the food and the whiskey- they loved it!!!!
Favourite thing about being hitched?
One thing we were not expecting was how much closer we felt from being married. I also love calling him my husband and look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
We love the timeless elegance of Zara and John’s wedding. What are you loving?
Ceremony venue – St. Peter and St. Andrew Church, Thurso
Reception venue – Weigh-Inn Hotel, Thurso
Photographer – Lynne Kennedy Photography
Wedding filmmaker – Colin Sinclair
Wedding dress – Mark Lesley Couture, Eve -purchased in Linda Gray Bridalwear, Gloucester
Shoes – Rainbow Club Couture – Moreni
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy, Midnight colour from Wedding Daze, Nairn
Groom’s outfit – Royal Marine uniform
Make-up Artist – Monica Barnetson Robak, Thurso
Florist – Buds and Blooms, Thurso
Stationery – Inspired by Caithness
Wedding transport – Dunnet’s cars, Thurso
Band – Jude

  • Melvin Sinclair - September 3, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    Congratulations to John and Zara from across the pond. Lynne and I have been married for 42 years and I love her more each day. Our best wishes and prayers for a long and happy marriage. Your wedding looked to be so elegant and much fun. What a great looking couple!

    Best aye,

    Mel Sinclair
    President, Clan Sinclair Association (USA)

Wedding cakes

While you may still be plagued by memories of a dry fruitcake being resurrected at family christenings, wedding cakes have come a long way. From multi-flavoured tiers to elaborately iced designs, the options really are endless. So whether you’re a chocolate lover or a cheese fan, there’s something out there just for you.

If timeless elegance is your wedding style, then you can’t go wrong with the classic colours of cream, ivory & Champagne. Add in some beautifully crafted detailing – be it pearls, bows, hearts or flowers, and you’ve got the wow factor.

For a vintage styled wedding, you could draw inspiration from the 50s, with polka dots, hearts and bunting. Or why not combine classic white or cream with soft pinks or purples, to tone in with your bouquets and table decorations.

If you like to mix it up, then how about a cake with three different flavoured tiers? Or a table of cakes, from devilish chocolate to summer fruit sponge.

If fruit or sponge cake don’t quite hit the spot, how about a delicious creation of chocolate yumminess, topped with summer berries? Or make like the French, and enjoy a croquembouche – a tower of chocolate, cream-filled profiteroles, bound together with threads of caramel. Definitely a fun one to cut!

If traditional cakes are a little too sweet for you, then you could combine your favourite rounds of cheese instead. And there’s always the option of having a sweet cake too, for the perfect yin and yang combo.

And finally, we love the ‘groom’s cake’ tradition – where a second cake, reflecting the groom’s hobbies and interests, appears as a surprise from the bride. What man wouldn’t love a Star Wars-inspired cake?
Feeling the need to pop out for coffee and a large slice of Toffee Pecan? We are guilty as charged. Enjoy your cake “research” and let us know your favourites!

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Ready Steady Jewellery Auction

Fancy getting your hands on some killer jewellery?

The Ready Steady Jewel auction takes place tonight at The Out Of The Blue Drill Hall in Edinburgh. It features pieces designed by the very best of Scotland’s newly graduated and the UK’s established jewellers and silversmiths.

All money raised goes to this year’s four charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, Youth Business Scotland, The Katie Piper Foundation & Leith School of Art.

Vogue Cover

If our procrastination levels are higher than usual today, then the newly  redesigned Vogue website will be to blame.

The site has been given a full makeover to offer “a more beautiful, authoritative and technically advanced fashion website than ever before. ”

We likey!


Fraser Balgowan

The spirit of the Scottish Highlands has made its way all the way to New York as Fraser Balgowan launches its deerskin and sporting tweed travel bags and accessories. We think perfect for honeymoon luggage.

And if you love all that you see you can taste a bit of that Highland lifestyle through taking part in the Fraser Balgowan experience at Gleneagles Hotel. A real taste of Scotland from a Highlander’s perspective.


End of Festival Fireworks

If you’ve not yet got any plans for Sunday night then you need to find a top viewing spot for the Edinburgh International Festival Fireworks at 9pm.

This year, due to the weather, Inverleith Park will not have the usual big screens. Instead, Waverley Bridge has been closed to traffic so will be another site in addition to the usual viewing area between Castle Street and Frederick Street.

Enjoy the show!

Photographed by Archibald Photography

at St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Edinburgh & Lennoxlove House

East Lothian-Scotland

Emma & JJ fell for Lennoxlove House before even stepping foot inside it. Set in woodlands and steeped in history, it was the perfect setting for their big day. And even the monsoon-like rain couldn’t dampen their spirits.

Why Lennoxlove?
We stumbled upon Lennoxlove House by accident and admittedly neither of us had ever heard of it. We went to visit it and as soon as we drove up the path leading to the house, we knew that this was going to be a winner. We loved everything about it. It is so immersed in history and culture and the rooms were out of this world. It wasn’t until after we had booked it that we realised that Lennoxlove House gains its name from Frances Theresa Stewart, the Duchess of Lennox and Richmond, who bequeathed the House to her nephew Lord Blantyre, with the dedication that it should be known as “Lennox’s Love to Blantyre.” I am from Blantyre – so this was just extra special.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
It was really important to include our families on our special day. We both had our mum and dad’s wedding day photo in front of us at the top table. I also had a picture of my Gran tied onto my bouquet and memorial candles for both my Gran and JJ’s Gran which were lit during the ceremony. Our table names were also places we had visited with a personalised quote on the back. JJ also wrote me a love letter which came with my breakfast on the wedding morning. We also made sure we gave all of our bridal party personalised gifts and cards to thank them for all of their help and support.
What was on your wedding menu?
Starter: Terrine Chicken Caeser with Lemon Barley and Almond Tabouleh
Palate Cleanser: Passion Fruit Sorbet
Main: 3 Tastes of Lancashire Lamb with Thyme Juice, Buttered Fondant Potato, Spring Onion and Cauliflower Puree, Broad Beans, Peas and Chantenay Carrots
Dessert: Chocolate and Orange Crème Brulee with Clementine Scented Shortbread Cookies
Coffee and Fudge
What is your advice for future brides?
There are so many things I would advise. I think one of the most crucial things is to have fun! It sounds so simple but I think some brides get so bogged down in the planning and forget to actually enjoy it on the day. Even with the monsoon-like rain on our wedding day, we genuinely could not stop smiling. You see everything come together and seeing all your friends and family enjoying the day just made it even more special.
I think all couples need to remember to ‘check in’ with each other and take time out to enjoy the little details of their wedding – those details that make it ‘yours’. We made sure that we took some time out for ourselves and remembered what the day was all about; it was about celebrating our love.
What was the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
I will never forget the feeling of walking up the aisle with my Dad and seeing my future husband on the altar. I walked up to Mancini’s ‘Moonriver’ and remember looking at my Dad and thinking, t”This is it – this is the beginning of the rest of my life”. It was so emotional at the altar, and seeing JJ for the first time just made me so calm and incredibly happy. I am so lucky to have married my best friend and I know we will spend our whole lives together.
Where did you spend your wedding night?
In one of the suites at Lennoxlove House – it was just like a fairytale.
We love that these two look like they’re having an absolute blast in every single photo. What’s your favourite part of their wedding?
Ceremony venue – St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Edinburgh
Reception venue – Lennoxlove House, Haddington
Photographer – Archibald Photography
Wedding filmmaker – Wind, Reel And Print (W.R.A.P)
Wedding dress – Couture dress designed by Stewart Parvin
Accessories – Emma wore her Gran’s pearls, along with pearl stud earrings as her ‘something borrowed.’ She also wore a headpiece that she bought from Accessory Boutique in Glasgow.
Shoes – Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Anne Priscilla, Glasgow
Groom’s outfit – Panache, Glasgow
Hair Stylist – JD Bridal
Make-up Artist – Eye Candy Make-Up
Florist – Laura Eberst
Stationery – Aberdeen Wedding Shop
Wedding transport – Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Cake – Too Good To Eat
Band – Corra
Caterer – Heritage Portfolio
Entertainment – Haddington Pipe Band/Piper & Highland Dancing performed by Eilidh Johnson

On the streets of Edinburgh

From dancing in the street to wearing your heart on your sleeve – anything goes during the Festival Fringe. Inspired by the carnival atmosphere, top London photographer Julia Boggio created this quirky love story, exclusively for We Fell In Love.

Where to begin with all that we love about this shoot? The colours, the quirky style, the sense of fun, the atmosphere…the list goes on and on! What do you love most?
Photographer – Julia Boggio Photography
Hair Stylist – Gwen Avinou at Mckenzie Hair Design
Wardrobe styling – The We Fell In Love Team
Make-up Artist – Lynne Mills at EyeCandy Professional MakeUp (featuring Miss Flicklash)
On the day styling – Rachel Scott
Florist – Planet Flowers
Models – Victoria McCluskey and Philip de Winter @ Colours Agency
Victoria wears – Wedding dress by Suzanne Ermann at Rachel Scott Couture, large headpiece by Rachel Scott, floral headpieces & anklet by Planet Flowers, shoes by New Look
Philip wears – Jacket & shirt by Topman, shorts by River Island, shoes & hat model’s own

  • rachel snedden - August 29, 2012 - 10:39 am

    Great to see the finished images, they completely capture the fun that I remember having on the day! Really fab images Julia and thanks We Fell in Love for letting me be part of it!ReplyCancel

  • Claire T. - August 29, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    I LOVE this shoot! Such amazing colours, flowers & locations, and it looks like so much fun! It’s giving me dress envy.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria McCluskey - August 30, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Absolutely beautiful images from the shoot!
    Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it and had a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

  • Julia Boggio - September 5, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    This was such a fun shoot and a great team. Thanks for showing me and James a great time in Edinburgh! Julia xReplyCancel

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.

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.
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!
‘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!
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.
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!”
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?
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


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!
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.
Last Request – Paolo Nutini, it was definitely not choreographed!
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.
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.
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?
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