The world of wedding favours has lots to offer. Gone are the days of sugared almonds – we love the variety and personality of these little gifts. With everything from handmade treats to donations to your favourite charity, here are some of the ideas we’ve spotted…
For your Scottish wedding, what could be better than some malt whisky for each of your guests to take home? You can pick your favourite, personalise the bottle with your names, or even pop a mini kilt on it.
Or you could opt for other boozy miniatures for the guys and the gals. And how about a nod to your heritage at the same time? From French Champagne to Welsh whisky. And we love this Scots/Canadian/Dutch combo – with whisky & rye, topped off with clogs, and delicious maple syrup for the kids.
We love these personal favours. From homemade candles, to Granny’s chutney recipe or that special Scottish tablet.
If you know your guests have a sweet tooth then there is a plethora of treats, from traditional sweeties to chocolate. The teddy bears and the gingerbread men will be a great hit with young and old alike.
Another fun idea is favours that will break the ice and help get the party started – after all, how can you be short of words when you find yourself sitting next to Audrey Hepburn, or a man with a rather roguish moustache?
One of your guests may go home a whole lot richer, with a lottery scratchcard. So long as they promise to share, right? Or, there’s the altruistic option of gifting money to your favourite charity and leave your guests a little message. We love the idea of quotes on marriage.
Self-confessed magpie Janet McCrorie has been putting the sparkle into weddings since opening her Rene Walrus Edinburgh boutique in 2005. She also boasts an international clientele, with her designs appearing everywhere from chic New York City weddings to laid back Australian beach ceremonies. We caught up with her to talk bridal trends, sources of inspiration & even wild swimming!
How did you get into designing jewellery and accessories?
To be honest, I’ve always been making jewellery and adornments since as far back as I can remember; even as a kid I was constantly raiding my mothers jewellery box and I loved dressing up. I studied fine art at Edinburgh Art College but undertook various silversmithing courses and eventually ended up teaching it to kids in my summer break. After college I started selling my designs though other shops, but eventually set up the Rene Walrus boutique in 2005.
What do you love most about it?
I love creating new designs and learning new techniques, but I am such a magpie so I have to say it’s when a new delivery of crystals come in from Swarovski and I tear open the crisp paper packaging to reveal the celestial sparkle of the crystals spilling out.
And what’s been the highlight so far?
Being nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards was definitely my number one highlight so far and to be in the same room, at the ceremony, with so many of my heroes was awe inspiring.
Which new trends are you seeing?
In bridal trends, colour is making a welcome return and brides are shunning the vintage look for more fashion forward accessories. There has also been a big move into DIY, which is why I’ve decided to share my industry techniques and knowledge in a series of specialist jewellery classes.
What’s your favourite thing about the Scottish wedding scene?
The wonderfully supportive and friendly community of suppliers.
What/who inspires you?
Life inspires me, in fact I’m known to take my notepad everywhere in case I need to jot down ideas or sketch a quick design. I’m also obsessed with fashion blogs and I’m always looking up new designers – recently I’ve developed a girl crush on the young fashion designer Claire Barrow with her exquisite illustrations, hand painted on leather.
If you weren’t creating stunning jewellery and accessories, you’d be?
A fashion designer.
On a rare day off we’ll find you where?
With my full wetsuit on, swimming in a scottish river!
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.
Images copyright of Elemental Weddings
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.
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
Images copyright of Lynne Kennedy Photography
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!
Photographed by Archibald Photography
at St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Edinburgh & Lennoxlove House
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.
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
Images copyright of Archibald Photography
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
Images copyright of Julia Boggio Photography