Photographed by Archibald Photography
at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery & Tithe Barn
Photographed by Archibald Photography
at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery & Tithe Barn
Inspired by the desire for a great party, Rosie and Kenny’s laid-back wedding saw them saying “I do” in the morning room of a museum and dancing the night away under the beams of a barn.
Who saw who first?
Roseann saw Kenneth first, liked his smile and told her friend. Who, to Roseann’s horror, in turn told Kenneth.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We decorated the tables at both venues and did our flowers ourselves. The doiley table runners were hand stitched by the mother of the groom, the wedding cake was baked by the mother of the bride. The wedding car and lighting was a skills swap with the groom for car restoration.
First dance? Choreographed routine, or sedate shuffle?
An embarrassing slow shuffle to a Zero 7 song from an album that we once played, on repeat, one windy night we spent in our campervan many years ago on the Isle of Skye.
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t sweat the small things.
What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
A feeling of true freedom we felt walking with our daughter from the wedding venue to the reception venue, as our family and friends followed, carrying our wedding cake and flower displays.
We love Rosie and Kenny’s relaxed wedding and how much they made their big day their own. What have you planned to put your own stamp on your wedding?
Images copyright of Archibald Photography
Looking for a string quartet who can bust out a bit of G’nR’ or a drumming workshop to entertain your guests? If you’re on the hunt for wonderful wedding musicians, you’ve come to the right place.
We fell in love with the Glasgow Gospel Choir when we saw them perform at a wedding recently, sending shivers down the spine. The choir has a wide ranging repertoire, including traditional gospel, African songs and a gospel take on modern classics.
String quartets can offer both classic and contemporary pieces. Perfect if you’re looking for someone to play the Star Wars theme tune. Check out Cairn String Quartet, Apollo String Quartet & Strings Aloud.
For a little bit of afternoon Jazz drifting through your drinks reception, you could get in touch with the magical Ritz Trio Band.
Or you could find a soloist who captures the mood of the moment. Recently we got to hear the wonderfully chilled sound of Gillan Edgar Music.
There are lots of great pipers around, but we’ll let you into a little secret, Pipe Major Roddy Deans is one of the best. Full of energy and great banter, he’s the perfect addition to any Scottish wedding.
And if you haven’t yet heard the sound of brazillian beats meets bagpipes, then you are really missing out. Macumba are one special band.
If you’d like something a little more hands on, then Njuzu can organise a drumming workshop for your guests. The perfect ice-breaker, it will be a hit with guests of all ages. For more details, contact Dougie Hudson.
Or how about your very own three tenors? Described as ‘The Rat Pack of Opera’, Tenors Un Limited bring their own unique blend of wit, charm and vocal arrangements to the classical crossover genre.
And to really take your party to another level, you could get in touch with a group with a unique sound that will get your guests grooving along. How about someone who can mix a little beatboxing with some music, like The Magnets.
Photographed by NDK Wedding Photography
at Duart Castle & Macquarie House
Isle of Mull-Scotland
The remote, rugged landscape of the Isle of Mull was the perfect setting for this romantic outdoor wedding ceremony. The brief? Ensuring all their guests had the time of their lives…
Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
There was definitely an attraction from the start, but as neither of us were really looking for a relationship so you could say it was more of a gradual attraction. Matt disappeared off to Nepal to do the Everest Base Camp climb for three weeks, and then back to his native Australia for two weeks just after we met so the time apart really made it hit home for both of us.
How was the question popped?
We booked a trip to New York over New Year 2010/2011. At one point we thought that we would need to cancel as the snow was so bad New York literally shut down. Luckily we were the first flight from Heathrow to JFK. Matt proposed outside of the United Nations Building.
Any unexpected moments?
The celebrant calling to say that the Best Man hadn’t collected her from Craignure ferry terminal only to find out he had been parked across the road from where she was standing for 40 minutes – Crisis Averted!
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now – describe it in three words…
Exceeded all expectations
It’s the perfect place to get married. We love the outdoors and Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, we both wanted to showcase this as part of our wedding. You can spend your whole life living in the same country and never experience or value what is right under your nose.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
David Cameron promising tax benefits for married couples…….On a serious note, knowing that we have committed to spending our lives together and sharing this great journey along the way!
Ceremony venue – Duart Castle, Isle of Mull
Reception venue – Macquarie House, Gruline Estate, Isle of Mull
Photographer – NDK Wedding Photography
Wedding dress – Stewart Parvin from Rachel Scott Couture
Accessories – Swarovski
Shoes – Dune
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Jim Hjelm from Anne Prisclla Bridal, Glasgow
Hair Stylist and Make-up Artist – Glamrdust, Glasgow
Florist – The Rose Room, Airdrie
Caterers – Prep Catering, Inverness
Band – Corra Music
Wedding transport – Argyll Wedding Cars
Images copyright of NDK Wedding Photography
Photographed by 1500 Photography
at Knockderry House Hotel
Sixth form sweethearts Kirsty and Adam tied the knot by the scenic shores of Loch Long in a relaxed, intimate celebration.
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Gradual attraction! We first met aged 11, when we started secondary school. Although I would say we were far from friends back then! When we were at Sixth Form College we got to know each other and began dating. A year later we got engaged, and married seven years after that!
Best compliment on your wedding day?
We had the most amazing day and our guests have talked about it with fondness since. It is hard to choose the best compliment. The food received raving reviews from our guests, there was near silence when the main course was served. On the Sunday morning our guests didn’t want to leave.
Relaxed and intimate! We really wanted a relaxed day where everyone enjoyed themselves! We chose Knockderry House Hotel, a beautiful venue by the banks of Loch Long. We really did fall in love with the place when we visited! We knew whatever the weather, we would have a fantastic day! We always wanted a small wedding with just our closest family and friends. We had exclusive use of the venue for the whole weekend which made it feel even more special. We had the ceremony outside the hotel, overlooking Loch Long, with harp music playing in the background. It was really beautiful!
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Mini-Moon – We had a few days away on our own, a compromise as we didn’t want to leave our son for long but still wanted some time for the two of us.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day – now describe it in three words…
Intimate, perfect, unforgettable.
Where else? It is a beautiful place. We are so fond of Scotland, especially the West Coast.
We love the intimate feel of Kirsty & Adam’s gorgeous wedding. Which element of their big day inspires you?
Ceremony & reception venue – Knockderry House Hotel
Photographer – 1500 Photography
Wedding dress – Athena by Sophia Tolli at KMG Bridal, Lincolnshire
Groom’s outfit supplier – Greenwoods
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Forever Yours at KMG Bridal
Hair Stylist – A Cut Above, Helensburgh
Florist – The Flower Shop, Helensburgh
Cake – Cupcake Glasgow
Band – Chitterybite Ceilidh Band
Images copyright of 1500 Photography
Photographed by Nicholas Frost Photography
at Haddo House
Inspired by wild country gardens, Mairi and Andrew opted for an elegant mansion house as the backdrop to their beautiful big day.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We both love spending time outdoors and travelling around Scotland in our campervan. We named our tables after munroes we’ve climbed together and teamed them with dodgy windswept photos. Our stationery tied in with this, showing an outline of the Cuillin Hills.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Spiced parsnip soup to start, then a choice of roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding or chicken breast stuffed with feta and sundried tomatoes, wrapped in parma ham. Finished off with a raspberry and white chocolate parfait.
FIRST DANCE? CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
An Orcadian strip the willow, involving all 120 of our wedding guests. Not choreographed and definitely not sedate!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Don’t stress out about things, relax and enjoy the day. We forgot to cut our cake but didn’t even realise ’til the end of the night (after it had been eaten)!
WHERE DID YOU SPEND YOUR WEDDING NIGHT?
The Hilton Double Tree at Aberdeen beach.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
How happy we both were, surrounded by all our friends and family.
There are so many things we love about Mairi & Andrew’s big day, but a special mention has to go to those stunning Pedro Garcia shoes. What do you love most about their stylish stately home wedding?
Ceremony venue – The chapel at Haddo House
Reception venue – Canadian Hall at Haddo House
Photographer – Nicholas Frost Photography
Wedding dress – Benjamin Roberts
Accessories – Headpiece: Corrine Smith Designs; necklace and bracelet: borrowed from my sister
Shoes – Pedro Garcia at Net-a-Porter
Groom’s outfit – Slanj
Bridesmaids’ dresses – True Bride
Hair Stylist – Harri at Biyoni
Make-up Artist – Lyndsay Alexis Makeup
Florist – Flowers by Judith
Stationery – Designed by our friends Jamie Hogarth and Mairi Lafferty
Cake – Marks & Spencer
Caterer – Val Morrison
Band – The Graham Geddes Band
Wedding transport – Pegasus Executive Cars, 1979 Bentley
Images copyright of Nicholas Frost Photography
When it comes to your wedding transport, are you a petrol-head at heart, or more at one with horse-power? Whether you’re a practical couple, or just dying to travel in style, we have some ideas here to get you planning those wheels.
For your classic, stylish Scottish wedding, nothing beats a beautiful old car. This Silver Cloud from Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars will add that bit of glamour to your arrival.
Meanwhile let your guests sit back and enjoy the ride in one of these vintage buses from The Red Bus Company, or this 1950’s vintage Daimler bus from Waterside Weddings.
To enjoy the feel of the open road, let a horse and carriage take the lead for a true fairytale wedding. Or start that honeymoon feeling early with a proper VW Campervan.
Or how about rockin’ your Scottish wedding with a phenomenal ride in one of the Irn Bru Taxis? We love it.
And for something completely different, especially if you own a set of leathers, then you could organise transport for the boys, or even the whole bridal party.
If you prefer pedal power, then a traditional Dutch bicycle, like this one, may fit the bill. Romantic and environmentally friendly!
If you have friends or family who own a special (or particularly nice looking) car, why not borrow it. And better still, borrow them as chauffeur. You know they’re just waiting for you to ask.
Another option is to hire a vintage car for the day, perfect if you have always fancied trying out a particular model and like being in the driving seat.
Going for the rustic feel? Friends with a local farmer? Then a tractor and trailer ride could be the answer.
If you are planning a coastal or waterside wedding, then a boat ride is a great way to kick off the festivities.
For the real wow factor, which will ensure your guests are blown away, why not look at organising a helicopter.
We’ve shared our favourite ways to hit the road in style, now it’s your turn. How will you be travelling on your big day?
Photographed by Blue Sky Photography
at The Hub
Wedding traditions from either side of the pond were brought together in this Scottish/American celebration. And what Scotland may lack in sunshine, it more than made up for in the ability to host a killer party.
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight! We met at the American Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pete was stationed there as part of his military assignment in the US Marine Corps and I had just moved there from Scotland to take up a nursing position in a local hospital. We met a few days after I arrived and the rest is history.
Any unexpected moments?
My dad wearing a kilt was a big surprise – he had never worn one before and had told me he wasn’t going to start wearing one aged 68! Pete sending me a beautiful bunch of red roses on the morning of our wedding, with a lovely card and message. And all the friendly tourists clapping and cheering when we walked down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle, after having some photos taken.
Best compliment on your wedding?
We had so many lovely compliments on our wedding, but we really like this one from our best man – “So, Scottish weddings are pretty much the greatest thing on earth. Americans need to take note.”
Our wedding was a mix of different styles. It was a little bit traditional Scottish (kilts, ceilidh dancing, haggis and whisky), a little bit modern American (our Polaroid photo guest book and lots of cupcakes), a little bit vintage (our beautiful old Bentley) and a little bit classic (my ivory and silver Chantilly lace wedding dress).
Pete just loved Edinburgh when he first visited Scotland and for me it is home despite emigrating to the USA last year. We love the historic feel of Edinburgh’s Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. We both feel Scotland is a beautiful country, steeped in history and tradition and we wouldn’t have had our wedding day anywhere else. Our American guests (many of whom had never ventured outside the US) loved our Scottish wedding, it was a new and unique experience for them. We may have forfeited California sunshine for cobbled streets, bagpipes and castles, but we are so happy we did.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now describe it in three words…
Happy, unique, perfect.
We love that Jennifer & Peter chose the wedding customs that they both like, from Scotland and the United States, and ditched the rest. What do you love most about their big day?
Ceremony & reception venue – The Hub
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Wedding dress & accessories – Joyce Young by Storm
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Groom’s outfit – Slanj Kilts
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Jasmine Dresses from The Finer Detail, Glasgow
Hair Stylist – JD Bridal Hair
Make-up Artist – EyeCandy Scotland
Florist – Laura Eberst
Cake – Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes (sweet) & Valvona & Crolla (cheese)
Caterer – The Hub
Polaroid guest book – Creatively Kept
Band – The Tatties
Wedding transport – Ecosse Classic Weddings Cars
Images copyright of Blue Sky Photography
Sixpence Weddings and Events
There’s something pretty wonderful about being a little bit fairy godmother and a little bit wise sage. With bags of experience in Scottish wedding planning and a real heart for true love, Yvonne Towle, from Sixpence Weddings and Events takes us into a world filled with happily ever afters.
How did you get into wedding planning?
By accident really! After getting my Biology degree, I started my working life in the Pharmaceutical Industry working for a couple of very large multi-national companies. My role started to change in that I was organising more and more of the weekend workshops/ evening meetings for my team. In amongst all that, my then fiance and I decided to get married. We went off to the Caribbean taking only our wedding clothes and a lovely wedding planner did the rest for us. It wasn’t till after we’d actually married and I was sitting in the jacuzzi one day that I had the idea that there must be lots of people wanting to come to Scotland and do the same as us. This thought simmered away for quite sometime until I decided to to do a little research. At that time, 16 years ago, there was only one other company offering this service. This was how my company was born.
What do you love most about it?
I love it that no two weddings are the same. I love finally meeting the couple after months and months of working with them to plan their wedding. As I work with couples from both the UK and Overseas, it varies how much face to face contact I’ll have with them and so meeting up for the first time is a real buzz! I love that I well up at every ceremony as they say their vows to one another! I love seeing all my hard work come together to make their perfect day happen.
What’s been the highlight so far?
Seeing so many of my couples happily married and having them now coming back to me wanting to help them celebrate their anniversaries! Also following everyone’s lives via Facebook etc as their lives change and their families grow. It’s just amazing to become a friend to many of my couples long after their wedding has taken place. How special is that?! Being acknowledged for my dedication and level of service by being nominated for the Vows Awards 4 times is also a huge honour.
Which new trends are you seeing?
I love that couples are really trying to customise and very much make their weddings their own. In recent years, couples are using a lot more little accent touches to really put their stamp on their wedding. Such as; little signs saying “Happy Ever After Starts Here”, having photos of their parent’s weddings around, wishing trees so guests can leave them little messages, designing all their own table enhancements – place cards, table numbers, favours etc. Sweetie tables with all their childhood favourites – thank heavens for those, so much nicer than a chocolate fountain! Far more often, couples are decorating spaces with props to create a particular atmosphere or theme than ever before. Gone are the days of just a ceremony then back to somewhere for a meal and dance. A lot more thought is going into how they can individualise their wedding spaces and make them their own. I love being part of this and helping them make it happen.
What’s your favourite thing about Scottish weddings?
We love to have a party and let our hair down! Scotland is so beautiful and we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful places to marry. We really are spoiled for choice! I love some of the bands who are putting a modern spin on the traditional ceilidh music and really bringing it to life.
Who inspires you?
My clients! They all have their own thoughts, hopes and dreams of how their wedding should be and it’s up to me to help them bring that to life.
If you weren’t planning fantastic weddings you’d be…
Running my own little posh tea shop in Queenstown, New Zealand or a deluxe B&B in Provence!
On a rare day off, we’ll find you where?
Buying shoes and drinking champagne somewhere sunny. No only kidding! Spending time hanging out with my two favourite people in the world, my wonderful husband and Son.