Photographed by 1500 Photography
at St Andrews Cathedral & Glenbervie House Hotel
Following a truly romantic first meeting, which saw bumping into each other lead swiftly to a dance-off (think Notting Hill meets Zoolander) the path was paved for a truly perfect day, shared with a peacock called Ashley. Don’t you just love Scottish weddings?
Who saw who first?
We bumped into each other in a nightclub that we both love (The classy Shed in Shawlands). A song that we liked came on which we both started to dance to. We were dancing back to back and literally bumped into each other! We both apologised and then had some cheeky chat: Davie: “I think you’ll find I was dancing here first so you will need to move” Ashleigh: “haha I think you’ll find I was dancing far better than you so you’ll need to move!” Davie: “Well there is only one way to settle this, a dance off!” Ashleigh “haha you’re on!” … we still disagree to this day on who actually won the dance off!
How did you personalise your wedding day?
Davie and I have always had a love of champagne and thought it would be apt for our table names to be named after our favourite champagne brands. We also organised through our videographer to have a special video filmed to the song ‘Perfect Day’. All of our family and friends took part in it and sang a line each. It was a great laugh and so much fun acting it out on the day and it will be something that all of us will look back on with fond memories. In addition to this, Alan Dedicoat, the announcer for Strictly Come Dancing, recorded a very special introduction for our first dance a.k.a Strictly Come Dancing style as a wedding gift for us. It added a very personal touch to the day and it will also be something that we will treasure fondly.
What was on your wedding menu?
Smoked Salmon, baby leaf salad with caviar crème fraiche, Roasted plum tomato and basil soup, Roast Sirloin of Scottish Beef with roast potatoes, port wine and mushroom gravy, Assiette of Desserts.
First dance? Choreographed routine, or sedate shuffle?
‘Your Song’ by Ellie Goulding. Neither choreographed nor a sedate shuffle! haha Davie and I both love a good shimmy so we would like to think that for a couple who did not take dancing lessons or learn a choreographed routine that we did our first dance justice!
What is your advice for future brides?
Enjoy every second of the big day and take as much as it in as you possibly can! I felt like my watch was on fast forward the entire day but I guess the well-known saying must be true “Time flies when you are having fun!”
What is the one thing you will never forget about your big day?
The peacock called Ashley!
We are loving how much personality Ashleigh and Davie put into their wedding day? What’s your favourite bit of their story?
Images copyright of 1500 Photography
Unusual Scottish wedding venues
We’re loving all the recent press coverage of Scotland being the perfect setting to hold your wedding. We agree – from field to farm; church to castle, we’ve got it covered in Scotland. If you’d like somewhere a little different as the background to your big day, then these venues are anything but run of the mill.
We are more than a little in love with Balbegno Castle
, situated just outside Fettercairn in Aberdeenshire. With its quirky, modern interior styling and stunning great hall, it’s the perfect setting for a celebration. The castle is available on a self-catering basis and has hosted some amazing hen weekends as well as weddings in recent years.
Or how about a converted cowshed? Kinkell Byre
is a versatile venue that is full of atmosphere and has a real rustic feel. The setting is beautiful too – on the east coast, near St Andrews. And if you like a lot of room on the dancefloor to throw your shapes, it’s the perfect space for you.
Or for a really great party, how about a wedding in a working microbrewery in Glasgow? Founded on a vision to brew the best beer in the UK, West Brewery
is the perfect place for a shindig and guaranteed to have beer on tap all night long.
We are loving the idea of holding your wedding in a 100 year-old tapestry studio, on the site of an old Victorian swimming pool. Right in the heart of Edinburgh, with gorgeous light and a contemporary space, Dovecot Studios
will weave their magic on you and your guests as dance under its vaulted ceiling.
And what about this one? A large barn, part of the Aboyne Castle estate
, affectionately named The Coo Cathedral due to it’s shape and its resident Coo (Scottish for cow). Inside and out, space is a-plenty, allowing you to put your own stamp on it and even decorate the Coo himself.
And heading west, near Kilberry, overlooking the Isles, is an amazing little white house in the middle of the landscape. This is Crear
, home to a space for artists, musicians and couples who want to say “I do” somewhere a little different. Hosting wedding parties from 2 to 100, you could hold your ceremony inside Crear, or on one of the rugged beaches nearby.
If you’ve not discovered it yet, Mansfield Traquair
is Edinburgh’s sistine chapel. From day to night this is one spectacular space – guaranteed for the ‘wow’ factor every time.
We love the diversity of unique wedding venues in Scotland. Where else is on your hit-list?
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Here’s what has caught our eye this week
This weekend sees the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and as ever there is a perfect plethora of shows to enjoy. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, here’s one that caught our eye – the comedian Anna Morris (of Georgina’s Wedding Blog fame) has her own show Dolly Mixture, which looks pretty sweet to us. It’s on at the Vodoo Rooms in Edinburgh from 4th August – 25th August.
How about a night that starts with an underground ceilidh and turns into a club night? On Friday 10th August you can catch Whisky Kiss at the Ceilidh Club at HMV Picture House. Guaranteed to have you dancing til the wee hours. Did you know that just an hour of ceilidh dancing will burn at least 400 calories and work every muscle in your body? What a bonus to a great night out.
Moving further north, we’ve spotted these fantastic Love Letters
from Landscapes 365
. Most are quite personal so are secret but we heard tale of one recently, “Love You Millions” where the letters were placed on the shore at a local beach and used as part of a romantic proposal plan… You can quite literally write your message in the sand. Any ideas of what your message would be?
Are you planning your wedding for 2012 and are still hunting for a spot to hold your wedding celebration? Or perhaps you’ve been delighted with a surprise proposal and think the sooner you two become Mr and Mrs the better? Rufflets Country House Hotel in St Andrews are offering late availability on dates in August, September and October this year. Just think – you could be married by Christmas.
What happens when a creative team including a florist, a designer dressmaker and a couture embroiderer get together to bring a forest fantasy to life? Something very magical indeed.
Where did the idea for this creative shoot stem from?
Mette Baillie of Freja Designer Dressmaking: “It was originally the photographer – Jay, from Elemental – who had the idea for the forest shoot. He had a specific idea about the type of forest, with darkness, gnarly roots, and some wild, untouchable feel about it. He approached myself and Gemma from Planet Flowers with the idea. We then thought of Lucy of Twig Design, who has a background in couture embroidery. We share the same ideas on style and find it very exciting to bounce ideas off each other. We all work with quite simple designs, where the detailing comes from textures and materials.
“The idea was that the model should be part of the forest, and almost come from within the forest. We loved the idea, and we wanted to use materials that would naturally be found in a forest for the dresses and accessories. Make-up artist Rosie Fraser was immediately on the same wavelength and keen to be involved. Everything came together beautifully in the end.”
The green dress looks like a wearable work of art! How did you go about making it?
Mette: “The green dress was made from bol moss, which was attached to a frame we constructed. Gemma worked her magic, using different techniques to attach the leaves and moss – the leaves were oleaster and cyclamen leaves were used for the bust. The headdress and flowers featured black berries (ligustro).”
And we love the fresh, floaty feel of the nude dress. What inspired it?
Mette: “We made a chiffon dress in a nude colour to represent the naked feel the first spring flowers have. Lucy embroidered the dress in a dark earth colour shade. On top of the embroidery we attached fresh flower heads (ornithogalum). The outfit was finished off with snowberry and twig details, and a headdress of wax flower and ornithogalum.
Are there any other creative projects you would like to work together on in the future?
Mette: “The nature of our businesses means that, so far, we have only worked together on private events, mainly weddings, and also birthday parties. We would love to work together more. In the future we would love to style outfits for waiters and performers for bigger events, where Planet Flowers would do the event styling.”
We love the creativity and skill that has gone into designing and making these floral & foliage dresses – the shapes, textures and colours are incredible! We’d love to hear your thoughts. And is anyone now tempted to rock a floral frock down the aisle?
Photographed by First Light Weddings
at Holy Trinity Church & Old Course Hotel
Cream, silver and pale pink were the colours of choice for an elegant, timeless wedding on the east coast of Scotland.
How was the question popped?
On the bow of a yacht under the Caribbean moonlight – it was very romantic!
Something new, something borrowed, something blue?
‘Something new’ certainly outweighed them all: the dress, the veil and most of the jewellery. My something blue was an aquamarine ring my mother gave me and my something borrowed were my wedding shoes, which a friend with the same shoe size lent to me. They fit with the dress better than any I could find in the shops.
Any unexpected moments?
Yes, the weather surprised us! It had been horrible for weeks, but the sun came out on the wedding day. It meant we could go down to the beach and through the sand dunes.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
Embrace – it was nice having all the traditional touches.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
Honeymoon – we went to Mauritius. It was very relaxing and we would recommend a relaxing break after the big day to anyone – you’ll be in need of it and glad you didn’t book that action-packed holiday after all.
St Andrews is a beautiful, well-known town on the sea with a lovely beach, amazing views and beautiful church. We felt it was a place our guests would appreciate, especially as many of them were travelling to Scotland, including many from overseas.
We love the classic, timeless feel of Willa & Stuart’s wedding. What did you enjoy most about this real wedding post?
The Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar
Fancy some fun as the festival comes to town? A delicate dalliance with decadence? Then popping over to the Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar
on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a must and as a special treat for some lucky winner we are giving away a Champagne afternoon tea for two…
The Pommery Cafe Bar is open this year throughout the festival, from 3rd August right through until the 27th August, so no excuses for not having any time for sipping champagne, or indulging in some delicious delights from their menu.
The lovely team are offering a prize of Champagne Afternoon Tea for two – a tempting tower of sweet and savoury treats and a glass of perfectly chilled Pommery Brut Royal Champagne. To win this, all you have to do, by midnight on Tuesday 7th August 2012, is tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org
what extra special event is happening in The Pommery Champagne Cafe Bar on 21st August 2012. Need a clue? Visit their Facebook page here
Whether it’s a night out with some pals, or a cheeky wee afternoon tea with Mum, this is definitely the place to be seen this summer in Edinburgh. We’ll see you there. Oh and good luck with the competition!
Photographed by Soraya Photography
at St Andrews Cathedral & Aldourie Castle
From the unconventional proposal – on an escalator, in a shopping mall, in Hawaii – to the “Southern United States Game of Thrones meets Swedish Downton Abbey”-style big day, Annika & Tab’s Scottish Highlands wedding was unique, full of personality and a celebration that none of their guests will ever forget.
Something new, something borrowed, something blue?
Eeek, this is totally a bride question but I (the groom) will tell it from my side: New: my sword; borrowed: my kilt jacket; blue: my blue seersucker trousers.
Best compliment on your wedding?
“You have a picture of a castle…in Scotland…on a fridge magnet as a save the date? Who the hell is not gonna come to this thing?!” -Bobby Wise, Chicago, IL, USA.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
A little of both but mostly ditching I’d say. No father down the aisle, no rehearsal dinner the night before (two nights before), no groomsmen on the altar (pastor’s orders, still don’t know why!), no bouquet throw/garter toss. But at the same time we embraced it by cutting the cake with a sword (nicknamed The Bride), having a piper (Spud, he’s awesome, he did Madonna’s wedding), groom not seeing the bride until she walked down the aisle and in fine Swedish wedding tradition, everyone was seated boy-girl-boy-girl at dinner and no-one who is married or a non-engaged couple can sit next to each other.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day – now describe it in three words…
We both attended University of St Andrews together. The distance to the US was out for Annika’s family as was the difficulty to get to Annika’s family’s summer island off the coast of Sweden for my family. We settled on neutral ground – Scotland. We opted against St Andrews since we never dated there until the very end of uni – we didn’t want to mix wonderful, happy memories with debauched, dirty ones.
Favourite thing about being married?
The best thing is the little things. Having lived together before we got married, being together in the apartment is not that different (though the growing pile of wedding gifts without a place is starting to affect one person), but mainly just having that legal and spiritual stamp on our relationship makes it so much bigger in our hearts and the way we talk to people about it. That and wearing matching rings is pretty cool too.
We love how much of their own personalities Annika & Tab injected into their big day. What’s your favourite thing about their wedding?
Ceremony venue – St Andrews Cathedral
Reception venue – Aldourie Castle
, Loch Ness
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding dress – Alvina Valeta
Accessories – Annika’s sister, Cecilia Ostman
made a hair comb and the bride wore family jewelry
Shoes – Alvina Valeta
Groom’s outfit – Jacket and Waistcoast from Highland House of Fraser
, Inverness; Seersucker Trousers from Dumas and Sons
, Charleston, SC, USA
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Annika’s sister, Cecilia Ostman
designed and sewed them.
Hair & make-up – Annika’s sister, Cecilia Ostman
Florist – Angela Stewart Creative
Cake – Designed by Tab’s sister and made by his sister, mother and grandmother.
Musicians – An original song written and performed by Bubba Bryant
and an original song written and performed by Chris Auster
Catering – Good Highland Food
Wedding transport – Bride & Groom: 1936 vintage Rolls Royce from KK Timeless Classics
; Wedding Guests: Jacobite Cruises
Rachel Scott Couture
Well-known for its quirky and creative window displays, Rachel Scott Couture
is a treasure trove of the finest designer wedding gowns. Based on Dundas Street in the capital’s New Town, it specialises in designers who focus on simple but high quality tailoring and celebrate individual style. We caught up with owner, Rachel who tells us how she spotted a gap in the bridal retail market and fills us in on the latest wedding dress trends.
How did you get into retail and bridal couture?
It was actually when my mum got remarried some years back now that I noticed there was a gap in the market for high quality, unique wedding gowns. I adore designers that focus on simple but exquisitely executed tailoring to give an elegant and sophisticated frame to a bride on her wedding day. I wanted to be able to offer brides something a little bit different from the mainstream – unusual fabrics, textures or details, but without compromising on quality of construction. I can’t believe I’ve been running Rachel Scott Couture for eight years now!
What do you love most about it?
The type of bride who like our collections tend to be looking for something a bit different and often have initial concerns that they might not find a wedding dress that truly reflects their personality. I offer advice and inspiration in an environment where a bride can experiment and play with her individual style. There is nothing more satisfying for me than seeing a bride’s face light up when you’ve shown her that she can get a look that makes her feel like a bride, while still reflecting her as a person.
And what’s been the highlight so far?
Winning The Best Bridal Retailer in the North of the UK award at this year’s Bridal Buyer Awards was an amazing achievement! We were delighted to have even got to the final six, as the award covers the whole of the UK, so there are a lot of other good retailers in the running. To find out that we had won felt fantastic. I know that the personal service I offer to each of my clients and the styling of my business is very unique in the wedding industry, so to know that others are enjoying and appreciating it too felt very satisfying.
Which new trends are you seeing?
There’s lots of texture coming through in the fabrics I see clients choosing, gruipure lace or raw silks, for example, but always with a focus on classic lines to act as a base. Cover-ups are very in vogue for next season, whether they made in lace, organza or even little softly draped cap sleeves. I’m also seeing more clients opting for a full length veils but styled without much in the way of detailing, simply something soft and romantic.
What’s your favourite thing about the Scottish wedding scene?
We have an amazing range of wedding service providers in Scotland, from unique venues, bands or photographers to cake designers and firework companies! I think what really makes me proud to be part of the Scottish wedding scene though, is our reputation for being friendly, welcoming and flexible to our clients’ individual needs. As a nation we are passionate people and no-where is this more evident than in the wedding industry where there’s an enthusiasm and excitement towards each client’s wedding that I adore. I believe that’s why we have so many couples choosing to marry in Scotland, you know that your wedding suppliers will settle for nothing less that a perfect party!
What/who inspires you?
I’m inspired by passionate people, it doesn’t matter what they’re passionate about, just that they have something that motivates them. It’s the excitement in someone’s eyes when they talk about a subject they love that I find totally infectious. I love people who do things differently and I love people who are open to trying new things or doing new things. My children are probably my biggest inspiration though, nothing drives you on more than wanting to make your family proud!
If you weren’t selling beautiful dresses you’d be?
Even the thought of not being able to work with such brilliant designers and their beautiful dresses makes me shiver! I think, if I wasn’t doing this job though, I’d have to be in a job that still allowed me to use the creativity and passion that I bring to work everyday at the moment. I couldn’t bear the thought of not having the job satisfaction that I have now.
On a rare day off we’ll find you where?
Enjoying coffee and cake with my husband and our two boys is absolute bliss. You can never underestimate the simple pleasure that an Americano, a chocolate cup cake and fabulous chit chat with the family can bring.
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Here’s what has caught our eye this week
Planning your Scottish wedding and still on the hunt for the perfect venue? How about an exclusive castle just for you and your guests? Tullibole Castle in the Crook of Devon is hosting a Wedding Open Day on Saturday 12th August. Get in touch and make sure your name is on the invite list.
We’re loving that the tour of the shortlist of The World Press Photo Awards has arrived in Edinburgh. The exhibition highlights the best press photography from around the world and you can go and visit it at The Scottish Parliament before Saturday. Be inspired.
And if you’re feeling inspired by seeing spellbounding images, how about getting to know that fancy camera of yours and book yourself on a Blue Sky Photography Create
course. For novices to not-quite-yet proficient, you can come away knowing a little bit more about how to get that perfect shot. The next course is Thursday 9th August.
And finally, if you’re looking to get yourself into the sporting mood for the start of the Olympics, what better way than to be a part of The Gillespie McAndrew Hopetoun Horse Trials. The event is on all weekend at Hopetoun House and as well as watching the trials themselves, there is some pretty amazing shopping and eating to be done.