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Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Fancy being able to create beautiful floral displays for your home? Nick Priestly of Mood Flowers is hosting a flower arranging masterclass in the stunning surroundings of Blythswood Square, Glasgow.

Enjoy a glass of prosecco and a sumptuous afternoon tea while you watch a full demonstration of the latest trends and Mood Flowers signature pieces. Then roll up your sleeves and learn how to make your own mini masterpiece to take home and show off.

Classes are scheduled for Sunday, September 9th and Sunday, December 9th. For full details email events@blythswoodsquare.com

We’re really excited to check out The Gardener’s Cottage, a new restaurant to hit Edinburgh.

Co-owned by chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray, The Gardener’s Cottage is committed to creating and serving excellent food using the best seasonal, local produce while nurturing sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and local producers.

The restaurant is housed in a historic building located in Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill. Originally the cottage for the gardener, the B-listed building was designed by William Playfair and constructed in 1836.

Presented by The Association for Contemporary Jewellery, Eccentri:city is a showcase of collaborative and new work by a selection of 17 Edinburgh jewellery designers, including Fiona Hermse, Rhona Hogg, Aoife White (whose bangles are pictured), and Jaimie MacDonald.

The event runs from today until July 26th at Whitespace, 11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh.

If you would like to be one of the first brides to view the 2013 collection from Essense of Australia, you can book an appointment for Kudos’ Bridal Preview Day at the Edinburgh store on Saturday, July 28th.

There will also be special offers and discounts available on the day, and some nice little treats for everyone who comes along.


Photographed by 1500 Photography

at Knockderry House Hotel

Argyll-Scotland

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.
Wedding style?
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.
Why Scotland?
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?
Suppliers
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

Photographed by Nicholas Frost Photography

at Haddo House

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

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?
Suppliers
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

Wedding Transport

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?

  • normand anne - December 2, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    hi,
    we are going to get married at edimbourg and wanted to hire a double bus to do : edimbourg center to carberry tower and come back at 1am;
    is it possible with your company ?
    thank you for your answer ,
    kind regardsReplyCancel

    • Christina - December 2, 2014 - 10:01 pm

      Hello! We don’t do buses I’m afraid, just blogging, but we’d be happy to put you in touch with some great companies who do. Please email features@wefellinlove.co.uk for more details.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - January 8, 2016 - 10:47 pm

    How much would a vintage bus be for 11 people on the 8th June, for a prom at new Cumnock AyrshireReplyCancel

Photographed by Blue Sky Photography

at The Hub

Edinburgh-Scotland

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.”
Wedding style?
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).
Why Scotland?
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?
Suppliers
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

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.

We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

Fancy a Scottish brew? Coming soon – an ale locally brewed in East Lothian from Archerfield Ales. Keep an eye on this one – plans are a-foot to develop this micro-brewery complete with a visitor’s attraction, all set in a derelict walled garden. We love the sound of it.

Hankering after those long summer nights of festival action? Then get yourself along to King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow for their summer nights festival. With 60+ bands over 15 nights in July you’ll find some inspiration to get you into your groove.

Exciting news this week from the VOWS Awards 2012. These awards are the Scottish Wedding Industry Awards for outstanding suppliers. This year the theme is eighties and the presented is Cheggers himself. So dust down those leg-warmers and shoulder pads and get yourself some tickets to the wedding industry event of the year – tickets on sale from Monday. See you there..

And for a bit of Italian cooking… if you see yourself as a potential master chef in your own kitchen, then you have to check out this dining event at Edinburgh’s Hotel Missoni, just off the Royal Mile. Tickets are available now for this event in September. Join Head Chef, Mattia Camorani, as he demonstrates how to create the perfect dish.

 


Photographed by First Light Weddings

at Sprouston Kirk & Kersquarter, Kelso

The Borders-Scotland

Embracing tradition was the order of the day for this Scottish Borders celebration, with a church ceremony followed by a big party down on the farm.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love after only a few dates.
How was the question popped?
At the top of my parents’ farm, on a very sunny afternoon.
Any unexpected moments?
Being given three little gifts saying “Just married” by John’s niece and nephews as we came out of the kirk. Seeing how well my sisters and brother had decorated the tractor that took us from the kirk to the reception. And an ice-cream van arriving to serve ice-cream during the reception.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
A three week honeymoon to Italy and then India.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now describe it in three words…
Bride: Fun, wonderful and a big party. Groom: Party, a laugh and perfect.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Spending more time with each other.
One of our favourite things about Annabel & John’s wedding is the relaxed, fun feel, and we especially love their wedding transport. What do you love most about their big day?

Suppliers
Ceremony venue – Sprouston Kirk
Reception venue – A field in front of the bride’s parents’ house, on their farm in the Scottish Borders, with a good view over the River Tweed.
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Wedding dress – Anna Cristache from Emma Victoria Payne, London
Accessories – Bracelet borrowed from bride’s mother, earrings from John Lewis
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Catering – Gill Orde in Catering

  • Claire - July 12, 2012 - 10:49 am

    LOVE that they were taken to the reception by tractor. The first dance looks fab. And her dress is absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Kelso Blooms - July 12, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    The Florist for Annabel & John’s wedding was Kelso Blooms, 4 Bridge Street, KELSO, TD5 7JD, 01573 226 637.ReplyCancel

Photographed by Suzanne Black Photography

at St John’s Church, Cupar & Pitcairlie House

Fife-Scotland

All the stops had to be pulled out to ensure that storm damage didn’t spoil Natasha & Peter’s big day. And while the run up to the wedding was full of drama, the day itself couldn’t have gone more smoothly.

Who saw who first?
Pete spotted Natasha in the local rugby club.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Many things were done by hand for the wedding. The invitations were all made up by hand and the invites had each individual guest’s name printed on it instead of being hand written on a dotted line. It was very time consuming but definitely worth it as I had many comments on how nice the invites were. Each invite also contained a personalised reply card and a stamped addressed envelope; I know what I’m like for replying to things so I just wanted to make it as easy as possible for the guests. I think the whole day was quite personalised, we got married in the church where my brothers and sister got married, and the reception at Pitcairlie House is right next door to the family farm and where Pete’s mum, who is no longer with us, had always wanted to have a wedding. My older sister had started a flower arranging course and made up all the flower stands and decorations for the church for us.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
There were three choices for the starter and main courses which were: Starters – Chicken liver pate served with onion marmalade and rustic oatcakes; Salmon tian with horseradish and crème fraiche; or Spinach and cream cheese roulade with sun dried tomato tapenade. Main course choices were: Free range chicken fillet stuffed with asparagus and mozzarella with a veloute sauce; Filo tartlet with roasted vegetables, olives and feta in a tomato and basil sauce; or Fillet of locally reared beef with cream and cracked black pepper sauce. The dessert was a trio of desserts: French lemon tart, chocolate brownie and baby meringue basket with cranachan and berries, which of course everybody said yes to! With most of the guests being farmers, the most popular choice by far was, of course, the beef!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
Our first dance was to “Many of Horror” by Biffy Clyro. We didn’t choreograph anything but we’re not shufflers when we dance together! There were a few twirls going on and we just had fun!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Don’t be afraid to do things your own way, it’s your wedding. And don’t let yourself get worked up and stressed about things, it’s not worth it – you want to enjoy your day!
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
That it actually managed to take place! The days leading up to the wedding was the time of the horrific wind storms – trees were down everywhere, roads were closed, there were floods, etc. The Tay Bridge was shut and my maid of honour couldn’t get down from Arbroath to help me until the day before the wedding. The Forth Road Bridge was shut so the marquee company couldn’t get through either. The marquee was supposed to go in the field in front of the house, which had become waterlogged and a mud bath, and they couldn’t put the marquee up in the storms on the Monday, or the Tuesday as it would’ve been far too dangerous, and were going to have to do it on the morning of the wedding! Luckily for us, Pitcairlie House had hosted a wedding the weekend before and the marquee that was set up there couldn’t be taken down in the storms, so they kindly got in contact with us and gave us the details of that marquee company to arrange using it for our wedding aswell. Very kind neighbours! So it was a mad morning the day before the wedding phoning, texting and emailing guests and suppliers to notify them of the change of reception venue. Because of the storms, we were lucky we had our cakes aswell – two trees had fallen on my bridesmaid Victoria’s home power lines on the Monday and she had to de-camp to her sister’s house and rope her into helping get nearly 200 cakes made! On the day of the wedding itself everything ran so smoothly after all the drama, it was unbelievable. That’s what we’ll never forget – how lucky we were!
We fell in Love with Natasha & Peter’s beautiful wedding the minute we saw it! Now we’d love to hear your thoughts – what do you love most about it?

Suppliers
Ceremony venue – St Johns Church, Cupar
Reception venue – Pitcairlie House, Fife
Photographer – Suzanne Black Photography
Wedding dress – Suzanne Neville at Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen
Accessories – Earrings from Perfect Bridal Rooms.
Shoes – Rainbow Couture ‘Allora’ from Arabesque, dyed dark purple/aubergine to match the purple flowers in the bouquets
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Reiss ‘Luz’ black floor length gowns for the five older ones and the two flower girls wore white dresses with a black ribbon waist tie and narrow black piping to the hem of the dress.
Groom’s outfit – Own kilt outfit was the Hunting Fraser tartan worn with a charcoal tweed jacket and waistcoat, and a purple tie.
Florist – Oor Fleurs of Auchtermuchty
Caterer – Wendy Gudgeon Catering
Stationery – D.I.Y kit from Confetti.co.uk
Piper – Brian Donaldson
Band – Franco, found on musicforscotland.co.uk. “They were absolutely fantastic and I danced all night. We got them to stick more modern rocky type music as that’s what we enjoy and it seemed to go down well with the guests aswell!”
Wedding transport – Three white BMW 5 Series from Eastern BMW, decorated with purple ribbon courtesy of Deebees Rosettes.

  • Olivia - July 11, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    Stunning colours, romance and a touch of the real ‘Scottish’ about it -Great to see that the Kingdom still has it. More please!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - July 11, 2012 - 9:26 pm

    I LOVE the colours in this wedding. And the fact that the bride just beams all day. Such a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

Gifts for your groom

From hip flasks to quirky cufflinks, if you’re looking for something special as a wedding gift for your husband-to-be, then here are a few of our favourite ideas.

If your fiance likes a twist on tradition, then one of these sporrans from 21st Century Kilts might be just the thing for him. And we love this wooden flask with horn finish and thistle closure, perfect for his favourite tipple.

Or how about a handmade Scottish silver kilt pin or stag horn sgian-dubh? Available from James Ness & Son, a third generation family run business, made by their master silversmith and hallmarked in Edinburgh.

If he plays guitar, these silver plectrum cufflinks from Not on the High Street, will go down a storm.

And if he’d appreciate a stylish and unusual timepiece, then this ceramic watch from Nixon could be the one.

For the man who enjoys a bit of pampering, the Grooming Package from The Players Lounge is sure to go down well. A hot shave is followed by a shampoo & conditioner, scalp massage, haircut and finish leaving him all set for the big day.