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Gretna Green-Scotland

From their very first meeting (he in black tie, she in a Batman onesie) to their romantic riverside proposal, we were smitten when we heard Katie & Stephen’s love story. Full of vintage style and whimsical white flowers, their intimate celebration in Southern Scotland is sure to inspire. Happy weekend folks!

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Who saw who first?
We met through one of our mutual friends in Oxford – Stephen was wearing black tie and I was wearing a Batman onesie! We went to Bath for the weekend in November 2014 and went for a walk by the river, where Stephen got down on one knee and proposed.
We were inspired by…
The 1920s, vintage and our love of books. 
I made the Order of Service and individual place name cards myself.
Our flowers were absolutely beautiful – Michelle did an amazing job. She listened to exactly what we wanted, and we ended up with whimsical, romantic, undone bouquets of white flowers with lots of greenery, as well as fantastic centrepieces and lovely flower garlands for the bridesmaids and flower girl. I could not have been happier with them!
Our photographer, 
Natalie was amazing! She was really friendly and got loads of beautiful posed shots as well as lots of amazing candids!
Why Scotland?
My bridesman told me about Springkell – an 18th century Palladian house six miles from Gretna Green- and we fell in love with it immediately.

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We love your dress – tell us more…
I wore a vintage-inspired lace gown with illusion sleeves and neckline and a low back. The colour of the dress was champagne, and it was covered in beautiful embroidery.
My shoes were from Untold at House of Fraser – a pale gold colour T-bar style shoe with crystal detailing.
 I wore a vintage-inspired bracelet and earrings from Jon Richard, as well as a beautiful ring with a canary yellow stone given to me by my Maid of Honour as my ‘something borrowed’. My hairpiece was vintage-inspired with champagne-coloured pearls from Etsy.
Stephen wore a classic morning suit with black tails, pinstriped trousers, a pale gold waistcoat and a dark navy knitted silk tie.
What did you choose for your music?

Leroy Johnson was there all afternoon playing an acoustic set outdoors while we were having our photographs taken. In the evening the rest of the band arrived and played a great set which had everyone dancing – they also DJ-ed for us and were absolutely brilliant. Our first dance was to ‘At Last’ by Etta James.
Any advice?
Relax and enjoy every moment of your day!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Being surrounded by all the people we love the most.

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How cute is Katie’s flower girl? Anyone else having littlies in their bridal party? Christina x
PhotographerStory of Love
Dynamic Frame
FloristThe Passion Flower
Hair stylist – Drew Cornthwaite and Rebecca Hobson, Ginger Pigeon Hair
Make-up artist
Bridget Foster

Wedding dress – 
Maggie Sottero‘Verina’
 from I Do Bridal
ShoesUntold at House of Fraser
AccessoriesJon Richard, Jopson’s Jewellers & Etsy
Groom’s outfit
Moss Bros
 & TM Lewin
Bridesmaids’ dresses – ‘Lark’ in midnight navy from Reiss.
Stationery – DIY
CakeM&S & cheese cake by Leonie at Thornby Moor Dairy

Leroy Johnson and the Flicks

Tonight’s a big night for the WFIL team, we’re London-bound and getting glammed up to party with our blogging besties at the UK Wedding Blog Awards – eek, wish us luck! But before the fizz begins to flow, here are a few of our favourite things this week…


All that glitters
It’s the time of year when we start obsessing over all things metallic and sparkly. And so it was that we found ourselves in Zara this week, clutching half the shop in our arms as we made our way to the fitting rooms. Our favourites included this rather fabulous Silver Pleated Midi Skirt, the No Glitter No Party Shimmer Dress (need we say more?) and these edgy Ombre High Heel Shoes. Rumours that we’ll be wearing all three to the aforementioned Wedding Blog Awards can neither be confirmed nor denied…


What’s your tipple?
Like the idea of drinking from a quaich (the Scottish cup of friendship) during your ceremony? We love the quirky new Abbeyhorn Quaichs available from MacGregor and MacDuff. Also catching our eye were their super stylish Harris Tweed wash bags and the stainless steel Dalvey hip flasks – perfect gifts for the boys, we reckon.

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A Highland love story
Is it just that we’re majorly biased, or are Scottish weddings the most creative, beautiful and fun in the world? This week we were wishing that we’d thought of having colourful confetti for our big day. And a sparkly gold dress! And as for the bridesmaids – #squadgoals, big time. Loving your work Maxine & Ross!
Be sure to join us on the blog tomorrow, when we’ll be featuring a gorgeous vintage inspired Scottish wedding. It’s seriously stylish and not to be missed.
Wishing you a weekend full of sunshine and sparkle! See you on the flip side, when our post fizz hangovers will hopefully have abated. Christina x

Photographed by Crofts & Kowalczyk

at Culzean Castle


For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday post we’re returning to one of our all time favourite weddings. From love at first sight at university to an unconventional wedding packed with personality and romance, we absolutely love Holly & Andy’s style. Not to mention the cheeky wee appearances by Cooper the Maltese puppy. So much to love!

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Who saw who first?
It was definitely love at first sight. We met the first week of university before classes started and there was a definite connection between us. When we caught sight of each other in our first lecture we realised we were studying the same course, Andy asked me to sit with him, and we have been inseparable ever since.
And how was the big question popped?
After travelling around the world together, we made a stop in Western Australia. We stayed with family whilst I (Andy) worked in the gold mines and saved up for an engagement ring. On our way home to Scotland, we stopped off in Dubai and on our first morning there whilst we were getting ready to leave for the day, I asked Holly to come over to the window and look at the view. I wrapped my arms around her and asked her ‘Would you like to wear some sparkle today?’. I then opened my hand and I was holding her engagement ring.
After almost two years away, we landed back home admittedly a little apprehensive, as we had kept our big news a secret from our families who were waiting for us in the arrival lounge. After lots of hugs, huge smiles and happy tears, Holly raised her hand up to show everyone her new ring, needless to say everyone went crazy!
We were inspired by…
Nature. When we found Culzean Castle, with its stunning gardens and spectacular views overlooking the water, it was a dream come true. Camellia House in the castle grounds was the perfect place for an intimate ceremony with its floor to ceiling windows allowing for a beautiful backdrop looking out into the gardens. After the ceremony our guests could wander around the gardens and take in the castle before sitting on the canon deck looking out to sea.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
The entire wedding was arranged from start to finish in less than three months. Once we found Culzean, everything just fell in to place, it was all meant to be. Holly found her dress from a shop in New York, which happened to fit her perfectly. My favourite minister from childhood was delighted to perform the ceremony despite being retired.
When we visited the venue for the first time, there was a couple playing beautiful music on the harp and acoustic guitar, on the off chance we asked if they would be part of our wedding as it turned out they were available. We searched online for photographers that shared our artistic vision and luckily found Sylwia and Simon, who were also available and had been longing for an excuse to photograph the beautiful Culzean Castle.
All that was left was for Holly to bring the sunshine, which she did in glorious style with the hottest day of the year with no sign of wind and not a cloud in the sky.

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What would you change if you could do it all again?
Not a thing. Our wedding was an absolute dream from start to finish.
Tell us about your first dance…
We wanted to change up the traditional wedding structure and do things a little differently. We stayed at Turnberry Resort with our family and friends for a few days in the lead up to the wedding which was a great way to spend some quality time together, have fun and relax. We had a sit down meal the night before and opted for lots of champagne, canapés and cake on the day instead. With no traditional wedding reception we had our first dance on the lawn in front of the castle, which Sylvia and Simon captured so beautifully.
Any advice?
Remember that you can break the mould, you don’t have to spend years planning and stressing out, you don’t have to stretch yourselves and get into debt, but you don’t have to settle either. Ask friends and family for help, drop the elements that you don’t really need, and spend a little bit more on what will make the day special. We totally changed the format of a traditional wedding but kept the fundamental ‘I do’s’ the same.
Get snooping!! You can really get a feel for a venue through other people’s wedding photographs. We researched so many different venues through photographers’ websites; it gives you a real insight in to how the venue can look and helps to determine what it is you are looking for from a venue as well as a photographer.
Honeymoon or minimoon?
Honeymoon! We are big kids at heart so we spent the first few days in the happiest place on earth… Disneyworld Florida! We love a bit of adventure but were looking for all out luxury so we spent the remainder of the honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico. It was close to where we went on our first holiday together, almost 10 years before. We could visit Mayan ruins and drive through the jungle but also have a massage on the beach whilst over-indulging on 5 star food and cocktails. It was heaven!

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Why Scotland?
Where else can you get married in a castle overlooking the ocean with palm trees, evergreen forests, apple orchards and giant thistles? Our future is in America but Scotland will always be where we met and fell in love.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The adventure! After the excitement of the ceremony we had no idea that Sylwia and Simon were about to take us on a tour through the castle grounds for our pictures! We wandered through the walled gardens and found ourselves in places we didn’t even know existed; it was the perfect way to start the adventure of our married lives together!
These photos put huge smiles on our faces. And I LOVE the Disney bride and groom hats! Christina x
Venue – We held the ceremony within Camellia House, in the grounds of Culzean Castle. Then for the drinks reception, we used the cannon deck of the castle. Culzean Castle provided our guests with canapés and champagne.
PhotographerCrofts & Kowalczyk Photography. The extremely talented Sylwia and Simon were fantastic! They are passionate about what they do and where very excited to shoot Culzean Castle. It felt like they were a part of our wedding day, they made us feel so relaxed and they knew when to give us some time to take in the day.
FloristKirstie’s Flowers in Troon. I opted for a relaxed hand tied bouquet of sweet avalanche roses, dusk pink roses, ivory spray roses and pale pink peony’s with silver foliage.
Hair & makeup – I was lucky enough to keep the morning beauty preparations in the family and have my talented sister Christie do my hair and make-up and her Maltese puppy Cooper did a great job keeping me calm.
Wedding dressJim Hjelm Bridal Collection
Shoes – Mimosa in Pale Mint by Rachel Simpson
Accessories – Headpiece (by Richard Designs) and beaded belt were from Melle Cloche wedding accessories boutique in Glasgow.
Groom’s outfit – All Ted Baker, I work for Ted and he calls it being “Ted to Toe”
CakeCakes by Lorna
BandCeltic Twist – Holland & Palmley Duo played classical guitar and clarsach during the ceremony in Camellia House.
Car – A gorgeous cream and silver Beauford Convertible from West of Scotland Wedding Cars


is coming

There are just a few weeks left to go, her fiancé is away for work and the wedding nightmares have begun… But there have been lots of highs this month to keep Joan smiling – for starters, there’s the small matter of a honeymoon to plan (so exciting!). Here’s Joan to fill you in…


“It’s now October, another very productive month but it is starting to get very chilly! It was six degrees while I walked to work the other morning; I’m starting to feel a little dubious about a December wedding! Largely we will be inside but we plan to have a lot of photos taken outdoors so I’m going to have to brace myself for the chilly Drumtochty air!
“I have to admit, I’m starting to feel the pressure, because we made a lot of the decisions back in 2014 when we first got engaged, I’ve been coasting along thinking that wedding planning is pretty darn easy… now the nightmares are starting to wake me up through the night and I’m really having to knuckle down and firm up decisions and plans.
“What I’ve found really helpful is our wedding website, it was really easy to build using SqaureSpace’s templates and I’m really pleasantly surprised how quickly the vast majority of our guests have replied, I suppose it eliminates the need to buy or post an RSVP card, you simply just need to click a couple of boxes. There are loads of providers to choose from, I chose SpareSquace as I’ve heard it mentioned a lot on podcasts so I wanted to give it a shot. The only problem with a website is grandparents, I love our Grannies to bits but I need to arrange to send them paper invites, that’s a job for later today as they have all mentioned that they are still waiting – oops!
“Earlier this month, my gorgeous bridesmaid dresses arrived, I sadly haven’t seen them as I had them delivered to my parent’s house in Stonehaven and my Mum has kindly distributed them to my lovely bridesmaids. As the dresses are from the highstreet I think they all will need to be slightly adjusted to make sure they fit perfectly, one dress is currently winging it’s way to my sister in New Zealand so fingers crossed it arrives there safely!


“I believe my dress is due to arrive at Carina Baverstock Couture at the end of October; I can’t wait to see it in the flesh/material. It has been made to measure but I think I’ve lost a couple of pounds since my measurements were taken so I expect it will need a small amount of adjusting. One of my sisters is coming to stay with me for a few days towards the end of the months so I’m hoping that her visit will coincide with my next appointment.
“This month we also booked our honeymoon, due to work commitments, we can’t travel immediately after the wedding so we’ve booked it for April when we could align our diaries. We’re off to the fabulous New York, New York then flying down to Mexico for some beach time! Hopefully it should supress any post wedding blues as it gives us something to look forward to!
“The really annoying thing about your fiancé being in the Army is that he goes away at really inconvenient times, Nairn is away for most of October and I could really do with him being here to help me make some final decisions. We still need to do reasonably important things like pick the wording for our ceremony and work out seating plans. He was home this weekend for a couple of days but the only progress I made was tackling the mountain of laundry he left me…! Nairn being away has allowed me a bit more time to hit the gym and enjoy a few solo coffees while out and about.
“Probably the most important thing to note this month and our first official step in the process was completing our M10 Forms and gathering all of the relevant forms, my advice would be to do this early and get your admin up well in advance so there is no last minute panics for birth certificates etc!”
I remember the crazy wedding dreams all too well! Have they started for anyone else yet? Christina x
Joan & Nairn are getting married at Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire. Think winter wonderland oozing Christmas magic…

Hot city

break hotels

We’re big fans of the mini-moon here at We Fell In Love. Fancy sneaking in a cheeky little trip-for-two post-wedding, but saving the main event for later? Here are five of our favourite European city stays…

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One of our all-time favourite hotels, Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona is effortlessly cool, features a fantastic rooftop terrace and is perfectly situated on a quietish street a short stroll from the best shops, restaurants and bars. If you love urban chic design and the idea of sipping cocktails with the city’s cosmopolitan crowd, you’ll fit right in here.

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We love Scandi style and Stockholm is where we really, really want to be. With its quirky design and spot-on location (right by the best shops and nightlife), Story Hotel (Stureplan) is where we’ll be checking in.

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If visiting Paris wasn’t already romantic enough, how about staying in a beautiful boutique hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés? La Belle Juliette is full of colour, character and packs an extra punch with a beautiful little spa tucked away in the basement. The piano bar also went down a storm – within ten minutes of visiting, we’d already witnessed a marriage proposal!


Set in London’s trendy Shoreditch area, The Hoxton is full of creative design, compact yet uber comfortable rooms and great lounging spots. We love the exposed-brick interior, the potent cocktails (the Porn Star Martini went down especially well, pardon the pun) and the attention to detail throughout.

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Owned by the Spanish shoe company of the same name, Casa Camper Berlin Mitte features a no-fuss attitude, with contemporary minimalist design sitting alongside bold hits of colour (in Camper red, in case you were wondering). We think we’d feel very at home here.
Feeling inspired? We’d love to hear where you will you be mini-mooning… Christina x

Photographed by Malcolm Glennie Photography

at the Lodge on Loch Goil


A surprise pre-Christmas engagement (with some sparkly Jimmy Choos) led to an intimate lochside wedding with a treehouse, lots of music and a surprise announcement…

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How did you two meet?
We met in March 2006, whilst I was still in school and Stefhan had just left to complete his apprenticeship. Weirdly we knew each other’s friends but had never met each other, until we spoke on msn messenger (so cringy!)
How did the engagement happen?
We had been together for almost eight years when we got engaged, we had our own house and our dog/fur baby Pepe. It was Christmas time and Stefhan had been called to go offshore 2 days before Christmas which ruined our plans and more importantly unbeknown to me Stefhan’s plan to propose. So the Saturday before he left we decided to exchange gifts and treat the day like our Christmas Day. Stefhan made me wait to open mine last which I wasn’t too impressed about. I opened my ‘big’ present which was a pair of navy blue sparkly Jimmy Choo’s which I’m sure you could imagine the squeals of joy which came from me.
He then pointed out something still left in the box, I reached in and fished out the black ring box and to be honest neither of us can really remember what happened after that but lots of tears were shed for sure. We had been on lots of lovely holidays and it was always on my mind anytime we went away for the weekend etc so the fact Stefhan had completely shocked me and caught me off guard made the moment so special.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
I don’t think we had any particular set theme to the day, it was simply ‘us’, the things we love, travel theme for the tables, good food and drink, and most importantly the day being about the fact we were getting married and becoming a family. We didn’t want any particular thing or object taking away from what the day was truly about.
How did you plan your styling?
I wanted our table settings to be simple and rustic in keeping with the lodge setting so the tree slices and mason jars were a perfect fit. For the bouquets I wanted muted colours so they didnt take away from the dresses and I think they did that perfectly.
We love your dress. How did you find the ‘one’?
I always knew I would be a Jenny Packham bride after my first visit to perfect bridal rooms 8 years prior for my sisters wedding dress, I saw a few dresses and fell in love with them all.
The esme dress wasn’t the dress I had in mind but as soon as it was on I knew it was my dress. As I am only 5ft 2 I didn’t want a dress to wear me rather than me wear the dress, so the fit was exactly what I wanted. The detail on the dress was amazing and I knew it was something different from any other bride I had seen.
I altered the back of the dress to a deep v as I hadn’t originally imagined having a veil but once I had decided I quite covered up so the open back made me feel better and also made the dress a bit more unique.

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Anything surprising about your day?
During Stefhan’s speech he announced that we were pregnant and our first baby (apart from our fur baby Pepe) was due in January, only a handful of people knew about this so we had quite a few gasps (once he clarified that I was in fact pregnant) and tears of joy.
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
I don’t know if it was the fact that I was pregnant towards the end of planning and had an overwhelming sense of peace for some reason but I never got stressed about the day at all, in fact a lot of people seemed to get stressed at the fact I was so calm, which I found amusing.
Please don’t get stressed because everything will come together on your special day and if it doesn’t then only a select few people will know what is missing or hasn’t come to plan and it will not change the fact you are marrying the love of your life.
Discuss how you want your day to be with your partner also and write lists so you both know what is happening and what has or hasnt been organised, communication is key!
What music did you pick for the day?
We chose to have music all day so two acoustic sessions during the ceremony and cocktail hour, then full band at night. Our first dance was an acoustic version of Kygo’s Firestone.
Why Scotland?
Why not? We have a beautiful country with views and settings like no other place in the world, take advantage of what is on our doorstep.
What’s the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
For us it was the big announcement it was a such an amazing thing to have been able to do on our special day.

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“Communication is key.” Sound advice from Georgina. Anyone else got any top tips for sharing the tasks of wedding planning? Alie x
VenueThe Lodge on Loch Goil
PhotographerMalcolm Glennie Photography
FilmmakerOrangetide Films
FloristHelensburgh Flowershop
Hair stylistGail Rankin
Make-up ArtistJennifer Peffer
Wedding dressJenny Packham, Esme from Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen
ShoesJimmy Choo, silver mettalic lottie
Bridesmaids DressesPhase Eight
Groom’s outfitMillsom and Main
StationeryCom bossa, bespoke range
CakeHappyhills Cakes
BandChasing Lights

by Soraya Photography

at Clachan Church

+ Hartfield House Hostel


There is so much to love about Maxine and Ross’ colourful, handmade Highland wedding. From the magical little stone church, to the local hall where everyone danced the night away, it puts the party right at the heart of the day. How much fun does it look?

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How did you meet and become engaged?
We met in university in 2004, where we were on the same mechanical engineering course, and were good friends before getting together four years later after a relentless campaign of office flirting whilst working together for a short time.
We got engaged in Vietnam last August at the tail end of a 9 month backpacking trip. We were on a boat trip in Ha Long Bay and Ross told me there was an eel on the back of the boat. I excitedly rushed downstairs to see it (I’m fairly excited by weird creatures)…but there was no eel. Ross suggested we try fishing ourselves with a suspiciously well positioned rod. On my first shot I pulled in a shiny engagement ring.
We absolutely love the setting for your wedding! How did you find it?
From the start of planning our wedding we were sure we wanted somewhere we could have all our family and friends together for a weekend long party. West Highlands were high up our list of areas as Ross is from Gairloch and we love the wild scenery of the region. Ross found Hartfield House Hostel, a converted hunting lodge which sleeps 50 and has a hall attached. It was relaxed and gave us a blank canvas for us to crate our own vision in the hall and as we were hiring the whole place, we wouldn’t have a curfew!
Our ceremony was in Clachan Church in Applecross Bay, about a mile from the hostel. Getting married in a church was never part of the plan (neither of us is religious and we had a humanist ceremony) but the hostel staff alerted us to it and the fact we could hold any type of ceremony there because it is owned by Applecross Estate. Its a small, simple stone church and was just a really beautiful and calming place for our ceremony.
We were inspired by…
We wanted a fun getaway with all our friends and family where we could eat, drink, laugh and dance all weekend but not spend a ridiculous amount of cash. That’s why a lot of the handmade elements came in.

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We are loving your wedding style. Tell us more…
I wore a gold sequin top and a full white skirt. I tried on dresses but kept coming back to the idea of wearing a skirt and top. I found a full white skirt in a boutique online and was about to buy it when mum said she’d make it. My mum is a dressmaker, but I didn’t want to ask her to make my dress as it seemed like a big and possibly stressful job, and an obvious ask. But she offered! After that it sort of grew arms and legs with her making the bridesmaids skirts and a white version of the bridesmaids skirts for me to wear for dancing.
My mum named my big skirt ‘Bertha’, in homage to the romantic names usually given to wedding dresses (Arabella, Satine etc) because she was a beast. Rolls and rolls of fabric and weighed over a stone. Ross picked me up on the day and commented on how heavy I was!! That’s why we decided a shorter skirt for dancing would be more practical.
Your photographs are beautiful. How did you discover Margaret?
I loved how Margaret captured couples and weddings against the Scottish landscape. We didn’t want to spend very long away from our guests and didn’t want tons of formal shots, as it wasn’t a formal wedding. Margaret’s style was discreet, I hardly knew she was there, but she caught lots of real emotional moments. Looking through our album or the first time all I could see was smiles and laughter and it brought the joy and excitement of the day flooding back. Margaret was a pleasure to work with and chat to and made us feel totally relaxed.
Anything surprising about your day?
Our ceremony brought the house down, everyone was laughing throughout pretty much the whole thing. It was a short ‘story of us’ in which Catherine, our fantastic celebrant mentioned my incessant ‘ring-bothering’ and included a gentle reminder to Ross to ‘not be a dick’.
The outpouring of emotion of the day overwhelmed me in a really lovely way, throughout the ceremony and all the speeches I was crying happy tears, and I certainly wasn’t the only one.
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
If you love a good party, hire a venue without a curfew!
Everyone says this one…but try and chill the hell out! Nobody remembers what they ate at a wedding or whether the brides flowers matched her dress so don’t stress the small stuff.
What was the one unforgettable part of your day ?
For me it was walking into the little church, which I’d only seen with a few bodies in before, to be greeted by rows and rows of all my favourite people. Blew me away.
And dancing with our friends until the wee small hours.

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“Hire a venue without a curfew.” Sound advice if you’re looking somewhere to party until the wee hours! Alie x
Ceremony SettingClachan Church, Applecross
Reception VenueHartfield House Hostel, Applecross
PhotographerMargaret Soraya
Florist A Walk in the Park
Make-up Artist – Rosie Eleanor
CakeCheese from I.J.Mellis
BandWullie Fraser band

Yay for Friday! It may be stormy outside as we write, but we’ve spotted a few things to help keep us cheery and bright this winter (12 gins of Christmas anyone?). But first, from bubble hotels to the perfect something blue, here are the things that have been making us smile this week.


Cancer picked the wrong girl
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we felt inspired, humbled and overwhelmingly privileged to start the month by sharing the wonderful Mette, from Freja Designer Dressmaking’s story of how she has beaten cancer. And judging by the messages we have received, her honest and heartfelt post really hit home for so many of you.
Carolyn Barr summed up how many of you felt: “Wow how inspirational. To still be able to run your business which all that going on in the background. Amazing! x”. And Dawn Adams-McLeod, whose wedding dress Mette made earlier this year, commented: “I always knew she was a remarkable woman. She makes every client feel $1 million!! Her story is so typical of who she is…. Wonder Woman doesn’t get a look in with Mette. She’s simply an inspiration xx”.
Every year nearly 60,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes. 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Please, please remember to check your breasts regularly (ideally every 4-6 weeks) and make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible if you have any concerns.


Something blue?
Not going to lie, we’re more than a little in love with the new “I Believe In Manicures” Tiffany-Blue nail polish from OPI – part of the brand’s limited edition Christmas collection, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Perfect for your something blue, we think!


Fancy a bubble break?
When we read about a five million star hotel in Iceland recently, we were more than a little intrigued. If you love the idea of sleeping under the stars, but aren’t so keen on the actual camping part, then the Buuble Hotels could be just right for you.
Located in a forest 70 mins from Reykjavik (the exact location is kept secret until booking to ensure privacy) the glamping site is a wonderful spot from which to see the Northern Lights in winter.
The bubble structure is kept inflated by a noiseless ventilation system. It permanently renews the air inside to prevent humidity and is heated to stay warm all winter. More than a little romantic, we reckon.


(Another) one for the gin lovers
Yes, yes, we know, we’re always talking about gin! But seriously, have you seen the new Christmas collection from Eden Mill? Due to popular demand, the St Andrews based brewery and distillery has brought back its 12 Gins of Christmas gift set. Alongside last year’s firm favourites, new recipes include Candycane, Apple & Cinnamon, Spruce & Cranberry, and Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.
Pre-ordering now is recommended to secure Christmas delivery. Which makes us wonder, too early to order a cheeky Christmas present for ourselves?
We’d love to hear what’s on your wishlist this week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Christina x

Filmed by Marryokes

Photographed by Duke Studios

at Drumtochty Castle


Now here’s a wedding that still makes us grin from ear-to-ear. From their brilliant and uber-Scottish Marryoke film to the groom singing his speech, it was a day full of smiles and laughter. Add in a magical Scottish castle setting and golden winter sun, and you’ll soon see why this #TBT is a must-see.

Definitely love at first sight. I saw Daniel playing the Cliff Richard part in Summer holiday – I thought he was great and asked a friend to persuade him to come audition for the show I was musically directing. He did come audition and I cast him as the lead role – Jesus! (The show was Godspell). One month later we were dating and 7 years later he proposed.
And tell us a little about your engagement…
I had always dreamed of being proposed to in New York with a Tiffany’s ring. Daniel couldn’t afford to do both New York and Tiffany’s so he opted for the Tiffany’s ring and re-created New York in Glasgow! He hired the only New York taxi in Scotland to take us around Glasgow, played our favourite songs in the taxi ride, had a NYC style steak dinner followed by New York cheesecake, then proposed using signs akin to Andrew Lincoln’s part in Love Actually (my favourite film – the bit where he tells Kiera Knightley he’s in love with her) and then brought out the Tiffany’s ring! Shortly after we’d started dating I’d sent him a picture of the Tiffany’s ring I wanted just in case he wanted to propose. He’d kept the picture and 7 years on got me the exact ring I’d dreamed about. We’d stayed overnight in a central boutique hotel and went to Times Square (coffee shop) the next day to complete the New York theme. Our engagement lasted two years so I had enough time to plan everything I wanted to incorporate – I really wanted to enjoy the process…which I did!
A little bit by Love Actually in terms of simple romance and guests having fun. As we were married near Christmas, I knew there’d be Christmas trees in the venue and didn’t want to do overdo this so I kept the them white with hints of silver and gold throughout. We made all our own stationery and had a monogram stamp commissioned which we used on the place cards, menus and also on the cups – we served spiced Pimms in them outside the church after the mass. We had a sweetie buffet and sparklers and fireworks to end the night. Our focus was on us and our guests enjoying ourselves, so on everyone being relaxed and having fun, with plenty of food and prosecco to accompany, which I believe we achieved!
I really wanted a 5 foot ‘love’ letters light up sign but it was quite expensive to rent. My dad decided to make one for us which was amazing – he’s now setup his own business and is making signs to order and renting them for other weddings!
We had a Catholic mass and our Priest was absolutely amazing and made the mass so personal and humorous at the right points!
Daniel sang his speech, which was then called by the wedding planner at Drumtochty as one of the top three speeches he’d ever heard! It ended with the song ‘real love’ from the John Lewis advert with toy penguins and guests popping up around the tables to join in with singing and playing violin!
We also had a marryoke created of ‘I’m gonna be (500 miles)’. It was so unobtrusive to the day and everyone loved taking part in it.

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Sounds cliché but absolutely nothing. It was honestly everything I’d hoped for and more.
What did you choose for your first dance?
The book of love by Peter Gabriel. We’d heard the song years ago by accident and had vowed it would one day be our first dance.
Any advice?
Savour every moment and enjoy it. Don’t stress about timings or any little things – put your trust in your venue wedding planner and you’ll have an amazing day.
Honeymoon or minimoon?
Both! We went on a mini-moon to Rome and met the Pope! As we’re Catholic, you can arrange to meet the Pope if you wear your wedding clothes to the meeting. It was an amazing experience… and I got to wear my wedding dress again! Daniel wore his kilt and the Pope asked him if he had any whisky in his sporran (which he didn’t!).
Our full honeymoon is in June where we’ll spend a week in New York (to complete the story!) followed by a week in Cancun, Mexico.
Why Scotland?
It’s our home country. We wanted all our friends and family there so we never even considered going anywhere else.
The happiness, joy and love felt that day.

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Anyone else planning a marryoke? We’d love to hear from you, Alie x
Venues – St Palladius Chapel and Drumtochty Castle
PhotographerDuke Studios
FloristStucio and Waow
Hair & makeupToto make-up (Victoria Watson)
Wedding dressJenny Packham’s Esme dress, purchased from Pan Pan Bridal
ShoesJimmy Choo
Groom’s outfitKeith Scott, Dundee
Bridesmaids’ dressesCraftingsg
CakeMarks and Spencer
BandVelvet Five, Cairn String Quartet and Thistle Piping
Additional suppliersFireworx Scotland

Before the Ring

In her last post before she comes a wife (wow – how fast did those months go?) Carla shares with us some highlights of her tutu henny, Grecian adventure and how well the final plans are coming together. We love this girl…

Carla's hen party

“I get married next week!!! I find it hard to believe that the date I’ve spoken about for years on end is so close. The last four weeks have just flown by.
A few weeks ago I got to enjoy my home henny. My bridesmaids and mum planned it at my mum’s house and we were lucky to get brilliant weather for it. The theme was ‘tutus’ as everyone knows how much I love a tutu and each person was asked to bring something to be judged in a bake off, everyone also knows how much I love baking! It still amazes me that I managed to try about twenty cakes in the space of ten minutes.
“They had decorated two marquees which were filled with photos of Jo and me from the past ten years; there were cupcake flower centrepieces and cocktails which were ‘Lala’ themed complete with wine glasses decorated with mini tutus. (Lala is what my nephew called me from when he was little and it seems to have stuck ever since).
“Everything looked so pretty and I was so grateful for all the effort they put in to make sure I had the best day, and I really did. To top it all off, my friend had arranged a visit from her soon-to-be husband and his workmates (firemen) complete with fire engine! Now I don’t know anyone who has had a real life fire engine complete with blue lights and ‘nee-naws’ turn up to their henny, who needs strippers! It will be a tough one to beat that’s for sure.

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Luckily, we got to spend part of those four weeks in the sunshine, at Jo’s best man’s wedding in Santorini. It was absolutely stunning, for anyone who is considering eloping I would certainly add it to your ‘must-see’ list, even though we had a bit of a struggle to get there – but that’s a whole other story.
We went over for three nights in total, and the wedding took place on a Sunday afternoon at 4pm. A coach came to collect us all at 3pm and we were all whisked to the north of the island and taken to Le Ciel, which is where Karen and Stuart chose to say ‘I do’. I could never get my head round the idea of booking somewhere without seeing it in advance, until I saw this venue. Karen had booked it before it was actually built, and it was finished in July this year. We pulled up to the white building and were taken round the side of it to see a beautiful terrace with the most amazing views you could imagine.
Karen and Stuart’s wedding was our final ‘event’ before our own wedding. When I woke up on Monday knowing that I was flying to home to begin my final preparations I went into a minor panic mode. I have been able to nail my poker face though and everyone keeps commenting on how calm I am!


“The majority of the past four weeks has involved putting things in boxes. Our garage is completely full, I have a box for everything, a box for our stationery, a box for our table decorations, a box for candle holders… and as I’ve been doing each I’ve been checking more things off our list.
Last week, we met with our photographers, our videographers and I had my hair trial. I know I keep harping on about how amazing all our vendors are but I just have to say it again, our vendors are amazing! Our meetings were basically to run through everything that is happening on the day from start to finish making sure they know every single detail and where they need to be at what point. And most importantly, the main focus of them all is that we enjoy our day together.
“As for Jo he is totally calm! He managed to do his best man speech in Santorini no problem without any hiccups so I have high expectations for his groom’s speech. We keep winding each other up about who will cry first when we see each other, I seem to get emotional every time I think about it so I reckon it will be me first which will be a shock to everyone as Jo cries at nearly every wedding we go to. He keeps telling me he is going to pretend he isn’t the groom and he is just standing at someone else’s wedding to help him stay calm!
“A year ago I would have said I’m most excited about wearing my dress, or seeing my cake come together since I’ve made it, but now I just can’t wait to reach the top of the aisle and become Mrs Lawrence. It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it in a few weeks’ time!”
How calm and organised is Carla? We can’t wait to hear all about their wedding… Alie x
Carla & Jo are getting married at Achnagairn in the Scottish Highlands. Rustic details, DIY touches and pastel colours is the look that’s inspiring Carla.