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Photographed by NDK Photography

at The Lodge on Loch Goil

Argyll-Scotland

Joanne and Liz chose to tie the knot in the place they feel most at home – the west of Scotland. We love their styling, from Joanne’s dress to Liz’s Harris Tweed suit. And through it all they both felt just like filmstars. We simply couldn’t resist resharing their wonderful day for this week’s #ThrowbackThursday post!

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Definitely a gradual attraction. We worked together (Liz being the boss) for over a year but only grew close after Liz left work to attend the Glasgow School of Art.
HOW WAS THE QUESTION POPPED?
Being together for over thirteen years have discussed getting married many times but last August it just felt like the right time to set a date.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING STYLE
A bit of everything! Scottish/rustic/contempory. Really the style just reflected us.
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
My (Joanne’s) dad surprised me by wearing a kilt. It brought me to tears!

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BEST COMPLIMENT ON YOUR WEDDING?
So many of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to.
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Just a mini-moon to start with as we are quickly back at work but we are planning a ‘sunshine’ honeymoon in October.
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
Being a civil partnership we were keen to have some traditions like the ceremony and speeches but we ditched some others as we walked down the aisle together and didn’t have a wedding party as such.
CLOSE YOUR EYES & THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. NOW DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Three is too few ….. Relaxed, Happy, Exciting, Intimate, Scenic and Perfect.
WHY SCOTLAND?
Although we live in the central belt we absolutely love and feel most at home further north in Scotland. The setting at the Lodge on Loch Goil is simply stunning. Hail, rain or shine it is always beautiful.
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING HITCHED?
We couldn’t have imagined feeling closer or more in love, but we do! We also love officially being part of each other’s family.
I love the wedding favours – to be exchanged for a drink at the bar. A great way to get the party started, don’t you think? Alie x
Suppliers
VenueThe Lodge at Loch Goil. The reception was out of this world. The staff were so attentive and the food absolutely outstanding.
PhotographerNDK Photography. Nick was so easy to work with and unobtrusive on the day. We absolutely love our pictures, he captured every moment and the emotions on the day.
FloristHelensburgh Flowers. Denise was so helpful when we were choosing our flowers. When they arrived on the day they were simply beautiful.
Hair stylist – Lynsey Brown, Browns Stylist. Everyone commented on how fabulous our hair looked. Lynsey did an amazing job!
Make-up artist – Louise, Browns Sylist. Louise made us feel and look like film stars for the day. We loved it!
Joanne’s Wedding dressMori Lee by Madeline Gardiner. I bought my dress from Angelique Lamont in Glasgow. The staff were so incredibly helpful and friendly.
ShoesKurt Geiger.
Accessories – Joanne’s Jewellery – Jon Richard; Joanne’s Hair Piece – Angelbridalshop, Toronto; Engagement/Wedding rings – Fraser Hart, Glasgow. The staff were so helpful in helping us design our own.
Bridesmaids’ dressesPearce Fionda
Liz’s SuitWalker Slater. The staff customised and tailored the perfect tweed suit. Liz’s shirt was by Hugo Boss.
Stationery – We designed and made our own. It was important to us that all our stationary reflected our personalities.
CakeRainbow Cakes, Helensburgh. The cake tasted and looked amazing. We loved the tartan icing!
BandThe Brightside. The band wee fabulous and the dance floor full all night. Their rendition of our first dance song, The Story by Brandi Carlile, was just perfect!
Additional suppliersLorgie, Perth Australia, produced our guest book in personalised Tasmanian oak.
Midnight Storm Fireworks. The fireworks were simply awesome!

Venues, vacation

& finding the one

This week we’re super excited to hear from our new guest blogging bride, Jillian. Based in Orange County, California, Jillian has the added challenge of planning her big day from afar. We reckon she’s rocking it so far…

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Greetings, dear readers! I am so thrilled to start this journey and share all my spills and thrills with you. I’m sure there will be many, but I could not be more excited to have you come along as I plan what is bound to be one of the most exciting days of my life.
Wedding planning is certainly in full swing, and it seems like decisions are around every corner. While we haven’t settled on a specific date yet, my fiancé Matt and I have decided on September 2017, so that means the big day is about a year out!
I was never the girl that spent my childhood planning my wedding, so deciding where to start the process wasn’t easy. Between Instagram, Pinterest (you can take a peek here), and endless wedding blogs, I’m overwhelmed with possible color palettes, centerpieces, and sweeping scenery.
After a couple of days of struggling with sensory overload, I decided to focus on what I viewed to be the two most important elements of the day — the dress and the venue.

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My dress is actually the first official decision I made for the big day (other than the man, of course). I took my first trip to a bridal salon alone, and I am so happy I did.
I was nervous of looking like a sad bride with no friends, but my consultant assured me that many brides choose to have their first appointment without the pressure of pleasing friends and families.
After years of watching television shows of brides finding “the one,” I was expecting to have some awe-inspiring moment when I put on a wedding dress for the first time. Don’t get me wrong — it was exciting and different to see myself in a white princess gown, but it felt like I was just putting on pretty dresses. While I saw many beautiful dresses, I couldn’t settle on one and left empty handed.
After a couple of appointments, I started to feel overwhelmed and panicked — would I ever find the perfect dress? This is where your entourage can really come in handy. I expressed my concern at not feeling particularly bridal in anything I tried on, and they immediately reassured me. Sometimes your wedding dress can just be a lovely gown that makes you feel beautiful. Real life doesn’t happen like you see on TV.
With my priorities back in check, I really focused on the aspects of the dress that were most important to me.
1. Feel beautiful.
2. Stay within my budget.
3. Find something comfortable!
I finally settled on the perfect Hayley Paige gown, and I cannot wait to wear it. I’ve been obsessed with Hayley Paige dresses since before I was engaged, and I love her romantic but edgy style. Of course, with my wedding a year away, I still can’t help but continue to search for inspiration for my wedding day look, but at least I have a starting point!
While I obviously can’t share the chosen gown (Matt could see this), I wanted to include a couple of my rejected options so you can get a better sense for the style I was going for.

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With my dress decided on and ordered, next was the venue! And I knew I wanted three things. I wanted to hold the wedding in a castle that either had a chapel inside, or a church within walking distance. I was certain I wanted to hire it exclusively for 2 days, and it needed to be large enough to house my wedding party and immediate family (approximately 25 people). Lastly, I wanted to hold the event close to a big city, so my guests who make the trek from the States can have a great time sight seeing as well.
With all of those criteria in mind and after a couple weeks of researching venues online, I was able to narrow down my choices to two very different options — Carberry Tower Hotel or Borthwick Castle.
Matt and I will be touring both venues when we’re in Scotland later this month, which will help us make our final decision. Fingers crossed that seeing these castles in person will give us clarity on the best choice for our needs. Either way, it seems like I can’t go wrong!
I’m hoping that things like colors and flowers will fall into place once the setting is established, but you can bet my Pinterest is filling up with potential palettes every day. I can’t wait to share some vacation stories, and most importantly, my venue decision with you! Until next time…
We can’t wait to hear how Jillian’s venue scouting trip goes – so exciting! Christina x
Jillian has fallen in love with the idea of marrying fiance, Matt in a Scottish castle. They are based in Orange County, California and are planning their destination wedding for September 2017. Jillian loves Scotland because “you can have a beautiful, romantic wedding, but it’s also a little badass!”

by Soraya Photography

at Luskentyre Beach

Isle of Harris-Scotland

Inspired by the breathtaking scenery of the Outer Hebrides, bikers Jackie and Steve tied the knot in a beautiful handfasting ceremony on a white sands beach. Their impromptu elopement was brought forward a day to make the best of the weather, and it just so happened that one of Scotland’s top wedding photographers, Margaret Soraya was on the beach that day. Serendipity at its very best, we think you’ll agree…

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We fell in love eight years ago when Steve gave me a lift on the back of his motorbike!
We absolutely love the setting for your wedding! Why did you choose Luskentyre Beach?
We decided to tie the knot at short notice, five weeks before a planned motorcycle trip to the Outer Hebrides (inspired by our friends John, Tanya and Carlos). Having moved to Argyll with work, we knew we wanted to marry in the breathtaking scenery of Scotland and Steve wanted to wear his kilt in honour of his Scottish grandfather.
Scotland is perfect for a dramatic, romantic wedding because it is stunningly beautiful, has amazing heritage and history, and because the people are really friendly.
Did everything go as planned?
Eloping to Scotland is great because weddings here are more flexible. You can have your ceremony anywhere, including outside. Our registrar was even able to bring our wedding forward by a day at short notice so that we could have the best weather.
Luckily we found a lovely couple walking along the beach who agreed to be our witnesses (thanks Mr and Mrs Bleazard!).
It was a truly unforgettable day in a very special place made possible by the lovely, helpful people we met.
We were inspired by…
We wanted a low-key elopement, incorporating upcycled/vintage/homemade elements. My dress was second-hand from eBay. Steve’s kilt and sporran were vintage finds from our local charity shop. Our hand fasting sash was handmade out of Steve’s family tartan by Lisa Nyman.
Even my ring is antique. Steve’s was bought from the fabulous Hebridean Jewellery on Uist.
We bought along a little homemade cake and a bottle of fizz. And it was all topped off by riding off into the sunset on Steve’s classic Triumph. Perfect

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I love that Jackie had her wedding dress on the back of her motorbike. And how perfect was it that Margaret, their photographer, happened to be in the area?! Meant to be. Christina x
Suppliers
Location – Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris, Scotland
PhotographerMargaret Soraya
Registrar Civil, handfasting ceremony by the lovely Helen Maher of Harris registry office.
Transport – Classic Triumph motorbikes and Caledonian MacBrayne ferries – the staff were so great at squeezing on the motorbikes throughout the island hopping.
Additional suppliers – Katie the amazing chef/owner at Ardhasaig House, Harris for our fabulous accomodation and fine dining. Mr and Mrs MacInnes of Oir Na Mara b&b, Isle of Eriskay.


Photographed by Tandem Photo

at Luss Parish Church

+ Loch Lomond Waterfront

Loch Lomond-Scotland

Danielle and Fraser’s relaxed and intimate wedding was all about gathering closest family and friends together to celebrate away from home. Countryside and all things natural inspired their wedding – oh and of course their three dogs…

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How did you meet and become engaged?
We met through working for the same large company and after going on our first date in his old battered pick up, we knew it was the start of something strange. We both shared a love for the country life, and most of all dogs.
We holiday a number of times a year in Scotland, particularly the highlands, and it was there we became engaged. He booked our anniversary break in Newtonmore, promising to take me to my favourite distillery, Dalwhinnie. Sold on the idea, we travelled up with Nala, our little cocker spaniel and enjoyed a walk along the River Spey. It was here, he got down on one knee, sparkly ring in the box, snow just starting to fall around us, and asked me to marry him. Yes, I cried, it was an emotional moment and we visit this place every time we holiday up there.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
All things natural, the countryside, and of course, our dogs (by this point we had 3). We chose a grey and light slate blue colour scheme and personalised everything we could. Our favours were personalised to the tipples of choice of each of our guests and had personalised little sweetie jars. We used milk bottles filled with sand from our local beach, a favourite of his grandmas who sadly passed away before the wedding, with beautiful blue beeswax candles. It really meant a lot to the family and us.
Anything surprising about your wedding day?
We loved being able to have such an intimate location, where we felt comfortable having our dogs with us. As they’re such a big part of our lives, it was lovely to have them with us on the day – and since we were forced to dress nicely – they even wore their dickie bows (and kept them clean!!)
On another note, my husband surprised me with John Deere overalls and Muck Boots as my wedding presents – I wonder how many brides receive these!
How did you find the photography experience?
Audrey and David were perfect and their work reflects this for us. Firstly, they were more than photographers; they really got involved with the day helping wherever they could and we continue to hear compliments about how lovely they were from everyone who attended the wedding. It was brilliant to have them both for the day, capturing the time before the ceremony when Fraser and I were apart and then combine their talents afterwards. As we live away, we initially ‘skyped’ to meet them and then met for a coffee the week of the wedding to go through the final details. We really loved meeting them and how naturally enjoyable they made our wedding feel, not pushed or chaotic, just every bit wonderful.

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Any advice?
Don’t be pressured by family, and even suppliers. If you find the right place, you won’t feel uncomfortable and forced into doing or having something you don’t want. And it’s true what ‘they’ say, you just can’t please everyone so if you upset your second cousin twice removed – ask yourself how often you see them and if you’ll regret not inviting them?
The main focus is yourselves and try not to lose sight of that as it’s your big day and should be everything you both want. Also, make sure you plan your wedding together – it makes it far more enjoyable!! We rock-paper-scissored jobs and it made planning even more entertaining!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Having a small number of our closest family and friends in one location away from home, just for us. It was incredibly humbling and we felt so lucky for the entire time. Everything felt unforgettable, but this mattered so much to us.
Why Scotland?
We holiday very often in Scotland and it seemed natural that we wanted to marry there. We chose somewhere not too far to travel and made a mini-break of it for us and our closest friends and family. We still look at houses in the hope of moving above the border one day…

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Loving the rock-paper-scissors approach to wedding planning. Anyone got any tips on how to ensure your other half is as involved in the planning as you are? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony VenueLuss Parish Church
Reception VenueLoch Lomond Waterfront, Balmaha
PhotographerTandem Photo
FloristEfflorescence
Hair stylistGet it Glam
Wedding dress – Victoria Jane collection from Ronald Joyce
ShoesKurt Geiger
Groom’s outfitMister Mister
Bridesmaids’ dressesASOS
Cake – Corr’s Cakes
DJ – Robert Craig
Wedding transportCarrs of Loch Lomond
CatererRegis Banqueting

Photographed by Wilson McSheffrey

at Glasgow Cathedral + Oran Mor

Glasgow-Scotland

A polka dot dress, lots of limoncello and a dog with a floral garland – what’s not to love? Helen and David’s wedding is one that’s going to make you smile for sure…

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How did you two meet?
We met on Tinder! Back in autumn 2013, when it had just come out. I was messing about on it and thought I recognised David. He wooed me with the immortal line ‘someone like you is too fit to be on here’.
How about the engagement?
We met on Tinder! Back in autumn 2013, when it had just come out, I was messing about on it and thought I recognised David. He wooed me with the immortal line ‘someone like you is too fit to be on here’. We got engaged a year and a half later on Good Friday at the beach at Seamill, where I grew up. We’d booked a weekend to Paris and I had an inkling he would do it there, but he surprised me by doing it the day before, with my beloved dog overseeing the proposal. We then went back to my parents and celebrated.
We were inspired by…
Probably by our venues-the cathedral is so classic, but Oran Mor is so quirky! We hope we achieved a good mix of both!
We love your dress. How did you find it?
I knew straight away that a full-length dress wasn’t for me (how could I dance properly?!), and was trawling Pinterest for tea-length dresses when I found Candy Anthony online. The boutique is located on the South Bank in London, so they weren’t exactly handy, but it meant I got to combine dress fittings with a few girly weekends to the capital with my mum and Captain Bridesmaid, Catherine.
Rachel, who helped me choose my dream dress, was amazing – she was so chilled out, nothing was too much bother (she dealt with a LOT of emails from me!). I chose the basic strapless ivory Candy dress, and then added the six-layer petticoat and spotty overlay. They had lace overlays and mulitcoloured petticoats, but the minute I tried on the polka dot dress I knew I’d get married in that dress.
I was so excited about it that my mum made me delete the photos from my phone to stop me showing everyone! I got the matching veil, which did the rounds at the reception – most of the guests had it on at some point, the men in particular seemed keen to try it on…
How did you accessorise?
Having a shorter dress meant I had an excuse to be a bit OTT with my shoes! I ended up with two pairs, a sunshine yellow pair of Jimmy Choos that my mum bought me, and a pair of gold glittery peep toes, with glittery bows. I then proceeded to lose the Jimmy Choos on the wedding day, only for them to turn up the next day, so never even got a chance to wear them!
My mum bought me a pair of something new Chanel earrings (that I almost forgot to put on…), my sister lent me my something old/something borrowed – a ring that our Dad had given her when she was 18, David’s mum lent me her garter, which was my something blue, and my shoes handily had a sixpence in the sole.

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Tell us something surprising about our day
I (Helen) did a speech! I had written one in secret, but only mentioned it to my mum and bridesmaids because I figured it meant I could back out on the day (I loathe public speaking), but somewhere between the groom and best man speeches I decided I wanted a piece of the limelight too! I’m so glad I did, people werent expecting it so it meant they had no expectations-there was no pressure to be funny..
What did you pick for first dance?
David chose our first dance from our shortlist of about 15, and ended up picking my late Papa’s favourite song. I’d got him a dance lesson as a present, but we foolishly ignored all we’d learned and just shuffled about the dance floor, with the odd twirl thrown in for good measure!
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Our advice would be not to go on honeymoon the very next day! We flew to Barcelona on the Sunday, and felt absolutely dreadful – we wish we’d had a couple of days at home to recuperate and reflect before we had to shoot off! Luckily we booked our proper honeymoon booked for August.
I’d also advise that you do what makes you happy on your wedding day – I was on the dancefloor all night, and although I regret a little that I didn’t get to speak to as many guests as I’d hoped, I really had so much fun, and I’m sure people understood!
What was the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
Walking backup the aisle together after signing the register. We’d chosen Mendelssohns Wedding March, which sounded unbelievable on the Cathedral’s organ. We got outside and just sort of looked at each other like ‘we just got married!’ It was surreal! Then my 10 year old dog, Honey, arrived with her floral collar – she totally stole the show!

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We are loving Helen’s styling a lot. How good is that yellow and grey combo? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony settingGlasgow Cathedral
Reception venueOran Mor
PhotographerWilson McSheffrey
Filmmaker – Piece of Time Media
Make-up artistCat Robertson
Wedding dressCandy Anthony
ShoesCharlotte Mills
Groom’s outfitMoss Bros
Bridesmaids’ dressesHouse of Fraser
Stationery – Invites from Original Wedding Tea Towels
FloristLavender Blue
BandCallanish
TransportBothwell Bridal Cars
Additional SuppliersBrian the Piper and Blushbooth Photo Booth


We’re In Love

Here’s what has caught our eye this week

guest bloggers

We loved getting our first taste of Shiona and Michael’s wedding plans. Not only is this one seriously organised bride-to-be, but she also brings a whole lot of fun to wedding planning.

If you’ve not already got to know our new real life blogger, then check out her post. Oh and if you’ve any recommendations for lemonade or crepe stalls then get in touch…

Jimmy Choo Yellow

Truth be told we’ve felt more than a little inspired by the idea of an oranges and lemons wedding theme (thanks Shiona).

And lookie what we have here. A rather beautiful pair of yellow Jimmy Choos. We think they’d fit perfectly. Anyone else?

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We know we’ve just said goodbye to the festival and we’re packing away those summer togs, but pardon us of we indulge in a little forward planning. Hogmanay ball anyone?

This year Edinburgh’s Signet Library is opening its doors and hosting a magnificent 5-course dinner. There will be traditional Scottish ceilidh music and champagne in abundance.

More info and tickets here.


Photographed by Struve Photography

Liberton and Quothquan Parish Church

+ Shieldhill Castle

Biggar-Scotland

Today’s #TBT takes us back to one of our favourite seasons. Inspired by the colours of fall and all things rustic, Gemma and Sean created their own little bit of autumnal magic in a Scottish Castle…

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Gradual attraction. We met at university.
We were inspired by…
The colours of the season and the rustic woodland landscape
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We made all our own stationery and decorations – with a lot of help from mother-of-the-bride. We decided not to give our tables names and instead numbered them and used pictures of the two of us at the corresponding ages – it was a great talking point. The bride is a museum curator and couldn’t help but put on an “exhibition” of our “family tree” and so put up a display of all the old family wedding pictures in mis-matched frames. Instead of a guest book we had a message tree with the caption “leaf us a message” . We each have a terrible sweet tooth so our place settings were our favours (chunks of yummy tablet) wrapped in brown paper with a hand stamped luggage tag bearing each persons names; and we had a sort of sweetie buffet (a massive bucket of sweets for our guests to dig into)

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WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Lentil soup or prawn cocktail, roast beef with red wine jus or chicken with white wine sauce, followed by a delicious trio of puddings!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We had quite an odd choice for a first dance. On our first road trip the only cd Gemma had in the car was “best of country and western” (?) and when Ned Millar’s “From a Jack to a King King” came on the groom nearly died laughing. Its been an ongoing joke since, its quite upbeat so we bopped about to that.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
Try and eat breakfast and make sure to drink enough in the morning. It all goes by so quickly and it’s a lot to take in but just enjoy every minute!
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Honeymoon – a week in the most gorgeous hotel in Taormina in Sicily followed by two nights in the Savoy in London
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
I got stung! My first and only time being stung by a wasp and it happened on my wedding day. It flew up my skirt and got me on my inner thigh!
WHY SCOTLAND?
We live here and you really couldn’t ask for a more stunning location.

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Rustic autumnal lush – don’t you think? Anyone else planning an autumnal wedding? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony VenueLiberton and Quothquan Parish Church, Liberton (near Biggar)
Reception VenueShieldhill Castle, Biggar
Photographer – Kristin Mitchell from Struve Photography and second photographer was Marc Bowker of One Big Picture Photography
Make-up ArtistJenni Muir
Hair stylist – Samantha Pringle from Hair By Samantha
Wedding dress – Mon Cheri “Annalisa” from La Novia, Edinburgh
Shoes Rachel Simpson “Mimi” from Melle Cloche, Glasgow
Accessories – Borrowed
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – True Bridesmaid from Sarah Louise Bridal, Glasgow
Groom’s outfitSlanj, Glasgow
Florist – Laura Duncan from Quite Contrary, West Calder
Cake – Made by sister-in-law
Wedding TransportABC Wedding Cars

Colourful, Creative

And Stress-Free

From the minute we heard about Shiona and Michael’s wedding, we were hooked. It’s a city centre affair, with a more than touch of colour and creativity. Yup there may even be mini lemon trees. Something tells us you’re going to love the wedding updates from this bride-to-be…

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How is the wedding planning going so far?
I’m not one to brag but I have to say I think I am pretty organised! I’ve got a check-list and I’m ticking things off each month. The best part is that it’s a joy to make these decisions and once they are made it is comforting to know a lot of the ‘major’ plans are in place. Most of my close friends are already married so I’ve been absorbing all their advice and one of the consistent messages was to be organised at the start of the journey. I guess my short answer would be; so far so good!
What are you enjoying most about it?
I’m enjoying visualising the big day and piecing it all together with my mum, mum-in-law to-be and my bridesmaids, who have all been very helpful! The great thing about Mikey is he largely okays most of my suggestions so that makes it easy too! I had chosen the theme of oranges and lemons fairly early on which I still absolutely love! Now that’s set I’m just constantly pinning things that match the colours on Pinterest and saving photos from magazines that I think would complement the summery feel of the wedding. I haven’t stressed about anything yet!

Guest blogger Shiona

Any suppliers still to book?
Yes we will need to find a florist and someone to dress the room other than the team at St Andrews in the Square. I am thinking about little lemon trees for the tables, but they’d need to have fruits on them or they’ll just be green, so will need to check if that’s a possibility. I have lots of ideas for the flowers, have discovered a gorgeous sunny flower called crespedia from the daisy family which I want to incorporate somehow. I’ll also need to find out what will work for in the chapel, and at the venue but I think I still have time on my side for that and Mikey has given me free reigns on flowers and decor!
We had also thought about having a food van with lemon and sugar crepes or a lemonade stall for the evening, rather than a photo-booth, but I haven’t had any success on finding a supplier and I’m not keen to DIY it! I also still need to find a hairdresser and make-up artist, a couple of folk have been recommended, but I want to see them in action before I decide.
How involved in the planning is your groom?
Mikey has been involved with the planning all the way but I would say I’ve steered most of the decisions! I really value what he think and luckily for me it’s mainly agreeing. I designed the save the dates and we made a few amendments together and were both pleased with the final product. Mikey has a spreadsheet with all the guests on it and he is in-charge of the facts and figures, which is such a help as that is not my forte. He is the numerical ying to my creative yang!
We love Shiona’s stress-free approach to wedding planning. This is one organised bride-to-be. Can anyone provide recommendations on lemonade or crepe stalls? Alie x
Shiona & Michael are getting married at Glasgow University Chapel, followed by St Andrews in The Square, Glasgow. Think Oranges and Lemons and a whole lot of city chic…

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Regular readers will know that we are huge fans of Lynne Kennedy’s photography – with their epic backdrops and overflowing emotion, her images never fail to blow us away! And have you spotted that her brides also have killer style? Today we’re catching up with Lynne to get her top tips on planning the perfect Isle of Skye elopement.

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Photographed by Peter Atkins and Phil Murwill

at Lothian Chambers

& Contini Cannonball

The first of our fabulous guest bloggers has tied the knot and today we are so excited to share her official wedding photos! We’ve all loved following “anti-bride” Hannah’s wedding planning journey and couldn’t wait to see her intimate Edinburgh registry office wedding in full. From the feather headpiece to Hannah’s gorgeous 50s inspired dress, the piper leading them up the Royal Mile and the fantastic food that followed, it was such a beautiful day. Absolute proof that small and simple can be just perfect.

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We met online in April 2013 and had our first date at the beginning of May after a few weeks of chatting online and by text message. Our first date was in a bar/restaurant in Stockbridge, where we had dinner and drinks. We got on so well and had so much to talk about that we didn’t notice that it was 1am and the bar was closing! We met again the next weekend, and ended up spending a lot of time together after that. By the end of May, we’d booked our first holiday together and had met the majority of each other’s friends and family! We moved in together 9 months later.
And how was the big question popped?
In November 2015, we went on holiday to Vietnam. We’d talked about marriage and engagement rings (I’d shown David a few I liked) but nothing was really on the cards… or so I thought. I’m a bit of a control freak and David is very laid back, so when it comes to holidays, I’m always in charge of doing the packing. I packed our suitcases as well as David’s hand luggage and never had any inclination that a ring might be hidden, so guessed he wasn’t going to propose in Vietnam! Apparently I was wrong – David had bought a ring a few weeks before and had hidden it in a tiny box, which he kept in his pocket or backpack for the first week of our holiday!
There were a few potential proposal opportunities – dinner on the beach, a sunset on sand dunes, but the timing wasn’t right! Then a week into the holiday, it was my birthday and we spent the evening having cocktails in EON 51, a bar on the 51st floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City. We had a couple of cocktails and were chatting about what we were going to be doing over the next couple of days. I had a map on the table and suddenly, under the map popped a small box with a ring! David then asked me to marry him. I burst into tears, couldn’t stop laughing and after asking him “is this real?”, I obviously said yes! I spent the rest of the evening giggling and staring at my ring!
We were inspired by…
A dislike of traditional weddings! We wanted a casual, fuss-free day, surrounded by the people we love and great food! We just wanted a simple day, and I think we created that perfectly.
We chose the parts of weddings that we felt were important to us and focused on these. This meant a simple registry office ceremony, drinks, canapes, speeches by both of us, a fanastic four course meal, and no dancing. The great thing about a wedding day is that you can choose what you want to do! I didn’t want to have a colour theme, instead choosing things we liked and thought looked good. My bridesmaids loved the light blue dresses so I chose flowers that would complement them and my outfit.
As a bit of an anti-bride, I really struggled with wedding blogs – all of the weddings were too “weddingy” for me! But I loved reading We Fell In Love – the focus on slightly less traditional weddings was fantastic, and provided great inspiration!
Tell us about your venues…
Contini Cannonball is a beautiful listed building overlooking Edinburgh Castle. We visited it once, on a rainy, cold December afternoon and immediately fell in love with the place. We loved the decor and all of the space, and that it would be a bit different as a wedding reception venue.
Our initial love of the place grew after having our tasting there in April – they had recently revamped the bar area, making it even more spectacular and the food was absolutely fantastic. For us, having our wedding reception in a restaurant was really important, as we are big foodies! We love Contini’s focus on fresh, local produce and slightly unusual ingredients. Everything was perfect!
Your flowers are insanely pretty!
Kate from The Stockbridge Flower Company was recommended to me by my bridesmaid Ashley, as she had done Ashley’s wedding flowers last year. After explaining to Kate about the look I was going for and the types of flowers I wanted (sweet peas and rosemary were the only things I really wanted, as they reminded me of my Dad and I felt it was important to include them in my day), and the colours (whites, blues and a bit of bright yellow for me) but really left it up to her to choose as I trusted her judgement. I was close to tears when the flowers arrived on the morning of the wedding – they were more beautiful than I had expected and finished my wedding look just perfectly!
And those cakes! Nom nom nom…
My fabulous sister, Alice, who lives in London, made our wedding cake and cupcakes. It took quite a lot of planning plus a practice run when she visited in March to decide on a lemon sponge cake with blueberry jam, with lemon cupcakes, filled with lemon curd. They were all decorated with fresh blueberries and rosemary.
Our two fantastic photographers were David’s brother Pete, and my sister’s boyfriend Phil. They’re both incredibly talented photographers with different styles, so we were so honoured that they both agreed to photograph our wedding day. And the photos worked out perfectly!

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Were there any surprises?
My bridesmaids bribed/paid a piper on the Royal Mile to pipe us up to Cannonball! He played “Mairi’s wedding”, which is one of my favourite Scottish songs. This was an unforgettable experience, which was totally unplanned, and made the day even more special for us. I think the looks on all of our faces as we walked up the road show how much we loved this moment!
We were so excited to see your dress and that gorgeous headpiece!
I’d always imagined getting married in a short wedding dress, a vintage 1950’s style. When we got engaged, I started looking online at dresses and after seeing quite a few long wedding dresses, I was really confused as to what style I wanted. I knew I wanted something different, but wasn’t sure what! I went dress shopping in December with my Mum, aunt and cousin, having made an appointment at two dress shops in Edinburgh. I’d spoken to Carly at Lamesley Bridal on the phone beforehand and said I was thinking of a short wedding dress; she said that most of their dresses were long but she might have a short dress in the sale. I thought I would at least be able to try on some long dresses and decide if I liked the style. I tried on some beautiful dresses, but none felt right – I felt that they were too formal for our laid back registry office wedding. I then tried on a dress they had in the sale – a beautiful ‘Frankie’ dress by Stephanie Allin. The moment I stepped into it, I knew it was the one! Despite the dress having to be held together with bulldog clips (it was a size 14!), I instantly fell in love with it. I tried it on with a short lace bolero, which had a beaded band around the bottom. It also had pockets, which I LOVE in a dress! The dress had to be altered quite a bit – it was too big and initially the back was longer than the front, but I wanted it all one length, so it was altered to be about ankle length. The finished dress was exactly what I’d wanted (despite never really thinking about getting married before we got engaged!) and I was so sad so take it off at the end of the day!
I had a beautiful bespoke hair piece and bird cage veil made by Mairi Brunning. I met Mairi at the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair in March. I initially thought I wanted a pretty comb to put at the back of my hair but after trying on some fantastic headpieces and veils at Mairi’s stall, I fell in love with a bird cage veil. My Mum and I went to visit Mairi at her studio shortly afterwards, where I tried on a different options. I chose a beautiful Odette headpiece and bird cage veil. Mairi told me that the headpiece was inspired by Swan Lake (as an ex-ballerina, this was even more exciting!). The hairpiece used goose nagoire feathers and hand beaded lace sections; I opted for Swarovski pearls to complement the pearls on my lace bolero. The finished piece was absolutely stunning. I chose to wear the veil for the ceremony and then removed it at the reception (it got in the way of eating and drinking!) and I think the hair piece looked fantastic on its own, as well as with the veil. I couldn’t recommend Mairi enough, she’s an incredibly talented milliner!
I also had a clutch bag to match my shoes, also from Dune, and a pearl bracelet and matching earrings that my parents had bought me a few years ago from Macy’s in New York.
David looks so handsome! How did he choose his tartan?
David already owns a kilt, so he obviously wanted to wear it on his wedding day! He decided to go for a slightly different look than usual, opting for a black shirt and a blue tie, which matched his kilt of ‘Blue Ramsay’ tartan. I wanted to buy David a little wedding day present, so I got him some cufflinks engraved with the geographical coordinates of Lothian Chambers. We hired a kilt for David’s best man, Marc, from The Kilt Hire Co. so they would be wearing the same tartan. David also bought Marc a matching blue tie and some cufflinks to wear on the day.
How did you entertain your guests?
David and I didn’t want a traditional wedding with dancing, so we opted for something a bit different – a personalised wedding quiz! Each Christmas my uncle Colin produces a fantastic quiz so we thought it was only right to ask him to make us a wedding quiz! Colin put so much effort in – there were quite a few rounds, with a round just about us, as well as questions about famous people with the same names, and a picture round in which we had to guess the film based on an image of the wedding in it! He arranged prizes of prosecco for the winners and chocolate bars with “loser” printed on them for the losers. I loved that we had something different for our entertainment, giving our guests a chance to test their knowledge of us and getting to know each other better – each table was a team and everyone was working together to get the questions right!
Any advice?
Remember it’s only one day – it’ll be fabulous but it’ll be over in a heartbeat so enjoy it! Don’t worry about things going wrong, because they probably won’t! In the lead up to the wedding, everyone commented about how calm I was, but I felt that there was nothing to worry about – as long as we both turned up at the registry office and someone married us, then that’s all that mattered. Also, take 5-10 minutes of alone time to spend as a newly-married couple. Give yourselves a moment to be with other and reflect on the day.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The feeling of love and happiness around us. I loved looking around the room to see so many smiling and laughing faces, and knowing that they were all there because of us was so special.

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We are all going to miss Hannah’s posts so much! Is anyone else feeling inspired to go the road less traditional? Christina x
Suppliers
VenuesLothian Chambers & Contini Cannonball Restaurant & Bar
PhotographerPeter Atkins and Phil Murwill
FloristThe Stockbridge Flower Company
Hair stylistJennifer Crawford
Make-up artistRosie Fraser
Wedding dressStephanie Allin dress and Emma Hunt lace bolero from Lamesley Bridal
ShoesDune ‘Belles’ embellished court shoes
Accessories – Hairpiece and birdcage veil by Mairi Brunning
Groom’s outfitGeoffrey Tailor Kilts
Bridesmaids’ dressesASOS Scallop Lace Midi Dress in pale blue
Stationery – Billboard day invitation from Bride and Groom Direct
Cake – My fabulous sister, Alice