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Scottish Manor Bridal Inspiration

Set amongst the rugged scenery of Scotland is an inspiration shoot that’ll leave you speechless. It’s romance in the purest form, and with Knot & Pop behind every styling detail, it sort of comes as no surprise. From the linen stationery by Lamplighter London to the rich florals from Pyrus, the gallery from Ann Kathrin Koch is one delicious image after another.

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From Knot & PopWith the founder of Knot & Pop, Susie Young, originally from Scottish shores, To The Manor celebrates all that Scotland offers with its honest beauty and stunning rugged scenery. Scotland has a way of capturing your heart forever – the mountains kissing loch-sides, the vivid and lush greenery, the misty mornings and open expanses of untouched countryside. If you are planning a destination wedding then allow To The Manor and Scotland to sweep you away. Shot at Ardkinglas, an opulent Scottish manor house and gardens, with character in every corner, To The Manor encapsulates a sense of theatre and romance in an indulgent setting.

Mixing purple tones with hints of green and a shot of rich red across florals, the palette speaks of a hunter’s haven and sets the scene for an atmospheric wedding. Pheasant feathers and ornamental birds feature as decorative touches, with the stationery by Lamplighter London also including touches of bird and feather motifs. Upon tabletops, a hand-died calligraphy table runner has ‘Love’ by Scottish poet Edwin Morgan inscribed, with stunning florals by Scotland’s finest florists, Pyrus Flowers, placed in copper vases, and a sense of feasting with fruits laid out for guests to graze upon. Beautiful hand-made plates by Love It Want It Buy It, mix with crockery from Helene Millot, with antique silver cutlery holding place names, written on red robin leaves.

Red robin leaves are layered to also form the table plan, reminiscent of bird feathers, and adding natural texture to the details. Further tactile flourishes appear across fabric flag table numbers, fabric menus and statement hand-crafted shields, in a collaboration between Knot & Pop and Lamplighter London. To move from day to evening, two incredible wedding dresses from UK designer Susie Stone team perfectly, with their dresses always speaking of individuality and absolute luxury. The Grace gown with its intricate rose detailing and ivory palette, contrasts beautifully with the evening allure of the 1920s inspired gown and all it’s embellished glory. Elaborate feather head-pieces by Vagabond Couture and Curious Fair, with jewellery by Maria Nilsdotter and Cornelia Webb add the statement finishing touches, giving an other-worldly feel to bridal style.

From Ann Kathrin KochBeing a wedding photographer is the best job I can imagine. Every week I work with people who are experiencing the happiest day of their life with their very closest friends and family.

I prefer working in a documentary style and shoot on film at every wedding for a few reasons, none of them nostalgic. I love that I am connected to my subject with no distraction like a screen on the back of my camera. I even love that shooting film is difficult. It slows me down and I can really concentrate on exposing the exact moment that matters. Mostly though, I just love the way it looks – incredibly flattering yet vibrant and full of life. Shooting film let’s me create images I love.

Scotland has always fascinated me. With an extraordinary beautiful but rugged landscape and known for endless rain and cold winds it’s not a conventionally pretty place. Yet everywhere you turn it seems as if things are just a little bit more special. The wind is a little stronger, the water a little more cold and the trees and mountains just a bit higher. If you are looking to be enchanted, this is the place to go. Combining the roughness of Scotland with delicate beauty creates just that – a little bit of magic.

Photography: Ann Kathrin Koch | Stationery: Lamplighter London | Hair: Anne Marie McElroy | Cake : Big Bear Bakery | Candlesticks: Classic Crockery | Concept, Styling And Production : Knot & Pop | Dresses: Susie Stone | Feather Head Band : Curious Fair | Flowers : Pyrus | Glassware And Cutlery: Helene Millot | Jewellery: Maria Nilsdotter | Jewellery: Cornelia Webb | Large Feather And Bejewelled Head Piece : Vagabond Couture | Makeup: Julie Diplacito | Mansion House And Gardens: Ardkinglas House | Model: Elaine Fisher At Colours Agency | Plates: Love It Want It Buy It

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Completely Classic Scotland Estate Wedding

When you cross a classic-loving bride and a formal Scottish manor, you’ve got a wedding that could even give Kate Middleton a little run for her money. From the exchange of vows on the marble staircase, to the regal celebration that followed, Craig & Eva Sanders photographed the swoon-worthy moments, and it’s all waiting right here in the gallery.

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From The Bride & Groom…Soon after we got engaged we always knew we wanted a spring wedding in Scotland. Our plans started out simple, we wanted a beautiful big house for our ceremony and reception. Half our guests would be traveling from England the other half from Scotland so it was really important to have the whole day in one place.

The ceremony was going to be an intimate one and the venue should be a place for our friends and family to relax and enjoy the day. Followed by good food, good wine and of course, a band with whom we could dance into the wee small hours of the night.

After being engaged for a few weeks, we booked the breattakingly beautiful Gosford House. The venue was everything we could have ever dreamt of and more, located near our home in East lothian, it was the perfect ‘Big House’ for our wedding day.

A traditional Scottish wedding day with little English touches, we choose the marble staircase and landing as the perfect setting for our intimate humanist ceremony. The light and space was perfect for our guests to enjoy the house and share in our own words what marriage meant to us as we had written the ceremony ourselves.

With colours of peaches and cream running through the marble and the light from the glass roof filling the room, we designed our seating to complement the flow of the stairs, we wanted each of our guests to have the best seat in the house, whatever seat they chose.

Our inspiration for décor was easy, Gosford house is decorated so beautifully, original paintings fitted with gold gilt picture frames and giant antique mirrors, and we simply complemented the house by adding in lots of pretty details.

Our flowers were inspired by the marble staircase – colours of coral, pink, peaches and cream. Keeping the overall look loose and unstructured, we wanted a relaxed regal feel!

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Videography: The Edinburgh Film Company | Florist: Linden Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Novia | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Gourmet Events | Entertainment: Edinburgh Pipe Band | Entertainment: The White Band | Entertainment: The Ritz Trio | Groom's Attire: Geoffrey Taylor | Bridal Hair: Jennifer Crawford | Bridal Makeup: EyeCandy | Chairs: Pretty Settings | Gosford House: Gosford House | The Red Bus: The Red Bus

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Aberdeenshire Scotland Wedding from Craig & Eva Sanders

Every relationship is a journey, but this couple’s journey was just a bit more challenging than most. However, they now have a love story that led them down the aisle in none other than gorgeous Scotland, where they could start the next chapter of their life, and do so in style. Craig and Eva Sanders made sure they had the most timeless of keepsakes of this memorable day with their gorgeous images, and you can see them all right here.

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From the Bride… We moved to Scotland a year ago from the States and completely fell in love with the country. A few months after the move, my husband was forced to leave the United Kingdom for an unknown duration due to some visa issues. Our lives seemed more like a movie script than reality- two lovers torn apart by the Atlantic Ocean. The distance made everything a lot more clear about our 7 year relationship. When he returned he had a ring in his pocket and proposed on the cliffs overlooking Dunnottar Castle.

Drumtochty Castle in Auchenblae was the perfect backdrop for our wedding, where we stayed for two nights with 50 of our closest family and friends. Having our wedding in a fairy tale castle tucked away in a Scottish forest created the intimate setting we wanted, and provided that once in a lifetime experience for all our guests. Female guests wore millinery (fancy hats a la the Royal wedding); everybody had a ball with this and coordinated their outfits with their hats. Scottish treats included delicious cheese cakes from a local dairy farm topped with local seasonal strawberries, and traditional Scottish tablet as wedding favors.

We had a classic fiddle and concertina play Scottish and Norwegian folk music at our ceremony. The musicians led a wedding party parade from the church to the castle- a ¼ mile walk through the forest. The traditional Scottish ceilidh had all our guests spinning around the dance floor with giant smiles on their faces. Also, a talented American expat friend performed Bluegrass, bringing real Americana to good ol’Scotland.

Norway was present through the Kransekake (traditional Norwegian wedding cake) that my stepfather carried on his lap on the flight from Norway, the ceremony reading that my mother wrote and read in Norwegian, and the bunad (national costume) that my Norwegian family wore.

My husband was the most involved groom ever! He always felt that it was “his wedding too” by doing most of the DIY and being a huge part in the planning process. He drew the church and castle used on all the stationery, and the guestbook artwork of our engagement castle. He stayed up into the wee hours of the night sewing the ceremony programs, baking Scottish shortbread for the welcome bags, hand-stamping favor boxes and lavender toss satchels. He also made the cake topper, menus, bride and groom chalkboard signs, and table numbers. Being a homebrewer, he made speciality beers designed to pair with the wedding menu.

For our colors we choose layers of sage green and white. Our favorite pastime is hiking in the Rocky Mountains and Scottish highlands and we wanted to incorporate the colours of nature.

We had so much fun on our wedding day. We felt so much love from everybody around us and for each other. We surprised our guests and one another throughout the day. All the DIY made the wedding feel like it belonged to us. We have so many vivid memories from the day that we will cherish forever. We will never forget when we saw each other for the first time at the altar, the heartfelt speeches, and the ceilidh dancing.

Wedding Photography: Craig and Eva Sanders | Makeup: Chicabelle | Hair: Tracy Allen | Wedding Cake: Devenick Dairy | Wedding Dress: Pronovias “Alcanar” via Brudekjolen | Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packman | Bride’s Jewelry: Nordstroms | Groom’s Attire: Reiss | Ceremony Venue: St. Palladius Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland | Reception Venue: Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland | Letter-Pressing: Glasgow Print Press | Ceremony Music: Blyde Lasses | Reception Music: Danse McCabre |

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