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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.


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 | Flowers: Pyrus | Cake: Big Bear Bakery | Stationery: Lamplighter London | Makeup: Julie Diplacito | Hair: Anne Marie McElroy | Candlesticks: Classic Crockery | Concept, Styling And Production: Knot & Pop | Dresses: Susie Stone | Feather Head Band: Curious Fair | Glassware And Cutlery: Helene Millot | Jewellery: Maria Nilsdotter | Jewellery: Cornelia Webb | Large Feather And Bejewelled Head Piece: Vagabond Couture | 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.


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.


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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Scotland Wedding from N. Barrett Photography

You know you’re meant to be when you meet the love of your life halfway across the globe from both of your homes. Yup, this adorable couple met in Kenya and fell in love almost instantly. Fast forward and their standing in the most gorgeous chapel in Glasgow saying their I Do’s. N. Barrett Photography captured each and every beautiful moment and there’s so much more to see right here.

Watch this amazingly beautiful wedding come to life in this film by Sugar8:

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From N. Barrett PhotographyMaria and Lee were wed in Glasgow, Scotland at the Glasgow University Chapel. They met in Kenya, but Maria is originally from Kentucky and Lee is from Scotland. Their day was beautiful and it came with its very own piper. The men are wearing uniforms from the the British Army and Royal Air Force. At the art club, Maria changed into her party dress and Lee put on his kilt! They danced the night away to songs from a Celtic band.

Wedding Photography: N. Barrett Photography / Ceremony: University Chapel at University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland / Reception: Glasgow Art Club in Glasgow, Scotland / Floral Design: Little Flower / Wedding Coordination: Louise MacPherson Wedding Design / Wedding Cinematography: Sugar8 / Bakery: Three Sisters Bake / Wedding Invitations: RSVP Candy / Music: The Strides / Piper: Piping Services Scotland / Cake Topper: Oklahoma Stencil Company / Guest “Book”: SayAnythingDesign / Transportation: Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars / Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville “Mirabeau” / Bride’s Reception Dress: Kitty & Dulcie / Bride’s Shoes + Jewelry: Nina / Bride’s Fascinator: ThereOnceWasAGirl / Hair: Gillian Cleminson / Makeup: Kat McSwein / Bridesmaids’ Fascinators: MaddieLus / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Robes: SingingSlowly

Edinburgh, Scotland Wedding from Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

On a trip to Edinburgh last Christmas, I fell hard for Scotland. It’s gorgeous and amazingly friendly, so naturally, I gravitate toward any Scottish wedding that comes across my screen, but this one. All I can say is WOW. It’s a summer soiree and it’s so soft, so romantic, and so beautiful, my heart aches to be there. Not just in Scotland, but in this very wedding, seen through the lens of Craig & Eva Sanders Photography. I can count my lucky stars though, because there is a gallery filled to bursting with so so so many of the heartfelt details, and it’s all right here!

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We were on quite a tight budget as we paid for the majority of the day ourselves so we enlisted the help of all our family and friends and took the DIY approach to a new level!

My sister in law, Beth made our gorgeous, original invitations. She hand painted the backgrounds, which were inspired by our crockery and came up with the idea of writing the info on see through paper to lay over the design below.

My Mum was my florist, and did a wonderful job with all the bouquets, church and reception flowers. We went to the Glasgow Flower Market at 5am (!) a few days before the wedding and bought the best seasonal blooms we could find in soft, neutral colours. She also hand picked, dried and sorted all the flower petal confetti!

My mother in law, Gill made our beautiful ombre coloured cake and I hand stitched the heart toppers. My friend Allana made the cupcakes and my other friends Katie and Jen made the macaroons and brownies.

Pete made all the canapes, starters and main course side dishes with some help from his Dad, and Sizzly Piggy did an amazing job with the hog roast.

My Father in Law, Phil drove us all the way to France to find the wine and the ‘Moineaux’ champagne. Moineaux is French for Sparrow, a champagne he discovered many years ago which is made by a wonderful small family owned vineyard near Epernay, and in my humble opinion was better than any Krug or Bolly you could buy!

I continued the lace idea from my dress with lace decorated candle holders decorated and my Aunt Jackie made 60 feet of the most glorious lace bunting, I wish you could have seen it close up, it was just unbelievable!

We had the wonderful Be.Eventful sisters there on the day to help pull everything together.

My dress was from Sassi Holford and the Veil was Caroline Castigliano, both of which I secured as massive bargains in a sample dress shop. I loved the soft, elegant style of it but I was worried after buying it, that it was too simple and so I added the corded lace detail around the middle from another vintage dress I found in Armstrongs in Edinburgh. The headband came from a piece of material that was destined to be a sash in a dress shop called PanPan but I asked them to stitch it on to ribbon for my hair instead.
I made my pearl necklace and bracelets, which had a little plaster cast of a Sparrow skull – bit creepy haha but i love it!

Pete got his tweed jacket from Hackett and the best men all just wore a mix of other tweed jackets, with their pink and blue club bow ties (a silly university boys club – best not to ask). I made the buttonholes the night before with some feathers, striped ribbon and left over flower materials!

I liked the idea of mismatched bridesmaids, they all had creamy, neutral dresses with a bit of sparkle.

I was really inspired by the 1920s and I wanted the feel of a Gatsby-esque garden party.  Kirknewton was the only venue we visited, we instantly loved the feel of the place with the walled garden and chicken’s running around! Plus it was important for our DIY catering approach that we had free run of the kitchen for the weekend.

Duddingston Kirk was an obvious choice because of its beautiful location, warm and friendly minister and great pub across the road!

I kept the colour scheme faded and soft with some hints of glitter on the table decorations etc. I generally love anything old/antique/vintage (or crap as Pete would say!) and so I absolutely LOVED spending my weekends and days off work rooting around car boot sales and second hand shops to find our old wooden deck chairs, antique cut glass vases, old patterned tea cups and vintage silverware. I made paper chains, heart garlands and origami cranes out of old music sheets and books, which Pete despaired at me cutting up!

The Victorian print birds decorating the tables and on the seating plan were from a book on Audubon’s Wildlife. I got my idea from the amazing jewelry designers Rust – how they use old animal prints to display their goods. I’m a bit obsessed with the designers blog.

I bought antique playing cards from Etsy and clipped them to our vases with glitter covered pegs. My friend Marlene sent us my garter and Pete’s cufflinks from Etsy also.

I had other little hints of the Great Gatsby in the decor – there were some quotes on the table and the pages behind the LOVE framed letters were from the book.

As you might have seen the other big theme was birds! I think I got a bit carried away with this one! Our table plan was my favourite thing, with the little Victorian print birds nestled on the tree branches with the guest lists! I hand stamped the guest names on old luggage tags along with a little sparrow stamp I found for place names.

As a budget alternative to a photo booth, I set up my own camera on a tripod, bought some fancy dress gear and some fabric for a backdrop. There are some great shots from that!

We really wanted a nice relaxed atmosphere for our guests so we set up benches round some fire-pits and put out marshmallows and sparklers for the evening. We had a ceilidh to get everyone up dancing and then just put on our favourite cheesy tunes on my iPod!

We had the Staves – Mexico for our first dance, they are a relatively new band, but I love them! They are coming to Edinburgh soon, if you get a night off you should check them out. Pete’s Mum got us dance lessons as a ‘present’ to stop us shuffling around the floor, we were pretty terrible students, I think our dance on the day was helped a lot by Pete’s Grandpa’s desert wine!

We really had the most wonderful day and we were lucky enough to have the only bit of sunshine seen in Edinburgh all Summer! We so blessed to have such an incredible bunch of friends and family to help us out with our plans and to keep smiling during some minor hiccups which inevitably came with the territory of a D.I.Y wedding. Pete and I have been together for 8 years now, but our day was still the most beautiful, romantic, special day of our lives. It was everything we could have wished for and more.

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography / Reception Venue: Kirknewton Stables / Ceremony Venue: Duddingston Kirk / Wedding Planning: Be Eventful / Bride’s & Bridesmaids’ Fashion: Sassi HolfordCaroline CastiglianoW. Armstrong & Sons, Pan Pan Bridal / Men’s Fashion: Hackett / Vintage Decor: Junkaholique & Etsy

Glasgow Wedding Film from CineMate Films

If you’re not looking to fall in love this morning, I suggest you close your eyes, because as soon as you see this wedding film from CineMate Films, you’re not only going to fall in love with an adorable, head over heels for each other couple, but their wedding too. It’s going to be a total love fest this morning, and I can’t wait!

From CineMate Films … The sun lit up the waters of the clyde and lit up the hearts of familiar family and friends in Glasgow on the 28th July 2012, there to witness the wedding of Shona & David.

Familiar to the couple for the obvious reasons but also familiar to us as wedding filmmakers. This was in fact our second Gorrie wedding and when Shona & David came to CineMate to book their date, we couldn’t be happier!

A wedding with a unique venue is something special however a wedding with two is incredible and this celebration was exactly that. From the grand sites of Glasgow’s University Chapel for the marriage ceremony to the ever so unique Tall Ship which rests its’ sails on the banks of the Clyde for the cerebrations.

As the guests arrived for the reception, they were treated to fine music, drinks and another fabulous venue. The Tall Ship really was a stunningly unusual venue which perfectly complimented the juxtaposition between the beautiful, personal decor which filled the dinning hall and the upper desks to the industrial, mechanical inner works of the now dormant ship. It was great to see the guests enjoying this combination as they roamed the empty desks of the ship.

David & Shona, it was an absolute pleasure being welcomed back into your family. Your day was absolutely beautiful, impeccably planned and you both deserved such an amazing day! Gregg and I wish you both the best in married life together.

Filmmakers: CineMate Films / Ceremony: Glasgow University Chapel / Celebrant: Margaret White / Reception: The Tall Ship / Photographer: Lisa Devine Photography / Band: Love Pirates

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