Scottish Wedding Traditions At San Diego's North Chapel
September 1, 2009
By: eddye
United States

We have a wonderful wedding sent to us by Sarah at Fuzzynk Design Studio for you to enjoy!

And all in the bride's very own words ...

My husband and I were married at the historic North Chapel, a recently restored naval chapel that is now open for public use. In the 1940’s the chapel was part of the Naval Training Center in San Diego, where 40,000 plus recruits were housed during WWII. My family has a long history of military service (father, brother, both sets of grandparents ~ grandmothers and grandfathers, and a great-grandfather) so I thought it would be special to be married there in a way to honor my family. With our wedding site in a historic chapel and groom and groomsmen in kilts to honor our Scottish heritage, we thought it would be nice to have our paper designs have a “vintage feel” and Sarah definitely accomplished that in her designs.

About a year and a half before I was married, I contacted Sarah with Fuzzynk Designs to see if she was interested in doing some custom paper designs for my wedding. There were a few things I had in mind from the beginning of the design process and knew Sarah would be able to deliver!

I wanted a cohesive design throughout the process ~ from our engagement announcements to the save-the-dates to the wedding invitations to the wedding signage. I wanted each wedding paper item sent out to follow the theme and to get the guests excited about the upcoming event.


Since Scott and I are both of Scottish descent, it was important for us to incorporate the colors from my husband’s family tartan into our “wedding colors” of navy blue, sage green, and ivory since he would be wearing that kilt on our wedding day. I found a picture of a Scottish luckenbooth ~ one of the most romantic of Scottish symbols since the 1700's.  Luckenbooth pendants were traditionally exchanged between lovers at the time of betrothal.

I sent it to Sarah to incorporate into my wedding designs. Sarah’s talented husband hand drew a version of a Luckenbooth surrounded by our initials E&S which became a “wedding logo” for us and was included in everything we sent out to the guests. The best part of the luckenbooth design was included on our wedding invitations; a small paragraph explained to our guests the meaning of the luckenbooth symbol that they had seen in every design.


My husband, his family and many of his friends are from the East Coast. I was born and grew up in San Diego. My husband and I met in the Midwest at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), so when it came to our wedding guests, we definitely had people from all over the country. At the rehearsal dinner, my mother-in-law put up a map so that people could pin where they are from in the country. It was amazing to see how many people had traveled so far to be with us on our special day. The finished map was then put on display at the reception.


FIRST LOOK ~ We had our first look at the Point Loma Lighthouse because some of the cliffs and open areas up by the lighthouse reminded us of Scotland and made for some really pretty pictures ...


Haydee De La Cruz with Haydee’s Creative Flowers did all of the florals for my wedding. I knew that I wanted primarily white and green flowers with touches of thistle (the national flower of Scotland) as a nod to our heritage. Haydee took creative control from that point on and my wedding flowers were absolutely gorgeous ~ who would have thought orchids, peonies and thistles would look so good together?


Since we were going for the whole Scottish theme, when it came to transportation, I knew I wanted a classic British double-decker bus. A limo wouldn’t feel right for a bunch of men in kilts! All kidding aside, we did our bridal party pictures before the ceremony and the open-air seating on top was a great way for the bridal party to relax and take in the sights of San Diego before the wedding.


It was fun getting my husband’s groomsmen to wear full Scottish attire for the wedding. The groomsmen wore the kilts for the ceremony and pictures. As part of their groomsmen gift, we bought them matching ties to wear with a dark suit to change into for the reception. I think the guys had fun wearing the kilts, it was definitely a “once in a lifetime” experience for most of them.


Cake by Sumi’s Oven in San Diego. It was a beautiful and simple four-tier white fondant cake decorated with flowers from Haydee’s.

All photos are courtesy of our photographer John Schnack with Schnack Studios. He and his second shooter were amazing throughout the day. My husband and I felt very comfortable with him since we had done an engagement session with him a month prior. I feel he really captured the feelings and the special moments of the day and the shots never felt forced or contrived.


Thank you, Erin & Scott for sharing the details and the images from your absolutely lovely wedding!

And thanks to Sarah at Fuzzynk Design Studio for sending it our way! You can see more of Sarah's incredible designs on her website and blog!