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An Elopement so Beautiful, We Thought It Was an Inspo Sesh

Friends, this is not a styled shoot. I repeat, this is NOT a styled shoot. Ana and Stephen chose to elope at Kilchurn Castle in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, only bringing along Lilli Kad to photograph their intimate exchange of vows and celebratory dinner. And it’s all just so darn romantic, we might cry. We’re talking the frolicking through the castle ground in a gorgeous gown with a bouquet of wild-feeling blooms by Alice Beasley and a hand calligraphed stationery suite featuring their personalized vows that might as well be a work of art kind of beautiful. Trust us, this one cannot be missed.


From Lilli Kad PhotographyDestination elopements are becoming fast one of my favorite type of weddings, especially when you throw in a castle set in the Scottish Highlands! I can’t help but feel that this real elopement was the perfect mix of real and inspirational editorial. Ana and Stephen indulgently wanted to celebrate a very intimate elopement at Kilchurn Castle while staying at Ballimore Farm Estate in the Highlands in Scotland, where Stephen is from. They wanted to soak up nature while running free in the most amazing gowns creating unforgettable images celebrating their union. Due to the temperamental weather in Scotland and the remote location of the these little castle ruins, it was unrealistic to organize the wedding with family and friends at Kilchurn Castle, especially since they wanted to have an outdoor ceremony. So they did what a lot of people do these days – they created their dream elopement to celebrate their union in the most intimate way possible with some amazing vendors, whilst having a separate party somewhere easier for family and friends to celebrate as well. This way they can enjoy their union in a more relaxed way without the wedding schedule and then separately enjoy their friends and family in a less formal way.

They wanted to let the landscape run through the theme, and Alice Beasley obligingly created the most whimsical installation on a nearby tree for the ceremony. With the castle in the background, the entire ceremony had a very Celtic feel to it. With them creating their own vows, they got Jess at Boho Ink to create the most wonderful stationery suite, which is now rightfully hanging on their wall at home. Of course it rained halfway through the ceremony (it wouldn’t be Scotland if it was sunny all day), but that wasn’t really a problem. We embraced the weather, and it added to the atmosphere. The warm and cosy Ballimore Farm was the perfect venue after the rain – it wasn’t far from the castle but also set the perfect backdrop for a small little celebration with just the two of them, amazingly styled by Stacey at Colour Me Happy.



Photography: Lilli Kad Photography | Event Styling: Colour Me Happy | Floral Design: Alice Beasley | Wedding Dress: Katya Katya | Ceremony Venue: Kilchurn Castle | Reception Venue: Ballimore Farm Estate | Hair + Makeup: LeeAnne Fraser | Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink | Groom's Attire: Quality Kilts Edinburgh | Getting Ready Venue: Ballimore Farm Estate | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Table Runners + Material: Feathers And Stone | Wedding Rings: Hamilton & Inches

Wes Anderson Inspired Scottish Wedding Film

Take an adorable duo with a love of all things Wes Anderson and pair them up with the uber-talented CineMate Films (and by uber-talented, I mean cinematic geniuses) and the results are pure magic.  Think a stunning Scottish affair meets crazy cool tunes meets one moment after another of tear-inducing happiness.  Push play to start your week off in the best way possible. (Hint: it’s awesome.)

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From CineMate FilmsWhen we heard that Rosie and Will had a keen interest in cinematography, particularly filmmaker extraordinaire Wes Anderson- we knew the pressure was on to make a great film. When we then heard of Rosie’s rugby playing prowess, it’s safe to say that anything short of spectacular wouldn’t suffice- this is one couple which we wouldn’t want to be caught up in a scrum with!

Thankfully the couple were absolutely lovely, and their Crear wedding on Scotland’s west coast was a big hit with the guests. Their young son Freddie really seemed to have a ball, and sportingly donned a kilt for the occasion (once a gingerbread biscuit was in the equation!).

We’d like to say a big thanks to Rosie and Will for having us along, and wish them the very best for their future together.

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Photography: Crear | Cinematography: CineMate Films | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Band: Whisky Kiss | Venue: Crear | Humanist: Annie Loughlin | Piper: Iain Campbell

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Romantic Wedding Film at Culzean Castle in Scotland

“No matter if you’re in your wedding dress or your granny pajamas on our lazy Sunday, you will always be beautiful to me.” And with that statement, the tears flowed freely and I fell in love with these two. Combining cultures and traditions, they said “I do” in the Bride’s dream-come-true of a wedding at a Scottish castle, with Lula Wedding Films capturing every second. A fairytale ending if I do say so myself.

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From Lula Wedding Films… Athena and Sam are bankers based in Singapore. Athena is originally from the Philippines and Sam is from London (born in Scotland). The two were in the same team of the same company but were based elsewhere before they decided to move in together in Singapore.

Athena has always wanted a fairytale themed wedding and it seemed too good to be true that Sam has roots in Scotland. Months of castle searching led them to a beautiful seaside castle in Maybole where Sam visited when he was young.

Sarah of Sarah Creative Occasions is a resident wedding planner and stylist of Culzean Castle so she knew the details that would complement the castle. From beautiful preparation rooms to a breathtaking cliff view for their ceremony to a medieval themed kitchen for their after party, this wedding is a truly a dream destination to get married at!

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Photography: Paul Walker | Cinematography: Lula Films | Event Planning: Sarah Creative Occasions | Wedding Dress: Jazel Sy Midel | Venue: Culzean Castle

Elegant Cliff Top Ceremony in Scotland

I have the lucky job of looking at photos every day that make my heart beat a bit faster. But these images right here from Laura Gordon? They did even more than that; they left me utterly speechless. Overlooking the fields of Scotland, atop a cliff, vows were recited in front of friends and family, the castles in the background no match for the newlyweds’ love for one another. A picture is worth a thousand words, so without further ado, let’s head to the VAULT to see all this breathtaking beauty.

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From the Bride… Mark and I were introduced on a whim in the most fantastically absurd message. At the time I was living in Virginia and was moving to San Diego the next week. Mark was living in Australia but was on a six month holiday, traveling throughout Europe and playing cricket in the UK. It was a completely random and chance introduction but as soon we knew each other, we knew that we had found “the one” in each other. After an international romance that involved a few transatlantic flights, many late night and early morning Skype dates (we despise time zones), and endless Whatsapp messages, Mark decided it was time to ask for my hand. I flew to Australia and he proposed on the shores of the Indian Ocean in the secluded wine region of the Margaret River, Western Australia. The proposal was as perfect, spontaneous, and intimate as our relationship had been and I couldn’t get “Of course!” out soon enough.

As plans for our wedding began, we quickly realized that an intimate wedding was something very important to us. Since our relationship had been international, as were our families and friends, we decided only to invite immediate family so that we would all have a week together to get to know one another better. Our mutual Scottish heritage (along with an unrivaled love for the history, landscape and culture of Scotland) made the scenic county an easy choice. Crumbling Dunnottar Castle sits on a mountainous peninsula on the East Coast surrounded by black sand beaches, wild fields and sheer cliffs… and as soon as we saw it, we knew this was the perfect place for our ceremony.

Mark wore his Clan Kilt, the Grant Hunting Tartan, and I had a shawl made as well so that I could wear it after the ceremony. Good thing, too, as the cliffside where we married was quite windy and cold! I wore a Matthew Christopher gown with a long sleeve cover perfectly created by Harriette Gordon. My “something blue” was an antique aquamarine ring that my grandmother had given to my mother, and her to me.

The details of the day were so important to us as we had such a small wedding. A favorite moment of the wedding was the local bagpipers who piped me down the aisle to Canon in D… the sound of the pipes echoing over the wind and the Scottish countryside was undeniably beautiful. Another favorite aspect was the gorgeous silk ribbon conceptualized by Sara Russell and calligraphed by Written Word that was used for the traditional hand fastening ceremony. It was calligraphed with our favorite song lyrics, “so please put your sweet hand in mine and float in space and drift in time,” in gorgeous gold ink and was fastened over our hands by my sister to traditional celtic vows.

There were so many other special moments and pieces of our day, I can’t even name them all. Luckily, we had a brilliant photographer and videographer who were able to catch every part of it and eternalize it for us. I am so grateful for the beauty we now have forever thanks to Laura Gordon and Paul Moody.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Cinematography: Before Your Eyes Cinema | Floral Design: Forage & Fleur | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Francie Buns | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: Dunnottar Castle | Reception Venue: Banchory Lodge | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Vintage Car: Eagle Cars | Bagpipers: Thistle Piping | Event Planning + Styling: Wedding Sparrow | Kilts: Houston Kiltmakers | Paper Goods: Written Word Calligraphy | Plates: Restoration Hardware | Robes: Gossamer | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer

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Rustic Scottish Seaside Summer Wedding

Well if these pics from Craig & Eva Sanders don’t make you ache to travel to the Scottish seaside pronto, I’m not sure what would. From the bright morning light as our lovely Bride got ready to the romance of the sunset over the hills, we’re whisked away to this magical space. Worldly Nomads filmed it all and with their beautiful footage, I’m in a wedding wonderland. See it all in our VAULT right here!

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From the Bride… When we were trying to choose a wedding venue we sat down and listed the things that were non negotiable; there had to be good food; there had to be room for dancing and a band; and it had to be by the sea. ‘By the sea’ quickly became ‘on the beach’ and we scouted out places which allowed ‘beach weddings’. It was New Year’s Eve when I contacted Crear and by the 2nd week in January we were heading out in the snow through the Scottish highlands to visit. And we fell in love. Everything about the place was perfect; laid back and comfortable, yet still luxurious, it was a home away from home. What sealed the deal was walking into the main function room which is entirely walled with glass from floor to ceiling on one side and looks over to the island of Jura: it was breathtaking. It perfectly combined the rustic with the comfortable; the Scottish west coast with the Scottish highlands; and elegance with originality.

Neil and I grew up in the same town and went to the same school. We’ve been together since we were 16 years old and this December it will have been 10 years since our first date. We got engaged about a year after we moved in together one November evening in 2013 at an event called the Enchanted Castle where a local Castle and its surrounding forest was illuminated; it was all very pretty and magical. We were married around 20 months later on 25th July 2015.

Other than our non-negotiable criteria that we had agreed on in the beginning there was no particular theme which we were necessarily going for. The biggest influence was the natural setting around Crear. We really wanted the space to be appreciated as it was so complemented by keeping things very relaxed and romantic. My beautiful Naomi Neoh Clementine dress really helped set the tone for everything else. It was a beautiful silk chiffon in blush that I knew would billow beautifully in the sea breeze. I absolutely adored it! The bridesmaids dresses reminded me of the colour of the water (or a stormy Scottish sky) and I really wanted the flowers to look like they’d been picked from a nearby field, which they did; I loved them! I had many ideas for the decoration which our two marvellous mums helped to make a reality. In the days before the wedding, we had a stamping production line!  One of our favourite features was the bespoke wooden signs with quotes from Winnie the Pooh which Neil’s parents very kindly made for us.

Neither Neil nor I have maintained religious practices consistently in our lives and so we felt that it would be insincere to have a religious ceremony. Instead we opted for a humanist ceremony; Scotland is one of the places where a humanitarian ceremony is recognized as legal and we felt our values and principles matched well with those of the humanist society. It was a very personal ceremony which we wrote ourselves and peppered with traditional Scottish customs. We had a Celtic hand fasting and, with our parents, shared a wee nip from a beautiful Quaich.

It is very hard to choose one specific favourite moment, we both tried to enjoy and absorb every single part of the day. The ceremony was perfectly imperfect and we giggled the whole way through which suited us down to a tee. After the ceremony, Craig, Eva and Barry, our (incredible) photographers and videographer, took us along the beach to an old ruin for some shots and actually, it was a perfect time for us to relax for a moment and take everything in together.

Unless we could add more hours to the day there is nothing I would change. There is never enough time to catch up with all of your guests but we tried to speak to everyone at least once.

Our advice would be do what makes you both happy. Don’t worry about what is expected or what is traditional: if it’s not for you, try something new! Also, don’t fret if things don’t go exactly to plan, there were several things on the day that were unexpected and impromptu; we just went with it and laughed the whole way through and I think that comes across brilliantly in Craig and Eva’s fantastic photography!

We have absolutely no regrets about any aspect of our day. There were some who queried the distance of the venue but once they were there they completely understood why we had chosen Crear; it is just out of this world and our wedding was the stuff of dreams!

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Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Cinematography: Worldly Nomads | Floral Design: Crear | Wedding Dress: Naomi Neoh | Cake: Crear | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hobbs | Hair: Toni Cook Hairdressing | Band: Whisky Kiss | Band: Dukes of Uke | Groom's Attire: ASOS | Venue: Crear | Wool Shawls: Monki

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Romantic Marsala + Berry Wedding Inspiration

Dare I admit that Marsala is the best thing to happen to our 2015 color palette? I do, I most certainly do, and if this pretty from Suzanne Li Photography isn’t proof then I don’t know what is. Bursting with berry hues and color, this little inspo is sure to inspire all. It’s the type of romantic wedding that we’re hoping all Brides to take note of, and it’s all waiting in THE VAULT!

From Suzanne Li PhotographyI have always been inspired by fine art photography , in my opinion it captures the real essence of love in a beautiful and creative way. However it can be difficult to portray this romantic light and airy look in the UK, but I wanted to inspire brides to let them know that this can still be achieved- even in Scotland – with the right vendors! Most people don’t know where to start or where to look, so I gathered a fantastic team with the best creatives around central Scotland to dream up something wonderful for all brides and grooms to see!

The venue was at the Byre at Inchyra now owned by Lady and Lord Inchyra, the House and Barn was passed down from generations dating back from 1877! On the day of the shoot I didn’t expect too much from the weather I only prayed for no rain and with the Inchyra as our back drop it was one big ‘wow factor’

The team all came together perfectly, everything just fell into place! Thanks to a fantastic team, each vendor did their part wonderfully, I can’t thank them enough for their time and individual talents! Finally it is a pleasure to be featured on this wonderful blog!


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Photography: Suzanne Li Photography | Floral Design: Floral Menagerie | Wedding Dress: Laura | Cake: Bakery 47 | Jewelry: Susan Dick | Makeup: Melissa M | Hair: Nicola De La Mare | Calligraphy: Caitlin McKenna | Venue: The Byre At Inchyra | Model: Jack Sutherland | Model: Jack Sutherland

Scottish Highlands Anniversary Session

What do you think it’ll take for me to convince my future Mr. that we should go to Europe for an anniversary photo session? I’m hoping these pics by Annamarie Akins right here will do the trick, because I’ve already fallen in love with them and the whole idea. This shoot in the Scottish Highlands is breathtaking and intimate all at the same time and these pics will be my motivation for years to come.

From Annamarie AkinsSet against the backdrop of the gorgeous Scottish highlands, I hope this anniversary session will take your breath away! The scenery was unreal and the couple is absolutely beautiful. During their trip to Scotland they wanted to commemorate their time with photos in celebration of their third wedding anniversary in the country where her mom grew up! She came here every year as a kid and was so excited to introduce her husband to the gorgeous countryside. In true Scottish fashion it rained in the middle of the shoot, but the rain was short-lived and it was replaced again by the most gorgeous sunset!

Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography

Scottish Castle Wedding

It’s not often that you find a wedding as ethereally romantic as this.  One that is sooo filled with gorgeous details and heartwarming moments, it kind of feels like you are watching scenes from a classic movie with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.  Add to all of that romance a breathtaking Scottish castle and the light-filled images of Craig & Eva Sanders and it’s a gallery of awesome that can’t be missed.

From the Bride… We chose to have our ceremony at Straiton Church and wedding reception at Blairquhan castle in Ayrshire, Scotland.

We came across Blairquhan castle when we were looking around online. I think we found some pictures of a wedding here that had been taken by our amazing photographers Craig and Eva. We were looking for an exclusive use venue that we could treat as our home for the weekend with our friends and family. We took a drive down to Blairquhan Castle one day and we knew straight away it was the right place, the setting and grounds are breathtaking and although it had this look of grandeur, inside it felt so homely and comfortable. The drawing rooms where we had the wedding meal were absolutely amazing with beautiful chandeliers, large fireplaces and windows that looked out into the landscape beyond. We weren’t having a huge wedding so the space was just right and I could imagine all our friends in this room having a great time and later dancing the night away. Accommodation was great, too as Blairquhan had self catering cottages on the grounds and beautiful rooms in the castle itself. This meant that we were able to enjoy having all of our friends and family together for the full weekend.

We came across the church in the beautiful small village of Straiton a small drive away from Blairquhan Castle. I is from Ayrshire so it felt even more special that this was the place we were married. The church is tiny and very pretty with lots of original features and stained glass.

I started looking at lots of different ideas in wedding magazines, online, blogs (Style Me Pretty!) to get ideas. Pinterest was also great and really helped me pull together themes and looks that I liked. I knew that I wanted a vintage feel to our day and I loved the old world glamour look that was evident in our venue at Blairquhan Castle. I wanted our theme to reflect the beautiful interior of the castle and tie in with that look and feel. I loved the use of light and the reflection of light on the wonderful old mirrors in the drawing rooms and chandeliers. I tied in our table decorations with mirror centerpieces and cut glass flower vases to carry through this theme. We also had lots of candles and antique mirror candle holders everywhere. Little Botanica were our florist and did a beautiful job of decorating the castle full of seasonal flowers that reflected the pretty, vintage look we were going for.

For the church, I had seen an idea in a magazine of another wedding that had gorgeous arches of branches and flowers down the aisle – my aisle was tiny, but Little Botanica were able to create a gorgeous version of this in the aisle and at the entrance to the church which set a lovely theme in and outside the church. We were also conscious that we wanted our wedding to be fun and personable. So a lot of things were inspired out of the fact that we wanted our guests to enjoy the day with lots of surprises like our photo props on tables, the ‘dare game’, caricaturist and mum’s homemade Limoncello favours. We were also lucky to have a friend to do the job as Toast Taster. He was absolutely amazing and made our day feel so personable and fun.

The whole day was so enjoyable, if there is one favorite, I think it was coming out the church to all our friends and family cheering throwing clouds of confetti everywhere. It felt so magical and we even got some beautiful sunshine to go along with it.

The fabulous Craig and Eva Sanders were our photographers – absolutely loved them. Not only did they capture the most memorable and beautiful photos of our day they were also so much fun to be around and made us both feel really comfortable. I couldn’t recommend them enough.

Our cake was by Top Tier Cakes in Glasgow. Their shop is just beside where we live and we’ve sampled quite a few cupcakes from there over the years. They were really friendly and easy to deal with and delivered everything to the venue which meant no disasters getting the cake there in one piece.

Little Botanica did the flowers. They were amazing, really different and got the theme I was going for straight away. Lisa took time to understand what I wanted and came up with lots of brilliant ideas. You can tell they are really passionate about what they do and wanted every detail to be perfect.

My advice for brides-to-be: Smile, be happy and enjoy every moment of it. When it comes to planning your big day do things that really reflect who you both are, it’s your day so take the time to make it special and everything that you are.

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Videographer: Memory Lane Films | Florist: Little Botanica | Wedding Dress: Eleganza Sposa | Cake: Top Tier Cakes | Stationery: E.I.Y. Love | Ceremony: Straiton Parish Church | Reception: Blairquhan Castle | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Next | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Make-up: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Hair: Adee Phelan Salon | Band: The Riffreshers | Groom's Attire: Kinloch Anderson | String Quartet: Capella String Quartet | Caricaturist: Tommy Sommerville | Veil: Eleganza Sposa | Wedding Rings: Rox

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Glamorous Ballroom Wedding in Scotland

This rustic glam affair is what daydreams are made of. Think Marie Antoinette mixed with a secret garden. From the DIY’ed silk and velvet trimmed invitations, to the rich raspberry Planet Flowers blooms, to the castle backdrop of one majestic city, Craig And Eva Sanders Photography  captured a gallery filled with romance for days, here!

From The Bride… Our wedding was a rustic glam affair, think Marie Antoinette mixed with a secret garden, It all started with our invitation which was a wonderful DIY effort by myself (the bride) and my mother!

We sourced 100x100mm kraft boxes and had our names gold foil pressed on the front, I designed little miniature letterpress invitations using inspiration from Laduree fonts and again had them gold hot foil pressed for a glamorous effect. We wanted our invitations to be a little bit different, like a keepsake gift for our guests. We searched far and wide for something different, my mother who loves flower arranging sourced specially preserved roses, real roses that have been treated to last for many months if not years. We decided to put them in gold filigree cones with a pin so all our guests could wear them on the day of the wedding – this was so special and tied all our guest’s attire together. These roses were placed inside each individual box alongside the miniature letterpress invitation. 

We said our vows in a beautiful ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral, and celebrated with 200 friends and family in the Sir Walter Scott Ballroom at the iconic Balmoral Hotel – all set against the backdrop of the UK’s most majestic city – Edinburgh (complete with views of the Castle!)

We wanted to inspire a feeling of romance and ‘cozy’ warmth inside from the chilly Scottish Autumn weather, so there were scented candles everywhere and we ate our meal by candle light alone. Only opening the window drapes as the sun was setting to reveal stunning views of Edinburgh castle.

I am a petite bride who found it super difficult to find a wedding dress that suited my 5’1″ frame, I ended up wearing a custom altered Elie by Elie Saab gown, Louboutin shoes and a custom made veil. My groom had his tuxedo bespoke tailored too by a long standing Glaswegian tailor Jim Forbes. Our groomsmen wore jet black tuxedos, patent dress shoes and Dessy Topaz satin pocket squares to match the glamorous bridesmaids, who wore Lela Rose draped dresses, glittery shoes and crystal drop earrings. Our flower girl wore the prettiest floral crown to match the bridesmaid’s bouquets, a romantic ivory chiffon dress and fur cape. 

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Videographer: Cherry Tree Films | Florist: Planet Flowers | Invitations: DIY By Bride - Letterpress By Blush Publishing | Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral | Reception Venue: The Balmoral Hotel | Shoes: Louboutin | Engagement Ring: Tacori | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup: Kaeleigh Wallace | Band: Stax Of Motown | Bridal Gown: Elie Saab | Bridal Jewelery: Rox | Invitation Flowers: Verde - Nature Preserved | Lighting/Event Production: Carnival Chaos | Linen: 88Events | Tuxedo Designer: Jim Forbes Tailoring

Scottish Whisky Distillery Wedding

Visiting Scotland is currently item #1 on my must-travel list, so when this darling wedding from Victoria Phipps came along, I nearly squealed out loud. Held at a quiet countryside church followed by a whiskey distillery reception, it’s basically everything you’d think a Scottish wedding should be, plus a whole lot more. From rich, green scenery to bagpipe players to little ones in kilts, there’s no shortage of beautiful images captured.

From Victoria Phipps PhotographyI first visited Islay in January 2012 with my other half on a sort of whisky/photography pilgrimage. There is something very special about this island. It’s a real effort to get there and perhaps that’s part of it, but even on the bleakest of winter days something about the landscape captivates you. There was an inevitable blog post a few months later which, through the power of google, led Lynn to contact me about photographing her wedding there in June 2014.

Reading Lynn’s first email, I had a really good feeling about the whole thing. Her kindness shone threw her words and I was so excited to be invited to capture her wedding day! At the time Lynn told me her mother was fighting cancer and how much strength the family was drawing from having such a happy occasion to look forward to. Tragically Lynn lost her mother late last year, but she certainly made her proud that day in Islay. Lynn & Kyle’s wedding was brimming with love and laughter and their family and friends could not have been more warm and welcoming to us. This was an authentic Scottish wedding with real traditions and real values at the heart of the day… an absolute joy and privilege to photograph.

From The Bride…I first met Kyle watching his team play rugby back in 2002. He was absolutely covered in mud and running towards me, even looking like that I thought ‘oh, I like him’. From that day onwards we became friends and that friendship eventually blossomed into a relationship. I think my 3 year old Border Collie Jed might have helped seal the deal too!

Kyle’s Mother was born and raised on the Isle of Islay and we have holidayed there every year since our relationship began. Islay felt like home to me, as it reminded me of the rugged and peaceful landscape of the village of Kinlochbervie where I grew up in the North West Highlands. So on a beautiful summer’s evening there in June 2013, when we were walking along Singing Sands beach Kyle went down on one knee and proposed to me just as the sun was setting. It was perfect and very ‘us’. Jed even got in on the act too and covered us in sand mid-proposal!

We chose the unique Ardbeg Distillery to host the wedding reception, as we loved the rustic feel it had and the surrounding scenery is beautiful. We wanted our style for the day to be genuinely in keeping with Ardbeg and the island as a whole, so kept a very scottish rustic theme throughout. Our friends and families were keen to be involved in the wedding preparation so we had them collecting jam jars, pine cones, shells, and pebbles! We made sure everyone felt as though they had been part of the day. I am very into Arts and Crafts and Pinterest inspired me with lots of creative ideas so I couldn’t wait to turn all these into a reality. Even Kyle started to enjoy all the crafting once he got stuck in!

I went to the bridal shop with my Mum, Sister & Cousin in the Summer of 2013. There was a new collection being previewed that day, so the place was buzzing with ‘brides to be’ from the moment we walked in at 9am. The lady I had spoken to on the phone to arrange my appointment gave me a wink and suggested we head to the back of the shop where this new collection was, so luckily I had it all to myself! I chose seven dresses from this collection but one really caught my eye. I watched the lady place it 3rd in the pile of dresses. So the first dress was pretty but a little too white, the second one was a bit too sparkly for me and so onto the third… as I put the dress on I couldn’t stop smiling. The lady tied the belt around my waist and I walked out of the changing room. I looked at my Mam first. Her smile beamed from ear to ear and she started crying, then my Sister and Cousin joined in too… it was the one. I only ever tried on three dresses!

Kyle & I are both very close to our families, so we decided we wanted to keep the wedding small and intimate with just close friends and family. I lost my Mother in the November of 2013 after a battle with cancer. We had planned to have the wedding within a year of getting engaged with the hope that she would be well enough to attend, but sadly she lost her very brave fight. This inspired me to make the wedding very personal and make sure she was remembered in different ways throughout the day. One idea we had was to collect small pebbles from our favourite beach in both Kinlochbervie and on Islay and paint little hearts onto them. We asked people to take a pebble in memory of loved ones who could not be with us on the day and to leave in a special place close to their heart. So far these stones have rested in California, Asia, New York and many other places around the world.

I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day. Many moments will stick in our memories forever. We set a lantern off in the evening for my Mam which was a very emotional. It gave us all a quiet and special moment to remember her and reflect on the day. At one point in the evening we spotted some of our guests venturing outside and we weren’t sure why. When we went outside to investigate we discovered the most amazing moon we had ever seen. It was so bright and seemed huge in the sky – it felt as though it was resting on top of the hill. It was breathtaking. Victoria our wonderful photographer captured the moment perfectly. It was a really magical end to a perfect day.

Photography: Vicki | Flowers: Chatterbox Flowers | Wedding Cake: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Ceremony Venue: Straiton Parish Church | Reception Venue: Ardbeg Distillery | Bride's Shoes: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: 'B2 Jasmine' From Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen | Groom's Attire: Houston Kiltmakers | Bride's Veil: Richard Designs | Flower Girl's Dresses: Monsoon | Hair & Make Up: Lyn MacIntyre | Ladies Favours: Spirited Soaps | Mens Favours: Ardbeg Distillery | Wedding Dress Designer: Essense of Australia

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Romantic Castle Wedding in Scotland

To say that I’m obsessed with this wedding captured by Craig & Eva Sanders is an understatement. Straight out of a fairytale, everything from the immense beauty of Murthly Castle to the relaxed blooms by Coach House Flowers and everything in between  is enchanting beyond words and looks like the perfect storybook romance. Dive in here!

From The Bride…Alex and I met at a party of mutual friends when I was celebrating my last exam from university. We got engaged four and a half years later on Christmas Eve on Store Beach in Sydney, when we were on holiday visiting Alex’s brother and sister who both lived there at that time. We were engaged for a year and a half before our wedding day, so we had plenty of time to plan all the details!

The most important thing for us was having all of our family and friends around us, which is why we chose to get married in Scotland where we both grew up. We wanted to create a relaxing and fun day for everyone closest to us. We loved the fact that we could have the ceremony and reception at the same venue, and that we could add our own touches by having a marquee.

The weather in Scotland can be very unpredictable, so we planned for the worst case scenario. We had organized umbrellas for all of our guests, but were delighted that the sun shined all day!

I loved walking down the aisle and seeing Alex’s face for the first time. We were very lucky to have our very good friend’s Dad officiate our wedding ceremony, who made the service very personal and special for us both. The chapel was very small, so it created a very close and intimate atmosphere for all our guests. We rented a lodge for the entire wedding party for four nights. I loved that the wedding was not just limited to one day, but that the celebrations just kept on going!

The bridesmaids dresses were the most stressful part of the wedding! I originally ordered dresses online, which were delivered late and the sizings were all wrong! Three weeks before the wedding, I was left with the small task of finding new dresses for five bridesmaids! My bridesmaids were amazing and we all scoured the internet to see what we could buy on the high street. As I had five bridesmaids, I liked the idea of mismatched dresses that suited everyone’s size and style.

I decided not to follow a particular theme for the wedding flowers, but wanted a relaxed summer bouquet with soft colors. The florists captured what we wanted perfectly and I loved the bouquets next to the bridesmaids’ dresses.We didn’t go for a table centerpiece, but instead we had a random mixture of jars and vases of different sizes, with soft summer flowers. I was quite relaxed about the flowers, as I knew that they didn’t need to specifically match anything.

We decided that we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, as so often people are full by the time the cake gets served. We decided that a cake table would be a great way to use the wedding cake as part of the wedding breakfast whilst giving everyone a selection of cakes to choose from. We are friends with Linsey Reith from Three Sisters Bake, a gorgeous café and craft boutique in the West of Scotland whose cakes are fabulous, so it was really easy to organize and completely stress free.

Our friends very kindly lent us their homemade bunting so we decorated the marquee with that and also with pompoms that I had bought on the internet. My brother-in-law was put through sweatshop like conditions by my sister and made the wooden structures for the ribbon and confetti stands, and also all the signs that we had around the venue. We were so touched by the distance people had travelled to join us on our wedding day, so decided to put all of the destinations that people have travelled from and the number of miles to their destination on the signs. We were lucky enough that one of our guests is a very talented artist so she painted the signs the day before the wedding!

We set up our own photo booth with costumes and wigs that my friends and I had in our fancy dress boxes. My favorite was the Hawaiian skirt and leis which looked great on the boys! We bought a polaroid camera because we thought it would be fun for people to see the photos instantly. We had a BBQ the next day and it was fun looking through all the photos and outfits with our guests!

A tip for all future brides is don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy the planning and do not let yourself get stressed over the details. The most important thing is your love for one another, and it is your love that will create a perfect wedding that everyone remembers.

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Videographer: Barry Meek At Adore Weddings | Flowers: Coach House Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Novia | Cake: Three Sisters Bake | Rings: Christine Sadler | Make-up: Molly Sheridan | Hair: Hair Creations By Anna Wade | Castle: Murthly Castle

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 Photography | 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: Cornelia Webb | Jewellery: Maria Nilsdotter | Large Feather And Bejewelled Head Piece: Vagabond Couture | Mansion House And Gardens: Ardkinglas House | Model: Elaine Fisher At Colours Agency | Plates: Hale Koa phineas Estate

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: The Ritz Trio | Entertainment: The White Band | Entertainment: Edinburgh Pipe Band | Groom's Attire: Geoffrey Tailor | 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

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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!

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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

Scottish Wedding from Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

One thing I know for certain – you are about to become 100% obsessed with this wedding.  Like can’t get enough, stare at these images obsessed.  Because this wedding… this glorious Scotland affair?  It’s the kind of wedding that will most definitely render you speechless with one drop-dead gorgeous detail after another, an entire gallery of breathtaking images from Craig & Eva Sanders Photography and bundles upon bundles of pure, unadulterated bliss.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… We chose Friars Carse as we just wanted a big old country house that we could take over with our close family and friends for the weekend. We were able to all have dinner together on the Friday night with singing and speeches, the wedding day on the Saturday and brunch all together out on the lawn on the Sunday. The hotel has lovely grounds and is very relaxed and informal. Friars Carse was close to our church, Maxwelton Chapel, which we chose because it is so beautiful. We loved its small size as it was important to us that people could see, hear and feel everything with us.

We wanted a relaxed, happy day full of people we love. We were inspired by our fondness of the countryside around us, the village I grew up in, the beautiful wildflowers of May and by our enjoyment of recycling/upcycling and crafting! We were keen to make many of the items for the day ourselves and to use the skills of our very talented families to help us with this! We had everyone collecting jars for the year running up to the wedding, which we used for flowers. We made our invites, menus, table plan and all other stationery using recycled card and string to keep it all natural feeling. For the children, we made up little packs of coloring books, fairy wings and stickers. My Mum (and a few helpers) made meters and meters of bunting, which we strung up in the marquee. My sisters and brother made an amazing photo booth for us, which doubled as a guest book. My Mum enjoyed making some lovely wildflower displays for in the church and inside the hotel. My dad repaired some old crates, stamped our names and wedding date on them and filled them with flowers. He also surprised us by having our family tree put on a poster and displayed in the hotel. We were also surprised by being given a saw instead of a knife to cut the cake — it had been made by our family because Callum is a carpenter! Everyone pitched in as a team the day before to pull it all together.

Wedding Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography / Ceremony: Maxwelton Chapel in Moniaive, Scotland / Reception: Friars Carse Hotel in Auldgirth, Dumfries, Scotland / Floral Design: Little Botanica / String Quartet: Cairn String Quartet / Band: Two Left Feet / Transportation: Solway Beetles / Wedding Dress: Benjamin Roberts (with Major Alterations) via Mia Bridal / Alterations: Sarah of Mia Bridal

Scottish Wedding from Jo Bartholomew

We’re no strangers to crafty brides around these parts, but this creative bride take the cake for sure! Not only did she plan her entire wedding from another country, she made most of the details herself. Oh, and that amazing dress she’s wearing actually belonged to her mother. LOVE!  Jo Bartholomew captured all the love and smiles from this vintage chic DIY fete brilliantly and you can see even more right here.

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From Jo BartholomewNora and Ed live in Sydney but are from the UK originally, so they decided to have two weddings! A small ceremony in Sydney for their closest friends, then a much larger wedding in Scotland to be celebrated with their old chums and, of course, their families. They decided to get married in a quaint little village called Peebles in the heart of the Scottish highlands (around two hours from Edinburgh). Nora is a very creative and talented girl who created a beautiful, vintage-themed wedding, making most of the details herself. Her amazing dress once belonged to her mother. She had it altered by “The emergency button” in Double Bay, Sydney, and they did an incredible job. The bridesmaids sourced their own vintage-styled, softly-colored dresses. The groomsmen wore vintage tweed waistcoats and neck ties that were sourced from various op shops  around Sydney and Surrey Hills in particular.

Nora got ready at an old house in the village where she was staying for the duration of the wedding. They were married the gorgeous local church of Peebles and then went to their reception venue, The Peebles Hydro, for photos and to eat, drink and be merry! Nora wore yellow gumboots to have her photos taken as the weather had been very very wet and unpredictable in the days leading up to the wedding. The reception room was filled with old vases of white and green flowers to give it a fresh, simple, country feel. The guest favors of custom notebooks and ring-shaped crayons were sourced from Etsy. They also had a cake buffet table filled with delights such as macaroons, cupcakes and sweets, all sourced from the local suppliers in the village. The cake stands were all vintage sourced from various op shops. They also created a photo booth table, which had a Polaroid camera on it along with mustaches, glasses and lips on sticks which Nora made herself. Nora also made all of the signs on the tables. Nora and Ed’s cake was made from cheese and fruits — they bought everything locally the day prior to the wedding and constructed it themselves.

Wedding Photography: Jo Bartholomew / Ceremony: A Local Church in Peebles, Scotland / Reception: Peebles Hydro Hotel in Peebles, Scotland / Floral Design: Scent of Ginger in Peebles (01721 720 659) / Wedding Cake: DIY by the Bride & Groom / Cake Stands: Vintage / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Her Mother’s / Alterations: The Emergency Button in Sydney (02 9327 1433) / Bride’s Shoes: Unknown Store in Sydney / Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski / Bride’s Headpiece: North Sydney Markets / Hair + Makeup: Lindsay of JD Bridal Hair

Scottish Wedding Inspiration from Corrine Smith Design + Craig & Eva Sanders

I was lucky enough to visit Scotland for the first time last winter, and let me say, it is every bit as gorgeous as this stunning shoot from Craig & Eva Sanders. The luxe greens are just as vibrant in real life, which is why it comes as no surprise to me that Corrine Smith Design was inspired for the new “Essence” collection by the beautiful nature all around. And lucky for us Americans, Corrine Smith Design will be popping over from Scotland to exhibit at New York International Bridal Week for the first time in October. Make sure you fully fall in love with the new collection in the full image gallery – and then start looking at how you’re going to get to NYC in October!

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From Corrine Smith DesignCorrine Smith Design is proud to introduce their illustrious 2012/13 ‘Essence’ bridal accessories collection. The award winning company are gearing up for a busy autumn launching over 20 new pieces which offers an array of designs and choice for the future bride’s big day.

Craig & Eva Sanders Photography were the perfect choice to capture the vision of the natural world in this exquisite photo shoot at the magnificent venue of Glennapp Castle, Scotland. This Scottish Baronial castle is set in beautiful and secluded grounds and is an exclusive wedding venue in the Scottish countryside.

Designed to depict the beauty of nature, the new collection captures the essence of contemporary elegance whilst retaining a timeless, classic feel. “My aim was to create sensitive representations of organic forms yet in a modern style. Floral accents play a key role and elements of looping vines and flourishing foliage help to create the overall vision.” says Corrine Smith.

All products are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the UK by designer/owner Corrine Smith ensuring a high quality standard and finish. The intricate designs can be customised to meet individual brides’ requirements maintaining the company ethos of providing a truly bespoke personal service.

Craig & Eva Sanders Photography were the perfect choice to capture the vision of the natural world in this exquisite photo shoot at the magnificent venue of Glennapp Castle, Scotland. This Scottish Baronial castle is set in beautiful and secluded grounds and is an exclusive wedding venue in the Scottish countryside.

Designed to depict the beauty of nature, the new collection captures the essence of contemporary elegance whilst retaining a timeless, classic feel. “My aim was to create sensitive representations of organic forms yet in a modern style. Floral accents play a key role and elements of looping vines and flourishing foliage help to create the overall vision.” says Corrine Smith.

All products are designed and lovingly handcrafted in the UK by designer/owner Corrine Smith ensuring a high quality standard and finish. The intricate designs can be customised to meet individual brides’ requirements maintaining the company ethos of providing a truly bespoke personal service.

Photography: Craig & Eva Sanders / Bridal Accessories: Corrine Smith Design / Location: Glenapp Castle, Scotland / ‘Venus Bridal’ dress supplied by: Glitz / ‘Ginger’ Dress: Enzoani supplied by Opus Couture / Hair stylist: Gail Rankin from Bespoke Wedding Hair / Makeup artist: Jackie Bruin from Looking Good Makeup

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