This is my kind of wedding. Not only are there gorgeous flowers from Bows And Arrows, a pair of killer Miu Miu shoes and a completely adorable Bride and Groom, but there are three wedding cakes—talk about a cause for celebration. And thanks to Apryl Ann Photography, we have cause for celebration, too: gorgeous photos to pore over and pin in The Vault!
From Apryl Ann Photography…Samantha was born and raised in Scotland and is now a photographer in Dallas. She wanted to throw an intimate affair that reflected her heritage since all of her family was coming to the wedding from Scotland! The entire wedding was relaxed and full of love.
From The Bride…Inspiration came my engagement ring which was an unusual hexagon shaped diamond on white-gold – I loved the idea of geometric shapes and metallics juxtaposed with natural greenery.
I especially loved the terrarium-type hurricanes we got for the table centerpieces from Anthropologie. Our florist filled them with beautiful little succulents, tiny roses and moss. We also had a smores station next to the fire pits in the garden which could have backfired had the weather been warmer. Fortunately, it was a touch chilly in the evening so it was perfect and everyone enjoyed sitting around the fire, eating smores and drinking hot chocolate.
As I’m from Scotland, having a piper was especially important. We hired Jimmy Mitchell, who was fantastic and at the start of our day, could be heard playing amongst the trees as guests arrived. We also had a traditional quaich ceremony with my uncle George explaining to our American guests. He had brought over the traditional silver cup and sourced a whiskey that was distilled only a couple of miles from where I was born in Scotland. We shared our first drink as husband and wife from that cup; and subsequently, I think all our guests got a drink of whiskey from it throughout the night (as per tradition!)
We also opted to organize a classic ceilidh dance mid-reception, “Strip the Willow” – which was utter chaos and had everyone laughing. Another small touch was my mum organizing little Scottish shortbread hearts in bags, tied with tartan ribbon (our clan tartan!) as favors.
Another favor for guests, I made small scented travel candles from scratch, in two different scents; rosemary mint and Madagascar vanilla. I’m a bit candle-obsessed, it was the only thing I could think of that I’d like to receive at a wedding as a favor!
My advice is don’t get caught up in trying to make things ‘perfect’, definitely learn to delegate tasks and if possible, budget for a coordinator! Highly recommend it!
Photography: Apryl Ann Photography | Event Planning: Each & Every Detail, LLC | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Cake: Layered Bake Shop | Catering: Wendy Krispin | Hair + Makeup: Cher Hukill | Officiant: Love Notes | Transportation: Premiere Transportation | Venue: Avalon Legacy Ranch | Piper: Jimmy Mitchell | Shortbread Cookie Favors: Thistle Baking Company | Vendor: Mui Mui