How is the New Year treating you? We are being whisked off to Scotland today for this stunning wedding. From the whisky table plan, the gorgeous blossoms and the pretty fairy lights in the venue, it is all just perfect. Robert and Lisa put together a very simple and elegant day, the moment with Lisa’s dad got me right in the heart when I was putting this together. Such a gorgeous capture.
photography | The Gibsons
Kavelle Couture (dress, belt and veil). Kevelle designs her own dresses as well as stocking other designers. My dress was one of Kavelle’s designs – an absolute dream. Completely perfect in every way.
Shoes – Dune.
Cardigan – Oasis
Bride’s hair accessories: Headpiece, earrings, bracelet, and necklace www.vivienj.co.uk
Imogen McDonald Hair and Makeup, Edinburgh
The perfume: Givenchy Live Irresistible
Robert wore his own kilt and I surprised him to a new jacket and waistcoat from MacGregor and McDuff, Glasgow
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: The boys wore their own kilts with hired jackets and waistcoats that matched Robert. MacGregor and McDuff, Glasgow
Wedderburn Barns, Duns, Scottish Borders
The morning of the wedding. It was surprisingly calm. After over a year of planning I enjoyed a morning of truly being able to relax and enjoy the big day. My mum, dad, bridesmaids and MUA created an aura of calm while the excitement built. My mum and I had a lovely moment when my dad saw me in my dress.
Emotions ran high in the morning, there were nerves and a wonderful feeling of excitement. My nerves dispersed as soon as my dad started walking me down the aisle. The time had arrived. I was surrounded by people I loved, and I was walking towards my handsome hubby to be. I couldn’t wait for Robert to see me in my dress and enjoy our day which had been so long in the planning.
Our save the dates, invitations, and information for the wedding were all electronic. Robert and myself created a free website using Weebly and used Paperless Post to send the invitations. This method worked well. A tip for anyone thinking of doing this is to make sure you make it easy for people to reply so that there is no delay and try to use a method that allows you to track whether the invitations have been received and opened.
My mum created the Order of Service and stationery for the meal.
Homemade tablet – thank you Sylvia!
Simplistic. I wanted to create a warm welcoming barn. Lots of strategically placed string light to create height and hanging glass tea light baubles to add a glow. We also hired up-lighters to add subtle hints of colour to the rustic stone walls. Clever lighting can make such a difference to the look and feel of a space.
Robert wanted to surprise me. We agreed very early on that he was going to book our honeymoon and keep it a surprise. I was totally on board as it was very romantic and allowed me to completely focus on organising the wedding.
We got engaged in January 2016, married in May 2017 and had a fabulous honeymoon in California in September 2017. Robert kept our honeymoon destination a secret for over a year! I found out at the airport we were going on a trip of a lifetime visiting Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Monterey Bay, Yosemite National Park, Napa and finishing an amazing 17 day road trip in San Francisco. Surfing, cycling, food, wine, sea life, hiking, fabulous scenery, walking, sunsets, more wine and lots of fun on an amazing adventure together. Memories to treasure forever. Perhaps we did honeymooning wrong as we didn’t relax very much but we did it our way.
The Orde Catering company, Kelso. Robert and I love our food and wanted to have a menu that people would love. We wanted to treat our guests. We had a cheeky twist on ham, egg and chips to start (it was a lot posher that it sounds). We served big cuts of roast beef for our guests to carve themselves, we supplied a chef hat and personalised apron to our carvers. It was a lot of fun. Finally, a delicious selection of lovely mini desserts was served. Oh and the wine went down really well. We supplied our own wine from Virgin and Majestic Wines. Our family tasting evenings in the run up to the wedding were a great way for both families to spend time together discussing the wedding and enjoying wine and prosecco.
The big Pappas, Glasgow
For people thinking of a DIY wedding a quick message to say that it will all fall into place. All the emotions you go through when planning, the stressful moments, and the small details you worry about during the night in the lead up to the wedding are worth putting the effort into. When I first walked into the main barn to see the finished product of all our hard work I was blown away. It looked even better than I imagined. What a sense of achievement not only for Robert and me but for all our family. It wasn’t easy to turn the barns from a cold blank canvas to the warm dreamy barn we had on the day.
Going it alone is hard work, there are so many things you never expect you’ll need to think about. Be prepared to put a lot of time to the planning and decoration, not just on the day before the wedding but in the months leading up to the wedding. Get people to help. Between my mum and myself we created 80 meters of bunting! My dad created the wooden boxes for the table centre pieces and did most of the heavy lifting and transporting of props and furniture. My father in law spent at least 8 hours up a ladder attaching string lights to beams the day before the wedding! Be prepared to be busy but look forward to how amazing your venue will look, you will have created your perfect setting.
Where did you find your inspiration?
Pinterest and wedding magazines were my main inspiration which I used to put my own spin on ideas.