Let one of last year’s sharpest celebrations inspire your own big day
Edited by: Millie Milliken Photos: The Curries
Ruth and David eschewed a theme and let a scenic Scottish setting add some natural magic.
I’m originally from Glasgow, so we had already decided to get married in Scotland. But we were keen for somewhere wild, romantic and coastal, with mountains – quite a specific brief. A quick Google of ‘Scottish wild wedding’ brought up Crear House, and we arranged to see it in the April after our engagement. As soon as we got there, we knew it was perfect. I also fell pregnant shortly after our first visit, so it definitely had some significance for us.
For the dress, I visited House Of Vintage, a great boutique a friend introduced me to. I also found a beautiful piano shawl – which I wore on the beach for our vows – and a 1930s headpiece.When it came to picking the suit, David had been recommended a couple of places on Savile Row. He didn’t want anything too formal, and Hardy Amies had a suit in grey that fitted him perfectly.
We took over the entire house (which sleeps 12) and its incredible function room from the Friday to the Monday morning. The night before the wedding friends and family came up to help us decorate. Hanging the lanterns and setting the tables with flowers and candles was so much fun. Hanging bunting and fairy lights and setting out old family photos in the living room was great too – all while drinking prosecco, of course!
On the day of the wedding, it was overcast, but our photographers assured us that it was ideal weather, as people wouldn’t be squinting in the sun. I quite liked that it made the setting feel more moody and romantic. Later on, things changed, though: the clouds broke and we had an amazing sunset.
When looking for a photographer, we wanted someone who’d capture the story of the day, rather than set up staged shots. The Curries did an incredible job; we love our photos. They were also just a lovely pair to have around on the day.
After the ceremony, we had prosecco decorated with fresh flowers in vintage Babycham glasses. For the reception, we decided it would be amazing to have lots of colour and nice, vintage, personal details. For placemats, we used our 7-inch vinyl collection and hand-picked records for each guest. Then we stamped their name onto a white record sleeve, which was a big talking point.
My mum did the flowers for the table. She grew them in her garden, which gave them such a lovely personal touch. We got the bouquets and buttonholes from Pyrus Botanicals who come from a fine art background and make the most beautiful bouquets. They usually do installation work, so I was pleased they were free to do our wedding. They did my gorgeous floral headpiece too.
Food came from Crear Kitchen. Most memorable were the hot pies – made locally – which we served as late-night snacks. The macaroni pie was particularly yummy. They were much needed too as we had an energetic ceilidh band for entertainment. It was lots of fun and gave everyone the chance to get involved.
Highlight of the day
David For the first dance we asked all our guests to join us for a ceilidh. We did Strip the Willow, which was so much fun.
Ruth I would have to say the ceremony on the beach was the most special thing. Seeing all the faces we love looking back at us was incredible. At the end of the ceremony, we had a Celtic blessing that everyone read to us. It felt amazing.
Bride’s dress House Of Vintage
Groom’s suit Hardy Amies
Flowers Pyrus Botanicals
Catering Crear Kitchen
Cakes Big Bear Bakery
Lanterns The Hanging Lantern Company
Entertainment Jim Jam Ceilidh Band
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This article was first published in SquareMeal Weddings 2017