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Gillian and Stuart fell in love with their rustic barn venue, Coos Cathedral in Aberdeenshire, before they even stepped inside it. And the birds and bats living in the roof just added to the charm! From the thousand white paper cranes to the eucalyptus arch and gum nut buttonholes, their day was as personal as it was beautiful. And they made sure to do things their own way when it came to discarding any wedding traditions that didn’t feel like a good fit. So much to inspire here!

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?

Gradual attraction. We first met at secondary school, aged 13. We didn’t know each other well until we were in 5th year and had nearly all our classes together (and sat together in practically all of them). Once in 6th year, we didn’t have any classes together any more, and we realised we actually quite enjoyed each other’s company!

When we were 17 we started going out and stayed together through university in different cities, Stuart working offshore for a year and then living in England for work for a year too (while Gillian stayed in Scotland). We got engaged in Crieff at Buchanty Spout on 16th February of 2016. It had been snowing and we were walking our dog, Lily along the river.

Tell us about your venue…

This was only the second venue we visited and as soon as we drove up the driveway we knew it was the one. We had seen pictures online and hoped it would be half as nice as we were expecting, however it was even better! (Well apart from the birds/bats living in the roof, but that added to the charm!).

We loved how we could have the whole wedding in one place, that we could completely make it our own and the fabulous outdoor space. These were our three main priorities in a venue and it ticked all three!

Food was an important part of our day. We wanted a family feel dinner – Tom and his team at Deesidedly Tasty got it spot on with large pies which were cut up and served by the guests at their tables.

Our celebrant, Eve was amazing, she set us tons of ‘homework’ so she could really get to know us individually and as a couple. She created the perfect wedding ceremony that was so personal to us. It hit the right balance of lightness, love and laughter that we wanted.

How did you style your wedding?

We spray painted coke bottles (Gillian’s favourite drink) for candles and flowers, decoupaged glass jars with pages from Harry Potter books for candles, used stoneware bottles/vases sourced by Gillian’s grandfather, slices of wood for table centres and a large arch made with eucalyptus (from Stuart’s parents’ front garden) and silver birch – made by Stuart’s uncles, dad and cousin.

Family photos were pegged up around an alcove, with photos of all grandparents prominent in glass frames. We had 1,000 white paper cranes – hung from chandeliers and around alcoves.

Gillian’s brother provided bales for a ‘bale sofa’. Gillian hand painted a ‘Heyman Wedding’ pallet to direct guests from the end of the driveway and another pallet (picked from her father’s farm) with an order of the day. We also had outdoor games – cricket, rugby ball, croquet etc.

Bernie is a friend of the bride’s mum, who no longer runs a florist. However she offered to help with the flowers anyway. We didn’t want any brightly coloured flowers, just whites with lots of foliage, and didn’t want the bouquets/ arrangements to look too ‘done’. They were exactly what I had pictured in my head and smelt amazing due to the freesias – a scent which reminds me of the day.

Stuart’s godmother, Vhairi took some gum nuts over from Australia to be included in the boys’ buttonholes/on the napkins – to include a bit of Australia as Stuart was born there and still has family there. We also included lavender on some of the napkins as this is his grandmother’s favourite and she was unable to travel from Australia to attend the wedding.

Our bridesmaid, Rachel designed the invites, table plan and table centres for us (all songs which meant something to us), she also designed the labels for our favours (small pots of jam made by the groom’s granny). The designs were all bespoke for us and were exactly what we wanted.

A good friend of ours, Aimi made the cupcakes and cake for us. We had peg dolls from My Peg Friends of ourselves and our dog, Lily as cake toppers.

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They’ve found their venue, now our guest blogging grooms Gordon and Euan get to focus on the really fun bits! Which means they’ve been busy thinking about bespoke cocktails and ways to bring their guests together on the day. Loving their style! Over to Gordon…

“Ok so I left you where we had finally managed to secure the venue that would allow us to have our handsome baby Bear along, now to the fun parts – organising the day itself!

“I suppose it’s not too uncommon for engaged couples to want their wedding to be based around the prevailing factors that define their relationship? And even if it’s not, it’s what we’re going to do.

“If I could describe our relationship using only five words, they would be laughter, environmental, adventure, food and whisky (maybe just drink in general as we have run two pubs together). And so, these will be the prevailing themes that hopefully, will show throughout the day.

FLOWERS & FOOD

“First, flowers. Well Euan and I are very keen environmentalists and we absolutely believe the using of land, water and other limited world resources for the simple destruction of a plant in aide of a one-off table decoration is morally wrong. Sorry to all you florists and their supporters out there, but that’s how we see it. So, one of my green fingered bridesmaids (that’s right I’m a groom with bridesmaids but more about that another day), offered to propagate new plants from some she’s already grown, as table pieces. We loved this idea as the plants will return something to the environment, we also intend to give out each plant to a specially selected guest with a card stating, “We believe our relationship will grow and thrive based on the life of these plants given out on our special day”. Don’t get me wrong, Euan and I don’t believe any such thing but watching the look of anguish and panic pass over these guests’ faces will bring us some laughter. Yes, sometimes I am just a bad person.

“Next food and consequently tables, actually we decided how we wanted the table layout first. Euan and I do not want to be agonising for days over a table plan over who needs to sit where and who shouldn’t sit next to each other. Really? It’s a day of coming together, so after bandying ideas back and forward for a few days we came up with a “table lottery” which conveniently will deal with the favours at the same time. Each table will be divided up into a set number of couples and singles (I’m not that bad that I’ll separate couples!), then when everyone is invited to sit down couples will select from one group of favours while singles another. These favours will be either gin or whisky miniatures (a selection of our favourites of course), which will directly relate to a table. No head table, all round tables so even we don’t know who we’re sitting next to on the day. The bringing together of people.

“I believe this then led Hannah, our wedding coordinator, to offer us an alternative to the usual sit-down full-service meal, a ‘street food’ meal either two or three courses of table delivered platters. What better way to encourage strangers to talk to one another with little effort on our part. Now we’re going to go with this and I’ll get back to you on our choices after the tasting.

“Drink; I’ve been involved in the hospitality trade almost my entire life, I’ve worked on cruise ships, for private members’ clubs, whisky bars and for the past five years before opening our own B&B I’ve run my own pubs. So I know a thing or two about alcohol and here is where I get particularly ‘picky’, I suppose is the correct word. You could maybe even say demanding. The first venue we ran together was a cocktail bar and kitchen, so straight up, our drink’s reception is cocktails – French Martini for me as it’s my favourite and a Dark ‘N’ Stormy for Euan, as it’s his. We do want a third one that represents the two of us together and I’ve yet to create this one, my favourite spirit is whisky and his is gin, and believe me these are not an easy combination for a single cocktail. However, I will persevere and get back to you.

“As for the wine… well, I’m fortunate enough to know the owners of Stevenage’s top restaurant so they’ve kindly allowed me to order wine and bubbles through them – it will still be bubbles for the toast, but it will be an Argentinian developed Champagne alternative as a nod to mine and Euan’s time together in Latin America.

BESPOKE BREW

“And finally, some specially brewed beer. The same friends are the owners of Bog Brew, a microbrewery in Stevenage and they’ve agreed to brew our very own wedding beer and when I asked Hannah if this was OK, her response was absolutely but I’ll have to get back to you on how we’ll ‘corkage’ that. Well I’m glad we’ve finally managed to surprise our coordinator who so far has taken everything in her stride.

“I’ve just thought, I hope not too many of our guests are following this blog as we haven’t told anyone about these plans other than on a strictly need to know basis. Do like surprising people.

“Tune in next time when I tell you all about the cake, entertainment and other random things thrown in for good measure.”

Love the idea of giving out these plants with that message. So funny! Looking forward to Gordon’s next instalment already… x

After meeting at CC Blooms in Edinburgh, Gordon and Euan now run a B&B in Angus together and are preparing to tie the knot in Edinburgh this summer. With drag queens, their beloved American bulldog and a glitter bar for starters, something tells us it’s going to be a very fun celebration!

Photos via Unsplash

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Light meets dark in Kim and David’s winter wedding, with fairy lights and candles bringing a magical feel to the coach house in a nod to Harry Potter (Kim is a huge fan!). She added extra sparkle to the day by sourcing her nature-inspired jewellery from Scottish designers – her pearl and silver earrings were handmade in the Outer Hebrides, where David proposed on the white sands of Luskentyre beach. And she picked the flowers for her small, yet dramatic bouquet based on their meaning. We loved hearing the story behind this beautiful day!

How did you two meet?

David and I initially met when we were around 8 years old. Living in a countryside village, we used to run amuck around the fields. However, when secondary school occurred we drifted apart.

We were months away from turning 21 when we met up for a catch up, the rest is history. We dated for nearly 8 years before David proposed on Luskentyre beach with our puppy dog, Quinn in 2017.

What inspired your plans?

We had a really good look through the blogs on We Fell In Love. They were brilliant and really helped me shape the vision of our wedding.

I loved the concept of light and dark for our wedding. Colstoun channeled this beautifully with the change from the elegant antique main house to the light and brightness of the coach house. With my contrasting dark bridesmaid dresses to my light silk dupion dress with our dark foliage flowers, the theme was simple yet effective.

I am also a huge Harry Potter fan and wanted to have a magical element to our day. I did this by using fairy lights and candles in abundance around the venues, on the tables and hidden in nooks and crannies.

One of my favorite parts of my day was wearing my Gran’s sapphire and diamond ring as my something borrowed, old and blue. We had a very special moment afterwards when I gave it back to her to wear for the rest of the day.

Rachel from Floral Ambitions is a family friend of David’s and was always going to be our first point of call for our flowers. Inspired by Kate and Pippa Middleton’s wedding bouquets, I wanted something small yet dramatic, where each flower had meaning.

Rachel and Ashley were incredible to work with. From day one they helped me create my ideal floral arrangements. Using Austin roses, myrtle, freesia, thlaspie and wax flowers they individually wired over 600 stems to create our five bouquets. They also created a foliage piece for the fireplace in our ceremony room and an 18ft table runner with Austin Roses and foliage for our top table. Rachel also supplied us with our hurricane glasses, candles and moss for our centre pieces.

Tell us about your venue…

David and I always had a shared vision of a country estate/barn for our wedding. There are some really amazing venues out there but nothing which seemed to be perfect for us. David’s sister messaged us with a link to Colstoun House and I immediately felt a connection to it. I called them straight away and arranged a viewing.

A couple of days later, driving to Colstoun I was so nervous and worried, if this wasn’t our perfect venue I wasn’t sure what I was going to do…. However, Colstoun was everything we had dreamed of and more. Unique and unpretentious, it had the most perfect mix of modern yet timeless elegance. We were blown away and booked right there on the spot. We loved the location and the grounds, with the final selling point for us being the fact that we had exclusive use of the whole venue. Having our friends and family stay with us on the night of our wedding, and reflecting on our day over breakfast the following morning was amazing.

We decided to have our ceremony in the dining room and our reception in the coach house. Being able to decorate the bedrooms, ceremony room and the coach house how we wanted was so personal, we were able to put our own stamp on every part of our wedding. My favorite part was organising fairy lights to be strung across the ceiling! It made the already stunning coach house look truly magical.

Rachel and the gang at Appetite Direct where phenomenal to work with. They helped us created a truly bespoke menu within our budget and were on call any time I need any advice. Their food is truly the best and everyone commented on it during the day and night.

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If the idea of skipping the hassle and fuss of planning a wedding and marrying your true love in secret is starting to appeal, then you’re not alone. Perhaps eloping to Scotland has been on your mind lately, or maybe we’ve just planted the seed of a genius idea (sorry not sorry!). It’s not for everyone, but if it feels right for you then why not be bold and have the badass elopement you’re longing for!

Wedding planning can be stressful, even for the most laidback of folks. One study found that, on average, each couple spends 42 full days arranging their nuptials. No wonder then it can feel like having an extra job at times!

And while there are undoubtedly lots of fun parts along the way, there can also be potholes to navigate on the road to the aisle – family politics, people’s expectations and the pressure to hold a kickass party that will be remembered for all the right reasons, to name just a few.

There’s also the cost. What can start as a simple, fuss-free celebration can soon escalate until, before you know it, you’re booking a stately home for 100 guests and debating the merits of adding those sparkly charger plates to your budget (and to think we were going to get married on the family farm then have a relaxed BBQ!). At a time when so many people are struggling to buy their first home, it’s understandable that increasing numbers are choosing to put any savings they have towards a deposit instead.

But it’s not just the money, other factors come into play too. Perhaps you hate the thought of being the centre of attention or are worried that a panic attack will strike as you go up the aisle. This was one of my biggest fears in the run up to my own wedding. Or maybe you just love the idea and intimacy of tying the knot in private, and on your own terms.

While I have no regrets about our wedding – my husband is Canadian and this was the only time we have ever been able to have our families together – I can completely understand why so many couples are deciding that eloping is the right thing for them.

Here in Scotland, we’re seeing a huge increase in the number of couples planning a wedding for two – particularly in remote areas such as Isle of Skye, Harris and the Highlands, whose rugged windswept landscapes and white sand beaches are no longer such a well-kept secret, thanks in part to the power of Instagram.

Gretna Green, a village just over the border from England which has been famous for elopements since the 1700s remains hugely popular, as does the capital, Edinburgh with its atmospheric Old Town and medieval castle.

Drawn by the romance and history, and looking to marry in an intimate, personal ceremony that is meaningful to the two of them, couples are choosing Scotland for its incredible scenery and warm welcome, even if the weather can be inclement and unpredictable. While eloping can bring challenges when it comes to paperwork and obtaining visas from certain countries, the fact that same sex marriage is legal in Scotland, as are Humanist and interfaith ceremonies, all add to the appeal. And the best bit of all? You can legally get married pretty much anywhere in Scotland (so long as it’s considered to be “safe and dignified”) and at any time of day – be it as the sun is rising over the mountains, in a circle of standing stones at sunset or in your back garden at the stroke of midnight.

You can also completely personalise your vows and the marriage ceremony can be conducted in English or in any other language, including Gaelic or Scots, so long as the couple and the celebrant can understand it (a translator can be used if needs be). So it’s little wonder then that all roads (plus planes and ferries!) seem to be leading to Scotland when it comes to weddings for two.

Got your heart set on an elopement? Here are a few things to consider first…

Brace yourself for some backlash. All families have their own individual dynamics but chances are that not everyone will take the news well. Parents in particular may feel hurt to have not shared this milestone moment in your life – they were probably thinking about your wedding day long before you were!

Decide in advance how and when you will share the news, and be sure to stick together on this. There’s nothing worse than it leaking on social media before you’ve had a chance to tell folks.

Consider planning a party for family and friends to help you celebrate when you get back home. This will give them something positive to focus on and look forward to, rather than feeling that they have missed all the fun.

Prioritise your photography – having lots of incredible photos to share, or to play on a big screen at your after party, will make your family and friends feel like they are getting to join in and be part of your wedding. Perhaps you’d like to have your elopement filmed too – you’ll be saving in so many other areas, so why not splash out on the things that are important to you?

Make sure your paperwork is all good to go well in advance. Each country has its own individual marriage regulations (you can find out Scotland’s via the National Records of Scotland website). The last thing you want is stress caused by visa or passport issues!

Remember that a marriage is between two people – while we all hope to have the love and support of our friends and families however we choose to tie the knot, doing what’s right for the two of you is the most important thing. Yes, it may take a little while for some people to accept your decision, but if they have your best interests at heart, they’ll come around in time.

Fallen in love with Scotland? While the breathtaking beauty of the mountains, lochs and glens certainly helps, it is the opportunity to celebrate their love, without compromise, that brings most couples to Scotland. And you never know, if you’re planning a winter wedding, you may even be treated to a show from the Northern Lights.

The best thing about eloping is that there really are no rules. It’s the opportunity to start the next chapter in life in a place you love and on your own terms. It’s not for everyone, but if it sounds like exactly the right thing for the two of you then embrace it and enjoy the ride.

You can find more inspiration for your Scottish elopement here and in the Winter and Spring issues of our online magazine.

Photos by (in order from top to bottom) Lynne Kennedy Photography (first two photos), The Gibsons, Elemental Photography, Margaret Soraya and Marc Millar. This article first appeared in Rock N Roll Bride Magazine. Words by Christina Golian, editor of We Fell In Love.

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Last time we shared Gordon’s wedding planning diary, he and Euan were waiting to hear if their beloved fur baby, Bear would be welcome at the venue they had fallen for. Well, we have some very good news on that front! There are, however, a few caveats. Over to Gordon…

“We finally hear back from Hannah and though it was less than a week, it definitely felt longer as Euan really had his heart set on the Hub. Hannah tells us its possible but with some caveats, so smiles and nerves at the same time as I start to read through the four stipulations.

“Firstly, Bear’s to have two named chaperones throughout the day. My response was, absolutely! Because not to be funny, but we really don’t want to be concerned for our seven stone baby’s welfare on our wedding day, I mean what else is family for? I’ve already got my mother-in-law in mind for this one. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, but she cannot help but interfere so whilst she’s thinking she’s looking after Bear in fact it’s Bear looking after her, and the boy does love his granny.

“Number two – Bear is to have his cage and bedding along for the day to give him a safe space. Honestly, this was going to be one of our caveats for having him along. I started to relax at this point.

“Three, all his things are to arrive the day before. As if I want to be running around with an overly large dog cage and bedding on the morning of my wedding wearing a kilt – three for three!

“Next one, Bear is allowed out of his cage during the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast with his chaperones only but needs to be inside when the evening’s entertainment is on. Absolutely! Who wants a four-legged beast underfoot when you’re trying to dance the Orcadian Strip The Willow? Although, when I ran a cocktail bar and we lived upstairs, Bear was known to escape the locked flat and avail himself of the dancefloor of an occasional Saturday evening.

“I think you’ll all have realised it but, yes this was all more than agreeable to us. We finally have our venue – The Hub, home of the Edinburgh International Festival. We had no idea that such a seemingly simple decision would not only prove so difficult but also emotive! It’s worth it though to see the look on Euan’s face and here’s hoping the rest rolls along nicely.

“Next up, now that we know where, is the when. Well, another meeting with Hannah it is and we talk about when we see the day – it has to be when Euan’s not studying so that leaves summer or January. There’s no way we’re walking up the cobbled streets of Edinburgh in the sleet and snow so a summer wedding it is. June, July or August? Edinburgh in August, that’s an outright no from both of us – we don’t want to be competing with The Fringe (I’d love to see the wedding that could!) so we go for July to give us that little bit of extra time and hope for the better weather.

“So, which date? Well for me personally, it must not be a Friday or Saturday as almost everyone I know is hospitality based and for Euan it has to be the weekend and almost everyone he knows is a nine to fiver. OK, decision made – a Sunday. This is where I find out that there are discounts offered for booking on a Sunday. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m smiling ear to ear on this one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s our special day and it costs what it costs but who can say no to a little saving? At this point Hannah goes through the available dates in July and we just pick one at almost random.

“Date and place down, here’s hoping we can organise everything else with a little more speed, otherwise I’ll be booking bands and whatnot after the day itself! Join me next time to hear all about the sparkles and entertainment. As it was laughter that brought us together and our combined childlike joy in life that kept us there, we’re determined that these will be the prevailing themes throughout the most fabulous day of our lives!”

After meeting at CC Blooms in Edinburgh, Gordon and Euan now run a B&B in Angus together and are preparing to tie the knot in Edinburgh this summer. With drag queens, their beloved American bulldog and a glitter bar for starters, something tells us it’s going to be a very fun celebration!

Photo of Bear by Gordon, other photos via Unsplash

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With just five months to plan their Glasgow wedding, Emily and Thomas were helped by friends and family, who embraced their transatlantic love story.

With eagles, an amazing pink and ivory 1950s Mercury Montclair wedding car (be still our beating hearts!), and a doughnut tower, their day was full of fun Americana touches. Add in Scottish unicorns, Tunnocks teacakes and traditional music, and it was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime day.

How did you two meet?

We met while Thomas was over in the States working on a contract. He didn’t have a car, so I drove him for our first date around Raleigh, North Carolina, showing him my favorite places to grab snacks and drinks before taking him to an arcade. I’d like to say it was gradual, but after our first date ended, we promptly set up a second meeting and were pretty inseparable ever since.

We dated international long distance for about three years, and visited each other for long periods as often as we could. We went to a video game conference in San Francisco (we were both working in the games industry at that time), and went on a long hike through the hills outside the city. At the top, we ate a packed lunch and Thomas proposed. We were married five months later!

What inspired your wedding plans?

To be honest, being able to plan our wedding in less than five months made it difficult to have a lot of personal DIY touches. I was in the US for most of the planning and had to do a lot of it over the phone, or rely on Thomas’ mother and sister to help. They were totally amazing and helped us create an incredible and memorable wedding!

My own mother also filled suitcases with sweet keepsakes for our wedding, including a ceramic American eagle and Scottish unicorn to display at our wedding table.

Our flowers were by Enid Reid – an amazing florist that Thomas actually used to work for when he was 17, who is the mother of one of our groomsmen. She worked with us and made unique bouquets and boutineers using succulents and dark burgundy colours. Glasgow Uni’s chapel is huge but her flowers still made such a statement at the altar! They also transported the flowers from the chapel to our reception – we didn’t have to give it a second thought or lift a finger.

My best friend and bridesmaid, Hollie Leighton hand-designed our wedding invitations. They were teal with a unicorn with a pink mane, draped in a Scottish flag and an American eagle wearing an American flag bandana (and sunglasses, of course!).

We didn’t have cake – we did a tower of donuts! I surprised Thomas with two donuts with custom piping that said “Thomas & Emily” and “Bless the rains”…(down in Africa).

Tell us about your venue…

As Thomas is Scotland born, Glasgow is near and dear to his heart and he always knew he would be married there. Over the years, I have grown to feel the same and couldn’t imagine marrying the man of my dreams anywhere else!

The Glasgow Uni chapel is part of the main campus and is drop dead gorgeous, and since Thomas is an alumni he had the honour to get married there. Non-alums aren’t allowed! The chapel has massive stained glass windows with guest seating on each side in gorgeous old pews.

We chose Cottiers because of the beautiful stained glass, roomy reception hall and the short, walkable distance from Glasgow Uni. The staff was so accommodating in helping us with our plans – I was very unfamiliar with Scottish weddings so the extra care they put into our reception was very much appreciated. We were served an exquisite dinner, then enjoyed a cocktail hour in the upstairs bar while the theatre was broken down into a dancefloor!

We love your dress! Tell us more…

My dress was very soft and covered in lace, and was incredibly easy to dance in! Comfort was more important to me than looking good, but fortunately for me I got both! This was one of the first I tried on, and although I tried a lot more, I ended up comparing them all to my dress! I should’ve known it was the one.

I wore pink strappy stillettos from DSW – gotta love a bargain! Since my dress was traditional, I wanted my shoes to be as ridiculous as possible, and these shoes delivered.

The only jewellery I wore was a small gold charm bracelet my sister Jenn had given me that morning.

My bridesmaids mixed and matched and bought their dresses from wherever they wanted!

And what about Thomas’ outfit?

Thomas wore a Hunter gray Highlander tartan from Henderson Kilts. I was unaware he would pick up and deliver all the kilts to the groomsmen – we don’t do this in the States! Thomas and the groomsmen looked incredibly handsome in their matching tartans.

How did you choose your photographer?

Martin was recommended to us by Beth Chalmer, a fellow photographer who was our guest on the day. Martin had so much energy and was an absolute smash hit… He started working with us very early in the morning and captured so many unforgettable moments throughout the day.

We are in love with the photos; they are so beautifully shot and have an undeniable “Glasgow” feel to them. We really felt that he cared about making our day special and our photos perfect.

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Brought together by a shared love of Scottish country dancing, Sabina and Alan’s friendship developed into something more during a cycling wine tour in New Zealand (sounds like our kind of trip!).

Keen to have a colourful, fun and relaxed wedding, they set out to find a venue that would allow them to DIY as much of the day as possible. A thousand (plus!) paper cranes later and they were all set for an incredible, and inclusive, village hall celebration. Oh, and did we mention that Sabina made her own dress? So much to be inspired by here…

How did you two meet?

We met through the Scottish Country Dance Club at the University of Glasgow, but were just friends. Just as Sabina was graduating and planning a move to Japan, Alan took a job in New Zealand, and along with two other friends the decision was made to all have Christmas together in New Zealand.

A cycling wine tour is largely to blame for kickstarting our relationship, and we spent a year and a half crossing continents before returning to the UK and moving in together. Alan proposed on a trip to Berlin, on a day spent canoeing and surprise picnicking in the sunshine, with a custom ring made by a friend.

What inspired your wedding plans?

We didn’t really have a solid theme, but we wanted the day to be colourful, relaxed and fun. We made our own bunting, table runners and decorations including 1,000 paper cranes (possibly 1400-ish – we may have miscounted!), and decorated the hall ourselves.

We also had outdoor games during our drinks reception, including a hammer and nail game usually found at apres-ski in Austria. We just wanted a relaxed day where we could spend lots of time with each other and the other people we love.

We really liked casual, wildflower style bouquets and didn’t have strong feelings on specific flowers. After talking to Lavender Blue, they suggested that we decide on some colours, and they would be able to go to the flower market and find us the nicest flowers at the best price just before the wedding. This worked really well and they made the bouquet too, while my mum and a friend put together the jars for the table, which we had decorated ourselves with scraps from our (also homemade!) bunting.

For our stationery we had printables with a tandem bicycle from Protea Press, and did the table plan and numbers ourselves. Our friend Ellie baked most of our cakes and Alan baked the fruit cake.

My rings were custom made by a friend – Charlotte Hannet, who sourced Fairtrade sapphires and white gold.

Tell us about your venue…

We were specifically looking for a town or village hall, as we wanted to DIY a lot of the wedding and many big venues require you to take the day as a package. We also wanted enough space for dancing because having a great ceilidh was a priority!

Gartmore was clearly the best choice – spacious, beautiful and we had it from the Friday to the Sunday so we didn’t need to do any set up or take down on our wedding day! Our wedding caterer was Bespoke Catering, who we would absolutely recommend.

We stayed at the Old Manse Gartmore and got ready and did our first look photos there.

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If you love food then you’re in for a treat today. With menus inspired by their couples – from locally-sourced sharing platters to taco stations! – we love seeing the creativity that comes from Bespoke Catering & Events. We caught up with director, Kelly Naylor to find out what she loves most about the world of weddings.

How did you get into wedding catering?

I have worked in hospitality since I left school (more years ago than I would like to admit to publicly). I studied Hospitality Management at university and have been lucky enough to travel the world working in some amazing parts of the world. I met my husband (and now business partner) when I was working in Australia.

When I was planning my own wedding we really struggled to find a caterer who got us. Who didn’t just send us a generic auto-reply to our enquiry and who seemed genuinely interested in getting to know us as people and not just a sale.

We set up the company when I was on maternity leave with my second child and, with a four week old in our arms and a three year old running rings around us, Bespoke was created.

We never anticipated Bespoke growing the way it has, from seven weddings in our first year to over 140 weddings this year. It has been a hugely humbling experience being a part of so many couples’ special day.

What do you love most about your work?

That hug at the end of the wedding night, when your couple gives you a big squeeze and says thank you. Thank you for helping make our day ours. There is no better feeling than knowing you have just helped make a lifetime of memories for a couple.

What has been the highlight so far?

Watching our team win two Vows Awards in November for best caterer of the year and Judges’ Choice for outstanding achievement. We had 30 of our team at the awards and it was so nice seeing how much it meant to them all.

Who/what inspires you?

Our couples – how they met, what their food loves are, their first meal. The crazy and not so crazy ideas they have! This has and always will be the inspiration behind every menu we create.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

We want to continue to be better than we are today, so hopefully in five years’ time Bespoke will be an even better version than it is today. For us it is so important to remain current, to move with the times and make sure we are always relevant as a business.

Tell us something you’d rather nobody knew…

I spent two hours asleep in the hotel lift at the end of our wedding, meaning everyone had to use the stairs as my dress took up all the room in the elevator!

On a day off, we’ll find you where?

Planning my next holiday with the family, I am a complete travel addict and wanderlust at heart.

Love the Bespoke vibe and want to bring it to your day? We hear ya! Head over to their website to tell them all about your wedding plans and food loves, or drop them an email on info@bespoke-catering.com.

This is a sponsored post written by We Fell In Love. We are beyond thrilled to have Bespoke Catering & Events as part of #TeamWFIL. Photos by Daniela Flores Photography

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Anyone else beyond excited about the new (and final!) season of Game of Thrones starting this week? Something tells us Heather and Tony will be! They were married at the Barn at Barra Castle in rural Aberdeenshire in a wild and wintry celebration inspired by their favourite medieval fantasy series. And unlike the Red Wedding in Season Three, this day was full of laughter and smiles. Winter is here…

Love at first sight?

Despite having a substantial amount of mutual friends we actually met by accident on a night out at (now defunct) Korova Bar. The next day we both messaged our friends saying that we liked each other and they facilitated in swapping our numbers. Unfortunately, I was away for a conference then Tony went offshore for a couple weeks immediately after so it was several weeks before we saw each other again. We met up again at (also now defunct) Snafu to see our friends band, The Watchfires, play and I guess the rest is history.

We got engaged in October 2017 on holiday in Cyprus. I’ve been going to Cyprus with my family for over 20 years and it is a very special place to me and my family. Before flying out to Cyprus, unbeknownst to me, Tony had told our families he was planning to propose to me while we were out there. I think everyone except me knew it was happening! He carried the ring around with him for several days before proposing and apparently he was worried about me finding it accidentally which luckily I didn’t!

The day he did propose we’d spent it just chilling out on the beach with family friends and once everyone else had left for the evening and it was just the two of us he got down on one knee in the sand and asked me to marry him. And I said yes, obviously!

What inspired your plans?

Game of Thrones! We wanted to have a bit of a Game of Thrones meets Scotland theme just to add a flourish to the day without being too cheesy or over-the-top. All of our suppliers really embraced the theme and helped us to bring it to life. The entire venue was given a medieval-ish styling and our tables were sorted into Houses which was a bit of fun for our guests to match their seats to the appropriate House sigils. We also hid little lego figures in the moss on the tables and had Jon Snow and Ygritte Lego figures on our cake. We even managed to find the ultimate Game of Thrones/Scotland blend with a Game of Thrones styled Dalwinnie whisky for our quaich!

We also had a lot of lovely and generous gifts from friends and family that made our wedding so personal. Our cake was lovingly made by our bridesmaid, Meriel, and our favours were jars of honey kindly donated by our friend, Craig, who keeps bees. A family friend, Julie, also made a shadow box of photographs and memorabilia of where we got engaged as a wedding present which we put on display for guests to peruse.

We really wanted some beautiful wintery foliage to bring out our theme but to also use flowers that were largely in season. We had loads of lushious greenery with eucalyptus, soft ruscus and ivy, which was brightened up with some romantic deep red roses, ivory spray roses and some thistles. For the table and hall decor we again had generous helpings of moss and ivy with beautiful flowers giving pops of colour.

Trina from Trina’s Art and Flowers provided our boutonnieres, corsages, bouquettes and my all important flower crown. When we met with Trina she was so excited about our Game of Thrones theme – little did we know she was actually providing the flowers for Rose Leslie and Kit Harington’s wedding! Trina made such a beautiful job of all the flowers and we had so many compliments on how beautiful the flowers were, especially my flower crown!

The rest of our flowers and decorations were provided by Suki at Hudsons Flowers. Like Trina, Suki is an absolute superstar and she was so committed to our theme that she even built our thrones for the dinner out of her dining room chairs! We really cannot stress how much work Suki put in to transforming the Barn into a beautiful medieval-style banquet hall. There were so many wonderful details it would be hard to list them all but I think the unmissable decor was the large dragon print Suki managed to source for us to act as a photobooth. Everyone had so much fun dressing up and taking photos with it.

We ordered our wedding stationery from an Etsy store, WeddingFactoryHella. As we were having a Game of Thrones theme to the wedding we were looking for something that would excite our guests and elude to what was in store!

Our beer for the afternoon reception was supplied by local brewery Fierce Beer. It went down an absolute storm!

We really cannot stress how much each supplier really embraced our theme and how wonderful and instrumental they all were to making the wedding what it was!

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A romantic short winter break in Edinburgh proved the perfect opportunity for Mohit to propose to Krutika. After walking up Calton Hill to enjoy the incredible views over the city, he surprised her by dropping to one knee. That moment, along with Krutika’s wonderful reaction, was captured beautifully by The Gibsons. The couple are now excitedly planning their four-day long Hindu wedding.

The minute we saw these amazing photos we just had to know the story behind them. And we are so happy that we get to share it with you today!

We’d love to hear the story behind your proposal! What inspired you to choose Calton Hill?

While researching places to propose in the UK, Calton Hill caught my eye instantly. Neither of us had been to Edinburgh before so it was a perfect short break excuse!

What made the spot perfect for my proposal were the surrounding views, I knew on the day of the proposal even the photos will come out spectacular!

What did you love most about Scotland?

We loved the picturesque views, the city is like a beautiful painting. Especially the view from Calton Hill, we could’ve easily sat there for hours admiring the breathtaking views.

We loved the chaos free atmosphere, walking around and exploring the Edinburgh old city. We found a number of great restaurants and lots of tartan! We also took time out to explore Dean Village and definitely weren’t disappointed, it was so beautiful and tranquil, we just wanted to buy a house there!

The people were also so lovely, one time by the castle a passing Scottish man just offered to take our photo for us, now that’s not something you get in London!

How did your families react when you told them the good news?

Our families were over the moon, my parents knew about the proposal so they were eagerly awaiting a phonecall to hear the good news and once we told everyone they were all so happy for us. Krutika’s family didn’t know about the proposal planning so they were also pleasantly surprised, just like Krutika.

How are your wedding plans coming along so far?

Me and Krutika are right on track with the wedding planning. We just came back from India and have got all our outfits sorted!

We have four days of wedding festivities and the last day will be the main Hindu wedding, so there’s been a lot to organise, but we’ve been good at ticking our wedding to do list so far and just can’t wait for the big day!

What drew you to The Gibsons?

I found a few photographers in Edinburgh, but I really liked Scott and Chantal’s work. I must say I was definitely not disappointed, I’m so happy that I picked Scott and Chantal. When we met them they were so accommodating, kind and friendly. It didn’t feel like we were meeting for the first time.

Most importantly, they captured the main proposal moment so perfectly. They made us feel so comfortable when we went for our shoot afterwards as well and again captured all our moments. We got our pictures very quickly and loved them all, everything from the start to finish went so smoothly.

A huge thank you to them both! My proposal couldn’t have been captured any more beautifully.

So much love for this proposal story – huge congratulations Mohit and Krutika! We love the sound of your four day festivities and hope you have a fantastic wedding. x

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Location – Edinburgh
PhotographerThe Gibsons

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