erica + billy | meldrum house

Erica and Billy were married on 12th August at Meldrum House. They were planning their enchanted forest themed (!!) wedding for three years. Massive thanks to Ewa from Ewa Labuda Photography for sharing her images of the day with us. You can catch Ewa on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"Meldrum House is a 13th century baronial mansion set within a beautiful Scottish country estate. The location, surroundings and building itself is absolutely exquisite and provided that 'fairytale setting' for our enchanted forest wedding.  It’s renowned for providing an excellent service for weddings, luxurious accommodation and fine dining.  It has been dubbed the ‘Best Hotel in Scotland’ and picked up ‘Most Hospitable Hotel’ award in Aberdeen.  It also won the AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland in 2014/15.  Couldn’t have had a better venue!"

"I visited four bridal shops before I found my dress! I found it really difficult to decide on one since there’s so many beautiful dresses out there.  I thought I had chosen the one but when I went to try it on one last time, it just didn’t work for me.  I was starting to get really stressed and worried as it was only seven months before the wedding.  The staff in the bridal shop were so helpful and at that point, they suggested I try on one last dress as they thought it would fit with the theme of the wedding.  As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was perfect.  After I bought it, I started to have second thoughts and doubts about the dress.  However, I’ve since found out that most brides have these thoughts until the day of the wedding.  On the day I knew I made the right decision and my dress was stunning!  It’s a Ronald Joyce princess dress, sweetheart neckline with diamante details that gave just the right amount of bling!  It was very light and easy to wear considering it was a proper princess style with a train.  I bought it from Perfect Bridal Aberdeen who I can’t praise highly enough.  I couldn’t find a veil to match so I had one hand made which turned out to be much cheaper than buying from a shop.  It complimented the fairytale princess dress with diamantes along the trim and long enough to float in the breeze."

"We had a Civil service and our registrar was brilliant! It's hard to pick just one part of the day, I loved it all!  The dancing at the reception was brilliant and a great was to celebrate the day!"

"Creating the theme of our enchanted forest wedding was the best part of planning.  It was so much fun exploring all the possibilities and linking everything together from the table decorations to the light up tree and the guest favours which were potion bottles filled with different coloured alcoholic shots.  It really got my creative juices flowing and made it so memorable for our guests!"

"I’m a bit of a control freak so even if Billy had wanted to be more involved; I probably wouldn’t have let him!  I think he was quite glad about this as he’s pretty indecisive.  He picked the kilts and came along to meetings about the decorations and cake and things but it was more for show rather than making any decisions.  He did help to hold me back in some things as it could have gotten really out of hand at points.  If he really didn’t like something, he did make it known!"

"Sobbing down the aisle (highly unusual for me to cry) is my clearest memory of the day.  With the buildup of excitement, happiness and adrenaline, I just couldn’t hold it back!  I had to burst out laughing (along with all our guests) half way down as all you could hear was the clunking of the aisle lanterns being knocked over by me and my princess dress!  Just as well or my makeup would’ve been ruined!"

"Our cake was amazing!  Again, keeping in line with the theme, our cake maker Kirsty totally understood and delivered on what we wanted.  I wanted a cake that looked like tree logs with loads of magical forest details.  We had the idea of having a 'wonky' cake to make it look a bit more fairytale.  She absolutely nailed it with the realistic bark effect, toadstools and shrubbery.  Our guests all said that not only did it taste delicious, it was the most unusual and imaginative cake they’ve seen!"

"Have everything you want and more!  It’s a one-time deal and you should do it your way and have it reflect who you are!  Forget everyone else’s opinions and go for gold!"

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Meldrum House

Band: Mustang

Harpist: Marie Main

Florist: Higher Calling Flowers & Events

Cakemaker: Cakes by Kirsty

Make Up/Hair: Leanne Cathcart, Aberdeen / Hair: Emma Louise’s, Kingswells Aberdeen

Bridal Outfit: Perfect Bridal

Grooms Outfit: McCalls Highlandwear

Stationery: Ann Lamont (friend)

Favours: Alice in Wonderland Glass Bottle Favours from Etsy

Photographer: Ewa Labuda Photography 

Videographer: Richard Baron

"Our suppliers were all amazing!  I wouldn’t feel right mentioning a couple of suppliers for exceptional service because I was truly blessed with every single one of them!  I couldn’t recommend them all highly enough and each one of them gave 100% (and more)."

ashley + craig | west brewery

Ashley and Craig were married on 22nd October at WEST Brewery. Huge thanks to the brilliant John Elphinstone Stirling for sharing his images of the day... you can catch John on his website, Facebook or Instagram and also at our workshop on Sunday 15th October, which just happens to also be at WEST!

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lucy + malte | the culag

Lucy and Malte were married on 27th May at Luss Parish Church and on 28th May they had a celebration at The Culag. Carole-Ann from Harper Scott Photography was there to capture their party, huge thanks to her for sharing these epic bouncy castling, loch swimming, full of love photographs! You can catch Carole-Ann on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

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rachel + neale | the caves

Rachel and Neale were married on 12th November at Lothian Chambers and then had a reception at The Caves. They were planning their wedding for nine months. Huge thanks to the lovely Ingeborg from Glitter and Twigs for sharing her images of the day with us. You can catch Inga on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"The Lothian Chambers registry office has an absolutely amazing panelled room with fabulous windows looking onto St. Giles Cathedral and the Royal Mile. Many of our guests had not been to Edinburgh before or for many years and we felt it was the perfect venue to experience the historic parts of the city. For the wedding breakfast and evening reception The Caves was the perfect choice – it is right in the centre of the Cowgate with fab buildings all around and truly an unusual wedding venue which our guests absolutely loved."

"This is probably a cliché but the dress I bought was the first dress I tried on in the first shop. I really wanted a 50’s inspired, tea length, polka dot dress and my Mum spotted a floor length dress Stephanie Allen dress and persuaded me to try it on. Needless to say, I got the feeling straight away. The bridal shop owner was lovely and suggested that we could definitely shorten the dress and with the extra material, we could make a top for the dress as I didn’t really want a strapless dress."

"I tried other dresses in the shop and elsewhere but I couldn’t get this dress out of my mind so I went back a few days later to purchase. The bridal shop recommended a seamstress for the alterations and they did a fantastic job and I am so happy with the end result."

"I wanted to feel completely comfortable on the day and the length of the dress allowed me to dance the night away."

"I really enjoyed the more creative side of the planning process – I particularly loved making the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets as well as the button holes for the bridal party – all were made with material, buttons and ribbon. I also loved involving our family members in various DIY projects with my Mum making the many many metres of bunting and my Mum-in-Law to be making the delicious tablet for tour favours. I was also looking for a vintage look for the table decorations so asked family members to help us source old jugs for the flowers and china cups for the candles which made the day feeling truly ours. I think we all now miss trawling the charity shops looking for tea sets."

"Neale was involved in all aspects of the planning process -  he was particularly involved in the music for the whole day creating playlists of our favorite songs including a mash-up of songs from both the year we were born and the year we met."

"Walking down the Royal Mile just after the wedding ceremony with our guests walking behind us and random people on the street congratulating us is a great memory. It was amazing having our wedding in the City Centre right in thick of it – we even had a jet fly over whilst getting our group photos taken – obviously all of the guests were impressed that we had managed to arrange such a thing – we didn’t however tell them that the rugby was on at Murrayfield and it was close to kick-off."

"My favourite part of the day was back at the venue at the drinks reception watching our family and friends together having what looked like a fab time and knowing that we had created the wedding that we wanted – chilled, relaxed and a wee bit quirky."

"At The Caves there were two large metal doors which we hung photos of us as a couple and also of our family and friends – it was great reminiscing with our guests about past family holidays and occasions as well as remembering those that are no longer with us but were there in spirit to share in our day."

"I also absolutely adored our wedding cake made by my Auntie Alice. I gave her a very vague brief of a ‘cake with flowers to match our venue flowers’ – I was absolutely amazed how well the flowers matched the flowers even though my Auntie had not seen the final arrangement until the day. The cake was perfection."

"Make sure you plan the wedding that you want and add as many personal touches as you can as it makes all the difference to you and your guests."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Lothian Chambers and The Caves 

Band: The Midnight Specials

Florist: The Stockbridge Flower Company

Cakemaker: Auntie Alice

Make Up/Hair: Lipstick Lashes and Locks 

Bridal Outfit: Stephanie Allen from Lamesley Bridal

Bridesmaids Outfits: Chi Chi London

Grooms Outfit: Ted Baker

Stationery: The Invitation Oven

Photographer: Glitter and Twigs