Charlene and Scott were married last year on 21st December at Cameron House. After getting engaged on 1st December 2013 in the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, they were planning for just over a year. Huge thanks to the lovely Julie from Juliebee for sharing her images of their day. You can catch Julie on her new website, Facebook or Instagram.
"We knew we wanted a winter wedding so we started looking at venues in January. The day we went to see Cameron House, it was grey, windy and rainy and as soon as we stepped into the hotel we felt cosy, comfortable and relaxed and that’s how we wanted our guests to feel on the day. The setting right on the Loch also swung it for us!"
"I enjoyed most of the planning – because we had a year, I never felt particularly stressed. We went with a snowy grey theme so I enjoyed putting all the details together to tie in with this. I made our invitations, centre pieces, order of ceremony and was really pleased with how they turned out. I’m pretty organised so I really enjoyed this time!"
"Scott was very involved – apart from the dress selection, he was involved with all of the decisions. His main task was the music – he created the playlists for the ceremony, drinks receptions and background music for the meal. After a brief panic with iTunes and a visit to the Genius Bar, he did an amazing job! On the morning of the wedding, he was on it ensuring that everything was set up exactly as I wanted it – the wedding planner at the hotel came and told me how organised and efficient he was!"
"Finding my dress was actually remarkably easy. At first I thought I wanted a tea length dress as I’m quite small so we went to a couple of bridal shops in Glasgow City Centre and tried some on. I then had an appointment at Aimee Bridal in Dumbarton and whilst there decided to try on a proper big wedding dress – when I came out of the fitting room and my mum cried, I knew that was THE dress. It was a strapless dress, in at the waist and then a full skirt with some lace detail. I also went for a lace bolero for the top so that I could change the look for the evening reception."
"We decided to go for a Humanist ceremony as neither of us are religious but we wanted something that would reflect both our personalities. With the help of our celebrant, we wrote the whole ceremony and vows and my brother and our good friend did some lovely readings for us. It was very us and I’m glad we decided to go for it."
"We loved the ceremony as it was so personal and standing up at the front saying our vows, we were in our own little bubble. Afterwards we had some time together while Julie did our ‘couple’ shots and that was really nice too. Scott particularly liked the speeches as he could see everyone in the room, smiling and laughing and it was all the people that are special and dear to us. I also loved the point in the dancing where Bahookie worked their magic and went from a traditional Gay Gordon’s into The Prodigy and the reaction from everyone was brilliant. Very hard to pick a favourite part!"
"I loved all the little details. Our favours for the ladies were Christmas decorations with Mr and Mrs Webster and the date on them. My mum and aunty made lovely little grey bags to put them in. The men had fudge and the children had little gingerbread men – I also got them colouring in placemats which kept them busy during the speeches. Our guest book was a message in a bottle – since Scott is in the shipping industry we thought it was kind of keeping with the theme. It was also great fun opening and reading all the lovely messages! I bought an American style mailbox with our initials on it and used this as the card box – now just need to find a spot for it at home. Our centre pieces were all made by us – sprayed Christmas wreathes silver and had silver lanterns with pillar candles inside and some pine cones. I think the Christmas theme helped a lot."
"Walking into the ceremony and seeing Scott and just being so pleased to hold his hand as we hadn’t seen each other since the night before is my clearest memory."
"Remember to take 5 minutes to yourselves during the big day just to take it all in as it does go by in a flash!"
Venue: Cameron House Hotel
Florist: The Flower Shop (formerly Flowers by Sarah Jane)
Bride's dress: Aimee Bridal
Hair & Make-Up: One’s Own Kind
Bridal Hair Piece and Bracelet: Corrine Smith
Female Wedding Favours: Shindigg
Male Wedding Favours: Sixpenny Blue