tanina + blake | loch awe

Tanina and Blake were married on 6th September at Argyll Chalets, Sonachan House, Loch Awe; the first wedding to be held at this venue! They were planning their wedding for 18 months... "I was pregnant with my youngest child when we got engaged.  We were married three weeks before his first birthday." Huge thanks to the brilliant Rooftop Mosaic for sharing their images of the day. You can catch Gail & David on their website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We were married in a marquee by the Loch.  It was absolutely stunning, we felt very lucky to be getting married at such a beautiful location."

"Blake is from England and when he moved to Scotland to be with me he loved to travel around and see Scotland's beautifully dramatic landscapes.  On one of our trips I took him to one of my families favourite spots, Loch Awe.  He immediately fell in love with it and we visited whenever we could.  It was a no brainer, when we came to plan the wedding, where it would be held.  The owners, Michele and Les, are lovely people and nothing was a problem for them."

"I love planning in general, so the whole experience was right up my street.  Although I did particularly enjoy sourcing suppliers to find the exact items I wanted.  I particularly loved the chair covers which I had made by a company in China."

"We had a Humanist ceremony.  We spent a lot of time with our celebrant, working out all the details.  It was very personal and relaxed."

"My eldest daughter, Estelle, wrote and read a reading about family.  She had everyone in tears... including the celebrant. Blake and I were very touched by the thought and emotion she had put into it.  After the ceremony she was besieged by guests complementing her."

"Blake was happy to let me run wild and get on with things.  The only thing he was particularly worried about was the menu.  Although we had quite formal decorations and flowers, we wanted the food to be comfort food and filling."

I also adored the pewter goblets we had on the tables.  The guests loved them too and they really added a sense of grandeur to the table setting.  We sourced these from 88 events in Glasgow."

"The flowers were stunning.  Little Botanica in Shawlands are beyond talented.  I gave them a rough remit and they took charge of everything else.  I had bought little steampunk charms that they beautifully incorporated into the displays and bouquets.  The guests loved them as they got to take a small reminder home with them."

"I had a baby three months before I had to start looking for a dress.  It was quite stressful and I wasn't feeling particularly confident.  My cousin was looking for a wedding dress around the same time and was lucky enough to find one in Oxfam.  They have a wedding dress shop in Clarkston, Glasgow.  I thought I would have a look too and was equally lucky.  I found a mermaid style, Pronovias dress for £100 and it was gorgeous.  The next week I ended up going to the Eleganza Sposa Sale just to have a look at accessories and ended up falling in love with an Eleni Bridal gown.  It was a vintage styled corset and a huge skirt which had a delicate shimmer through it.  It was reduced from nearly £5,000 to £800!! Being only 5 feet tall, the gown drowned me so I had it restyled to more of a princess length.  Fabricated Bridal alterations in Glasgow, done all the alterations.  So in the end, I wore the Eleni gown during the day and the Pronovias gown in the evening.  In total, including alterations, both gowns cost me £1,600."

"Seeing Blake, waiting for me at the end of the aisle is my clearest memory.  He was already in tears and looked so handsome in his kilt. I'm a lucky girl, Blake is an amazing person."

Blake's parents are from Yorkshire and my father owned a chippy for twenty years so the obvious choice for a main was fish and Chips.  They went down a storm."

"My advice would be... don't take anyone's advice.  We're all so different and when it comes to weddings, one size does not fit all."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue:  Argyll Chalets, Sonachan House, Portsonachan

Band:  We had Capella String Quartet for the ceremony and drinks reception. We hired a PA system for the evening and plugged our iPods in.  We had prepared a playlist in advance.

Florist:  Little Botanica

Stationery: I made my own invitations, I bought everything from Cards and Pockets.  It's an American company so the strong pound made everything so much more affordable. 

Photographer:  Rooftop Mosaic - Gail was so professional and put us both at ease.  We both hate getting our picture taken and she made it so much easier.

Videographer:  My sister Gabriella made our wedding video for us, as well as being my maid of honour.  She is a very talented film maker so I was very lucky to have her.

"All our suppliers were great.  It really pays to do your research. They all made our day so special and I can't thank them enough."