Check out Meg & Steven's video montage, by the brilliant RPL Weddings.
I'm excited to write about this gorgeous wedding and was very priviliged to play a very small part in the planning process of Meg and Steven's big day! They were married on 1st June at Loch Lomond Waterfront in Balmaha. "We got engaged on 18th September 2011 then married on 1st June 2013 so took about two years to plan the wedding. We booked the venue straight away and left the rest until a year to go. I loved the details in the last couple of months. Seeing the stationery, choosing the music, making the table plan...seeing all of these come together made it all feel so real!
I'm a details girl so Steven was the driver in the early days confirming the skeleton planning like the venue, photographer, minister etc. Nearer the time, I was much more consumed by the planning as the details came into play. He left all the smaller, fun things to me." Meg & Steven's stationery, including the cool orders of service on lollipop sticks, was designed and printed by #design.
How amazing is the painting Meg comissioned for Steven, it is by Glasgow artist James Klinge.
Meg's vision was to get married outdoors and where better than the bonnie banks! "I had always dreamt of getting married outdoors in front of the water where I could hear the sound of the waves lapping. We considered going abroad but when we looked at our guest list it wasn't feasible so started the search for waterfront weddings in Scotland. We got engaged on the banks of Loch Lomond so it seemed apt to get married on the bonny banks. We loved the "village feel" of Loch Lomond Waterfront where guests stay in the 11 self catering lodges and the ceremony takes place literally outside on the banks of the loch, weather permitting. We were able to get married outside about a metre away from the water lapping up onto the shore. This is one of the only venues in Scotland that you can get married right at the water itself. The beach front bonfire offered by the venue was a big selling point, it seemed like true Scotland capturing the romance of the loch without a function room in site.
We had our close family and wedding party up to the venue the night before the wedding for a BBQ and then they stayed overnight so it felt like a wedding weekend which was lovely! We filled the lodges with baskets of essentials for the wedding weekend: plasters for dancing feet, confetti to help us celebrate, tissues for happy tears, paracetamol for the morning after -that kind of thing. We loved the freedom to add quirky additions like that."
Meg's dress was so unusual with the lace jacket, I love a costume change and this was as good as! "When I first got engaged, I spent an afternoon in one shop with all of my bridesmaids and my mum trying on every style under the sun. I went from Princess Meg to Gypsy Meg to Barbie Meg and back again. I hated them all and worried I wouldn't meet my match. It put me off dress shopping for a few months. On my birthday I went into one shop with my mum, walked towards one that was very different to anything else I'd tried on before and fell in love with it. It was a sweetheart neckline which was fitted below the hip with a bell shaped base, I fell in love with the high neck, sleeveless lace jacket which went over the dress to change the look entirely and was unlike anything I'd ever seen. It was love at first sight!"
The morning of Meg & Stevens wedding was not without drama, down to, of course, the good old Scottish weather!
"I had my heart set on being married outside, by the water. In Scotland this is obviously not guaranteed. We were to make the decision as to whether the wedding would be outside or inside the marquee at 12noon on the day of the wedding to allow time for the chairs to be moved for the 2pm service. I remember waking up on the morning of the wedding, bounding out of bed like Bambi herself and tossing open the curtains to look out of the balcony doors. I was met with a beautifully warm Scottish day without a cloud in the sky. Overwhelmed with joy and happiness that my dream was coming true, I let out a yelp and ran downstairs screaming "the sun is out!!!!
All morning we enjoyed the sunshine and sat on the grass outside between hair and makeup. At 12pm there was no decision to be made. They were the perfect conditions for my dream, outdoor waterfront wedding. Chairs were brought outside and the quartet set up their chairs in the shade. At 1pm, clouds started to roll ominously across the loch towards the banks. The temperature plummeted and drops of rain started to land on the patio slabs outside the lodge. I remember my dad saying "that's not rain..." (The things people say to a bride on the morning of a wedding to prevent a panic make me laugh!) It was certainly rain. It got heavier and soon became torrential.
The rain eased but continued to fall nonetheless. I peered out of the doors to see guests arriving with umbrellas and raincoats and thought it was going to be a disaster. Little did I know that Steven had a decision to make down at the waterfront. His choice was to delay the ceremony by one hour while the whole thing was moved back inside the marquee, or to hedge his bets on a gut feeling our wedding co-ordinator had that the clouds would clear in ten minutes time. It was 1.50pm.
2pm came and we stepped outside of the lodges to prepare for the walk down the hill to the waterfront where our soggy wedding guests awaited. The rain was now very slight although I was only too aware of clouds of moisture bursting on my newly applied makeup. As we walked down, we saw a sea of multicoloured umbrellas sitting on the banks of a gloomy, dark loch. I waited at the corner while my bridesmaids began the walk towards the aisle. It was my turn to walk, as we turned the corner I remember my dad saying "Meg look at the sky. It's clearing!" I was so nervous I couldn't look. The gusts of wind were blowing my underskirt between my ankles making it difficult to put one foot in front of the other. I felt butterflies at the thought of what was about to happen. As I heard the first notes of the quartet playing "My Love is Like a Red Red Rose" which was my late grandparents love song; I felt a rush of heat and light come over me. We were blinded by rays of bright sunshine as the clouds parted in time with us walking down the aisle. As if by magic the umbrellas dropped one by one. I reached the top of the aisle where the minister and Steven were already basking in sunlight. I was about to marry the man of my dreams, outside, by the water, just as I had imagined."
"We had a church of Scotland minister marry us. He was full of fun and jokes which softened the atmosphere. Particularly when Steven started repeating his vows to the minister instead of me. He stopped him in his tracks and told him that although he appreciated the admiration, he was already married and it was Meg he should be declaring his love towards instead of him."
"My favourite part of the wedding was the evening. Although the ceremony was special, there is something beautiful about that feeling when all the formalities are done and you can take a deep breath, relax and enjoy an evening of celebrations ahead with your favourite people in the world and of course your new husband. We had such a fun wedding full of laughter and a relaxed atmosphere that flowed from every section of the day. The evening was kick-started by our first dance followed by an impromptu performance by our friend Drew Wilson who is a Michael Bublé impersonator (aka Drewblé). From there on in, the dance floor was a sea of smiles and colour all night. At the bands (Northern Star) break, the bonfire was lit outside the marquee on the banks of the loch. We all grabbed a roll & sausage and strolled out to watch a nest of flames light up the banks of the loch while my cousin played traditional Scottish songs on the fiddle. To finish off, he dedicated a love song to us while everyone listened intently as the shadows danced along on the water. It was such a magical moment."
Meg's advice for future brides is very simple "Follow your dreams. Sometimes dreams are neither particularly practical nor logical and for that reason other people might try to put you off but things have a funny way of working themselves out. You'll be glad you did."
Many thanks to Meg for telling us the story of such an amazing day, especially the part about the clouds parting just for her! Also big thanks to Roy Wilson, Meg & Steven's photographer.