"I loved every minute of wedding dress shopping and still feel quite sad that it’s over! I quickly realised that I felt best in a subtle fishtail shape, but that didn’t stop me trying on about 40-50 more dresses. Typically, I went back to one of the very first that I just couldn’t get out of my head. It was a lace Ronald Joyce dress with a detailed back and (I know this sounds a bit weird) it almost had a hint of gold to it, which just warmed up my very Scottish complexion! I had been very against any 'bling' but the little embellished belt gave it just the right amount of sparkle and made me feel like a proper bride."
"It was really important to us that our venue had nice grounds so we had the opportunity to spend lots of the day outside if the weather allowed it (luckily, it did!). We also knew we wanted to stay in central Scotland as lots of Martin’s Italian relatives and friends were making the journey over to join us. I’d heard about Roman Camp from a friend who got married there a few years ago so we went to check it out. The grounds are stunning, there’s a photo opportunity around every turn! And the hotel itself is so quirky and atmospheric – there’s something a little bit fairytale-like about the whole place. There are peacocks wandering around and, of course, it also happens to be pink – surely not many people can say they got married in a pink hotel!?"
"Martin had actually never been to a Scottish wedding before so every stage of the process was new to him! He struck the perfect balance of just letting me get on with my vision whilst showing just the right amount of interest! Of course, he did enjoy choosing the menus for our wedding meal, and made sure that he was available on the day we went to taste wedding cakes!"
"Our minister was happy to conduct our ceremony in the hotel, which was really important to us, as we liked the idea of the whole day being in the same place. We met with Rab quite a few times in the run up to the wedding and he really took the time to get to know us, which made it feel a lot more personal. My brother, Lewis, plays guitar, so I walked up the aisle to the riff from one of my favourite songs, Passenger’s 'And I love her.' Up until one hour before the ceremony, we’d hoped to do everything outside, but the forecast of a slight chance of rain and the threat of midgies eventually put us off! It actually worked out really well and, luckily, the rain stayed off and everyone was keen to get outside afterwards for photos and drinks."
"I love being crafty so I really enjoyed the last few months when we were beginning to think about the finer details and how we were going to pull everything together. I loved designing our invites and making the table plan and place cards, as well as little watercolour illustrated timelines of the day, which we left on the seats in our ceremony. My mum was amazing during the planning process: from scouring charity shops for vintage teacups, which we made candles with, to sewing one hundred and twenty little lace bags for the Italian almonds Martin’s mum brought over as our favours. I couldn’t have done it without her!"
"I don’t think I could choose one favourite part! We chose a reading called 'hands' for our ceremony, the most beautiful poem about growing old together and a definite tear-jerker! My bridesmaid, Lynsey, read it just before Martin and I exchanged rings and it was a really special moment that I remember really clearly. I loved the speeches and felt so proud of Martin – he’d been so nervous but his speech was funny and touching and romantic and just perfect. In the evening my dad and brother (who are both really musical) surprised us by taking over the band’s stage and playing a Paul Simon song called 'Father and Daughter.' It was completely unexpected and vey sweet. Yes, there was a lot of happy crying at our wedding!"
"We hired the Bygone Photobooth Company in the evening and they were such good fun! It fitted so perfectly with the vintage feel of our venue and it was a big hit with everyone. We love the photos in our guestbook – all our different groups of friends were jumping in together alongside kiddos and Italian relatives and crazy aunties!"
"One of my clearest memories of the whole day is the moment just after the ceremony when everyone had been ushered outside for our confetti shot. Martin and I had this wee moment of being together, just married, just the two of us. He looked so relaxed (I’d been late and he’d had to wait, getting more and more anxious – sorry Martin!). My favourite photo of the whole day is of the moment just after that, walking out to see everyone – I felt so lucky to have all our family and very best friends in the same place. I never wanted them to go home!"
"DIY as many things as you can – not only will it save money, but makes your day much more personal. Get family and friends involved if they’re willing, and start in plenty of time so it’s fun and doesn’t become too rushed! Try not to stress over the small things – it really doesn’t matter if your hair’s not exactly as you imagined or if the confetti you ordered isn’t the right shade of pink or if there’s a fire escape sign threatening to ruin your ceremony pictures (yes, these were all major concerns to me in the week running up to our wedding!). On the day, you’ll just get caught up in the wedding magic – all that matters is that you’re marrying the person you love and that all your nearest and dearest are there with you when it happens!"
Florist: Pretty Little Flowers
Cakemaker: Liggy's Cake Company
Make Up/Hair: Eye Candy
Stationery: All made by Katie
Photographer: The Gibsons
Videographer: Gryffe Wedding Films
Photobooth: Bygone Photobooth Company
"Our photographers, Chantal and Scott, were definitely our biggest 'I’m so glad we booked them!' spend! They were just fantastic – professional and organised but also so friendly and down-to-earth. Having them at our wedding just felt like hanging out with two extra guests, which definitely made us feel much more comfortable."