Michaela and Scott were married on 27th may at Ravensheugh Log Cabin. This wedding ticks so many boxes; photographed by the lovely Anna Arbuan, enjoy! You can catch Anna on her website, Facebook or Instagram.
"I really want to say we were planning since we got engaged on 15th August 2015 but truthfully I had a wedding board on Pinterest way before then! I obviously started to take it seriously after the proposal but we already had a clear idea of what we wanted which made the process a lot easier! There are so many ideas out there!"
"We had a clear vision from the very beginning and knew that we wanted somewhere secluded and surrounded by woodland. We looked at lots of venues but nothing was like what we imagined. I searched every night for months until I found the Log Cabin and instantly knew it was perfect! When we went to visit we really were speechless, it was everything that we had imagined. Ravensheugh is the perfect blank canvas for those who want to really personalise your day and we loved that. We hired a Tipi from Fjell based in Cumbria who travelled up on the Friday morning and had everything set up by late afternoon, they were fab! The venue had lots of space so we decided to hire little Tipi Hotels from Bell Tent Hire Scotland and set up a cute little camp site where a few of us could stay the night of the wedding and continue the celebrations!"
"I really did enjoy it all! If we had to pick a favourite part of the planning it would probably be the process of writing our story and vows. The Humanist asks a few questions about you so that the ceremony can be personalised. Our few questions turned into a short novel as I got caught up and gave so much info! It was lovely to think back to when we first met, the ups and downs, the proposal and ultimately why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together."
"We were fortunate in that from the very beginning, Scott and I had the same vision for our day, so he trusted me to get on with things. I had a wedding scrap book which I would show Scott on a regular basis and ask for his thoughts on things when I couldn’t make up my mind! Whilst planning our wedding we were also renovating our cottage which meant that Scott was kept busy with renovations and I got to escape from being his apprentice and progress with the wedding plans."
"Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy the process of finding the perfect dress! All the dresses I tried on were lovely but I never got that WOW moment. I become a bit disheartened and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t find the perfect one. I almost gave up hope when I decided to book a last minute appointment at a local shop – The Glass Slipper, Dunfermline. I just popped in myself after work one day and picked out only two dresses to try on. As soon as I lifted the dress up I knew it was the one. I was still really nervous about the reveal of the dress but got so many lovely compliments. Lots of people said the dress was really me which was great to hear."
"We opted for a Humanist ceremony. It was great that we got to share our story with our friends and family and re-live our journey together from when we first met to that day, standing at the alter ready to make our promises to one another. Thinking back the ceremony was quite humorous as some of our memories were shared which contributed to the relaxed and informal atmosphere that we wanted to create."
"Walking down the aisle to Ben Howards 'Only Love' was my favourite part of the day. I said since the day that we got engaged that Ben Howard would play me down the aisle, unfortunately he didn’t respond to my letters (haha) but our good friend John Caldicott did an amazing job! Our ceremony was outside with little white chairs for our guests. Scott and his best men created a drape with fabric between two trees where we stood to say our vows – beautiful! The aisle was longer than normal which gave me the opportunity to take it all in and look around as I walked to meet Scott. It was perfect!"
"The 'Walk our Story' was definitely the favourite 'detail' of the day. It was one of the first pins on the wedding board and pretty much dictated our venue! I knew from the 'Walk our Story' idea that I wanted our guests to arrive and be led through a woodland area where they would literally, 'walk our story'. We made signs showing the way and the path was full of photographs of our favourite memories together. It was really special."
"This sounds so cheesy but if you asked any of our guests I'm sure they would all say the same, the clearest memory has to be how happy everyone was. Everyone there was to celebrate our marriage and it really showed. Of course it was the best day of our lives but it really felt like it was up there with one of the best for our guests too. From start to finish, the atmosphere was magical which is something we will always remember."
"Remember that it's your wedding day! Don’t feel pressured into doing or including certain things because its what's expected of a wedding. Think about what you really want out of your day and focus your plans around achieving that. We wanted our day to be laid back and everyone to enjoy themselves and with that in mind we planned the layout of our day and it worked out perfectly!"
Venue: Log Cabin Ravensheugh
Day Band: Cott & Co
Evening Band: Rouges Gallery
Florist: Canterbury Bells
Cakemaker: Close friend Sarah Quinn
Caterer: The Buffalo Farm
Make Up: Danielle Ritchie MUA
Hair: S.K.A Hairdressing
Bridesmaids Outfits: boohoo.com
Grooms Outfit: Heart & Dagger
Transport: Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Photographer: Anna Urban
Tipi: Fjell Event Tipi Hire
Tipi Hotels: Bell Tent Hire Scotland
"All of our suppliers were amazing! Our driver Kevin from Eccosse Classic Wedding Cars, does stand out, just a little! There was a little hiccup with the arrival of guests which we found out about on route to the venue. Kevin noticed that something was up and pulled over to offer suggestions of a scenic detour or to stop off somewhere. He took us to a local pub that he knew of where he went in to make sure that it wasn’t busy and to let the staff know that a bride and her bridal party would be arriving! He was extremely patient when we ended up being delayed and couldn’t of been more helpful and reassuring. He ended up being with us for a lot longer than anticipated but was not bothered in the slightest – thank you!"