a superhero themed wedding at strathpeffer pavillion in the highlands

Catherine and Robin were married on 11th August at St. Annes Episcopal Church in Strathpeffer, the reception was next door in the Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion. Huge thanks to Shelle and Nads from Wild Soul Photography for sharing their images of the day. You can catch them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

"I used to sing in the church choir a long time ago, it is a lovely church and the pavilion was next door, so very convenient and a beautiful building. We also loved that everything was included … catering, the bar, and the wedding planner there is excellent!”

“I LOVED all the planning! I love planning and worked in theatre costume before my children came along, so I planned and made every tiny detail!”

“Robin was involved in choosing the band and music for the service that was really important to both of us, and the food as well.  I honestly did run lots of ideas by him in terms of decor,  but i think he had accepted that i had it under control and let me get on with it!”

“I had intended to make my dress and had the pattern and fabric all ready to go, and then accidentally stumbled upon the most beautiful vintage 1950s dress from eBay! I tried to ignore it and my mum said just get it and maybe you won’t even like it. I loved it, but it was made for someone quite a lot smaller than me, so I did some extensive alterations and all was well in the end, it was perfect; a little off white lace tea length dress with 3/4 length sleeves. I included the ribbon belt from my Mother in laws wedding dress, and the back had a row of colourful vintage buttons from eBay. I got a lovely veil that matched perfectly from Me and My Girl Vintage”

“We had a religious ceremony and our little boys were christened at the same time, we had lots of interesting music. We left the church to a trumpet and accordion duo playing The Imperial March from Star Wars!”

“I think the ceremony was my favourite part of the day. It was so personal, we had loads of kids, including our own there, and we let them roam free and relax, it was such a lovely atmosphere. we had lots of music and my family and friends all got up and sang This Little Light of Mine which was arranged by my uncle. It is my eldest boys favourite hymn and he sang (and danced!) his little heart out.”

“I loved all the details as I made most of them myself or with family in the run up to the wedding. I made one hundred and fifty metres of bunting, I made chutney with apples from our garden for wedding favours, my mum and I sourced all the tea cups and saucers, the records for placemats, the doilies for the tables, my maid of honour and I made the wedding cake and a million cupcakes, the crepe paper curtains, the jam jars of flowers all from our gardens, the lego men button holes… it was endless, but I was so proud to see it all come together. I had it in my mind from the start and it was exactly what we wanted. colourful and fun with a few superheroes thrown in for my husband and little boys.”

“Just before we went into the church, one of my husbands friends gave me a little nod of encouragement , it was such a sweet gesture as I had just realised how nervous I was and it had all been a blur up until then, but it sticks in my mind. the rest of the day just passed so quickly!”

“Start planning early! Really make it your own. we weren’t bothered about what was trendy or fashionable, we just did what suited us and so we were relaxed and enjoyed every minute of the day, Also, i would say involve your family as much as possible. Our wedding was so special thanks to all the family and friends who contributed so much to our day. One more thing; get a great band! We had The Turnarounds, who were amazing, they got my husband and eldest boy up singing on stage and everybody kept telling us how great they were.”

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: St Annes Church, Strathpeffer and reception was Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion

Band: The Turnarounds

Florist: I did the bouquets, my family did all the jam jars of flowers for the tables and a lovely florist, Marion Bonsor did the flowers in the church

Cakemaker: Myself and my wonderful Maid of Honour Katie

Make Up/Hair: I did my own makeup, my maid of honour did  her own and the bridesmaids, and the hairdresser I have had since I was little did everyones hair, Sandra Gardner from Dingwall

Bridal Outfit: Vintage dress from eBay, veil from Me and My Girl Vintage, my shoes were red and sparkly by Red or Dead (via eBay)

Bridesmaids Outfits: Lindy Bop; all different red and blue bright shades and patterns

Grooms Outfit: His own kilt

Transport: We didn’t have cars, I went up with my mum in her car with my little boys, and walked up to the church

Stationery: We made our own invites with little polaroid photos from a  holiday we had

Favours: We made chutney with apples from our garden

Photographer: Wild Soul, the wonderful and most highly recommended Shelle and Nads (I went to school with Shelle and LOVE her photography)

Videographer: Donald Maclaren

“Mary-Dawn the wedding planner at the Pavilion was excellent and so helpful, and Red Poppy Catering provided such lovely food, we had afternoon tea and a hog roast in the evening it was perfect.”

“I just wanted to add that we had little sporrans made for our boys as christening presents, they were made by Jen Cantwell at Sporran Nation in Forres. They were superhero themed!”

“Shelle and Nads at Wild Soul really are fantastic!”