Rachel and David's wedding at Glenbervie House Hotel is completely timeless, they got engaged on Christmas day 2011 and started their planning around February 2012. With images from the fantastic Gavin Butler Photography, and brilliant input from Rachel, I hope you enjoy this Scottish wedding! "We found our venue fairly easily, we went to see a few before Glenbervie, but once we had been there nothing we looked at compared. We were really keen to have a venue that we knew was ours for the day, and that the only people around were our friends and family, Glenbervie House offered exactly this, and of course we thought it was beautiful. Another plus point was The Coach House, a separate luxury house that we hired out the night before, it was great having both families together to relax and enjoy the excitement of the night before the wedding… we even managed to keep David and I apart until the ceremony!"
Rachel loved all the wedding planning and used lots of resources, "I loved reading wedding magazines and forums, I became a bit obsessed looking for ideas, but pretty much had a set idea and vision of how I wanted our wedding to look from the moment David proposed! I really loved planning all my little DIY bits and bobs for the day and getting my bridesmaids Lynne and Nicola involved, which created quite a few crafting disasters. It’s quite hard to pin point a favourite part of the planning process because I pretty much loved it all, I am sure people around me couldn’t believe how much I could talk about the wedding, I just loved it."
"David wasn’t too involved in the process, he was really keen to find the perfect venue, so was really involved in that, and we both looked for the band together, he did help a little with the favours, but other than that he took a backseat. He was happy to let me get on with it and pick what I wanted, which I suppose just showed how much he trusts me. I always had David in mind with my decisions, and wanted our day to reflect both of us."
"It took quite a while for me to find my dress, I didn’t have set style in mind, I knew what styles I didn’t like and I knew what I wouldn’t suit, but other than that I went to the bridal shops with an open mind. After trying quite a few different shops I found Ederra Bridal in Blantyre, it’s owned by possibly the two nicest sisters ever, they made me feel so at ease and I fell in love with my beautiful True Bride gown, it was satin with lots of lace detail on it, gorgeous little lace cap sleeves and a cute wee bow at the back."
"We had a civil ceremony, and had two readings during, read by my aunt Jackie and David’s dad David. It meant that we could put a little stamp on the ceremony, along with the generic vows. We really loved our ceremony and all our guests have commented on how nice it was."
"I loved the ceremony, walking up the aisle with my dad and seeing David is something I will never forget, my legs were like absolute jelly but I soon calmed down and would like to think I hid it well! I really loved all of the speeches and was so proud of my Dad, David and Alistair, they were all fab. And although we might not be contenders for the next Strictly Come Dancing I really enjoyed our first dance to a cover of Set You Free by Frightened Rabbit, it was one point in a very busy day that David and I could just have some time together…even if we were surrounded by all our guests."
"I loved all the little details and DIY bits that I did for the wedding, it sometimes felt that it was never ending but was all worth it in the end. I really liked how our birdcage table plan turned out, and the vintage suitcase which I lined with pages from old books and filled with luggage tags and little keys, along with wedding photos of our grandparents to create ‘Our key to success’ guestbook. I also loved our table centre pieces, my mum and I spent months searching for vintage teapots and books and they looked amazing on the tables with our gorgeous flowers, and fantastic New York street sign table names. And I can’t forget our beautiful cake made by my gran,it made cutting the cake that little bit more special." Rachel & David's stunning flowers were by Irene's Florist.
"I remember all of the day fairly well, but I think something that stands out is taking five minutes with David to go up to our room and just chat, from the moment we made our vows until then we hadn’t really spent any time together just the two of us, to sit and take in the day, and I was really glad we did this."
Gavin told me about his favourite image from the day, (Rachel & David - above), "Rachel was relaxed from the start, every shot I took, she made it look like no bother. For David… now, I've done the whole wedding day as a Groom thing, and I don't think anyone really expects you to fully relax, especially when someone is pointing a camera at you asking you to relax. But, when the ceremony was done, the speeches were done and the sun was going down behind the trees at Glenbervie, David became a different person. I simply asked him to walk over and stand beside Rachel, not a whole lot of direction - but he did what he did, and it became my favourite shot of the day in one take." I hate getting my photo taken myself, it really does make a difference when you feel relaxed in front of the camera, as you can see from Gavin's stunning show of the couple with the sun going down behind them! We love some lens flare action here at Braw Brides!
I totally agree with Rachel's great advice, especially about dress shopping! "Put your own stamp on things, although it was a lot of work and times I felt like screaming in the end all our little DIY bits made our day special and unique to us. Also don’t be put off when dress searching if you don’t get ‘the one’ feeling, I never… I absolutely loved my dress, and when I look at my photos I know I made the right choice, I think a lot of pressure is put on brides getting the feeling that no other dress would do."
"And finally enjoy every second of it, it goes by so quickly and it really will be the best day of your life."