claire + brian | rosslea hall

Remember we featured Claire and Brians engagement shoot a wee while ago? Well, the story is now complete as they got married at Rosslea Hall on 24th May! I'm so happy I have got to see them go from an engaged couple to a married couple through the fabulous photography of Chantal Lachance-Gibson. Thank you Chantal!

"We loved the setting of Rosslea as the venue overlooks the Gareloch and we loved the idea of our guests having drinks outside on the patio but more importantly the staff at the venue were so accommodating."

"I loved all of the planning! I didn't find it stressful at all! I loved the days out I had with my bridesmaids, mum and mother in law as it usually involved a few glasses of prosecco!"

"Brian was really involved in the planning process, I felt that was really important because it was just as much my wedding as his! Brian is a huge music fan and we really wanted to incorporate that into the day."

"I found my dress very easily! I had my heart set on a fish tail but when I tried one on it was gorgeous but it didn't blow me away! I loved the designer Enzoani so i found that Anne Priscilla bridal stocked the dresses and I fell in love. My dress was an A line tulle lace gown with a 6ft train! It was fitted to below the waist, with a pearl and crystal belt and the lace tulle train gave it a very romantic feel. I wore my mums veil from my parents wedding and this really set my dress off!"

"We had a retired minister, Ian Miller, perform the ceremony and it was amazing! He made the ceremony very personal but funny which we loved! He was an absolute legend!"

"The wedding was outside and it had been a grey morning until I arrived at the venue and suddenly the sun came out as I was walking down the aisle! We had our guitarist, Jamie Reilly, playing The Beatles - All You Need is Love as we walked back up the aisle and everyone joined in!"

"We tried to do everything ourselves as I felt that was really important to make the day personal. We adored our table plan as we used vintage vinyl records that our guests could spin and we hand made our favours.  I made candles in jam jars for the ladies and Brian made bottles of hot sauce!"

"The clearest memory of the day for me is getting to the bottom of the aisle and seeing Brian for the first time. Another was watching the bridesmaids car break down on the hard shoulder and watching them desperately trying to flag a lift down!"

Claire's advice to you brides to be is... "Enjoy the planning process and take your time to take in every moment of the day as it goes so fast! Make sure you do everything the two of you want to do, don't let anyone talk you out of your ideas!"

You can catch Chantal through her website, Facebook and Twitter.

styled shoot | sprinkell by hemera visuals

I caught up with Cam from Hemera Visuals recently and he told me all about this amazing shoot he styled at Springkell. I love that he used a real couple as models and the shoot really shows off this amazing venue! I'll let Cam tell you more...

"Springkell is located just a few miles from the iconic Gretna Green, it's an 18th Century Palladian Mansion with exquisite grounds and interiors to match, owned by the wonderful Mr & Mrs Johnson-Ferguson who welcomed us with open arms and gave us their blessing to use the venue for the shoot. The venue itself is an amazing up and coming wedding venue in South West Scotland and any brides still deciding on a venue should definitely check this amazing space out."

"After booking the venue , I moved onto sourcing a couple to be my bride and groom for the day. I was in two minds between booking some models from an agency I know or using a real couple but I felt that it was no contest and I used a local couple as they would never have posed before and would show raw genuine emotion just like the Bride and Groom on the big day. The couple I found were perfect, local couple Danni Green & Tom McMahon."

"Then I went about sourcing a make up artist and hairstylist. After a long search I found Nicola Gardner and Jenny Walker of Hairworks Salon Dumfries. Both were incredible and invaluable on the day, the look both ladies managed to achieve on the day was spectacular and I would highly recommend both to anyone."

"Lastly I went about securing props for the shoot. The beautiful dress was from Freckles Bridal, I would like to say thanks to Alan, Elizabeth and Avril who were all amazing help in sorting us out with the perfect dress and accessories for Danni. The bridal flowers were custom-made for us by Dawn at Blooms Florist; both bouquets were beautiful and really set off the dress and location. We were also lucky to get a fantastic cake from Linda at Sweetheart Cakes, I gave her full creative licence over the cake; my only guidelines were simple yet elegant and she pulled it off spectacularly."

"Finally my good friend Dan Wright of StageTwo Imaging was my assistant on the day, an absolute godsend and also a helpful set of second eyes and a dab hand at putting up light stands!"

"On the day we arrived at the venue nice and early under quite a gloomy sky with the threat of rain forecast. We unpacked what seemed like an entire room full of items for the shoot and began shooting upstairs in the bridal suites and beautiful stairwell and slowly made our way downstairs in the afternoon into the foyer, wedding room and many other beautiful parts of the house. We were also lucky half way through the day the sky cleared up enough for us to get some final shots outside on the beautiful back of the house with its huge staircase and grounds."

I think what Cam has done with the shoot is fabulous, and really shows off what he could do for your own wedding! I asked him more about his style, his advice for brides and grooms and why he thinks Scotland is such an amazing place to get married...

"My style is a mix of a couple of different styles of shooting. Having gone through college and loving shooting fashion & editorial style shoots I feel this definitely comes through in my work. I love posing people but doing it in such a subtle and relaxed way that it really makes the Bride and Groom pop and they will have fun doing it. This also makes my images stand out from the crowd from your typical ‘Stand Up Straight’ style of posing which I find makes people feel more rigid and look a lot less comfortable."

"My main advice for all brides & grooms in regards to their photographs is to just enjoy the process of having their photo taken during the day as these images will stand the test of time, a timeless album you can bring out and show your children and even their children when the time comes."

"I think Scotland has definitely got to be the perfect place to have anyone’s wedding day. We are a country steeped in such deep romance and history. From the iconic Gretna Green to the castles that span the highlands we have something for everyone. I personally don’t think you can get any more romantic and traditional in Scotland than a Hand Tying ceremony. I also think for this reason is why we see a lot of couples come from round the world to have their weddings here."

Big thanks to Cam for sharing his shoot with us here on the blog! You can contact him through his website, Facebook and Twitter.

christina + kenny | camusdarach beach

Christina and Kenny's wedding at Camusdarach beach and Arisaig House was on 21st June. I just LOVE all the little details in this wedding and I'm sure you'll find it very inspiring! Big thanks to Brian and Paula from Crieff Photography for sharing their images of the day!

"Camusdarach beach is one of our favourite beaches in the world, and we’ve camped there lots of times. I also have family from Skye so being close by felt important to me. It’s a very special place to us both and we immediately knew this was where we wanted to get married."

"Having decided to have the ceremony on Camusdarach beach we began to look at local venues to hold our reception, and as soon as we drove into the driveway of Arisaig House we knew it was perfect. It’s such a beautiful and special house, but with a lovely relaxed and informal feel. The food is also fantastic!"

"I loved planning every part of the day, but I especially loved sharing in the planning of all the little details with our parents and best friends. So many people helped us to put the day together, from my dad baking the wedding cake to my sister cross-stitching all the place names. There were lots of lovely days across the year spent with family and friends sharing ideas and putting everything together, from nights in sorting out details over a few glasses of wine with my mum, to picking elderflower in the sunshine with my bridesmaids for the favours. It also gave me and Kenny an excuse to take some more long weekends away in Arisaig, which was great!"

"There were lots of parts of the day that Kenny took the lead in planning, like arranging real ale kegs for guests to pull their own pints and coming up with the idea of a fun quiz on the back of our own personalised beer mats (there’s a bit of a theme emerging!). Kenny was a really big help with all the planning, and ultimately our wedding day really summed us up as a couple."

"I went dress shopping with my mum and sister and found my dress in the first shop we went into! I’d booked a day of appointments and had arranged to start at Bliss Bridal in Edinburgh, who sell once worn and sample dresses, making them much more affordable than many of the other bridal stores. We had the whole shop to ourselves which was ideal and I had plenty time to try on lots of different styles of dresses. I actually loved the very first dress I tried on and almost got that, but as soon as I put on my dress it just made me smile! After going to one more appointment and having a think over lunch, I couldn’t get it out of my mind and so we rushed back to get it before someone else found it! It’s such a special dress and so beautifully made. With the help of the wonderful seamstresses at Gemma Sargent in Edinburgh I had some lilac ribbon added at the waist line, and some lace flowers. I think adding my own details to the dress made it feel even more special, as I know there’s no other dress like it!"

"My favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony. Walking down onto the beach with my dad and bridesmaids and seeing so many of the people I love the most all standing on Camusdarach beach was amazing. Standing next to Kenny in front of all our friends and family, and looking out across the sea to Skye, was everything we could have asked for from our wedding day."

"I love arts and crafts and so putting together all the wee details of the day was so much fun! I made all the invitations myself, as well as lots of paper flowers to decorate the tables, and homemade elderflower cordial for the favours. We had a world map table plan, and table names showing some of our favourite places we have visited. We had a lovely guest book “tree” so that guests could hang their well wishes and messages from brown paper leaves. It was so nice to look at the next day, and it looked really pretty with all the lovely messages hanging together. I think my favourite detail though was my arrangement at the beach marquee, where I put together a table of sun cream, sunglasses, picnic blankets, umbrellas and “pac-a-macs”, with a sign saying “Come rain…or Shine!”. I hoped that providing all these little bits and pieces would be a bit of fun and help everyone to feel comfortable on the day-whatever the weather threw at us!"

"I have lots of lovely clear memories of the day. The ceremony was probably my favourite part of the day, but I also had a lovely morning getting ready with the girls, the meal was fantastic, and the ceilidh so much fun! I think my other clear memory of the day is of the speeches, which were brilliant. I was very proud of all of them for doing such a great job!"

"I think my advice to future brides would be not to get too caught up in everything being “perfect”. With so many people all in one place, and with so much going on in one day, there are bound to be moments that don’t go exactly to plan. But at the end of the day you will be surrounded by the people who love you most, who will all want to help make sure you have an amazing day!"

"I think it’s also important to keep in your mind throughout the planning what is most important to you both as a couple. I think it can be easy to get caught up in the planning and end up with things that you didn’t want in the first place! I think it really helped us to hold in our minds throughout the planning that we wanted the day to fit with us as a couple, to be a relaxed day with friends enjoying good food, a few drinks, and some good music! We knew from the start where we were happy to spend more of our budget, and where we felt happy to add a 'homemade' feel! There are so many beautiful weddings and ideas, but I think knowing what is right for your day really helps to create a special and individualised day."

"We love all of our photographs. Brian and Paula captured a narrative of the day, allowing us to put together a story of your wedding day using such beautiful images. Saying that, I do love the photo of Kenny helping me put my sandals back on at the beach! But Kenny’s favourite is probably the one of all the boys in their kilts walking down the driveway at Arisaig House. There really are too many to choose a favourite!"

You can catch Brian and Paula from Crieff Photography on their website, Facebook or Twitter.

styled shoot | the national piping centre

Last month we were invited along to The National Piping Centre to take part in a styled shoot organised by their fab wedding co-ordinator Caitlin! My friend Suzanne of Suzanne Esper Cakes provided the amazing cake you see in the shoot and the brilliant Emma Leigh did Caitlin's hair and make up which I am sure you will agree is gorgeous! Caitlin wears a beautiful dress by Dragonfly Dress Design and shoes by Simply So Special. Flowers are by Lavender Blue and decor by Make Believe Events!

Big thanks to Julie from Juliebee and Dougie from Leading Lines for providing their images of the day!

Photography by Juliebee.

The National Piping Centre have a wealth of experience in running weddings and events and are sure to make your day spectacular. With every booking they guarantee you the help and support that you need to turn your dreams into a reality. They are more than happy for you, along with their expert guidance, to design your own unique and perfect wedding.

The venue has a dedicated Wedding & Events Coordinator, Caitlin, who will arrange everything from regular meetings with the upcoming bride and grooms, support and advice for the couple to getting brides down the aisle, fitting the grooms party with button holes and keeping flowergirls/page boys calm and content!

Photography by Juliebee.

Caitlin tells us "The management team at The National Piping Centre ran a styled shoot last year where we focused on the décor of The National Piping Centre weddings. Therefore we decided to run another styled shoot with a models this time to gain new images which we can use in our new wedding brochure and social media to show brides & grooms where they can have their images taken on their special day at The National Piping Centre."

Photography by Juliebee.

Caitlin also modelled for the styled shoot, putting herself in the brides shoes for once! "It was very interesting to see how the bride and groom must feel during their special day getting photographed 24/7. I enjoyed the planning process, bringing different suppliers together for the first time to create something beneficial for everyone involved. I thought the venue looked fantastic on the day, I was very proud of the final outcome on the day and even more now seeing the finished images."

Photography by Leading Lines.

The National Piping Centre is perfect for a Scottish wedding due to it being the home of the Scottish traditional instrument, the bagpipes. A traditional homely venue full of character and Scottish hospitality. Situated in Glasgow city centre it’s a perfect location for all wedding party and guests to travel and not forgetting yummy Scottish food.

Photography by Leading Lines.

You can catch Julie on her website, Facebook or Twitter and Dougie on his website,Facebook or Twitter.