a classic fun filled wedding day in the highlands with a temperley dress

Fiona and Derek were married on 8th June in Lochaline Church in Morvern and stayed at Ardtornish Estate. They were planning for about a year after getting engaged on a beach on Westray, Orkney. Huge thanks to Doug from Northern Aye Photography for sharing his images of this gorgeous day. You can find Doug on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

“Morvern is where my family have lived for a long time and we have been going to the church since we were kids. The church so beautiful and looks over the sound of Mull. Ardtornish Estate is a beautiful place to get ready and stay with your friends.”

"We are really lucky to have really creative friends and family that helped make our day personal and bring their creativity to it.”

“There was one hundred and ten people at our wedding and we took over the whole of Ardtornish Estate accommodation which created a fantastic location and experience to stay and get ready at on the big day. The dancing and food was in the village hall at night. The hall was a blank canvas and we decorated and brought in crockery to transform it for the wedding.”

"The wedding was themed around our backgrounds and love of the environment. Derek is from Orkney and my family live in Morvern where the wedding was based on the west coast of Scotland. Both our jobs involve the environment and wildlife and our love of wildlife was represented throughout the wedding.  We also had a theme of puffins and bunting as we got engaged in Westray on Orkney and had seen so many puffins up close that day. I hand drew the puffins on the order of service and they appeared on the gin bar and at the top table. There was bunting on our stationery and handmade bunting up in the hall.”

“There was other wildlife throughout the wedding with Toads Gin Bar, and in small details like bumble bees and butterflies on the bunting, handmade wooden mice as kids favours and the wedding car was covered in animal stencils.”

“My friend Katie is a florist based in Glasgow and we went to the flower market a couple of mornings before work to pick out flowers.”

“The food and drink came from Orkney and Argyll and we had different Scottish gins on toads gin bar. Argyll Hog Roast served the food and the cheese gins and beers all came from Mull and Orkney.”

“We had a ceilidh band called Tartan Paint and our first dance was an Orcadian grand march which got everyone up on the floor which was never empty all night.”

“We finished the night with an Orkney cog - a warm concoction of spirits!  The cog was handmade by the groom’s father and the cog cocktail was prepared by the Orkney friends.”

“We both worked together sharing ideas and pictures of what we would like the day to be and I think it represented both our backgrounds and love for the environment.”

“I have always loved Alice Temperley dresses and knew I wanted to wear one on my wedding day. Rachel Scott Boutique in Edinburgh helped me source a few dresses to try and on and I fell in love with all of them - they are so beautiful and comfortable to wear. The dress I chose was perfect and looked amazing and I loved dancing in it. Rachel and her team were fantastic and made everything special and easy.”

“My favourite part of the day was the dancing with everyone dancing every single dance and seeing everyone get on and mix so well with each other. I also loved the time we had together on my favourite beach this meant a lot and gave us a chance to take time out of the wedding and spend some time together.”

“We wrote our own poem about our family and happy memories which my friend Jimmy read out in church.”

“The flowers and Toads Gin Bar were my favourite detail. My background is landscape architecture, so I knew I wanted loads of amazing flowers. Katie brought the outdoors inside and filled the hall and church with beautiful flowers. We also collected gin bottles for the flowers to go in on the tables our friends and family supported us with this by drinking all the gin. This linked in with Toads Gin Bar in the corner of the hall which Dereks best man made for us. We had gin from Orkney and guests brought gin from where they were from.”

“I loved every minute. But probably walking down the aisle and seeing so many people we love in the church and smiling.”

“Be creative and include your friends and family in the planning if they want to as it makes them part of the big day and feel special too.”


Venue: Localine Church and Ardtornish Estate

Band: Tartan Paint

Catering: Argyll Hog Roasts

Florist: Katie Mcinnes

Make Up/Hair: Catrionas Hair and Beauty Salon

Bridal Outfit: Alice Temperley from Rachel Scott Couture

Bridesmaids Outfits: Monsoon 

Transport: Our car decorated with stencils from Hippy Motors

Favours: Orkney Fudge 

Photographer: Northern Aye Photography

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