I adore January for so many reasons, but not least because for the last few months of every year, I start to save my very favourite weddings for publication in January – this being one of them. This is one of those weddings that leaves an indelible mark on me; it gets under my skin and weaves its way through my daytime thoughts like a dream. It is recounted with such clarity, fondness and love by the bride, that I’m left feeling as though I could have been there. That sensation is so real, I can almost feel the cool forest breeze on my skin and laughter from the guests.
Jen, an Account Executive at a creative marketing agency and sometime stylist, married her beau Cal, Creative Events Producer at an events company on Saturday 30th July 2016 at The Dell of Abernethy at Nethy Bridge in the Scottish Highlands. I can relate to Jen on so many levels – her fond memories of visiting Scotland as a child, her love of nature and the outdoors, a penchant for vintage style and her effortlessly bohemian aesthetic – there is something about this wedding that provokes a warm sense of nostalgia for me, and the way that the couple’s chosen photographers, The Kitcheners, have captured the celebration, is quite sublime. There is an image maybe half way through this feature of the couple, from the back, standing by the shore of the Loch they tied the knot at – their bodies perfectly reflected in the still waters. It’s pure magic. And yes, I have total hair envy – you probably will too by the time you’ve gotten to the end of this feature!
“We got married on the shores of Loch Garten in the Scottish Highlands and then went back to the forest in the grounds of The Dell of Abernethy at Nethy Bridge, where we were staying for the week with our friends and family to eat, drink and dance. Scotland has always been a a really special place to me, my family have been visiting Scotland, and in particular, Nethy Bridge, for decades.”
Photography by The Kitcheners
“There were a few factors that really influenced the day and our time away; we very much wanted it to be relaxed, inspired by nature, the forest, our unbelievable surroundings in the Highlands, an intimate celebration of love full of gin and glitter. I’m very much inspired by the 70’s and wanted a luxe, vintage, bohemian feel whilst still retaining a sense fun. As we were spending lots of the budget on things like the marquee and food we made an effort to make and borrow almost everything.
A handmade wedding means you have full control, and even though it might not be super slick, it means it reflects the two of you. The Dell is truly magical, we wanted to create a experience for our friends and family that we could all treasure for years to come.”