Good morning beautiful! As you read this, I'll be sat getting my hair coiffed (by no other than Monsieur Severin Hubert of course) and makeup applied so that I look the bees knees ready for a rather important business meeting this afternoon – plus (the scary part), I'm getting some photos taken for Love My Dress! I will then be visiting Elizabeth Avey and Ruth Shaw of Harriet Wilde later in the afternoon with my photographer colleague Naomi Kenton (blog post to follow people). Which means that I need to leave you with something beautiful whilst I'm off on my latest London adventures.
And so here we are – please join me in saying hello to Eleanor and Dave, who tied the knot on 13 April 2013 at Errol Park in Perthshire, Scotland. I just love these images for their quirky nature – and any bride who chooses to wear an electric blue cardigan on her wedding day deserves a BIG gold star in my books. These photos were submitted by the always lovely Zoe Barrie.
"Very soon after getting engaged I came across Love my Dress.
I was heavily influenced by all the beautiful weddings featured (and Pinterest) and
still read it now despite no longer having a wedding to plan.
We also didn’t have a particular era in mind when styling our wedding, but I do personally love all things
vintage and quirky. Our initial loose theme was ‘village fete’ and I
have always known I wanted bunting. Everything else just came around as
we went along."
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2013, Photos by Zoe
"Our Photographer recommended Pyrus Flowers
to us. I was looking for a local supplier of some lovely ‘meadow’ style
flowers. Pyrus grow their own local blooms from their flower garden in
East Lothian. They created such beautiful and unusual wild displays for
the table centres, and the bouquets matched the relaxed look so well,
and smelt amazing too!"
"Dave got his Kilt made for him in his family Tartan. He purchased everything he was wearing, including the accessories from Keith Scott Kilts in Dundee."
"My Dress was Audrey by Blue Bridal Wear which I purchased at Ivory Whites in Perth.
I always knew I wanted a dress with sleeves, with a vintage feel.
Originally I was looking for a tea length dress as I love that 1950s
style, but having tried a few on I decided they didn’t really suit me.
When I tried on Audrey I just loved it, the material was amazing and so
luxurious and I loved how simple it was, perfect for adding a bit of
colour and interest with some accessories. It just felt so lovely on and
had that ‘spin’ factor!"
"The Balloons were a slightly last minute
decision, about a week before the wedding I came across a blog post
about Geronimo Balloons, who are a US company who make amazing tassel
balloons, I loved them and decided to make my own version of them, I
think they turned out really well."
"We didn’t really have favours, however everyone got a drumstick
lolly with their name on it as a place setting, I think they may be my
all time favourite sweet! We also gave the bridesmaids a bath bomb from
Lush wrapped up in vintage scarf tied into a bow, I saw this in their
store and thought it was such a lovely idea and you get the bonus of
being able to wear the scarf after too!"
"We had a humanist ceremony, which I think is a great benefit of
getting married in Scotland. We created our own ceremony, chose some
readings that our friends read out and wrote our own vows. It was lovely
being able to produce such a personalised ceremony that was unique to
One of my favourite parts of the day was when my Dad
sang during the ceremony. I grew up with him singing, and it was really
special that we could include that in our day. At any family gathering
the guitars always come out and we have a good old singalong. He sang
“The Road and the Miles to Dundee” a traditional Scottish folk ballad. I
was his dad’s favourite song and also fitted us so well, as Dave and I
met each other at university in Dundee."
"I have always enjoyed crafting and creating. I have a background in
design so wanted to create as much of the décor and styling as I could
myself. With help from my bridesmaids we produced over 100 pinwheels to
use in the table centres and around the venue, I love the whimsical
look they have, my mum also kindly sewed a whole lot of bunting that we
draped around the venue."
"We also created our own Photobooth. I wanted this to have a
vintage feel so I sourced an old photo frame and mounted it onto a
stand, then cut out various moustaches and glasses and attached them to
sticks. This went down so well and it was really very simple to make.
I also made all our invitations, the table Plan and table names.
The tables were named after Chilli varieties as we both love hot food!"
"Right form the word go we wanted somewhere that would let us do our
own thing, not be tied to suppliers and tight timescales. In fact our
first requirements when looking for venues was that we could have a hog
roast, this actually turned out to be surprisingly difficult to find in
the area. We looked at several places around the Dundee/Perth area
(where we live) as well as in the highlands (where I am from) but when
we came across Errol Park
we new straight away we had found our perfect venue. They don’t do many
weddings and we loved the idea of making it our own. The location was
beautiful and the contrast between the grand house and beautiful gardens
where we held the ceremony and the old circular stable block for the
reception really ticked all the boxes.
The courtyard looked lovely lit
up with the bonfires at night, and the old stable complete with feeding
troughs as the bar was quirky and fun, as well as the large clock tower
looking over us all, it was all just perfect!"
"I actually came across our photographer Zoe
on Love My Dress, I was looking for a relaxed, quirky photographer that
could capture the details of our day. I knew straight away when first
chatting to her on the phone that she would be perfect. She is just so
friendly and of course her photos are amazing. The images are just
perfect, she really got the vibe that we were going for and I think this
shows in the photos."
"Our rings were handmade by a close family friend. We loved the idea
of getting them personally made for us to suit exactly what we wanted.
They are both fairly simple but I didn’t want anything too fancy to take
away from my lovely emerald engagement ring. Dave’s ring is made of
rose gold which we felt was a bit more unusual and is just such a lovely
"Our cake was made by Mary-Kate Smith of MaryCakes.com.
We wanted to serve the cake as dessert and loved the look of the
‘naked’ Victoria sponge cakes I had seen during my online research.
MaryCakes is a small local business and I love to support this. The cake
tasted amazing and looked beautiful. We basically left her to do what
she wanted with it, and it turned out beautifully."
"Neither of us are that into our music so we found it quite hard
to come up with a song. We felt like we should have something we called
‘our song’ but really couldn’t think of anything. In the end we went for
The Beatles “I want to hold your hand” I have liked the song for years
and the sentiment is cute without being overly soppy!
The band were Ceilidhdonia, they provided a great mixture of ceilidh dancing and old school covers that went down a storm."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Be yourself! Don’t let other people tell you what is supposed to
be at a wedding just include what makes you happy. Try and relax and
just enjoy the day. I found myself worrying on the day about whether the
guests were enjoying themselves, I think that as we had done everything
ourselves it really felt like I was the host and wanted people to enjoy
themselves! I wish I could have relaxed a bit earlier in the day, but
after chatting to all my friends and family and doing some boogying on
the dance floor I relaxed and had the best time.
I also suggest you source great local suppliers, all ours were
small local business who were happy to help us out anyway they could,
the service felt so personal and not like we were just another customer.
Something that I think is so important is to be sure you get
along with your photographer, you spend a lot of time with them on the
day and you want to be relaxed, carefree and happy in your pictures. Zoe
was so good at putting us at ease and just chatting away, and I think
the photos reflect this. She was also very helpful in the morning when
everyone was rushing about, unsure of what they were to do, she was such
a calming influence. My guests have all commented on how lovely she was
and how they hardly even noticed she was taking photos."
for sharing these wonderfully quirky images, and to regular reader Eleanor and her beau Dave.
I'd really love to hear from any brides due to wear (or who have already worn Blue Bridal – it's a brand I've long wanted to see more of on Love My Dress, for it's devotion to replicating elegant 1950's style wedding dresses.
With much love,
Photographer – Photos by Zoe
Venue – Errol Park in Perthshire, Scotland
Wedding Dress – Blue Bridal Wear via Ivory Whites in Perth.
Brides Veil – Lily Bella
Brides' shoes – Rachel Simpson 'Lola' shoes in blue Suede
Cardigan – French Connection
Groom's Attire – Keith Scott Kilts in Dundee.
Bridesmaids – Monsoon
Flowers – Pyrus Flowers
Cake – MaryCakes.com
Transport – Hornview chauffeur Drive
Entertainment – Ceilidhdonia
Giant Tassled Balloons – Geronimo Balloon
Hair Stylist – Carrie of Beautiful You
Catering Company – Gourlay Catering