Good morning lovely blog readers, welcome to Thursday, and being that bit closer to the end of the week – hoorah! Before I dive on into today’s wedding, are you following us on Instagram? I recommend that you do! We’re set to launch some pretty amazing competitions through our Instagram channel soon.  Keep a close eye here.

This morning’s wedding was photographed by two of my absolutely fave Scottish wedding photographers, Chris and Gillian of Christopher Currie Photography.  My adoration for their work is evident here. I adore this talented duo’s vibrant, creative, image-taking style and I love the way they have captured the spirit of this particularly beautiful Scottish celebration.  Chris and Gillian are also co-founders of the Glasgow Wedding Collective, who have an event on 31st January that *all* Scottish brides should attend (listen to me when I say this is a wedding event like no other – creative, quirky, cool, a collection of brilliant artistic people who are capable of transforming your wedding in to the most amazing, memorable event).

Florist Amy of the Lace Buds married money advisor and budding DJ and home brewer Graham on Saturday 16th August last year at Harvest Moon in Tyninghame, East Lothian Scotland.  The couple were set on marrying outdoors, amidst the trees, with the stunning Scottish landscape as their backdrop.

“We wanted to get married amongst the trees, and that’s despite the risky Scottish weather!  I love wood and trees so this inspired some of the other design of our day. We used a wood grain pattern for the invites and record sleeves and Graham wrote the names of different explorers on wood slices as our table names.  We had members of both sides of the family source tiered log slice cake stands, one of which ended up as the perfect way to display Graham’s home brew he had made for the guests to get stuck into!”

Photography Copyright (c) 2015, Christopher Currie Photography

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“I think the natural beauty of the surroundings speak for themselves.  We kept the aisle décor minimal with a hessian walkway and eucalyptus leaves scattered up the side. I got some very inexpensive tea light holders from my local Home Bargains store, emptying the shelves of them each time I was in!”

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“Graham and I designed the stationery ourselves, Graham even developed new handwriting which he has vowed never to use again! We had stamps made for the RSVP’s, record sleeves and beer bottle labels. We used local printing companies Risotto and The Glasgow Press to produce the Save the Dates and invites.

Our wedding favours were individually picked, 7 inch records which Graham and I had gone digging for in Glasgow. It became a bit of a hobby actually, we spent a lot of our weekends looking in charity shops and second hand record stores and then pairing them up with our guests. We had a wee notion that when it came to the dancing, our guests could bring up their records and get them played, but unfortunately during the partying, their was a technical mishap which took out one set of decks so this idea went out the window!”

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“My dress was by Watters Wtoo, a designer I was introduced to by Laura at Ribbons & Lace bridal boutique in KilwinningI had a few ideas in mind for my dress. I had a notion for lace sleeves and something interesting at the back. Laura was fantastic, she happily ordered in dresses for me to try on with absolutely no pressure to purchase. Her little boutique is gorgeous and so relaxed in contrast to the bigger dress shops I visited.  I tried on quite a few dresses and felt they looked nice and very glamorous but I didn’t feel like me in them, I almost felt like I was playing dress up. My dress made me feel elegant and it seemed timeless to me.

Again, I tried on various veils and loved a so many of them and eventually went with the beautiful simplicity of a chapel length, single tier veil by Rainbow Club from Ribbons & Lace bridal boutique.”

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“I had fallen in love with the colour combination of blush nude tones of the bridesmaids and deep burgundy velvet in Graham’s suit so that became a running colour theme for us. Other than that I think we just wanted the two of us to be reflected on the day in lots of little ways – we would come up with ideas randomly throughout the whole planning process and they would usually lead to another set of ideas, it ended up just being a case of trying not to forget about things we wanted to do so I would write them all down in my diary.  I had to carry it with me everywhere!”

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“What can I say about Chris and Gillian of Christopher Currie Photography? They are the Glasgow power couple of weddings! Graham and I basically made them first port of call when we got engaged, even before thinking about venues. They are both so relaxed and ‘know’ weddings – they just get it.  So many of our guests, including the little ones, completely opened up in front of the camera and the photos are just filled to the brim with joy.  I particularly appreciated when they suggested stealing Graham and I for some sunset shots, we got some time to ourselves and the results are stunning!”

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“I had four bridesmaids and as they are all so very different in personality and looks I felt it would be crazy to just stick them all in the same dress. Also with having quite of few of them I wanted to avoid the look of a wall of dark or bright colours. So I opted for soft blush/nude tones and keeping the length of the dresses tea length. I really enjoyed going out individually with my girls to pick their dresses as they are all located in different parts of the UK. Nina couldn’t make it over but I called her up when I spotted a dress in her size with 20% off and we both thought it was meant to be! Nina, Jan and Megan all wore dresses from Monsoon and Steph wore Jenny Packham from Debenhams (another wee bargain in the sale!).

The bridesmaids wore heels from Monsoon and flats from New Look as the day went on!”

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“My bargain Dorothy Perkins princess shoes were in the sale for only £25, my little bit of Disney!”

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“I’m a bit of a make up and hair phobic. I like to do it myself and keep it very minimal and natural however I just didn’t want the stress of doing it myself when I was likely to be nervous as hell already. So having a friend who is a make up artist was a godsend. Heather Birrell and her associate Fiona Reeves were fantastic, knew their stuff and took the time to get the look exactly right. I loved having my make up trial on the run up to the wedding it was almost like a mini hen do!

Finding a hairdresser who would come out to Harvest Moon was a case of trusting the usual high standards of the Glasgow Wedding Collective suppliers. Being based in Glasgow I had to find someone who was based in Edinburgh and Lipsticks, Lashes & Locks fitted the bill. Loretta from Lipstick, Lashes & Locks was first on the scene on the morning of the wedding and coped so well with the lack of electricity power points in the marquee. She was a wee star!”

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“I wore my Granny’s diamond stud earrings and had her engagement ring on my right hand as my something borrowed from my sister and I suppose they were something old too. I didn’t want to go over the top with accessories and it was important for me to wear something of hers on the day as I have on other important events in my life.

My bridesmaid Steph bought me a gorgeous vintage shawl to wear later on when it got colder. She had packaged it in a vintage hatbox and embroidered it with blue stitching as my something blue. I also had a vintage beaded purse (I liked to call it my ladies sporran) for my lipstick etc. although I don’t think I touched up my make up once as I was having too much fun! I made my own garter with some lace and sparkly bits of fabric I picked up from Mandors and Remnant Kings in Glasgow.”

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“To say thank you for being there for me I made my girls silver feather earrings in various styles and necklaces for my flower girls. On the day one of my bridesmaids, Nina, very sweetly asked if I wanted her to take off all her own jewellery but I said absolutely not as that was her style and I didn’t want bridesmaid clones!”

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Being half of the Lace Buds floristry duo, supplying the flowers was easy! Jan and I had many discussions about what we could do, I was keen to have some elements that reflected Graham so we bought the gorgeous dried hop garlands from http://www.essentiallyhops.co.uk Throughout the year I had been noting down flower varieties that I loved, O’Hara roses, bombastic spray roses and lots of different foliage.”

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I wanted the flowers to have a woodland feel and on the Friday morning my dad and I went and gathered some brambles and elderflower berries from near my flat to bring a sort of Brambly Hedge feel to it (a book from my childhood which was another one of my inspirations.) My favourite thing was the hair halos for the flower girls with rosemary and astrantia, they looked like little fairies or woodland nymphs!”

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“Graham and I met in the nightclub the Sub Club in Glasgow, not very romantic I guess but through the smoke on the dance floor I spotted him at the bar and took a shine to his trainers! We got talking and agreed to meet the next day at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow next to the stuffed elephant called Sir Roger (who I’m pretty sure had to be put down for being a little too amorous!) We were both lost souls trying to figure out life and pretty quickly we were attempting to do just that as boyfriend and girlfriend. We got engaged in February 2013 when Graham double bluffed me, taking me to the city of love – Paris, under the rouse of a last minute budget getaway to see Bjork.

While I was busily organising an engraved padlock to attach to the Pont des Arts, Graham was in cahoots with my business partner and fellow jeweller Jan Rooney of Au Boutique designing an engagement ring for me. After a nervous Easy Jet flight over, Graham got down on one knee in front of the Sacre Coeur, over looking the Parisian skyline (he knew better than to drag me up the Eiffel Tower as I really don’t do heights!).”

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“I loved making our wedding bands, we both decided on simple designs, mine a fine double twist in 18ct rose gold and Graham’s a hammered texture in raw finished 18ct white gold.  The rings were from Amy Rose Craig.”

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“As a gift on our wedding day Graham bought me Tom Ford’s Plum Japonais, a scent I was forever loading up on at House of Frasers. It is such a deep and musky scent and now it completely takes me back to that day getting ready in the tree house every time I wear it.”

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“Graham got his jacket and waistcoat from London based tailor Beggars Run and he got his kilt handmade by Houstons in his family tartan, Ancient Craig.

As a gift to my groom I made him a silver twig kilt pin set with rough garnets to match the silver twig cufflinks I had made him as a Christmas present previously. Graham’s Sgian Dubh was from the Sgian Dubh Company. His sporran was from leathersporran.co.uk.

I made our groomsmen a silver feather tie pin each and we hired Duncan and Ahsan’s outfits from McCalls.”

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“Originally Graham and I had booked to get married at a village hall and we were totally panicked when the venue contacted us in September to tell us that they were cancelling their 2014 weddings. As we had already booked a few of our other suppliers we really didn’t want to have to change the date of our wedding at that stage.”

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We took our best man and one of my bridesmaids out on a bit of a venue marathon and were incredibly disappointed to find out that the likelihood of having to change our date was imminent. That was until we got chatting to Petra at Harvest Moon. She took us on a tour of the incredible site consisting of beautiful woodlands, sand dunes and a stunning coastline. At that time the team at Harvest Moon had only ever hired out the luxury safari tents for weddings and we soon found out that the safari tents weren’t available to hire for our date. Then we discovered that they had plans to build more tree houses and that these would be available for us.

I left with a mind buzzing full of ideas – the natural beauty of the place was everything I wanted however Graham wasn’t so convinced, we had after all essentially just seen a site with one tree house and a promise that six more would be completed by our wedding including a site levelled out for a marquee. Eventually I won him round and I think it ended up being just perfect for us.”

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It was an added bonus to have the whole place from the Friday right through until the Monday. A lot of my family had travelled from Northern Ireland and so it became a get away for them as well. It was fantastic for the kids, they could run about in the outdoors, stay in bunk beds, collect freshly laid eggs from the hens and toast marshmallows around the campfire. I think we all left with plans to return in the future for a technology free staycation.”

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“We very much wanted our vows to be personal but not being an excellent wordsmith we kept things simple and honest and basically told our story so far and what we hope for our future together. Part of our ceremony was drinking from the Quaich. Our friend Ryan kindly made us a beautiful wooden Quaich making it extra special.”

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“Graham’s sister Carrie read Robert Burns’ A Red, Red Rose. It is such a well known poem and we chose it for various reasons like my middle name is Rose and Carrie had won the Burn’s Prize when she was younger but it was so poignant as she read the line ‘And I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang dry’. We were so close to the sea and it seemed to make the commitment we were making so real and special. We then had the string trio play the music to the poem at the end of the ceremony.

We also had our Humanist celebrant read It’s You I like by Mr Rogers. Words we felt summed up how important it is to not be distracted by all the fickle things.”

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“My adorable little flower girls both wore dresses from Monsoon My nephews Archie & Thomas wore ‘Scottish Skirts’, as they called them hired from McCalls in Glasgow and my sister sourced the rest of their outfits including their Marvel Converse trainers, I wanted them to be comfortable and not too neat.”

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“We hired the string trio The Dotted Crocthets for our ceremony and drinks reception. They really set a beautiful tone for the day. My favourite moment was when they played Game of Thrones as guests entered the marquee, it was like a wee in joke for all the GOT fans! Later on for the real partying we had Graham’s DJ connections Deadly Rhythm Glasgow playing into the wee small hours and the Groom had to be dragged away from the decks at one point!”  

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“Our friend Mark McGregor not only provided the sound system for us on the day but fulfilled my request for a mirror ball on the dance floor (and despite the wind it stayed up!).”

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“Our catering company was Scoop. Their food is amazing! Their food is phenomenal! We made the decision not to tell our guests the menu so it was a complete surprise, we didn’t want people being put off by the word ‘salad’ or ‘ox cheek’ and it seemed to work. People are still telling us how delicious the food was and it’s the best they’ve ever had at a wedding.

Hats off the Johnny the head chef. Scoop’s team were brilliant in particular, Tereza, who had the whole thing running like clockwork. If food matters to you as it did for Graham and I then don’t hesitate to contact Andy and hire Scoop for your wedding.” 

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Our cake had to be delicious. We had decided not to go for a dessert course, opting for a range of sweet treats (including the cake) and a cheese board for our guests to pick and choose from. We knew the lovely ladies at Three Sisters Bake could make our cake not only look good but taste great too. I had one image of a simple three tiered, rustic cake decorated with butter cream and flaked almonds.

Each tier was a different flavour of which I made sure I had a bit of each! My sister and bridesmaid also made a batch of a Northern Irish party favourites, 15s, Graham’s dad made a Scottish classic tablet and we had a few Tunnock’s teacakes to boot. With having bonfire facilities at Harvest Moon we thought s’mores would go down well, but unfortunately the kids got to the marshmallows before the bonfire even got lit!”

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“Our first dance was Let’s Stay Together by Al Green closely followed by Never Too Much by Luther Vandross to get everyone up and dancing!”

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“My favourite part of the day was actually at the very end – Loch Lomond was played and our guests lifted Graham and I into the air and I’ve never felt so elated before. Afterwards we left to go to our Honeymoon tree house and had one more look at our marquee all lit up, music still playing and people still partying and it really did feel like our own personal music festival that we had curated. It was beautiful. I was so proud and so happy to share the occasion with all our amazing friends and family who gathered together from all over the world to be with us.

Graham has also added that his favourite moment was my dad taking part in the break dancing battle!”

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Words of Wedded Wisdom

“Try to go with the flow. Some of the most memorable parts of our day came from last minute decisions we made and it made things spontaneous rather than contrived. When you are planning your big day so far in advance it is easy to look at other people’s weddings on blogs and Pinterest and think I want exactly that but it is so much nicer to have something unique to you. If you let go of the reins a bit then the magic happens!

In terms of doing things differently, I think I would maybe not have shown as many people a picture of my dress as their reactions made me worry about it when I really didn’t need to. All that mattered was how I felt in it and besides, the dress looks so different when you have it fitted, compared to when you it on with all your accessories and hair and make up done.

Finally, Love My Dress was a big inspiration and with a lot of the feature weddings being in the UK it made it more relevant than the others. I think it has an excellent mixture of articles that have kept me reading it despite my wedding planning being complete!”

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What an absolutely stunning wedding, the whole affair.  I love it when a couple embrace their ultimate vision, despite the risks and potential weather threats – these photographs are quite special.   Not surprising when Christopher Currie Photography was behind the camera.  Huge thanks to Chris and Gillian for sharing these beautiful images and heartfelt love and thanks to Amy and Graham for sharing their inspiring wedding day story.

Do any of you plan on tying the knot amidst the trees?  You can see more similar inspiring content on Love My Dress by clicking on the linked tags at the end of this feature (ie, ‘outdoor weddings’, and ‘Watters

Love Annabel xx

 

Photographer – Christopher Currie Photography
Venue – Harvest Moon in Tyninghame, East Lothian Scotland
Wedding Dress – Watters Wtoo via Ribbons & Lace bridal boutique in Kilwinning
Veil – Rainbow Club via Ribbons & Lace
Bride’s Shoes – Dorothy Perkins
Groom – suit via Beggars Run + kilt via Houstons
Bridesmaids – Monsoon + Jenny Packham from Debenhams + shoes by  Monsoon & New Look
Flowergirls – Monsoon
Page Boys – McCalls in Glasgow
Florist – Lace Buds
Cake – Three Sisters Bake
Entertainment – The Dotted Crotchets
Rings – Amy Rose Craig
Catering – Scoop
Stationery – Risotto + The Glasgow Press + Paperchase + English Stamp
Hair Stylist – Lipsticks, Lashes & Locks
Make-up Artist –  Heather Birrell

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Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

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