Regular readers of this beautiful wedding blog will know how much of a fan we here at headquarters are of the incredible array of wedding shoes worn by our featured brides. Did you see this utterly fabulous colourful pair of wedges worn by bride Michelle that we featured recently? Today’s wedding also stars a pair of unique and quirky heels that I’ve completely fallen in love with. Christina, a professional dance artist, married Peter, a development assistant, on 6th June 2015 at Solsgirth House in Dollar, Scotland, a spectacular baronial country house set amongst woodlands and beautiful gardens.
Christina explains that her love of delicate things and the couple’s desire for a relaxed event was the inspiration behind their wedding day.
“I’ve always been drawn to delicate, vintage, pretty things with a shabby-chic feel. We very much desired that the day would have a very relaxed and personal touch to it.”
Photography by Chantal Lachance-Gibson
Narcissus Flowers created the stunning florals and the exact look that the couple was after.
“For our flowers, we wanted a delicate, wild garden feel, as if the flowers had just been picked from the garden. It was so lovely to have the surprise of being handed my bouquet on the day and seeing the place decorated so beautifully!”
“The bridesmaids all wore shoes and accessories of their choice. As the dress they wore were the same, I thought it would be nice for them to show their individuality.”
“I went looking for shoes and bridal jewellery for a while and again, knew that I wanted my shoes to be a bit quirky. I love the fact that they incorporated my ‘something blue.'”
Christina added a pretty veil from Apple Blossom Time, fresh flowers in her hair to compliment the delicate look, and an old favourite scent.
“I wore ‘Bright Crystal’ by Versace – it’s a perfume I’ve been wearing for years that I love.”
“One of my desires was to go for a look that was alternative to the traditional bridal dress. When I saw my dress, I fell in love with the delicacy and intricate detail.”
“I came across some beautiful earrings in a shop and found out that the designer, bY Mi, lived in Edinburgh. So we met together and designed some bespoke bridal accessories. I was delighted with how everything came together – things that you may not usually have been matched, but worked so beautifully!”
Now, it’s not a proper Scottish wedding unless there are kilts and sporrans! Peter and his groomsmen looked fantastic in their authentic attire from The Kilt Store and his brother gave him a lovely surprise.
“We were absolutely over the moon that Pete’s brother Gavin and his wife Lo were able to make it over from America. It was such a lovely unexpected surprise and meant the world to us to have them there.”
Christina’s father, affectionately known as ‘PB’ or ‘Pawbear’, walked his gorgeous daughter down the aisle, to a beautiful tune composed by her cousin. The Christian couple’s ceremony included three readings and the bride’s favourite moment was experienced as she undertook her aisle walk towards Pete.
“I have always loved acoustic music, growing up I always listened to my cousin play his guitar when he came to visit. It was incredibly sentimental and meant the absolute world to me, that he had taken the time to compose a piece for me walking down the aisle to.”
“Pete and I met out of the blue one evening, when we were both out in Edinburgh. To my surprise, we already had a number of common connections through family and a close friend. Pete made the proposal incredibly personal to us. It was all the little things that he organised that made it so special.”
“Our readings completely represented all that we desire to build our marriage upon and to live out a life together, that is a blessing and honouring to God. One of these readings is below…”
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all in all. (Ephesians 4:1-5)
“I will never ever forget the experience of walking towards Pete during the ceremony. I don’t think words could ever fully describe how amazing and breathtaking that moment was for me.”
The elegant house was stunning as is in terms of decor, with gold-framed hung portraits, and a brilliant tree-covered feature wall. All that was needed were the wildflower arrangements in glass jars, candles, a scattering of rose petals, and simple white chair covers tied with floral bunches. The delicate look Christina was aiming for, done to perfection.
“Our cake was made by a very close friend of my mum, Margaret Haye. I came across the look we went for on Pinterest and just loved the rustic feel it had, with the gold leaf as an added touch. We had a lovely day of afternoon tea and cake tasting, prior to the wedding – her cakes taste incredible!”
The couple was incredibly happy with their photographs, expertly taken by Chantal and Scott from Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography.
“The way that Chantal and Scott captured the really precious and often unseen moments is beyond stunning! They both made every detail of the day so light hearted, fun and sentimental. They played such a beautiful part in our journey leading up towards the wedding, to the point where we saw them as close friends, rather than on a client basis – that is what makes their work so unique, personal and special. We were over the moon with the photographs – we continually look back at them and completely re-live how special the day was. We couldn’t speak more highly of the wonderful people they are!”
Teannaich, a ceilidh band, entertained the crowds and had everyone up dancing into the night. And the beautiful bride, being a professional dancer, added her own ballet piece; what a sweet and very personal touch.
“Teannaich is our favourite ceilidh band ever! They have an alternative rock vibe to their ceilidhs. It took us a while to find the song that would be our first dance song, but shortly after hearing ‘And I Love Her’ by Passenger, we both just knew it was the right one for us.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Planning a wedding will probably be the biggest thing you will ever organise, but do remember to love and cherish those times of preparation, not only for the day itself, but for your life together, as you prepare your hearts to walk forward as husband and wife.”
I’ve loved sharing Christina and Peter’s relaxed day with you, lovely readers. And I’d like to send a huge thank you to Chantal and Scott from Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography for sharing these delightful images of the very happy couple.
If you’re looking for a beautiful, intricate dress just like Christina’s, be sure to see here for more Eliza Jane Howell glamorous gowns; it will be hard to choose, as her designs are simply stunning!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend full of fun, laughs and adventures.
Love Jo -x-
Photographer – Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography
Venue + Catering – Solsgirth House
Dress – Eliza Jane Howell via Apple Blossom Time
Veil – via Apple Blossom Time
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Hair Accessory – Fresh flowers
Perfume – ‘Bright Crystal’ by Versace
Jewellery – bY Mi
Bridesmaid Dresses – Monsoon
Bridesmaid Shoes – Own shoes
Groom – The Kilt Store
Flowers – Narcissus Flowers
Rings – Fraser Hart + Macintyres of Edinburgh
Cake – Handmade by close friend of the bride’s mum
Entertainment – Ceilidh band Teannaich
Hair and Make-up – Just Hair + Ruth Donaldson