A Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding…

6a0120a65f64b9970c014e5fb72c57970c 580wi

Hi All, time to share the first wedding of the week with you, and such a beautiful one it is too.

Taking place at Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, in Scotland, these photographs celebrate the wedding day of Lauren and Colin, a couple whose home is in Australia, and who tied the knot on 29 December last year.

I fell in love with these photographs, submitted by Edinburgh Wedding Photographers Blue Sky Photography, for the quirky ‘travel’ styling and of course, because of Lauren’s utterly beautiful vintage headpiece…

“Twice a year, Brisbane plays host to a Vintage Fashion Fair.   I always knew I wanted a headpiece for my wedding and that I wanted something quite different from a traditional veil.  My friend and I came across my beautiful dusty pink/mauve/netting creation which was absolutely ideal.  The lady who sold it to me said she’d sourced it in Chicago. 

The original piece is from ‘CAIN-SLOAN Co. Nashville’ and I believe they had a millinery department.  The department store was built in 1903, and no longer resumes this name.  As soon as I tried this on – it set the theme for me.  Vintage Travel.  Then I had a dress to find!”

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Bly Sky Photography


JAM_041 JAM_046



The couple chose Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, in Scotland as their wedding venue…

“We decided upon Dalhousie Castle as it was very quaint, old fashioned, beautiful, and spoke for its self in theme…..”


Lauren’s beautiful lace, vintage inspired dress was by Australian Wedding dress designer, Elizabeth De Vargo, of Brisbane….

“I was looking for my dress and had a clear idea of what I didn’t want.  I think this was the third dress I tried on, and with my mum across on holiday, and her reaction – I knew it was the one for me.  Very classic, with a vintage edge – fitted in perfectly.

The beading is lace and pearls with little cap sleeves; buttons all down the back and heavy silk (latte colour) in our bottom part.”

JAM_008 JAM_009 

“My shoes (or boots rather) were from an Australian shoe shop called ‘Wittner’. Perfect in colour, height and style for a Scottish Winter wedding!”


Harpers of Melrose provided gorgeous vintage style roses…





JAM_035 JAM_027

JAM_034 JAM_038

Lauren’s Bridesmaids worea navy one-shouldered long sleeved dress with a pretty sweetheart neckline, by Australian designer Matthew Eagar

JAM_029 JAM_025




“Colin and I have known each other since we were 11 years old.  He is my brothers best friend (my brother was the best man).  We were friends before we were partners.  We got together when I was 23 and we moved to live in Oz 6 months later.  We have a real support for each other and I can say I am with my perfect partner.  He is my best friend. (cheesy but true).  You need a partner you takes you on as you!

I wanted to have a vintage theme and relate strongly to the distance/travel between Australia and Scotland, so we did our save the dates as vintage style postcard. With an old school picture of Dalhousie on the front.  I used stamps from our original passports as design features on the postcard.  The introduction of colour was there from the start and this was based on the headpiece (not the bridesmaid colours) and this carried through the whole event.  We had dandelions which had the effect of making a wish and blowing on them… which then lead nicely into the dandelion… becoming a little paper aeroplane…..” 


“Our passport Invite went down very well.  I’m lucky to work in an industry where we have the skill set to try new things and rely upon beautiful stock and clever printers.  My dear friend Wendy and I worked on the concept for the invites together. I conceptualised my concertina passport and wrote ‘the story thus far’ which was a little bit of background into our relationship.  On the back of the passport, was our ‘travels near and far’, a map of where we’d been…”

To accompany the passports were the boarding passes – the tickets as such. With a perforated edge for the RSVP.  We had 2 kinds made, one for the day, and one for the night guests.  The ‘schedule’ as such, was broken down into; check in, through to the gates, in-flight meal, in-flight entertainments and a time placed beside.  We made use of the paper plane through this piece.  These went into brown envelopes which tied in nicely, with an address label.…”


For the actual day, to give people the impression that they were boarding a flight – we had the following things made up:

* Signage (for the check in, departure lounge, in flight meal, in flight entertainment, take off, landing)
* Flight Itinerary (Order of service)
* Place cards (name places which turned into the message tree notes)
* Message Tree
* Photo booth (just married signage with vintage trunks, stamp collections and maps of the world – sort of a Columbus feel!)
* In flight entertainment (pub quiz)
* In-flight drink tokens (favours)

To finish off – I have just made up thank you notes as a TELEGRAM (inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s book)…”



JAM_064 JAM_063


JAM_092 JAM_105









JAM_168 JAM_174









As wedding favours, the couple created ‘In-flight drink tokens’.

“These were business card size, with a map and twine as the decorative – with an instruction to ‘present’ to the bar to offer the guests free refreshments…”



JAM_223 JAM_220


Words of Wedded Wisdom…

“Elope! Ha ha – just kidding!

I’d say, make sure you decide on a theme and/or colour scheme for your day, so you can continually answer your brief.  It’s a lot of fun creating a day, but it takes planning, so definitely have a check list.

Make sure the day is about you (as a couple) and not anyone else – that’s why people are there – for you – not for the most expensive thing on the men…

Have fun organising and try and have all the little touches done a week prior – so you can let your hair down and relax.  Have a night out with your man/woman pre wedding and get all dressed up as singles!”

I love the vintage suitcases below, they make such beautiful and stylish props at any vintage inspired wedding…

JAM_233 JAM_234

♥   ♥   ♥

Brides dress – Blue Sky Photography
Brides headpiece – original vintage {Austrlia}
Brides boots – Wittner
Groom – Black Spirit Kilt with Gold Cravat + sapphire cufflinks to match Brides engagement ring
Bridesmaids – Matthew Eagar {Australia}
Venue – Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, in Scotland
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Flowers – Harpers of Melrose
Hair & Makeup Artist – Robyn & Anne, from Soul

♥   ♥   ♥

Such a fun and stylish wedding day – Lauren, you look truly beautiful.

Many thanks to Blue Sky Photography for submitting this beautiful wedding.  Lauren says of her wedding photographers…

“These guys deserve all the accolades and awards they win. Unbelievably lovely people with great talent.”

Do you have any particular style, or theme in mind for your wedding?

Much love,

Annabel xXx


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

16 thoughts on “A Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding…

  1. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! I love this – think it’s one of my favourite on Love My Dress :0D Congratulations to the happy couple! x

  2. Gorgeous wedding. I love all the little touches. 🙂
    We have a very loose theme of “The Best of Scotland” for our wedding. We started out without a theme, but it sort of grew as we have been hand-picking local suppliers who are proudly Scottish and truly fantastic.

  3. Such an elegant wedding, I adore the travel theme and all the little touches are simply beautiful.
    The brides dress and headpiece are STUNNING. She manages to look very unique but classic at the same time.
    I love vintage cases too. So far I’ve only bought one to feature at our wedding but I’m temted to work towards acquiring a whole stack of them having seen these pictures!
    Loveaudrey xxx

  4. Love this wedding. I too am a huge, old suitcase fan. We’re having at least one at our wedding. I love the flowers, the dress, the to die for headpiece and the photography. But I adore the overall feel. It is definitely their wedding and I love that they haven’t got lost in the theme.

  5. This has got to be my favourite wedding of all time. Ever. Bucket fulls of gorgeousness in all that is vintage. I can’t stop looking at this post – the stationery is wonderful!!!!

  6. Thanks for your fab comments everyone, such an gorgeous wedding this one isn’t it? I think Bride Lauren looks the picture of beauty in her beautiful original vintage headpiece and all those vintage travel inspired stationery ideas are genius!

  7. Stunning stunning! such gorgeous details, love the suitcases and travel vibe, love everything! truly beautiful wedding, and the photography rocks too.

  8. Alie and I loved being a part of this beautiful wedding – why? Not only because Lauren & Colin are fab people, but because Lauren & Colin cared SO much about everything..it made our job as their photographers such a joy! It looked beautiful.
    From our first peek at the stationary we knew the theme was going to be something quite special.
    We’re so chuffed that it’s appeared on the lofty heights of Love My Dress. Big thanks to Lauren & Colin (and Annabel!) for letting this grace the pages of LMD!
    Niels & Alie x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *