Well I'm back to work today and it's the start of a new school term and despite it being mild outside, it really does feel like Autumn is with us now – so long beautiful summer days and the opportunities I have had to relax, travel and meet new people.
Talking of which, if you're a regular reader, then it's probably not skipped your attention that I was in Scotland this past weekend, exhibiting at The Glasgow Wedding Collective (it was brilliant!). In homage to the wonderfully warm and friendly Scottish welcome I received, I'm featuring a very bonny Scottish bride this morning, who looks absolutely stunning in her Valentino wedding dress. Zara tied the knot with her beau Alistair on 29th June this year at the beautiful and iconic Edinburgh Castle…
Photography Copyright (c) 2013, Elemental Weddings
"Alistair and I met in a medium secure psychiatric hospital and love
blossomed! In April 2012 we travelled to Paris for a very romantic
weekend culminating in Alistair proposing at the Eiffel Tower after
dinner in it's Jules Verne restaurant. How could a girl resist?!
We chose to tie the knot at Edinburgh Castle with a ceremony in St Margaret's Chapel (the oldest
building in the whole of Edinburgh) and reception in the Queen Anne
room. As we are both very Edinburgh people, the iconic castle was the perfect Edinburgh choice."
"My earrings are rare Scottish Cairngorns from Alistir Wood Tait,
an Edinburgh Jeweller. Other jewellery I wore included my grandmother's
gold bracelet and my mother's diamond tennis bracelet as well as an old
ruby and diamond ring."
"My father Gordon Bagot walked me down the aisle, to the sound of 'Red Red Rose' by Robert Burns, performed by a piper.
"The ceremony was my favourite part of the whole day – it was really
lovely to declare our love for each other with all our nearest and
Our ceremony readings included 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a;
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.'"
"Alistair travelled in a 1972 V12 E-Type Jaguar that belonged to his father. It was the same car he was picked up from the hospital in when he had been born!"
"Our photographers were Elemental Weddings, who were fantastic – very unobtrusive but friendly throughout."
"We provided Sporran key-rings on the table as favours, as well as chocolates that had been made by my mum."
"We danced to 'Cheek to Cheek', taken from a favourite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film of ours…"
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"Try not to worry about the little details, it will all work out ok on the day! Try to let people help!
Oh, and buy the Scottish Wedding Directory!"
What a beautiful dress – a real style statement made by this lovely bride – I love the 70's nature and hint of bohemian bride about this dress – just beautiful.
What are your thoughts readers, do you love this dress too? Is anyone else looking to purchase their wedding gown from Net-a-Porter?
Thank you so much to the very lovely Elemental Weddings for asking us to share this wedding with our readers.
With much love,
Photographer – Elemental Weddings
Venue + Catering – Edinburgh Castle
Wedding Dress – Valentino via Net-a-Porter
Veil – designed and made by Alex Weir
Brides Shoes – Russell and Bromley
Bride's accessories + rings – Alistir Wood Tait
Groom – Kinloch Anderson + handmade sgian dubh by Nickolson Kiltmakers
(Royal Mile) + paternal grandfather's gold watch + maternal
grandfather's gold cuff links + Cashmere tie from Turnbull and Asser
Bridesmaids Dresses – Dessy
Florist – Rose Parks
Cake – The Gingerbread House
Transport – 1972 V12 Jaguar E-Type coupe
Entertainment – The Rhythm Kings – a Scottish Jazz band
Favours – Sporran key-rings
Rings – Alistir Wood Tait,
Hair and make-up Artist – Louise Poletti Hairdressing