I was a sucker for a fairy tale when I was a child (granted, perhaps more the original Hans Christian Anderson and Brothers Grimm type, but still) and I’m blaming that for both my continuing love of books and my love of weddings. After all, what can better epitomise ‘and they lived happily ever after’ than a wedding day? Today’s wedding has more than a touch of the fairytale to it – part of it is the beautiful gown, part the incredible chapel where the ceremony took place and part the romantic, story-book feel of the photographs, by The Gibsons.
Aleisha and Richard married on the 26 August 2017 at the stunning Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. Chosen for its beautiful marble chapel and reception room, it offered their guests and Aleisha’s Scottish roots the venue which brought together all the elements for a fantastic wedding day.
“We met through mutual friends at school, aged seventeen. Since then, we have travelled the world together and returned to live in Jersey. We got engaged in Dinan, France in June 2016 where we had previously celebrated our first dating anniversary eight years earlier. We married forteen months after our engagement.”
Images by The Gibsons
Today’s light filled images, which capture just every precious moment of the day, are by one of my favourite photography duos, The Gibsons.
“Scott and Chantal (The Gibsons) were fun and easy to work with and very patient. They made us feel very comfortable in front of the lens and we would 100% recommend them- we’re very happy with our pictures!”
Aleisha wore an incredibly elegant gown by Maggie Sottero, which she purchased from Anna Trigg on Jersey, alongside her beautiful cathedral length veil. I love how the silhouette of Aleisha’s dress is so simple, yet the applique and beading really set it apart and the low cut back is a real surprise.
“Not knowing what I was really looking for, I tried on a lot of dresses and realised I wanted something glamorous with both modern and traditional elements to stand the test of time. As soon as I found this dress, I instantly knew it was the one for me – it just felt right.”
Aleisha chose to wear her hair down over her shoulders in soft waves and Hair Creations by Anna Wade made sure it kept its bounce all day long. For make up she chose a natural look with a brighter pink lip which was the work of Shannon O’Neill.
On her feet Aleisha sported a fabulous pair of Jenny Packham heels, while for accessories she chose a bracelet and pair of earrings by Swarovski, with added blue elements as her ‘something blue’. To finish, she chose a spritz of Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs (Richard’s favourite).
The bridesmaids looked lovely in pale grey gowns from our Little Book for Brides members, Monsoon, worn with shoes from River Island, bracelets from Jon Richard and silver earrings, again from Monsoon. Meanwhile the flower girl and page boy looked a picture in Little Mistress and Next respectively.
Aleisha was accompanied down the aisle of that amazing chapel (those windows!) by her dad, to ‘The One’ by Kodaline.
“We picked the most romantic religious readings (Corinthians 13:4-13 – Love is Patient and Gospel – John 2:1-11 – Wedding in Cana) and a beautiful poem (‘I Choose You’ by Mrs Moem) that was read by the chief bridesmaid.”
To complete their vows Aleisha and Richard exchanged rings in the time-honoured manner, purchased from Diamondology. Richard designed Aleisha’s engagement ring, opting for a classic 4-claw princess-cut diamond. Aleisha’s wedding ring included an offset band of round diamonds to match, whilst Richard’s was a simple palladium band.
“The venue had a big impact on the style of our day, with so much beauty in the white marble, intricate carvings and a grand ceiling. We wanted to keep things neutral, which we like as it is timeless.”
The wedding breakfast and canapes were provided by Hickory Catering.
“Brian and Robyn of Hickory Catering went above and beyond expectations, assisting with all the elements of the day, not just the catering. The food was also outstanding.”
The simple and elegant three-tier cake was by West Coast Cakes and decorated with gypsophila.
For favours, guests were truly spoilt! Ladies received elderflower Edinburgh Gin miniatures (purchased from The Whisky Exchange), while gentlemen received a Glenfiddich whisky miniature (purchased from thedrinkshop.com). Every guest then also received tablet (a Scottish sweet, a bit like fudge, for those who didn’t know) wrapped in tartan ribbon and their wooden place name (from VM Bespoke) as a keepsake.
“We sneaked out before dessert for an impromptu golden hour photo shoot on the beach. It gave us some reflection time together and some great relaxing, natural photos. Don’t be afraid to go along with changes to the plan and make sure you get to spend time as a couple – it’s your big day together!”
DJ Edinburgh acted as MC, ceilidh caller and DJ for the night, while Saltire Beat, a five-piece band with bagpipers, guitarists and drummers, also made an appearance as surprise evening entertainment. The dancing pictures suggest a great time was had by all.
“We had our first dance to ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran. The song resonates perfectly with our lives together, as we started dating at seventeen years old.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“You can organise as much as you want up until the day before, but make sure you have others (suppliers, planner, family or friends) to do any jobs on the day itself. This means you are left to just enjoy the day and take in every moment.”
So many thanks to Aleisha and Richard for sharing their elegant day with us all. I’m recently back from a holiday on the West Coast of Scotland and these pictures make me want to go back there immediately! If you have a few spare moments today I would highly recommend taking a look here, at some of the other weddings by The Gibsons which we have featured in the past. Happy browsing.
Love, Shona x
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - The Gibsons
- Venue - Mount Stuart, Bute, Scotland
- Bride's Dress - Maggie Sottero, purchased from Anna Trigg, Jersey
- Shoes - Jenny Packham
- Jewellery - Swarovski
- Scent - Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs
- Bridesmaid dresses - Monsoon
- Bridesmaid shoes - River Island
- Bridesmaid jewellery - Jon Richard (bracelets); Monsoon (earrings)
- Flowergirl dress - Little Mistress
- Pageboy outfit - Next
- Hair stylist - Hair Creations by Anna Wade
- Make up artist - Shannon O’Neill
- Groom's Outfit - Suit, Burton; waistcoat and bow tie, Marc Darcy
- Flowers - Flowers by Janine
- Catering - Hickory Catering
- Cake - West Coast Cakes
- Rings - Diamondology
- Entertainment - DJ Edinburgh + Saltire Beat
- Favours - Edinburgh Gin miniatures (purchased from The Whisky Exchange) + Glenfiddich whisky miniature (purchased from thedrinkshop.com)
- Place names - VM Bespoke
- Stationery - Manimoo
- Transport - Ashton Wedding Cars + West Coast Motors