Modern Pink & Red Wedding Flowers for Loraine’s Colourful National Mining Museum Wedding in Karen Willis Holmes & Eliza Jane Howell

Bride and groom joyful colourful confetti shot

Loraine and Christopher tied the knot on 8th July 2023, at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange, Scotland.

The couple wanted a modern and colourful vibe, with a gentle nod to the bride’s love of vintage and experience as a former burlesque dancer.  Loraine wore a combination look that included a dress by popular Australian designer of contemporary bridalwear, Karen Willis Holmes and fabulous, feathery skirt by Love My Dress faves, Eliza Jane Howell.

These gorgeous fun, and joyful image were captured by long-term fave and absolute belter of a wedding photographer, Caro Weiss – enjoy!

Film by Cinemate

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I found Love My Dress to be a huge source for looking at different dress designers and narrowing down the style of dress I wanted. I liked that I could search by designer and find real weddings where the designer and style were listed. 

Bridal Beauty & Accessories

My makeup artist was Claire Nesbit Make Up and my hair stylist was Scarlett Vintage Hair Styling.

I wore a Juliet Cap veil from Blossom and Bluebird. I found Sian via Etsy and fell in love with the veil, it was simple, elegant, and flowed so beautifully. It had a lovely modern nod to the vintage 1920s style of the veil. 

I wore the gold Camellia shoes by Loeffler Randall. The way my dress flowed you could see the shoes, so I wanted a statement shoe that wasn’t traditional.

They had a elegant vintage feel and I’ve worn them since the wedding. I ended up wearing an old necklace from H&M as the one I ordered didn’t arrive in time. I also wore my granny’s vintage gold, zirconia and ruby ring as she wasn’t able to make it due to her health.

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I wore the petite Elodie crown from Victoria Percival which I was so obsessed with. I’ve worn it a few times since the wedding on nights out. I loved my earrings which were also from Victoria Percival, the Elodie pearls. My bracelet was Vintage from Eclectica Vintage.

My scent was Rose Noir by Byredo. I was in Barcelona visiting my friend Lorena who was in my wedding party. I went around a few department stores trying perfumes and fell in love with this one. The dark decedent smell is incredible. 

My bag was from Loeffler Randall and matched my shoes.

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Our flowers were by Floral Menagerie. I loved Lisa’s modern floral style and the colours and shapes of her arrangements. She matched the colours to the outfits my bridal party was wearing which tied in the colour scheme beautifully.

She also made arrangements for flower stands and vases we had hired from Fifty Six events. 

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The Look

My dress was Anya gown, by Karen Willis Holmes. And I wore the Florence skirt by Eliza Jane Howell. Both items were second hand – I originally bought the Karen Willis Holmes Anya dress in a sample sale. I have endometriosis and was a bit worried about dress shopping as I have a lot of bloating issues with my endo.

I felt amazing in the Anya dress. I knew I wanted something sleeveless with a summer wedding and it fitted the vision of something simple but sparkly, with a modern vintage vibe.

The dress I bought however had been significantly altered – and after choosing to wear higher shoes then I’d originally planned, I felt the dress was too short for me.

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I bought the same dress from eBay, I think it had already been worn twice and was in incredible condition and fit me perfectly. I had a few alterations (by seamstress Jenni Bobbins) in the body as I have narrow ribs.

The skirt was a last-minute purchase about three weeks before our wedding from Vinted. I had loved the Florence skirt on a blog post on Love my Dress® years ago and couldn’t get it out my mind. I went looking to see if I could find one second hand and came across someone selling it. I connected on Instagram with the bride I bought it from which has been lovely and the best bit of buying second hand.

As soon as I tried them both on together, I absolutely loved them. I felt amazing and loved the movement in the feathers from the skirt. The feathers and sparkle were the perfect nod to my burlesque days.

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We used a John Lewis gift list, I really liked that there wasn’t any commission, and there was a huge range of items. 

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A Humanist Wedding Ceremony

My dad walked me down the aisle, my bridal party went before me, and my cousin Fier walked with our dog Alfred. This was to the sound of Thinking of You, by Sister Sledge.

I wanted something upbeat but romantic, I really love this song.

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We had a humanist ceremony, and our celebrant was Libby McArthur, from Celebrate People . Libby is also an actress and we loved she is also a creative person. We knew she would be good at articulating our ceremony and story, we also loved her warm and free-spirited personality. 

Our celebrant gave us lots of ideas for vows and we incorporated a few ideas together to make something which suited us: “I, Christopher Eian Kenneth Gordon, accept you Loraine Heather Ross in marriage as my wife. I promise to love, honour and respect you for the rest of my life.  You are my soul mate and through the good and bad I will always be here for you.  As this ring surrounds your finger, so my love surrounds you forever and always.”

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We had a handfasting and two readings; an extract from the lycis to Take My Hand, by Skerryvore, followed by The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman.

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Our rings were by Behind Bracken. My wedding band was custom made by Behind Bracken, I loved Ashley’s delicate style. The ring is gold with 2 salt and pepper diamonds, It was made to fit around my opal and diamond engagement ring. I loved working with Ashley. Chris’s wedding ring is a black platinum and zirconium ring from Beaverbrooks.   

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Photography & Videography

We hired Cinemate for our film. We loved their creative, cinematic shooting and editing style and it fitted the feel we had for our day. I already knew Simon and Gregg and knew they had worked with Caro before. Our film was phenomenal, they captured so many incredible moments.

Our photographer was Caro Weiss. I had always loved Caro’s work from when I started doing wedding photography years ago.

I second shot for her and loved how she worked. I knew if I ever got married, she would be my first choice. 

We did an engagement shoot in Glencoe which weas perfect for easing out awkwardness in front of the camera – Chris hates having his photo taken.

She has an incredible way of making magical photos from moments that captured the sense of us, our guests, and our day. Thea, her second shooter was also incredible. 

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Making sure everyone felt amazing and was comfortable was so important to me. We wanted a colourful vibe to contrast with the industrial brick building at the mining museum.

My cousin Fi and best friend Ailsa had suits from ASOS, I found my friend Lorena’s peach dress was from Dorothy Perkins and my sister in law Fiona had a lilac dress from ASOS. They also all picked their own hair and make-up style. 

I loved the mix of suits and dresses, and they all loved their outfits too.

Chris had a best man and a best woman. Karen’s dress was from Wed2Be. Karen choice to have a bouquet that tied in with my bridal party. Chris’ best man and groomsmen wore suits from Harry Brown. They all had Gordon Tartan elements in their outfits – Karen had a shawl and the men had pocket squares.

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How They Met

We met on an online dating app called bumble in 2017. Our first date flowed so well a coffee turned into dinner and drinks and a kiss on the bus home.

We are both pretty laid back and knew we wanted to get married. We originally went “ let’s get married” and started planning our wedding after we got our offer accepted on our house in Jan 2020. Lockdown put both things on hold. Our house was a reno project, so we had put all of our things in storage.

We spent five months over lockdown sleeping on an air mattress waiting to move house. We knew that if we could get through that together, we could survive anything. 

Chris did a proper (but still pretty relaxed) proposal on my birthday in July 2022. We were having pizza from our ooni oven in the garden and Chris surprised me with a ring. We got married just under a year later. 

Chris wore the Edward Suit in Auberge Harris Tweed with flaked or yellow, orange, and blue from Walker Slater. His had a light blue shirt which was custom embroidered from Charles Tyrwhitt. Chris had a watch from Picto that I bought him as a gift, and he had boots from Dr Marten. We also had “till death” pins from 13 Supply Co.

We were house hunting back in summer 2019 and loved the quirky brick miner’s cottages in Newtongrange and decided to move there. When we were viewing a house, we stopped at the National Mining Museum and loved the industrial architecture and realised it was also a wedding venue. We were both like, “let’s get married here!”. 

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The Reception

We started planning our wedding when I was very busy photographing covid postponements, so we booked my friend and wedding planner Gemma from Lavender Blue to help with the planning. Gemma liaised with suppliers for us and managed out RSVPs.

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Gemma couldn’t be there on our wedding day to do the co-ordination so put us in touch with Savannah from Mademoiselle Weddings. Savannah was incredible and went above and beyond on the day to make sure everything run smoothly. The venue event coordinator at the mining museum Kerry was also incredible. We had a lot that went wrong and they both really went above and beyond. 

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We hired styling items from Fifty Six  Events – Elaine wasn’t available to style our day for us so we hired a bunch of items and took over the styling ourselves. Elaine’s items are well curated and fitted the vibe of our day perfectly.

We upcycled a table we bought from Drum Farm Antiques we used for our signing table / champagne tower and cake cut. The  classes for the champagne tower were from Ikea. I loved the “Let’s Dance” banner from Daydreamer Creative Studio, which was part of the items we hired from Fifty Six Events. 

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We hired chairs and tables from All Wrapped Up Events.

Chris designed all of our stationery and we had it printed by Print Work. I loved the illustration of the venue Chris did which we used for a lot on our stationary. We both love interior design and are renovating our house, so chose paint colours for our table names. I painted a swatch of the paint colour onto each of the table name cards. 

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For the place names we had a gold wood cut out of each name, I got them from CherryLaneInteriors on Etsy.

Lighting was hired from Wedding Lighting Hire Scotland.

Catering was by The Pantry. The food was incredible, and the chefs did an amazing job of catering to all the dietary requirements as were the serving staff. 

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Our cake was from Sneaky Beets, and I was sooo obsessed with it. I found Nikki’s via instagram and loved swirly buttercream cakes. We went for a peachy-pastel vibe and I left the final design up to her vision with some flowers from our florist added on.

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We chose three flavours: Sticky toffee pudding on the bottom, lemon and strawberry in the middle tier and a devil’s food chocolate on the top. It tasted incredible.

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Evening & Dancing

We hired DJ Gerry Lyons – I had seen him DJ at a burlesque event and loved the music he played and found out he also did weddings. We didn’t want typical wedding music, and Gerry was amazing at fulfilling the brief. He had the dance floor full all night.

I also booked a burlesque performer, Fanciforia Foxglove, as a surprise to the guests – Chris didn’t even know. She was brilliant and the guests loved her. 

Our first dance was to Gregory Porter’s ‘Sweet Lorraine’. It was originally by Nat King Cole; the lyrics were so perfect with my name so it had to be done. “I can’t wait until that lucky day, when I marry my Sweet Lorraine”. We chose the Gregory Porter version as it’s a bit more upbeat.

I used to do some ballroom dance and taught Chris a basic first dance on the week of our wedding, it turned out so well. When Chris did the lift at the end, I felt like I was in an old movie. 

Favourite Moments

Obviously getting married. But…. I loved doing the first look with my dad, he isn’t one to get emotional, but I could see the tears welling up in his eyes.  We have become close to loads of the locals, it was amazing them all being out on the street cheering as I left the house and stopping the traffic so I could get into the car with my dad.

Chris says spending the time with his brother in the morning was really meaningful as they have a close bond, yet he lives far away from us. 

We got to have our couple shoot with our photographer and videographers in parts of the building which they have closed off since our wedding, which means we are the last ones to ever be in that area. Such an incredible and special experience, especially as we live in the village. 

Words of Wedded Wisdom

Plan a day that feels like and reflects you as a couple. Do what you want to do. I did feel a lot of pressure working in the wedding industry for my day to look a certain way.  I’m so glad we planned a day that was very “us”.

Although you spend all the time planning, be prepared to know that your day will be fluid and you just need to go with it. We had a few things that didn’t go to plan but didn’t detract from how amazing the day was. I don’t think any of our guests noticed the things that went wrong. 

Also have your dog there, we loved having our beagle Alfred as part of the day. We hired a dog sitter (woofy weddings) to look after him and she was amazing.

Although I timed it to the music, I forgot to tell my bridal party to walk down the aisle one at a time, so they all walked down together. I also did a speech and completely winged it on the day, I loved doing it but wish I had written something, so it was more eloquent. 

We put a lot of thought into the day and planning it so there’s not a lot that we would change. 

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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.