Martin and Gianna were married in October against the magnificent backdrop of Loch Goil in Scotland and even the damp weather didn’t put them off of their outdoor ceremony.
They wanted a classical, romantic feel and their venue provides a dramatic atmospheric setting which looks incredible. Gianna looks amazing in her belted frock and her lace bolero, doesn’t she make the most beautiful bride?! Purple accents run through the wedding reception decor, which looks super pretty.
This wedding is just utterly beautiful, clean and bright and Martin and Gianna will treasure their images forever i am certain.
Thanks so much to the amazing Craig and Eva Sanders Photography for sharing their images today….
Names…. Martin and Gianna
Wedding Date…. 8th October 2011
The Proposal…. We drove our car back from Italy, stopped off on the way home to Scotland, at a hotel –Hardwick Hall near Martins hometown, he got down on one knee and proprosed by the lakeside in Hardwick Hall, the lake had many beautiful swans. We also had some swans swim up the loch to where we had our ceremony, which is supposed to be goodluck!
The Vision for the day…. Intimate, romantic and classical but with a relaxed feel by the Scottish lochside.
The Planning process…. We started organising the wedding from Italy, where we both worked at the time .We visited a couple of venues during a trip home, a year prior to the wedding – as soon as we had seen The Lodge we knew it would be the perfect place! Once the venue was booked we worked on everything else.
The Venue… The Lodge. Loch Goil, Argyll, Scotland, PA24 8AE. This private venue is in the perfect location for what we wanted, on the lochside and with beautiful surroundings, the day was grey and a bit rainy, we had our ceremony outside and didn’t even notice the rain. The Scotch mist in the background created a lovely atmosphere. As it was early Autumn the trees had beautiful colours too. The Lodge was lovely and cosy inside, perfect to keep out of the rain.
The Dress + Accessories….. The dress was a Maggie Sotterro design from Opus Couture(West Kilbride),the dress was supreme satin and in diamond white colour. I had some lace added onto the belt of the dress, I also had a bolero made from the same lace. My shoes where from Rainbow Couture and I had my bespoke veil made by Baba C designs, Glasgow. The edge of the veil is made up of two laces.
Finding the dress…. I had an idea of what I wanted, a ball gown style dress without too much fuss, this was the first dress I tried, I only tried two others. I thought about it for a while and the next time I came home, I ordered the dress! Much easier than I thought.
Groom’s attire… Martins’ suit was black and from Hugo Boss, ivory shirt and gold tie from Thomas Pink. I bought ivory and gold patterned fabric for his waistcoat and hankerchief and had this made for him. His shoes are from Prada.
The Readings + Music…. I was piped down to the lochside by the piper, who also played in the background while the guests had drinks, we were then piped into dinner. We had a simple easy listening playlist we made for during the meal, and our chosen band ‘The White Band’ did an excellent job in the evening of keeping everyone dancing. We did our first dance to Van Morrison ‘into the mystic’.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had my 3 friends as bridesmaids. The dresses came from Opus Couture also, they were a jasmine brides design. The girls wore a latte colour dress in supreme satin.
The Flowers… The flowers were put together by the florist at The Lodge, I had given her an idea of the colours, pinks, purples and ivory mixed but with an overall soft look,they were mainly roses and freesias, I thought these colours worked nicely with the latte and golds of the bridesmaids and groom. I also asked for the amnesia rose(dark pink/brown) for the men’s buttonholes and a few in our bouquets which linked up well.
The Cake… The cake was from Marks and Spencer, we bought each layer and I put it together and tied with simple ivory ribbon and decorated with a flower on top.
Your Photographer…. Craig and Eva Sanders, we had seen some beautiful images of another wedding at The Lodge by them and loved the soft, pretty look to the pictures, and it really helped us imagine how beautiful the day could be!
The Details + Decor… We had some colourful favours, made from Harris Tweed, these complemented the purple chair sashes and storm candles with purple petals. My bridesmaid Abbie made some gorgeous ginger heart shaped biscuits with pink icing which were lovely. The venue had lots of original Victorian features and is a really intimate, cosy feeling house.
The Honeymoon…. We spent a week relaxing in the Maldives at the Landaa Giraavaru Four Seasons resort and a few days sightseeing in Dubai on the way back.
Memorable moments… I loved signing the registrar in the treehouse at The Lodge, and staying in the quirky summer house on our wedding night.
Advice for other couples… Relax and enjoy every minute of the day, after all your hard work of organising the event.
Thanks so much to Martin and Gianna for sharing their stunning wedding with us today xoxo Lou
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