Heather and Paul were married in May at the beautiful Boturich Castle, Loch Lomond. They wanted their day to be an explosion of colour with eclectic touches that they brought together themselves. Heather made all of the stationery herself along with collecting over 200 glass jars for the pretty florals.
I love the beautiful backdrop of Loch Lomond, it must have been breathtaking to get married outside there and the images of all of the children enjoying themselves is just too sweet. These two are just the loveliest of couples.
Thanks so much to the lovely Gail Kelly Photography for sharing her photography with us today.
Names…. Heather & Paul
Wedding Date…. 26th May 2012
The Proposal…. Paul proposed in our own flat with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme! I had to follow notes ‘unlock me’, ‘read me’ etc, until I eventually found Paul standing in the middle of dozens of candles made into a heart shape, where he asked me to marry him. This was in June 2010.
The Vision for the day…. A relaxed, colourful, eclectic wedding with plenty of outdoor space and lots of kids running around.
The Planning process…. Was again relaxed, we took 18 months to plan our wedding and did things a bit at a time. One of the first things I ordered was our looklook photo booth, which went down a storm!
The Venue… Boturich Castle, Alexandria, owned by the lovely Laura and Ruaridh, who couldn’t do enough for you.
The Dress + Accessories….. My dress was from Perfection Bridal (great girls, down to earth who know their stuff!), I wore Benjamin Adams swarovski covered shoes and jewellery made by my friend from art school Anna Hegarty.
Finding the dress…. Was easy! A young girl brought it out to me in Perfection – I thought ‘no way!’ until I put it on. It was the third shop I’d been in on my second day of looking, with my Mum.
Groom’s attire… Paul wore his Ramsay Blue kilt with a petrol blue jacket and socks, while the groomsmen wore Royal Pride tartan with black jackets and sapphire blue cravats.
The Readings + Music…. We had 3 readings: ‘On Your Wedding Day’ ‘These are the Hands of your Best Friend’ and ‘Chapter One of One Thousand’ We had a Caribbean steel band called the Wade Austin steel band during the ceremony and reception, and a ceilidh band called the Jiggers in the evening.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. were my best friend Lauri, and younger cousin Lynne. Both wore sapphire blue Dessy dress, one shouldered and floor length. Stunning! Both wore unique jewellery again made by Anna. I had a flower girl called Ava who wore a Debenhams dress which was like a mini version of my own.
The Flowers… were done by a family friend, Amanda Hart. My family and I collected various glass jars for over a year until we had almost 200. They were filled with coloured water (food colouring) and a mixed selection of flowers, so the ‘colour explosion’ was born. My bouquet was bright orange poppies and pink jasmine, while the bridesmaids bouquets had orange lilies and baby blue hydrangeas!
The Cake… Trusty Marks & Spencers fruit tiers decorated by our florist.
Your Photographer…. The wonderful Gail Kelly, wonderful, unobtrusive shots which caught the style of our day perfectly.
The Details + Decor… We had a ‘colour explosion’ flower theme along with a loose ‘animals getting married theme’ for our stationery, for example illustrations of owls, elephants, goldfish, monkeys getting married on each piece of stationery (see Gails images for invite artwork to explain more!)
The Honeymoon…. Was a surprise to me until arriving at Heathrow airport, we visited Seattle and then the Hawaiian Islands Lana’i and Maui. We stayed in the Four Seasons Hotel in Lana’i and then in a condo on the beach in Maui where we surfed and toured the jungle.
Memorable moments… The 11 children at our wedding having the time of their lives! There were horses in the field next to us which they loved, they had bubbles, balls, skipping ropes, and goody bags at their seats to keep them occupied. They also loved the photobooth and Laura at Boturich’s brand new baby chicks! Our Humanist ceremony, by Tim Maguire was so relaxed and personal, we had many comments afterwards about how different and moving it was.
Advice for other couples… Take things one step at a time. Go with your instinct. Don’t spend hours looking at thousands of different versions of one thing, if you like something, go for it! You’ll never feel stressed or undecided this way.
Credit where credit is due…
Humanist Celebrant Tim Maguire: www.humanistweddingsinscotland.blogspot.co.uk
Gail Kelly Design & Photography www.gailkelly.com
Scottish Jewellery by Anna Hegarty www.annahegarty.co.uk
Boturich Castle with Laura and Ruaridh www.boturich.co.uk
The Jiggers Ceilidh Band www.thejiggers.co.uk
LookLook Photobooth www.looklook.co.uk
Perfection Bridal www.perfectionbridalandmenswear.co.uk
Wasn’t that delightful? Heather and Paul, you looked gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your day with us XOXO Lou
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