What a way to start the week! Enchanting, dreamy and darn right stylish would be how I’d describe this cracking wedding celebration. There is no doubt that you’ll feel inspired and excited by these images and accompanying story.
Hannah and Sam were married on the 22nd July 2017 and held their wedding reception at The Burn in Scotland. Hannah’s Dad is the bursar at the venue and her family live on the estate, so it was a natural and super easy choice of venue for the pair. As a nod to their private Greek cove engagement, they also wanted to incorporate Greece into the proceedings. Cornflower Blue became the basis of the colour palette to reflect the blue skies and seas of Greece and Mediterranean food featured on the menu, yum!
Groom Sam may just have one of the coolest groom looks ever, donning custom made tartan trousers and tweed jacket. Awesome! Hannah’s Pronovias gown really suited her beautifully and I adore the delicate lace and bow detailing. She plumped for an up do teamed with flowers and her Cornflower and Peony bouquet really looked the part. Not forgetting the rest of the bridal party, the groomsmen went for tartan kilts or trousers too and the bridesmaids wore grey Ghost frocks.
The cake really stole my heart through, layers of buttercream, oodles of flowers and a log stand. Epic. Then there was the marquee adorned with birch trees and a magical top table flower garland. Huge thanks goes to Burfly Photography for sharing these incredible photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | Sam proposed on a tiny untouched beach, only capable of seating two people, in Greece. My family have been coming to the small and rustic village of St Stephano for years and it is like a second home to me, I first visited when I was 6 months old. Sam and I went for a morning walk along the coastline and had breakfast at a local taverna. It was three quarters of the way through the walk when Sam and I climbed down a steep and rocky path and went for a swim and sunbathing session in the private cove. It was here that Sam bent down on one knee (after heaving me up and disturbing my sunbathing session) and pulled out a ring box from our local Aberdeen jewellers (Finnies the Jewellers). My parents, brother and his girlfriend then arrived by boat with champagne and plastic cups. We later celebrated with the local villagers, who are like family to me, and toasted the engagement at a local Greek night with family friends. We will be going back to St Stephano again next year and will be visiting ‘Engagement Cove’. At the wedding we featured olive trees, the colour blue and went for Mediterranean food as a nod to our engagement.
THE VISION | We both hoped for a fairly traditional yet relaxed and fun day. We both love hillwalking and being out in the countryside so wanted to keep everything fairly rustic and simple with the odd touch of Greece.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had a year to plan. The planning process was really enjoyable. We worked well as a team (thankfully!) and my parents, who run the venue where we got married, were absolutely fantastic. We wrote lists for everything! Sam was great at organising spreadsheets and keeping on top of the admin and finance tasks. I focused on the creative tasks, such as making all of our own stationery. We focused on a new set of jobs every month, so that we could stagger payments, and had regular wedding meetings. These were usually accompanied with a bottle of wine! We found that time whizzed by quickly but everything came together without it all feeling rushed. We really wanted to gather as much as we could from local suppliers and tried to do as much as we possibly could ourselves. The people of Edzell were extremely supportive and kind and we were overwhelmed with how helpful and involved they were in the wedding planning process.
THE VENUE | We were married at the local church, Edzell Parish Church, by the minister Ian Gray.
The reception was held at The Burn. We were very lucky as my Dad is the bursar here and my family live on the estate. We didn’t consider any other venue.
The Burn is run as a charitable trust to enhance education by providing a unique study and short-break centre to student groups from all parts of the world.
The Burn is situated at the foot of Glenesk, one of Scotland’s most scenic glens, approximately 1 mile north of the village of Edzell and 6 miles north of the town of Brechin, and the River North Esk forms the western boundary of the site. Surprisingly close to major towns and cities, but still removed and serene in its own estate, The Burn is uniquely positioned in Scotland and affords visitors a peaceful environment and the chance to reflect and relax.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress – Pronovias – Otelo.
Shoes – Rainbow Club, Florence and sparkly party shoes were from Dune.
Earrings and bracelet – Swarovski.
Cathedral length veil – Pronovias.
FINDING THE DRESS | I was open minded when searching for my dress and happily tried on lots of different styles, this was great fun! I found that I was drawn to simple, fairly traditional gowns. I loved the a-line shape, lacy back and capped sleeves of my chosen dress. I instantly felt very comfortable and elegant and, after trying on a range of dresses from four different shops, knew this was the one, especially when the cathedral length veil was added. My mum agreed! The only change I made was to remove the small bow at the front of the dress before adding the larger and softer bow found on the bustle to the back of the dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Custom made tartan trews, red tie, green tweed waistcoat and jacket and brown brogues. Sam wanted to feel comfortable on the day and opted for this look, which worked with our rustic country theme. His ushers all wore similar outfits with different tartans and ancient blue ties. Some of the Scottish men opted to wear kilts.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance – Highland Cathedral.
Hymns – Make me a Channel of your Peace, We Pledge to One Another, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.
Recessional – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
Readings – 1 Corinthians 13 – Phil Turner, Hannah’s brother. Extract from The Bridge Across Forever, Richard Bach – Lois Doig, Sam’s sister.
Organist for the majority of the music during the service.
When guests arrived The Dee String Quartet beautifully played a range of light classics. During the signing of the schedule they played ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. They later played outside during the drinks reception immediately after the service, this was back at The Burn.
The Honey Moons are a six piece band based in Edinburgh. They played a spectacular set of ceilidh numbers mixed in with popular tunes. They even took on our first dance, ‘All I Have’ by Beth Nielson Chapman and Rhianna’s ‘Umbrella’ as this is my favourite tune!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Best friends – Stephanie, from university, and Kayleigh, from school. Dresses by Ghost – Sylvia in Silver Lake.
Own shoes. Grey pearl bracelets and earrings from Not on the Highstreet. Floral crowns.
THE FLOWERS | One of the main colour themes was cornflower blue so cornflowers featured in all of the bouquets and floral crowns. I was drawn to natural, country flowers so chose a vast range of flowers in mostly soft pinks and blue shades. Another nod to Greece was the feature of Eucalyptus throughout all the flower arrangements. The bouquets, floral crowns and button holes were all created by Sharon the Florist, in Edzell. She was so helpful in helping us choose the right flowers to use. She also provided the flowers for the cake, which was also created by a local business based in the village.
The top table arrangement was created by another local business – The Flower Pavilion, Montrose. As well as country flowers, the display featured hydrangea heads in pinks and blues.
I decorated jam jars with lace, hessian and cornflower blue ribbon. My mum, brother’s girlfriend and aunt arranged the country flowers in these and various ceramic and steel jugs. My mum also decorated an old milk churn. We covered the place with flowers! In order to fill the vast white space of the marquee, we placed birch trees inside. This created a cosy, woodland feel. My dad had carefully grown these over the past nine months. In his speech, he explained how these would be planted in an area of The Burn estate in memory of our happy day. My dad, a talented gardener, also planted hundreds of hydrangeas, which were scattered all over the estate, these were covered in hessian.
The church was beautifully decorated by members of the Edzell community. The country flowers were all picked from local gardens. We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped and sacrificed their gorgeous flowers.
THE CAKE | Carrot cake with citrus Swiss meringue buttercream. Chocolate and pear cider with kahlua salted caramel Swiss. Lemon cake with lemon curd.
Two tiers with rough buttercream icing and one tier with cornflower blue royal icing and ribbon. Country flowers lined each layer.
This was created by Mel at The Enchanting Merchant Co, based in Edzell. She was so helpful and professional at all times. The cake tasting experience was fantastic!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Burfly Photography. We knew of their work from having covered previous weddings held at The Burn. We loved their relaxed and creative style and were not disappointed when the photos came through. All the happiness and love felt on that day has been captured beautifully. They even managed to capture the family donkeys, Mary and Joseph, when they were not overly keen on my white dress! I would highly recommend them as they are an extremely friendly and professional team who work exceptionally hard.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I made all of the wedding stationery myself. We used heaps of brown craft card and got through a lot of printer ink! I created illustrations using black pen and watercolours, which we then scanned so they could be edited on the computer. I am no technological whizz so had to learn how to do everything from scratch. We downloaded some wedding fonts free online and played around with styles before sticking with something we were happy with.
We sourced wooden slabs from fallen trees on The Burn estate. Both families provided lace doilies and I found pastel vintage plates and decanters from auctions and junk yards. These were to display a range of white and cornflower blue candles. We displayed polaroid photographs of family and friends at the wedding as we wanted to honour them in some way and feature people who couldn’t make it yet had featured heavily in our lives. We pegged these pictures onto wooden garden riddles and old frames with chicken wire inside. I used inexpensive frames to display fun quotes around the bar areas – I created these myself for free using online quote making tools.
We also made a sweetie area with old fashioned grey stripy paper bags and had a dressing up box and glow sticks to add a bit of fun. It was hilarious seeing people seriously ceilidh dancing whilst covered in inflatable objects!
The venue was also covered in bunting (kindly leant to us by a family friend), fairly lights and blackboard signs (I continued the illustrations and font style onto these boards).
THE HONEYMOON | We have just come back from the Masai Mara, Kenya. We camped in tents and went out on three game drives again, to see the wild animals in their natural habitat was amazing and a dream come true! It was migration season so there was lots of activity and we saw the big five having caught sight of a Rhino on our last drive. We then flew to Zanzibar where we chilled on the beach and explored the local area. It was our first time in Africa and we adored our adventures there.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Joining Sam at the front of the church having passed all our friends and family down the aisle. We both were very teary, as was the minister, and the moment felt so special.
Driving back to The Burn in a vintage Landrover (my favourite car) by a local farmer and family friend. Sam and I were filled with so much happiness.
Strip the Willow ceilidh dance at the end. This is a fast paced a fun ceilidh dance which brought most guests, a mixture of nationalities, together. We all whooped and cheered as we made our way down the line of guests. At the end everyone was a happy and sweaty mess!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | We wanted everyone to have a wonderful day and were conscious of putting on a fun event for all the guests but ultimately we chose to focus on what we really wanted on our wedding day. When planning the menu, working out the timing of events, music etc we always stuck with how we wanted the day to run and went with our favourite things. We both desperately wanted to marry each other and had the mentality that if that goal was met then the day would be a great success and we would be very happy!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Burfly Photography
Rings | Finnies
Dress | Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen
Bridesmaid Dresses | Ghost, Sylvia
Hair and Make up | The Barbers Shop, Montrose
Flowers | Sharon the Florist in Edzell
Top Table | The Flower Pavilion, Montrose
Cake | The Enchanting Merchant Co, Edzell
Venue | The Burn, Edzell
Band | The Honey Moons Band
String Quartet | Dee String Quartet
Hannah and Sam, thank you both so very much for sharing your darling nuptials with us xo Lou