What a treat we have in store this afternoon. WWW readers Gillian and Ewan wed at Lunga House on the west coast of Scotland on 20th August 2016. They planned a relaxed full weekend of fun so they had plenty of time to spend with family and friends who had travelled some way to join them. Gillian chose a beautiful Anges Etoiles dress and wore chunky heels for dancing, whilst Ewan had a suitably Scottish suit made for him by Hackett. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses but all had the same necklace, which Gillian also wore in her hair, such a creative idea.
The whole wedding takes place under glorious blue skies and you can almost smell the fragrance of the lavender and mint in the bouquets. Although the stunning venue speaks for itself, the couple also DIY’d lots of pretty personal touches, Gillian even made the cake herself and it sounds like this was great for settling her nerves on the morning of the wedding. Do make sure you check out her wonderful advice for brides and grooms to be too.
Thanks ever so much to Euan Robertson for the images. The pair were lucky enough to enjoy an absolutely incredible sunset and Euan did the most fantastic job of capturing it.
THE PROPOSAL | Ewan and I met in Croatia at a music festival, and he was living in London and I was about to move to Inverness at the time. We did long distance for a year, and then moved in together in Edinburgh. In November 2015 while we were in London for a weekend visiting friends he proposed to me outside the restaurant where we had our first proper date! It was amazing, and he took me by complete surprise!
THE VISION | We knew we didn’t want a long engagement, and wanted to get married in the late summer. We wanted a big party weekend, with all our friends and family staying on or near the venue for the whole weekend, and we wanted an exclusive use house – so that narrowed things down for us quite a lot. We wanted a really relaxed feel, and something that didn’t feel too high pressure wedding-y!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Once we had decided on the guest list, we then started looking for large exclusive use venues in Scotland, and once we found Lunga House the rest of the wedding plans just fell into place. Because our timeframe was relatively short, that actually made it a lot easier, because we didn’t have a huge amount of choice when it came to suppliers. We took the easy road of “if we like it and its available then let’s book it”, rather than beating ourselves up doing endless research. We trusted our first instincts the majority of the time, and that turned out to be less stressful, and we got to work with some absolutely fantastic people!
There were a few elements that we DIY’d too, we made our own Save The Dates, wedding favours, and a lot of the decorations. I’m also a keen home baker, so I always knew I wanted to make the wedding cake!
THE VENUE | Lunga House is on the West Coast of Scotland in Craobh Haven, on possibly one of the most beautiful spots in the country (in my opinion), facing out onto the small isles. It’s a big quirky exclusive use house, with cottages and houses on the grounds, where guests can stay. The house itself sleeps around 30 people, so it was ideal for us. Sarah, who runs the venue, is the most chilled out wedding coordinator I could imagine, and her laid back attitude was infectious, and really helped bring our vision together.
We had all our guests arrive on the Friday, and arranged for everyone to meet in the pub in the village. This was great, as it meant we’d already seen all our guests by the time the wedding came round, so there wasn’t so much pressure to rush around welcoming and hosting people, and everyone was really relaxed into the day! We also arranged activities in the local area for the Sunday, like sailing and clay pigeon shooting, and we had a hog roast BBQ on the lawn on the Sunday afternoon. It meant that while all our guests had to travel to Lunga, we made a big effort to make sure everyone would have a great time while they were there!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress is by Anges Etoiles, and I got it from Unbridaled in Ayr. They are the exclusive stockists for the designer in the UK, and I was the first person to buy the dress, so I am the first bride in Britain to wear this dress! As soon as I tried it on I fell in love with the colour and the lovely skirt. I had some alterations done to the bodice, to fill it in slightly underneath the lace with a handmade corset, which was done by the amazing Elizabeth Wallace in Kilmarnock. I didn’t want to wear a veil, but I made a hair chain out of a necklace from ZARA, and bought the same necklace for my bridesmaids to wear. I wore gold block heeled sandals from Carvela, as I needed a sensible heel for the grass, and for the ceilidh dancing! My earrings were a family heirloom, from my maternal grandmother, which meant a lot to me and my mum, as she passed away before I was born.
FINDING THE DRESS | I went to a few shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Unbridaled was my last scheduled appointment. I was actually going to cancel it as I thought I had found my dress in a shop in Edinburgh, but my mum persuaded me to visit the shop as she was enjoying the shopping experience so much! I was with my mum and my aunt when I found the dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ewan had a suit made by Hackett, in Edinburgh. It was really fun for him to be part of the design process for his custom made suit, as it made his outfit really special for him too! He wore shoes from Dune, and ended up wearing Rayban sunglasses for a lot of the ceremony as it was so bright!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I was played up the aisle by our friends Ross Leighton, who arranged a version of one of our favourite songs This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads for acoustic guitar, and played and sang this for us. Music during the ceremony was provided by our dear family friends Alex and Hannah Ferguson on piano and violin. We are lucky to have such talented pals! My Granda read from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Ewan’s sister read a poem by EE Cummings.
Dancing music at night was provided by the fantastic Kilter Ceilidh band, who ensured the dancefloor was jam packed all night, and that everyone had sweated off their makeup entirely!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had six bridesmaids, my sister and five girlfriends. They wore mismatched dresses from JCrew, Monsoon, Bergman, Asos and Reiss, and wore matching necklaces, which I wore in my hair!
THE FLOWERS | Flowers were by Myrtle and Bracken, who covered every available surface of the house with small jars of seasonal flowers. Our bouquets were fragrant with mint and lavender and rose, and smelled as good as they looked!
THE CAKE | I made the cake myself, and assembled and decorated it on the morning of the wedding! It was really good to have a task to focus on, to stop me getting nervous! It was a four tiered naked cake, decorated with fresh fruit and flowers. The cake was lemon and almond flavour, with a cheesecake cream and a raspberry curd.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Euan Robertson, who was fantastic, and made us feel completely at ease. He snapped away in the background, never encroaching or changing any of the beautiful moments he captured. He encouraged us to come away for a walk for ten minutes after the ceremony around the grounds of the venue, and that was a really special and precious time together, and he got some really lovely shots of us together. One of the most exciting moments of the day was after dinner, when we realised we were getting an incredible sunset, and Ewan (husband) and Euan (photog) and Sarah from the venue all jumped in cars to head down to the waterfront to get the amazing sunset shots, which look too good to be real!
We also had a videographer to capture the day, as we wanted to be able to see all the wee moments we knew we’d miss as the bride and groom. Chas from Sole Productions did an amazing job, and has given us the gift of remembering the day from all angles. We had initially swithered about getting a videographer, but I’m so glad we did!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Lunga speaks for itself, so we didn’t have to do too much in the way of décor, so our florist was enough for us!
THE HONEYMOON | We went away for a few days to Italy after the wedding, just to chill out and have some time together, and we had our big honeymoon in January, when we went to Borneo and the Philippines
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Getting ready in the morning with my bridesmaids was a really special time, we had such a laugh, and they really helped to dispel my nerves! Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my dad was quite emotional, he was a bit teary and it meant a lot to me. Seeing Ewan waiting for me at the end of the aisle, and reading the vows we had written ourselves were the highlights of the ceremony. We had fireworks at the end of the night, which were spectacular, and gave a focus point to the evening of dancing and merriment!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I don’t think you can ever understand until you are married how good your wedding day is going to be! I would say don’t sweat the small stuff, at no point on my wedding day was I in any way concerned about what flavour the canapes were, or whether the colour of the font on the orders of service was exactly right. It really truly is the happiest day of your life, and that’s because of your partner and your friends and family being there with you. Focus on that, and the rest will all fall into place.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Euan Robertson
Venue | Lunga House
Film | Sole Productions
Wedding Dress | Unbridaled
Groom’s Suit | Hackett
Flowers | Myrtle and Bracken
Ceilidh Band | Kilter
Make Up | Leeanne Fraser MUA
Hair | The Studio Hair Salon- Oban
Gillian and Ewan, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous day with us. Rachel x