Wow wee, what a beautiful setting we have for you today! Alex and Catherine wed at Ross Priory on Loch Lomond on the 18th June 2016. Keeping to a relatively intimate gathering, the pair enjoyed a wonderful outdoor ceremony with a picture-perfect backdrop. Catherine looks really beautiful in her Jenny Packham dress and luckily it was Ceilidh appropriate for all the dancing later in the evening! Alex had a Prince of Wales Check suit made to measure and looks ever so dapper.
It’s easy to see why the couple fell in love with the venue, which was the perfect size for their party. They did a fantastic job of enhancing its natural beauty without overloading on details. The florals are to die for with a mixture of pastel and bolder tones, and the potted trees make the venue entrance look just fabulous. Nothing about the day was fussy and the blues and pinks blend together just perfectly. So sit back and take in all the beauty. Alex also has some fantastic advice for you WWWers stressing out about details and going Pinterest mad!
Thank you ever so much Lisa Devine for these wonderfully captured images.
THE PROPOSAL | On a beach in Greece, returning to somewhere we’d visited as a new couple two years earlier.
THE VISION | We had a relatively small wedding (50 or so guests) and wanted it to be a relaxed, intimate day, with the ceremony and the reception in the same place to avoid everyone being piled into a bus or taxies in the middle of the day, lots to eat and drink, good music and (hopefully) the chance to enjoy some beautiful scenery in the sunshine by Loch Lomond.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Alex and I live in London but I’m from Glasgow – we decided pretty quickly to have the wedding in Scotland and cross our fingers for good (or at least dry!) weather. After visiting a few venues around Glasgow, we opted for somewhere out of town, on the south-east shore of Loch Lomond. We booked the venue about 18 months before the day, then arranged the photographer, harpist and ceilidh band in quick succession. Alex and I were studying at the time, so we waited until after that was out of the way to do anything else, which meant all the other arrangements were made in the seven months or so before the wedding.
THE VENUE | My Dad taught at Strathclyde University – which owns Ross Priory – when I was very young, and I had happy memories of summer days spent there as a small child. I hadn’t been back for more than 20 years by the time we visited it as a potential wedding venue, but the house and gardens were still just as beautiful as I remembered. The capacity of the dining room matched the number of guests we were planning on perfectly and we booked all of the (ten or so) bedrooms available for the night of the wedding, so that our families, bridesmaid, best man and usher could all stay the night. The place really felt “ours” for the day. We didn’t want to have a relatively small number of people rattling around in a venue capable of holding a much bigger group, or be in a hotel with other guests milling about.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress and headband were by Jenny Packham. Accessories-wise, I wore Rachel Simpson shoes, a rhinestone belt I bought on Etsy and a pair of my Mum’s diamond earrings.
FINDING THE DRESS | I made appointments at three bridal shops in Glasgow (Eleganza Sposa, Anne Priscilla and Sarah Louise) and three in Edinburgh (Kavelle, Rachel Scott and Pan Pan) over one weekend about seven months before the wedding. I thought beforehand that it might be difficult to find a dress I liked but, in fact, every shop I visited had at least one dress I would have been delighted to wear. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I ended up buying my dress from the last shop I visited – I was definitely a bit snow-blind after two solid days in changing rooms.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Alex had a three-piece, Prince of Wales check suit made to measure by Steven Purvis, a Glasgow tailor.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two poems as readings during the ceremony: my brother read “Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou and Alex’s sister read Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII. My Mum is Chilean so I was particularly keen to have a Neruda poem as one of the readings.
We had a harpist, Ruth Mackay, play during the ceremony and the drinks reception after it, both of which took place outdoors. Ruth had a great repertoire and also offered to come up with a cover version for us – we requested “Here Comes the Sun” for our walk back up the aisle as a married couple.
We booked “It’s No’ Reel” as our ceilidh band for the evening – they were absolutely brilliant (particularly their amazing cover version of the Game of Thrones theme, I’m embarrassed to admit).
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had one bridesmaid, who wore a navy dress from Hobbs in a shape very similar to my wedding dress, and a rhinestone belt to match mine.
THE FLOWERS | Our flowers were by Myrtle & Bracken, who we booked for Di’s naturalistic flower arrangements – we wanted to avoid anything which looked a bit “corporate” or OTT. Di did a beautiful job of interpreting my half-hearted Pinterest board and came up with a pink-and-blue theme for the flowers, surrounded by lots of native greenery. I especially liked that she “rented” us some potted trees for the day, which were placed at the top of the stairs leading up to the venue. They really stood out, visually, and it was nice to know that they could return home and be used for other events afterwards, unlike all the cut flowers.
THE CAKE | Our “sweet” cake was from Happyhills Cakes in West Kilbride. It was a three-tiered cake (salted caramel, red velvet and a traditional fruitcake), covered in sugar roses, which Emily airbrushed to shade from light pink to deeper pink, top to bottom. The result was stunning – cutting into it was painful! We also had a “savoury” cake made from stacked wheels of cheese from the Cheese Shed, which was equally delicious.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lisa Devine, our photographer, was a very chilled, calming presence on the day and we absolutely love her pictures – they really capture how we remember our wedding.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had little jars of whisky fudge and Ross Priory’s own whisky miniatures (none of which seemed to make it out of the dining room alive) as wedding favours, and our copper-on-navy letterpress stationery came from the Hunter Press outside Edinburgh.
THE HONEYMOON | Two blissful, calorific weeks in Puglia.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking through the beautiful gardens of Ross Priory after our wedding ceremony, sun shining, drink in hand, with the sound of harp music filtering through the trees.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Our photographer, Lisa, suggested that we have some “first look” photos taken before the ceremony. We really recommend that as a way of easing pre-ceremony nerves and sharing a quiet moment together before the madness starts. Other than that, keep things in perspective – no one else will remember the details of your wedding day, so don’t get too stressed about it!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Lisa Devine
Venue| Ross Priory
Dress | Pan Pan Bridal
Flowers | Myrtle and Bracken
Band | It’s No Reel
Harpist | Ruth Mackay
Cake | Happy Hills Cakes
Cheese | The Cheese Shed
Stationery | The Hunter Press
Hair | The Little House of Hair
Ideas & Recommendations | The Glasgow Wedding Collective
Alex and Catherine, we cannot thank you enough for sharing your beautiful wedding with us. Rachel x