WWW readers Pri and Tim’s gorgeous wedding day was a unique blend of Brazilian, Scottish and Japanese traditions. Their day was really beautifully simple. Luckily their venue didn’t need a lot of décor to look stunning, but you’re going to love the floral and foliage touches that our pair added with the help of their florist.
Everything took place on the 14th September 2017 at the Barn at Barra Castle in Oldmeldrum, Scotland. Following a humanist ceremony, dinner was laid out with style. Think lots of greenery, blush florals and some marvellous neutral rustic touches.
One of my favourite elements of this wonderful celebration is the fun our couple had seeing their Brazilian friends wearing traditional Scottish kilts, such fun!
It was the 1st of January 2016 – Just after watching the beautiful fireworks on the beach of Santos, SP/ Brazil. He was really nervous to ask me, but it was so magic and made my heart sparkle, just like the fireworks.
We wanted our wedding to be an event for our family and friends to celebrate our love, we wanted everybody to be present the whole day – from the ceremony to the end of the party. We wanted a rustic style, and we wanted to do a lot of things ourselves, with help from our family and friends, like a homemade cake (from Tim’s mum), Brazilian sweets (from Pri’s sister Barbara and friend Geisa), bagpipes (played by Tim’s friend), decorated jars for flowers and reed diffusers as favours (from Pri’s mum).
We really wanted Brazilian and Japanese traditions, even though the wedding was in Scotland. For that, we had the Brazilian sweets and little cakes to give to the guests in the end of the party called “Bem casados” – in English “well married”, which you can find in any Brazilian wedding. We also had Origami name place cards made by the Bride, and had sake (instead of whisky) in our quaich. My ‘something blue’ was a blue ribbon on the inside bottom of my dress with the names of all my single friends, a Brazilian superstition. Lots of Brazilian music and dancing in the party!
The Planning Process
We were a bit late to start planning our wedding. Although Tim proposed in the beginning of 2016, we only started proper planning in the beginning of 2017 because we were moving from Brazil to Scotland (lots of planning – especially bringing our two beautiful cats Boris and Narita). We knew we had to get married in 2017 because of Pri’s visa process. So first we had to choose a venue and check their availability. We found our perfect venue – the Barn of Barra Castle, and we wanted to get married in September. We chose the 14th of September, a Thursday, as there was a good deal with the venue for a week day.
Once we had the venue, we chose one from their approved caterers – Hudson’s catering. Michelle Paterson, from Hudson’s, helped us a lot with the planning for the big day, which it was really good for me, because being from another country things were a bit more difficult to plan.
The Barn at Barra Castle (Oldmeldrum). We chose the first venue we visited during the wedding planning. The place was absolutely stunning (even though we saw the place before it was finished!), and although we knew it was too big for our event, it was exactly the style we were looking for. Stunning place, stunning views for Bennachie and for Barra Castle. The location was also perfect, we lived a five minute drive from the Barn.
The mother of the groom, Chris Gill, was for a long time involved in baking and cooking, and we asked her to make the cake for us. It was white chocolate ganache with strawberries. We saved one tier for the freezer – and on our first wedding anniversary, that was our dessert. Brazilian tradition. Still delicious!
The top of the cake was made by a Brazilian supplier (Maria Moreira topo de bolos), and I asked her not to forget our fur babies Boris and Narita!
Your Outfits & Accessories
The only thing I was sure before trying any dress was I needed sleeves! I went to a wedding dress shop in Aberdeen and found a really beautiful one that was totally out of our budget. But at least I knew what style I liked on me.
Looking online I found Wed2B, and there were a lot of stores around the UK. I liked the dresses there, they were simple and totally fit in our budget. I got it in the shop in Glasgow.
My wedding shoes were the same shoes my mum wore in her wedding, 35 years ago. She kept them, and when I tried, I knew that they were going to be my ‘something old’.
Hair – Rhea McDonald (Rhea at Soul)
Make up – Julz (Platinum Makeup by Julz). When I saw Julz’s work on her facebook page, I knew that she was the make-up artist for me. I went for a trial, and loved the result straight away. She listened to what I was looking for, and she was perfect in every single detail.
Slaters Menswear (Aberdeen). We asked for the groomsmen to measure themselves using Slaters’ guide, they sent to us by email, and we hired their kilts. It was lovely and funny to see our Brazilian friends wearing the traditional Scottish outfit.
The Readings & Music
The mother of the groom and the sister of the bride did the readings of poems – Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare and “Nao deixe o amor passar” by Carlos Drummond de Andrade.
The ceremony was conducted by Sharon Short (Humanist Association of Scotland). We chose a humanist ceremony because we wanted it to speak about love, our love. It was beautiful.
My bridesmaids were from Brazil and the US (Miami). As it would be impossible for all of us to be together to choose the bridesmaid dresses, we decided that the dresses would be their choice.
We tried to grow some flowers to use in our wedding, but in the end, we decided to get them from a florist, and we chose Trina Art and Flowers, recommended by Hudson’s catering. Trina understood a lot what we wanted and even made a beautiful flower arch with fairylights. I loved it. I am also a big fan of succulents and rosemary, so I asked her to put some planted ones on the tables. I still have one of each in my house, so I can watch the love grow!
The few flowers we could grow in our garden were used on the cake table (with the Brazilian sweets!)
We spoke to and visited so many photographers during our planning! One of the first things I asked Tim when planning our wedding was that I wanted a really good photographer and who I felt comfortable with. After meeting these many photographers in Aberdeen and in Perth, we spoke to Anna Cervinkova via Facetime and from there, I found her really nice and had a really good feeling about her. And also, her work was beautiful.
We decided to do a photoshoot with her in Edinburgh two months before the wedding, and the result was even better than we expected. We were really happy with our choice.
The Details & Décor
The Barn is such a nice place that doesn’t need to much to be beautiful. Some details Trina, the florist, helped us with. The arch with fairy lights was my favourite, the flowers behind us during the ceremony too.
Some details we did ourselves with help from family and friends:
Origami Name place cards (made by the bride), the wedding schedule and photo memories made with wooden pallets (made by my beautiful bridesmaid Juliana), the LOVE letters with two cats (made by the bride and groom together), the design of the cake and sweets table made by my beautiful bridesmaid Layla.
The father of the groom, Peter, drove me to the wedding on his stunning 1939 red MG, part of his collection.
We did not go on our honeymoon straight away. My family was here from Brazil and I wanted to make the most of the time with them, because I had no idea when we were going to meet again.
We planned our honeymoon for April (waited a little bit for the weather to get better!) and we went to Italy – starting in Venice, then Verona, Florence, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Rome and Pompeii. Italy was one of the places in the world I wanted to visit the most. Tim was very good agreeing in going back there!
There were so many memorable moments! To start, my sister reading the poem by Carlos Drummond de Andrade during the ceremony. She cried so much that made everybody so emotional!
When we first saw each other.
The unexpected speech from my mum, who was already a bit drunk, making everybody laugh! She cannot speak English, but she made sure she learned a little bit only for the speech.
My Brazilian friends having fun wearing their kilts.
The Brazilian guests trying Scottish haggis and the Scottish guests trying the Brazilian sweets (brigadeiros, strawberry truffles, beijinhos)
The party – We made sure we did an open bar party, and brought bright and colourful party kits.
The pouring rain and also the rainbow – one of my guests told me that when it rains so much on a special occasion, that means God’s blessing.
The celebration of our love.
Advice For Other Couples
It can be clichéd, but enjoy every single second of your wedding day, because the time goes so fast! When you realise it is finished.
Take some time to yourself. Drink, eat, speak to your friends, dance!
I heard from one of my bridesmaids, Allana, that brides normally don’t eat at their own wedding. After spending all the time choosing our menu, and after all the time on a diet to fit on the dress, am I not going to eat? I enjoyed my wedding a lot!
And finally, don’t get too stressed with details when planning your big day. Some little things do go wrong, but in the middle of such a magic day full of love, you won’t really notice them.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
The Barn at Barra Castle
Humanist Association of Scotland
Such a stunning day.
Pri and Tim, thank you both so much for sharing your beautiful wedding story with us. Rachel x