Beautifully Handmade DIY Village Hall Wedding in Scotland

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Introducing Andrew and Lucy and their utterly beautiful village hall wedding held on the 21st October 2017 in the stunning Highlands of Scotland. They first were married though at The Carnegie Courthouse in Dornoch, Sutherland and their wedding was the first at the venue. What a gorgeous setting it was, with high vaulted ceilings, striking windows and it was decorated beautifully with the loveliest floral installation to say I do against. The blooms have to be one of my fave elements of the day, in those rich red hues to match Andrew’s kilt, which included King Proteas, Roses, Eucalyptus and Astilbe to name a few. Lucy’s bouquet just took my breath away! Didn’t Lucy look stunning in her Charlotte Balbier Untamed Love ‘Luna’ gown and Britten Weddings’ veil? WOW.

I love how this pair wanted to create a crafty DIY wedding with informal and relaxed vibes. Focusing on their guests when planning helped keep things running smoothly and tackling it all together meant that decisions were made simpler. Well I think it all came together so perfectly and I really think you’re going to adore these sublime shots by Steven Gallagher. Thanks for sharing them with us Steven.

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THE PROPOSAL | Andrew proposed on the beautiful Camusdarach beach during a short break to Fort William. We had climbed Ben Nevis the day before and celebrated our engagement back in the Ben Nevis Inn. Andrew proposed with a wooden, laser cut ring I’d made at a craft class and we went ring shopping a few weeks later.

THE VISION | We wanted our wedding to be unique, personal and relaxed.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | The same day that Andrew proposed we decided on a date that we liked. We knew we wanted to get married in Lucy’s hometown, so we quickly decided on venues and then everything fell into place from there! I think because we were more focussed on having all of our friends and family together than worrying too much about the details of the specific venues it helped things to run smoothly for us. We were both involved in the planning of everything (with the exception of Lucy’s dress) which really took the pressure off the decision making.

THE VENUE | Our ceremony was in the newly refurbished Carnegie Courthouse in Dornoch, Sutherland. Normally a café and deli, our wedding was their first and they were absolutely amazing. We hired the local village hall for our reception which we decorated ourselves.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was the ‘Luna’ by Charlotte Balbier, part of her Untamed Love collection. My necklace was made by Sarah Brown Jewellery and my veil was from Britten Weddings.

FINDING THE DRESS | I bought some bridal magazines for research and pretty quickly identified the styles I liked, which included the CB Luna dress. Then, I identified the bridal shops where we live and found out that one of them, Ivory Grace, stocked Charlotte Balbier. I made an appointment and after trying on different styles by different designers, I got to the Luna, and as soon as I tried the dress on, I was sold!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Andrew actually got his kilt outfit for his 21st birthday (several years before his wedding)! We really love the red wine colour that runs through the Hebridean Heather tartan and that helped influence our decisions regarding flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses and decorations. To try and make Andrew’s outfit slightly different to every other wedding he attends we opted for all new accessories to freshen things up.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | I stumbled across ‘The One’ online, a lovely reading that Andrew’s sister read out. We were keen to have a traditional Scottish song and something for everyone to sing along to, so we chose ‘Mhairi’s Wedding’ which was played by our good friend, who also piped the wedding party down the aisle, and his wife who led the singing. While we were signing the marriage schedule, two other friends preformed ‘All I Want Is You’ from the film Juno. And, finally, we walked back down the aisle to “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce!

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Amy, Caitlin and Victoria all wore midi gold dresses, purchased in the spring sales! I knew I didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dress styles, I wanted the girls to look unique and feel comfortable in a dress that suited them. The girls live in different cities, so we looked online and I ordered some dresses and got them delivered directly to their homes. They tried them on and sent some photos and we decided from there. The three dresses were from Hobbs, Calvin Klein and Mint Velvet. No one had seen all three dresses on together until the morning of the wedding, it was so much fun!

THE FLOWERS | The flowers were beautiful, and everyone commented on how amazing they were, Wild Gorse Studio did such a great job. I created a mood board based on inspiration from Pinterest and our colour scheme was based on Andrew’s kilt and socks.

THE CAKE | We discovered Cakes @ Number 9 at a wedding fair. Jo invited us round to her house for a cup of tea and a tasting session and was keen to find out about our wedding vision. The cake was a semi-naked and had four tiers; two tiers of Victoria sponge and two tiers of lemon. I made the gold cake topper and it was decorated with eucalyptus and gold dust.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Steven had photographed our friend’s wedding a couple of years earlier and we had loved the photos from that day. We knew that we didn’t want too many formal photos or to be dragged away from our friends and family for long periods of the day for photos to be taken, we really wanted our photographer to take natural photos of people chatting and having fun and to, hopefully, capture the mood of the day. After meeting Steven for a coffee and a chat, we quickly realised that his views were completely aligned with ours and I think that is reflected in the photos he produced that day. We love them!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I was keen to make a lot of the decorations and stationery so one of the first things we purchased was a Cricut and a new printer! We made everything, from the invitations and the order of ceremonies, to the bunting and the place names. It was a lot of hard work but made the day so personal and true to us. Our table names were our favourite beaches which were held in jars, filled with spray painted gold shells. Our favours were marine animal pin badges from the Marine Conservation Society!

THE HONEYMOON | We waited a couple of months and spent our first Christmas and New Year as a married couple snowboarding in Canada. We had such a fun trip; the weather was very cold (even by Canadian standards) but we were fortunate to have some incredible “blue bird” days and great snow conditions.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Andrew – walking into the venue for the ceremony and getting everyone to cheer really settled my nerves, seeing Lucy walk down the aisle, having a few moments to ourselves outside immediately after the ceremony, doing our joint speech.

Lucy – Seeing the flowers for the first time in the morning, our first dance (In Remote Part by Idlewild) and an impromptu last dance (Feeling Good by Muse), feeling completely overwhelmed and filled with love all day seeing all our friends and family in one place celebrating our marriage!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Have as much input to your ceremony as you can to make it personal to you. Call upon your talented friends to help out with everything from decorating to playing music to chauffeuring the bride to the front door! Have a break between the wedding and the honeymoon, it’s nice to drag it out for a little bit longer.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photography | Steven Gallagher

Florist | Wild Gorse Studio

Caterers | Good Highland Food

Cake | [email protected]

Ceremony Venue | The Carnegie Courthouse

Furniture Hire | Virginia’s Vintage Hire

Band | The Socials

Piper | Andrew Lamb

Rings | Alison Macleod Jewellery

Dress | Charlotte Balbier at Ivory Grace

Bridal Necklace | Sarah Brown Jewellery

Bridal Veil | Britten Weddings *WWW wedding directory member in the Bridal Fashion & Accessories category*

Bridal Hair | Carmen Skinner

Bridal Make Up | Theresa Murray

Photo booth | Betty Booth

 

Oh so lovely!

Andrew and Lucy, thank you ever so much for sharing your special wedding story here with us xo Lou

 

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