Gillian and Murray celebrated their wedding earlier this year on the 7th April 2018. Their day filled with happiness, love and laughter took place at the Macdonald Houston Hotel in Scotland, and what a glamorous and gorgeous day it was.
From the eucalyptus filled bouquets to the foliage adorning the elegant venue, there are lots of lovely details to enjoy. Keeping the day fairly simple, today’s fabulous couple largely stuck to a palette of natural tones and greenery, which is just so effective.
I’m a big fan of Gillian’s dress and love her long veil. As she says, there aren’t many opportunities to don a veil so you have to take advantage when you can. So true! Murray and his groomsmen also didn’t disappoint in the style stakes, looking very dapper in their kilts of various tartans.
Martin Venherm has captured Gillian and Murray’s day wonderfully, in all its gorgeousness. Thank you so much for sharing these brilliant images with us today Martin. Enjoy WWWers!
We lived in Sydney for three years, and we would regularly run on a Saturday morning around the Botanic gardens. One Saturday morning, we went especially early so it was quiet. The Opera House came into sight, Murray faked an injury and got down on one knee!
The most important thing for us throughout the planning process was that we and our nearest and dearest had a brilliant day. We wanted the day to be relaxed, fun and happy.
I adored the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and I loved how they looked with the flowers. The girls all have gorgeous figures and the dress I chose looked amazing on each one of them.
The dresses were purchased online at Mixbridal.
The Planning Process
We had around a year and a half to plan. We followed the textbook process you see online and followed all the advice from our friends.
Macdonald Houston Hotel, Uphall, Scotland
The Readings & Music
We had a humanist ceremony and therefore it was very personal to us.
We had two readings during the ceremony which were read by friends and family.
We had a flute and cellist duo for the ceremony and reception.
Something Blue were our four piece band for the evening entertainment at night. This was a combination of ceilidh and regular music
Your Outfits & Accessories
Dress- I wanted something simple but elegant. I loved the lace component in my dress and it reminded me a lot of some of the dresses I had seen in the magazines in Australia.
Veil- You usually only have one opportunity to wear a veil so I went for it! I chose a chapel type veil which I felt complimented my dress.
Earrings- drop pearls, I didn’t want to wear anything around my neck so these were the perfect alternative.
Kilt- Macduff Tartan. Murray wore the same kilt as his Dad wore on his wedding day which was a very personal touch.
Jacket- Murray had worn a similar colour at his friends wedding.It also went well with the wedding colour scheme.
A friend of the family helped us with flowers.
I love the colour of eucalyptus and felt it complimented the colour scheme. This was in with the foliage and peach roses were added for colour.
I let my bridesmaids have free reign on their hair and makeup, I wanted them to feel as comfortable as possible.
I went for a natural look with my makeup and wanted my hair off my face! I left the rest up to the capable hands of my hairdresser and make up artist!
The Details & Décor
We collected jars and bottles and attached hessian tape to them. We then added flowers for our centre pieces and for the ceremony. We also hand made our table plan and table names.
My dad helped put together a wooden altar which we covered with extra foliage.
We had a polaroid station in which people were able to take photos and peg them to large photo frames which was a bit of fun for the evening reception.
The kiltstore for kilt jackets and accessories. Most of the groomsmen had their own kilts.
My colleague at work made our naked cake. It was only her second wedding cake and she did a great job. It tasted amazing too!
A friend filmed sections of our wedding, she is still editing this. We can’t wait to see the results!
We went to The Algarve in Portugal in June, it was nice to have a wind down after the wedding and have something to look forward to.
Advice For Other Couples
Dont sweat the small stuff and remember whats important- marrying your best friend! Enjoy every minute of the planning and try and give yourself as much time as possible to avoid stress nearer to the date!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Martin Venherm Photography
Colleen Winning Makeup
Debbies Cakes, Fife
What a wonderfully stylish day. Thank you so much Gillian and Murray for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us. Rachel x