The scenery here this fine morning is just stunning; rolling hills and woodland backdrops in beautiful Scotland.
Emma and David decided to get married on the 27th September 2015. I really love that there wasn’t a proposal but rather a spontaneous decision from them both while on holiday at their future wedding venue, Mhonachlye Mhor Hotel. It really is no surprise that the setting made them think of holding their wedding there.
They had a really laid back vibe to their day, with an outdoor ceremony and lake swimming in the morning. Keeping everything simple and natural was important to them both and they chose wild blooms and an array of cakes, which I have to say looked scrumptious. Oh and didn’t they all look just gorgeous?
Thanks so much to John Elphinstone Stirling for sharing these really rather remarkable images.
THE PROPOSAL | To this day David has not ‘popped the question’. David I never really saw ourselves as the getting married types, but as time went on it was definitely something that I wanted to do. I wanted the dress, the excitement and the commitment to one another. David turned 40 back in March 2014 and as a special birthday treat I booked us a weekend at Mhonachyle Mhor Hotel. It was here that we stumbled across the most amazing backdrop for our wedding. We took a walk on the Sunday morning after a perfectly romantic weekend and found ourselves saying things like ‘we could have a brilliant party in this barn’, lets get married outside in Autumn and as the ball was rolling I piped up and said ‘Ill just nip into reception and see if they would accommodate a wedding’. That night we got home and we decided on September 2015, I phoned the Mhonachyle Mhor and that was that, our wedding was booked!
THE VISION | The vision was simple, friends, family, Autumn sunshine and Mhonachlye Mhor. The scenery and backdrop to our day was the vision. Keep things simple, don’t over do the ‘wedding’ traditions and keep things real/true to us.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I am a teacher and getting things done quickly and efficiently without any fuss is what I do. With the venue set, as was the style and the day. Mhonachyle Mhor lead the way, they were able to recommend an excellent florist who would dress the Big Dutch Barn and the Marquee. The food and wine and the style of the day was all created by the natural beauty of Mhonachly Mhor. I got stuck into planning August 2014 giving myself just over a year until the day. We didn’t allow our wedding to take over and we continued to enjoy our live without the pressure of excessive wedding planning.
BUDGET | We were very fortunate and our families supported us. Our budget was £1600 and I can confirm that we probably over spent slightly but the over spend was on personal items that were not included in the budget, i.e my wedding shoes and small gifts etc.
THE VENUE | Mhonachlye Mhor.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was bespoke and made by Susanne Christyne Bridal. Susanne has a beautiful bridal boutique on George Square Glasgow. This was the first shop that I went to and by far the best. I had a wonderful experience every time I visited Susanne.
I wore Rachel Simpson Mimosa shoes – these were very comfortable and I was able to wear them all day.
I had my head piece made by La Bella Epoque. Miriam was fantastic. She created my headband from my own ideas and had is completed in a very short time. My headband was one of my favourite things on the day.
I wore my Mum’s watch that had been given to her by my dad as an engagement present. It was not my intention to wear this, but it was important to me to have something of my Mum’s with me on the day as she had sadly passed away only 2 weeks before our wedding.
FINDING THE DRESS | Wedding dress shopping was something that I was dreading. My experience with Susanne however had settled my nerves during my first appointment of the day but my second appointment conformed why I was not looking forward to visiting shops and selecting the dress. I had my best friend and David’s sister with me (both bridesmaids). By the end of the day, I knew that I wanted to go back and see Susanne. We called her later afternoon and she agreed to see us that day. I talked through everything a good few times and then I made my decision. I went back a couple of weeks later on my own to finalise everything and clarify exactly what my dress would be like. Because my dress would be bespoke and I never actually saw it completed until only 4 weeks before the wedding.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | David has a very laid back look and he was very specific about what he wanted. A simple slim cut suit, finely checked shirt and no tie or button hole. He searched online regularly then in Spring of 2015 he came across the perfect royal blue suit from Reiss. It was perfect and worked really well with the bridesmaids.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music was important to us, we wanted music throughout the day as people were served canapés and drinks outside and then into the night we wanted a full dance floor at all times. We had a DJ play throughout the day and a Ceilidh band did a set after the meal before the DJ played into the night.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had three bridesmaids. My sister, best friend and David’s Sister. their dresses were also made by Susanne Christyne. I wanted a dusky pink colour that would suit all them.
THE FLOWERS | Ruby Flowers created a very autumnal feel with the flowers and I absolutely adored my bouquet. Ruby dressed the barn and I loved the scattered conkers that ran down the centre of the tables.
THE CAKE | We did not have just one cake. We had a whole table of cakes. The cakes were made by Mhor Bread Bakery in Callander. We had a selection of traditional classics, Victoria sponge, empire biscuits, pecan pie, millionaire shortbread and French fancies to name but a few. these all seemed to go down a treat. Mhor Bread also made small individual pies for the super at night. These were delicious!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | John Elphinstone Stirling. John and his wife Emma were absolutely wonderful. They made us feel at ease and we are delighted with the final photographs. John captured the day from start to finish perfectly – we cant recommend him highly enough.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We allowed Mhonachlye Mhor and Ruby Flowers to work their magic. We felt that the natural beauty of the hotel and the barn were décor in their own right.
THE HONEYMOON | New York! We had an absolute blast.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The Hog Roast feast. A packed dance floor. Page boys on space hoppers. Getting married outside overlooking some of the most idyllic scenery in Scotland.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Get married your way. Make your own rules and create your own traditions.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | John Elphinstone Stirling Photography
Dresses | Susanne Christyne
Shoes | Rachel Simpson Shoes
Venue | Mhonachlye Mhor Hotel
Flowers | Ruby Flowers
Stationery | Design ER Cards Craft
Hair | David Corbett Hairdressing
Make up | Jade Koemans
Wedding Ring | Alison Macleod
Flower Girl Dress | Flossy and Dossy
Page Boys | In The Wardrobe
Cakes | Mhor Bread
Wow, what an amazing affair.
Thanks so much to Emma and David for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou