I love it when a couple’s family and friends come together to help organise their wedding day and Natalie and Ian’s family did just that.
With Natalie and her mum organising the décor and Ian’s mum making the beautiful wedding cake. It was a lovely touch to ask their nice and nephew to do the ceremony readings, it must have been a wonderful moment.
I so love Natalie’s Muscari by Jenny Packham dress which had the most beautiful intricate detail and of course those lush blooms by I Heart Flowers.
Thanks so much to Chantal Lachance-Gibson for sharing her gorgeous imagery with us today.
The Proposal… It was my birthday and Ian had arranged a romantic getaway at Cameron House in Loch Lomond. I just thought I was being spoiled for my birthday but unbeknown to me Ian had another surprise up his sleeve! It was such a lovely day in August, after enjoying some of the hotels leisure facilities we decided to have a nice stroll around the grounds and loch – it happened at the most perfect little spot under a tree on a bench overlooking the loch. Would it be a surprise for me to tell you I cried?!
The Vision for the Day… Well I’m not really sure where I would begin with this! When it came to the ‘nitty gritty’ of planning the wedding I worried I wasn’t ‘girly’ enough to make a pretty enough wedding and was constantly worried about it all in the lead up to the day. I actually forgot half the things i had picked up until it came to dropping everything off at the venue. At the start the only things I knew were the things I didn’t want – butterflies (don’t ask me why!), a big dress and kitten heels! The start was pretty much a mind blank. We just wanted to ensure the day was planned with our guests in mind with the hope they would have a nice relaxed and enjoyable day. This is where the staff at our venue played a huge part!
The Planning Process… The venue is where it all began – Ian and I got engaged at in August 2011 and started looking at venues almost immediately. We looked at several locations, Glasgow, Bathgate, Bishopton just to name a few. I had my heart set on Loch Lomond as it’s just too beautiful to resist!! And we have spent quite some time there together as a couple. We came across The Cruin by chance after visiting another venue in the area. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and the setting was AMAZING, and the food of course. This is also when Ian changed his mind from suits to Kilts. Once the venue was booked the dress was next! All the other bits and pieces came nearer the time – I discovered during this process how unorganised I am although everything came together amazing well so could have been a case of bride panic!
Budget… Ian believes I purchased anything I seen I liked and worried about the consequences later – I obviously disagree!!
The Venue… As mentioned before, we started looking at venues the minute the ring was on my finger :) Initially it was the staff that attracted us to this venue. They were so welcoming, laid back and nothing was a trouble to them. Also we discovered the most beautiful view of the loch – we remember just standing there admiring the view in a few quiet moments and falling in love! The inside of the venue was also perfect; with the look of a log cabin it creates a nice warm homely feel! Once we had a taste of the food there was no denying that was the venue for us!
The Dress + Accessories… I wore Muscari by Jenny Packham (and wish I could wear it everyday) with very little accessories as there was quite a bit of details on detail on the dress. In my ears I just wore very simple diamond earring studs and the only other piece of jewellery I wore was my late Nana’s watch. They say you shouldn’t wear a watch on your wedding day however this watch is just too beautiful and special to me.
Finding the Dress… When we first got engaged I came across Jenny Packham’s website and drooled over the dresses many a times however I avoided looking at the dresses when it came to shopping for one as I knew they were a bit out my price range. Anyways.. after a girly day with my Mum and bridesmaids I bought a full lace gown with full length veil. I love everything vintage although I don’t really feel I can pull the look off in everyday life but a wedding dress was different! Something obviously wasn’t meant to be and I found myself having to look for a new dress 7 weeks to go – lucky for me the girls at Anne Priscilla were extremely helpful and I ended up with my dream dress!!! Complete opposite of what I had originally chosen but something I had dreamed of wearing. If only I could wear it everyday!!
Groom’s Attire… Ian originally chose to wear a suit however when we booked The Cruin the fact that we were getting married at Loch Lomond made him think traditional Scottish attire was more appropriate. He chose a modern tartan with a tweed jacket. The tartan was Hebridean Heather matched with the Glen Orchy tweed.
The Readings + Music… We asked our niece and nephew to either write their own reading or chose a reading (with supervision from their parents!) as we thought this made it a bit more personal and was a surprise for us on the day. Our niece Kate chose a beautiful reading called If Not For You – it was such a lovely reading and special to hear it from Kate for the 1st time on the day. Our nephew Leo chose to write his own with the help of his Mum which had a cheeky twist on it! It was sincere but also funny and really made everyone laugh.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… My sister Stephanie and very close friend Nadine – it wouldn’t have been my wedding day without the two closest people to me being there right by my side. Great bridesmaids – they had a lot to deal with :-)
The Flowers… I had about 10 different consultations with florists and just couldn’t find what I wanted THEN I had a look at I Heart Flowers blog and loved everything I seen! It was 5 weeks before the wedding before we had our 1st meeting and after a chat and a look at some of Sophie’s work I knew exactly what I wanted. The bouquets were stunning with a mix of colours and different types of flowers. Sophie is such a lovely girl who is willing to accommodate whatever you require as best as she can.
The Cake… Ian’s mum made our cake. She worked hard for months (with a bride that’s last minute with everything) practising different types of decoration etc. until I finally decided what sort of cake I wanted. It was a lovely contribution from Geraldine and again another lovely personal touch to our wedding – she loved every minute of it. It also tasted beautiful. It had three tiers and each tier was a different flavour. Ian chose cherry and almond I chose chocolate and we had one plain sponge tier.
Your Photographer… The photographer was another area where I just couldn’t make my mind up! We knew exactly what sort of style we wanted – very natural less formal and someone who would make us feel at ease. Eventually we managed to reduce our list to four different photographers and the first we met with was Chantal and Scott. Almost instantly we knew we wanted to book, they are both such lovely welcoming people and their work is fab. We certainly made a great choice of photographer. I love the way they are able to capture the emotion in the pictures – we have some really great shots of us with family and friends that when I look at the photo I can remember the emotion I was feeling at that time. One in particular is a photo of my mum and I and we’re laughing, you can see how happy we both are in that moment. When we were told our reception was about to begin and all the shots were taken we were so surprised as it felt as though only 10 minutes had passed, that was definitely down to feeling at ease allowing us to enjoy the photo session.
The Details + Decor… All purchased by my mum and me. I especially loved the centre pieces; grey birdcages with some added extras that I picked up over the months leading up to the wedding. The beauty of having purchased our own centre pieces meant we could give these to close family/friends as an extra favour and I got to keep one for myself. We also made our own favours, happy tears issues for guests as they arrived, tissue pom poms for the side of the aisle, hunted down some teacups for flowers, candles and flowers petals for the tables. Etsy became my best friend. One of my favourite buys was the little wooden ring box we got for our rings on the day, something so simple but yet a lovely keepsake.
The Honeymoon… We arranged a little ‘mini moon’ for after the wedding and travelled from Loch Lomond to Inverary and then Oban. This was perfect and such a lovely break as we were both pretty tired after the build up and the big day itself. We then flew to Cancun in the October for an all inclusive couples only holiday which I would highly recommend. Even though it was a delayed honeymoon I hadn’t got bored yet of telling people we were just married. Cancun was the perfect location for us as our resort had all the benefits of a relaxing luxurious honeymoon however, if we wanted to go out for the night and try something a little different we weren’t too far to do so and – being a young couple who like to party now and again – we tried out a couple of the bars and nightclubs.
Memorable Moments… The full day :-)
Seeing each other for the first time that day, finally saying I do after the long wait, the great feeling of having all our nearest and dearest around us, kissing for the first time and just loving every minute of everything that was going on. A special moment for both of us was seeing Ian’s granddad in a kilt. At 79 he had never worn a kilt and swore not to wear one but surprised us both on the day. I also loved the morning while getting ready with my Mum, Dad and bridesmaids – we all had so much fun! My dad was a little apprehensive to join us in the lodge and thought he would leave us girls to it but we were all having so much fun that he forgot to have his ‘Dad Chat’ with Ian, lucky for him eh!
Advice for Other Couples… Enjoy every minute of it, including the lead up to the wedding. Try not to fuss too much over the small things and concentrate on looking forward to the day itself. I would definitely advise to do what you can yourself – I had fun shopping for the centre pieces etc. with my mum and we had fun days making the things we did making it more special.
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photography | Photography by Chantal
Venue | The Cruin
Kilts | MacGregor and MacDuff
Wedding Dress | Anne Priscilla
Bridesmaid dresses | Dessy from June Brides
Flowers | I Heart Flowers
Venue dressing | centre pieces, tissue pom poms, tea cups, happy tear tissues etc, Mum & Me.
Bunting & ring box | www.etsy.com
Favours | handmade by my Mum
Cake | Ian’s Mum
Harpist | Jessica Burton
Humanist | Craig Flowers
Make Up | Heather Birrell
Utterly beautiful, what a setting.
Thanks so much to Natalie and Ian for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou