Although this beautiful real wedding was held at the beginning of the Autumn season, it has a real Spring like feeling thanks to it’s light, bright, pastel colour scheme and epic florals everywhere. It’s certainly put me in a happy, fun and airy mood and I think you are really going to love it all.
WWW readers David and Ruth were hitched on the 2nd September 2017 at Killearn Village Hall in Stirlingshire, Scotland. The hall was just perfect, with it’s light filled high ceiling room, to really transform into their relaxed floral vision. With a focus on florals, the couple let their florist run wild with the prettiest blush pink and pale blue blooms and simply added sweet touches to the décor themselves. Think paper pompoms, festoon lights and personalised DIY touches. The cake table really set the tone, with it’s amazing array of treats, which wowed their guests. Come evening a high energy ceilidh was a must have to ensure the party was in full swing.
Capturing their day and all the gorgeous moments was Struve Photography (Thanks so much Kristin). I love these shots of this fun loving, super stylish pair, didn’t they look so stunning?
THE PROPOSAL | We got engaged in early February 2016 at a local event called Electric Glen, where they illuminate a country park with a stunning waterfall at night. We had gone on previous years and practically had the place to ourselves but unfortunately for David he chose one of the busiest nights at it for the proposal. Our parents were primed and ready at a nearby restaurant to celebrate so there was no backing down. After a desperate search for a quiet spot, with me still oblivious, we stepped off the path next to the waterfall so that David could begin his well-rehearsed proposal… after being interrupted by a child and my growing awareness of being watched I politely said “thank you” instead of yes and hurried back to the car so that I could see my ring in the light.
THE VISION | We didn’t have a definitive vision for the wedding but wanted to ensure that the day suited us. We just knew that we didn’t want the cookie-cutter hotel wedding and it had to include a ceilidh.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were both surprisingly calm for the majority of the planning process and made sure all the important suppliers were booked early doors. Once we had our venue, celebrant, band, photographer and flowers sorted we took our time sorting out the finer details of the day.
Sheena, from Three Sisters Bake was a godsend for ironing out the small details and ensuring that there would be plenty to eat and drink, including Aeperol Spritz!
THE VENUE | Killearn Village Hall in Stirlingshire, just north of Glasgow. This was the first venue we visited, and we fell in love straight away. We loved everything about the venue and inside the hall was a blank canvas allowing us, with the help from the team at Three Sisters Bake, to decorate it exactly how we wanted. The fact that weddings at the hall are catered for by Three Sisters Bake was also a massive draw.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress, veil and hair band were all from Berketex Bride.
Shoes: Rainbow Club
FINDING THE DRESS | After an initial fun dress shopping experience to try lots of different styles I started to trawl the internet with a clearer idea in mind. I came across my perfect dress on the Berketex website and when I tried it on in their Glasgow shop I knew I had found my dress. It had the soft, swishy skirt, the lace detail and covered buttons that I had been lusting over and it came in an incredibly flattering champagne tone. I still get dreamy thinking about it.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | David got his bespoke kilt from Slanj Kilts in Glasgow in his family’s tartan, Tara Murphy. He also sourced matching bow ties for him and his best man from the Edinburgh Bow Tie Company.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Entrance music: Let’s Get Married – The Proclaimers. I loved having a fun song for my entrance and the lyrics seemed really to fit us after 7 years as a couple. “We’ve been going together too long to be vague…”
Exit music: All You Need if Love – The Beatles. David is a huge Beatles fan and as our stationery proclaimed All You Need is Love it seemed only fitting to leave the ceremony as a married couple to this song.
First Dance: Dead Against Smoking – Admiral Fallow. It took us ages to pick a first dance song but we eventually decided to go with our hearts and this gorgeous song from one of our favourite Scottish bands. Admiral Fallow were the first band the we saw together early on in our relationship.
Readings: My brother, Robin did an amazing version of I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke and David’s sister, Claire read a sweet poem called On Your Wedding Day by an unknown author… there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My two oldest friends, Sara and Morven, and David’s sister, Claire, acted as my bridesmaids. After lots of searching I found the perfect dress, in my favourite colour from Chi Chi London (the Laurel to be exact) that suited all three of them and the feel for the wedding. I love how they looked in the tea length dresses and that it was different from the usual long bridesmaid dress.
THE FLOWERS | Floral Menagerie provided our flowers. I had been aware of Lisa’s work since she set up her own business and there was never any doubt as to where we would be getting our wedding flowers from. She was able to take my ramblings and turn them into my dream wedding flowers. We wanted to make the most of the late summer weather and kept the flowers light and pastel. The hall was filled with jars and jugs of flowers creating an amazing smell. The bouquets were spectacular too with people still commenting on how gorgeous my flowers were.
THE CAKE | Or should that say cakes!! As I said, Three Sisters Bake provided all the cakes for our cake table including our gorgeous three-tiered semi-naked wedding cake. The cake tasting required to pick the contents of our cake table was definitely a highlight of the wedding planning and by the “oohs” and “ahs” from the guests I don’t think it’ll be forgotten about in a hurry. As our seating plan said “All you need is love… and wedding cake”!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We loved Kristin from Struve Photography’s style when we looked at her website and it felt like the right match when we met up with her. She put us at our ease during our engagement photo shoot and made the photos on the day feel incredibly relaxed. It was very exciting receiving our wedding photos and love the feeling that Kristin and her second shooter captured.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our flowers were the key aspect of our décor. We had been collecting jars, jugs and gin bottles for months and let our creative side out with some spray paint.
We loved the DIY feel we could create in the hall and almost cleared IKEA out of lanterns in the process.
We had festoon lights strung from the ceiling and spent weeks fluffing up paper pompoms to hang from the lights. The pompoms ended up being a perfect match for the flowers which was slightly more by accident than design if I’m honest but if anyone asked it was definitely done on purpose.
My Great Uncle is a dab hand at woodwork and he made our card box and personalised Mr & Mrs bunting for the top table.
One of my bridesmaids, Morven, designed our much admired seating plan.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to New York in early December to ensure that we got the full Home Alone 2 experience. I would definitely recommend waiting for a few months before going on honeymoon. I think we would have just slept if we had gone somewhere straight after the wedding.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | For me some of the most memorable moments were walking into the hall with my Dad and seeing a nervous David at the top of the aisle, our guests creating a tunnel of confetti and the sheer joy of our first dance. I loved every moment of the day but they don’t lie when they say it passes in a blur.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take time to enjoy the day as a couple. We found a quiet moment to play a game of table football before the meal and it really helped calm the nerves before the speeches.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Struve Photography
Celebrant | Susan Douglas-Scott Susan & Gerrie Douglas-Scott – Humanist Weddings and Funerals in Scotland
Hair | Pin-up Hair Glasgow
Make up | Louise Ballantine Makeup Artist
Music | The Reel Fling
Florist | Floral Menagerie
Cake | Three Sisters Bake
Transport | West of Scotland Wedding Cars
Second shooter | In the Name of Love Photography
Venue | Killearn Village Hall
Many thanks to David and Ruth for sharing their amazing nuptials with us here today xo Lou