The last day of 2017 is here, so it’s time to reflect on what’s been happening for Way Out Wedding over the last 12 months. I love doing this because you can see in one glance how many brilliant things have happened. Sometimes we worry about where we aren’t instead of celebrating how far we’ve come. Guilty! But writing these always makes me feel fuzzy and proud as punch. Not to mention fired up for the coming year!
I think the best thing that happened this year was that Ellie Kime of The Wedding Enthusiast joined the team as my wing woman. I’ve never been any good at delegating, especially when something is ‘my baby’ in the way this blog is, but with Ellie I had, for the first time ever, zero fear. In fact, I couldn’t wait to hand stuff over as she’s absolutely breathed new life into the feel and voice of the blog. Plus it’s meant that as I choose who’s featured, Ellie actually gets it up on the blog quickly, rather than like in the past where I’d never have time to do it so you’d never hear about them. Ellie is a blogging machine and writes magic in double-quick time, all of which means a ton more content for all you couples planning your weddings!
In terms of numbers of followers, I’m not in the blogging big league. But actually I don’t mind because when people comment and hit ‘like’ on my social media channels, it’s familiar faces a lot of the time, with an influx of new people at regular intervals. Anyone blogging and worrying their stats aren’t huge – don’t because engagement is worth its weight in gold. Saying this, I still did a little dance when the combined social media numbers totalled 10K! If you want to follow along and help the totaliser (like the Blue Peter one of yonderyear) increase eeeeven more, this is the Instagram, this is the Pinterest, the Facebook and the Twitter. See. You. There.
The W Edit Directory
I finally got the blog’s directory, The W Edit, off the ground in the winter of this year, and spaces are filling up fast with amazing vendors. I am really so excited about this because you may have noticed that the direction of the blog has really tightened into being about fashion and style, rather than straight-up real weddings, and the suppliers that I choose for the directory are in keeping with this by being absolute game-changers, setting trends rather than following them. Which we love here at WOW HQ.
I did two shoots this year, both chalk and cheese! One was ‘Prom Night’, which being based on “the look and feel of the film of Stephen King’s Carrie, along with influences from designers Meadham Kirchoff and Molly Goddard, this shoot had its heart in the 1970s–1980s, in Americana, a bubblegum palette, and a tongue-in-cheek, stylised tastelessness. The other was ‘Pretty in Punk’, which explored a prettier incarnation of the original 1970s-80s subculture, with the “vision full of tulles, embroidered upcycled dresses, separates, DIYd t-shirts, slogans, song lyrics, androgyny, undercuts, faux hawks, heavy set jewellery, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen (from Lee’s days), a bit of Manic Street Preachers early days, Sid and Nancy…” Let’s be in no way normal around here.
Magazine – There’s going to be a magazine. I say this every year, but with Ellie on board I’m confident this is the year. It’ll be a showcase of directory members’ work and because I’m a visual person above everything else, it’ll be really lookbooky.
Diversity improvement – We’ve already dropped saying ‘suits for grooms’ because who says a suit is purely for one type of person? We say couples rather than ‘bride and groom.’ We want more people of colour represented. We want to see all the variations of abled and disabled. Long story short: We don’t want two sexes, two genders, one ability, one colour. We want spectrum and fluidity. We want HUMAN.
I’m properly excited that we will be working with the mighty Rock The Frock on a fair few things this year, so watch out because RTF is winning at life and then some.
Lastly, there will be a new format that will make the blog all fresh and new and stuff.
Happy New Year lovelies!!! Hope you have an amazing time celebrating the start of a new year tonight. As promised, here is my roundup of all my favourite real weddings from the blog in 2017. It was a corker of a year and so many beautiful big days and memories – and in no particular order, here are my best 10!
It is fair to say that today’s wedding is a little bit special! Over the years I have seen many a beautiful celebration, but today’s completely took my breath away when it hit my inbox – and is just perfect to help us see in the New Year in style! With the Châteauesque mansion of Biltmore House as its backdrop it is a stately affair brimming with Gatsby inspired glamour…. seriously, if this doesn’t get you swooning then nothing will!
Gorgeous bride Samantha shared how the couple decided upon their lavish Art Deco theme…. “Kent and I are both old souls and we love doing things out of the ordinary. We also have this fascination with the 1920s era, to us it is a time that was very sophisticated, glamorous, and proper but edgy at the same time. So our design and style was Art Deco inspired, we wanted it to feel like a blast from the past.
While that was the main focus for design, I also wanted it to feel very romantic so that is where the light colored flowers, huge crystal chandeliers and high ceiling tent comes in. We wanted our guests to feel like they escaped their crazy, hectic lives and entered a magical night of love.”
Avoiding the conventional heavily beaded and drop waist Art Deco bridal gowns, Samantha instead chose a dramatic, curve hugging, lace design from Berta, that created a sultry silhouette and kept her look contemporary – but still oh so glamorous! Whilst Kent donned a tailed Tom Ford tux and was the epitome of dapper for his beautiful bride.
“The most important thing to us was to keep our love and our union at the center of everything. That being said, everything we chose from overall design down to the little details, had a direct connection to our relationship and our love for each other. It was super important that we kept this as our main focus during the planning process to avoid becoming crazy because at the end of the day it was all about our union as one and everything else were added bonuses.”
“The most memorable part of the day was definitely the moment I was walking down the aisle. Despite all the people there watching us, all I saw was Kent‘s huge smile as he was trying to hold back his tears. I will never forget the emotions I felt during that moment.”
“We decided to write our own vows. They ended up being very different from one another but they portrayed each of our personalities. For us it was a way to genuinely profess our love and commitment to one another in front of all our friends and family. By the end of our vows I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.”
“Making any decisions, small or large, were really easy for me because I had a clear and precise vision of how I wanted to wedding day to look and feel. I suggest brides hone in on the vibe they want for their wedding before making any decisions. This will help with having any seconds thoughts or uncertainty as you go through the wedding planning process.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…
“I suggest that you check off as many items on your to-do list as soon as possible. Even if that means overloading yourself with a bunch of work because it will pay of in the end. You want to enter the week before your wedding as calm and relaxed as possible so you can focus on the most important thing…getting married!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…..
“It was such a breeze working with our photographer! While I love a good photo taken of myself, (who doesn’t?!) I get really awkward in front of the camera when I have to pose. Marylou of All Bliss Photography was able to capture so many great moments beautifully without me knowing she was even there! It was really important to me to have photos that were more artistic than your classic wedding photos and Marylou did just that! She was able to organically capture moments that portrayed all of the emotions that were felt on our big day.”
Huge congratulations to our oh-so-glamorous couple Samantha & Kent! A big thankyou to them and of course to the lovely Marylou of All Bliss Photography who captured every gorgeous moment and detail so perfectly. If you love her rich photography as much as I do, and would like to see more of her work head over to her website allblissphotography.com and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
The wedding of our bride Heidi and Ed was another of those epic days that you’re so grateful to have been a part of. Heidi was a mega-babe of a bride and her enthusiasm and beaming smile were infectious.
I was so excited to receive a few images from our good friend Jon Dennis from S6Photography. His images are always insanely awesome and I couldn’t wait to see how the rest of the day went for Heidi & Ed. Their ceremony took place at Haddon Hall followed by partying hard in a Tipi at Shiningford Farm. The creative brain of our good friend Elinor Softley from Inner City Weddings and Events played a part in this beautiful wedding and, as always, she nailed it!
But, on this occasion, we have more than just the story of a beautiful wedding day to share with you! because Heidi and Ed have another incredible story that went viral on the recently with this feature by ‘The Daily mail‘ which got over 4.6k shares.
Heid & Ed’s story of fate, In the words on The Daily Mail –
A couple who married this summer discovered they were childhood sweethearts after spotting each other together in long forgotten holiday photographs taken 20 years ago.
Heidi and Ed Savitt, 26, had no idea about their fateful meeting aged six until Heidi’s mother mentioned a ‘holiday romance’ with a little boy called Ed and dug out photos which, to everyone’s amazement, showed her future husband.
The couple, who live in London, met in 2011 at Newcastle University. Ed, owner of DropShot Coffee – a specialty coffee shop in Southfields – read Psychology and Business, while Heidi studied Economics and Management.
They first spoke when Ed moved into a student house where Heidi had previously lived and messaged her asking how to work the tumble drier after spotting her name on some post.
The pair soon started dating, and had been together for four years when they had dinner with their mothers in Wandsworth, south-west London.
Fiona Savitt soon got talking with Heidi’s mother, Kay Parker, about their shared love of sailing holidays.
Kay mentioned in passing that Heidi had a ‘holiday boyfriend’ who was also called Ed when she was six, and said the pair had played together and held each other’s hands for much of the two-week break.
Everyone thought it was a strange coincidence, and Fiona even smashed her wine glass in surprise, but the conversation quickly moved onto other topics.
However, when Kay was going through her attic two weeks later, she found a dusty photo album from a sailing holiday in Gumbet, Turkey.
One of the photos, dated July 1997, showed Heidi side by side with a little boy. To Kay’s amazement, she rubbed off the dust to find it was Ed, whose face was recognisable under his childhood bowl-style haircut. ‘I was screaming, it was just unreal,’ Kay said. ‘Of course, I sent it to Fiona. Then loads more photographs came out. ‘None of us had any idea whatsoever that Heidi and Ed had met before university. But during that two-week holiday, they held hands most of the time. ‘Perhaps they just had a subconscious realisation they had shared that time together when they met as adults.’The couple were ‘inseparable’ once they started going out and always knew they would end up getting married
This map shows the journey both the Savitts and Parkers took, from Sheffield and London – 200 miles apart – to the Mediterranean resort of Gumbet in Turkey where they met in 1997
‘It was just so much fun to marry my best friend surrounded by all our family and friends,’ Heidi said.
‘It absolutely blows my mind that we could have never found out that we first knew each other all those years ago.
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.Usual service will recommence on Monday 8th January 2018 (we’re hoping we’ll be over the hangover by then, right?) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from last 6 months.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
This utterly divine real wedding takes place at one of our very favourite Northern venues, the stunning Lartington Hall. Bride and groom, Stephanie and Lee, equally fell for this utterly beautiful setting for their big day with wow-worthy interiors, gorgeous gardens and impressive entertaining spaces as standard.
Keen to complement rather than complicate, the couple decided to let the venue speak for itself and add simple décor using an elegant colour scheme of golds, creams and blush, with whimsical flowers and greenery to complete their classic vision.
Our heart is totally stolen by Stephanie’s pretty Pronovias gown, complete with cathedral-length veil and pointy Emmy shoes. Actual #stylinggoals!
stephanie says: We got engaged in New York on Christmas Eve 2015. I had no idea Lee was going to propose. We had always talked about getting married but always thought it would be in a few more years (even though we had already been together for eight years). We were just walking through Central Park on the morning of Christmas Eve and Lee asked me if I would like to marry him. There was no one else around and he had a little box hidden in his pocket with a note inside. He knows how particular I am so wanted to take me with him so we could choose a ring together. We then went to Tavern On The Green for lunch.
Our wedding date was May 13th 2017. At first, I was a bit dubious about choosing the 13th however we decided to ignore superstition and make 13 a lucky number for us. Plus, it meant all of our favourite suppliers were also available on that day as no one else wanted it!
We got married at Whitburn Parish Church and then went on to the beautiful Lartington Hall, Teesdale, for our reception.
From such a young age I always wanted to get married in my parish church so there was no doubt that the wedding ceremony was going to be there. As for the reception, we wanted a venue where none of our friends and family had been before. And me being me, wanted attention to detail and somewhere that had the wow factor.
We had heard of Lartington Hall but always thought it was a little bit too far (considering we were getting married in Whitburn) but after months of searching for the perfect place we decided to go and view it. We fell in love straight away!
We just wanted our wedding to be traditional, timeless and elegant and to reflect the beauty of Whitburn church and Lartington Hall. When choosing everything we pretty much did a full circle. We started off with very traditional ideas, moved to more rustic themes and then once the venue had been decided, we moved back to elegant and classic. I also wanted the flowers to be very whimsical and full of creams and greens.
For our stationery we chose Megan at Rosewood Co. We had seen Megan’s designs at a wedding fair so made an appointment so she could personalise something for us. Again, we went for very simple and elegant with a pearl ivory pocket fold wedding invitation tied with an ivory ribbon and name tag. The evening invitations had a hand drawn image of Lartington Hall on and the order of service had a hand drawn image of Whitburn Parish Church on. Our name place cards also had an image of Lartington Hall on and were finished with some dried flowers and ivory ribbon. Megan was extremely helpful and was in contact all of the time making sure it was exactly what we wanted. We again had some lovely comments from our guests about the stationery. It all turned out to be just what we wanted.
We went for very neutral colour scheme overall of golds, creams and blush. Again, we wanted the colours to be elegant and classic but also have a summery feel. I also thought about the colours that would suit my bridesmaids.
My wedding gown was a Pronovias design from Mia Sposa in Newcastle. Every time I looked at wedding dresses I searched ‘plain wedding dresses’ so knew I was going to go for something very simple and traditional. I also loved the Pronovias designs. My chosen dress was the first one I tried on. I did try a few other different styles on but knew that the first one was ‘the one’. I also feel that because it had a full skirt, it suited the grandeur of a church wedding.
With the dress being very simple, I decided to have a crystal and pearl vine hair piece in my hair and a single tier, chapel-length veil which was edged with lace, also from Mia Sposa.
I also wanted to treat myself to a special pair of shoes and knew that I always wanted pointy shoes rather than sandals or a peep toe. I saw a pair of Emmy shoes at a wedding fair and fell in love with them straight away.
For jewellery, I wore a pair of single pearl earrings that belonged to my nanna (something old) and a pearl bracelet to match.
It wasn’t too difficult for Lee to choose a suit either. He knew that he wanted to wear something a bit different as he ‘could wear a navy suit anytime,’ so he went for a tux. We hired his tux from Moss Bros. We also felt like this reflected the vintage/1920s feel of Lartington Hall. Many people said you don’t really wear tuxedos for church weddings but again we wanted to be a bit different so just went ahead with it. His shoes were from Kurt Geiger. The groomsmen wore the same as Lee.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were peach and were from Watters, which we bought from Laura Lea Boutique in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle. The girl there was so friendly and helpful and knew exactly what styles suited different body shapes.
The bridesmaids also wore matching heart shaped, crystal earrings and necklace from Swarovski – which we bought them as a gift.
Marie Scroggins at ND Makeup did our hair and makeup. Marie was so helpful and such a lovely girl to share the morning of the wedding with. I have known Marie a while and always knew I wanted her to do my wedding hair and makeup. She offered advice both at the trial and on the day but also listened to mine and the bridesmaid’s requests and ideas.
We hired cars from Elite Wedding Cars in Bishop Auckland. We had an ivory Rolls Royce as the bridal car and an ivory Austin Princess for the bridesmaids. Again, from the first meeting with the owner to the actual day. They were great to deal with. They even did a ‘recce’ to see where our house, the church and the venue were and which route was the best. This meant that it all went so smoothly on the day.
Our photographer was Lee Scullion. We had seen some of his work in magazines and online so knew he was the man we would like. We didn’t realise how many different styles of wedding photography there were until actually looking for one, but decided that we wanted to stick with our first choice and loved his relaxed, yet fashion/portrait kind of style. He also said that he loved a traditional church wedding so knew he would create something special.
Prior to the wedding, went to meet him at a wedding fayre and knew that his quirky personality would add to our day. The fact that he does a pre-wedding photo shoot was also a bonus as it was a great opportunity to get to know him and for him to get to know us.
We would definitely recommend Lee Scullion to other couples. He is very professional yet made us feel at ease the whole time. He made us feel like we were doing everything right and got some fantastic shots. Our guests also love him and are still talking about him now! The photos he created are amazing and we can’t stop watching the photo DVD he gave us. He told us we had ‘worked well’ on the day but to us it wasn’t work at all because he made it so easy for us.
Our day was filmed by videographer Silver Sixpence Films. Originally, we weren’t going to get a videographer but knew that we would regret it if we didn’t. We had seen some work from Silver Sixpence Films online and when looking at different venues, so again knew that we liked their style. We had also seen that they had been to Lartington Hall before so would know the venue well already. It was just what we wanted.
The video they created was bright and colourful and created a lovely contrast to the black and white photos from our photographer – capturing our day in a different way. Penny and Ed also made us feel at ease the whole time and we barely knew they were there. They were very professional and captured every special moment. There were little romantic gestures and moments captured that we didn’t even know we had done. This added such a beautiful touch to our video again savouring those special memories. Even the music that they chose for the highlights video was well suited to us and our wedding.
I had spoken to Penny on the phone the week before the wedding and knew that we had made the right choice just by the lovely conversation we had. Our video arrived in a beautifully packaged box with a wooden USB in its own wooden box – a lovely keepsake.
We couldn’t recommend them enough and want to show our video to the world. Our friends and family were also very complimentary about both our photos and video. We are so glad we decided to have a videographer as it brings our day back to life every time we watch it.
We got all of our flowers from Charlotte at The Finishing Touch Company. My bouquet was made up of cream peony roses, roses, astilbe, larkspur, ranunculus, eucalyptus and other greenery.
I wanted a whimsical feel to my flowers and had previously seen Charlotte’s beautiful bouquets. My bridesmaids had a smaller version of my bouquets with flowers in their hair. My flower girl carried a beautiful wand and wore a ringlet on her head finished with an ivory ribbon – again with all of the same flowers and colours.
I have become totally obsessed with flowers since my wedding because of the Charlotte’s beautiful work.
Charlotte also did our table decorations – we had creams and greens at our wedding reception – peony roses, roses, larkspur, hydrangeas, eucalyptus and other greenery.
We had a rotation of three different decorations on the tables. One was ‘grandma’ style glass jars with flowers in, one was a wine box/crate with flowers in and the other was a stone urn with flowers in. There were also gold tea lights to finish off each table display.
On the top table we had a long and low display, again with the same flowers in. There were also gold tea lights and crystal style vases for our bouquets.
Sam Green Calligraphy designed our table plan and welcome sign and she also added a few finishing touches around the venue. We stayed with the golds and blush colours and Sam and Sandie’s creativity provided us with a very elegant, grand and ornate design. We absolutely loved it and got to keep both items – adding part of our wedding to our home. I will definitely be going back to Sam for some more of her beautiful writing in the future. She has such a talent and is such a lovely person as well – I feel like I have known her forever.
The rest of the decor was that of the venue. We felt we didn’t need to add anything else as we didn’t want to overpower the beauty of Lartington Hall.
As favours for the ladies we had rose cupcake soaps from the Yorkshire Soap Company as I love to bake cupcakes, and for the men we had an Irish Lottery Ticket – something that Lee chose as it is something he likes to play every now and again. The few children that were there had a little treat bag with colouring, games and sweets in.
Sandy at The Cake Garden in Ellington made our cake. We chose Sandy because her cakes look and taste amazing. She also made my sister’s wedding cake and my niece’s christening cake.
With my dress being quite simple I wanted a cake with a little more fuss. Our cake had a layer of ivory ruffles, a layer with pearl swags and beading, a layer with gold luster and a layer with edible sequins, glitter and crystals. She also added a cascade of flowers that matched our wedding flowers. Our flavours were chocolate fudge, cherry Bakewell, fruit and strawberry and champagne. We also had a lemon drizzle cutting cake.
The food at Lartington Hall was delicious. To start we had ravioli of smoked ham hock, ham consomme, onion, broad beans and Lartington Hall wild garlic, main course wasb lade of beef with pomme puree, cavolo nero, carrot puree, and dessert was white chocolate mousse with rosewater jelly, blackcurrant and vanilla macaron and blackcurrant sorbet.
The evening food was street food, which consisted of mini American steak burgers, fish and chips, hotdogs and veggie burgers
The food was amazing on the day and our guests said it topped any other wedding they had been to.
In terms of entertainment, I arranged a surprise singer for the church ceremony – Graeme Smith (from Encore) – to come and sing All I Ask of You. He sat in the congregation and stood up midway through the service and started to sing. It was a lovely surprise for everyone but also a nice treat for us – Graeme’s voice is amazing!
During the drinks reception we had Stevie Tennet Jnr singing acoustically on the guitar. We had seen Stevie playing in a pub a few years back and always knew we wanted him to play at our wedding. We loved all of the songs he played so knew that our guests would too. He is also a great singer.
At the evening reception we had DJ Bride & Groove and a band called The Moobs (a local band from South Shields). We had seen Bride & Groove at our friend’s wedding and knew that they really personalised their playlist.
The Moobs are a band that we have seen around town for a few years now and we also know the drummer Adam so couldn’t resist asking them to play at our wedding. They played all the songs that people love to get up and dance to like Queen, the Killers, U2 and many more. The dance floor was literally never empty!
Following our wedding, we would without doubt recommend our choice of venue to other couples. From the moment we walked in to Lartington Hall we were made to feel welcome by both John and Shona. It is a very special place which will now hold lots of precious memories. Wish we could go and stay there all of the time and can’t wait to go to another wedding there as a guest. From the food to the decor, Lartington Hall is by far the best and most elegant venue I have seen. Our guest will all agree that it was such a brilliant day and the stunning venue paid a big part in that.
Looking back, it is so hard to pick a certain part of the day as our favourite because from the moment we woke up, to the moment we went to bed, it was amazing. We would say though that spending the whole day with each other and with all of our family and friends, is what made it special and without doubt the best day ever!
We went to Las Vegas on honeymoon. We love America and want to travel to every state so thought we would go to Vegas again before we have any children.
We stayed in the Vdara for ten nights – a quieter hotel for Vegas as it is a bit of a sanctuary to go back to. We did as much as we could while we were there and pretty much did everything you can do on a honeymoon from relaxing to sightseeing to partying. We went to see Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil which was amazing, went on a sunset horseback ride in the desert, went to the Hoover Dam and West Rim of the Grand Canyon and also went to see Calvin Harris at Omnia. While we were there we also met up with some other friends who were on their honeymoon so had a few nights out with them – our favourite being at Top Golf and dancing in Freemont Street.
My top tip to other Brides Up North is – just relax and enjoy every moment as the day goes so fast. Try not to get too stressed when things don’t work out and remember it is your day and nobody else’s! I would also recommend getting a videographer as it keeps your day alive.
With just one day left in the year, on the blog we celebrate a jam-packed wed-fest of a year that’s been full of gorgeous real weddings, adorable elopements, styled shoots and incredible wedding inspiration. What will next year bring? Shortly, I’ll be sharing my favourite posts from 2017 and letting you know what my predictions for 2018 will be. Today though, here is another beauty of a shoot with a very popular colour palette of mint, blush and fresh greens – such a timeless, romantic combination! Words and images by James & Kerrie Photography.
Ever feel like your wedding is spiralling into something that no longer reflects the two of you? After taking stock of their plans, Hannah and Craig took the brave step of cancelling their huge wedding and eloping to the remote and romantic west coast of Scotland. Here’s why they have absolutely no regrets…
Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Craig and I met through Roller Derby, a full contact sport played on roller skates. During our first training session together, I gave him a nosebleed by elbowing him in the face. I certainly made myself memorable anyway!
There was a definite spark between us when we first met, I think we both felt it and gravitated towards each other. Every time I saw him my stomach would flip and we would just think up any excuse to talk to each other!
We had a lot of obstacles in our way, including distance, but we found we just couldn’t quit each other, we spoke everyday for 6 months and by that point I think we both knew we were on to something big!
We were inspired by…
Last year we were in the midst of planning a massive wedding, the venue was booked and the deposits were down. It began to sink in that we were planning a wedding for everyone else and not for us.
Somewhere between the 160 person guest list and the 7 tiered wedding cake, there was a stark moment of clarity. I realised we had gotten so far away from what we initially wanted and the pressure of trying to please everyone was exhausting. So, we decided to cancel everything!
Instead we decided to elope, just the two of us and our trusty Dog of Honour, Fox,
Just because we were eloping didn’t mean we were doing things small. I had bought my dress before cancelling the original wedding so it was a massive lacy non elopement like dress. We had a cake (using the deposit put down for the original 7 tiered monster cake), flower garlands, hair and make up, the whole works!
We absolutely love the setting for your wedding!
We eloped to the amazing Crear on the West Coast of Scotland and managed to score the day of our dreams! We chose Crear because of the landscape, it’s hard to put into words how truly breathtaking a place it is. From the white sandy beach to the amazing views of Jura and Islay, if you appreciate the outdoors then Crear is second to none.
We also love the beach and both grew up in seaside towns on the east coast of Scotland, so the seaside is very close to our hearts. Getting married near the sea was very important to us and one of the factors which made us reconsider the massive city based wedding we had originally planned.
Getting married in Scotland can be risky in terms of the weather but we tried not to think about it too much, nothing would dampen our day. We were rewarded for putting our faith in our bonnie land, the skies were crystal clear and the sun shone on our wedding all day.
Did you DIY any elements of the day?
One of the major reasons for eloping was to make sure the wedding was ‘us’, so there were a few personal DIY touches.
We made our own wedding rings. We found an amazing jewellery designer in Edinburgh (Make Your Own Wedding Rings), who spent a day with us helping us to make our wedding rings from scratch. I made Craig’s ring and he made mine, we were able to add a hammered texture to them and produce something really unique. It was such a great experience and I would recommend it to any couple out there. It also worked out a lot cheaper than some of the rings we were looking at, we basically paid for the gold and the workshop and Donna even supplied our lunch, it was a dreamy day and I’ll remember it forever.
Our Cake was a little bit DIY as well. We topped it with two ceramic cats I bought at a car bootsale and foraged for ferns and flowers to decorate it on the morning of the wedding.
We had a very personal Humanist ceremony, with personalised vows, a traditional handfasting with our family tartans, and lots of laughter. We helped to create the entire ceremony with our amazing celebrant Annie, so it was completely tailored to our relationship and future marriage, it was lovely.
We love your outfits! Tell us more…
My wedding dress was designed by Justin Alexander and inspired by Grace Kelly. Originally I didn’t like it on the hanger and didn’t want to try it on but once I did I just knew it was the one. It was definitely the emotional response I had heard other brides talk about. Also it had pockets………enough said. My cathedral length veil was custom made by Joyce Jackson and really gave the outfit that bridal vibe.
I opted for really simple gold earrings which looked like stags antlers and that was the only piece of jewellery I wore besides my rings, I just felt like the dress spoke for itself.
Because we were getting married outside, I decided to go for a pair sparkly pink and gold ombre Converse! This ended up being a good choice because we did a fair bit of rambling on the day.
Craig’s outfit had a bit of a DIY element to it. He hadn’t liked any of the kilt suits he had seen, so he decided to source his outfit from lots of different places instead. His kilt was from a kilt maker in Musselburgh, he was really friendly with the staff at the shop as he quite often takes his classes there on school trips! The colours he opted for were greens and browns, really earthy to compliment the fact we were getting married outdoors. The tie and flashes matched the kilt and were made from the leftover tartan.
His jacket was from Slaters, brogues from H&M and socks from an online retailer. He opted for a blue shirt which worked really well with the jacket. The whole look just turned out so well, everything about it was very Craig and he looked so handsome. I was so chuffed for him!
Your photos are breathtaking!
I cannot tell you how glad I am that we had Wonderful and Strange capturing our wedding day, they are the most professional, warm, talented and lovely people you could ever meet.
They put us at ease, made us laugh and went the extra mile to capture some incredible shots of our day. Not only were they our photographers but they were our witnesses too.
They drove four hours to Crear and spent the entire day with us, we couldn’t have asked any more of them and I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Any surprises on the day?
The weather! Being from Scotland, you learn to be prepared for anything and experiencing four seasons in one day is commonplace. But, on our wedding day we were blessed with clear blue skies and amazing sunshine for the whole day! Extremely lucky, considering it hammered down the next day.
There was an old couple sunbathing on the beach after the ceremony and the gentleman sprung up to shake our hand, “taps aff” and everything. We also had some people in kayaks giving their congratulations from the water.
And how did your families react when they found out?
Surprisingly everyone took the news really well, which was not exactly what we expected. Most people were really happy for us and could understand why we were doing it.
Hannah: My mum was a little bit emotional about the whole thing initially but she respected us for having the courage to do things our own way.
If we had a penny for the number of times someone said to us “Oh I wish I’d done that!” We’d have paid for our honeymoon!
Any advice for couples thinking of eloping?
We really wanted to share our day to show that weddings come in all shapes, they don’t have to be typical or traditional and they can be completely and utterly about who you are as a couple.
Also to give courage to those considering an elopement themselves or those who may feel like the pressure of their big day is starting to swallow them. Telling family and loved ones can be nerve-wracking but the people who love you will be happy for you. Once you tell everyone, you will feel like a weight has been lifted.
If you do decide to elope you don’t have to play it small, you can still have all the things you want – wear a massive dress, have a bouquet, do a first dance, have your cake and eat it!
Be true to yourselves and remember a wedding isn’t just about the material things, it’s about your marriage and that can be a very personal thing.
We are both Scottish and are very proud of that, so it meant a lot to be married in a country we both love. We also love the outdoors and Scotland gave us the freedom to be married outside.
I think the scenery provided such an amazing backdrop, honestly you can’t beat coastal Scotland on a summer’s day, it’s breathtaking. We live in a truly beautiful country and I can’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Scotland has it all, white sandy beaches, rugged atmospheric coastlines, dense green lush forests and epic views in all directions.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Craig: The most unforgettable thing about the day for me was seeing Hannah in her wedding dress for the first time.
Hannah: For me it was the ceremony and how perfect it felt. It was so personal and just confirmed to me that we had made the right choice to get married in this way. I smiled and laughed all day and I’ll always remember that feeling.
Golden advice from Hannah and Craig – be bold, be brave, be you. Christina x
It’s that wonderful time of year where I’m welcoming lots of newly engaged brides and grooms to the blog. So first of all CONGRATULATIONS – so, so happy for you! And secondly, take your time. Languish in this blissful time. Enjoy your first few weeks of engagement bliss, and then, let the wedding planning commence! Here at WTW we have a huge back-catalogue of beautiful wedding inspiration for you to get stuck into, and if it’s advice you need, hold tight we have heaps of articles on the way to help you navigate your way. For now, though, enjoy this sweet and colourful rainbow tinted proposal. It’s absolutely adorable. Images by Lucia Fatima.
As a New Year bride myself, I can confidently say (from experience) that there is no better time of year to exchange your vows! The season of celebration is guaranteed to have your guests in the party mood, making for an evening to remember! But for those of you who still need convincing, there’s just enough time, before we welcome 2018, to share this exquisite example of a New Years wedding inspiration board…..
Again this year (it’s become a bit of a tradition to share one each year, so in case you missed them, you can see the last 6 years here) I wanted to avoid the cliched ideas for a New Year wedding, and instead showcase a contemporary mix of glamour and elegance. This gorgeous set of hues, with its black, ivory and gold base, alongside splashes of a nude pink and deep red, is sure to create a stylish celebration worthy of such an auspicious date!
Guests attending a New Years eve wedding will be expecting something special! So make it a formal affair – think black tie for the men and full length gowns for the ladies; keep the champagne flowing (a champagne tower would be a lavish touch to add!) and finish the night with fireworks or a sparkler exit. Formal doesn’t have to mean traditional though! Showcase your individuality, personalities and style with a few unconventional twists – I for one love the idea of a black wedding cake!
Well, I think it’s time to turn off my laptop for a few days and spend some time with my nearest and dearest. All that is left for me to say is happy New Year! And, whether you’re an avid follower, a regular reader, CVB partner, sponsor, photographer, wedding industry pro, fellow blogger or passer by; I would like to say a big heartfelt thankyou for being a part of Chic Vintage Brides throughout 2017, and I look forward to seeing you next year!
Christmas is over (sad face.) Now we are just waiting for the new year celebrations (yay!) So what do we look forward to in the New Year? Holidays! Honeymoons to be more specific! Today to ease you back into normal life and get you off the sofa and away from the family box of Quality Street, I have some fabulous honeymoon ideas for you, courtesy of our resident Honeymoon expert Tom. Now these are specifically ideas for a Christmas honeymoon, so if you are looking at getting married next Christmas then this is the post you need to read. Alternatively this may give you some less traditonal honeymoon ideas if you are planning a winter wedding in January/February. Read on for some Holiday/Honeymoon inspiration and get lost in your dreams of flights to far off countries.
I’ll pass you over to Tom….
If Christmas in New York is too obvious and winter sun in the Maldives is too cliché for your taste, here are 5 fantastic destinations that could transform your December honeymoon into something both surprising and magical. If you’re in need of some inspiration, take a look at these 5 alternative places for the perfect Christmas honeymoon…
December in Marrakech reaches highs of around 20°C and you’ll get around 7 hours of sunshine each day – so it’s great if you don’t fare well in bad weather. Although there are large expat and Christian communities, most Moroccans do not celebrate Christmas so December in Morocco is perfect if you’re after something totally different from the norm. But the main draw of this destination is the mild and comfortable climate, making it the ideal time to go camping in the dessert and trekking up the Atlas Mountains for the more adventurous honeymooners. Book yourself into a luxury hotel, kick off your shoes and get yourself ready for some fantastic Berber hospitality.
Exploring Reykjavik and the South Coast could be the perfect honeymoon if you don’t mind wrapping up warm and braving harsh weather conditions. The city of Reykjavik makes Christmas look so beautiful and every building is decorated tastefully with a vintage touch. From the city, you can book excursions to explore the stunning southern Coastline, the icebergs of Jokulsarlon or Fjallsárlón and the famous Blue Lagoon spa. The Northern lights can also be seen from the city if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse but for better chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis, you can book a 4×4 tour or boat excursion with an operator.
Vienna may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of city destinations in December. But you won’t find anywhere more romantic than this Austrian capital when it comes to Christmas. Swap the commercial lights of New York for this elegantly decorated centre and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas where outdoor markets are aplenty and fine dining comes as standard. The Vienna Boys’ Choir concerts are hugely popular this time of year and Rathaus City Hall is a must if you love festive lights. And be sure to head to the Eistraum so you can join the locals on the city’s much loved outdoor ice rink.
Despite highs of 30°C, white sandy beaches and amazing sunshine all day long, Christmas in New Zealand is surprisingly festive. It’s a commercial holiday that the whole country likes to get involved in and barbeque dinners are a very popular way of celebrating with friends and family. But if you’re craving the familiar sight of soft, powdery snow, head to Ohakune National Park or Methven near Mount Hutt for some high altitude skiing! New Zealand caters for any kind of Christmas honeymoon you want, whether it’s a luxury escape with all the pampering you could wish for, or an adventure honeymoon exploring in a campervan.
Livingstone has a large Christian population, so Christmas here is a big thing. You’ll find the local people to be amazingly warm and welcoming and they will always encourage tourists to attend their Christmas carol or nativity events. So you won’t be at a loss for Christmas spirit if you decide to holiday in Zambia; but what really makes this place perfect for a honeymoon is its proximity to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which acts as a secret gateway to the Victoria Falls. The relatively low tourist count in Zambia means that you won’t be overwhelmed by tourist crowds; a truly romantic place to witness one of nature’s wonders.
A winter honeymoon to Australia certainly won’t feel like winter, with an average temperature of 22-degrees. Australia is a diverse country, possessing golden, sandy beaches, bustling urban areas and quieter, outback towns. The ideal honeymoon would be to experience all that Australia has to offer, so why not hire a camper and experience this great country on an adventure honeymoon? One of Australia’s favorite Christmas pastimes is ‘Carols by Candlelight’, were people take to the streets and rejoice in festive songs while holding candles to light their way, something you and your one true love can enjoy together!
Thanks so much Tom, great advice as ever I’m sure you will agree.
Tom is a passionate traveller and blogger who loves travelling the world and discovering new cultures and experiences. After getting married to Claire in 2012, holidays changed from backpacking to flashpacking, but the intrigue to discover new places remains the same.