Seeing as it’s St Andrew’s Day, we couldn’t resist sharing Suzanne & Ryan’s beautiful, sunshine filled Scottish wedding once more. Just looking at these images makes us dream of sunny days spent on the beach. From Singing Waiters to a Red Arrows display, this pair delighted their guests from beginning to end.
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met on a night out in Aberdeen in 2013. We were standing at the bar and Ryan announced he was the Scottish Rock, Paper, Scissors champ (he’s not), so immediately I challenged him and he won. I’m still trying to beat him to this day…!
I treated Ryan to a trip to New York in September 2015 for his 30th birthday. On his birthday, I had booked a surprise helicopter ride over Manhattan. The surprise was actually on me when he got down on one knee just as we were stood next to the helicopter about to get in. I thought he was ducking because of the blades, so started to duck with him! He proposed with my Gran’s ring which was so special and meant the world to me. We then went to Tiffany & Co. to choose my engagement ring which was a dream come true.
We were inspired by…
Just us, our family and friends and some of our favourite things. New York played a part because that is where we got engaged and also went back to for the first leg of our honeymoon. Our tables were named after New York landmarks and the place settings had the Manhattan skyline on them. We had lots of personal touches too – we had personalized wafers made for our ice cream, and our favours for the male guests were kilt-shaped cookies iced to match Ryan’s tartan. Also, we wanted to make sure our wee nieces were involved so instead of a candy cart we put them in charge of a sweet shop with a till and lots of pretend money, although they ate most of the stock and ended up with a lot of real cash thanks to generous guests who had had a few too many proseccos!
How did you pick your wedding location?
We decided straight away that we wanted to get married in St Andrews, which is where I am from. The Holy Trinity church is breathtaking inside and they were so warm and welcoming, so that was an easy decision.
We visited a few reception venues but The Old Course Hotel stood out because of its location and its iconic views over the golf course, and the staff were so friendly and attentive. The function room was just what we were after as it was spacious and bright, but it was the 4th floor rooftop deck that sealed it for us. This is where we had our drinks reception and that was one of the most memorable parts of the day as our guests enjoyed Prosecco and Jannettas ice creams in the glorious sunshine. Jannettas had done a number of weddings at The Old Course but ours was the first that they had managed to serve ice cream outside – it was perfect weather.
St Andrews is a great location and a lot of our guests made a long weekend out of it and enjoyed what the town has to offer. 24 of the boys had a golf tournament on the day before the wedding which was a great way for them to get to know each other before the big day and to stir up some friendly rivalry as they competed in the world famous Stan Drews Open!
How did you choose your photographer?
We found our wonderful photographers via the blog! We Fell In Love had featured some of the weddings they had photographed and we loved their style – it was exactly what we were after.
Some of our favourite pictures are from the creative photo shoot down at the West Sands, we had so much fun with the veil in the wind and it was a good opportunity for us to have some time on our own to take it all in. Sylwia and Simon are exceptional photographers. We are absolutely thrilled with the results – they captured the day perfectly and in such a beautiful and refreshing way and, most importantly of all, they just ‘got’ us. They are both genuinely lovely and a delight to have around on your special day – full of kindness and positivity, and they compliment each other brilliantly. The photographs are truly fabulous, they managed to capture very special moments and their eye for detail is incredible.
We are in love with your dress! Tell us more…
And what about the groom?
Ryan has his own kilt in his family tartan which he wore, and he had a shoulder plaid made especially which set him apart from the rest of the bridal party. We wanted all of the men in different kilts to make it a bit less uniform and it’s nice to see some different tartans.
Slow shuffle or big number?
Our first dance was ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers. We wanted something catchy and uplifting with a good beat and nothing too slow! The band played a great mix and the dance floor was never empty – they catered for everyone and so many guests commented on how much they enjoyed them. Our last two songs were Caledonia and then, of course, Loch Lomond, what a buzz it was to be lifted up in the air with our family and friends in a circle around us cheering us on!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
My Dad (very sneakily!!) booked The Singing Waiters behind my back – only he and Ryan knew. They did their acts during the meal and the first two were deliberately terrible; I was completely fooled and slightly raging – how DARE they interrupt our wedding breakfast to sing because of a dare?! When they got fully into the act we had a supervisor, a waitress and a chef singing around the room and they were incredible. The guests loved them and so did I! Apparently my face was a picture… I thought I knew every minute detail of our day but apparently not!
The best (and probably most common) piece of advice is that you can’t please everyone so, above all, make sure you please yourselves! And we would absolutely recommend getting a videographer, it is so good to have footage to look back on as the day just goes by so quickly.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The Red Arrows were doing a display in the area for Armed Forces Day. We knew the exact time that they were supposed to be flying over St Andrews, so during the meal we decided to sneak out to watch them, but all of our guests had got wind of this and ran out behind us, it ended up with everybody out in the hotel’s car park watching as they flew right over the top of us – it was a real goose bumps moment. We forgot to mention it to our photographers and videographers but fortunately some people got footage on their phones. We have been asked how we managed to book them, but it was really just a lucky coincidence!
“You can’t please everyone so, above all, make sure you please yourselves.” Sound advice people! Alie x
Ceremony Venue – Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews
Reception Venue – Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Photographer – Crofts & Kowalczyk
Florist – The Flower Shed – Balgove Larder
Hair stylist – Sophie Butler
Make-up artist – The Vintage Beauty Box
Wedding dress – Suzanne Neville from Eleganza Sposa Bridal Boutique
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Groom’s outfit – Slaters Menswear
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy
Cake – One Fine Day Cakes
Stationery – Here Comes the Bride Wedding Invitations
Musicians – Epic Live Band
Additional suppliers – Jannettas Gelateria; Soutar Bagpipes; Finishing Touches by Adele; Custom Cookies and Almandine; The Singing Waiters – Secret Opera Stars