Sunshine yellow tartan for an autumn wedding at Loch Ard

Recognise these two? We thought you might! Morgan was one of our guest bloggers last year and we all loved following her journey from self-confessed anxious bridezilla to chilled bride. Today she and Frazer are back to share their beautiful autumn wedding on the shore of Loch Ard in the Trossachs. And what we’re all dying to know is, after it dictated their colour scheme, how did she feel about that loud and proud MacLeod tartan in the end?

How did you two meet?

We met when we were teenagers back in 2007 at a house party my best friend threw which Frazer was invited to as he was a friend of her then-boyfriend. One thing led to another as they say and here we are ten years later!

Frazer delights in telling people about how I ruined his proposal… He had it all planned to propose on a lovely sunny day up at the Hermitage in Perth. We had been walking up a big hill when I started whining about my feet being sore and did we have to keep walking, could we not just turn back… Yep, Frazer had planned to propose at the top of the hill. Did we reach it? Nope, courtesy of whingy Morgan. Later that day when we got home, I turned around in our living room to find Frazer down on one knee with a ring in his hand. I burst out laughing because I honestly thought he was joking! Luckily he wasn’t and I finally said yes, though he swears he’ll still never let me live that laughter down… oops!

We were inspired by…

Us and all of the things we love as a couple.
 I read We Fell In Love pretty much every day of our wedding planning journey (and admittedly a bit before that…). Reading it always made me feel more excited for our own big day! I’m not going to lie, even though I’m married now I still like to have a wee read…

We had decided to keep our flower budget just for bouquets and buttonholes early on in our planning as flowers had never really been a big part of the rest of our decor plans. Jennifer, our florist, was wonderful at understanding the vague brief we gave. All I knew was the flowers would need to try and tie together the all over the place colour scheme with Frazer’s yellow kilt and the blues and reds of the bridesmaid dresses. What Jennifer delivered was so much more than I could’ve hoped for! The flowers were bright and beautiful and fitted in perfectly with the setting and time of year.

Tell us about your venue…

I really can’t rave about our venue enough. The house is situated right on Loch Ard in the middle of the Trossachs, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery on all sides. Alison and Yas, the owners, were amazing too. You can really feel all the hard work and love they’ve put into the place and Alison organised our day so well that I didn’t need to stress out at all and felt miraculously calm the whole day. The best part for our guests though was the food – we opted for a BBQ meal served family-style at the table and it was both delicious and a massive hit with everyone!

Scotland is our home, and we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else – especially in the autumn, there’s nowhere quite as beautiful.

How did you choose your photographer?

We were very keen to have our photographs reflect a more candid, relaxed vibe than the traditional, posed photos and when I found Ewa Labuda at a wedding fair and had a look through the photographs she’d taken, I just knew she would be perfect for us. Ewa was an absolute delight to have around on our wedding day. She was such a good sport coming out onto the loch in a second row boat despite not really being able to row it very well and getting a little bit stuck in the process. We really can’t thank her or recommend her enough, the photographs she took captured our day perfectly and I still get emotional looking at them!

We are in love with your dress! Tell us more…

I was one of those brides who thought she knew exactly what she wanted, and knew even more firmly what she didn’t want for her wedding dress – definitely no strapless and no satin… which ended up being exactly what I DID go for! I’m so glad I loosened up a bit when dress shopping and had more of an open mind or I would never have tried on the dress I would eventually choose. I absolutely had a moment in the bridal shop when I knew as soon as I stepped into the dress that it would be the one for me! As the dress was completely plain with only little buttons down the back, I teamed it with a lace jacket for the ceremony and a sparkly belt for the evening reception – it felt like I was getting two dresses in the one!

I’m not one for traditional bridal earrings so I wore four rose gold stud earrings (two hearts, a letter M and a letter F) from Etsy. I also wore a single pearl necklace and a pearl bracelet from Dower & Hall which my dad and stepmum gave me as a wedding present, and a gold pearl spray hair comb in my hair from Ivory and Co. For the ceremony I wore a chapel length veil with little bits of lace and beading dotted around the edges – this was probably one of my favourite things. There’s something very special about wearing a veil, it made me feel so bridal!

I wore Rainbow Club Madeline block heeled shoes with MacLeod Tartan bow shoe clips from Etsy.

And what about Frazer’s outfit – did you love it in the end?

Frazer’s kilt had been the bane of my wedding planning – what on earth would go with the bright-as-sunshine yellow of the ‘Loud MacLeod’ tartan?! I needn’t have worried, Frazer really manages to pull it off so well.

Slow shuffle or big number?

Our first dance was ‘Walking on the Waves’ by Skippinish, a song we both love and played A LOT during our wedding planning. Given the tempo is more upbeat than your usual slow first dance song, it helped get everyone in the mood for dancing. Our band, Transit Jukebox, were fantastic and they kept the dance floor full pretty much the whole night!

Tell us something surprising about your day…

The weather. It poured with rain the day before and the day after the wedding, so we really did luck out with it staying dry (maybe spitting a wee bit at most) for the whole day!

Any advice?

Don’t be afraid to make it your day and do whatever you want to do!

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

When I asked Frazer this question his response was the little row boat we had the chance to go out onto the loch in after the ceremony. I have to admit that though my hair may have ended up completely bedraggled from the wind out there, it was worth it to have a chance to chill out with my husband for a while on our own in the middle of the water.

We love all the colour in Morgan & Frazer’s wedding (and how amazing is Morgan’s hair by the way?!). If you would like to be our next guest blogger be sure to head here for all the details. x


VenueAltskeith Country House on Loch Ard
PhotographerEwa Labuda

Florist – 
Wildflower Florist

Hair stylist – Carol Zarebski Duffy
Make-up artist – Rosheen McGowan
Wedding dress – 
Eternity Bridal – style D5052
 Point Nouveau Bridal

Shoes – Rainbow Club from John Lewis, with tartan bows from TheTartanShop, Etsy
Accessories – Earringys by Zoozjewelry on Etsy, pearl necklace & bracelet from Dower & Hall, pearl hair comb from Ivory and Co
Groom’s outfitSlanj Kilts

Bridesmaids’ dressesChi Chi London, Binky dress in Navy and Mischa dress in red
CakeM&S Colin the Groom and Connie the Bride caterpillar cakes

MusiciansTransit Jukebox

Humanist celebrant Laura Baird of the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland

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