A ‘wedding chase’ up their local hill provided the perfect start to Elsie and Grant’s wedding. We love their laid-back approach and how they created the day they wanted…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met at a running club in Glasgow and got together at a ceilidh following a running and cycling race in Kincraig. Grant proposed 5 years later when we were on holiday in Sutherland.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
We just tried to make sure our wedding day reflected us as a couple as much as possible.
How was your photography experience?
We were very keen to find a photographer who would capture the essence of our day rather than take us away from our guests for formal posed photographs. Mihaela is first and foremost a theatre photographer and she just seemed like the perfect person for the job when we met up with her. Her eyes lit up when we told her about our slightly whacky wedding day plans.
We can’t recommend her highly enough – from getting herself to the gym beforehand to ensure she could make it to the top of our local hill in time to meet us during our wedding chase, to staying for almost the entire reception, she put her all into it and we feel has delivered us with a true trip down memory lane every time we look at the photographs.
What did you do for flowers?
We just wanted pretty, seasonal, natural-looking flowers with no single colour scheme.
Elsie’s aunty Libby helped us to plant up pots to decorate the outside of the hall, and used a mixture of cut flowers and foliage from our garden, the surrounding countryside, and Mayfield flowers in Ayrshire to create the flower displays inside the hall.
Endrick Blooms is our local florist in Killearn and because we know the family who run the business and had seen and loved a lot of their work we decided to use them to do the bouquets, buttonholes and corsages so as not to put too much pressure on a family member.
Tell us about your wedding dress…
I had no idea what style of dress I wanted other than white and long…it didn’t take me long to get in touch with Mette of Freja Designer Dressmaking, she’d made my older sisters wedding dress 5 years ago and my one and only bridal shop experience had been pretty uninspiring!
Mette is quite simply a genius and I loved the whole process of having my dress designed and made by her and her team, from the first meeting and drawings to the finished dress. Perfect, and really fun!
Mette would describe the style and material of my dress much better than I can, but very simply it was made from ivory silk chiffon – a ruched bodice with sweetheart neckline, lace straps, and a skimming full length skirt with quite a long train
And the groom’s outfit?
Macdonald of Clanranald muted tartan. Grant just chose his favourite of the Macdonald tartans.
What did you do for musical entertainment?
The ceilidh band did some live music during the ceremony.
Then just a knees up ceilidh with a very under-rehearsed gay gordons for a first dance!
Try and do things your way and don’t feel pressured to do things the way you or others think they should be done!
It was important to us to get married close to home.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Its so hard…all of it!!!! To name a few…
Kissing at the top of our local hill before the ceremony
The bride’s sister and 3 year old niece reading a family favourite children’s book at the ceremony about a scarecrows wedding
The speeches…including a joint bride and groom speech…so much laughter
Anyone else more than a little in love with Elsie’s wedding dress? Alie x
Venue – The Village Club, Strathblane
Photographer – Mihaela Bodlovic
Florist – Bride’s aunty Libby (venue flowers) Endrick Blooms (bouquets, buttonholes, corsages)
Hairdresser – Fiona from Alan Edwards Salon, Glasgow
Wedding Dress – Freja Designer Dressmaking, Edinburgh
Bridesmaids Dresses – Made by Freja Designer Dressmaking with material sourced by bride from Mandors, Glasgow
Groom’s Outfit – Slaters
Wedding Band – Hector’s Heroes