REAL WEDDING // Ailsa & Dan - Natural Wedding in the Scottish Highlands

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Today on our blog we share the wedding day of Ailsa, a wedding dress maker, and her love Daniel, who works in marketing, who were wed on 5th May 2018 in Ailsa’s grandma’s village of Boat of Garten in the Scottish Highlands. Hear more from bride Ailsa about their celebration…

“The general feeling for the day was decided upon as the most important thing for us was that our guests had fun. We wanted to avoid awkward small talk, long waits and having to sit with people you don’t know. The style really clicked when one of my friend’s mum’s described my style as Renaissance, and my dad described our table layouts like a feast.”

“Abi from Dearly Beloved made our stationery and she was absolutely amazing to work with! She took the time to understand my vision for the day and designed beautiful invited which completely set the tone for our relaxed but beautifully styled day. The on the day stationery really helped both practically by guiding people through the day, and for decorating the venue.”

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“As a wedding dress maker, I designed and made my dress myself. The design changed quite significantly once I discovered I was pregnant! Having been told only a few months previously that I wouldn’t be able to have kids, it was a wonderful but very big surprise! I wanted to keep the dress very simple and flowing over the bump, since I didn’t know how big I was going to be, and I decided to use regency inspired shapes and details, like the silk piping and the button detail. It was perfect and almost Grecian, and it completely set off the seeded eucalyptus crown my florist made for me.”

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“I decided to base all of the styling decisions around the painting Primevera by Boticelli, which gave us the colour inspiration and mood for the day. It also helps that the central figure in the painting has a pregnant belly, and I found out I was going to 5 months pregnant by the wedding day!”

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“We wanted to keep the mood casual so Dan wore a gorgeous tween waistcoat by Slaters, a lovely white TM Lewin shirt and a pair of ASOSchinos. It was absolutely perfect for him and he was so much more relaxed that he would have been in a suit.”

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“Dan and I made our own rings at a local jeweller’s workshop. We both wanted simple, hand hammered silver rings to suit our lifestyles. Dan plays a lot of sport and I work with delicate fabric every day.”

“We spent a lovely morning making our rings, and altered our vows from ‘I give you this ring’ to ‘I made you this ring’. It became a really nice talking point during our champagne reception.”

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“Our photographer was one of the most important pieces of the wedding day to me (though not for my husband!). Lottie Ettling has photographed my family quite a bit in the last few years and she was the very first thing I booked once we had established that she and the venue were both available on the date.”

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“When it came to flowers I was really picky as I think they really set the tone for the day. I wanted big, loose, beautiful unstructured blooms and I really struggled to find a supplier in the Highlands who could do that for me. It sounds insane but I actually ended up using a florist I know from Plymouth and having my parents drive all the flowers up, overnight, 2 nights before the wedding and keeping them in a cold bathroom until the day. I wanted lots of greenery and accents of white flowers.”

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“For our evening entertainment we had a traditional Scottish Ceilidh called Eabal and they were amazing! Our English guests threw themselves into it and everyone danced all night!”

See more from this beautiful celebration over on Love My Dress

SUPPLIERS
Wedding Day Photographer - LOTTIE ETTLING
Stationery - DEARLY BELOVED
Venue - Boat of Garten
Styling - THE ARTFUL EVENT COMPANY
Wedding Dress - AILSA MUNRO
Groom - TM LEWIN and ASOS
Bridesmaids outfits - AILSA MURO
Entertainment - Eabal
Cake - The Cairngorm Cakery
Catering - TASTE OF MORAY

REAL WEDDING // Sara & Sarah - Swallows & Amazons inspired Salcombe celebration

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We are thrilled to be sharing this joyful wedding day! Abi met with Sara & Sarah back in the wintery months of last year to begin planning their bespoke stationery, seeing these beautiful shots of their big day by Emma Barrow has brought the biggest smile to our faces. We just know you're going to love seeing how they made their celebration their own, keep on scrolling for love, laughter and a whole lot of inspiration...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more  here ...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more here...

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

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Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons' was the starting point for this couple's invitation design. Sara & Sarah sent us the original map illustration and we also looked at some of the newer versions of the vintage book covers to influence their design. We decided on a mix of watercolour painting and digital drawing with a little pirate twist for their postcard style invitations and RSVP  cards.

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Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by  Holly Bee Flowers

Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by Holly Bee Flowers

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Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

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It was really important to this super couple that their coastal hometown Salcombe played a big part in their wedding day; as well as hosting their celebration at seafront venue the Salcombe Harbour Hotel Sara & Sarah led their guests through the town and aboard The Rivermaid for a mini cruise before partying the night away.

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We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

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The magnificent naked cake was created by  Edible Essence  and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

The magnificent naked cake was created by Edible Essence and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

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Check out more from the suppliers that helped create their day...

SUPPLIERS
Stationery: Dearly Beloved
Venue: Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Photography: Emma Barrow Photography
DJ: Silent Discomania
Flower children: H&M and Rocco Clothing
Bouquet: Holly-Bee Flowers
Cake: Edible Essence
Dress: Alice Temperley
Hair Stylist: Yvonne Schmidt
Pizza: South Devon Pizza Company
Sweet Station: Cranch's Sweetshop 
Boat hire: The Rivermaid

WE ARE TWO!

Happy birthday to us!

We are thrilled to be celebrating the end of our 2nd year in business this January. We are so grateful for support from some amazing couples, clients, judges, photographers, bloggers, magazines and fellow creatives. This 2nd year has definitely been a challenge but it has been an absolute blinder!

We can't wait to get work on more unique designs for future brides and grooms in 2017 - Onwards and upwards!