Seaside wedding with a very special cake at The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn

I love a man who knows what he wants and newlywed Lewis had his mind made up when it came to Nadia. He’d spied out his wife years ago but found out she was with someone else. Not to be downhearted, Lewis kept checking to see if she was single and years later plucked up the courage to ask her out!

It clearly did the trick as the couple tied the knot last month in a gorgeous seaside wedding at The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn, shot by Lana Eve Photography.

Hear what Nadia has to say about their big day¦

MARRY ME

“Lewis told me he was taking me to Le Monde for a night away. I never really thought much of it until my mum told me to get my nails done. I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I never really gave it too much thought. When we got to Le Monde they upgraded us to the Paris room which was so appropriate for the occasion! I went to get ready for dinner and when I came through from having a bath Lewis had lit loads of tea light candles and put petals on the bed. He was waiting down on one knee and popped the question. It was so nice just being the two of us as I wouldn’t have liked a big proposal in front of people! It was just perfect!

Our wedding was all about having one big celebration for our marriage. We wanted it to be very laid back and not too formal. I found wedding planning a breeze, in fact I really enjoyed it! In my job I do hair and make-up and work with brides all the time so I knew what was involved already.

We chose The Bay because I really wanted views of the sea and the hotel’s views are stunning! It’s such a calm and peaceful place and there are fantastic beaches and places nearby for our photos. They have turned out amazingly!

For our colour scheme I wanted to mix tones that would be slightly different but still soft. I went for very pale peach, ivory and a dusty blue. It was gorgeous!

THE ONE

I loved going shopping for my dress. I always knew I wanted sleeves, lace and lots of detail and wanted my dress to be sheer at the back so I thought I was going to have difficulty finding the perfect one! My mum and I went for an appointment with The Wedding Bee. I didn’t want too many opinions and I knew if my mum cried it would be the right dress. We told the staff exactly what I was after and they had one dress in the shop with sleeves. It was also fishtail which was amazing! I tried it on and straight away I just felt a million dollars. It took me half an hour to find my wedding dress!

I remember loving Kate Middleton’s earrings and I wanted just the right amount of bling without being tacky. I went straight to Lily Luna in Edinburgh and it was like a treasure chest. There are just drawers and cabinets full of sparkly jewellery and head pieces “ my kind of heaven! The staff helped me pick the right head piece and earrings and it was perfect on the day!

I also knew I wanted a cathedral length veil. The Wedding Bee tried one on me and it completed my dress. It all tied in and looked so classy, not too over the top!

When I first got into my dress on my wedding day it was like a whole new dress with the hair and make-up. I couldn’t stop smiling and felt like a princess. I was so sad having to take it off at the end of the night. I’ll never sell my dress. I’ll probably get part of it made into a baby outfit or something that I can have as a keepsake.

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

Our DJ, Stephen J Elliott Wedding DJ, made our wedding day, from start to finish. He was there all day as our master of ceremonies. He’s not a DJ, he’s an entertainer! My family is Italian and Stephen decided to introduce us to our meal dancing to Italian songs. It really made our day and got everyone up on their feet. Everyone has commented on how brilliant it was!

We bought our first home together last January and four months later it went on fire. For our wedding cake, to make light of the situation and to thank all the people at the wedding who helped make our house a home again, we had a half and half wedding cake. Half was a burning down house and half was traditional “ everyone loved it!

The best moment from the day was just before we had our pudding Stephen got everyone on their feet, having us waving our napkins in the air and singing along to Sweet Caroline. This really got everyone in the right mood for the night reception. It will be a moment we will never forget!

AFTER THE DAY

After our wedding I just felt so happy and so lucky that all our family and friends wanted to come and celebrate with us. I don’t feel sad that it’s over as I was very tired from the running around. Maybe that will change in months to come!

 Venue: The Bay Hotel | Photographer: Lana Eve Photography | Bride’s dress: Angelina Faccenda at The Wedding Bee | Cake: Lynne’s Cake Emporium | Florist: Poppy Floral Design

Entertainment: Stephen J Elliott Wedding DJ | Jewellery and accessories: Lily Luna| Stationery: McGilvray Printers | Hair: Cheryl Stuart Hairdressing

Make-up: Karen Keddie Make Up Artist | Décor: Debroni Events

Vintage summer fête wedding at Banchory Lodge, Aberdeen

Leighann and Donald had a beautiful vintage summer fete wedding at Banchory Lodge in Aberdeenshire, with a dusty pink and peach colour scheme.

The day was also special as Leighann took the time to remember her beloved mum, who passed away in 2010.

Bride Leighann fills us in on her big day…

Don had been on a trip to Norway and told me his flight was landing in the evening when he actually got back at lunchtime.

He went to Jamieson & Carry in Aberdeen and bought my brilliant cut single diamond engagement ring. When he proposed we were on holiday at Loch Tay.

My mum passed away in 2010 so wedding dress shopping was very emotional.

I tried on every style in every fabric but this just left me confused. I searched the internet and found Justin Alexander 8727 and tracked it down to Gwenne Wedding Services. My sister Dawn-Louise cried as soon as I stepped out of the changing room.

The night before the wedding, we had a big family meal. Just before midnight I was summoned upstairs. My girls had made scrapbooks from my hen weekend in Berlin.

My sister gave me a bracelet with our mum’s handwriting saying “Love mum” to wear on my wedding day.

My sister kicked off the speeches (referring to Don as an old orange armchair that had been in the family for years!) and we had a toast to our beautiful mum. Don’s speech was full of emotion. It felt like it was just me he was talking to.

The atmosphere at the reception was amazing. Ladies were being twirled around the dance floor and the whisky was flowing.

Not to mention my brothers-in-law skinny dipping in the river!

 Being married feels complete. Security. Support. He’s my husband now, my family. His family is mine and mine his.

Venue: Banchory Lodge Hotel | Photographer: Hayley Fraser Photography

Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander at Gwenne Wedding Services  | Bride’s hair clip: Jenny Packham | Bride’s shoes: Phase Eight

Dawn-Louise’s dress: Needle & Thread through ASOS | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Chi Chi London through ASOS

Groom’s suit: Monkey & Noose through ASOS 

Florist and décor : The Gilded Lily | Hair: Louise Chrystal Hair | Make-up: Elaine Stables Make Up Artist

Band: Sporran Again 

Bespoke + unique DIY wedding on Scottish family farm

Life on a farm is all about mucking in (probably… the closest I’ve come is a walk in my wellies) so it was only natural that farmer Andrew Gammie and Kathryn Lowry asked their friends and family to give a helping hand at their gorgeously creative DIY wedding.

Their big day took place in spring last year and, after a church ceremony at a local parish in Stonehaven, Andrew and Kathryn took the party to the farm with a marquee reception in their rustic grain shed. I just love the level of detail that’s gone into this wedding!

Bride Kathryn shares the details of their big day with us…

I had such great people around me. Having the reception on the family farm was something we had both always talked about, it’s so personal to us and we knew we could have the numbers we wanted there. Everyone was so great and helped out, it was so much more work having the reception at home!

My mum made the guests’ favours, making marmalade for the our 200 day guests. I managed to convince her as her marmalade is the best so it was a no-brainer! Instead of renting décor or hiring a co-ordinator, I did as much as she could myself, but still needed a little help from our friends.

I was very lucky that a good friend of mine, Yvonne Davidson, who works for the family business, used to be a florist so I got her roped in. For décor, we just collected stuff along the way.  We trawled scrap yards and used quite a lot of things we had on the farm, like palettes.

I’m originally from Northern Ireland so it was important to make a nod to my Irish roots. We had a piper playing Danny Boy as I walked down the aisle. The thought of doing the walk made me feel uncomfortable, but when it happened I didn’t really think about it- seeing all our friends and family together there was just so special!

After the ceremony was the speeches. There were quite a few tales told from our younger days and from hen and stag parties. Suzanne Black, our photographer, got some great photos of the looks on all our (blushing) faces!

The rest of the night whirled away, with the dancefloor always full and the bar always busy. Since we got married, not much in our day to day lives is different, but it’s lovely to have a sense of unity together and so exciting – especially now that we are expecting our first child!

Photographer: Suzanne Black Photography | Venue: The couple’s family farm |

Wedding dress: Suzanne Neville | Stationery: Printed Love Company | Flowers: Yvonne Davidson (family friend)

| Headband: Pronovias 

Fun in the sun + homecoming wedding celebrations at Òran Mór, Glasgow

After seven years together, Fraser Hughes proposed in his and fiancé Linda’s favourite place in the world, Dubai (whilst swimming with dolphins no less!) with a brilliant cut platinum solitaire diamond. It was no surprise their mutual love of the luxurious city would influence their big day!

Opting for an intimate ceremony in the sun, the happy couple returned to Scotland for a wedding celebration with 220 of their nearest and dearest – with even Minnie and Mickey in attendance!

Bride Linda tells us about their big day…

We chose Mauritius to get married, just the two of us, stopping in Dubai for two days en route and again for five nights as a magical wedding-moon! We kicked off the day off with a room service champagne breakfast, had some fun in the sun and exchanged gifts.

We had four no-contact hours to give me time to beautify and keep Fraser in suspense before our vows. We topped off our big day with a wedding dinner for two on the beach.

Back home in Scotland, we planned a reception at Glasgow’s iconic ’ran M³r and, although we were technically already married, we did everything we could to make it feel like the real thing.

The night before the wedding consisted of pizza, prosecco and a pyjama party, followed by a sleepless night. I couldn’t wait for everyone to see me in the dress!

Shopping for The One was extremely special for me. I went with my mum, who sadly lost her battle with lung disease four months before the wedding.

My dress arrived two days before she passed so we brought it home to get some photos. She said I was going to be the most beautiful bride.

I wore a lace fitted mermaid gown by Enzoani with a trail of beautiful buttons and scalloped edges. On the beach, it was strapless and back in Glasgow, I teamed it with a jacket and belt and my red Manolo Blahnik shoes, which complemented my bridesmaid Lynette’s Pippa Middleton-esque dress.

We had photographs taken in the Botanic Gardens, then 220 guests were piped into ’ran M³r for a massive table service buffet.

I hadn’t expected to add many DIY details, trusting experts Supernova Wedding Design + Flowers with the red, pearl and lace-themed décor, flowers and stationery, but Pinterest made me do it! I added personal touches like Disney-themed flip flops and a homemade dessert table.

We had a photo slideshow of the our Mauritius nuptials was displayed on the big screen and band Karma Rockets and DJ Noble Whitelaw created an electric atmosphere making sure that, unless people were off posing in the photobooth, they were throwing shapes.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get better, I had a surprise visit from Minnie and Mickey Mouse, which was a gift from my closest friends. It was the most magical experience!

Photographer +  videographer: Top Table Photography | Ceremony venue: Mauritius | Reception venue: ’ran M³r 

Stationery, flowers and décor: SuperNova Wedding Design + Flowers | Bride’s dress: Anne Priscilla Bridal | Cake: Elina’s Cakes 

Favours: Cancer Research | Transport: West of Scotland Wedding Cars |  Make-up: Jenn Mathieson  | Music: Karma Rockets + Noble Whitelaw |

Other entertainment: Greg Stewart Piper | Photobooth: Foxy Photo Booth 

All white + glittery fairytale wedding day of Kyle Lafferty and Vannessa Cheung at Gleneagles, Auchterarder

If you’re looking for a modern day Cinderella tale, then look no further than the gorgeous wedding day of model Vanessa Cheung to footballer Kyle Lafferty.

From Vanessa’s crystal encrusted Louboutin peep toes (with pairs in matching metallic for the ‘maids) to the bespoke wedding gown designed just for the bride, this wedding had glitz and glamour stamped all over it.

Jordana Events, renowned for her showstopping room decor and gorgeous florals, took this wedding to another level with a classy and elegant white theme, punctuated with sparkle.

Hear what the bride had to say about her special day, captured beautifully by Julie Lamont Photography

“After our first date, Kyle gave me a bracelet that matched his. He is really romantic. For the proposal, he hired out a restaurant with a candlelit table for two and the whole floor covered in candles and rose petals. We had been together just over five months; we don’t like to waste time!

We had a few overnight stays at Gleneagles and loved it. We felt it would be perfect to have our wedding in such a beautiful venue.

After no luck trying on dresses in London and Liverpool, I went back to Eleganza Sposa in Glasgow, where Anna Cirignaco designed the dress of my dreams!

My sisters and nieces all stayed at my house the night before. We wore matching pyjamas and dressing gowns, pampered ourselves and drank Prosecco.

In the morning, I was first ready so Julie could spend time with me taking photographs. I then got photos with my family and we popped open a bottle of champagne.

We had a Christian ceremony with traditional vows. Walking down the aisle, I couldn’t stop smiling. When I saw Kyle at the top waiting, I couldn’t have felt happier.

Jordana Events were absolutely amazing. They transformed the venue into a fairytale. Every detail was perfect!

Each of our cake’s six tiers were designed to be different and unique, including detailing to match my dress and our initials etched on. My flowers were white orchids with a crystal set in the middle of each flower.

This I Promise You by Ronan Keating appeared in my YouTube suggestion list. We played it and just knew. Ronan sent us a lovely message congratulating us, which we played on a big screen before our first dance.

We went on honeymoon about five weeks later because Kyle was playing in the Euros and left on the Monday after the wedding. My parents and one of my sisters came over to France with me to support the team.

We finally got our honeymoon and went to LA, Bora Bora and Las Vegas. It was so relaxing, and having Kyle all to myself for two weeks solid was complete bliss.

Venue: Gleneagles | Photographer: Julie Lamont Photography | Filmmaker: Gryffe Weddings

Cake: Brogan Newton at Three Tiers & Tea | Flowers, stationery and décor: Jordana Event Design and Florist

Hair: Sian Bannan Hairstylist | Make-Up: Love In Art Makeup 0141 2587892

Band: Diego | Magician: Drew McAdam | Children’s entertainer and magician: Gary James | Choir: UK Gospel Choir

Photobooth: The Blue Parrot Company | Bride’s dress, tiara and veil: Eleganza Sposa | Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin

Groom’s outfit: Jim Forbes Tailoring

Dreamy wedding with bespoke dress + details at Rowallan Castle, Ayrshire

Sometimes, I look at a set of wedding photographs and I get a particular feeling “ it’s not so much warm and fuzzy, but rather floaty and dreamy; this wedding gave me all those feels.

It’s easy to get that way about the photography of Craig and Eva Sanders though “ they manage to make every day they capture look extra special. Luckily for them, Mhairi and Daniel’s day was already completely stand out.

As a former interior designer who now works in high fashion for Burberry, Mhairi was always going to put her own unique stamp on the day and managed to make it look special from start to finish. That dress! That cape!! So much inspiration.

Bride Mhairi tells us all about the day¦

“If your venue is beautiful and full of character like Rowallan Castle is then you want to try and dress it, rather than distract from it.

I wanted the day to be understated and classic, with timeless styling and an effortless feeling of made-to-measure, just for us, throughout.

We got married in the castle grounds “ miraculously the weather was on our side “ followed by canapés on the lawn and dinner in the ballroom.

The flexibility of our space allowed us to personalise it in a way I could only imagine. We loved the challenge of re-thinking the space concept and doing something different with the layout.

As part of the personalisation, we wanted to add lots of individual touches to the day like a luxury breakfast in the bridal suite on the morning of the wedding for all the girls; we flooded the venue with Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candles and the ladies received Burberry lip glosses as favours.

The dress! I wanted to change from a ballgown to a cocktail dress at night, for sheer comfort if nothing else.

I originally met the designer, Stewart Parvin, in a Glasgow boutique where he was showcasing his new collection. His designs are classic and timeless and all dresses are custom made to fit you and your personality perfectly.

I booked an appointment at a boutique in London and together, we created the dress of my dreams; four looks based around one classic lace column dress. My custom made cape was made by a friend.

Mhairi’s wedding planning advice

–        Don’t be shy about rallying support to prep your venue the day before. We often think to limit is best, but never underestimate the power of all hands on deck!

–        I spent hours shopping and returning lots of accessories, never getting it quite right. In the end, my dress and my hair and beauty team was all I needed! Getting the professionals in to help get you ready is so worth it.

        Be brave and go bespoke!

–        Invest in a shoe you will wear again, like I did with my I Do in Jimmy Choo heels. They were comfortable too!

–        Keep your guests informed “ a Need to Know list in the guest rooms is very handy, with the hotel details, local taxi numbers, timings “ too much info is never enough!

        Ask a friend to be your master of ceremonies “ it’s fun and personal.

Venue: Rowallan Castle | Wedding co-ordinators: George + Liz at Rowallan Castle | Photographer: Craig and Eva Sanders | Videographer: Boda Productions

Dress: Stewart Parvin | Accessories: Mantilla veil + Jemima belt from Stewart Parvin Accessories, Ophelia silver wedding circlet by Debbie Carlisle

Shoes: I Do in Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids + flowergirls: Stephen Mageean

Entertainment: Meredith McCrindle Harpist + Killer City Sound | Stationery: The Foil Invite Company | Hair + Make-up: Asteria Bridal  

Humanist celebrant: Suzanne Teed, Humanist Society Scotland

Seriously stylish + unique celebration at Thomas Morton Hall, Leith

I just love it when a couple take their wedding and really make it so personal to them. That’s exactly what Meryl and Alan did when they got married in July 2016 in Edinburgh.

Not only did the bride work with Freja Designer Dressmaking to make a wedding dress based on the style of her favourite black dress, but the pair worked together and with family and friends on every element: the invitations were made by the groom and the couple’s friends helped to decorate and arrange flowers!

Meryl and Alan tell us all about the day, captured on camera by the wonderful Struve Photography

“Both of us pretty much only wear black day to day, so the colour scheme (if you can call it that) was black and white. Our families and bridesmaids spent the evening before the wedding putting up the fairy lights, decorating and arranging the flowers.

Four of my bridesmaids are friends from school and Linzi is a friend from uni. As well as their own jewellery they wore black friendship bracelets I gave them, reminiscent of our childhood in the 90s. I didn’t feel right asking them to wear the same dress so I let them pick their own black numbers. Four wore dresses and one wore a classy jumpsuit.

I wore my favourite suit, a skinny Ben Sherman two-piece [says Alan]. To make it wedding-y, I wore a white tie over a white shirt and a white satin rose in my button-hole.

We spent the night before at our flat. When we woke up it was a bit surreal to think it was our wedding day. Both my mum and dad walked me down the stairs at Thomas Morton Hall. We were laughing because we hadn’t practised and were all out of sync. We wanted the ceremony to be as short as possible. The most important part was the party!

We saw our DJs Main Ingredient play at a friend’s wedding and really liked their style. They know how to balance mum-friendly wedding cheese and music-snob tunes perfectly.

It felt like a very big house party, which is exactly what we’d wanted. [Alan says] Keep it simple and keep asking yourself what you actually want to do vs what you feel like you should do. Treat traditions as guidelines, not rules.”

Venue: Thomas Morton Hall | Photographer: Struve Photography

 Bride’s dress: Freja Designer Dressmaking | Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman

 Wedding rings: Moira Warren at Patience

 Hair and make-up: Vanity Thrills | Stationery: Designed by Alan and printed by Awesome Merchandise

Fairy lights: rented from Carnival Chaos | Catering: The Edinburgh Larder

 DJs: Main Ingredient

 

Luxe vintage theme in chic city centre venue, 29 Glasgow

This wedding caught my eye when it came in over Christmas and I had to share it with you: a beautiful wedding in Glasgow city centre which bride and groom Emma and Michael really made personal for them.

I love how the couple took a chic and traditionally quite glamorous venue like 29 Glasgow, situated in Royal Exchange Square, and used muted pastel decor to bring that vintage feel that’s normally associated with brighter venues like barns.

Bringing those pastel shades down a little really adds to the luxe feel of this springtime wedding. I love the contrast of the exposed brickwork with the colour palette of mauve, lilac and pinks; fairylights add some extra sparkle too, and who doesn’t love some extra sparkle?

These photographs were captured beautifully by John Johnston Photography. Bride Emma tells us all about her dream day…

 

“We had walked through Royal Exchange Square under those beautiful lights, and I remember it being so romantic. So we picked 29 Glasgow as our venue because of that, and because we had visited it a number of times over the years and were confident of great quality food and service.

When we visited to book our wedding, I fell in love with the ceremony room and loved the simplicity of the exposed brickwork and fireplace. The venue had lots of different areas, which were all used at various points throughout the day and the rooftop garden was perfect for our drinks reception. Thankfully, we were lucky with the weather.

I describe our theme as vintage grandeur with a rustic twist. We used colours like mauve, lilac and blush pink; these were all the colours in my bouquet too. I love photographs, so we had lots of them around the venue too. We had photos of our parents on their wedding days, as well as our favourite snaps of us and our children. They played a big part in our day too.

We actually gave our guests the choice of whether they wanted to have their own children there on the day and it was a really good decision. The children all had a great time, were perfectly behaved and really made our day all the more special. They stayed at the venue until 10.30pm and then were picked up to go home, so that the adults could really let their hair down!

Our ceremony was so gracefully delivered by humanist celebrant Lesley Anderson. It was a mixture of laughter and emotion, perfectly describing our relationship and the love and commitment we have for each other.

The speeches were also very memorable, especially my father’s. He couldn’t speak highly enough of his new son in law. Infact, he didn’t leave much room to mention me! I also did a speech; anyone who knew me would not be one bit surprised about that!

 

Our day really did go so well, but I think that’s because so much planning and research went into it beforehand. I would advise couples to meet all of your suppliers in person, if you an. This way, you’ll be confident in them to do the best job possible.

I did lots of research, had lots of meetings, sent lots of emails and read lots of reviews… it really paid off! By the time our wedding came around, I was so relaxed and confident in all of my choices and in our supplier’s professionalism.

On the day, everything was stunning and exactly what we wanted.”

Photographer: John Johnston Photography | Venue: 29 Glasgow

| Stationery: Dolly-Bird Wedding Stationery | Videographer: Paper Street Productions | Transport: Glasgow Taxis

Bride’s dress: WED2B | Bridesmaids Dresses: Coast  | Flower Girl Dresses: Monsoon

| Cake + Desert Table: Rosewood Cakes  | Florist: Joanne Cairney

| Entertainment: Yin and Yang Entertainment 

| Hair: Charlotte Speirs Bridal Hair  Makeup: Arlene Knox Makeup Artist

Scotland meets London: fun + relaxed wedding day at The Islington Metal Works

Laura Devine + Adrian Laird

The Islington Metal Works, London

Saturday 23rd April 2016

Photography | Cotton Candy Photography

YOUNG LOVE

“We met while working in our local WHSmith in Hamilton when we were teenagers. We ended up moving into student accommodation next door to each other when we were both studying in Glasgow, but it took a long time for us to get together because we both kept going off to study and travel abroad separately,” says Laura.

“Eventually, Adie followed me down to London and the rest is history!”

THE PROPOSAL

Laura and Adie had been together for 4 years when Adie popped the question in January 2015 at a very romantic spot. “We were having lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. He had the most perfect rose gold, diamond and morganite ring,” says Laura.

“I had to go home myself on the Eurostar as Adie was still working in Paris for a few weeks. I think people thought I had been left at the alter because I was alone and just kept looking down at my ring and bubbling!” she laughs.

MAKING PLANS

“I enjoyed wedding planning so much that I started my own wedding blog, giving out tips and tricks I learned, and that has now kick-started my own wedding tasking and planning business – Devine Bride,” says Laura.

First priority for the couple was to find their dream venue, deciding on a London big day.

“We choose our ceremony venue because of the gorgeous art deco features that I knew would be amazing for photos even if it rained, and then we chose our reception venue because it was a blank canvas with an urban industrial feel that would be great for a mad Scottish party in London!” says the bride.

THEMESPIRATION

For a wedding completely personal to them, Laura didn’t stick to any set theme. “We wanted to incorporate elements of our Scottish heritage, but also include some London details since London has been our home for nearly 10 years,” Laura says.

“I didn’t want to limit myself with a colour theme; I just wanted our wedding to be one big party rather than a wedding! I choose my favourite flowers rather than my favourite colours. There were little flashes of red as we ended up with some creative tube signage and little London icons, like mini telephone boxes on our tables. Aside from that, everything else was kept quite neutral.”

DREAM DRESS

“My dress was Wing Gown by Catherine Deane. I had seen her designs on the American website BHLDN, and immediately fell in love with her styles. I traced her back to her studio in east London and, soon after I initially contacted them, a sample sale came up. I found the dress I dreamed of, in my exact size, so I knew it was meant to be!”

Keeping it a quiet affair, Laura went dress shopping with sister Rachel, who was her only bridesmaid. “We are very close. I was her only bridesmaid and her mine,” Laura says.

PRE-WEDDING PREP

With many friends and family travelling to London for the wedding, the couple arranged some casual drinks the night before. “It was fun but ended up turning into a bit of a party!  I got to sleep at 2am in the hotel beside our venue!”

“The morning of the wedding went by in a flash. I’m glad I never had any more bridesmaids because we started at 9am and only just made it through me, my sister and my mum with hair and make-up.”

TO THE I DO’S

The couple exchanged their vows in from of friends and family at Islington Town Hall. “We wanted a relaxed and Scottish feel to our day, so I walked in to Let’s Get Married by the Proclaimers, we signed the register to Caledonia and walked out to Del Amitri. It was fun!” Laura says.

“Being pronounced as husband and wife and finally getting to kiss, I just felt a massive wave of relief come over me, and knew I could relax from that moment on for the rest of the day.”

 

SCOTLAND MEETS LONDON

“I designed our invitations like London tube maps and, for our Scottish heritage, we added thistles to my flowers, and had mini bottles of Irn Bru as favours,” says Laura.

Laura’s favourite quirky detail of their big day was their very own Pudding Garden! “We weren’t keen on spending a fortune on a wedding cake, so we asked all of our local friends to bring a cake with them instead of a present.”

TIME TO PARTY

Kicking off the celebrations, the couple created bespoke cocktails for guests to enjoy.

“We had ˜Laura’s Sauchiehall Spritzer’ and ˜Adie’s Bow Bells’. Mine was a homage to where it all started for us, in our Sauchiehall Street student flats and Adie’s was a whisky cocktail, with a twist on where we live now in London, Bow.”

After Laura and Adie had their first dance to Lauryn Hill’s cover of Can’t Take My Eyes of Off You, the dancefloor was full and a band then DJ performed into the wee small hours. “We also had a massive glitter pi±ata that my friend made us! It was quite the party!”

HUSBAND + WIFE

Laura and Adie set off on honeymoon two weeks later. “We flew to Moorea via LA, then went on to Bora Bora, then Tahiti, then back via LA. We saved a fortune by booking the French Polynesian part through Easy Tahiti and booking our flights in the BA and Air France sale. We also asked for charity donations and honeymoon contributions as wedding gifts via Prezola.”

And how does it feel being man and wife? “It’s lovely that we’re now making plans for our future rather than just for a wedding.”

Photographer: Cotton Candy Photography | Ceremony venue: The Islington Town Hall | Reception venue: The Islington Metal Works | Stationery, Wedding Planning + Decor: Devine Bride | 

| Florist: Dansk Flowers Islington | Transport: Ensign Bus Hire |  Hair + Make-up: Tamara Tott Wedding Day MUA

| Entertainment: The Funk City Party Band + Discowed DJ | Favours: Tunnocks, Irn Bru, Devine Bride + charity donation via Prezola

| Bride’s dress: Catherine Deane | Bride’s accessories: Astley Clarke | Bride’s shoes: Dune London | Groom’s outfit: McCall’s Glasgow |

Bridesmaid dress: John Lewis | Rings: Astley ClarkeHeming Hatton Garden

Intimate beach wedding at Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Leonie + Tony Mealing

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino All Inclusive Resort, Punta Cana

Photography | Huellas Del Caribe Photography & Films

Golf pro Tony and his fiancé Leonie chose the Dominican Republic as the destination for their wedding that combined his love of golf with their mutual love of sunshine!

As it was the second wedding for both, the couple wanted to keep it small and have only their nearest and dearest at the celebration. “We didn’t feel that pressure to have a big white wedding,” says Leonie, “and we just wanted a relaxed, fun day.”

So that’s exactly what they had. Leonie and Tony tied the knot in a tasteful ceremony on the beach, surrounded by close friends and family. Not being familiar with local suppliers, the couple had to trust their wedding planner to do get things organised for them, and they weren’t disappointed.

“Erika, our wedding planner at Hard Rock, did an amazing job with lots of added extras that made the whole thing better than we could ever have imagined,” smiles Leonie. “She even designed my bouquet for me, which had ivory roses and orchids to match my dress.”

After the ceremony, the party continued in a gazebo close to the beach. “The gazebo floated in its own pool and had extra crystal flooring at either side to accommodate the food and the bar. Everything looked like a fairytale: lots of twinkly lights, floaty chiffon drapes, flowers and candles accessorised with gold accents; it was all so amazing!” she says.

The couple had the day they’d been dreaming of, all because of the hard work and organisation from the wedding team at Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana. “We couldn’t have asked for more,” says Leonie. “Our day was made so special because of the amazing team there, and we’ll never forget it.”

ABOUT HARD ROCK WEDDINGS

With a variety of incredible wedding packages available, the Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection is tailored to meet the wildest dreams of the bride and groom.  The complimentary collection is simple, clean and elegant, including all basic wedding requirements to make the day go with a bang. You can also choose from a variety of uber luxe packages to make your day memorable.

To find out more about having your wedding at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Dominican Republic, email weddings@allinclusivecollection.com and visit the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana website.

For more information on honeymoons and weddings in Dominican Republic, contact Go Dominican Republic by emailing uk@godominicanrepublic.com.

| Photographer: Huellas Del Caribe Photography & Films  | Venue: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Punta Cana |

Florist: Flower design by Erika | Dress: Allure Bridal from Brides at Home, Bristol |

Groomswear: Ted Baker + Hugo Boss |