Shona Archer + Guillem Sequer
Wednesday 15th July 2015
Photography | Hayley Fraser Photography
After two years of loving each other long-distance “ Shona in Scotland and Guillem in France “ Shona moved across the water to be with her now husband; they’ve just bought their first house in the beautiful country. And while living in France seems like a total dream, it’s less helpful when you’ve got a wedding in Perthshire to plan.
“Everything was planned via email or through telephone calls,” Shona tells us, “So we could only really imagine everything in our heads and hope that it would all come together on the big day!” Fortunately for the pair, everything did come together; more than they had imagined, in fact. “We did what we wanted to do, and really trusted our choices. That would be my advice for other couples. Try not to worry too much,” she says.
Shona reflects on their special day now that her and her husband are back in France, and talks about how they feel now that they’re Mr and Mrs. “We feel united, even more than before, as a couple. Our marriage has brought us closer together and closer to each other’s families, which is so special,” says Shona.
With guests travelling from all over to celebrate their wedding, the couple knew that their choice of venue was important and they made an amazing choice with Fingask Castle in Rait, Perthshire. “Fingask is a beautiful setting: the castle, which we used for our drinks reception, and the on-site pavilion for the wedding breakfast and evening reception,” Shona says.
The couples’ guests could also use the holiday cottages in the grounds too, which meant that they were all able to spend the week together before, after and during the wedding, making it all the more special. “Having all of our guests together “ from England, France and even Australia “ was so special for us,” smiles Shona.
Shona and Guillem didn’t have a strict theme for their day, instead mixing French and Scottish traditions together. “We had French wine and food couples with a piper, ceilidh and kilts,” Shona tells us. “I chose the flowers to symbolise the two countries: the thistle, and the fleur-de-lys, and used this as the theme on our stationery, cake and in the bouquets.”
“The speeches were a really memorable part of the day,” Shona recalls, “as both of our fathers spoke, and both translated into French and English.” The newlyweds were also surprised by a lovely gift from their bridesmaids “ a photo slideshow of the couple with some very funny, and at times embarrassing, pictures!
“The ceilidh dancing was also so much fun, and all of our guests put every effort into it, learning all the different steps,” laughs Shona.
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// Stationery: Stationer from Guillem’s hometown in France // Piper: Scotia Pipers //