Gorgeous teepee wedding by the sea at Ravensheugh Log Cabin, Dunbar

Yacht stewardess Emma and yacht chef Gareth enjoyed a relaxed, rustic day in teepees by the sea, filled with lanterns, love hearts and some seriously gorgeous luxe bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want to steal this cool couple style!

The fantastically talented John Johnston Photography captured the day perfectly in pictures, and bride Emma reminisces with us…

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We met in Australia six and a half years ago while working and travelling. When I left Melbourne to do farm work for three months I felt absolutely gutted to be leaving Gareth.

I missed him like crazy and knew he was going to be a big part of my life.

Gareth proposed on a beach in the south of France where we were working on a yacht for the summer. He’d bought my engagement ring in Florence when we were there on holiday.

I’m from the Scottish Highlands and Gareth is from the northwest of England so we wanted to find a middle ground.

We fell in love with PapaKåta teepees as soon as we saw photos of them, and Log Cabin Ravensheugh created the most beautiful backdrop.

We knew from the start that our day was going to be very relaxed and informal with a rustic feel, which went perfectly with the location and the teepees.

We decorated the teepees with rustic lanterns, wooden hearts and props, and pastel coloured flowers. We had loads of fairy lights to hang in the trees and lined the walkway with pastel hearts on wooden sticks.

I went with a Sincerity Bridal dress by Justin Alexander from Alison Kirk Bridal in Perth. It’s a sweetheart straight gown with a detachable jacket so in the evening I took the jacket off for a different look.

My ‘maids Morven and Joey wore a beautiful misty green cowl back dress from Maids to Measure, and Joanna and Josie wore a pretty pastel blue dress with lace detail at the top from Monsoon.

Flower girl Hollie wore a cute ivory dress, also from Monsoon.

We each wrote our own versions of our story, which our humanist celebrant Halde read at the start, and we wrote our own vows. It was very emotional for both of us – my legs wouldn’t stop shaking.

Our good friend and chef, Stuart, did all our food. We had a hog roast and barbecued meat and fish with loads of sides of salads and vegetables, and set it up as a buffet.

He also made some mini desserts and our wedding cake. As Gareth is also a chef he helped with a lot of the prep.

One of my bridesmaids, Joey, read out a poem which she had written during the time we had all met on our travels in Australia. It was so wonderful and had everyone laughing and crying.

We had Chinese lanterns, which we got people to sign with messages. We also put out jars of marshmallows to toast on the indoor firepit later in the night which was a winner.

We had a ceilidh band called Double Scotch – everyone had fun trying to do the steps for the dances.

The band did a disco afterwards and played song requests from guests, which we asked for on the RSVPs.

It was the perfect night with the people we love the most.

Venue: PapaKåta Teepees and Ravensheugh Log Cabin | Photographer: John Johnston Photography

Bride’s dress: Alison Kirk Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson | Groom’s outfit: Whitfield & Ward

Stationery: Bridezilla Design Company | Florist: Little Flower | Décor hire: Carnival Chaos | Transport: Classic Campervans Scotland

Hair and make-up: AMM Hair and Make-up Team | Celebrant: Halde Pottinger at Humanist Society Scotland | Band: Double Scotch