Ballet artist Emma Price and Scottish footballer Fraser Kerr stay in England, but had their hearts set on a wedding in the scenic setting of Loch Lomond.
See the stunning photos from their wedding, captured by Crofts & Kowalczyk, and read all about their big day in the words of bride Emma…
We met on New Year’s Eve in 2011 at a nightclub in Birmingham. I was in my final year of professional ballet training there and Fraser was playing for Birmingham City at the time. We went on our first official date a couple of days later and spent the whole date laughing.
The first part of our relationship was actually spent long distance as Fraser had signed for Motherwell and I was working for a professional ballet company over in Estonia, but we Skyped every day and talked and laughed for hours.
The proposal happened on Christmas Eve 2017. I had been working in Ireland for a few months and flew home that morning. Fraser had left clues everywhere and when I finally walked in he’d lit candles and was down on one knee by the Christmas tree!
We knew we wanted to get married on Loch Lomond. The scenery is stunning and Fraser spent a lot of his childhood up there.
Very early in our relationship we visited Luss and half joked about getting married there! Little did we know…
We loved The Cruin the first time we visited. The first thing you’re met with is the most beautiful view over the loch and a pier which is perfect for photos.
They’re known for their amazing food and it was exclusive so it was only us and our guests there for the whole day – something we hadn’t really thought about but on the day it felt so special for it to just be us and those we love.
For us the ceremony was the most special part. It felt so personal to us and our relationship.
Originally we’d imagined the wedding to be held outside but on the day the weather was changeable. We didn’t want to risk it made the decision to have the ceremony inside which actually made it feel much more intimate.
We opted for a humanist ceremony as it gave us more flexibility to have a say in what we’d like to include. As soon as we met with Fiona Bennie, our celebrant, she was so warm and friendly we knew we’d love for her to marry us.
She involved us in the writing of it all and it made the whole thing extra special. We included a few Scottish traditions, one of which was the warming of the rings. Many guests commented how this made them feel really included in the whole ceremony no matter how religious (or not) they were.
I really loved the planning process. So much so that it’s something I’m looking into doing after my dance career. I’m naturally a planner and we had a year and a half so there wasn’t too much stress involved, although me and my mum did make all the place names and signage from scratch and we had slightly underestimated the time it took to make them!
My dress had a blush tone to it and I wanted this to be echoed in the details and décor.
I also absolutely love cherry blossom trees and had seen these lifelike ones with hanging candles from Purple Willow Weddings, so I began with them.
The Cruin interior has wooden décor and the cherry blossom tree trunks had the warm wood effect too so they tied in perfectly.
Our florist was my bridesmaid’s mum Jennifer. My bouquet was a cascading style and she did an amazing job using blush pink roses and white calla lilies throughout.
Fraser wanted to have a kilt that he could keep forever and so it was very kindly handmade by our family friend Ishbell.
He’d wanted a Kerr family tartan and opted for the hunting tartan which was blue and green and the groomsmen wore kilts with similar colours hired from East Kilbride Kilt Co.
My bridesmaids all have quite different styles so I wanted a dress that they would all feel comfortable in. We chose multiway dresses in blush pink which meant they matched and could all wear them exactly how they liked.
What we felt was really important was for our guests to feel included and enjoy the day as much as us.
We also wanted them to be able to access food and drink at all times so we had a doughnut wall filled with Krispy Kremes and a sweets cart.
Our guestbook was a wall collage of hearts for guests to sign their names on, I’d organised flip flops so the girls could still dance after a day in heels and we had a photo booth in the evening for a bit of fun and to capture more memories.
Another highlight was our evening do. Our band Sneaky Treacle were brilliant and kept the dance floor busy the whole night.
For the last song they played Loch Lomond. We were in the middle of the dance floor with all our friends and family surrounding us right beside Loch Lomond, and everyone was singing along. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Venue: The Cruin | Photographer: Crofts and Kowalczyk | Wedding dress: Ella Rosa for Kenneth Winston at Darcy Bridal and Occasions | Bridesmaid dresses: TFNC London | Bride’s shoes: Ted Baker | Groomsmen’s kilts: East Kilbride Kilt Co | Celebrant: Fiona Bennie | Cake: Designer Cakes by Paige | Evening band: Sneaky Treacle | Invitations: Pure Invitation | Hair: Get It Glam | MUA: Issy Price | Cherry blossom trees and dancefloor: Purple Willow Weddings | Chair bows: All Dressed Up | Photobooth: Booths4You