A make-up artist who knows her way around the Scottish wedding industry, bride Fiona and her now-husband Alex planned a gorgeous DIY wedding set to the soundtrack of Elton John!
Fiona tells us all about the day, beautifully captured by PJ Phillips Photography…
“Alex proposed at the Fairmont St. Andrews on my 30th birthday. It was the first place we went overnight together and we’ve always tried to go there for short stays over the years.
We’d been together for over 10 years when he proposed.
We went on a trip to view The Cow Shed Crail, in Fife, and fell in love the moment we saw it.
It felt like a happy place and we could do what we wanted with it.
I loved the dresses by Australian brand Made with Love.
I knew that Unbridaled in Ayr stocked them, and visited with my mum and one of my bridesmaids.
My dress was the third I tried on, and even when I was trying on others I kept going back to the ‘Harlie’ dress. It was elegant with a touch of 1920s’ boho.
We used pink, orange, yellow and peach ribbons (lots of bright summer colours!) to create a ribbon backdrop for our ceremony arch and aisle.
We bought some DIY décor including fringing and candles, and booked Frill Factory who created some stunning lounge areas for us with wicker chairs, fluffy pillows and cactus plants.
Our table names and centrepieces were our favourite movie names, and our favours were Friends pin badges.
My brother’s boyfriend cooked a delicious BBQ for us all the afternoon before the wedding.
There were about 16 of us catching up in one of the cottages the night before.
As a make-up artist, I chose to do my own bridal makeup – I knew exactly the style of make-up I wanted on my day and how to do it so it lasts all day.
I did my own hair too; a relaxed Hollywood waves style.
I was really happy walking down the aisle; I was excited to be there all dressed up and ready to marry Alex.
My dad passed away in April so my mum and brother walked me down the aisle to Elton John’s Tiny Dancer because Alex and I love Elton John’s songs.
We felt having been to a range of ceremonies over the years the humanist ones had stuck out to us as the most memorable, joyful and personal.
Fiona Bennie from Humanist Society Scotland created a happy, memorable ceremony that reflected our style and personalities.
We booked a woodfire pizza truck to serve our reception food, and had sweets dotted around the venue during the day.
Our first dance was a combination of two Elton John songs, Your Song and Are You Ready for Love.
To us, they are happy songs to remind us there is a lot to be happy for!
My advice to other couples would be to trust your gut; plan the wedding for yourselves and what makes you happy.
Try not to worry about pleasing others too much, because everyone will have a great time regardless of your choices for your wedding day.”
Bridesmaids’ make-up: Kirsty Suttie Make Up Artist
Bridesmaids’ hair: Hair By Yasmin
Celebrant: Humanist Society Scotland
Catering: Delicious Catering
Pizza truck: Wildfire pizzas