Blyth and Jeff chose Blair Castle in Scotland at their wedding venue. With the groom loving all things Scotland and the bride actually being Scottish, it was the perfect place for them. “Jeff and I met online”, Blyth told me. “We contacted each other at the exact same time and agreed to meet a few weeks later. On our first date we discovered we shared a birthday, as well as some real chemistry. One year later, he popped the question on a deserted beach in Antigua, complete with sunset and horses swimming in the ocean. We decided on a castle venue and searched high and low to find the right one. When I viewed St Brides Kirk, the roofless ruined chapel on the grounds of Blair Castle, I fell for it immediately and knew we had to be married there.”
“Our theme was a Scottish highland romance mixed with chillies!” She laughed. “Our table theme was different species of chilli plants (we are both crazy about spicy foods) and our florist was given the brief to make table arrangements, buttonholes, and my hair circlet with chillies in them. Also heavily featured in the flowers were wild Scottish raspberries and cream thistles.”
Lisa and Jim were married at Prestonﬁeld House in Edinburgh on Halloween. They planned the wedding in just five months, had just 18 guests and did a lot of the key elements themselves.
“The idea behind our wedding was to have a small intimate candle lit ceremony at night with an open ﬁre”, began the bride. “We wanted all our guests and ofﬁciant to be dressed in black – black evening dresses and black evening suits with bow ties. There was a gothic touch and a spiritual element which all tied in with Halloween.”
“After a champagne reception we had a dinner party with a woodland, harvest theme. Jim and I love Halloween, but for different reasons – Jim loves horror movies especially ‘Halloween’ and has three different Michael Myers’ tattooed on him. We had Michael Myers mentioned in our ceremony by the ofﬁciant as a joke. I love Halloween as this is when it is the Celtic New Year, Samhain, celebrated at sunset on 31st October. This is why I wanted an evening wedding. Samhain marks the end of the harvest and the start of a chapter, new beginnings. Jim and I do not celebrate the traditional New Year of 1st January. Jim also lost his mum recently and so we felt that Halloween being traditional for the dead to be closer to the living to be a touching time to think of his mum being there with us when exchanging our vows.”
I simply can’t get enough of sweet little DIY weddings… which is why I feature them so often. If you too love looking homemade details then you’re going to adore Stephen and Gilly’s Glaswegian wedding!
“We’re not big on themed weddings, we just wanted ours to be relaxed and laid back”, said Gilly. “There were no extras or unnecessary frills. We just wanted all our guests to enjoy
themselves, and I don’t think either of us have smiled that much, ever!”
“The inspiration came from the things we love and are passionate about including music, films and mid-century design. We met on match.com and discovered through each other’s profiles that we both adore Wes Anderson films, so the characters from The Royal Tenenbaums were our table names. Each guest had a badge with their character on it as a favour, which I made. Most of the wedding was handmade so it felt very personal, and guests commented on how it was a great expression of both of us, which is lovely to think that our personalities came through.”
Anna and Daniel’s wedding was DIY in the truest sense of the word because they did everything themselves. The bride even made her own dress! The wedding had a really unusual theme too. They wanted something creative and were influenced by deer skulls and antlers!
“When we first started looking for inspiration it didn’t take us long to realise that choosing a theme would be an impossible task”, recalled the bride, “we are are far too indecisive and there are so many possibilities! So we had a think about what was important to us and decided just to go with things we liked and tried not to worry too much if it didn’t all match. Creativity is at the heart of everything we do, for Dan it’s all about music and for me visual arts, design and all forms of making. We also enjoy good food and drink, laughs with friends, walks with our beloved pooch in the countryside and relaxed atmospheres.”
Anna and Jack wanted a fun wedding with a party atmosphere. So they hired their venue, Inshriach House, for the entire week, and stayed there in the run up with some of their guests. “We wanted the wedding to be a big fun party with as many of our nearest and dearest as possible”, Anna said. “We wanted our personalities and sense of humour to shine through. We wanted to get to married in the highlands, near my hometown of Kingussie and we felt the best way to do this was to organise most things ourselves and to have equal input and responsibility.”
“We stayed in the house during the week running up to the wedding with lots of family and friends, which was amazing. We got to pretend that we were fancy country people for a week. Walter, the Laird, has created a wonderful vintage feel to the house and it’s surroundings. This includes things like the old Old Aviemore train station having been transported to a field beside the house and turned into a bar! This is where we had the ceremony.”
Rosie and Colin live in London but wanted to get married in Scotland, where Colin is from. They took inspiration from lots of places for the theme, but the three key elements were skulls, Scotland and vintage 1920s touches.
“We took inspiration from all over the place for our wedding!” said Rosie. “I have a skull tattoo on my arm and have always loved anything including skulls! I also love the juxtaposition of skulls with other really beautiful things like flowers, I think it has such a striking impact. A lot of people don’t get the skull thing. When I spoke about some of my wedding décor ideas, some people said ‘right, so you’re having a Halloween themed wedding?’. Far from it! When everyone saw it come together they all loved it.”