Raych and Stu are both creatives, so their imagination ran away with them a little when they dreamed up their wedding day. The initial inspiration was Midsummer Night’s Dream – an ethereal, boho, garden vibe with touches of magic throughout. No matter where their dreams took them, they stuck to two non-negotiables for decision making for their big day – every element should be about them and their guests instead of following a tradition, and it had to be eco-conscious; everything would be be reused, recycled, environmentally friendly, or where things were bought, they would be from small businesses.
Their venue, The Secret Herb Garden, Edinburgh, was their biggest expense of their £15,000 budget, but was a total steal for their theme; the abundance of flowers and greenery meant they needed very little in the way of additional decor in order to capture the mood they wanted. Stu had proposed to Raych the previous year in a field of wild heather, so it was absolutely perfect for them to get married a year to the day in a greenhouse full of wild heather, lavender, thyme and rosemary.
I love Gail and Mark’s wedding for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is their incredible attitude towards the unpredictable Scottish weather. They got married on a drizzly Scottish lochside on a Monday in October and absolutely loved it!
“In a typical cliché way we both love the outdoors and Mark is a keen mountaineer so, after acknowledging that there was no way my wee Mum would climb a hill for our wedding, we settled on a loch setting with fabulous hills all around,” Gail explains.
They chose the Bank of Loch Lubnaig for their ceremony, a beautiful setting with gorgeous views for days. “Choosing to get married outdoors in the beautifully unpredictable, atmospheric Scottish countryside meant we didn’t worry about the weather beforehand, because we knew it would be beautifully unpredictable!” she laughs (love this!)