Organic and Natural Scottish Wedding: Rachel & Steven

Caro Weiss Photography

July 18, 2013

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Rachel and Steven wanted a relaxed vibe for their Glaswegian wedding. This red-headed couple held their celebration at Pollokshields Burgh Hall and used dried wheat, carthamus and rhodantha throughout to give the space an organic and natural look. “We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted everyone to relax and have a great day, and for the place to be natural, light and beautiful”, Rachel began. “The hall is gorgeous on its own anyway so I chose items, colours, flowers accordingly and everything came together amazingly. My bridesmaids and I carried wheat bouquets and we used a lot of charity shop finds. My girls also chose their own dresses. I just wanted them to wear a dress that made them feel amazing.”

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“The Kitchen Window caterers were absolutely perfect and totally got what we were after”, she continued. “We had sharing antipasti platters to start with and then a buffet style main with chorizo stew and chicken stroganoff, it all tasted amazing, was really laid back and everyone loved it! They were a major part of the wedding and kept the whole day in order. We could not have managed it without them!”

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“The wedding felt truly like a big massive team effort from us and all of our friends, family and everyone involved. We can’t thank everyone enough for being a part of it! We wanted the day to be laid back and informal; we wanted a ceremony that was meaningful to us and we wanted good food and lots of drink, good music, everyone having a laugh….and that’s what happened with everyone’s help. It wasn’t uptight and the venue looked gorgeous and organic.”

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Rachel wore a custom made dress which was designed and made by her friend and designer Leonie Conroy. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way”. she explained. “I loved seeing it come together, I had imagined the dress I wanted but knew I wouldn’t find it in a shop. Leonie made it happen, she was great! I made the table plan with a wicker basket, luggage tags and we had lots of paper pom poms (shout out to my bridesmaids for making the pom poms happen) and bunches of dried flowers to scatter across the venue.”

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“I chose to use dried flowers so I could arrange them myself and because I loved the natural tones of the wheat, carthamus and rhodantha. I loved shopping for the flowers and I started collecting jugs from charity shops months in advance so I had a big collection to play with. They were assembled a few nights before the wedding when our flat was turned into a wedding sweatshop by me and my bridesmaids (and wine). I loved how they looked on the tables and I love that I can now keep them all at home. I also love that me and the girls can keep our bouquets forever! I also made the grooms buttonhole with wheat, rhodanthus, lots of glue and some wool from Oxfam and it was really nice to see him wearing it on the day.”

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