It’s not everyday that you get a first look involving a unicorn mask, but for Stuart and Angelica that was one of their must-haves – and quite rightly so. Their July wedding, described as “casual unicorns” with a dash of Scottishness, was organised in three months, and mostly long distance across the Atlantic too. Despite that, it also features a secret Alice in Wonderland twist and some pretty incredible gothic architecture too.
“Our day was set in the beautiful architecture of Glasgow City Chambers Building, smack in the middle of Glasgow”, said Angelica. “it had a very unique feel to it from the start. We sat all the family down in the Kelvin Room of the ceremony building whilst I arrived with my bridesmaids and went into a private room for our first look. We’re both very happy we did the first look before walking down the aisle, as we’re pretty sure one of us would have fainted!”
And you might faint when you see the photos – Stuart and Angelica both wore masks for their first look, and giant rubber unicorn and horse masks at that. Stuart explains: “When we met in Australia we both had these stupid masks on, so we incorporated them into the first look, and this inspired the unicorn association.” Underneath that unicorn mask, Angelica has some pretty rad hair herself – with gorgeous lilacs and blue-y tones it reminds us of the Northern lights, and this smoky purple colour palette continued into her outfit. Alongside a bunch of lavender, Angelica wore a blue stoned ring borrowed from her cousin, and her grey-toned wedding dress was a lace-topped David’s Bridal design, upcycled using her sister’s prom dress and a belt and bow made from tartan scraps (leftover from Stuart’s kilt).
Dianna and Nathan are big fans of Lord of the Rings, but aren’t fans of being the centre of attention. They decided that an elopement (from one hemisphere to the other!) and a ceremony held in The Shire-esque Puck’s Glen in Scotland was the perfect solution, especially as a forest location was high on the wish list for their day.
“Nathan and I had always wanted to travel overseas to the UK and Europe, and had been planning to do so for about seven years before we got engaged. As I grew up with my grandparents, who were Scottish, I had always wanted to visit, so when plans were finally made and our flights booked, we decided we would elope at the same time and find the perfect setting in Scotland, as a nod to my family heritage.”
Being an elopement, the wedding party was small and intimate. Dianna said, “We flew over to Scotland all the way from Australia with just our celebrant Moira, meeting our photographers Jo and Liam (who also doubled as our witnesses) there on the day.” It also helped keep the budget to under £5,000. “Not including the flights, as we were already coming over, we spent the most on our outfits, and as we had eloped we didn’t need to spend any money on venue hire or food and music, etc.”
As they were staying in a small log cabin next to the glen, the bride said, “We helped each other get ready in the morning, and we wrote our vows to each other the night before – everything was fairly spontaneous.”
Lisa and Alex, from the US, decided to elope with a few family members in tow. They picked the Isle of Skye in Scotland as their location because of it’s beauty and the fact that some of their family members had never even left America before!
“A big part of our relationship is travel, so we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding”, said the bride. “We did a lot of research before we came across a photo of Isle of Skye and fell in love. We wanted our wedding day to be laid back and intimate so we decided to only invite our closest family.”
“We opted to not have a traditional ceremony and reception venue. We got ready in an Airbnb and then found a spot for our ceremony in the mountains. There are a few castles on Skye that we looked into, but they didn’t feel very us. We didn’t know the exact location of our ceremony until the day of the wedding. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony in the Quiraing, but we didn’t have time to scout it out the day before. So on the day of the wedding, we drove until we found a spot that looked beautiful and pulled over. We got legally married back at home before going to Scotland, so our ceremony was short and simple, we just read our vows to each other. Almost as soon as our ceremony ended, it started raining. Our families hurried back to the cars, but Alex and I (and our photographer, Frankee) stayed out and took some rainy photos.”
The couple are wedding videographers so they decided to shoot their own video! “We also decided to shoot our own wedding video which was a really fun challenge for us”, she said. “We were so excited to edit the film that we started on the train back to Glasgow. I’m sure people wondered why we were crying so much!”