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Festive Scottish Wedding Inspired by Christmas Markets

Oh baby, do we have one gorgeous wedding to share with you today! Sophie and Stephen were married at The Byre at Inchyra, a beautifully restored, rustic barn set in 150 acres of private parkland in Perthshire, Scotland. Taking place on December 2nd, they went for a subtly festive theme, inspired by Christmas markets, with some lovely personal touches.

“Christmas is a very special time of year for us, hence why we got married in December”, began the bride. “We met through a mutual friend at the Edinburgh Christmas market and each year we return to the same spot on the same day to have a kiss. We also got engaged on Christmas Day a year after we met.”

“The inspiration for the wedding was the atmosphere of a Christmas market. We wanted Christmas but without it involving the snowmen or Santa… It wasn’t really about Christmas it was about us but still had to capture that warm festive feel. We used simple inspiration from German markets and the Edinburgh market with all the green pines and lights all around – it was magical.”

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“Casual Unicorns” Wedding Planned in Three Months

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).

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Middle Earth Inspired Scottish Elopement

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.”

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An Elopement with Family on the Isle of Skye

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!”

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Glamorous Scottish Wedding with a Floral Dress… and a Stag!

When it came to planning their wedding, Sarah and Colin had a wedding planning advantage. The bride is an event organiser and owns her own venue! Not surprisingly, Sarah had already been dreaming of her wedding for many years and knew she wanted a big, over the top, extravagant Scottish celebration.

“I wanted it to be traditionally Scottish but also glamorous and contemporary too,” she explained. “Luckily I was given a very loose reign by my husband-to-be as he trusted my vision. He was involved in all the big decisions but let me run with the entire event myself pretty much…which is as most brides want it, lets be honest! As I’ve organised events for a living for many many years I knew how it was going feel planning a huge event – ever so slightly stressful but amazing and fun and magical too!”

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Scottish Wedding with a Purple Haired Bride

Eilidh and Peter had only one thing in mind for their October wedding: To have a damn good party! The day was held at Dalduff Farm in Aryshire, Scotland, and they were very much inspired by their Scottish heritage for their decor and theme.

“We wanted a wedding with plenty laughter, fun, food and frolics with our nearest and
dearest”, said the bride. “What ended up on show was a Scottish barn wedding filled with meaningful vows, beautifully smelling flora and fauna foliage, lanterns and a musical rumpus with our ceilidh band at night. One guest said they felt like they were in a whiskey advert; I liked that.”

“I grew up in the Scottish Highlands on the coast, and Pete in the roving fields of Ballymena Northern Ireland. We both wanted a completely relaxed, countryside-chic vibe, with the flexibility to choose our own ideas. Dalduff Farm allowed this to happen.”

They put a lot of effort into all the little details. “The little details did count”, she continued. “Having the venue for three days, a close friend conducting the ceremony, hiring the farmhouse accommodation, thefirepit with marshmallows, our own bar, sparklers, wild  flowers, winter scented candles, candid photography, confetti cannons, Hog Roasts, wedding feasts, and a band that don’t ‘do’ weddings… that’s what made our wedding special.”

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