Although they’d gone to the same school and have family members who’ve known each other since they were tiny, Kirsten and Jack’s paths didn’t cross until a Christmas Eve pub visit in 2013. They had their first date that same Boxing Day and have been together ever since! As it has a way of doing, life tried to throw a spanner in the works when a month into their relationship, Jack was offered a job in Nice. They did long distance for a year and then Kirsten followed her heart and moved to France to be with Jack. It’s there, after three years, that they got engaged, so it made sense for the South of France to feature heavily in their Glaswegian wedding!
Kirsten, with a background in theatre and events design, took great delight in designing the look of the wedding and let her creativity go wild. Inspired by the tropical flowers and foliage of Nice, palm trees, birds of paradise and succulents featured heavily throughout.
They collected pebbles from the beach (and ferried them home in their suitcases for 18 months before the wedding!) to use along the aisle and as place settings. Their guests also enjoyed chocolate pebbles as favours, and each went home with a cactus, palm tree or leaf enamel pin as a memento from the day, which Kirsten loved seeing everyone wear in the evening.
Sarah and Callum have been sweethearts since their very first week at Edinburgh University where they met seven years ago. Their wedding day style was beautifully contemporary, with lots of greenery hoops, florals and the modern look an arts centre naturally possesses. And what’s more, Sarah wanted to show that all brides are gorgeous in an industry at times obsessed with selling one image of beauty.
“When we were planning our big day, I never would have thought to describe our style as particularly Rock n Roll, but it turns our that a plus-size bride who is unapologetic in her body, and who wants to be the centre of attention at her dream, contemporary wedding, is pretty revolutionary in the wedding industry! I’d love to show all brides – but particularly those who are plus size – that looking banging on your wedding day doesn’t have to mean diet pills, exercise regimes and shapewear, it can mean loving yourself as you are and surrounding yourself with people who love you, too.”
“We wanted our wedding to feel modern and relaxed, but still special. We tried not to get caught up in ensuring everything fitted with our ‘theme’ but towards the end we tied everything together with elements of pink marble, gold and lots of foliage. Callum had been a wedding photographer’s assistant growing up so had seen a ton of super traditional weddings, but I’d never been to a wedding as an adult, which turned out to be a bit of a blessing as I was shielded from a lot of the traditions and expectations. I wanted to create an atmosphere that felt really natural and ‘us’ – the kind of party I’d love to be invited to.”
The ceremony and reception were held at Summerhall, Edinburgh, and officiated by a family friend, chosen because she had conducted Callum’s parent’s wedding ceremony. “She had previously been a full-time registrar, so helpfully had all the scripts to hand and could chat us through the options. It still felt quite impersonal though, so we added in some elements from scripts we found online – cue frantic Googling of ‘feminist wedding ceremony’ – including a section where she read our short paragraphs we had written about why we love each other. We’d initially chatted about writing our own vows but I hate public speaking, so having her read them took the pressure off, although Callum still ended up crying!”
Both lovers of nature and being outdoors, Katie and Andy wanted their Scottish wedding to have a really natural feel. It was also really important to them that all their guests were relaxed and that the venue they chose could accommodate everyone they wanted to invite – including their four legged fur-babies!
“Our love of nature and being outside was the inspiration for our wedding”, said the bride. “It was very laid back and informal. Some of our guests wore elegant dresses and suits and others were in jeans and t-shirts. There was little structure to the day and was just about people mingling together and having fun in a beautiful setting.”
The day was held at Taymouth Estate near Aberfeldy. They had a hand-fasting ceremony performed by an interfaith minister. “Angie lead our ceremony. She included a story of how we met and our hopes and wishes for the future. We had a hand-fasting, with each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen draping a different coloured ribbon over our clasped hands, to represent our hopes for our marriage. We spoke personalised vows and placed our rings on our fingers with our hands still tied.”