Baby, it's cold outside. And all this freezing weather got me thinking about Kayleigh and Michael's winter wonderland wedding. Braving the Fife winter weather for some seriously epic portraits, the couple worked with one of my very favourite Scottish wedding photographers, the wonderful Lianne Mackay and created a simply magical winter wedding.
The whole day took place at the gorgeous Cow Shed Crail - a must see if you're looking for a stylish, rustic Scottish wedding venue - and was styled to perfection by The Little White Cow, a seriously awesome company if you're planning a DIY wedding in a blank canvas space.
Kayleigh looks sensational in her Sottero and Midgley gown, which she admits is nothing like the dress she'd imagined she would go for - such a great lesson in always being open minded when you go dress shopping!
All in all, it's a pretty perfect winter wedding and I know you're going to love it!
Thank you Kayleigh and Michael for sharing your beautiful day with us! xx
HOW THEY MET
We met on holiday in Bulgaria in June 2008
We were out for a walk to Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, a walk we do most Sundays. We were walking along a little beach area we hadn't explored before when Michael got down on one knee and proposed.
THE WEDDING VENUE
We loved its rustic look and it was the first venue we visited that we both loved instantly.
We wanted a perfect winter wedding with a cosy feel. It is our favourite time of year and pine cone, mistletoe, cracker and a bit of sparkle was just what we had in mind. We wanted it to be simple and cosy - above all we wanted a magical, relaxed day that our friends and family could enjoy.
I loved wedding dress shopping and after a few visits to several shops, I was fairly set on a slim-fit, simple dress until I saw a Sottero & Midgley dress on their website and immediately fell in love. after spending several days trying to track down a store that sold the dress, I discovered it was not yet on sale. It was, however, going to be in a trunk show that week and a sample (in my size) would be in Emma Roy in Edinburgh, so my sisters, mum and I travelled down to try it. My experience in Emma Roy was perfect. The staff were very friendly and helped me come to the decision to choose my beautiful dress.
Engagement ring from an independent jeweller in Aberdeen. Wedding rings from Matthew M Henderson in St Andrews.
THE BRIDESMAIDS AND FLOWER GIRL
My sisters, Jennifer and Carolyn, were bridesmaids. They wore dresses by Maya on ASOS. Rose, our niece, was flower girl. She wore a dress from Debenhams.
THE BEST MEN AND USHERS
Best Man, Dale, and ushers, Neil and Chris, wore kilts and jackets hired from McCalls.
THE HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Hair by Leanne Strachan, make-up by Sophie Alexis.
Leanne is a friend and did our hair for my sister's wedding, so I was delighted she could do my hair for my wedding day. Sophie was on the venue's recommended suppliers list and I went for a trial a few months before. She was amazing and I loved my make-up.
We originally looked at a different photographer and hadn't heard of Lianne. That photographer wasn't available but recommended Lianne so we met with her. Her style is just what we wanted and we fell in love with her the day we met her.
We didn't want a lot of flowers, just bouquets. Margaret is a friend so she kindly made some beautiful bouquets for us.
Scott was on the recommended suppliers list and was amazing. We had spicy butternut squash soup, a very cool main course of carve-your-own beef, then sticky toffee pudding. The food was delicious.
Cake Creations in Fife.
I found them on Facebook and contacted them for a price. They were very reasonable and were keen to hear my ideas. We had a naked cake and the flavour was vanilla sponge with a layer of chocolate orange sponge.
We searched for bands for a while and eventually someone recommended Little Red as they weren't on any of the usual sites. We drove 3 hours to Glasgow on a Tuesday night to see them play and booked them that night. They were excellent.
Candyfloss Clouds and Lemmon Studios.
Karen at Candyfloss Clouds is a friend of my sister and made our beautiful wedding invitations and table plan. Louise at Lemmon Studios is a parent at my school and made our fab place settings.
THE WEDDING MORNING
I got ready in the cottage not far from our venue. It was reassuring being so close, but also nice to be in our own little cottage. I got ready with my two sisters (my bridesmaids) and my mum. We got up around 7am and took it in turns to shower before the make-up artist and hairdresser arrived at 7.30. We then took it in turns to get hair and make-up done, I was in the middle for both if I remember correctly.
We had some fizz and a breakfast of croissants and tea (nothing that would leave a lurking smell!). Later my photographer arrived to get some snaps and half an hour before the ceremony my dad and brother arrived to take us over to the venue in my dad's car.
We had a Humanist ceremony with a lovely celebrant called Tim Maguire. We saw him conduct a wedding of a friend of ours a couple of year previously and we both remembered how much we loved him. We loved his relaxed style and how the whole ceremony was basically just the story of 'us'; it was perfect.
I walked down the aisle to Can't Help Falling in Love With You by Elvis Presley - one of my favourite songs. While we signed the register, one of my best friends sang How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding - we both love that song. When we both walked back down the aisle, we played All You Need Is Love as it was in the film Love Actually, one of our favourite Christmas films.
We had two readings. The first was read by my best friend, Catriona. It was a poem called He's Not Perfect by Bob Marley - a poem we found online and loved. The second was read by Michael's good friend and one of our ushers, Chris, and was a quote from Love Actually.
He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if you can make each other laugh at least once a day, cause each other to think twice, and if you can admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto each other and give each other the most you can. Neither of you are going to quote poetry, you’re not going to be thinking about each other every moment, but you will both give each other a part of you that can easily be broken. So don’t hurt each other, don’t change each other, and don’t expect for more than either of you can give. Don’t analyse. Smile when you make each other happy, yell when you make each other mad, and miss each other when you’re not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect doesn’t exist, but there’s always one person that is perfect for you. - He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley
We were given some wedding ceremony homework from our Humanist celebrant and wrote our whole story together -
"They both agree that marriage is a partnership, enjoying the good times together and supporting each other through the bad times, someone to laugh and cry with. It means being honest, kind and saying sorry or admitting you're in the wrong, even when that's really tough! They agree it is about compromise and putting up with each other's annoying habits. Marriage is about being with the person you love for the rest of your life and hopefully starting a family. Marriage means remembering it's still ok to act like kids and not taking life too seriously. And finally marriage means saying 'I love you' every day and never forgetting why they fell in love in the first place. Michael and Kayleigh have come a long way since that sunny day in Bulgaria and they both can't wait to continue their adventure together as husband and wife."
THE DECOR AND STYLING
We used a wonderful company called The Little White Cow who provided amazing props for our wedding, including beautiful Chesterfield sofas, hay bales, hanging geometric shapes and lots of greenery. We wanted a rustic, simple look with some sparkle and candles.
Our 'guest book' was stones collected from the beaches in our home towns that people wrote on with metallic pens. We now keep them in a big, beautiful dish in our living room.
I made individual crackers for our favours. Each 'rustic' cracker had a personalised joke and small homemade game of knots and crosses, made using pebbles from the beaches where I grew up and where Michael grew up.
Guests arrive - 12.30pm
Ceremony - 1pm
Drinks reception - 1.30pm
Guests seated and speeches - 4pm
Dinner - 5pm
Evening guests arrive - 7pm
Coaches - 12.30am
The groom, the best man and the father of the bride. All three speeches were very funny, especially Dale's (best man). Michael is known for his tattoos and, at the end of his speech, Dale revealed a tattoo of the two of them on his leg! This did later turn out to be fake - thankfully!
THE FIRST DANCE
Our first dance was to I Wanna Get Lost With You by The Stereophonics. A song we both love.
THOUGHTS ON WEDDING PLANNING?
I really enjoyed wedding planning. My favourite part was probably the initial stages - choosing the venue, the band, the photographer etc. I also loved adding all the final touches the day before the wedding. Oh, and I loved making my crackers!
I underestimated how stressful it would be in the couple of weeks leading up to the wedding - little thing like buying gifts, getting last minute table decorations etc. Make time for these things!
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
THE BEST BIT
That's a tricky one. I loved it all! Probably the ceremony, listening to all of the things Michael and I wrote to each other in our vows. And we loved our little touch of kissing under the mistletoe!
ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY?
Nothing. I loved every minute of it!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Enjoy it all and make the most of it, you'll wish you had when it's all done. Try to think of all the little last minute things in advance to relieve some stress just before the big day. Write your 'on the day' thank you cards weeks before and buy/sort thank you gifts in advance. Take some time to be alone at some point on the day, just the two of you, and toast your day.