I've got a wee beauty to share with you today! Leona and Fin got married earlier this year in beautiful St Andrews and I was thrilled when I received their photos. Not only are they an incredibly photogenic couple, they also made the wise decision to work with the lovely Carole-Ann of Harper Scott Photography - and the results are breathtaking. I particularly love the 'getting ready' shots (of both bride and groom - it's so worth capturing both if at all possible) and the couple portraits are simply some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. If you're getting married in Scotland and looking for a creative, alternative wedding photographer then I can't recommend Carole-Ann enough.
Anyway, over to the beautiful bride to tell us all about how they planned their day.
Thank you Leona and Fin for sharing your gorgeous wedding with us!xx
HOW THEY MET
We met in St Andrews in the Autumn of 2011 whilst working together at a local pub. Fin taught me how to pour my first pint as I was a shambles.
On a short city break, Fin proposed in Central Park in New York in the Summer of 2016.
THE WEDDING VENUE
St Salvator's Chapel at the University of St Andrews.
To get married in any of the University chapels you must have a connection to the Uni or the local area. As Fin graduated from St Andrews University it meant we were allowed to marry there and we couldn't give up an opportunity like that. Plus, I have never seen an interior quite like it, it is breathtaking.
Evening reception at Hotel Du Vin.
THE WEDDING STYLE
We simply picked items we like, no theme or colour scheme was chosen.
The venue was most important to us as we wanted it to mean something. We live in London and travelling back to St Andrews for the big day was important to us as all of our family is still in Scotland.
I was dress shopping alone, I had only just put the dress on, the mirror was still covered and three ladies were coming downstairs to a lower dressing room to start their search. They stopped on the stairs and one stated 'wow, if you don't get married in that dress you are crazy'. I continued my search but I just kept falling back on that lady's comment - I knew I wouldn't get that again. I very nearly bought the dress in gold! It was a 50/50 coin flip choice and I chose to be traditional in white.
Shoes - Mytho in Blush from Dune.
Hair accessories - Kendall opal and crystal gold hair comb from Liberty in Love.
Jewellery - Pearls and my husband's late mother's diamond earrings.
THE HAIR AND MAKE-UP
They are both very talented women, so it was an easy decision. Both were so professional and always went over and above for me. I couldn't have been happier with how things worked out.
Ancient Munro Hunting Tartan Kilt
From a diamond broker called Roger in Hatton Garden. His workshop sits under Eric Ross Jewellers.
My elder sister Laura, younger sister Tiegan and my brother's fiancée Sam. They all wore what they wanted, I didn't want to force them to wear something they didn't like. My only stipulation was the dress was to be a shade of blue.
THE BEST MEN AND USHERS
The best men where Fin's oldest friends, Mat and Adam. His brother Max was an usher.
We came across her on Instagram and I fell in love with her style and quirks!
Chloe Donald. She is my cousin and it a YouTube vlogger. It made sense to have someone close to home do it and to build her experience.
Cass is incredible at what she does, her attitude from day one was refreshing. Though we hadn't met prior to the day, she was the only florist I felt comfortable with after our first chat. I gave Cass creative freedom on the flowers, my only rules were no white, no lilies (allergies) and delphiniums were a must.
We loved the cake, it is that simple. It wasn't a wedding cake, it was just a yummy cake! We loved it so much we transported it up from London with us in the car! We actually had 3 cakes: the Curly Whirly, which is dark Belgian chocolate melted into the sponge with vanilla bean frosting, Passion Fizz which is prosecco soaked vanilla sponge with mascarpone frosting and, last but not least, an elderflower and gooseberry one.
Provided by the in-house caterers at Hotel Du Vin.
Our friend loves to DJ and plays a lot in London so we asked him to do a 2 hour set for us! Everyone loved it as it wasn't your traditional DJ set, it was much more of a club type feel.
My father went and looked at wedding transport for us as we live in London. We chose the car based on his opinion. Tom was a lovely man and went over and above at every opportunity!
We made our own on Zazzle.co.uk
We stayed in the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews
THE WEDDING MORNING
I started getting ready at 11am and finished at 1.30pm. The room slowly filled up with people, to start with just hair and makeup and by 1pm there were around 10 people in the room! I was very relaxed and didn't really do much in the morning - just read my book and had breakfast with a friend.
We had a religious ceremony as this was what was required to be wed in our church of choice. We wrote our own vows in the weeks leading to the wedding - we thought this would be much more romantic. We agreed to finish with the standard 'in sickness and in health' etc. I walked down the aisle to our friend playing Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes. It was incredible.
We had one reading, picked by my dad and read by the reverend -
The Own, by unknown.
When the one whose hand you’re holding is the one who holds your heart, When the one whose eyes you gaze into gives your hopes and dreams their start, When the one you think of first and last is the one who holds you tight, And the things you plan together make the world seem just right, When the one whom you believe in puts their faith and trust in you, You’ve found the one and only love you’ll share your whole life through.
88 Events provided the linen and charger plates. The rest we all did ourselves.
14:30 – 15:10 - The Ceremony - St Salvator’s Chapel
15:10 – 15:45 - Photographs - St Salvator’s Lawn
15:45 – 16:45 - Cocktail Hour - Hotel Du Vin Bar & Orangery
16:45 – 19:00 - Wedding Breakfast & Speeches - Hotel Du Vin Swilcan Suite
19:00 – 19:30 - Drinks - Hotel Du Vin Bar & Orangery
19:30 - 00:30 - Evening Reception - Hotel Du Vin Swilcan Suite
We gave out goodie bags for the kids and Limoncello for the adults.
Father of the bride, groom and best men.
THE FIRST DANCE
We danced to a sax version of The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just like This by Graziatto. One of my friends choreographed a dance for us as a wedding gift - he had his work cut out as we were completely dreadful! It went quite well on the day though and everyone was surprised!
THOUGHTS ON WEDDING PLANNING
I didn't think I would enjoy planning it from afar, however it meant I had to be decisive and this was a blessing.
WHERE DID YOU GET INSPIRATION?
Brides.com, Bridebook App and WeddingWire App (table planning on this is amazingly simple!).
THE BEST BIT
Marrying my husband, of course, our vows, and Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes - it was breathtaking!
ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY?
We set off smoke flares for a photograph, I should have organised that a bit better.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Make choices, pay people upfront so you have less debt and stress of paying people on time in the month leading up to your day, utilise excel and bridal apps. As I said above, WeddingWire for table planning! So good. And lastly, don't worry about mistakes, no one will notice them, or care on the day!