This couple celebrated with a beautiful rustic-meets-Highland wedding theme! Harriet shares her story…
How did Andrew propose?
“Andrew surprised me with a long weekend in Gairloch for my 30th birthday, to stay at the same house we later decided to hold our wedding ceremony! The weather was beautiful when we arrived, so we decided to take advantage of the garden hot tub, with a stunning view overlooking the Torridon mountain range. While holding a glass of champagne, contemplating my surroundings, Andrew took me by complete surprise with his proposal.”
What dress did you wear?
“My wedding gown was by Stella York in Moscato, which is a pale antique beige/blush. This was a romantic, but classic ball gown with beading, lace and a full, floaty tulle skirt. The sheer lace and net-trimmed bodice features a sweetheart neckline with cap sleeves, and Swarovski crystals accenting the waistline.
I bought my dress from Wedding Belles Bridal in Alness, with a lot of greatly appreciated help from Mel.”
And the accessories?
“My shoes were by Jenny Packham, my hair piece was by Jon Richard and my bracelet and earrings were from Debenhams.”
What did the groom wear?
“Andrew wore a traditional kilt in-keeping with his family origins and clan. The tartan was of the MacDonald of Glencoe Muted; handmade by the lovely, local kilt-maker Karen Bethune in the Black Isle. To complement his kilt, Andrew wore a white shirt and dark grey Braemar jacket, waistcoat and kilt socks, all bought from Slaters in Inverness.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Although there were only 10 guests, I was terrified. I remember taking a deep breath right before I walked into the room and hearing the song we had chosen. I didn’t look at anyone else but my husband-to-be. I remember thinking he looked incredibly handsome, and his calm gaze and smiling eyes kept me steady.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My maid of honour, my best friend Kate, wore a forest green full-length dress from Debenhams. My sister Megan also wore a forest green dress from Coast. My nieces, Milly and Eliza, wore Monsoon dresses.”
What was your theme?
“Rustic woodland, with a Highland twist. We created our theme with inspiration from nature; tree log slices, wild flowers, foliage, lavender and thistles.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“Our photographer drove us to beautiful locations around Gairloch – the first time my husband and I were alone together. These made magical highlights of our day.”
Date: 14th July 2018
Venue: Ceremony at a family friend’s house in Gairloch, Scotland, followed by a wedding party at Bogbain Farm, Inverness (10th August, 2018)
Photographer: Alison White Photography – alisonwhitephotography.co.uk/weddings
Harriet’s dress: Stella York – essensedesigns.com/stella-york/
Andrew’s attire: Karen Bethune, Braemar & Slaters
Bridesmaid dresses: Debenhams, Coast & Monsoon
Accessories: Jenny Packham, Debenhams & Jon Richard