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Kelly Ann Halliday Makeup Artist

21 Feb 2018

Makeup seems to be one of the last things a bride will organize for her big day, but to me it is also one of the most important. The way you look and feel on your wedding day will be captured in photos, that in years to come you will look back and reflect on. I haven’t came across a bride in my 7 years of experience that does not want to be looking her absolute best on her big day. I offer a completely professional, friendly and reliable service that will take all the stress away from you on your wedding morning.

I also offer makeup trials. This is a great chance for the bride and her bridal party to get to see how they will look on the wedding day. I aim to make this experience completely relaxed so everyone enjoys themselves but also very professional where I let the bride know exactly what will happen on her wedding morning. This is where I start to fill in the Bridal Booking Form and this contains absolutely every detail of the wedding booking which the bride gets sent a copy of. The feedback from my Bridal Booking Form is highly positive and my brides love the fact that timings and details of the day are written in black and white, they know when to expect me to arrive, when to finish and they can also plan other things around it.

Being a fully qualified Beauty Therapist I can also offer skincare advice to my brides on the run up to their big day. I often get asked “I need my skin to be looking the best it’s ever been, how can I do that?” or “Help! I’m suffering from breakouts, what can you recommend?” With my knowledge of all the products the beauty industry offers I can also give you product recommendations to suit your skin concerns and also your budget! 

There is no better feeling than to be a part of a brides wedding morning, it is the most special day of their lives and being able to help them look the absolute best version of themselves is amazing!

07927877771 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Karen Thorburn Photography

20 Feb 2018

Natural, stylish and emotive images from Karen Thorburn Photography

Choosing a photographer is a big decision. The photographs are one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your wedding day; these are the memories which you will cherish for a lifetime. This keeps me on my toes at every wedding and I would love to capture those special moments for you and your families. Whether you’re getting married on a beach, in a church, registry office or hotel, with a couple of witnesses or over a hundred guests, I will be thrilled to be a part of your special day.

My passion is to tell a story with a mixture of candid images capturing all the emotions; as well as the all-important details which you have planned so meticulously; and semi-posed but relaxed and natural couple and group shots.

My approach is enthusiastic and passionate yet unobtrusive, considered and calm, allowing you to focus on the occasion and spending time with your family and friends, safe in the knowledge that I will be discreetly capturing those perfect moments. I understand that you want to spend the day enjoying time with your loved ones and not posing awkwardly for the camera, and so the couple and group shots are captured with minimum fuss and in a relaxed fashion.

I’m based in the Highlands but will gladly travel throughout Scotland or further afield to photograph your wedding. I offer a range of photography packages to suit different budgets. Typically, I start the day with the bridal preparations in the morning and shoot through to the first few dances in the evening reception, but I can offer a reduced fee if you don’t need a full day’s coverage. I’m very flexible, always open to ideas and happy to provide a customised quote as I appreciate that every wedding is unique.

Following the wedding, I will individually edit and enhance all your images to a high standard. These will be presented in an online password-protected gallery and on a USB drive within four weeks of the wedding. I will also create a slideshow of your images set to music to tell the story of your wedding day and bring the photographs to life.

I offer a range of luxury matted wedding albums which are made in the UK and are beautifully finished using the highest quality materials. The images are presented in mounts and offer an alternative to printed photobooks. The albums have oatmeal linen covers with gold foil embossing and have a sumptuous and timeless feel to them. These are top quality albums – future family heirlooms – for you and your loved ones to treasure for years to come.

A bit about me…

Photography has been a lifelong passion of mine; I picked up my first camera when I was six years old and have never looked back. I’m also a dedicated landscape photographer meaning that I love working with natural light and always enjoy the opportunity to capture a wedding in beautiful surroundings.

I was born and brought up in Perth then lived, studied and worked in Edinburgh for ten years before re-locating to the Black Isle near Inverness in 2013. I live with my husband and our two guinea pigs and in my spare time I love exploring the Highlands and Islands, walking, cycling, camping and kayaking, always with a camera close to hand!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with an enquiry; I will be delighted to hear from you!

Email: | Tel: 07761 985752 | Web:

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Love is in the Air at Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms

12 Feb 2018

Everyone dresses to impress for the big day, and the Assembly Rooms is no exception. Flooded with natural light, the breathtaking Georgian building provides a spectacular backdrop for your special day. 

Steeped in historical significance and located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh is a magnificent venue, and one in which you will create lasting memories. 

Make the first dance truly unforgettable underneath our glittering Ballroom chandeliers as the versatile ceremony setting transforms into a glamourous evening reception, after letting our specially selected panel of five caterers wow your guests with serves suited to every taste. 

Licensed and event ready, the Assembly Rooms can cater to weddings of every size, from intimate gathering of 100, to the big white wedding with over 400 guests. Our highly experienced in-house staff will be there to guide you every step of the way, from exploring the flexible event space’s endless layout possibilities, to choosing the right tailor-made theming options to fit your style.

We are proud of our green credentials and are committed to operating as sustainably as possible so talk to us about how to turn your big day green. We would love to show you around. 

For more information about holding your most special of days at Assembly Rooms, visit or contact us on 0131 220 4348 / | WEBSITE

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DollyBird… the story so far!

9 Feb 2018

DollyBird Stationery is six years old this year and with an amazing new showroom all set up, we are ready for the year ahead.

The brand has grown over the last six years, developing our ranges and designs, whilst working with so many amazing couples. January also saw our first shipment to the US and we can’t quite believe DollyBird is now worldwide.

Whilst we are very excited about the prospect of shipping globally, we will never forget the importance of face to face business, especially where weddings are concerned. We have always firmly believed that our showroom presence and customer service skills are key elements to our business success and so the move to our new and improved showroom was one which took a lot of thought and research.

We are now settled at our new home which has a small reception, showroom area and studio for making our invitations on-site. The space is filled with everything we need and is perfect for expanding DollyBird that little bit further.

As a company, we believe that we offer a modern approach to wedding stationery, but with a luxurious and glamorous feel to it. The wedding industry has transformed, couples needs and wants have changed and weddings are now so vastly different that suppliers must adapt to suit these needs. At DollyBird we feel we offer that, our service is regularly praised and we work with couples closely to develop their perfect wedding stationery. Our times with couples can stretch from anywhere between six months of planning to two or three years and we love getting to know them and helping with other aspects of their wedding, not just their stationery needs.

Our designs are updated twice a year and we are currently designing our newest range, incorporating some of our favourite elements, diving into some new materials (our glitter is always there of course) and trying some new design ideas we’ve been developing. We can’t wait to share these with our current, new and potential customers and look forward to designing more bespoke ideas for those couples who already have ideas of their own.

We love what we do and are forever grateful to every couple who chooses DollyBird to be part of their special day. We have provided stationery for some amazing weddings, fantastic venues and worked alongside phenomenal suppliers – every day we live our dream and cannot thank those who put their trust in us enough.

The years have passed by so quickly with some incredible achievements already, we’ve had nominations for all of the wedding awards in Scotland (we hope to bring one home one day too), going global and we even had the honour of working alongside Gok Wan! Chosen by Gok himself, we were able to provide the stationery for his Ladies Lunches in Scotland and Ireland in Spring 2017.

Here’s to 2018 and the adventures that await Team DB, we’ve started the year with one set of invites being referred too as good enough for The Royal Wedding so who knows what lies ahead…

DollyBird Wedding Stationery
07561 833955 | | WEBSITE

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Freja Designer Dressmakers

6 Feb 2018

To buy a dress or to have one custom made – that is the question! The wonderfully talented team at Freja Designer Dressmakers in Edinburgh are here to help you create your beautiful and unique wedding dress. With many years of experience, we are waiting to bring your dream dress to life and to make your wedding dress experience something you’ll fondly remember.

Compared to buying a wedding dress from a shop or from mass production, having one made just for you ensures it is the best possible fit it can be.  No two ladies are the same size, and this can make it difficult for brides to find a dress that fits perfectly in the mass market.  At Freja, we have our own collection of designs that have been carefully crafted and created in our store. These can be tailored to your own specific taste and size, allowing you to pick and choose elements from various dresses to build your own individual creation.

As well as this, we can create bespoke dresses from your own ideas. Not only does this mean you’ll have your a one-of-a-kind dream dress, but both options are a more ethical alternative to the mass market.

When creating your own dress, we will work with you and your ideas you to help bring your vision to life. Through our one-on-one bridal appointments and attentive service we aim to make each experience unique, unforgettable and enjoyable for all our brides.  Combining this service with our team of talented dress makers and our beautiful, high-quality fabrics, you will leave with your perfect dress, in the perfect fit, having had the perfect experience.

“Beyond phenomenal service, attention to detail and care. I cannot rate my entire experience with Mette and Freja dressmaking enough. I would recommend every single bride to be to have their dress made here; I miss the entire experience and would do it ten times over if I could. Exceptionally talented team and the most memorable part of my entire wedding (as well as my handsome husband) xxx”

Contact us via email or telephone, or pop in and visit us at our store to begin discussing ideas for your dream dress.

Freja Designer Dressmaking | 75-79 Cumberland Street | Edinburgh | EH3 6RD

+44 (0)131 556 54 07 |

(photography by First Light Photography – Scotland)

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Cherry On Top

31 Jan 2018

Cherry On Top, prides itself on elegant, luxury, eye catching wedding cakes. Using only the freshest and finest of ingredients, it is important that all cakes Cherry On Top produce not only look exquisite, but taste fantastic too.


Run solely by Claire Sara within her purpose built studio at her home in Burntisland, Fife, Claire has continuously provided a high level of customer care and product, which has been reflected in her nomination by the Scottish VOWS Awards (Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier) for Cake Baker / Designer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and WIN Scotland’s Best Wedding Cake Baker / Designer in 2015.

Taking on a limited number of commissions a week, this ensures Claire gives her wedding cakes her full devotion and attention to detail, which is reflected in her final product.

Taking little details from your wedding; colour scheme, flowers, theme, style, stationary design, Claire will use these pops of details to create a wedding cake that reflects your special day.  With a vast array of flavours available, there will sure to be a flavour that will appeal to all your guests.

Adding ‘Little Cakes’ to Cherry On Tops portfolio last year have already proved to be highly appealing to lots of couples completing their wedding cake table

Claire also prides herself on making little extras to complete the sweet side to any wedding. Using old family recipes her Scottish Shortbread Wedding Favours have proven to be a big hit throughout the country.

To find out more about wedding cakes by Cherry On Top, you can visit  Or if you’d like to arrange a private, free of charge consultation and cake tasting, please make an appointment, Email: Phone: 07879 672120 or contact for further information.


“Thank you so much Claire for the most perfect wedding cake ever! All flavours were out of this world and loved every detail on the cake!”

“We absolutely loved our cake and you were just fabulous from start to finish.” 

“Thank you so much Claire for the wedding cake you created for us for our recent wedding. It exceeded our expectations and really did look too good to eat! Your service has been excellent as always.”


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Eat, Drink and be Married!

17 Jan 2018

Winter is the time when marriage proposals reach their peak with February being the most Romantic month to ‘pop the question’.

The dedicated team at Ballathie  are ready and waiting to assist with this momentous occasion.  Whether your choice is a traditional, extravagant or even a techno-proposal we are here for you.  Our pastry chef has been practicing her chocolate script writing for a magical dessert and our sommelier is filling the cellar with the finest Champagne.

Set in the heart of Scotland, Ballathie’s setting could not be more romantic – nestling on the banks of the River Tay surrounded by 900 acres of private countryside estate.  A 4* country house hotel full of traditional opulence, with classic style and very warm Scottish Hospitality.  Driving down the enchanting tree lined drive, the first glimpse of Ballathie, with it’s turrets and towers offers all the fairytale grandeur of a dream wedding which could be the next thing on your mind!

Throughout February our Romantic Rates are from £198.00 per couple per night inclusive of a welcome hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows, 5 course dinner in our 2AA rosette award winning fine dining restaurant, overnight accommodation and a sumptuous Scottish Breakfast in bed with a glass of champagne.

Contact us to check availability and to book. Please quote ‘Luxury Scottish Wedding’.

Ballathie House Hotel | Kinclaven | Stanley | Perthshire | PH1 4QN

01250 883268 | | WEBSITE

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Arkleston Piping

12 Jan 2018

Arkleston Piping was established in 2006 by George Taylor after a busy competitive career in both pipe band and solo piping. 


Based in Renfrew, right beside the busy Glasgow International Airport, Arkleston Piping serves the Scottish central belt, Ayrshire, Argyllshire and further afield in Fife and Tayside.


Solid, traditional Scottish Highland bagpipe music is our strength. Ranging from slow airs, marches through to lively jigs, hornpipes and reels we guarantee a wide musical selection. As a rule we will consider the more modern “songs” requested by clients on the basis of whether they transpose successfully to the 9 note pipe scale or not. We will be honest with all clients if we think the song won’t become the pipe tune. 


Arkleston Piping utilises the traditional No 2 uniform as shown in our photographs…. Good workmanlike apparel. And if the weather turns inclement on goes the “piper’s cape”! 


On the admin side…… All our clients receive a written booking agreement/terms guaranteeing you a good piper, either George or one of a small band of colleagues who are tried and tested professionals. 



Please feel free to browse the website at

Arkleston Piping | 07931 355164 |

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Annie Lovett Photography

10 Jan 2018

Wedding photography full of love, colour and joy from Annie Lovett Photography

For Annie Lovett, photographing weddings is all about immersive, joy-filled natural storytelling. 

Whether you’re planning a country house wedding, a festival wedding, a farm wedding, a woodland wedding, an adventurous highland wedding, or a destination wedding, the relaxed, creative approach is still the same – capturing you and your friends and family all having a great day.

Annie works as naturally as possible, documenting everything as it happens, from getting ready in the morning to partying the night away, from artistic portraits to candid comedy moments, to all the little details and all the fun and love in between.

With no formulas, stiff direction or cliché poses, she loves couples who buck the most ‘official’ or traditional expectations of what a wedding should be and put together days (or whole weekends!) that are filled with colour, love, and creativity.

“For me the perfect shot isn’t something that’s pristine or straight off of a bridal magazine cover. In fact, it’s anything but. It’s about freezing a moment. A couple giggling through their vows. A hand on a shoulder as a sign of support. Smiles and cheers through confetti. A kid jumping in a puddle. A big tear-filled bear hug. Belly laughing during the speeches. A grandparent owning the dance floor. Anything that’s genuine and filled with people, life and soul. Something that evokes emotion and brings back wonderful memories. That, for me, is what makes the perfect photo – and this is why photographing weddings is such a special and enjoyable thing to do.”

The only time she will provide light direction is during the group photos (which don’t have to be stiff and boring!) and during portraits of the two of you (which are more a glorified walk and chat around your venue and surroundings). The rest of the time, she is observing, shooting, chatting and mixing in with everyone – framing your wedding creatively and naturally, just as it is, as her clients confirm:

“Annie, Oh my goodness!! I honestly do not know where to start! Thank you so so so so much for the absolutely INCREDIBLE pictures! We are so completely over the moon with them and couldn’t be any happier! You were wonderful. You were calming and kind and easy-going and unobtrusive – everything we could have wished for. The photo’s are freakin’ perfect!! Thank you again, you are an absolute credit to your art!” 

Annie is based in Edinburgh but travels all over Scotland, the UK, Europe and further abroad to photograph weddings. If her relaxed, creative approach appeals to you, check out her website and get in touch, she’d love to hear from you!

Get in touch with Annie Lovett Photography

07739025486 | | WEBSITE

Latest work over on Instagram | And highlight slideshows on Vimeo

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Say ‘I do’ at Portavadie

8 Dec 2017

There are so many reasons to say ‘I do’ at Portavadie, Loch Fyne. From the menus of locally sourced food to the range of four- and five-star accommodation, we have all the ingredients for an unforgettable day. Our team will work with you to create your dream wedding, whether that’s an intimate ceremony or a big bash.

Sitting on the shore of Loch Fyne on Scotland’s west coast, Portavadie is an idyllic setting and the perfect place to tie the knot in style. The unique location provides a glorious backdrop to the big day, with views across the marina and loch to Arran and Kintyre.

Choose from a range of stunning waterfront venues. The marquee is suitable for larger wedding parties, while the Barclay Suite caters for smaller parties. They are contemporary spaces with outdoor terraces and achingly beautiful coastal views. Wedding vows can also be exchanged on the viewing deck, on board a yacht or in the local church.

A mouthwatering wedding menu is guaranteed. The food is locally sourced, from Scottish salmon expertly smoked on the shores of Loch Fyne to roasted loin of venison from Winston Churchill’s estates in Argyll.

The unique thing about Portavadie is the range of four- and five-star accommodation that can be booked exclusively for guests. After the big day, the happy couple can return to Tighnamara, a wonderfully secluded and romantic eco-retreat for two on the shore.

Spa & Leisure at Portavadie is a fabulous addition to any wedding celebration, from the incredible outdoor infinity pool to the tranquil treatment and relaxation spaces. The entire facility has been designed to make the most of the setting and the views are simply breath taking. Like the outdoor pools, the indoor facilities including the gym and spa areas - and even the saunas - offer floor-to-ceiling views across Loch Fyne and beyond to the Isle of Arran. The spa is a sensational setting for the bride to enjoy a spot of pampering and a glass of fizz with the girls.

Looking for a hen or stag celebration with a difference? Portavadie is an awesome outdoor playground. Hire bikes and head for the hills, play a round of golf, wander in the ancient forests, go on a high-speed RIB tour and more. Or simply relax, pour a glass of Prosecco, linger over lunch, head to the spa and watch the yachts sail by.

If you’re planning a wedding, we would love you to visit, let us show you around and guide you through the different options. Just don’t forget to bring your swimming costume! For further details about holding your most special of days at Portavadie and to arrange a visit contact us on 01700 811075 or at

Portavadie, Loch Fyne, PA21 2DA | WEBSITE

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