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1500 Photography

12 Jun 2018

Now that the news on the future of Cameron House is much brighter after last years sad events, we thought it was now a good time to celebrate one of our favourite weddings from last year and look back at Holly and Aarons wonderful day at Loch Lomond.

Many little girls dream of their wedding day, and if you live in the West Coast of Scotland, there’s a high chance you may have dreamt of celebrating you big day by Loch Lomond.

This was certainly true for our bride Holly, who, aged just 4, had her first experience of the beauty of Cameron House when she attended for a 5th Birthday Party. There was a wedding on the same day and she remembers seeing the Bride and Groom and proclaimed, “I want to get married here one day!”

23 years later that dream came true…

On a cold winter morning, Holly and Aaron were walking together in the grounds of the apartment where they lived.  Little did Holly know, she was about to get one step closer to her dream wedding when Aaron led her to the tree that they had commented on so many times before. Carved into the tree was the date, ’23.12.15’ and as Holly read this, she turned and saw Aaron down on one knee. It had all been secretly planned, with a secret flight to Scotland just a few days before to ask Holly’s father for permission – Aaron even got the ring size just perfect!

Before they knew it, a date was set for the big day and Cameron House was chosen for their venue.

Having appointed her mum as chief wedding planner, Holly was able to enjoy every moment in the lead up to the wedding day. Being mother of the bride (and generally knowing her daughter’s taste so well) Susan was able to plan every detail and present Holly with just three options to choose from, taking all the stress away from Holly - a dream come true for all brides-to-be!!

Having so much experience shooting weddings at Cameron House, it was actually the staff at the hotel who recommended that ‘if you need a photographer who can cope with all seasons in one day’ Stuart is your man. They took their advice and never looked back.

Before they knew it, the big day had arrived! Holly and Aaron were both very excited as they were getting ready, but as with many bride and grooms, about an hour before the service the nerves began to kick in. Not that you can tell from the pre-wedding photographs.

Thanks to Susan and Stuart working so well together, their meticulous planning meant everything ran smoothly on the day. Of course, there are some things that don’t go according to your plan (such as the weather on Loch Lomond!) but sometimes this just helps (forces?!)  you to be more imaginative in the shots that you create.

“Stuart and Gillian were amazing. They were actually a really lovely addition to the day and people were commenting how friendly and nice they were. Stuart knew all of the best places around Cameron House to get the perfect shots – and he was more than happy to run around in the rain to get them!!”

Choosing a photographer who specialises in glamorous weddings, particularly at Loch Lomond’s Cameron House, means you can always trust him to find that perfect shot. Whether it’s down beside the loch or capturing the right angle of the house itself, Stuart knows the places to be.

If you are planning your wedding, here are some parting words of wisdom from Holly:

“Just enjoy every minute of it – the run up and the big day itself. It is over so quickly, so you need to savour it.

The photographs are brilliant ! It’s great that Stuart gives you a USB with all the pictures he has taken– I actually have them all on my phone and computer so I can show them to people and look at them whenever I want!”

1500 Photography
Telephone: 0141 280 1500 | Email: info@1500photography.co.uk | WEBSITE

Member of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings


Next Scene Films

5 Jun 2018

Who we are

Next Scene Films, create Beautiful, elegant & fun weddings films, personal to you.

It’s your day…forever.

We are a three times award nominated wedding film company (Confetti Awards 2016, 2017 & The Scottish Wedding Awards 2018). Our previous couples love us because we are unobtrusive & friendly whilst creating a film that you will love to watch over again.

Here at Next Scene Films we think differently, we believe that whilst creating films we should help protect the planet. Business has an important part to play in the world and we have a very strong environmental theme to our business.

Why & How We Care For The Environment As We Work

Matt Crofts, our managing director is a keen environmentalist with strong ethics. We believe as a company that we should play our part in protecting the planet by limiting our impact on it as we work, as well as running initiatives to help the world environmentally beyond just the norm.

We believe that every business should do the most they can. If every business worldwide helped protect the planet we would go a long way in this battle to help our home and everyone on it.

Two of our favourite ways we help do good for the planet are:

Our plant a tree initiative that we started in April 2017. This is made up of three aspects, for every script entry in to our film contest, for every corporate project we are hired for and for every wedding we are booked to capture we plant a tree via the amazing WorldLand Trust - see more about them at http://www.worldlandtrust.org. Since launching this initiative with your help planted over 40 trees in Brazil, Ecuador & Kenya.

The second is our donation to charity each year of 5% of our yearly profits.

As well as the two initiatives above we help protect the environment by:

* Limiting the use of plastic, e.g whilst out filming we always take a drink bottle (non-plastic) with us and we buy products with the least packaging possible.

* Recycling - we recycle all objects possible when used in the office and on location.

* We print all our promotional material on recycled paper.

* Sustainable products - for a wedding, each couple receives a personalised DVD Box and USB pen. Both of these are made of sustainable wood.

* Car share - when possible we will car share or take public transport to filming locations. This limits our carbon footprint.

* Our office is powered by a renewable energy company. We will always select a renewable energy company - at the moment this is Bulb Energy.

* We use Ecosia rather than other search engines so we help plant trees worldwide.

What you get with our packages

With each package couples receive either a DVD & a USB in a personalised eco-friendly wooden box or 2 USB sticks. On these you will receive a wedding trailer, an online wedding trailer, a wedding film and a film for every part of your day, (your ceremony & speeches will be in full).

See our website for more details, examples of our work and more about our environmental initiatives.

We are the recommended wedding film supplier for Principal George Street Hotel, Principal Charlotte Square Hotel, Carberry Tower, North Queensferry Doubletree by Hilton, Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace, Apex Grassmarket & Apex Waterloo. If you are getting married at these venues you save 10% off our prices.

If you are interested in booking us or asking us any questions regarding your day then feel free to contact us from the details below.

Save 10% on our prices by quoting LuxuryBlog10 (Recommended hotel 10% will be in addition to this)

Next Scene Films: Weddings

Website: www.nextscenefilms-weddings.co.uk

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram & Pinterest: @NSFweddings

Email: matt@nextscenefilms.co.uk


Wedding Strings Con Amore

31 May 2018

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Wedding Strings Con Amore

Why pick Wedding Strings Con Amore?

Wedding Strings Con Amore are a group of talented, experienced and highly professional musicians

Each of our players has a wide-ranging and accomplished portfolio having performed at numerous wedding events and as part of nationally renowned orchestras such as Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. On stage our players have made appearances with Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins, Michael Buble, Idina Menzel, Belle and Sebastian and Mogwai amongst others. We are hugely versatile and dedicated to ensuring your music is as unique as your wedding.

We can offer a Duo, Trio or Quartet to play during your special day!

We offer a variety of packages and can play for your ceremony, drinks reception, dinner or all three!

Wedding Strings Con Amore is committed to working with you in order to bring your own personal wedding dreams to life on your special day.

Recent testimonials to support this………..

“Thank-you so much, Wedding strings Con Amore for making our day so perfect! All our guests were commenting on your fantastic sound and the wonderful arrangement of Viva La Vida! We will definitely be recommending you!” - Roseanne

 “Thank-you, Jane- everybody commented on the music and how amazing it was! Please pass on to your players!” - Fiona

Have a listen to some of our popular requests- ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and 'Viva La Vida’ 

https://youtu.be/9G3MVRriyWY

Our players are so versatile – In one week they can be playing at weddings during the day to playing for Evanescence and Judge Jules and Anton Du Beke in the evening!

Please get in touch if you would like your wedding to stand out!

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | Contact Jane on 07921172993

Member of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings


Scottish Wedding Network

23 May 2018

Delighted to be part of The Scottish Wedding Network💕

We’d like to share some images from our launch this week.

Thank you to our friends at The Glasshouse for being our FABULOUS host venue 💖
https://www.theglasshousehotel.co.uk/weddings

Images courtesy of Fern Photography
https://www.fernphotography.co.uk/

Are you a wedding service supplier or venue?
Check out: https://scottishweddingnetwork.co.uk/


Lyne Organics

22 May 2018

Lyne Organics is a home fragrance business based in the Scottish Borders specialising in essential oils and organics. We started the journey a year ago blending essential oils to create safe natural long lasting fragrances unmatched by synthetic artificial scents. We now produce a range of aromatic candles, diffusers and burner oils that will fill your space with wonderful scents to suit your mood. Our fragrant bath salts and scrubs soothe and moisturise the skin with minerals and essential oils. Special blends of organic wax, base oil and essential oils from around the world combine in a comforting and uplifting experience.

Our products are kind to the environment, using only natural ingredients. They contain no alcohol, parabens or artificial ingredients. We don’t test on animals and don’t use soya wax or GM substances. We use Soil Association certified organic wax, base oil and essential oils or organic bees waxes in our products. Our range includes scent free organic wax candles for those with allergy or sensitivity or who simply prefer no scent.

How to choose your wedding day scent

The room fragrance should compliment the wedding plan reflecting the style of the occasion and the season. Indoor, outdoor or marquee ceremony and reception? Diffusers are suitable for the daytime or for use in a marquee as they don’t require to be lit. Candles are effective in the evening to create a luxurious gentle atmosphere. Consider the flowers you have chosen for the day. If you are not big on floral arrangements, use diffuser or candle scents to create ambience.

Find your favourite scent. The choice of room scent may be influenced by your personal perfume preference but you will find that scents are like musical notes. They can be blended to produce unexpected harmony so keep an open mind. Do you like floral, fresh, woody or oriental spicy scents?  When sampling start with the lightest scent first and work your way round to the stronger ones. This will help to prevent sensory overload.  Coffee beans are said to reset your sense of smell but if this does not work, take a glass of water or better still get some fresh air.

Christopher Marlowe - The Passionate Shepherd

Come live with me and be my love,

And I will make thee beds of roses

And a thousand fragrant posies,

A cap of flowers, and a kirtle

Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;

Herbal Traditions

Herbs have been used at weddings throughout history and were thought to possess magical properties.

Traditional Victorian meanings were attributed to herbs:

Lavender: devotion, undying love, luck

Lemon Verbena: faithfulness, marriage

Marjoram: blushes, joy

Mint: warmth of feeling

Myrtle: fidelity, everlasting love, married bliss

Oregano: joy, happiness

Rose (red): passion, love, luck

Rose (white): unity, love, respect, innocence

Rosemary: remembrance, fidelity, luck

Sage: domestic virtue, long life

Thyme: courage, strength

Yarrow: everlasting love

Roses included in our mixes are
Rosa Damascena (pink): meaning beauty and grace, from Bulgaria

Rose geranium:  from Egypt

Wedding Day Scent Options

Mark the day with your choice from our selection of Bespoke Wedding Candles which put the finishing touch to your day and create a wonderful scent and atmosphere.

Wedding candles or 100ml diffusers for the reception

Choose from one of our 11 scents – in either travel or standard size. Tea lights are also available.

We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Citronella candles for the garden in clear glass, to keep away unwanted visitors.

Our diffusers contain no alcohol and can be used in a marquee or during the daytime event.

The vibrant colours of the oil are natural and determined by the plant from which they are extracted.

Candles & Diffuser sizes

Standard size   189g / 6.6oz. - Burn time approx 28 hours.

Travel size   75g / 2.5oz.- Burn time approx 14 hours.  

Tea lights   21g / 0.75oz.- Burn time approx 4.5 hours.    

Citronella candles   223g / 7.9oz.- Burn time approx 30 hours.

Diffusers   100ml.- Last for around 3 months.

Scent options for candles:

Relaxing : Fennel, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Rose & Frankincense

Uplifting : Bergamot, May Chang & Jasmine

Invigorate : Lime, Rosemary & Black Pepper

Floral : Star Anise, Frangipani & Rose

Aromatic : Basil, Aniseed & Vetiver

Refreshing : Lemon Grass, Scottish Pine & Angelica

Lime, Black Pepper & Rose

Floral & Spice : Geranium, Tolu Balsam & Cinnamon

Winter Woods : Bay Laurel, Cypress, Pine, Juniper & Mint

Noel : Spicy Christmas blend

Citrus, Thyme & Rose

Citronella for the garden

Scent options for bath salts:

Orange & Geranium

Relaxing: Fennel, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Rose & Frankincense

Revive : Orange, Ginger, Black Pepper & Cedarwood (for tired and aching muscles).

Scent options for massage wax pots:

Relaxing: Fennel, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Rose & Frankincense

Revive : Orange, Ginger, Black Pepper & Cedarwood (for tired and aching muscles).

Detox: Grapefruit, Fennel & Thyme

Bespoke Gift Boxes

Our products make excellent gifts - ideal if you want to treat yourself or use for a special occasion. Boxes available in two sizes - 20 x 16 x 8cm or 8 x 17 x 8.5cm. Contents can be mixed and matched as required. Naming Ceremony or Christening Candles  –  available to order.

Wedding gift box for the happy couple

Choose five candles from the Lyne Organics collection. Candles can be the same scent or up to five different scents wrapped in tissue and presented in a gift box tied with ribbon.

Each candle is presented with a high quality lid made from solid stainless steel with a mirror finish to keep the wax dust free and preserve the scent.  Wedding candle gift boxes include one for the wedding day and one for each quarter of the first year including the 1st wedding anniversary.

Each candle is labelled with the names of the newlyweds and their wedding or quarter date. The box label can include the venue. The text layout will be provided in advance for customer approval.

Hand poured in the Scottish Borders, each candle burns for approximately 14 hours.

Seasonal scents are available. Gift Box prices depend on essential oils used, and range from £68.20 to £95.70 plus £10 if delivery required.  Please e-mail for an order form and more information if required.

Gifts for the Bridesmaid or Maid of Honour

Standard candle and bath salt of choice wrapped in tissue, presented in a gift box tied with ribbon.

Bath Salts: 230g / 8.1oz - Presented in a pink or white organza bag  

Scent options for bath salts: Relaxing, Revive or Orange & Geranium. See above for scent details.

Favours for the guests

Travel candle wrapped in tissue and presented in a gift box.

Favours for the guests

Small massage wax pot 50g / 1.7oz - Presented in a pink or white organza bag

Scent options: Relaxing, Revive or Detox. See above for scent details.

Contact us

Feel free to send us an email at contact@lyneorganics.com or call us on 0797978 0600 to see how we can help.

https://www.facebook.com/lyneorganicsscottishborders/

Member of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Place an order

Payment with order. Delivered in the UK by Royal Mail within 2 weeks of order confirmation on a signed for delivery charge. Personalised items cannot be returned.  Prices may be subject to change.

Maggies Centres

£1 from every 189g candle and diffuser will be donated to Maggie’s Cancer Centres offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends. Simply drop in at any time - you’re always welcome. Maggie’s are based in the grounds of NHS hospitals around the UK and were founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks. Please visit https://www.maggiescentres.org


Lit Up Events

18 May 2018

Learning from Experience! 

After experiencing first-hand the way an LED dance floor can transform a room - we were hooked!  

For many venues, the whole day from the ceremony, to the meal, and then dancing the night away takes place in the same room. When you walk back into the room, is turned around, you are ready to party you want something which will transform the space and create that wow factor and in our opinion there is nothing quite like a bright white sparkly dance floor to get a party started! 

From first-hand experience we were disappointed find out later that some of the panels on the floor at our wedding were not working and while your professional pictures can be edited, pictures from your family and friends are around forever! 

This got us thinking - we could supply something better, more reliable and offer a fantastic service at the same time and so we sourced the highest quality manufacture we could find in the UK and Lit Up Events was born!  

So why the name ‘Lit Up Events’ ? 

Simply - we light up Events! 

But the real story behind our name is from the US TV drama Suits! 

“You just got LITT UP!” - Louis Litt of course! 

And now this weekend (18th - 20th May 2018) our very own Rachel Zane (aka Megan Markle) will marry Prince Harry and not Michael Ross - serves Mike right for leaving Rachel at the alter!! 

We wish them a lifetime of happiness and we hope they have their LED dance floor booked!  

What’s the best thing about Lit Up Events? 

As a small family run business – we care! We spent a long time researching the floors available on the market and feel we have one of the highest quality out there. Our floor is fully wired (unlike traditional wireless dance floors) each of our panels is connected by a cable underneath to ensure durability and minimal chance of power outage during use! This means that even on uneven surfaces (i.e. marquees) our floor performs! 

We clean our floor panel by panel by hand both before and after use, using specialist dance floor cleaner to ensure it keeps its quality shine! We even take a tooth brush to it to get into those tricky to reach places! 

Unlike the traditional model our floor has a thicker white acrylic top coat which means that scratches don’t cut down to the lower layers which can make the floor look dirty! Our aluminium edging is narrower than most, which makes it neater and regularly spend time to clean and shine each piece. 

Our floor is transported in flight cases to ensure it is protected in transit. 

We take pride in what we do! We are proud of our product and proud of the value for money service that we provide! 

What can Lit Up Events offer?

*Value for Money 

We fully understand that planning a wedding is expensive and an LED dance floor is a luxury item - but for the reasons stated above if you are going to spend it - then please spend it well! We are not and we never will be the “cheapest” supplier around but due to the nature of our business we are able to offer our products at a competitive price. 

*LED dance floor 

Our LED dance floor comes in a range of shapes and sizes! Currently our largest square shape is 20ft by 20ft (approx. 6m x 6m) however by late 2018 early 2019 we will be offering larger sizes! 

Collessio Hotel, Stirling 

Barony Castle, Peebles 

The Parsonage, Airth 

The Glasshouse, Edinburgh 

The Principal, Edinburgh 

Howden Park Centre, Livingston 

Eskmills Venue, Musselburgh 

Airth Castle, Airth 

*LED aisle 

Let’s face it’s not every day you walk down the aisle - make it a walk to remember! 

Our LED aisle can be laid either as a straight traditional runway or a T-shaped catwalk style! The choice is yours! We believe we are one of the only dance floor suppliers to offer a T-shaped aisle! 

*LED markers and LOVE letters

Our unique LED markers make a great focal piece! Positioned at either side of your aisle, entrance way, top table, DJ or band these versatile markers can be set to a range of colours to suit your theme! 

The classic 4ft white LOVE! These look beautiful against any backdrop and we love nothing more than to see the LOVE reflect in our floor! 

Who is Lit Up Events for? 

We cater to brides and grooms direct, hotels and venues and wedding planners alike! We are proud to work closely with a number of wedding planners and room dressers as well as being the recommended supplier at a number of luxury hotels and venues! 

What do our customers think of Lit Up Events? 

Below are three of our most recent testimonials: 

So if you are looking for quality, high standards and a company you can rely on look no further than Lit Up Events!

Telephone: 07761 033149 | Email: info@litupevents.co.uk | WEBSITE

Member of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings


AMM Hair and Make Up Team Ltd

10 May 2018

As hair and makeup stylists specialising in the luxury wedding industry we love nothing more than styling brides with a strong sense of personal style; be it elegant and understated, classic with a bohemian edge or full-blown glamour. Whatever the bride’s style, at AMM Hair and Makeup Team we pride ourselves on working closely with each bride and her bridal party to achieve the perfect wedding day look.

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Founded by Anne Marie McElroy; an award-winning wedding hairstylist, with over 12 years experience in running her own successful company, AMM Hair and Makeup team are handpicked and trained to the highest possible standard, with artists and stylists based all over Scotland.

We are lucky enough to get to style brides of all different personalities, in the most stunning venues in Scotland; from luxury hotels and castles to rustic barns. Below we have given you the low down on some of the different personality types and recommended styles, suppliers and products for each bride. Which bride are you?

Classic Castle Bride

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Our classic castle bride dreams of a modern-day fairytale wedding; a 21st century princess in a grand castle. These brides are usually seeking a modern take on a traditional bridal hairstyle; a classic updo or half-up, half-down style. With these styles we always like to recommend that the bride washes her hair the night before and applies some medium-hold mousse before drying. This will give the bride’s hair better texture and hold on her special day. GHD Root Lift is a must have product for this style, this lightweight spray gives your hair  added volume and body.

The classic bride usually wants a natural, but glowy look, with an understated lip and a pop of highlight. We would suggest the Anastacia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit for the perfect wedding day glow (we especially love the shade Starburst!).

Recommendations

Venue: Shieldhill, Drumtochty, Culzean, Crossbasket, Blairquhan

Dress: Opus Atelier

Flowers: Planet Flowers

Key hair product: GHD Root Lift spray

Key makeup product: Anastacia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit

Contemporary Hotel Bride

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Our contemporary hotel bride seeks something a little less traditional and more modern and fresh. A luxurious affair in a high-end hotel with glamourous makeup and understated hair. She wants loose, natural waves so as to not overshadow the glam makeup. Bedhead’s “Queen for a Day” is a must have on your wedding day (after all, you really do get to be a queen for the day), it will give your hair strength and volume as well as some all-important smoothness. The contemporary hotel bride usually goes for a statement lip – a daring plum or a classic red - Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution lipstick in shade Legendary Queen (are you noticing  a theme yet?!) works perfectly.

Recommendations

Venue: Blythswood, Fairmont, Cromlix, Carberry Tower

Dress: Eleganza Sposa

Flowers: Jack Fleuriste

Key hair product: BedHead – Queen For a Day

Key makeup product: Charlotte Tilbury – Legendary Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick

BoHo Barn Bride

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Our barn bride dreams of all things bohemian and envisions more alternative and relaxed nuptials. A popular style for brides choosing to elope in the Scottish Countryside (or on the gorgeous isle of Skye), the BoHo bride loves vintage. A messy low-bun or textured beach waves are usually the hairstyles of choice, finished off with some fresh flowers. Ask your florist to provide some loose fresh flowers and foliage on the morning of your wedding and our hairstylists will create a beautiful arrangement in your hair – most florists are more than happy to do so and it is a lovely way to tie in your hair style to your wedding flowers. Design Me Hair’s “Puff Me” is a must-have for any boho hair style! This volumising hair powder is great for adding texture and body.

Minimal and effortless makeup is the goal for our BoHo bride – she wants to look and feel like the best possible version of herself, without being too “made up”. A natural, nude lip, dewy cheeks and rustic, smoky eyes to complete the look. For a warm coloured eyeshadow palette we would recommend Tarte Cosmetic’s tartelett toasted eyeshadow palette, featuring gorgeous coppers, pinks and beige tones!

Recommendations

Venue: Wedderburn, Cowshed at Crail, The Byre at Inchyra, Fairy Glens Isle of Skye

Dress: Unbridled

Flowers: Myrtle & Bracken

Key hair product: Puff Me - Design Me Hair

Key makeup product: Tarte Cosmetics - tartelett toasted eyeshadow palette

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Which type of bride are you and what style do you envision for your special day? Let us know in the comments below!

Feel free to send us an email and see how our award-winning AMM Hair and Makeup Team can help you to achieve your dream look on your wedding day: hello@ammteam.co.uk.

Or give us a call on 07779136853 | WEBSITE

Member of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings


How to find your bridal style

7 May 2018

By Whimsical Bride 

We are an independent bridal boutique in Melrose, Scottish Borders, and as we whizz through our first year of business, it’s been so nice to draw breath to write this guest blog.  We know from all of the beautiful brides-to-be who we’ve met these past months, and all the dresses that they’ve stepped into, that there is a knack to helping them to find “the one”.  We thought we’d share some of our secrets with you. 

1. Ask for a long appointment

It sounds obvious, but you can’t choose the most important dress of your life in just a few minutes.  Always ask if you can have a long appointment for your first visit to a bridal boutique. We allow 2 hours as standard, and our boutique will be exclusively yours while you are with us.  

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2. Slow down!

So many brides-to-be worry about dress lead times, thinking they need to rush to make a decision. Actually, for most of the designers we work with, the turnaround time isn’t more than about 3 months.  So, give yourself time and space to find your style.  There. Is. No. Rush.

3. Keep an open mind

Lots of brides have a clear idea as to what they are looking for, or a particular designer who they have been coveting.  That can be great, as it gives us a really strong starting point for selecting the first few gowns to try on.  But do try to be flexible too – sometimes it’s the dress you’d never have thought about which turns out to be the one of your dreams.  Our gowns cover a spectrum of ethereal, vintage-inspired, romantic and modern.

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4. Have fun with your bridal style

We love to see brides really writing their own style rules when creating their “look”. Do you have a favourite leather jacket to throw on in the evening or have you always wanted to wear a statement headpiece, for example? It’s all about finding a style that makes you feel both excited and content.

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5. Re-fuel and reflect

After a few hours of trying on gowns, you will be exhausted! Give yourself time to reflect and refuel – build it into your schedule for the day.  If you’re bringing any trusted advisers with you (Mum, best friend, an aunt etc), why not book an afternoon tea, or go for a cocktail or a beautiful meal.  Melrose, and the areas surrounding, are bursting with beautiful little coffee shops and gorgeous eateries! 

We hope that’s been a useful read. Do give us a buzz if you’d like any advice at all on how to find your perfect dress.  We stock beautiful modern gowns by Savannah Miller, Anny Lin, Gemy Maalouf, Ti Adora, Cherry Williams and Blush by Hayley Paige.  Shoes by Rachel Simpson and hand-made accessories by Victoria Millésime. 

We are within an hour’s drive from each of north Northumberland, Newcastle, Edinburgh, the Lothians and Glasgow.

We’d like to leave you with a few of our favourite Whimsical Bride photos from the past few months.  We hope you find some inspiration for your search for “the one”.

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Whimsical Bride | High Street | Melrose | TD6 9BP

01896 822 229 | whimsicalbridemelrose@gmail.com | WEBSITE

Member of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings


Winton Castle

6 May 2018

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Wedding

When the sun’s shining in Scotland, you can’t beat an outdoor wedding; it’s less formal, more relaxed, the ambience is great and there’s no shortage of space. It is a wonderful option in the summer.

At Winton Castle in East Lothian near Edinburgh, summer wedding ceremonies can be held in the walled garden with the Scottish Renaissance castle as a romantic backdrop, or even in the terraced gardens over-looking Sir David’s Loch.

Post ceremony, the party can move to the croquet lawn next to the castle and its facilities for the wedding reception, with its southerly views over the terraced gardens and loch.

Usually, the wedding breakfast takes place inside the dining room and across other reception rooms, unless the party has hired a marquee. This means that tables can be dressed with bouquets and candelabras the day before. Ceilidhs and discos usually held in Winton Castle’s ballroom, later in the cool of the evening.

“At Winton we let couples decide up to the day before whether they want to hold their wedding outside,” says Rae McGonigle, Weddings Manager. “Our wedding set up is quick because we have a quad bike and trailer for transporting chairs, tables and PA systems.”

A Garden Party Wedding at Winton Castle

Inspired by an outdoor wedding in South Africa, Zitlali and David Shaw chose Winton Castle for a ‘garden party’ themed wedding in May 2015 when the walled garden was in full bloom.

“We wanted to take the Garden Party theme and add a Scottish flavour, reflecting our Scottish roots,” says Zitlali.

“We added hay bales with tartan rugs, wheelbarrows full of iced beer (‘beer-barrows’), Jazz on the lawn, hula-hoops, croquet and football. Guests tucked into delicious antipasti from outdoor stalls on personalised wooden chopping boards.

“The castle dungeon was transformed into a whisky tasting room, with its fifteenth century vaulted roof. This turned out to be a huge draw during the evening reception!

“Winton Castle was the perfect venue; beautiful architecture and priceless artwork around every corner, yet a cosy feeling in every room,” Zitlali concludes.

“The grounds offered many settings, from terraced gardens with a lake view to a walled garden looking towards the castle. The walled garden suited our vision of a garden party reception and the indoors of the castle offered plenty of space for dancing, and allowed our guests to make themselves at home.”

You can see more on weddings at Winton Castle here.

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White House Flowers

4 May 2018

White House Flowers has been creating beautiful floral arrangements at weddings in and around Scotland for almost 5 years now.

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Karol Makula Wedding Photographer

We have had the great pleasure of meeting some wonderful clients and showcasing our company at many stunning hotels, castles and very unique locations. 

Outdoor weddings have become our thing, even up against the great Scottish weather. 

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Karol Makula Wedding Photographer

A challenge is always inspiring and our team is diverse and creative. We love the exclusivity of a smaller gathering, however also enjoy working on larger gatherings and events….each client we meet is as important as the last.

We promise to create magical flowers for your special day.

“Another florist advised me that Whitehouse Flowers were the only florist she would recommend. I am SO glad she did. The whole experience was fantastic - I felt very much at ease, listened to and understood. I was absolutely convinced that the type of flowers I was describing and the look I wanted would be what arrived at my door and did it ever! The bouquets, buttonholes and corsages and table flowers were beautiful, absolutely beautiful, and exceeded what I was expecting. What a gift to be able to do that! If you want a very professional, friendly, incredible florist then you will find that at Whitehouse Flowers.”

Tracey and Michael Eadie 17/1/15

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Karol Makula Wedding Photographer

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