Annabelle and Scott // a Scottish love affair
Annabelle and Scott got married at Myres Castle in Fife on 10th August 2019. The venue is stunning. It’s a gorgeous mix of ancient castle, sprawling landscaped gardens and rustic charm. Annabelle was kind enough to share her favourite memories from the day as well as her top tips for planning and enjoying your wedding…
We were so incredibly lucky with the weather, the sun shone for the first time in days! Of course, you can never trust Scottish weather but we feared the worst when there was torrential rain the day before the wedding – so much so that it made the lawn too soggy for our planned outdoor ceremony as the chairs were sinking into the ground! Our ‘Plan B’ was perfect though; a cute wooden barn with stained glass windows and beams wrapped in fairy lights.
We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, timeless and in keeping with the castle’s gardens. We kept to loose, asymmetrical flower arrangements with soft tones, lots of greenery and an abundance of hanging foliage. I absolutely adored our wedding cake which I think reflected our style perfectly.
One thing I really struggled with when planning the wedding was finding bridesmaids outfits that didn’t ‘look’ like typical bridesmaids outfits. I wanted something elegant but understated and comfortable and The Own Studio was genuinely the only brand I found that ticked all the boxes. I recommend them to everyone. The colours are just stunning, the quality is incredible and I’m so pleased that all three bridesmaids have worn their tops since! I also bought the personalised shirts for us all which my bridesmaids and I adore. It definitely felt more like ‘us’ - getting ready in oversized shirts rather than the pretty floral robes that tend to be the norm.
The secret to planning a great wedding is …
Make sure your wedding is a true reflection of yourself and don’t feel pressured to compete with other weddings you’re seeing on social media. Sleep on decisions. It’s so easy to get excited about donut walls and photo-booths but these things eat into a budget very quickly and before you know it you’ll be cutting back on things that ultimately will be more important to you on the day, like delicious food and wine and a great photographer!
The best part of my wedding was …
There are a few specific moments that really stand out for me. Hearing the pipe band play in the distance as I had my makeup done, seeing my husband burst into tears as I walked down the aisle, taking a sip of whisky from a quaich during the ceremony (a Scottish tradition) and walking into the reception to everyone cheering us as a married couple! That moment was seriously overwhelming.
The one thing I wish I’d known when planning my wedding …
Enjoy it and take it slowly. The planning goes so fast and it can be stressful at times but you’ll really miss it once it’s over. As for the day itself, make sure you get time as husband and wife away from everyone else. You’ll want the chance to just give each other a big hug and reflect on the madness of the day!
Dress: Suzanne Neville from The Dress, Teddington
Getting ready shirts: monogrammed oversized shirts from The OWN Studio
Shoes: Dune Monicco in silver (Another tip – don’t get too caught up with trying to find super special shoes from a wedding brand. It’s hard to find comfortable ones and you’ll regret spending the time fussing over it – they really don’t need to be white!)
Scent: Romilly Wilde – Idle.
Jewellery: Marquise cut diamond stud earrings for the day and drop down diamond earrings for the evening. I had a hair band for the evening as well but forgot to wear it!