How did you meet your (now) husband? At work at Universal Design Studio in 2010.
How long have you been together? Four years.
Do you have a proposal story? We went to a lovely beach side village on the Suffolk coast for the Easter bank holiday weekend 2014. Nick proposed to me at the end of a beautiful pier with a bespoke engagement ring he co-designed with Hattie Rickards.
What was your wedding date? 23rd May 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
1. Where? Alloway Parish Church, South Ayrshire, Scotland.
2. What made you choose there? It is a beautiful church in the middle of the village where I grew up. I always thought I would get married there.
3. How did you find it? I used to go as a child.
How was the weather on the day? It was surprisingly sunny throughout the day, raining only after dark.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It was a bank holiday and we live in London, at the other end of the UK so we wanted to allow our friends and family to have a whole weekend in Scotland.
The Wedding Details
Theme? We are anti-theme. Both being designers we just wanted an eclectic mix of lovely places and things. We wanted it to balance our quite traditional wedding with a casual feel.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We designed all our stationary ourselves, including a lovely line drawing of the church window drawn by Nick.
We spent a weekend with both sets of parents making large hazel hoops from a coppicing wood in Nick’s parents’ village. We hung these in the marquee as a ceiling feature and our florest decorated them in eucalyptus vines.
We also collected various decorations in the weeks before the day and spent a few days leading up to the wedding decorating the reception barn.
Our wedding favours were handmade card badges – a thistle (I’m Scottish) and a rose (Nick is English). They were pinned to ribbon around the napkins and menus for each place setting.
1. Bridesmaids? My two elder sisters Lucy and Fiona, and Olivia, Nick’s 7yo neice.
2. Groomsmen ? Nick’s too best friends John and Phil were his best men. He had his three brothers Edward, Will and George along with his friends Tom B and Tom H.
3. Flower girls/Page boys ? Beatrix, Nick’s neice was our flower girl and Rupert his nephew was the page boy.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? There was one Karen Willis Holmes gown I tried on in a shop in North London, which I loved. When I saw the Alexandra in Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledown, South London I fell in love with it. The KWH gowns are so stylish and modern.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only in the two shops in London I came across them in.
How many gowns did you try? 3 KWH gowns, at least 15-20 in total.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledown, South London
What did you especially like about your gown? It is a simple, figure-hugging silhouette with added glamour and detail: a mix of low key and wow factor.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My sisters wore Coast and Tiffany Rose (Lucy was 6 months pregnant). Olivia and Beatrix’s dresses were from BHS.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Moss Bros, London.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore my mum’s gold and sapphire bracelet. Necklace and earrings. I bouight my sisters rose gold and diamond necklaces from Laura Lee, London.
Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Office. My sisters’ shoes were from Dune.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?I wore a mid length veil and a hair slide from Olivier Laudus.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Keep calm and level headed. Something will go wrong but as long as you get married to the love of your life, it will be amazing. Enjoy every moment.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Stick to your personality. Don’t be tempted to buy what you think you’re meant to wear as a Bride, get the one you love.
Something Old? My mum’s necklace
Something New? My dress
Something Borrowed? My mum’s necklace
Something Blue? My garter
Florist – Sparrow and Rose.
Photographer – The Kitcheners. We found them online and absolutely loved their different take on wedding photography. They are both lovely people and the photographs are stunning. They even gave us a lift in their car when our wedding car broke down!
Music – Luan Ceilidh Band. We found Luan online after much searching for a traditional but energetic ceilidh band. They perfomed brilliantly.
First Dance – La Vie en Rose (sung by my sister Fiona, with her Boyfriend Martin on guitar). It was so perfect to have out family be part of such a special moment. They were both excellent.
Celebrant – Rev. Neil McNaught. Neil is the minister at Alloway and is a charismatic and kind speaker.
Stationery – We designed our own and had the invites printed by Avenue Litho.
Menu – Dalduff Farm, we’ve been told it was the best wedding food some of our guests had ever eaten, I was a bride who definitely ate her meal!
James, Katherine and the team at Dalduff have a great reputation as a farm shop and food supplier. Their flourishing wedding business / venue is not only beautiful but well run and lots of fun. They are soon to become Scotland’s no.1 alternative venue.
Cake – Liggy’s Cakes
Bombonieres – We hand made thistle and rose cardboard button badges.
Hair – Claire Landsburgh.
Make up – Linda from Simply Irresistible Salon, Ayr.
Wedding Bands – Handmade by Nick’s 94 year old Grandfather Christopher Rolls. A personal touch and truly beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Extra features – Home made cider from our friends Alice and Phil in Norfolk was the biggest hit at the bar!