Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Autumnal Scottish Wedding with nature, band and booze details.
James and Kate came all the way from the US for their beautiful destination big day at Cringletie.
Images were captured by Crofts and Kowalczyk.
Crofts and Kowalczyk are Sylwia and Simon, wedding and portrait photographers based in Edinburgh and covering weddings throughout Scotland.
They say of the couples day…
When two New Yorkers plan their relaxed wedding day in Cringletie House Hotel, and when our very first Skype meeting has the bride, who works for an animal shelter in NYC casually sitting next to a LIVE swan… you know that it is going to be EPIC!
Also, this was a wedding when we simultaneously took photos AND filmed because some of the moments (like Bonnie the owl bringing the wedding rings!) just cried out for a movie.
Feast your eyes how this sweet couple made their day totally their own.
Groom James says of the couples day…
How did you meet?
Kate and I met during our first year of college at Loyola University Chicago.
Our friends had tried to set us up since we both wore red trousers.
I had seen Kate around the dorms and was fond of her but it wasn’t until her friend got sick and gave me a ticket to a show she and Kate were supposed to attend that I got my chance to go on a date.
We saw The Presets together, danced all night, and I asked her out shortly after.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Kate’s favorite band is Radiohead so I booked us passes to go to Lollapalooza back in our hometown (Chicago) from NYC.
There were storms the day of the flight (and a certain blowhard presidential candidate whose plane delayed everyone else’s) so Kate’s flight was delayed 5 hours and mine was cancelled altogether.
Knowing that the proposal was the next day, I booked an overnight bus from Chinatown to Chicago and made the 13-hour solo journey.
I arrived, went to the show, and proposed during Radiohead’s set and Kate said yes for some reason.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We planned the wedding from NYC and the toughest part was navigating the visa process.
Everyone we met or researched once we settled on the venue were lovely and very helpful.
Everyone had a recommendation or wisdom to impart on us and were patient while we stumbled through the planning process.
The hardest part of planning was handling the guests coming from all over the US and making sure we didn’t feel overwhelmed by the ceremony.
Once we set out our goals, what we wanted to avoid, and our budget we were able to find the perfect vendors to set up a fantastic weekend.
Any special touches/DIY?
Kate made the cake toppers out of needlefelted wool (an otter for me and a crane for her) and also designed the stationery.
Kate works in wildlife rehabilitation, so we set a Scottish bird theme for the tables.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme of our wedding was nature, bands, and booze.
We focused on seasonal foliage, the music we enjoyed through our years dating, and local ciders and whiskeys that we were fond of.
Our colour palate was Blood, Iron, and Wine (red, charcoal, and purple).
We hired an owl as a ring bearer and it’s the best decision we have ever made and will likely make for the foreseeable future (thanks Bonnie).
What was the best bit of your day?
The best part of the day was how seamless everything had come together, despite planning from across the ocean.
Every one of our vendors were caring, and thoughtful, and flexible.
Cringletie staff kept everything moving so that we could enjoy ourselves without getting bogged down.
We felt as if the day flowed seamlessly and the best bit was getting caught in the current. Also, the owl was amazing.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Absolutely not. Maybe would have worn a kilt (but my tweed suit was amazing and that might just be kilt envy).
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Take stock of all the things you enjoy and try to incorporate them into the day or weekend.
Make the time uniquely yours and try to limit the family interventions that you don’t want or add pressure to the weekend.
We gathered our nearest and dearest to give them a window into what we love and how our love was formed from the places we had been and the food/music/experiences that peppered our travels.
As long as you keep yourselves in mind, you’ll do fine.
Sylwia and Simon share the Wedding Film…
Venue – Cringletie House Hotel
Photographer & Videographer – Crofts and Kowalczyk
Celebrant – Liz Paxton
Owl Ringbearer – Bonnie – Falconry Scotland
Wedding Dress – Suzanne Neville
Alterations – Stephnie Anne Designer Dressmaker
Suit – Suits purchased from Walker Slater.
Cake Maker – Rainbow Sugarcraft
Florist – Stems
Rings – Etsy – Cumbrian Designs
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Joanna – Cringletie
Stationery – Bride and Groom
Wedding Band – Franco