Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Stoke Rochford Hall Wedding with lots of Tartan and Dolly Mixture detail.
Images of the day were captured by Harvey & Harvey Photography.
Harvey and Harvey Photography are a husband and wife team based in Lincolnshire but serving the UK with their wedding photography.
They said of the couple…
“We met the couple at a wedding fair at the beautiful Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham.”
“Alasdair & Erins wedding day was very calm, they had planned it to reflect themselves and there was a simplicity to the decoration everything was tied in to the tartan and dolly mixtures.”
“The wedding was towards the end of September and it was gloriously warm with bright sunshine all day.”
“We knew they were a fun couple from our time together on their engagement shoot and we were really looking forward to shooting their wedding.”
“There were lots of details especially the family tartans which ran through the whole theme – the bouquet, buttonholes and garter and of course the men and their richly coloured kilts.”
“Being outdoorsy people the folly was a natural place for signature photographs and the evening ceilidh was amazing and great fun to capture!”
I now hand over to the couple to share their story….
How did you meet?
Alasdair: “Erin’s brother, Dan, is an old friend of mine from Uni. When we lived together 10 years ago I first saw a photo of Erin and was quite impressed!”
“We met briefly at his wedding in 2007 but it was only passing.”
“However Dan’s wife Helen had decided that we were rather well suited so she made sure that when the time was right we would meet.”
“I was invited to Dan and Helen’s twin’s first birthday party in July 2012.”
“I knew Dan and Erin’s parents well so was just chatting away to them and got the chance to start speaking to Erin.”
“We got on well so I took the plunge and got in contact soon after.”
“She seemed keen so I asked her out and the rest is history. We hit it off from the first date and haven’t looked back since.”
When did you get engaged?
Alasdair: “It was on 21st September 2013. We went up to the lakes for a weekend and stayed in Keswick.”
“We went for a walk up a mountain called Blencathra to a point known as Sharp Edge which is meant to have fantastic views out across the landscape.”
“However these things can’t always be planned and the cloud was lying very low on the day so when we got there we couldn’t see more than about 10m!”
“Still I had decided that this was the place and the fact that there was no one else around made it that much better.”
“We really felt we were completely alone and I got down on one knee, got out the ring I’d bought and popped the question.”
“Erin didn’t actually answer at first, she just started squealing and jumping up and down! Eventually she did of course say yes and I put the ring on her finger.”
“The walk down proved to be quite an adventure, we were actually using a route Erin’s dad had recommended (he didn’t know my intentions for that particular walk though, although I had asked for and been granted his permission a couple of weeks before) but because of the cloud we got a little off piste and ended up clambering down some ridiculously steep and perilous slopes to finally get back to the car.”
“The car was parked next to a lovely little pub where we had some fantastic chips and a drink. The. The phone calls home then began.”
Tell us about your wedding planning?
Erin: “Because of the nature of our jobs (I’m a corporate events manager and Alasdair’s in sport) we don’t have a great deal of time together so we’ve just made plans as and when we’ve had the time to do so.”
“We made all the big decisions (venue, photographer, dress, honeymoon etc) back around Christmas time so then had a long period towards the start of the year where we didn’t need to do anything wedding related – which was important for us as we didn’t want our every waking minute to be about the wedding!”
When did you get married?
Erin: “We got married at Stoke Rochford Hall on Friday 26th September, almost a year to the day to when we got engaged.”
What was the best bit of your day?
Erin: “For me, I didn’t stop smiling from start to finish. Seeing everyone’s faces during the evening ceilidh was just hysterical – people were going in all directions at all the wrong times!!”
Alasdair: “I just loved every minute of the day, like Erin I couldn’t stop smiling all day.”
“Everything went so well and it was lovely to share the day with our close friends and family. It was a great party!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Erin: “I’d say it’s really important to have a life outside of the wedding in the run up. It’s very easy for the planning to take over.”
“We both had a very laid back and relaxed attitude towards the wedding.”
“Everyone commented on how chilled out we were, particularly on the day itself – if you have a ‘what will be, will be’ attitude then you won’t be stressed out and will enjoy it more.”
Alasdair: “Weddings can be very expensive affairs and my advice would be to do what you can afford.”
“Before I had started thinking about our wedding I’d have said I wouldn’t want to spend a fortune but when it came to it we planned the wedding we wanted, work out what you can afford (we had budget sheets from the start!) and then stick to your budget.”
“Make sure it is your day and that will come through to your guests and you will enjoy it because it is your day, your way.”
“I will look back and remember it as the most amazing day, I wouldn’t change a single thing.”
Thank you so much to Harvey & Harvey for sharing this beautiful Stoke Rochford Hall Wedding.
I love the simplicity of gorgeous roses and thistles against the vibrancy of rich tartans, so pretty.
I also love their attitude to the planning process, do what you can afford and enjoy it, this is very evident in how joyful they look and how relaxed the day was.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Stoke Rochford Hall
Photographer: Harvey & Harvey Photography
Flowers: Lily King
Band: The Reel Stramash
To Contact Harvey & Harvey Photography
Telephone | 01476 404620