Today I am excited to share a beautiful relaxed and rustic Scottish themed Wedding at Dunglass Estate with hint of teal.
The couple are Rachael and John and their day was reflective of their homeland with thistles featured in the incredible styling.
Images were captured by Jane Morgan Photography.
Jane Morgan is a wedding and family photographer specialising in relaxed and creative documentary photography.
She is based near Hitchin and cover the surrounding areas of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire as well as the rest of the UK and beyond.
She loves being able to tell the stories of all the couples and families I work with.
She says of the couples day…
I knew two of Rachael’s sisters as we used to dance together when we were little and we later worked together too.
A friend of mine passed my details on when she heard Rachael was looking for a wedding photographer and they wanted to book straight away!
After a week of snow blizzards and cold weather, I was relieved to make the journey to Dunglass Estate in Scotland with the sun shining and not a snowflake in sight.
The venue was looking beautifully spring like, surrounded by daffodils with baby lambs running and jumping in the field beside.
I made my way over to the house where Rachael and her mum and sisters were getting ready.
Everybody was so relaxed and calm; Rachael’s three sisters, her bridesmaids, were totally on top of any jobs that needed doing so Rachael was able to focus on getting ready and enjoy the morning.
I popped over to the church and marquee to see them all set up and take a few shots and when I got back the girls were just getting the finishing touches to their hair and make up ahead of the most exciting part of bridal preparations – dress time!
The bridesmaids buzzed around Rachael, each with a job to do, and she was into her dress and looking incredible in no time.
After a few family photos, I left them so I could join the boys who were greeting the guests.
Staff were handing out hot water bottles to everyone and cosy blankets lay on the chairs in the church – it might have been spring but it is Scotland after all!
It didn’t take long before the atmospheric little church was full of excited family and friends and John made his way to the front with his groomsmen, to await his bride.
The sound of bagpipes in the distance soon let us know she was on her way.
The ceremony was beautiful and personal and the church was the perfect setting. Rachael was the happiest bride and I don’t think I took a single photo where she wasn’t smiling!
The newly married couple made their way out of the church for a moment alone while we organised everybody for the much anticipated confetti shot…I knew from chatting at their engagement session that both Rachael and John were looking forward to this.
Thanks to the wonderful bridesmaids, it went smoothly and we nailed it! Rachael and John enjoyed drinks in the marquee with their friends and family before some group photographs and their couple portraits, which we got through really quickly thanks to the rain!
They had very kindly arranged for me to sit amongst the guests for dinner so after some brilliant speeches we tucked into one of the best wedding meals I’ve ever had.
I left them shortly after their first dance in the capable hands of their fantastic wedding band, Bleeker, ready to dance the night away.
I hand over to stunning Bride Rachael…
How did you meet?
We have known each other since 2009.
We met at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo where we were both performing – John is a piper and I am a Highland Dancer.
We discovered a shared love of food during our first date to ‘Frankie and Benny’s’ and have been inseparable ever since.
Tell us about the Engagement…
John booked a romantic week away at Piper Dam and popped the question after cooking us dinner.
It was just the two of us and it was everything I could have hoped for.
My favourite part has to have been him blindfolding me with a woolly winter hat to keep his surprise under wraps for a few more seconds before he got down on one knee!
My mum had packed the hat in case it was cold in the hot tub (it is Scotland after all!) but John saw an opportunity to make me look silly and he took it!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We knew we wanted to be married in Scotland with our close friends and family around us, and we wanted something relaxed that we could make our own.
I had been to a wedding at Dunglass Estate as a guest a few years previously and I remember thinking that one day I would love to be married there.
John and I took one look around the venue and absolutely loved it. We booked our special day there and then, without looking anywhere else, and we never regretted it once!
I have three sisters so I had a really easy job in selecting my bridesmaids.
They made our wedding planning so easy and stress free – they know me so well that they could picture how our big day would unfold which was really helpful.
I loved having them stand beside me as I married my best friend.
My mum had a big part to play in planning our big day too. She did much of the ground work in finding inspiration which was fun!
She kept me calm and grounded during the planning process and in the run up to the big day.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted our day to say ‘rustic, natural, relaxed Scotland’.
I knew I wanted thistles to play part in our floral arrangements and bouquets so we agreed on a teal colour for the bridesmaids to tie everything together.
I really think all three bridesmaids looked amazing in the colour we chose.
What was the best bit of your day?
For me, the best part of the day was sitting down with all our family and friends to our meal and speeches. It was so intimate and warm.
I had been worried about the speeches as generally it is my least favourite part of any wedding and John isn’t normally one for public speaking!
But, he absolutely rocked his speech!
I was genuinely blown away by the thought and care he had put in to making sure everyone close to us was included and thanked on behalf of us both.
I was so proud of him – he nailed it!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
SLOW DOWN! Honestly, everyone tells you that your day will fly by but it really, really does.
I wish I could go back and do it all again knowing how true that is!
Take the time to stop and take it all in. It will honestly be the best day of your life and you will want to remember it for all that it was.
Photographer – Jane Morgan Photography
Dress – L.A. Bridal – Galashiels
Bridesmaid Gowns – JJ’s House (online retailer)
Kilt Hire – Clan Kilts – Stirling
Cake Maker – Sophie Cathcart (family friend)
Florist – Carol’s Creations – Peebles
Rings – Macintyres of Edinburgh
Make up – Erin Stewart Make Up – East Lothian
Hair stylist – Signature Hair by Kirstie
Band – Bleeker
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Website – http://www.jmorganphotography.com/