Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful Scottish Castle wedding with jewel tone elements and handmade touches.
Images were captured by Jenn Brookes Photography.
Jenn shoots truthful wedding photography for artistic, non-traditional couples who also love film, which she uses alongside her digital work.
She works in a very natural unobtrusive way capturing the beauty and emotion by being a part of your day.
She is really inspired and influenced by nature, human behaviour and beautiful light, and has spent the last thirteen years perfecting her work.
Bride Rosanna says of the couple and their day…
How did you meet?
We met at Dundee University where we both studied on the Product Design together.
Tell us about the Proposal…
On our way up to the highlands for a week’s holiday one time, we stopped at an antiques centre outside of Dundee, where we had gone on one of our first dates, to have a look whether there was an engagement ring.
We had been talking about getting married with increasing excitement and a realisation that this was something we wanted to do and that it was coming to the right time.
Starting to lose hope I (Rosanna) asked Tom if he’d spotted anything, he said ‘no, not over on those shelves, there’s nothing’. I decided to check for myself if this was true and I spotted the perfect ring sitting in the corner of a shelf twinkling away.
We ummed and ahhed and eventually asked to see the ring, asking the assistant if it was actually an antique.
He proclaimed (in a very Scottish accent) ‘ah well no, but the diamonds, they’re as old as time’. We each paid half and that was that!
Once up in the Highlands we spent a few days mountain biking and found ourselves at one point at the foot of Ben Nevis, in a sunny, quiet spot, near a stream, with a fantastic view.
This was our special spot, a few wonderful words were said, and a few tears were shed, and we were engaged!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We did all of the planning together, and tried to split tasks between us to keep on top of things.
We booked the venue about 14 months before the day so had a good amount of time to get things sorted.
Although we had 14 months we still ended up with a lot of last minute jobs – inevitable!
One of the craziest moments was driving together to Calais in just over 24hrs to buy and collect all the wine and fizz for the wedding.
It was worth it though, including all costs it still cut our drinks bill in half and meant that guests didn’t have to pay for drinks on the day, something that was important to us as so many people had travelled so far to be there.
Any special touches/DIY?
Most of our wedding was DIY, as we’re both designers we approach a lot of things assuming we can make it or source it ourselves!
We did all the graphic design for our wedding stationery and website, came up with the ideas for the decoration ourselves but with a lot of help from friends (a full wall of bike wheels covered in foliage!).
One of the best parts of the whole weekend was setting up on the Friday and seeing all the ideas we’d had brought to life by our friends and family.
I (Tom) found this to be one of the highlights of the wedding, seeing all our friends come together and really help us build something special.
We had also asked guests to bring cakes for a desert table, and on the day the atmosphere was so friendly and happy, and seeing our friends showing others what they’d done to help set up really made the day feel more special than I could have imagined.
From the table centre arrangements, bike wheels decoration and a foliage wall for the ceremony with tiny milk bottles hanging with sweet peas – the flowers were a stand out element for me.
Later on, as the party got started, the sound reactive paper lantern chandelier our friends built for us really came into it’s own!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted to use strong, jewel toned colours to tie in with my ‘Colours’ and Toms Kilt (in Baird Modern, navy blue and emerald green with a fuchsia strip running through it).
What was the best bit of your day?
Rosanna – It is impossible to pinpoint, but I did enjoy, a bit later on after dinner, having our photos taken during golden hour and feeling more relaxed and able to take it all in.
Watching guests wander across the grass and seeing all our favourite people chatting like everyone had been friends forever was so heart warming.
Tom – Family and friends coming up to us and saying they felt like they’d learned about each of us and us as a couple, with all the personal touches we’d put in was really special.
The absolute highlight for me was talking over the whole day, standing on the castle turret at 1am with a glass of prosecco each as a newly wedded couple!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Writing the list of group photo shots was pretty much one of the last things we did, and so it didn’t quite get the care and attention it needed.
I would have tried to arrange that part a bit better, but in saying that, Jenn our photographer agreed it was like herding cats, so just one of those things you’ve got to let go during the day.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
For those put off by the idea of DIY – you’d be surprised what you can organise yourself and by asking friends and family for help.
We also used a lot of things we already had at home to decorate the venue and borrowed things from other friends who had recently got married.
Finally, just be prepared for the day to involve a bit of cat herding, as you try to get various family members to be in the right place at the right time!
Tom – When asking people to help you and create things for the day, accept that they wont be to 100% what you imagined, but this is what makes them perfect.
Having friends and family involved makes it feel much more special and friendly on the day and that is worth the compromise I promise!
Photographer – Jenn Brookes
Venue – Myres Castle – Auchtermuchty
Staff and catering – Stocks Events ( Kathleen is an absolute legend. The food was excellent as were the staff.)
Wedding Dress – Glory Days : Vintage and Couture Bridalwear. (I worked with Hayley who designed and made a dress for me, based on the parts of other dresses I’d tried on and loved and her own wonderful design style. I chose all the fabrics and had quite a few fittings, so I really felt part of the process of creating my dress.)
Bridesmaid Gowns – All different – I let the Bridesmaids choose their own dresses, they just had to be long and blue!
Suit/Kilt Hire supplier – Kinloch Anderson – Edinburgh
Cake Maker – One of the bridesmaids Mums – Lin Crossley
Florist – The Country Garden Company – Fife (Provided buckets of cut flowers and foliage and also all the bouquets, buttonholes and corsages. Amanda also dyes her own silk habotai ribbons so I was able to choose colours for the ribbons for all the flowers to tie in with our colour scheme.)
Rings (Rosanna) Ashley Heather (South African designer who uses gold and silver reclaimed from circuit boards to create jewellery. She worked with me to create a custom rose gold ring to my specifications.)
Stationery – We designed our own stationery and printed everything at moo.com for a premium finish.
Make up – My sister did my make-up for the day, the bridesmaids did their own
Hair stylist – Hannah – The Wee Hair Boutique