Today I am thrilled to share this stunning handcrafted Scottish Wedding at The Scottish Mining Museum.
The couple are Liana and Robert and they gathered their closest family and friends for this wonderful celebration in this characterful Victorian Colliery.
Images were captured by Ross Alexander Photography.
Ross Alexander Photography is a Wedding photographer based in South Lanarkshire, Scotland covering the UK and worldwide, and capturing natural, honest, authentic wedding photography.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Liana to tell us the couples love story, and about their handcrafted Scottish wedding
How did you meet?
We met as many do these days on e-harmony. Very novel and exciting.
Tell us about the Proposal…
We’d talked about getting married for a while. One day, we went to buy some shampoo, and decided to have a peek inside the gorgeous antique jewellery shop across the street (McCalls Antiques).
We found the perfect ring (an original art deco sapphire ring), and bought it on the spot. This was in April.
Robert then held on to it, planning on coming up with a brilliant surprise plan to actually propose.
He’d even caught me wearing it around the house when he returned from work early.
We went on various trips throughout the year, and while I was hoping “This is it, he’ll do it now”, nothing ever happened.
He waited until the Edinburgh Hogmanay, when we had tickets to Ceilidh under the Castle. My mum tagged along, and the three of us had an amazing time dancing the New Year in.
When the New Year’s fireworks started, Robert turned, showed me the ring, and was trying to get the words out, but he was just too emotional.
I didn’t realise what was going on until those around us did. It was perfect, I never saw it coming, and it was amazing to have my mum there too.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
I am a wedding photographer, so my weekends are typically booked a couple of years in advance.
In addition, many of the guests we wanted there are also in the wedding industry, so a weekend date would have been impossible.
We also had about 1/3rd of our guests flying from overseas, and we wanted to have several days together with them.
We opted for a Thursday wedding, which gave us a really nice, long weekend in Edinburgh, showing our friends and family around. It worked beautifully.
We had been together for many years, hence we didn’t want a long engagement. Before my wedding season started, I dedicated a couple of weeks in February to wedding planning, and just organised everything for an October wedding.
It helped immensely we already knew most suppliers we wanted to use, so it was a quick and straightforward process.
Also, having a weekday wedding meant everyone was available on short notice.
The longest part of the process was finding a venue. We didn’t want a venue we had worked at too many times for other weddings, and we wanted our venue fee to go to a good cause.
The ticked all the boxes, and their events team was just incredible.
Any special touches/DIY?
For our handcrafted Scottish wedding we collected and dried flowers, berries and barley for décor. At weddings throughout the year, I also collected empty gin bottles for the tables.
We made a photo table plan – a cute/funny image for each of our guests with their table number, and they got the photos home as souvenirs.
My cousin, who is a painter, gifted us handmade art for our stationery, and my brother in law, who is a pastry chef, gifted us the wedding cake.
The wedding was on a Thursday, and we had a breakfast buffet for everyone on Friday, followed by a coach trip to Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry.
It was so lovely to have a chance to chat more with all our guests who tagged along, and get dressed up again for a few more photos.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted a relaxed party style. We didn’t plan a particular theme or colour.
We had an amazing Victorian industrial venue, and just opted for some fairly lights, festoons, and paper lanterns to decorate it.
It didn’t need much; the large arch windows and open brick were gorgeous on their own.
What was the best bit of your day?
The dancing. We love a ceilidh, and introducing our non-Scottish guests to it was just amazing.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not stress about the things that went wrong.
Our catering (exclusive to the venue, so we didn’t have a choice) turned out incredibly sub-par, with major issues throughout the day, which meant I had pretty much no food on the day, trying to sort it out for the guests. I ended up stealing some food from the next table. Not a good place to be on your wedding day.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Be realistic about your budget, and about your invite list. It’s your day, so you should have a say in who is there.
If you need to cut corners to fit your budget, think long and hard about your priorities. What can’t you live without? We spent about 1/3rd of our entire budget on the memories (photo + video); they are the only thing that’s left.
We also splurged on the band (we wanted our band so badly, we booked the wedding date around their diary). We also didn’t cut corners on the food budget.
Everything else – we either did it ourselves (flowers, décor, table plan, invites, Greek orthodox wedding crowns) to make quite the handcrafted Scottish wedding
We went fun and cheerful over tradition/brand (I had a £90 maxi tulle dress, shoes/jewellery I already owned, the entire wedding party wore anything they wanted/owned already (which also showcased their personalities), no special wedding car, were gifted the wedding cake, sweets and buttonholes by family & friends, had planned a gorgeous hog roast buffet instead of a traditional 3 course dinner, brought our own alcohol).
It helped make the experience more personal, friends and family felt included in the planning/decorating, and it allowed us spending more money on the big ticket items we wanted.
Don’t be afraid of having a non-Saturday wedding. We loved having a long weekend with everyone. It also helped with the planning and supplier availability.
Venue – National Mining Museum
Humanist Celebrant – Lara Celini
Bridesmaid Gowns – Own Dresses
Cake Maker – Phillip Skinazi (Executive Pastry Chef Gleneagles & Grooms brother)
Florist – Narcissus Flowers – Edinburgh
Videographer Sugar8 Films
Rings – McCalls Antique Jewellery
Stationery – DIY couple
Piper – Rich Gordon
Band – Bahookie
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