“Primrose Pretty” – A Stunning Scottish Wedding – Images by Ryan White Photography

Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Scottish Wedding featuring not only a friend, but also one of Scotlands leading Bridal Designers, Susanne Christyne.

Susanne, a graduate from the prestigious Scottish School of Textile, Galashiels is based in a Design Studio on George Square, Glasgow and its like a wonderland of luxurious fabrics and cutting edge Bridal Design !

She is passionate about design and believes in full involvement throughout the Bridal design experience.

Susanne shares her love story and her recollections of her beautiful day,

“For Ryan and I our date was so significant as it was 13 years to the day we met and it was imperative for us that it would be our Wedding Day.”

“We got married on 18th August 2012 at Motherwell Cathedral, and then onto Balbirnie House in Fife.”

“Our Engagement was really special in that after thirteen years together I thought there was nothing Ryan could hide from me..well I was wrong.”

“On Hogmanay 2008, we held a tartan and tiara party at our home in Dalzell Castle for our close friends and family.”

“It was perfect as I had everyone I loved in the same room,  I didn’t think the night could get any better.”

“As the countdown started for the bells we moved into the garden to watch a gorgeous firework display.”

“As the fireworks subsided and the smoked cleared I noticed twinkling lights in the distance. I couldn’t believe it as I looked down into the garden all I could see were t – lights spelling out ‘will you marry me?’

“Ryan then presented me with a stunning yellow diamond ring and the most gorgeous black cockapoo puppy wearing a large yellow bow, he was named Duke after the castle.”

“Fast forward to the night before our Wedding, it was so much fun. My mum had got matching pink rose pyjamas for me and the bridesmaids and we all stayed in at my parents and watched Father of the Bride.”

“We had champagne and one of my brides also dropped in with special ‘something blue’ cupcakes she made with our wedding date on them – they were delicious.”

“On the morning of the wedding my bridesmaids presented me with a memory box which included little good luck charms and they each wrote me a poem –  I couldn’t help but be emotional as it was so lovely.”

“My sister then gave me my special gift from Ryan, he got me the most gorgeous diamond watch and pearl earrings to wear on my wedding day. As I opened the box a letter fell out and Ryan had written a short note and I knew as I read it I just could not wait to be married to him.”

Susanne also shares the little details that made her and Ryan’s special day so perfect.

The Dress

“I am a bridal designer  with a studio  in George Square Glasgow, Scotland. I was able to fulfil my dream of designing and creating my own dress at Susanne Christyne Bridal for my own Scottish Wedding.”

“My dream dress design started way before I studied fashion and textile design at University, I had thought about my wedding dress for as long as I can remember.”

“When I opened my bridal studio nine years ago I always knew that one day I would get the chance to turn my dream dress into a reality.”

“I wanted my dress to reflect my passion for luxury fabrics and intricate detail, it had to be created using the fabrics I have loved and the detail had to be such that from every angle of the dress there was something more to see and as you got closer the detail was more apparent.”

“I knew the colour was something I wanted to be a feature of my dress and chose my favourite colour, primrose yellow, as it reminds me of childhood memories.”

“The bodice was high modesty with twenty four  bones to create a fully structured silhouette.”

“The  skirt was created using  a duchess satin underlay  with a soft  French Chantilly  overlay and a shimmer organza overlay to give a translucent appearance.” 

“The dress was enhanced with scalloped Italian corded lace around the bust line and hemline of the dress which was heavily embellished with clusters of beads and crystals. The train of the dress was the longest by far I have created to date.”

“I decided to create a two piece dress  in order to create the structured bodice and full skirt I had always wanted. Of course it was completely made to measure and took almost a year to create, with three people working on it.”

“The dress had over 10,000 beads and crystals on it, these included:

Yellow citrine, Rice pearls, mother of pearl, culture pearls, Swarovski crystals, and peach and lemon seed beads. The beadwork took six months alone and included daily beading.”

“My veil was a bespoke veil designed for me by Elizabeth Dickens,  it was a specially commissioned veil to the same length of my train and had matching beadwork to my dress.”

“I knew the moment I tried it on it was just perfect, it fitted like a glove and I truly enjoyed every single moment of wearing it. I now have it displayed in my studio which I love as I get to admire it everyday.”

The Bridesmaids

“I chose three bridesmaids for my special day,  they were my two sisters Sharon and Shona and my cousin Gillian. I couldn’t have asked for any better they really did ensure that I didn’t have to worry about anything the whole day.” 

“Their dresses were all matching fifties style with primrose satin to match in with my dress.”

“They were so lovely with a fully embellished bodice with a sweetheart neckline and built in capped sleeves. The skirts were full circle and looked fabulous and they swished around the dance floor.”

The Flowers

“The flowers were inspired by my mum’s wedding bouquet,  as a child I was intrigued with my mum’s wedding pictures and I adored the gorgeous peach roses within her bouquet.”

“The flowers picked for the displays and bouquets were:

Ivory Peony rose, David Austin peach rose, Leon wild English rose, and Orchids.

For  the bridesmaids and I there were also some special touches with vintage brooches used, and a yellow crystal honeybee added to each bouquet.”

The Cake

“The cake was inspired by the royal wedding cake and was made as a special creation by Jenny herself who was also there on the day at Balbirnie to ensure the cake was set up perfectly.”

“I couldn’t believe how stunning it was,  all seven tiers of it and best of all was that Jenny had colour matched it to my dress, it was so pretty. I really didn’t want to cut it as it looked like a piece of art.”

“Each layer had a different flavour  including lemon drizzle, chocolate , victoria sponge and traditional fruit cake. Every layer had an individual handcrafted design with intricate appliqué effects which were taken from the lace on my dress.”

The Venue

“Balbirnie  was chosen due to its privacy,  we booked the venue out to maintain exclusivity. We both loved the grandeur of the venue yet it had a lovely homeliness that we had not found anywhere else.”

“Both Ryan and I and our families love to dance and so when we seen the beautiful sparkle dance floor we knew that this was the venue for us.”

Those little Special Touches

“My whole day was special from beginning to end, some extra special moments included my little dog Duke who was brought down to the cathedral in his matching cravat for photographs.”

“My mum also had planted 150 peach /lemon rose bushes at my family home,  they all bloomed perfectly and it felt like a magical garden as I was leaving the house for the Cathedral.”

“My aunt had made me a garter which had sentimental touches sewn into it, it was so special to me as she had included mementos from my late grandpa.”

“My ultimate moment was being walked down the aisle by my dad,  something I had waited for all my life, and when I  saw Ryan’s face, that moment is something I will never forget!”

Thank to Susanne and Ryan for sharing their gorgeous Big Day. There is something that lifts you in the subtle yellow hues. It is representative of sunshine and happy feelings and I think that this is respledent throughout the flow of the whole Event.
What an enormous joy too to be able to create something so amazing as part of your day, each tiny bead being sown in with love.
Venue – Balbirnie House
Dress/Bridesmaid Dresses – Susanne Christyne Bridal
Make Up – Julie Diplacito
Ryan White Photography – Herculine & Ryan White
Flowers – Alison @ Blooms Glasgow
Cake – Jenny @ Jenny’s Cakes
All Images courtesy – Ryan White Photography


UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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