We head up to Bonnie Scotland today for this Real Life Cute Map Wedding; complete with a caller, bagpipes and a ceildidh. Everything you need for a good Scottish celebration! I love the classic, timeless quality of Emma and Andrews day and just wait until you get to the end, those dancing shots are ones to treasure. It’s so nice to see everyone properly let their hair down after an amazing day! Let’s hear from the bride…
Names: Emma and Andrew MacArthur (nee MacMillan)
Wedding Date: 26th October 2013
The vision for the day: We wanted a traditional Scottish wedding – church ceremony, piper, food from Scotland’s larder and of course a ceilidh! We live in London so wanted to make sure the day was about spending time with our favourite people as we don’t get to see them as much as we would like to since we moved away three years ago. Having been a couple since school our families and friends know each other well and we wanted to make them central to our plans. Our colour scheme was grey and navy and we used a lot of wooden touches in our decorations- I didn’t want to look back on my photos in 20 years time and regret my colour scheme and these seemed timeless – not that I don’t love the photos of my mum’s powder blue 80s bridesmaids!! I also love fresh flowers so was keen to have a lot of beautiful blooms on the big day.
The Planning Process: We started planning as soon as we got engaged in paris in august 2012 so had 14 months – not as long as you think when you live 500 miles away from your venue and suppliers and work both long hours in The City! My mum was the biggest help in the planning of the day, she did a lot of the viewing and running around to suppliers for me. She has great taste so I trusted her judgement.
The Venue: Our ceremony was at Eastwood parish church in Glasgow, my childhood church. Our reception was in the beautiful Pollokshields burgh hall in leafy Maxwell park, also Glasgow. We had full use of the building so our guests could wander between rooms and the building itself is beautiful so we has a great canvas to decorate
The Dress and Accessories: I wore Eden by Jenny Packham with a matching headdress – I knew it was the one as soon as I slipped it on during my first shopping trip with my mum who did the right thing and started crying! Only mum had seen the dress until the wedding day, it was great to share that with her and see the bridesmaids reaction. My shoes were by love art, wear art – one of only 150 pairs made and matched my dress perfectly. I wore diamond drop earrings, a present from my husband and my parents gave me an amazing art deco diamond necklace on the wedding morning which again matched my 20s style perfectly.
Grooms Attire: Andrew and his 3 groomsmen and 2 best men wore full highland dress – the dark grey tartan is ‘hebridean grantie’.
The Readings: Andy’s grandfather John read ‘The Art of a good marriage’ by Wilfred Arlan Peterson. It was very fitting as he and Andy’s grandma Evelyn have been married for over 60 years so must be doing something right! Andy’s eldest sister Emma (now 2 Emma MacArthurs in the family!) read ‘What is Love’ (Anon). both were beautiful and we were so glad we could include family on the day.
Beautiful Bridesmaids: My 4 amazing bridesmaids – best friend Fiona, school friend Laura and university girls Steph and Lydia – although based in different cities around the uk were a fantastic support and help throughout. Steph and Fiona organised not one but two amazing hen parties for me in Ibiza and Glasgow and all were on hand with help or advice in the lead up to the big day. The girls wore dresses by Maids to Measure in London – all were dove grey and full length but were different styles to suit their shapes and tastes. Each wore different jewelry and had bun hairstyles. They looked amazing!
The Details and Décor: The details are where I went slightly overboard – but looking back it was worth it as we had so many positive comments! We gave all our guests a decorated paper bag (etsy design) for the Ceremony with the bridal and groom party names on it, inside was a small pack of tissues for happy tears and dried flower confetti. We had personalised paper favour bags hand tied with ribbon. Inside was a personalised shot glass, charity pin badge, loveheart sweets and a miniture bottle of Limoncello inside (a token from our first holiday together). We also gave guests a hangover kit as they left – this included a bottle of irn bru, teapigs tea bags, chocolate, alka seltzer tablets and a ‘DO NOT DISTURB, RECOVING FROM THE MACARTHUR’S WEDDING’ door hanger. We made up bags of toys and puzzles for the children to keep them occupied during the speeches and dinner. For our décor, we used the amazing Supernova events who managed the process throughout. We had a sparkling dance floor, beautiful table linen, chairs and decorations, a mini postbox for cards and mood lighting in all rooms. Our wedding guest book was in fact a treated piece of wood which guests added their comments to and is now being made into a table for our home! Obviously our save the dates and invitations by Cute maps were talked about by all the guests – they had never seen anything as personal before.
The Food: Our amazing caterers Scoop provided canapes, a four course meal and midnight munchies for our 115 guests. Our wedding breakfast included scallops and black pudding, pheasant salad, fillet of beef main and a trio of mini desserts. At 10pm the ‘midnight munchies’ were served; burgers and homemade relish and spicy lamb koftas which were needed as our caterers were also running our bar and everyone had enjoyed the selection of homemade cocktails! All the food was delicious and the staff were fantastic- they couldn’t have done any more to make the day run smoothly!
The cake: We had a 5 tier cake by liggys cakes. Each tier was a different flavour (fruit, chocolate, lemon, carrot and vanilla) and was topped with beautifully decorated icing and fresh flowers. We also had a 4 tier cheese cake decorated with pomegranate and oat cakes. This was perfect for guests who prefer a savory snack to sweet and was amazing to look at.
Your Photographer: Our family friend Ian Adam took photos for us from the morning through to the first dance – we didn’t need reminding of our bad dancing later in the evening and wanted to relax with our guests.
The flowers: As I mentioned I love fresh flowers and wanted to have as many fresh flowers as possible – and I think I did a good job! We had flowers on all pew ends and windows in the church as well as a flowing centrepiece and my favourite – a cascading floral arch outside the church. Our venue was bursting with flowers – on every table, window ledge, nook and cranny! We used lots of pinks, creams and browns – perfect for lifting a grey autumn day.
Music and First Dance: I walked up the aisle with my dad to a string trio playing Elbow’s ‘one day like this’ and we signed the register to ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ – everyone sang along to the da-da-da-da-da part! our good friend Ciaran kindly played the organ for our ceremony hymns and of course we had a piper outside the church to greet our guests in the traditional Scottish way! Our first dance was The Proclaimers ‘Let’s get married’ and we closed the night with the old Scottish fave, ‘Loch Lomond’. Our band Ernest played a mixture of ceilidh and other music – from all decades which was great for getting everyone on the dance floor, which wasn’t empty all night!
The Honeymoon: We spent 4 days exploring Singapore then flew to Phuket, Thailand to The Shore resort for 1 week – which I would highly recommend to recharge the batteries post wedding!!
Memorable Moments: Reaching Andy at the top of the aisle and seeing his face was my favourite moment. We were both shaking and had dreadful dry mouth but it was still great!
My dad’s speech was fantastic – he doesn’t enjoy public speaking and so we were both nervous but I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was the perfect combination of funny and touching and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room at the end. I will always be so grateful for those words sending me off into married life.
On a lighter note, the minister forgot to turn off his microphone when he came out to greet me and the bridal party as we arrived and his ‘oh HELLO’ comment rang through the church and everyone laughed – at least Andy knew I had scrubbed up Ok!
Advice for other couples: Don’t get too bogged down in timings and detailed plans – on the day you won’t notice if things don’t go as expected. Our meal ran on for an extra hour but no one noticed – including us!
Supernova events – supernovaevents.co.uk
Scoop catering: scoopevents.co.uk
Ernest wedding band: ernestmusic.co.uk
Apollo string quartet: stringquartetglasgow.co.uk
Maids to Measure, London: maidstomeasure.com
St Clair Wedding Cars: www.stclairweddingcars.co.uk
Liggys Cakes: liggyscakes.co.uk