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Real Life Wedding, Catherine and Richard


A beautiful wedding to share with you today celebrated at The Vu in West Lothian. Catherine wore a stunning Maggie Sottero dress that suited her perfectly! And check out the bridesmaids lovely gowns, that could be worn multiple ways! So versatile and a sure way to make sure everyone is happy on the day. Their day was captured by the extremely talented Jeremy Stockton of Gallery Wedding Photography; truly spectacular images, especially love the ones from the pier, so special!




Names: Catherine and Richard

Wedding Date: 29th November 2013

The vision for the day: As it was November we wanted a nice autumn/wintery feel with warm colours and homely food.

The Planning Process: We decided at the start of 2013 that enough was enough and we needed to pull our finger out and get married after being together for 9 years and engaged for 7! Although we had been engaged for so long we managed to organise the wedding relatively quickly. We started looking at venues in January 2013 and had soon found a place that suited both our budget and the number of guests we wanted to invite.



The Venue: The Vu at Bathgate, West Lothian was a stunning venue located on Ballencrieff Reservoir in the Bathgate hills. It was perfect for us as we were having both the ceremony and reception in the same place and the ceremony room was beautiful, looking out across the water.

The Dress and Accessories: The dress was Maggie Sottero from bridal shop Emma Roy of Edinburgh. It was only the third or fourth dress I tried on but it was perfect for me, understated and elegant. My earrings and bracelet were from Swarovski and my Tiffany necklace was a beautiful wedding gift from Richard. My gorgeous hair slide was custom made for me by my bridesmaid Elise’s mum Laura Cunningham who designs and makes her own jewellery (lauramcunningham@hotmail.co.uk).

Grooms Attire: Being Scottish, the kilt is the outfit of choice and although Richard was keen on having his clan tartan, we quickly ruled that out as it looked like Rupert Bear’s trousers! Richard decided on the dark grey kilt instead and as the colour theme was dark red, this worked perfectly as the boys had matching burgundy cravats.




The Readings: We had a Humanist wedding which has the same legal status as a civil or religious ceremony in Scotland and had to put a lot of time into writing ‘Our Story’ for the big day. This part of the ceremony was really personal to us as it was all about how we first met, how we got together and little anecdotes about our life together which had our guests both laughing and wiping away tears. We had two reading also – the first was ‘These I can Promise’ by Mark Twain read by Richard’s friend Andrew which was such a simple yet beautiful reading and one we thought really summed up our relationship. The second was ‘I’ll Be There’ by Louise Cuddon which was read by my friend Lorna and was a lovely light-hearted poem that really made us smile. We had put a traditional Scottish Blessing on every guest’s seat which everyone recited to us at the end of the ceremony.

May you have,

Walls for the wind

And a roof for the rain,

And drinks bedside the fire

Laughter to cheer you

And those you love near you,

And all that your heart may desire

Lang may yer lum reek (which basically means long may your chimney smoke!)




Beautiful Bridesmaids: I really couldn’t pick from my close circle of friends so I had 7 bridesmaids and Richard had 8 ushers so there was a lot of people to clothe! Thankfully I found a beautiful bridesmaid dress early on from BHS which could be worn in 20 different ways which was ideal as it meant there was a style to suit all the girls. The colour was a beautiful deep burgundy and the girls looked stunning in their dresses with gorgeous dark purple calla lilies.

Music and First Dance: We had booked the wonderful pianist Alex Graham for our ceremony and wedding breakfast. He played Elton John ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ for my aisle music and ‘The Reason’ by Hoobastank and ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys for signing the register and The Beatles ‘All You Need is Love’ for us walking back up the aisle after we were married. Alex was brilliant and was happy to take lots of requests from guests during the meal which was great and even culminated in an impromptu sing-a-long of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’!

Having very different tastes in music, with Richard liking heavy metal and me into more mellow types of music, picking the first dance song should have been difficult but it was actually surprisingly easy and a choice we agreed on straight away. Our first dance song was ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift which we picked because we have always had a bit of a joke with this song in that despite it being super cheesy and the most un-metal song you can imagine Richard secretly loves it which makes m

e laugh, as the lyrics were also quite fitting it was an easy choice for the day.


The Food: As it was the end of November we wanted warm homely food and so opted for classics including lentil soup, chicken balmoral, steak pie and sticky toffee pudding which was cooked onsite by the venue and went down a storm.

The flowers: The flowers were designed by a family friend who trained in floristy and were absolutely beautiful. I wanted to stick to a neutral trail for my bouquet and it looked perfect with the style of my dress. The flowers on both the top table and the cake were made up of beautiful roses and calla lilies.

The cake: This was one of the last things we organised and we weren’t fussed for spending a fortune on a cake so we opted for a simple iced three-tier madeira cake from Marks and Spencer which was expertly decorated by our florist Emma who truly did an amazing job.




Your Photographer: Our photographer was Jeremy Stockton of Gallery Wedding Photography. The photos from the day were great as we didn’t have too many staged photos which allowed us to mingle more with our guests and enjoy the day.

The Details and Décor: The colour theme was burgundy and everything tied in with that. I had the bridesmaids and several of the ushers making up little birdcage favour boxes with burgundy tags (no mean feat as they were incredibly fiddly) and filling them with burgundy heart shaped chocolate. We made our own sweet buffet for the evening reception by stock-piling sweeties over several months and borrowing jars and scoops from a friend. The sweet buffet seemed to go down a treat and there wasn’t so much as one chocolate raisin left by the end of the night!

The Honeymoon: Two days after the wedding we headed for our mini-moon which was 5 nights in Rome and Venice which was wonderful but so busy and we were exhausted when we got home so we are now looking forward to (hopefully) going away on a more relaxing break later on in the year although the plan is to save for Florida and Bermuda next year as our very belated Honeymoon!




Memorable Moments: There are so many, from the nerve-wracking drive to the venue with my Dad and my mouth feeling so dry I could barely swallow to the Best Man Tom’s hilarious speech which had the guests in stitches. As we had a lot of Scandinavians at the wedding (Tom being Swedish) I also really liked the fact that we had both a Swedish cheers during the meal and a traditional Scottish cheers which my dad had added into his speech which was great and went down really well. The ceremony was a real highlight for me and I loved that we had worked so closely with our Humanist Celebrant Marnie to make it very personal to both of us. Finally the evening reception was great as it gave us a chance to let our hair down and have a boogie on the dance floor.

Advice for other couples : One thing people always told me before I got married was how quickly the day went and I can’t stress how true this is! The day went so fast that even though we had an early ceremony of 1 o clock it seemed to flash past and so my advice would be to take several moments throughout the day just the two of you to enjoy the day and take in what is happening around you. If I could go back (and if I had more money in the budget) I would definitely have paid to get the wedding filmed.




Photographer – Jeremy Stockton of Gallery Wedding Photography jeremyp.stockton@virgin.net


Real Life Wedding, Emma and Andrew


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