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Wonderfully whimsical

Sophie and Glen celebrated their beautiful, whimsical wedding at Crear in Argyll Scotland. Sophie tells the story of their stunning celebration.

Glenn and I met on the dating site ‘MidsummersEve.com’. On reading my dating profile, he asked me  ‘have you swallowed a dictionary?’ Possibly not the best chat up line in existence, but I felt obliged to reply if only to defend myself (and to improve his vocabulary!), After a month of writing to each other we then met up in a local pub. I thought he had beautiful eyes, the colour of a stormy Irish Sea…. he thought I needed a square meal.  Somehow, despite the odds, the relationship blossomed and we were engaged 6 years later!

Glenn proposed one balmy evening in an open-air restaurant by the Creek in Dubai. It would have been incredibly romantic with wooden dhows floating by, warm air heavy with the delicious aroma of shisha pipes, gazing at each other lovingly over a plate of pan-fried Tiger prawns -but for the fact that my seven year old chatter-box daughter was with us and he had to repeatedly ask her to stay quiet long enough to ask me to marry him.

When I found Crear in Argyll Scotland, I knew straightway it was the venue for us. It is the most beautiful space, aptly entitled ‘a space to create’ with set in a wild, remote landscape looking out across the sea towards the Paps of Jura.  I didn’t have a theme as such; I just used the colours of the surroundings to dictate the colours I would use in the wedding. I used soft neutrals, predominantly champagne as a base, with several shades of teal, amethyst, grape soft green and gold as accents.

getting ready

I wore a champagne feathered gown by the designer Tadashi Shoji with accessories exquisitely made by Melanie from Little Luxury Boutique on Etsy.- earrings and a bracelet made with   peacock freshwater pearls, andalusite gemstone, champagne citrine, gold rutilated quartz and green topaz. My shoes were blue Globe Vivienne Westwood shoes- not only practical for an outside Scottish Wedding, but beautiful too. Flowers were blooms I had chosen specifically for their colour, vintage champagne with the different hues of purple/lavenders- predominantly Metallina, Amnesia and Blue Curiousa Roses, Hydrangeas, Lavender and Brunia

As all our guests had to travel to our venue we planned our wedding over two days. We originally planned to hold our humanist ceremony on the beach but on the morning of the ceremony we decided to hold it outside but within the grounds of Crear with uninterrupted views to the Isles of Islay, Jura and Gigha, and the lighthouses of Rathlin Island. Our humanist celebrant Annie Loughlin reduced many of our guests to tears with her heartfelt sincerity. Carole Fitzgerald and her magnificent team at Lazy Sunday catered for our wedding over both days, creating culinary magic using local and seasonal produce.  We had chosen Cara and Nye otherwise known as Lillian and Leonard to be our photographers. We were bowled over by their creativity, talent and professionalism and their reportage style of photography was ideal for us.

Most, if not all, of my wedding was hand crafted, and much of it sourced on Etsy.  From the hand-stamped paper merfolk embellished with flowers, shells, beads and vintage scrap images, made by the amazing Calamity Kim owned by Kimberly Sherrod; the paper windmills, made from old dictionaries as an ode to Glenn’s first words to me!;  the papier-mache boats with fabric sails and tiny pencils as anchors; the origami boats;  the mermaid themed Table Name Plaques and Place Name Settings made by the supremely talented Amanda Howard of Maygreen Fairies, (Amanda works with vintage images altering them to create whimsical art); the feathered buttonholes and even the children’s activity books, illustrated by my dear friend Katy Rose.

The most memorable part of the day was the ceremony itself. It was very informal and intimate with guests choosing to sit where they wanted, some even atop the stone wall overlooking the sea. We loved the freedom of having a humanist ceremony, being able to write our own vows, tirelessly working with Annie to ensure every aspect of the ceremony was unique and personal to us. My brother Hamish gave me away and as I walked toward Glenn, with our two daughters as flower-girls, any anxieties I may have had, melted away (probably helped by a glass or two of sangria earlier in the day!). Surrounded by loved ones, saying our vows was so moving and so heartfelt that although I loved every aspect of my wedding day, nothing could surpass those moments.


Tadashi Shoji www.tadashishoji.com

Viivienne Westwood www.viviennewestwood.com

Little Luxury Boutique www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleLuxuryBoutique

Crear Weddings ww.crearweddings.co.uk

Lazy Sunday www.lazy-sunday.com

Calamity Kim www.etsy.com/uk/shop/calamitykim

Maygreen Fairies www.maygreen-fairies.co.uk

Lillian and Leonard info@lillianandleonard.com

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