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Craig and Emily

Craig and Emily

On 2nd May 2015 Craig and Emily got married at Airth Castle, here they share their stunning wedding day with you. 

'Our inspiration was a mixture of Japanese and Scottish Cultures. The Japanese being partly from my family (mum's side) and Scottish from my dad's side and from Craig's side.'

'My bridesmaids and I stayed the night before in Airth Castle so we could have a relaxing night before the big day. All the suppliers arrived in the morning and we all got ready in our suite with some lovely champagne and strawberries. The boys all got ready at Craig's mum and dad's house then finished getting ready at the hotel before helping with some of the decor at the venue.'

'The ceremony started with me, the bridal girlies and my dad being piped down the driveway to the castle.'

'We thought it would be nice to have a humanist ceremony to incorporate our own touches to the wedding. It was a very relaxing ceremony and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Mary Wallace did a fab job with the ceremony and for also keeping all the guests and the groom occupied while they waited for me, I was 40 mins late for the cermony - woops!'

'The main theme was the 1000 origami cranes (which is called "Senbazuru" in Japanese which is symbolism for auspiciousness...some info on good old Wikipedia. Craig and I, with help from friends and family, folded 1000 origami cranes. These were used in the centrepieces, flowers, buttonholes, corsages, name places, on the table plan, as cake toppers and as decoration hanging from balloons, from the mantelpiece in the ceremony room and also as a backdrop for the photobooth.' 

'We also folded Origami hearts for our invitations which you can see on my mum's blog. I absolutely loved our flowers - the florist did an amazing job. We had both purpley/pinky orchids and thistles within the bouquets, top table flowers, buttonholes and corsages. We had a piper and kilts to represent the Scottish touches too.'

'The ceremony included hand fastening...where traditionally you hand fasten tartan...however we decided to use one ribbon of tartan and one ribbon of Japanese silk - again symbolising our Japanese/Scottish backgrounds.' 'We also had both our mum's present each of the fabrics to the humanist before they were fastened. My step dad and Craig's dad read out poems and my dad read his father of the bride speech. It was a nice touch having all the father figures in our life speaking on our big day!'   

'Hugh the toastmaster, the piper and Craig addressed the haggis together at the start of our wedding breakfast. As part of the groom's speech, Craig spoke some Japanese which was a lovely surprise for our guests (even if they couldn't work out what he was saying...except for the reference to Facetime!).'

'We had whisky for the gent's favours and lovely handmade bath bombs for the women's favours. The reception also had a short ceilidh section which was a lot of fun and got everyone up dancing!'

'Our first dance was You are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne and was sang brilliantly by Cut The Cake wedding band.'

first dance

'Our advice for other wedding couples would be don't stress about all the fine details - it will be what it will be at the end of the day. Lists, lists, lists! Put each item in order of importance and tick them off one at a time (don't try to tick off too many at once - you'll just stress yourself out)! Finally, relax and enjoy all the planning!'

Vendors:

Photography by Chantal Lachance Gibson

Dress - Isabella Jack Bridal, Kirkintilloch 
Shoes - Miss KG (Kurt Geiger) 
Bridesmaid Dresses - Isabella Jack Bridal, Kirkintilloch 
Hair - Reflection Hair Salon, Lenzie 
Make-Up - Eye Adore U - Make Up Artist (Claire Dryden) 
Kilts - MacGregor and MacDuff, Glasgow 
Humanist - Mary Wallace 
Flowers - Memory Lane Flowers, Lenzie 
Cake - A-Cakes by Ashleigh Hewitt, Bishopbriggs 
Venue - Airth Castle 
Rings - John Macintyre & Son, Glasgow 
Invitations, Table Plan, Place Names and centrepieces - The Sweeneys!
Ladies Favours - Betty Bubbles, Kilsyth 
Chair Covers - Happy Talk Events, Glasgow 
Dance Floor - The Blue Parrot Company 
Photobooth - Blushbooth                                            

Band - Cut the Cake                                                                                                            

Piper - Piping Services Scotland

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