With a clear vision in mind, creative teacher Kathy pulled together a wonderful wedding full of rustic charm, which completely captured the autumnal beauty of her sentimental Edzell surroundings.
When your 30th birthday kicks off with a surprise visit to design your engagement ring, you know it’s going to be a good day!
“Thomas opened the door to a sketch pad, bubbly and lots of engagement rings,” smiles Kathy. “Then we ‘officially’ got engaged the following December on a very chilling camping trip. We took an early morning coastal walk and, as the sun was rising over the loch, he presented me with the ring. It was absolutely perfect.”
The couple decided the idyllic village of Edzell was the perfect place to wed, with Kathy having spent a large chunk of her childhood there – and the theme of the day led on beautifully from this: “We wanted it to be very relaxed with lots of outdoorsy hints. We used golden autumnal touches, pine cones and bronzed bowls with candles and lights, and each table was a special place for Thomas and I. We tried to match the places to the people at the table, so they felt thought had gone into every element.”
MOB and MOG helped channel the rustic autumnal vision too, with Kathy’s mum adorning the church with seasonal florals and hessian, and Thomas’s mother providing personalised jam favours and baking the beautiful cake.
And, as the couple spend a lot of time walking and exploring Scotland, Kathy crafted a bespoke seating plan from an old Scottish map and co-ordinated her order of service to have a similarly rustic look.
She ensured her bridesmaids’ attire fitted with the theme too: “I didn’t want to go down the route of traditional dresses and I loved the idea of mixing embellished metallics with navy. I stumbled across a Monsoon number that did just that and enhanced the look with loose curls and a pearl hair vine.”
When it came to her own gown, Say Yes to the Dress fan Kathy always had a clear picture of her ideal dress, then had one of the best days ever when she popped into Ivory Grace: “I couldn’t believe there was a dress so close to what I’d imagined – it was fitted and lace with a low and striking back. It was a classic yet modern design, full of incredible detail and intricacy.”
As the big day rolled around – pre-empted with a night of laughter, lasagne, champagne and parental introductions – Kathy remembers feeling intense excitement, especially when Thomas surprised her with the delivery of a single red rose on the wedding morning.
The ceremony took place in Edzell Church, then the newlyweds and their 120 guests headed for a hearty, traditional feast at their reception venue. With music a core part of the day (friends played Kathy down the aisle on the piano and flute, and her younger brother sang as they signed the register), Kathy put a musical twist on the new trend for bridal speeches and bravely sang a toast to her guests.
A further 25 joined in the evening and the first dance, although not at all as planned, ended up being one of the best bits of the day: “There was a problem with the sound system so my best friend, Hayley, stepped in to sing Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It provided one of the most beautiful moments of the wedding.”