This wedding ! Emilie had told me a while ago about their beautiful day. Way before their wedding day, she pictured a day full of simplicity, very flowery, with a small amount of guests in a beautiful barn on the lands of Scotland.
This wedding brings together all the essential ingredients of an ideal day. Everything is simply beautiful. The complicity, the relatives, the joy, the details, sublimated by the images of Dylan and Joanna, of Kitchener Photography. Thank you again Emilie and Julien for sharing this nice moment on the blog.
“Nine months is the time we had between saying “do we get married?” and the D-Day … As much to say that it was more than tight !!! Especially since we wanted a marriage that looks like us and a little atypical. Four years ago, we had a great trip to Scotland, and jokingly, Julien told me: if we get married one day, it will be here! We never spoke again after, it was really anecdotal .. and then when we decided to get married, we thought that what resembled us the most it’s really travel, and I do not know why, the idea of getting married in France did not bother us more than that, and Scotland became obvious!
It complicated things in many ways, getting married in a country where you do not know anyone, with another language, another currency … it was another barrier, but it was also what was exciting! A real adventure!”
“We started by looking for weddings planners who could help us manage everything on site, coordinate the various speakers, etc. This seemed to us the most practical … I looked for a long time the rare pearl, because Scotland is still a country very traditional wedding, with a lot of “classic” wedding and what we wanted was very different, we wanted an old farmhouse, with a lot of charm .. And then I came across a very nice festival in Glasgow, where I could find perfect providers! After two trips on site to tour the places spotted on the internet, our weddings planners found us the perfect place! The Dalduff Farm, owned by James, an incredible person with his hand on his heart! He welcomed us at noon, he had prepared a simple welcome meal, a “chicken pie”, roasted vegetables, beef carpaccio with pomegranate, fresh salmon from Scotland … it was so good ! We immediately understood that not only would the wedding be in this place, but it would also be perfect for the caterer.
We are a little discerning about food, we do not like luxuries, but we wanted a simple meal with great products, that’s exactly what James did! It has a small side Jamie Oliver in the kitchen I find, good products, well cooked! We really wanted a big barbecue, we love it, and James being a butcher he was fully equipped for that, and he only worked with organic products, but mostly local!
“For the decoration, we have entirely imagined it ourselves. Julien had the great idea of a big fire, in the middle of the outdoor farm, it’s really what gave the seal to the evening, everyone gathered around the fire during the evening, it was very nice! There was also a violinist band playing modern violin pieces, it was just perfect!
To share them, I really wanted to make a city guide of Scotland, so that guests can visit the country a little! So I added a guide to each invitation of our good addresses. For the guest gifts, I bought small bottles that I labeled and we filled with whiskey, we also offered small bags of shortbread, a Scottish biscuit, which we also packed ourselves in pretty little ones bags. I had made a DIY light sign “Hello”, and the table plan was an old map of the world, each table bearing the name of a country we visited. Above each table, I made a crown of leaves with steel hoops brought back from France, on which were placed the name of each country. The place brands were small “polaroids” of photos that I had taken in each country.
We had prepared postcards and a mailbox, tattoos, a candy bar and a whiskey bar, with different Scottish whiskey so that people could learn the different types of whiskey.
I cut 200 pennants in ikea linen, and my mother and mother-in-law stapled each pennant one by one to hang them. My mother also sewn all the tablecloths from France with fabric that I also bought from Ikea. We tucked in James’ attic some adorable little tables and an old couch, which was perfect for the photobooth! During our first trips we found a very nice Scottish tartan, which we brought back to France for the tailor to make us very scottish bow ties!
And finally a detail that was important to me, I wanted to involve people in the dessert! So I ordered huge meringues, bought fresh cream and berries, and people could make their own DIY pavolva. I also had the fad a little crazy to buy a whole honeycomb, which people cut and tasted with lemon .. This was a huge success!”
“The most complicated was still to rent all the lights (the farm was completely empty), and to install everything by ourselves, Julien, his father and our friends spent two days doing everything, it was really long, but essential to the decoration!
The ceremony was to be outside, in the middle of a field and a beautiful little river, but the weather was uncertain, so we decided to fall back into an old farmhouse that protected the sheep at the time! Boxes of straws, candles, bouquets, and tens of meters of ribbons later, the farmhouse was transformed and was absolutely perfect for this ceremony!”
“We organized an outdoor cinema session, which required a lot of work. We brought back from France in the car a big tarpaulin of 3 meters (I thus spent 11h of road with this big tarpaulin which was hindering my legs, but it was worth it !!), which we attached to the wall of On the farm, we put for the guests big straw bales and big Scottish plaid throws to snuggle in! There was also popcorn and marshmallows to grill in the big fire. On the program, Back to the future and Star wars.”
“What I remember, what we remember, especially of this marriage, is that we laughed, all the time, every day, we had incredible moments, intense, with our loved ones, because we were all there, “Lost” in the middle of the beautiful Scottish countryside, to spend a day full of laughter, to enjoy an exceptional meal and watch movies around the fire. This is exactly what we wanted for our day, a day, “almost” like the others, where everyone feels good and is happy!”
Photographer : Kitchener Photography | Dress : Laure de Sagazan | Shoes Sézane | Hair : Jenn Mathieson | Suit : Handson | Accessories: La maison du bouton de manchette | Venue : Dalduff Farm | Caterer : Dalduff Farm | Wedding planner : Be eventful | Flowers : Sparrow and rose | Musicians: The Dotted Crotchets | Decor : the couple | Wedding cake : Three Sisters Bake | Cheese : George Mewes |