Amy and Ailsa got married on a beautiful sunny day in Scotland, and Mirrorbox Photography was there to capture it all.
TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET
Like lots of couples these days we met first online.. on a popular dating app. We were both at university in the same city and soon met up on a night out. Our second date was watching the Eurovision song contest in Ailsa’s student flat, and our third date was sharing mac’n’cheese in a supermarket café, so much glamour. One thing led to another and in (true lesbian stereotype fashion) a matter of weeks I had moved in with Ailsa.
WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE BIG DAY?
We wanted our big day to be classic, with a few quirks, and I loved the thought of getting married outdoors. We styled the day ourselves and wanted it to feel very relaxed, friends and family helped with the décor, favours and music. We are both proud Scots and the location of Lunga house felt perfect for a traditional Scottish knees-up, complete with kilts and a ceilidh. Family and friends travelled from all over the world to join us and the day was perfect, as my Dad described it “Scotland was showing off”.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE VENUE AND WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?
We knew we wanted to have the ceremony, reception and accommodation all in one place and we were keen to get out of the city, from the first time we drove to Lunga house we knew it would be perfect. The location is beautiful and I couldn’t think of anywhere else in the world I would rather have spent our big day. With a wedding on the west coast of Scotland you are always taking a gamble on the weather, but for us it absolutely paid off. Lunga house itself is historic and quirky in equal measure from the African tribal masks to the bar hidden in the wall.
We are high street girls and dress hunting and fittings just did not appeal to me, we both bought our dresses online, Amy’s was from ASOS and Ailsa’s is French Connection. We had them altered at a launderette in the West End of Glasgow! We wanted to wear matching shoes and heels didn’t appeal for an outdoor wedding so we got matching sandals and never looked back. The bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS and all the men in the family have their own kilts in respective family tartans so that part was easy!
FLOWERS & DECORATIONS
Myrtle and Bracken did our flowers and centerpieces and we loved them. Di is a real artist and this was one thing that we were more than happy to extend the budget for. Our ceremony took place beside an archway in the Gardens and Di did a fantastic job fighting off the midges on the morning of our wedding decorating it. It looked like something out of a fairytale and really completed the setting. We did most of the other décor oursleves with a bit of help from friends and family. We named our tables after Scottish craft gins and had empty bottles with fairy lights inside on the tables, so we had a bit of help drinking all that gin leading up to the big day.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Ailsa was very much in charge of picking a photographer, after pouring over Instagram for hours we got in touch with Sequoia at Mirrorbox, they capture the atmosphere of the day so naturally, and they had shot weddings at Lunga before so knew all the good spots. We had 2 photographers for the whole day and we were very happy with the end result.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST FUN PART FOR YOU?
The most important part for me was to make the wedding not just an afternoon, but the whole weekend. People travelled a long way to be there and I really wanted to have the chance to catch up with friends and family and spend time with everyone without rushing around stressed. I am so glad we did that, most people came to Lunga on the Friday and we all shared a lovely dinner, drinks and a beautiful sunset over the marina at the local pub. People stayed in cottages dotted around the estate and many of our guests stayed longer and took their dogs! We wanted that exact kind of relaxed atmosphere. We both had a brilliant wedding day from start to finish, we’ve never laughed so much.
Edwina at Rosewood Cakes did our cake. We are both vegan and wanted to have an all vegan wedding without people necessarily knowing! Edwina’s vegan cakes were gorgeous and she really puts a lot of thought into the different flavor combinations, especially ones that can be vegan-ised. We had a 3 tier semi-naked design with flowers and foliage provided by Di. We went with sticky toffee sponge with salted caramel buttercream on the bottom, hazelnut sponge with Frangelico raspberry buttercream and raspberry jam in the middle and lemon sponge with lemon buttercream and syrup for the top tier. We still have some in the freezer!
Our good friend Yvette and her partner Andy played violas for the ceremony, including playing us out to the Jurassic Park theme. Yvette founded Rosewood String Quartet and Andy plays in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. They recommended our ceilidh band, DLÙ, who were a relatively new band but had won lots of praise locally and a few awards, they didn’t disappoint!
WOULD YOU HAVE ANY PIECE OF ADVICE FOR COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?
As hard as it may be… go with the flow, both when planning and on the day, the tiny details will sort themselves out and it isn’t what you’ll remember when you look back.
Venue: Lunga House
Celebrant: Lorna Wilson, from Argyll and Bute Council Photography: Sequoia, Mirrorbox PhotographyDress 1: French Connection
Dress 2: ASOS
Hair and make up: did ourselves
Flowers: Di at Myrtle and Bracken Decorations: DIY
Wedding website: Honeyfund
Cake: Edwina at Rosewood Cakes Music: DLÙ and Rosewood String Quartet (Yvette) Wedding rings: Fraser Hart