Tue 15th Mar, 2011
Wasn't part one of Caroline and Stuart's wedding just gorgeous? Well, you won't be disappointed today, as I can share their wedding breakfast with you. Full of style, colour and beautiful details.
Hopetoun is one incredible venue and a venue like this, needs equally incredible flowers. Planet Flowers created spectacular, sculptural arrangements, and gorgeous smaller ones in silver vessels generously placed on all the tables. Caroline and Stuart had such confidence in the creativeness of Gemma and the team at Planet Flowers, that they gave them a fairly open brief...
"Luci from Hopetoun House strongly recommended Planet Flowers due to the scale of the venue and when we looked at samples of their work we could immediately tell why! We wanted to create an elegant but up to date impactful look using flowers that were a little different to the norm… although that’s about as specific as we got! Fortunately for us Gemma from Planet Flowers worked her creative wonders and delivered beyond our expectations! I was in awe of every creation and we received numerous compliments on Planet’s behalf. The stables where the ceremony took place were warm and cosy with lots of candles and just a splattering of colour. The Ballroom was the piece de resistance! Ben, the catering manager asked if we wanted a sneak peak before our guests were shown in but we declined to get the full effect and it was well worth it. Gemma and Bethan were so down to earth and we put our full trust in them which paid off!"
I have a surprise additional post featuring Caroline and Stuart coming soon... Which also includes some great planning advice from Caroline herself.
The Ebury Collection wedding blog. Photography copyright 2011 Blue Sky Photography
"Our stationary was navy blue, as was our cake in the same design as our invites and mum and I haggled hard in china town for pink and navy pashminas for the ladies favours!"
"Our venue and flowers were so powerful, we didn’t feel the need to add much, however we added smaller touches to make the day more unique and personal to us. For example:
*We had framed photographs of us as children scattered around the Tapestry room where we had our drinks reception for everyone to laugh at;
*We had custom distressed signs made by The Back Porch Shoppe, an artist in the US and shipped over the the UK. Sounds like an extravagance but the price was reasonable for the signs and the shipping and we just couldn’t find anything we liked as much online in the UK.
*Our baker custom designed our cake to incorporate the design of our invitations.
*We spent a long time looking for a New York themed table plan with no joy so Stu found a great map he wanted to use and we had one made by Conrad Design."
"Music was a big deal for us, hence the 4 sets of musicians! We were looking for traditional elements but also wanted the feel to be relaxed and conducive to everyone getting up and having a go! The dance floor was literally carnage when the ceilidh started but the atmosphere was electric - just how we wished it would be with everyone giving it a shot and laughing their way through!"
"We called The Entertainment Agency and actually didn’t listen to any of our musicians in person before booking them (in fact we didn’t hear anything live until our big day due to the distance), but Douglas helped us by playing samples down the phone! We definitely wanted a piper for the eerie grandeur of the occasion and we also surprised ourselves by discovering we actually liked a lot of classical pieces when we were searching the internet for inspiration so we opted for a String Quartet for the ceremony and drinks reception who would play a mix of classical and modern tunes. We were also very keen to secure a ceilidh band as even for those who have never done it before it’s just so much fun and we knew our friends would be game for a laugh to try it out! We also booked a DJ to accompany the band so we could boogie later into the evening (and to give us all a rest from the high jinx of the celidh dancing!).
We didn’t have any other entertainment as we really hoped to create an environment where new and old friends could mingle and get to know one another over good food, a few drinks and lots of dancing."
"We also adored the day after the wedding – a lot of our guests had made a weekend of it in Edinburgh which is great but we wanted a little us time the day after to just relax and rejuvenate, it’s amazing how tiring all that excitement can be! Stu and I checked out of the hotel where our guests were staying and moved to the city centre to The Balmoral for the night before we flew out on honeymoon the next day. It was sheer bliss! We checked in and actually just spent the afternoon chilling out and took a nap as we were both exhausted! Then we had a delightfully low key dinner in the restaurant followed by a couple of drinks in their bar before calling it a night for our early start the next day."
SUPPLIER INFO (UK)
Flowers: Planet Flowers
Photographer: Blue Sky Photography
Wedding film: Cherry Tree Films
Caterers: Heritage Portfolio
Groom’s suit: Moss Bros – kilt hire
Transport: Ecosse Classic Cars
Cake: MHOR Bread
Hair and Make-up: Christine Forster & team
Music: All arranged by the Doug at the Entertainment Agency Piper - Pipe Major Walter Anderson; The Frick String Quartet; The Rerr Terr Ceilidh Band; Soul2Soul Disco
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
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