The gorgeous festival inspired wedding of Jasmin & Will took place on 6th July 2013, and the images were captured by Michael Carver Photography. I’m chuffed to share their gorgeous celebration on Dotty Vintage Weddings…
This description is taken from our actual wedding ceremony, where we shared our story with all of our guests. “Will and Jasmin met in a bar in Inverness. This is strange for two reasons; William does not tend to go out drinking often and Jasmin has usually had too many wines to be able communicate effectively. But it must have been fate – as communicate they did. After a few cheeky dates, William used Jasmin’s weakness of crying to his advantage and showed her the film ‘The Notebook’. She cried – result! Now at her most vulnerable, he could swoop in and ask, “Will you be my girlfriend?”
She said yes. And the rest, as they say, is history.”
When did you get engaged?
We got engaged 8th June 2012 – we were taking a trip to Glasgow that weekend and Will had it all planned out to propose somewhere scenic on a stop off on the A9. Unfortunately, Will then broke his ankle playing football earlier in the week – doing a celebratory back flip no less – so he was in the bad books with me for showing off, and had of course scuppered his own romantic plans…
I returned home that Friday from work, shattered and irritated that I would have to do the 4 hour drive south myself. I was busy moaning about this and the state of the house – of course he couldn’t do the housework with a broken ankle… – and I guess he got fed up listening to me. I turned round to find him perched on his plaster cast offering a ring – rant over, tears flowing! It was a wonderful surprise and he had chosen the most beautiful vintage style ring by himself – even without the romantic scenery, it was a perfect proposal!
How did you approach wedding planning? What did you hope to achieve?
It took a LONG time for us to agree on the type of wedding we wanted – Will had always imagined a huge traditional affair but that just wasn’t me, or us really. We compromised on a huge guest list but a relaxed style – no frills, no fuss, just friends, food, music and fun!
Did you have a theme in mind for your special day?
Overall, our theme was ‘music festival’. Will and I were both brought up on music and it is still such a huge part of our lives – we both play music and enjoy gigs and festivals. So it was important to us – and our families – that this was a huge feature of our wedding also. At the same time, I wanted a bit of vintage in there, which is my second passion. I knew I wanted a vintage dress so wanted to throw in a few extra vintage details to tie it all together. It sounds a bit of a funny mix, but I think it really worked!
As I said, we wanted a relaxed, informal day so the festival theme really worked for us. All of the guests arrived from 5pm so they could all enjoy our ‘all you can eat’ BBQ, the live music running throughout the day and lots of dancing!
What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?
Have the wedding that YOU want – not the wedding everyone else wants you to have. Ask yourself what is important in your lives together and implement that into the day. If the standard traditions don’t feel right for you, then don’t do them, or at least have a ‘you’ version of them. Ultimately, the day is about celebrating the love between two specific people and we should do that the way they choose to do it! It is difficult when lots of people don’t understand your choices but it is SO worth it, honestly!
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue : The Black Isle Brewery, Munlochy, Inverness
Catering : The Storehouse : We regularly visit the restaurant and the food is delicious. Quintin and Michelle really understood the relaxed, informal atmosphere we were trying to create but had some incredible ideas for making it just that little bit more classy – like the ice table displaying all the fresh produce before putting it on the BBQ, and the addition of a seafood BBQ – even producing swordfish and lobster on the day !They managed the wedding/festival crossover perfectly! The feedback from our guests has been incredible – the food was definitely a highlight for all. I just wish I’d actually got the chance to sit down and enjoy a plateful myself! What we did find on the day was that getting rid of a formal seating plan created an amazing sense of community and togetherness – everyone was forced to mingle and had the opportunity to chat to lots of different people. It was really wonderful to see.
Photographer : Michael Carver Photography and his friend Donald Maclaren who also helped.
Wedding Dress : I chose an original 1950’s vintage dress from Dragonfly Dress Design in Glasgow : Lisa Cochrane was super helpful and I would highly recommend her! ()
Bride Accessories & Shoes : My vintage style shoes were from Rachel Simpson though I slipped into some pearlescent ‘Wedding Wellies’ later on! My jewellery (gold pearl bracelet) was borrowed from my mum. My earrings were a gift from William on the morning of the wedding – matching my engagement ring – from Ernest Jones Jewellers.
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories & Shoes : Dresses from Lipsy, Accessories & Shoes : The girls all chose their own so it would reflect their own styles; Miss Selfridge, Schuh, Tesco and Primark!
Groom’s Attire & Accessories & Shoes : Will, although born in Chester, has lived in Scotland for 22 years and LOVES wearing a kilt. He didn’t want tartan but a plain fabric in light grey which was impossible to find. About to give up, we eventually found an ex-hire kilt (in great condition) in the perfect colour, hidden at the back of Scotkilt. It was a bargain £100 to buy and he just had the waistcoat to match tailor made by the shop owner. In keeping with our relaxed day, Will choose to wear his shirt open neck, with the sleeves rolled up. I LOVED this look – he looked rugged and laid back, which was perfectly in keeping not only with our wedding style, but his own personal style too! Will had all the traditional kilt accessories – sporran, kilt pin and sgian dbuh (knife). His sporran was a very unusual black patent one that he bought from Scot Kilt. Luckily we also managed to find the same ones on Ebay for the groomsmen too – there were only 4 left…perfect and oh so lucky! He chose his own ‘rustic’ button holes for him and his grooms men to wear from ThePaperGirl on Etsy.
Groom’s Party Attire : With Will’s kilt being a one-off find, we couldn’t get an exact match for the grooms men, which would normally be the tradition. We hunted everywhere for something similar but there was nothing we could hire. Having said that, I think the contrast of the boys in dark grey with Will’s light grey was really nice. It meant that Will stood out a bit which is quite nice – after all, it is his day too and shouldn’t really be just about the bride! In the end, we got the groomsmens kilts from Hector Russell in Grey Spirit tartan.
Hair, Make Up & Beauty : I had my hair done by Carly Meldrum at Gorgeous Salon in Inverness. She totally got the relaxed, vintage style that I wanted and she is hilarious! She really kept me calm in the morning with her brilliant stories! I have always done my own make up so felt quite comfortable with the idea of doing it myself. I generally know what I like and what suits me best, and I didn’t want to risk looking too different on the day. My sister Adrienne also studied Make Up Artistry a few years ago so she was able to help me.
Stationery : Our ‘order of the days’ were handmade festival lanyards! I just used luggage tags strung together with fabric neck straps, all sourced on Ebay. I printed off individual pages detailing the order of the day, the musical line up, the delicious beers on offer, the food and even a ‘site map’. There was also a ‘photo challenge’ to amuse the guests with throughout the night that they could share on Instagram the morning after. Half way through, I did ask myself what on earth I had started – making 150 lanyards each with 6 pages took forever! But it was so worth it in the end. I love seeing everyone in the photos wearing their lanyard with pride and it doubled up as a wedding favour for our guests to keep and remember the wedding by!
Venue Décor : SO many contributors! Our venue was literally a blank canvas, it required so much work and it was the décor and little details that really made all the difference! The venue is made up of four different barns and we named each one after some of our favourite musicians; The Biffy Clyro Bar, The Frank Turner Feasting Hall, The Queen Stage and The ELO Aisle – and our first dance was also an ELO song! We made our own chalkboard signs and hung them outside each of the barns. Lighting was a huge focus of the décor. Our best friends Charlotte and Matt own an events company in Sheffield. They have an array of wonderful resources and very kindly packed up as many as they could fit in the car for us to use. They arrived the day before the wedding and did an amazing job setting up spotlights and net lights for us which just transformed the place.
Will’s mum made the bunting herself – all 120m of it! We opted for pastel colours with a mix of plain, polka dot and vintage floral fabrics and I just loved the final product – exactly what I had in mind and not all that expensive to make! We bought white voils from Ikea to wrap through the rafters in the barn where we got married. It literally transformed the venue and made it so much more romantic. We also hung heart shaped hanging baskets filled with pastel coloured flowers all the way down the aisle which looked really pretty. I think this was one of my favourite touches.
Our good friend Debs Humphries spent the whole week before the wedding creating our ‘Powder Room’ – there are no toilets on site so we had portable loos (they are festival chic after all) but we needed somewhere for people to go and get spruced up. Using all her own vintage goodies, she created an amazing space full of mirrors, lights, lampshades, flowers, pictures – it was so quirky and looks amazing in the photos!
For the evening, we lit a bonfire and had Swedish candles dotted around the courtyard – they were spectacular to look at and actually gave off so much heat! They are also excellent for keeping away the Scottish midges!
Other little touches were vintage signs with fun quotes which my mum had collected throughout the year for us. I borrowed lots of vintage suitcases from my good friend Angela Hamilton – she runs Rock My Venue, a wedding and events hire company in the Highlands. We used her vintage trunk to store all the cards and presents in and displayed cases around the venue to add to the vintage feel.
We had an afternoon tea party following the ceremony, where we drank Pimms and Prosecco from vintage tea cups which we had sourced from various charity shops. We hired the tea pots from The Tea Posy at The Greenhouse in Dingwall.
Wedding Cake : Wills’ Auntie made her ‘famous’ carrot cake. In the lead up to the wedding, she must have made at least 3 full size trials all of which we devoured (with a little help from Will’s fellow firemen at the station!) It went down an absolute treat on the day – with one guest even admitting that he had helped himself to six slices! After the ceremony, we opted for cake instead of canapés! My mum had ordered a huge selection of tray bake and sponges from her local garden centre – Sunnyside Nurseries in Ayrshire – and drove them all the way to Inverness.
Wedding Rings : We got our rings from Ernest Jones, as this is where Will got my engagement ring from.
Transportation : We had a vintage Beauford, which my dad organised as a surprise!
Entertainment : No festival is complete without a full musical line up – which our budget just wouldn’t stretch to. Luckily, we have a lot of amazingly talented friends who agreed to play for us throughout the night in an Open Mic session. Feeling obliged, Will & I signed up too – although we didn’t perform together! I sang one of his favourite ‘guilty pleasures’ – Erasure, ‘A Little Respect’ – and he dedicated James Taylor, ‘Something In The Way She Moves’ to me. A highlight was our friends Gavin and Michael who actually WROTE a song/rap for us. It was brilliant and funny and a really special touch. Another surprise addition to the line up was Will’s ‘2nd Best Man’/Master of Ceremonies, Cameron, who did a rendition of ‘Say A Little Prayer’, just like the scene in the film ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’.
Our headline band were ‘The Mystic Shoes‘. One of Will’s closest friends, Fergus, plays in the band and we have seen them a hundred times without ever getting bored! Every single guest literally danced the night away – they are amazing!
Before the wedding I collected video messages from our friends who couldn’t make it on the day to play to everyone. I had even managed to get in touch with Will’s favourite musician, Frank Turner, who very kindly sent us a personal message. It was a huge surprise for Will who totally loved it – despite half the guests asking who Frank Turner was, his music means a lot to us and it was really special to have this!
Other ‘entertainment’ was our giant jenga, provided by our friends Charlotte and Matt at Steel City Promotions which proved to be lots of fun.
We had a photo booth of sorts – I made all the props myself with some help from the girls, and Will’s dad made us big wooden frames to use. I made a ‘Meet the Maids, Ushers and Families’ board with fun facts about them all which was a nice surprise for them! And I also created a photographic display of how we put the wedding together from start to finish.
Florist : We asked Will’s mum to do our flowers. I knew I didn’t want anything too fancy – it had to fit with the rustic barn venue – so asked for lots of Gypsophila which is simple but pretty, and gave her the brief of ‘wild’ for the rest. She ordered a few flowers from Triangle Nursery wholesale market who she said were extremely helpful. They were really great quality, lasting way beyond the wedding day. Will’s mum picked the rest from her garden. Some of her neighbours also let her go snooping in their gardens for clippings. She displayed them in jam jars with ribbon tied around them. Our bouquets were just Gypsophila, which I tied with ribbon and strings of pearls just before we left for the wedding! I loved the simplicity of the bouquets and again, we had many compliments.