Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Culcreuch Castle Hotel Wedding with Natural Styling

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Today’s feature is a fairytale wedding at a Scottish castle, and it’s simply stunning! Maureen spent the run-up to her wedding on crutches (having broken her ankle during a fitness bootcamp), not knowing if she would be able to even walk down the aisle cast-free… But of course she did – no fairytale wedding ends with a bride on crutches! Maureen was also able to wear a fabulous pair of blue shoes to glide down the aisle in. They looked perfect with her beautiful bespoke wedding dress.

Maureen and Pieter’s natural wedding styling really suited the surroundings of their spectacular Scottish wedding, with thistles and tartan of course featuring. Something else that ‘features’ is a really cool Lego cake topper… so cute!

Huge thanks to Andy Thomas Photography for sharing the amazing pictures of this fabulous wedding.

Bride and groom in grounds of Culcreach Castle Hotel

Good in a Crisis

“Maureen and I met in a bar in west London back on February 13th 2014. It seems we both had the same idea that being single on Valentine’s Day is a bit rubbish, so decided to head out and see if we liked the look of anyone!

“Now no one ever believes me, but Maureen actually took the initiative and chatted me up. I was at the bar with a friend when she leant over and said “you look like a man who is good in a crisis – I’ve got no idea what to drink!”

“I proposed to Maureen on March 4th 2016, by the side of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, as the sun was setting. Little did we know that James Matthews would propose in the same place to Pippa Middleton only a few months later.”

Culcreach Castle Hotel

Scottish flag on Culcreach Castle Hotel

Culcreach Castle Hotel grounds

Thistle buttonhole

Groom adjusting tie in mirror

Groomsmen getting ready for wedding

Groomsmen standing in a line

Man sitting on bench before wedding

Bridal party

Bride with father and grandfather

Inside St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Mural in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Ceiling of St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Scottish sword

“Maureen knew exactly what style of dress she wanted but couldn’t find it during months of dress shopping. She uses a local seamstress occasionally to make skirts for work so decided she would have a go at designing her own dress so she had something very personal to her and unique in its style.”

Bride walking with bridesmaids to church

Church organ player

Groom waiting at altar

Bridesmaid walking down the aisle

Groom looking over shoulder to see bride walk down the aisle

Father walking bride down the aisle at St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Bride walking down the aisle with father

Bride and groom at altar

Priest of St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Women taking candles to front of church

Wedding reading

Bride and groom sitting during wedding ceremony

Bridesmaids in church

Bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony at St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Bride and groom lighting candles in church

Bride and groom kiss

Wedding ceremony in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Bridal party in line in St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Bride and groom leaving wedding ceremony

Bride and groom standing in Scottish countryside

Relief and Happiness

“Our memories of the day are very much linked to our memories of the entire build-up to the wedding. While taking part in a military fitness class in January, Maureen broke her ankle in two places, requiring surgery with screws and a metal plate put into her ankle. On crutches and in plaster for six weeks before moving to crutches and a boot, Maureen only began moving without crutches in May, one month before the wedding. Needless to say it took intensive physio so Maureen could walk down the aisle, and some good flat shoes to complete the first dance!

“This dominated the whole build up to the wedding day, so the relief and happiness we felt that it didn’t end up affecting the day was amazing. Oh, and the Scottish weather turned from rainy to glorious sunshine on the day – so lucky!”

Bride and groom kissing in Scottish countryside

Bride and groom standing in Scottish countryside

Bride and groom with ice creams

Ice cream van

Bridesmaids in white dresses

Wedding guest pointing at camera

Red tartan trousers

Bridal party in grounds of Culcreach Castle Hotel

Man in kilt sitting on bench at wedding


Galbraith Hall at Culcreach Castle Hotel

Wedding seating plan

Table styling at Culcreach Castle Hotel wedding

Wedding place setting


Wedding favour

Candle on wedding table

Wedding guest book

Natural Styling

“Our wedding reception took place at Culcreuch Castle Hotel. We wanted very natural wedding styling to suit the aesthetic of an old Scottish castle. With that in mind we chose wild flowers as the bouquets and eucalyptus on the tables. We then had several candles across the tables and the venue to remove any overhead lighting and make it feel more atmospheric. Lanterns outside the venue, draped white lighting on the back of the dance floor, and festoon lighting in the courtyard brought the venue to life.

“For the evening entertainment we started with my brother and one of my best friends singing a duet (they’ve both played in bands), and then we had a traditional Scottish Ceilidh Band. Even Maureen’s 90 year old grandfather danced!”

Wedding cake with fresh berries

Wedding cake with fresh berries

Child with wedding activity book

Wedding announcement

Bride and groom smiling

Father of the bride speech

Bride smiling

Groom speech

Best man speech

Photograph of groom as young boy

Bride and groom laughing at speech

Wedding speech

Wedding toast

Lego bride and groom

Bride's bouquet on grass

Bride and groom on swing

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom walking in Wedding cake with fresh berries grounds

Groom with bride with her hand on her hip

Bride and groom kissing

Thistle buttonhole on groom's jacket

Advice to Other Couples

“Don’t get bullied by suppliers into dressing your venue the way they want. Stick to your guns and your own vision. We had to find someone different to help us dress the venue only a month before the wedding as the previous person had agreed with our thoughts then totally ignored us when we saw the final idea.

“Also, book your photographer really early. We booked ours six months out, and even then there were a couple who were already booked. The same, of course, goes for the venue!

“Finally, relax and enjoy the day, and find some time to spend just with each other. We grabbed a glass of champagne together for 20 minutes on the day, out of the way of everyone else. It was such a lovely way to listen to each other and talk about how great the day had been whilst we were still living it.”

Bride's ponytail hairstyle

Bride looking over her shoulder

Bride and groom walking towards woodland

Wedding guest book and card box

Wedding cake with lego bride and groom

Bride and groom cutting wedding cake with sword

Wedding first dance

Bride and groom's feet on dance floor

Bride and groom dancing


Dancing at wedding

Wedding singer

Guests dancing at wedding

Ceilidh band at wedding

Bride and groom smiling

Photographer: Andy Thomas Photography

Ceremony Venue: St Aloysius Church, Glasgow

Reception Venue and Catering: Culcreuch Castle Hotel, Fintry, Scotland

Wedding Dress: Designed by the Bride with Her Own Seamstress

Shoes: Bride’s Own

Suits: Hawes and Curtis

Bridesmaid Dresses: Reiss

Flowers: Quidest of Hyndland, Glasgow

Cake: Three Sister’s Bake

Entertainment: Ceilidh Band, Jamie Smith

Styling Details and Finishing Touches: Make Believe Events

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Picture of the Day – Andrea Kuehnis Photography

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Bride and groom standing amongst flowers in hazy sunshine - Picture by Andrea Kuehnis Photography

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Special Offer for Weddings at Clearwell Castle in 2017/18

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If you’re dreaming of a fairytale castle wedding but think it may not be possible, it is! It really is!

Clearwell Castle is a premier wedding venue in Gloucestershire, and the winner of the British Wedding Awards ‘Best Wedding Venue’ in 2016 and 2017. Set within the stunning Forest of Dean, Clearwell Castle provides the perfect fairytale setting for your wedding day.

Clearwell Castle Exterior

Clearwell Castle offers its house and grounds exclusively to you for your wedding day. Imagine walking down the 75ft aisle surrounded by beautiful leaded glass windows; it’s a unique and serene setting that’s usually only found in churches.

Special Offer

Make your dreams come true with this amazing wedding special offer at Clearwell Castle. All remaining dates until 28th February 2018 are now available from just £5,500 for 60 guests, with an extra 40 evening-only guests completely free of charge.

Clearwell Castle Ballroom Wedding Ceremony

The offer includes:

  • Exclusive use of your very own castle from midday
  • A choice of cocktails and classic welcome drinks for after your ceremony (60 glasses)
  • Canap├ęs to accompany your welcome drinks
  • Chair covers with your choice of sash colour for your ceremony and wedding breakfast
  • Three course sit down meal (menu of your choice) with tea, coffee and handmade petit fours
  • House wine to accompany your meal (1/2 bottle per guest)
  • Sparkling wine to toast the bride and groom during the speeches (60 glasses)
  • Evening buffet of your choice
  • DJ and disco playing until midnight
  • House floral decorations throughout the venue
  • Your own dedicated Personal Wedding Manager and team of staff to help plan and oversee the smooth running of your wedding day
  • All non-consumables including furnishings, table linen, crockery etc.
  • Full bar facilities

This fantastic offer is available on a first come first served basis, so contact Clearwell Castle today so you don’t miss out.

Clearwell Castle View

Visit Clearwell Castle

Clearwell Castle is holding a viewing evening where you can go and see this incredible venue in all its glory. Taking place on Tuesday 1st August 2017, viewings are by appointment only. Couples need to contact Emma on 01594 832320 or at for an appointment.

Visit for more information.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Picture of the Day – Vickerstaff Photography

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Bride sitting near 'Mrs Rock' illuminated letters - Picture by Vickerstaff Photography

Image © Vickerstaff Photography



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Getting to Know – Beverley Edmondson Millinery

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Beverley Edmondson

Company Name: Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Interview with: Beverley Edmondson

Location: Farnham, Surrey

How did Beverley Edmondson Millinery start and how long has the business been going?

Whilst at school I did work experience at Angels, the theatrical costumiers, assigned to the millinery department. It all started from there. I also did work experience with Bruce Oldfield couture, but found I was more drawn to millinery in the end. I then trained as a milliner at Kensington and Chelsea College of Fashion, but I am still always learning new techniques.

The business has now been going for ten years, with a high street shop for the past seven years. I started the business from market stalls and holding consultations in my father’s spare bedroom initially.

Large White Disc Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Who works at Beverley Edmondson Millinery and what are your roles?

We are a small team. We have several staff who work on the shop floor who can advise our customers about styles and colours. Another member mainly concentrates on any alterations required plus helping me with the making of the hats. It is just myself who designs the hats for our collections, or 1-2-1 with the customer for bespoke pieces. Another member purely concentrates on our online presence.

Lace Ruffle Headpiece by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

What wedding accessories do you offer?

We often say to our customers, “you bring the dress and we can do the rest”. Alongside our hats and fascinators, which are available either by bespoke millinery services or pret-a-porter, we also have a large range of clutch bags, pashminas, bridal hair accessories, corsages, a rainbow selection of ties and pocket squares, and even shoes and bags which we can dye to any shade required. We can accessorise everyone – bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and mother of the bride and wedding guests.

Do you design and make each of the pieces?

All the millinery, hats and fascinators, yes, I do – with the help of my wonderful team.

Beverley Edmondson at Work

Where do you get the inspiration for your pieces?

Oh, in lots of places. I can be out and about and see the shape of a flower or a pleat in a dress, and it can inspire me for a whole design. Even materials in their raw form can inspire me.

Refined Cream Disc Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Where can people purchase your beautiful hats and headpieces?

From our boutique at 27a The Borough in Farnham, Surrey. We have just moved from a smaller boutique next door into a lovely spacious shop right in the middle of the town.

We also offer 1-2-1 Skype consultations, so even if you are unable to make it to our store you still receive the same 1-2-1 service. Hats are so personal; you have to get to know the person to understand what to design for them.

Beverley Edmondson Millinery Store Sign

How does your bespoke service work? What are the steps involved?

Our bespoke service is the majority of the work we do. This can vary enormously but we ask our customers to allow six to eight weeks. If I am making a bespoke hat for a client then the initial consultation and design process takes about an hour. We invite the client to the store with their outfit, where they have exclusive use of our fitting and consultation area. I then source the various materials from our suppliers, and when they arrive I can then start creating the headpiece. Many pieces will require blocking which then needs drying time. Once blocked, I then create the trims as per our client’s requirements. Once finished, we invite the client back into store to try their piece on, have it fitted and make any adjustments, if required.

Beverley Edmondson Stitching

What sets Beverley Edmondson Millinery apart from other millinery companies?

Our in-store experience which our clients love, in such a relaxing beautiful environment. So many of our clients come to us from personal recommendations, for the personal approach that we have towards each client.

We offer a personal service which not only includes the bespoke design of a hat or a headpiece, but also wraps, clutch bags and jewellery, and an extensive range of stylish shoes and bags which we can dye to any shade or colour. We really do offer everything but the dress.

The range of hats and fascinators we have available to purchase off the shelf or take as inspiration for bespoke designs is unrivalled within the south east. Clients can book personal design appointments or walk in and experience our products and services straight off the street in passing.

Pink Wide Brim Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

We get to know our clients in other ways, by offering millinery workshops, teaching traditional millinery techniques and offering fascinator making hen parties

We have also been nominated for, and won, many national awards, including currently being the Wedding Industry Awards Accessory Designer of the Year, nominated for niche fashion retailer of the year for the last two years running, and have just been shortlisted as a finalist for Drapers Accessory Brand of the Year. They have all come about from stringent application processes and client testimonials and feedback.

More personally, I now mentor other creatives starting out in handmade businesses, as here is very little content on how to make a living from your creativity. It is incredibly rewarding.

Describe Beverley Edmondson Millinery in three words.

Personalised. Creative. Eye-catching.

Blush Pink Boater Style Hat by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

What’s your favourite piece that Beverley Edmondson Millinery produces?

Oh, so many! As each piece we create is an individual design, my favourites can change from week to week. Currently I love the headpiece that I made for myself for Royal Ascot.

Random question… If you could make a hat for anyone, who would it be and where would they wear it?

Probably the Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. They haven’t always got their styling right in the past, so I would love to work with them to help them refine and define their style.

Laced Veil Headpiece by Beverley Edmondson Millinery

Where can I find out more about Beverley Edmondson Millinery?

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