Miriam and John’s Scottish 1920’s wildflower inspired wedding with beaded gown, bee-friendly blooms and ceilidh
Samantha / 8 February 2015
1920s Wildflower inspired wedding
So excited to share today’s wedding with you as our gorgeous TNWC Real Bride Miriam is now a Mrs and has all the wonderful details to finally share with us from her 1920’s Scottish inspired big day!
If like me you have been following Miriam and John’s planning story then you too must be dying to see all the little snippets of information they have provided perfectly amalgamated into one big day of gorgeousness and it really doesn’t disappoint! Miriam wears a beautiful Jenny Packham gown, the perfect nod to the 1920’s era that they wanted to reflect, then of course there are kilts, bagpipes and ceilidh dancing plus the most divine bee-friendly british blooms by TNWC recommended supplier Pyrus and smiles a plenty!
Miriam has written a beautiful rendition of her day so it is only fair to now pass over to her to indulge you lovely lot.
‘What a magical day!
How time flies when you are newlyweds setting up home! It has been almost four months since our wedding day, so about time for me to write this blog. I have been so lucky to meet or contact so many wonderful suppliers, the whole experience of wedding planning and enjoying the day has been absolutely wonderful. So a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made our day so special.’
‘From the moment we woke up the air was crackling with fun and excitement. Most guests arrived the night before, and we had time to relax and enjoy some drinks and a lovely BBQ put on by Dryburgh Abbey Hotel while playing around with some lawn games – our favourite was Tug Of War! I finished the night in one of the suites with my bridesmaids, where we all cosied up sleepover-style.
If at all possible I would highly recommend this quality time spent with guests before the big celebration sets off, especially if your friends and family are spread far and wide like ours are – I know everyone appreciated the extra time catching up.’
‘We woke up to bucks fizz and sunshine! The excitement built up for us as we had various visitors popping by – my mum (to open the champers), our lovely florists Pyrus bearing the most exquisite bouquets and hair flowers, Jane Norman our wonderful Registrar, and our fabulous photographer Zoe.’
‘I gave the bridesmaids their “thank you” present – beautiful unique hair slides by Rosie Weisencrantz to match my own, which they all adorned for the day. It is really important to make time for your bridesmaids and let them know how grateful you are to them for all their help, the perfect time for a personalised gift.
I enjoyed that time with my bridesmaids so much, each tiny moment – putting on my veil and practicing lifting it over my head, stepping out into the room for the very first time as “the bride”, doing each other’s hair and makeup – the girls really made me feel like a princess!’
Miriam wanted a dress that gave a nod to the 1920’s era, as she explained in a previous post, but didn’t want any part of the day including the styling to look like fancy dress. Her dress fitted the bill (and her fantastic figure) perfectly,
‘My dress was Jenny Packham’s Eden in Platinum – I really think the most beautifully designed dress I have ever seen. The gold sparkles and 1920s shape suited me perfectly, especially with a sheer cathedral-length veil (which made me feel like Batman with a cape).’
‘This was actually the first dress I tried on and from the first shop – but it is no surprise as the ladies at Sam Cox were by far the most genuine, lovely, helpful, enthusiastic supplies I met in my extensive country-wide search for a dress.’
‘I plumped for false lashes and beautiful golden nails from The Attic Tanning Studio, a treat I can’t normally indulge in – not very practical for surgery or working with animals!’
‘I paired the dress with beautiful bird-cage earrings gifted from my sister a few years ago, light blue shoes with golden dragon motif by Mandarina, and borrowed a gorgeous bracelet from my bridesmaid Anna. Rosie Weizencrantz had kindly sent me a silver sixpence along with my incredible hair slide, so I had the full set of old, new, borrowed, blue and silver sixpence!’
‘The bridesmaids were in stunning dresses by Nancy Mac – incredibly their lace pattern looked as if it was designed to match the gold beading on my Eden dress. They were sourced online from Not on the Highstreet; if you are struggling to find a bridesmaid dress I would highly recommend looking at online retailers as we found it a challenge to find a dress that would suit three ladies of completely different shapes, sizes and colouring – but this one was perfect. None of us were a fan of the traditional bridesmaid dresses and we wanted something original, beautiful and not too expensive. I think they all looked stunning!’
Miriam really made the most of taking in every single moment of her big day right from the start,
‘Fully prepared, all the incredible special moments came flooding one after another: descending the stairs to meet my daddy, looking so handsome and proud with a tear in his eye; gathering ourselves emotionally (and trying to restrain the veil!) at the front of the hotel to walk through the gorgeous tree-lined pathway to Dryburgh Abbey its self; meeting Kieran, our fabulous piper, to guide our journey to the abbey entrance.’
‘Of course the most magical moment of all was walking up the aisle, spurred on by the beaming faces of all our family and friends towards my husband-to-be; and ‘that look’ on John’s face when he turned and saw his wife-to-be (me!!). That moment is far more magical than you could ever imagine, even Hollywood hasn’t captured the mix of excitement, love and joy that washes over you. I want to bottle that feeling and keep it always!’
‘Our ceremony was light-hearted and fun – I don’t think I’ve been to a wedding with more laughter and smiles (although I could be biased). We sang Wild Mountain Thyme accompanied by a Clarsach (Scottish harp), John somehow managed to turn “till death do us part” into a comedy sketch, and we ended with a traditional Scottish Toast, hand fasting and register signing.’
‘Our 1920s-fan shaped orders of service from Eagle Eyed Bride came in handy, as the day turned into a scorcher. It seemed like a dream world, the floral arrangements from Pyrus encouraging butterflies to flutter amongst us and join our celebration.’
‘After the ceremony we all enjoyed some Champagne and nibbles in the grounds and Zoe took the obligatory photos – the fun theme continued with plenty of playing around, especially from John’s merry band of groomsmen.’
‘We managed to get a few moments alone – essential to factor in on the day – and spent some quiet time with Zoe to get some “couple photos”.’
A great piece of advice from Miriam, as your day can go by so quickly, going off to get couple photos can be a great way to step back and take in everything together and really enjoy the moment as just the two of you.
‘Before re-joining the party John used the tradition Scottish method of re-energising – Iron Bru!’
‘We all made our way back to Dryburgh Abbey Hotel to our 1920s-Scottish-wildflower haven to enjoy some truly incredible food and some traditionally heartfelt/comic speeches.’
‘The candles from St Eval Candle Co mingled with the wildflowers and lavender scents; place cards by Eagle Eyed Bride tied up the 1920s theme and matched my birdcage earrings; and the beautiful lace from Lancaster and Cornish around the bargain-hunted silver teapots added a gorgeous softness to the tables.’
Miriam made all the fantastic tartan bunting herself which you can read about here.
‘My sister sat on the end of the top table next to her amazing wedding cake and received the appropriate volume of compliments for her fabulous creation.’
‘After the wedding breakfast everyone needed a cool down so we retired to the grounds for some more games & confetti throwing. My semi-feral school friends (including bridesmaid Catherine) showed their true colours by going for a wild swim in the river Tweed – can’t take Cumbrians anywhere!’
‘We finished the night with cake cutting, a funky first dance to George Michael’s “Faith”, and a fabulous Scots Night put on by father-of-the-groom.’
‘John’s dad is a piping teacher and he and Kieran put on an amazing display of piping, intermingled with ceilidh dances and even dressing some of the English boys in some traditional Scots garb.’
‘We were especially touched that he had written a song especially for us, a beautiful surprise for the end of our evening. Ceilidhs are fab because everyone is dancing and smiling and absolutely knackered by the end!’
‘The disco continued well into the evening, with plenty of twerking, gang-naming, some old-school “5,6,7,8…”ing and an unforgettable rendition of “wrecking ball”. Safe to say, the day was better than I could have ever imagined!’
‘Special thank yous have to go to Zoe, who was an absolute dream to work with and produced all of these stunning images for us to treasure for ever; Julie and all the team at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel who were so accommodating and made everything so easy and positive; and Pyrus who surpassed all expectations with their incredible array of floral arrangements. My magical bouquet, the exquisite button-holes, jam-jars lining the aisle, the larger arrangements for our signing table, the stunning wildflowers for our tables and more really made our day and were enjoyed for a long time after by our mothers who took as many filled teapots home as you could squeeze into a car. It was an unforgettable day and the perfect start to our married life together!’
Such a gorgeous fun-filled day! You guys sure know how to through a party and what a wonderful celebration of the love you have for one another! Thank you so much to Miriam and John for sharing their whole experience with us from engagement to their big day, it has been such a pleasure to be part of the process with you.
If any of you missed out on Miriam’s posts, where she share’s all the details behind their love story, theme and decor ideas you can catch up on it all here.
And don’t forget, if like Miriam, you fancy sharing your big day and all your planning with us we are on the search for our next TNWC Real Brides. Check out the requirements and get in touch, we would love to hear from you!
Photography: Photos by Zoe
Flowers: Pyrus (TNWC Recommended Supplier)
Ceremony Venue: Dryburgh Abbey
Reception Venue: Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Dress: Jenny Packham from Sam Cox Bridalwear
Brides Shoes: Mandarina
Bridemaid Dresses: Nancy Mac
Hair Slides: Rosie Weisencrantz
Wedding Stationary: Eagle Eyed Bride
Candles: St Eval Candle Co
Lace: Lancaster and Cornish
Categories: Real Weddings
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