Katie and Mark’s Intimate Scotland Wedding
"I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close."
-Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
Finally, we are able to share the beautiful story of Katie and Mark's Scotland wedding. Together with one of the most talented film photographers around, Laura Gordon, editor Sara coordinated and planned this incredibly intimate affair. From the epic (and in the true sense of the word 'epic'...) views of Dunnottar Castle to the moody and misty rain that only added to the romance, everything was absolutely from a storybook. Be sure to check out Katie and Mark's engagement story here...
From the bride, Katie: "Mark & I met in a completely random manner while we were living a world apart. I was just moving from Virginia to California and Mark was in London for a holiday but living in Perth, Western Australia. Once introduced (via facebook) we took to chatting all hours of the day away and spent hours on Skype. Within a week, we just knew. I flew to London a month after we were introduced and the rest is history...we were head over heels for each other and we couldn't deny it. After a very international romance, we got engaged in Margaret River, Australia and the wedding planning thus commenced.
Being in the industry, I see a lot of weddings and have all kinds of beautiful inspiration constantly in front of me. So when it came time to plan our own wedding, I was nervous about being true to who we were as a couple and being able to portray our unique love and style. We didn't want to fall into 'trends' or worry about what was 'in style' at the moment...we wanted a timeless, genuine, and authentic wedding that perfectly represented Mark & I and our union. Thankfully we had an amazing stylist & planner who helped us find our own voice and create a wedding that was truly us. That stylist just happens to be the brilliant mind behind Wedding Sparrow, Mrs Sara Russell. With her help, we created a mood board that reflected our aesthetic and emotions towards each other and which perfectly highlighted Scotland; the beloved country where we decided to hold the wedding.
Our wedding was infused with who we are, what we are passionate about, our families, and our love. Each detail was brought together for a purpose and to tell our story in a beautiful way. One of my favourite parts of the wedding was our decision to include a traditional Scottish custom into the ceremony; a hand-fastening. Traditionally, this would be done with a scrap of clan tartan to unite the two under the new name...however, Sara proposed we do this with a calligraphed ribbon. We fell in love with this modern twist and knew exactly what to have calligraphed...lyrics from our favourite song, "so please put your sweet hand in mine, and float in space and drift in time" from Spiritualized, Ladies & Gentlemen. My sister tied the ribbon for us during the ceremony and it was a uniquely special moment. Mark's father also read out a poem during the ceremony (sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda) and our brothers signed the marriage register. We had a total of 10 guests to keep it completely intimate and family-centric.
The whole day was perfectly documented by film photographer Laura Gordon and Super 8 by Before Your Eyes Cinema. Mark & I actually caught a bit of luck when choosing our photographer as we amazingly won her coverage in a Wedding Sparrow contest! We couldn't have had a better stroke of luck because it was her genius eye and incredible talent which has now forever immortalised every detail and moment of our day. The video seamlessly compliments the photography and we are so grateful to have had the wedding documented on both mediums.
Our wedding was flawless (not to say that tableware did not arrive, family didn't fight, the weather didn't freeze us all to the core things and things in general didn't go wrong) but to us, it was perfectly imperfect. It is a day that we will always cherish and celebrate."
Photography: Laura Gordon | Planning & Styling: Wedding Sparrow | Gown: Matthew Christopher | Lace Bridal Cover: Harriette Gordon | Kilt: Houston's Own Kiltmakers | Venue: Dunnottar Castle and Banchory Lodge Hotel, Stonehaven, Scotland | Florals: Forage and Fleur | Video: Before Your Eyes | Paper and Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Cake: Fancie Buns | Car: Eagle Vintage Cars, Aberdeen | Vow Book: Wedding Story Writer | Vintage Veil: Taylor Clarke Bridals