Condé Nast House & Garden Executive Editor Laura, and her husband Rory, had an idyllic country marquee wedding, hosted by Laura's parents in their beautiful house in the Scottish Borders. Bride Laura talks us through her bespoke dress and the details that made their wedding truly unforgettable.
We were in the foothills of the Atlas mountains for a few days of walking and relaxing pre-Christmas. We were having a drink on the terrace of our room looking down the valley when Rory proposed. It was so special to come home and have both Christmas and engagement celebrations.
We loved having our wedding list advisor to speak with on a daily basis to ask advice on products for our list. Everyone was SO friendly, knowledgeable and nothing was too much bother. We absolutely love everything on our list and we know we'll use it forever.
We held our wedding at my parents house in the Scottish Borders. We had our ceremony in our local village church, followed by a marquee reception in my parents garden. We wanted the day to be relaxed and surrounded by family and friends. My parents house has a beautiful setting above the river Tweed and we were hoping the weather would be kind so we could have the reception outside overlooking the river (luckily the rain did stop just as everyone arrived at church!)
We chose Bestintent Marquees. They brought my vision to life for a stylish country wedding, with long trestle tables and an amazing canope of fairy lights and a starlit ceiling above our dancefloor. Relying on the Scottish weather is always a risky strategy, so we needed a marquee that we would knew would stand up to the challenge, and that would happily house everyone if it rained.
Lots of flowers, white candles, hessian tablecloths. I wanted lots of soft pastel colours with pinks and blues in the church. My mother was amazing and helped me so much, putting so much thought and effort into every tiny detail.
My godmother Victoria Kostoris did all the flowers for the church and marquee, with the help of my mother and best friend Matilda Carr, who picked local flowers and arranged them in milk bottles. I wanted a soft blousy look with flowers picked from the garden. We had lots of sweet peas which smelt amazing. The colours in the tent were pinks, white and greens and in the church it was all blue and white.
My best friend Clover Wootton is a make up artist based in India and she did my make up on the day. It was so nice having her with me while I got ready.
Fig Food provided particularly amazing Canapes with crab claws, and we loved our ‘cheese’ wedding cake decorated with flowers.
We had free flowing Champagne, wine and espresso martinis served at pudding to get everyone in the mood for dancing.
It was important to us that we had someone that helped us to relax infront of the camera. We also wanted timeless photos. Ditte from First Light was all of the above.
EXCELLENT band - The Fabulous Hurricanes. They had the dancefloor full all night long.
Being married by my Uncle Nicky Lee, and having all our family and friends with us on the day.
Wedding List: The Wedding Present Company
Marquee: Bestintent Marquees
Make Up: Clover Wootton
Catering: Fig Food
Wedding Band: The Fabulous Hurricanes
Photography: First Light
Stationery: Gees Brothers
Videography: Jo from Bowery Productions