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WPC Real Wedding: Laura & Rory's Scottish Borders Country Wedding

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.

Engagement Story

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. 

Highlight of The Wedding Present Company

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. 

Favourite Presents

Jug, Mythical Creatures, 400ml
Wedgwood
£69.00
Salad Bowl, Kuki, Wood, 30.5cm
Kalinko
£65.00
Rectangular Dish, Stoneware, Coastal Blue, 32cm
Le Creuset
£50.00
Soup Bowl, Studo, Pink, 17cm
Wonki Ware
£22.00
Dinner Plate, Organic Sand, White, 28cm
Wonki Ware
£29.00
Table Fork, Helios, Ivory
Capdeco
£9.50
Table Knife, Helios, Ivory, French Blade
Capdeco
£10.50
Chopping Board, Tuscany, Dual Purpose, 42x28cm
T&G Woodware
£39.99
Butter Dish, Asiatic Pheasants, Blue
Burleigh
£46.00
Breakfast Tray, Ashcroft, Pale Rattan, Medium
Neptune
£63.00
French Press Cafetiere, Le’Xpress, Stainless Steel, 8 Cup
Kitchen Craft
£23.00
Highball Tumbler, Edinburgh, 14.8cm
Royal Scot Crystal
£27.50
Placemats, Latha, Rattan, Blue, Set of 4
Kalinko
£64.00
Photo Frame, Denim Enamel & Silver, 5x7"
Addison Ross
£37.00
Ice Bucket, Strand Rattan, Blue
kalinko
£68.00

Location

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!)

Marquee

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. 

Decor

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. 

Flowers

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.

Bridal Fashion

I had a bespoke dress and lace edged veil made by Venetia Flint which I accessorised wiht Manolo Blahnik shoes, diamond earrings borrowed from Jessica McCormack and a family tiara.

Hair & Make Up

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.

Flower Girls & Page Boys

Outfits from Amelia Brennan, with La Coquetta shirts for the boys and hair bows for the girls, and Superga white pumps.

Food & Drink

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.

Photography

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.

Music

EXCELLENT band - The Fabulous Hurricanes. They had the dancefloor full all night long.

Stand Out Moment

Being married by my Uncle Nicky Lee, and having all our family and friends with us on the day.

Suppliers

Wedding List: The Wedding Present Company

Marquee: Bestintent Marquees

Flowers: Victoria Kostoris & Matilda Carr

Bridal Fashion: Venetia Flint, Manolo Blahnik & Jessica McCormack

Make Up: Clover Wootton

Flower Girls & Page Boys: Amelia BrennanLa Coquetta and Superga

Catering: Fig Food

Wedding Band: The Fabulous Hurricanes

Photography: First Light

Stationery: Gees Brothers

Videography: Jo from Bowery Productions