Kirstie & Liam’s DIY Leopard Print Sweet Shop Music Themed Lochside Wedding


diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

Today’s wedding is unlike any other because it’s a complete mix of the bride’s and groom’s unique personalities and interests. Kirstie and Liam celebrated their special day on the side of Loch Venacher in Scotland. Her being a cake artist and him being a DJ, the wedding was sweets and music themed with a subtle lick of leopard print and was totally DIY! Kirstie also said that they worked around a tight budget and upon seeing the photos, I could tell that she pulled it off awesomely!

Their unique celebration was captured beautifully by photographer Borja Prada Garcia (who has only just graduated and this was his first wedding but the couple knew from his portfolio that he was exactly what they wanted!) and you will see a few additional shots by Kirstie’s bridesmaid Morgan Donald. Enjoy!

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

This is just a taste of things to come and from here on I will let the lovely bride take you through her wedding in her own words. Over to you Kirstie!

DIY Kraft paper, leopard print, olde sweet shop PARTY!

I think the theme in mind was to represent us as people. I was not into the idea of people keeping a check on me all day, telling me what to do and fitting in to their conveyor belt weekly wedding. It was by chance that we found our venue, Venachar Lochside, just outside Callander in Scotland. In the middle of nowhere, on the banks of a loch, beautiful food, lovely people – it was just perfect. Carolyn at the venue was just so flexible and knew that their beautiful venue was just a canvas ready to be stamped ! Our wedding was at 2pm on 15th September 2012.

I designed the stationery, we both love tattoos and so I wanted to try to have a little whisper of that in there, knowing most of our guests would pick up on it. I also had the idea of carrying a leopard print theme from the start too, I have always loved a good leopard print!!

I think people knew and sort of expected that the wedding was going to be like no other they’d been to theme wise or tradition running wise.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

(Photo by bridesmaid Morven Donald)

As for the day itself- I spent the morning drinking Prosecco with my friend and hairdresser, Amber, and Morven, the non-pregnant bridesmaid (the pregnant one, Emma stuck with some OJ!) and we got ready at a local hotel. I’d bought some Dorothy (red sparkly!) shoes to wear under my dress, but I’m an utter failure with heels, and I ended up deciding comfort overruled and I decided at the last minute to wear my new leopard print Converse., a decision I am so glad I made!! The bridesmaids wore black tea dresses and rocked some killer leopard heels with them!

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

I didn’t have a real plan in mind when thinking of my own style for the day, the dress I wore was the first dress I saw in the shop and just fell in love with. Being a little insecure about my flabby arms, I wanted a cover up and had always wanted an excuse to wear an ostrich shrug, I absolutely loved it and it really made my outfit. I wore vintage crystal necklace and earrings to tie in with my bouquet. There were always going to have to be brooches in the bouquet as I’d decided I wanted to add something from my Gran, Granny and dear Aunt Alison, who had all passed away, so I had a brooch of each of theirs in there for my ‘something old’. I’ve been dying my hair red since I was 17, so it was always going to be quite significant for my wedding day too, despite my mother’s ‘shame about the hair’ comments ! The heart tattoo on my arm was finished in August specially for the wedding and was done by a tattooist from Orkney that I used to go to toddler groups with ! (I’ve added him into the ‘vendor’ credits too!)

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

My dad drove us to the venue in a baby blue VW campervan (the worst car he has ever driven apparently) and we made the usual walk towards a bewildered Liam, to the instrumental of Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

We were married on the decking of the venue, a little chillier than I’d hoped for, but perfect all the same. Our guests loved that they could sit with a pint during our service!  It was a humanist service, and also included a Celtic handfasting ceremony too. Our walking out tune was Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move on Up’ which was
awesome !

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

Liam works in IT, and still does a little bit of DJing and music production; I work part time in a bank, but also make bespoke cakes under the name Gateaux Superstar, and also make artisan fudge. We currently live in a lovely upside down house in Penicuik, just outside Edinburgh, Scotland.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

Where did it all begin?  Liam and I met through our love of music whilst Liam was living in London DJing for an online breakbeat radio show with a mutual friend, and I was living in Edinburgh, doing a bit of singing at the time, and was asked by our friend Andi to record a little jingle for them. After our paths crossed a few months later, we quite quickly realised that there was actually a wee spark between us, and soon became inseparable despite the 400 mile gap! It didn’t take Liam long to decide that the Auld Reekie beat the Big Smoke, and moved to start a new life with me in Edinburgh.

Five and half years later, we have had two beautiful children, Leo and Sadie, completing our little family unit. I wanted to be the official Mrs Wilson to share the name with the rest of the family !

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

(Photo by bridesmaid Morven Donald)

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

There was very little that was ‘bought in’ decoration wise; me and my bridesmaids made leopard bunting and pretty hanging flowers from paper bags.  We bought 7″ records and recovered the labels with the band names, which were table names, and added a quirky line from each of their songs too. I made a little montage of each group with their logo and news clippings which had some foam roses on each table.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

(Photo by bridesmaid Morven Donald)

One of the greatest things me and the bridesmaids came up with came from the jars of sweets on the table. Morven had previously made gift jars with aged labels to look like proper Victorian apothecary themed jars and we twisted that a little to make band related ones. We had ’Beastie Boils’, ‘Cadbury’s Stone Roses’ and ‘Pink Shrimp Floyd’ to name a few! We got somewhat carried away and hence our candy buffet was born. We had ‘Amy Winegums’, ‘Gum DMC’, ‘Master of Poppets’, ’Block Rockin Treats’ and ‘Ferrero de la Rocha’ to name a few (some of these are UK sweets; I hope it translates!)

The sweet buffet was a highlight for our guests too. My favours were personalised individual jars filled with my mum’s homemade tablet (which is a very supersweet Scottish confectionery); which doubled as placesettings. These were topped with leopard fabric and a black ribbon.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

I didn’t want a big thing about speeches, so we did them before the meal so that everyone could relax rather than worry about their upcoming moment.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

(Photo by bridesmaid Morven Donald)

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

After our meal, we passed around the Bride’s Cog. I was born in Orkney; the islands at the top of Scotland where they have wedding traditions completely different to everywhere you know (one of which is covering the stag in treacle and driving him around, incredibly drunk on the back of a trailer for people to throw things at !) but one tradition that I did want to carry was the Bride’s Cog. This is a wooden ‘barrel’, always made from 2 types of wood (ours was sycamore and oak), and filled with a potent concoction of alcohol (whisky, brandy, ale, spices, to name a few!!). The cog starts with the bride, and is then passed around the guests, all night, and always following the path of the sun (until you’re too drunk to care). We had ours custom made by a local woodworker and is a beautiful heirloom I think.

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

We partied into the wee small hours, our first dance was Rob Base & DJ EZ ‘It Takes Two’ – our good friend Speshal Ed DJ’d all night with the likes of Prodigy, Nirvana, Happy Mondays, Charlatans and Chemical Brothers. Everyone loved the alternative music, despite initial concerns when I told people I’d be refusing to play ‘the usual’ wedding disco nonsense !!

Our night ended with some fireworks over the loch, along with Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ :)

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

I’d tell anyone to do as much as they can and make it their own. Don’t be scared to do things differently as its your day. I had to remove myself from wedding forums (probably just prior to being removed by admin!!!) because I got infuriated by selfish and obsessive brides asking how other people ‘dared’ to interfere; just keep calm and enjoy every minute from booking to the end of your big day.

I didn’t have a meltdown of any sort, even when our honeymoon suite booking was ‘lost’ (it was the weekend after Andy Murray won in NYC, and his homecoming party was the same weekend. He is from Dunblane; our suite was booked at the dunblane hydro, press swarmed the tiny town and apparently we had never even booked in!!!) anyway, we just booked somewhere else, which was lovely — we just had a Christmas card from the owners too, lovely touch!

diy leopard print sweet shop wedding

Thank you Kirstie for sending your beautiful wedding my way! Here’s wishing you and Liam a life of married bliss! :)

Photography: Borja Prada Garcia
Additional photos by Morven Donald
Venue: Venachar Lochside, Callander, Scotland
VW Campervan: Caledonian Campers
Dress: Veromia, Sonsie Collection by Jason Jennings
Bridesmaid Dresses: Light in the Box
Bridesmaid Shoes: Schuh
Feather Bolero: Bride’s own, originally by Oasis
Flowers: Flowers by Lindsey
Hair: Amber Owens
Make Up: Karen
Jewellery: antique finds
Wedding Cake: Gateaux Superstar (bride’s own bespoke cake company)

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One Comment

  1. Hi,
    I just had to comment on this amazing wedding. You have such fantastic taste! We get married in August in a bandstand and I too am a big fan of stylish leopard print! We have leopard print cake pops for favours and our wedding cake is also leopard print!

    You have the same first dance song as us too! Amazing!
    I’m just trying to work out if I have the time and creativity to make the leopard print bunting as I love that so much.
    You look beautiful. I just love your wedding…. Super stylish xx

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