Heather & David’s Chic and Detail-Rich Scottish Wedding in California
Heather and David met in Scotland while Heather was attending a Veterinary school in Glasgow. She’s Californian by birth and he’s a native Scot so naturally their wedding incorporated nods to both cultures including tropical details (to represent California) and traditional kilts for all the men in the bridal party and lively Scottish wedding dances. They also had a bit of a travel theme since the couple loves exploring different places together. It was pretty cute how they met too — let me just pique your interest by saying that it involved a sore toe and a piggy back ride home (the lovely bride will tell you more about it later).
We have the wonderful Jenna Henderson of White Rabbit Photo Boutique (see her previously featured work) to thank for all the gorgeous photos you see here. Please enjoy!
What an adorable first look, huh? I love how they used the double doors too. From this point on I will leave it to the beautiful Heather to take you through their special day. Here she is now to tell you the story of how they met.
I am a Californian by birth, but moved to Scotland to study to be a Veterinarian at Glasgow University. My husband David (a native Scot) had also just moved to Glasgow to study Human Resource Management.We met outside a dance club just as we were both leaving. I had a sore toe and he offered to give me a piggy back ride home – which was about 2 miles away! We dated for 2 years before David proposed to me the night of September 25th, 2011. He organized a nice dinner at a restaurant called “Two Fat Ladies” and then afterwards asked if I wanted to go for a walk along the River Clyde. I said sure, despite it being a typical windy Scottish evening. We sat and talked next to a pretty footbridge that becomes lit up at night. Before we got up to walk on, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said, “yes of course!” and the rest is history. Our meeting was pure chance, but 4 years on we have just moved back to the USA as a married couple and are beginning our new lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
We had a few different themes going on at our wedding. We wanted to incorporate different aspects of our personalities and backgrounds. There was a mix of travel, Scotland, and outdoors/tropical feelings to the day. We had a smaller wedding guest list, which was perfect for us to make sure we had a more intimate feeling. Since this was the first times our families were meeting, we wanted to make sure everyone felt comfortable and carefree.
We wanted to incorporate David’s Scottish background so we had a bag piper play parts of the ceremony and while guests arrived.
Our venue was an outdoor garden type setting, which helped incorporate my Californian roots. It had a tropical/elegant feel to it, with tropical flowers and plants and waterfalls throughout the grounds. We handmade our ceremony programs, with various cute ideas bit together that I’d seen online over time, and had photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days at the welcome table.
We also had welcome bags for the guests when they first arrived, which had water and snacks (since about half our guests were coming from a 14 hour flight from Scotland).
We made the table numbers and seating chart “Travel” themed, with each table named a different place we had visited together. One the backs of each table number, we had a postcard onto which we wrote a blurb about our time there and the front was a picture of us at the destination name.
We had the DJ play traditional Scottish group dancing music called “ceilidh” [kay-lee] and everyone loved dancing together to this. David was sure he wanted as many traditional Scottish Kilts as possible, so his wedding party were all kitted out.
Some advice from the newlyweds:
Relax and enjoy the day and the experience of planning your wedding! Talk to your partner about what you would both like and make sure you listen to each others ideas. There will be times when planning become stressful and you may feel at times that you are planning the wedding for others instead of your and your partner, but try to remember why you two have decided to take this step together and remember that it is your day in the end. On the day of your wedding, take a deep breath, relax, smile, and enjoy everything!
Huge thanks to Jenna for sending her spectacular images my way, and congratulations to Heather and David! I wish you guys a lifetime of married bliss.
Photographer: Jenna Henderson of White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Venue: Arbor Terrace at Grand Tradition Estate, Fallbrook, California
Day-Of Coordinator: Ashley Speakman
Officient: Lauren-Michele Seals
Cake: Zov’s Bakery, Tustin, California
Florist: Whimsey Florals – Diane Reichenbach
Videographer: Motus Films – Ryan Garcia
DJ: Pacific Entertainment – Bryan Thrane
Piper: Dave Champagne
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair: Tres Bon Salon – Jenna Murray
Makeup: Rock Me Up Makeup – Brittany Moya
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: first look, garden weddings, multicultural weddings, outdoor weddings