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Invitation to a Real Wedding: Carly & Henry

by Kloe Forster

Thanks to the lovely Carly and Henry for sharing your gorgeous day with us!

Their whole wedding was around joining two cultures: Carly’s Scottish roots and Henry’s Chinese roots – see how they incorporated these elements into their stunning day…

How He Asked…

“We were on holiday in Malaysia September 2015 with our son who was 1 at the time. It was coming up for my birthday so Henry surprised me with a massage booked at our resort spa.

When I came back, he said he’d reserved dinner at one of the restaurants for 7pm so I had to be ready. At about 5 minutes to, I was ready to walk out the door when he told me to wait and pulled back the curtains to our balcony… There was a private champagne dinner set up for us, with gorgeous floral pieces and at that moment someone knocked at our door, it was our own server come to serve us on the balcony.

I still thought this was a birthday surprise, so when he got down on one knee after dessert, I was so shocked!!”

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The Ceremony Details…

“We had a humanist ceremony by Gerrie Douglas-Scott at our venue called The Vu, Bathgate, Scotland. The ceremony room is called the Waterlily as it is a glass walled venue that sits out on loch.

We had 135 day time guests at the ceremony and had a string quartet (Capella) play that and our drinks reception.

Our friend Ellen, who travelled from Texas, did a reading for us –  it was an extract from a children’s book called ‘I Like You’ by Sandol Stoddard Warburg.

After we signed the register and were announced Mr and Mrs we had a surprise performance for our guests, we had hired two traditional Chinese lion dancers! So at that point the drums and symbols started playing and the lions came in, danced up the aisle and then after their performance they danced us out in the middle of them for our exit!”

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The Reception Details…

“The reception was in the other venue at The Vu called the Oasis, this is set a bit further up the hill so you overlook the waterlily, loch and surrounding fields.

The food we had was Scotch Broth/Pate and Oatcakes, an Intermediate Course of Sorbet, then the Main was Chicken, Haggis and Whiskey Sauce/Steak Pie, and then a Trio of Desserts was served which were Salted Caramel Profiteroles, Sticky Toffee Pudding, White Chocolate Cheesecake and also Vanilla Ice Cream.

We had another 40 or so evening guests come in after the meal and later on a hot buffet of Bacon Rolls, Sausage Rolls, Haggis Bon Bons, Chips and Pizza was served with our wedding cake.

We had a band (Aurora) play from 7.30pm until 12.”

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The Wedding Party…

“I had my older sister as my Maid of Honour, I’ve always known she would be the one I chose as we are really close. My other maids were my younger sister, my sister-in-law, my two best friends from school and my oldest best friend who has been there with me since nursery.

I asked them with little messages wrapped around a cork, they were tied in ribbon and in a little box with a bow. They wore cream/champagne coloured floaty dresses that were high necked and had a sort of open back – they were from June Brides of Glasgow.

The Groomsmen were Henry’s 4 closest friends throughout school. He asked them when they were together, they all wore the same kilt as Henry on the day.”

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real wedding carly and henry

The Bride and Grooms outfits…

“I wore a Demetrios dress and custom veil with the matching dress fabric. My shoes and bag were both matching Valentino. I wore a diamond necklace that my in-laws bought me 3 years ago and a diamond bracelet gifted to me by Henry on the morning of the wedding.

Henry wore a tartan kilt exclusive to McGregor MacDuff along with the Tag Heuer watch I gifted him on our wedding day.”

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The Finer Details…

“We had Cora’s Floristy design all our floral pieces, I just wanted a neutral colour palette to look simple and pretty.

We did a lot of bits and pieces for our decor ourselves, we set up a ‘cigar bar’ for guests, a hangover survival pick n mix, a DIY tattoo bar. As well as doing our place names, table numbers, menus etc all ourselves too.

We also had a Photo Booth (Bygone Photobooth) for our guests to enjoy.

Our favours were Scottish tablet wrapped in white parchment and Chinese tea leaves in glass vials with cork stoppers.

Our whole day was about joining two cultures, my Scottish roots and Henry’s Chinese roots so we tried to bring that into all the elements that we could.

Our photos were done by Tub of Jelly and our video by Cinemate.”

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What stands out most about your big day?

“My most memorable moment has to be the lion dancers, I really enjoyed it and I could see the confusion, surprise and joy on everyones faces when it happened as no one had any idea it was coming!”

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What advice would you give to other Brides / Grooms to be?

“I would say plan as much in advance as you can, we were rushing about trying to get things done the day before and I wish I had felt more prepared, although it did mean less time for worrying and stressing!”

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Is there anything that you wish you knew before you tied the knot?

“That the small things that do go wrong are really not worth stressing about because on the day its the last thing on your mind, in the grand scheme of things a small glitch is nothing and no one notices but you…”

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If you’d love to share your special day with us – find out how to here.

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