A Surprise Proposal In The Scottish Highlands: Marina + Robby

Scottish Highlands proposal

We love a good proposal story, so when we heard that Robby popped the question amidst the picturesque mountains of Glencoe, Scotland, we were intrigued to say the least. Then, we found out the proposal was a complete surprise to Marina, and we knew this would be such a fun feature to share with you guys here on GWS!

Joanna + Dylan of Kitchener Photography were just the right pair to capture such a special occasion, and we love how they explained the way this sweet day unfolded:

This lovely French couple had together organized a romantic weekend to Edinburgh however what Marina didn’t know (until 10 minutes before we met) was that Robby had also arranged a surprise photo-shoot at one of the most picturesque locations in Scotland…Glencoe. But, it doesn’t end there! Unbeknown to Marina, Robby had also long-planned for Glencoe to be the very place that he was going to make his marriage proposal! 

Scottish Highlands proposal

scottish woods

scottish woods

scottish woods

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal


The look of true surprise – and joy!

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

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Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

scotland road

scotland road

scotland road

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

scottish river

double exposure

hat and jacket

cliffside

cliffside

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal


The scenery + wildlife of Glencoe has us speechless. And hoping we get to someday visit Scotland ourselves!

Scottish Highlands proposal

Scottish Highlands proposal

sparkler


Love it so much! Big congrats to Marina + Robby! :)

photography: Kitchener Photography // location: Glencoe, Scotland

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Fun + Colorful Australian Wedding: Linda + Dean

Australia wedding

Happy Monday, friends! We can’t think of a better way to start the week than with Linda + Dean’s fun and colorful Australian wedding! These guys knew from the start that they wanted their day to be laid-back, full of life, and reflective of their (self-declared) quirky personalities. With a big focus on unique, handmade elements – our fave being Linda’s dress which was produced based off a design she dreamt up – they were able to craft a celebration that they’ll always be able to look back on with a big, huge smile.

Big thanks to Lara Hotz for sharing these creative + beautiful snapshots of L + D’s day with us! And heads up US couples! Lara will be in America all of June + July of 2015, documenting a limited number of weddings. If you are looking for a photographer around that time, she can be contacted through her website! She would love to capture some American weddings while traveling around. :)

bride

tattoo bride

bride with pups


Bravo on that dress, Linda + Jason Grech!

australian bride

australian bride


Pretty, pretty ‘maids in summer-y hues!

bridesmaids in yellow

orange poppy bouquet

bridesmaids bouquet

home

bride in vintage car

church ceremony

church ceremony

church ceremony

church ceremony

Australian wedding

Australian wedding


Such fun portraits!

Australian wedding

Australian wedding

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wedding party

bride and groom

bridesmaids in yellow

bride and groom

red lip


Seriously, could these two be any cuter together? Since Dean shared their super sweet proposal story with us, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you guys!

We met at a hair stylist awards night in Melbourne Docklands.

I was the quirky charming Englishmen, obviously there for the free booze. Linda, was the sweet I’m not interested type clearly there to support her work friend on what she was unaware was going to be the first night of the rest of her life. Especially since my first sentence to Linda was ‘I’m going to marry you’. The ironic thing is, I wasn’t kidding.

Our relationship progressed with real meaning when Linda moved to London, England with me where I finished my Architectural Diploma and Linda managed a quirky little salon in East London. This was an amazingly fun time in our relationship full of travel, random adventure, life experiences and lots and lots of laughter.

The date had finally come 2nd June 2012, we were handed the keys to our first ever house. That night Linda was working late, so I rushed back to our newly purchased run down and completely empty home where I created a candlelight pathway and scattered rose petals everywhere. Later that night Linda came home and there I was on one knee surrounded by 1000’s of rose petals at the end of the candlelight path holding her 1950s cocktail diamond ring.

She said YES..!

bride and groom

bride and groom

vintage car

vintage car

pope joan

reception

bar reception

black and white brocade plants

orange and black tablescape

orange desert flowers

orange florals

ping pong

Linda: Speeches are almost the most memorable moments in our crazy family, although the whole wedding day was just incredible.

Dean: The cheesy answer is ‘when we said I do’. The real answer is the first bite of that succulent antipasto platter along with the sweet sweet taste of beer over a game of ping pong. This was the period after the church and before the reception and was the first time that we actually relaxed and truly began to enjoy being husband and wife.

cocktails

cake cutting

confetti exit

confetti exit

Linda: Enjoy every minute of the day. The fact is you are already so lucky to have found your "the one". This day will only happen once, so relax and have fun and celebrate your love for each other surrounded by all your family and friends.

Dean: Leave it to the ladies guys, they know best. Try not to control everything down to the last minute of your day because you’ll miss it and remember fun isn’t something you can plan so don’t try. And make sure you include confetti and lots of it.

photographer: Lara Hotz // event planning + stationery: The Bride // ceremony: Good Shepards Chapel Abbotsford Convent // reception: Pope Joan Melbourne, Australia // cake: Laura’s Cakes // florals: Pomp and Splendour // hair: Kylie O’toole and Simone Mozzarella // makeup: Kylie o’toole and Karon burton // gown: Jason Grech // bridesmaid dresses: Zimmermann and handmade by Linda Jane Doble // shoes: Zomp // groom’s suit: Raf Simmons // groomsmen: Jack London // engagement ring: vintage/antique // wedding bands: Black Finch, Klepners Melbourne

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Maleficent Wedding Inspiration

Maleficent inspiration

Did anyone catch Maleficent yet? We’re still dying to see it, and today’s stunning styled shoot only makes us want to see it more! The creatives behind this beauty (photographer Meg Sexton + the girls at The Petal Company) wanted the overall feel to be darker + more dramatic, to capture the vibe of the film. Their hope was to combine the two contrasting styles portrayed in the movie: dark versus light; Maleficent against Princess Aurora. With two brides and only one groom, who will prevail? Good? Or Evil?

The moody palette, decadent details, pretty dresses + ethereal florals, make this shoot a fun + unique form of wedding inspiration, especially perfect for fall + winter weddings!

Maleficent invitation

Maleficent black dress

Maleficent crown

Maleficent plum bouquet

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent inspiration


That crown! So fun.

Maleficent

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent cakes

Maleficent inspired cake


We’re not sure which we love more: those dramatic cakes or the vintage hutch their set up on – a piece from Milk Glass Vintage Rentals‘ inventory. 

naked chocolate cake

Maleficent plum bouquet

Maleficent

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent

Maleficent crown

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent inspiration


The Princess Aurora bouquet formula: coral peonies, pink queen protea, purple veronica, silver dollar eucalyptus, pink jasmine vine + orange parrot tulips.

peony and protea bouquet

flower crown

Maleficent inspiration

flower crown


And isn’t this Jinza lace gown the prettiest?

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flower crown

Maleficent bride

Maleficent  bride

Maleficent inspiration


SPOILER ALERT! In the end, Princess Aurora finds her happily ever after. :) Big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for producing such a fun shoot based on Maleficent!

photography: Meg Sexton // venue: Castillo Hillside Shire Winery Morgan Hill, California // florals: The Petal Company // rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals // cakes: Sweet Tooth Confections // hair + makeup: Lisa Teller // paper goods: Paper Bloom Studio // jewelry: Haute Bride // wedding dress: Aurora dress by Jinza, Maleficent dress by Matthew Christopher

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