WEDDING by forrests


                                                                                                       How did you meet?
                                                                                                       Stephen used to come and see the osteopath at the Natural Health
                 REAL LIFE                                                                             Service clinic where I was training to be a medical herbalist. The

      WEDDING                                                                                          osteopath was a friend of mine who was trying to fix us up; I kept
                                                                                                       saying ‘I don’t want to meet anyone’. We finally met and that was
                                                                                                       it... love at first sight.
                                                                                                       Tell us about the engagement
                                                                                                       It was my birthday and I knew Stephen had been to the jewellers.
                                                                                                       I came out the shower and he said he had something to ask me.
                                                                                                       I said, ‘Will you hold on a minute till I get dried?’ and he had to
                                                                                                       wait. So it wasn’t romantic but it was quite funny. And he had had
                                                                                                       a lovely Celtic ring made for me.
                                                                                                       How did you enjoy the wedding planning?
                                                                                                       I really enjoyed it. My best friend Concetta was brilliant and did
                                                                                                       loads to help, she was better than any wedding planner I could
                                                                                                       have hired. I didn’t find it stressful, I don’t see what the big fuss
                                                                                                       is about, but then I suppose some people are more perfectionist
                                                                                                       than others!
                                                                                                       What made you choose your venue?
                                                                                                       Glenskirlie was the only place we looked at. It was perfect because
                                                                                                       we wanted a castle and it was just along the road from where
      Emma-Jane Brown & Stephen Thomson
                                                                                                       we stay. When we went to see it, it hadn’t even been built yet!
                                                                                                       They only had drawings to show us, it was a risk but worked out
      Date:               Saturday 29 December 2007
                                                                                                       Your dress had a Celtic style didn’t it?
      & Reception:        Glenskirlie House and Castle, Banknock                                       Yeah, I didn’t do the traditional thing of going round loads of dress
      Photography:        Natural Weddings                                                             shops. I had already met Grace from Lindsay Fleming and knew she
      	                                                               would be able to make me a lovely dress. She was fantastic from
      	                   T: 01505 844 822                                                             start to finish. Her work is truly beautiful, and she makes you feel
                                                                                                       like the only bride in the world!
                                                                                                       How were you feeling on the morning of the wedding?

                                                                                                       My bridesmaids were all feeling sick with nerves but I was fine. I
                                                                                                       was down talking to the staff in the castle while the others were all
      Emma and Stephen’s                                                                               rushing about mad upstairs!
                                                                                                       What about walking down the aisle?
      winter wedding felt even

                                                                   & Stephen
                                                                                                       I just felt really happy, my Dad was very proud and almost in tears.
                                                                                                       Stephen was facing me with a wee smile on his face. It was very

      more special thanks to a                                                                         peaceful and there was a really nice atmosphere.
                                                                                                       What do you remember most about the ceremony?

      vegan wedding breakfast                                                                          We had a few ancient traditions as part of the ceremony. Firstly a
                                                                                                       handfasting performed by friends of ours. Then we did ‘jumping the
                                                                                                       broom’, an old pagan custom.
      and plenty of ancient                                                                            Everyone read a poem together, a ‘Celtic benediction’, which was
                                                                                                       lovely. It was really important to us that everybody took part.

      symbolic gestures                                                                                Because the ceremony was Humanist it was very relaxed, focusing
                                                                                                       on our commitment and love for each other, and family and friends
                                                                                                       too. Even our cats Noah and Angel got a wee mention. Oh and my
                                                                                                       garter fell off! I had to kick it to the side. My Dad couldn’t contain
                                                                                                       How did you enjoy having your photos taken?
                                                                                                       The weather was lovely – cold, clear and wintery – so it was nice to
                                                                                                       go outside for photos. The photographer was really good fun, she

                                                                                                       schemes & themes
                                                                                                            “We had a vegan ethical wedding, we wouldn’t have done
                                                                                                            it any other way. All the food was cruelty-free and didn’t –
                                                                                                            as my friend pointed out – ‘inconvenience’ animals in any
                                                                                                            way! We are vegans ourselves, and didn’t feel it was right
                                                                                                            to change on our wedding day. The food was gorgeous, all
                                                                                                            the guests said what a fantastic job Glenskirlie did.
                                                                                                            To match my Celitc-style dress I got a truly beautiful tiara
                                                                                                            from Baba-C Designs. The service is second to none as
                                                                                                            Trina listens to what
                                                                                                            you need, and is
                                                                                                            very honest about
                                                                                                            what might not be
                                                                                                            right for you! She
                                                                                                            won’t even ask for
                                                                                                            payment until she is
                                                                                                            happy that the tiara
                                                                                                            is perfect for you.”

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                                                                Emma-Jane Brown & Stephen Thomson’s

                                                                            REAL LIFE
                                                                had a wee loudspeaker to tell everybody what to do! I loved the photographs
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                                                                Who gave the best speech?                                                                                                                                                                                         to receive your full
                                                                Well it was slightly different as the groom and best man didn’t do speeches;                                                                                                                                       colour brochure
                                                                they’re both quite shy and it would have ruined their day. So after my Dad’s,                                                                                                                                    and sample swatches
                                                                Keith, who did the handfasting, gave a speech, which was very funny. Then I
                                                                got up with Stephen and we thanked everyone together – that was great, I just
                                                                made it up as I went along and it worked out fine.                                                                                                                                                             Please allow 21 days for
                                                                Any disasters?                                                                                                                                                                                                   delivery of brochure
                                                                Two weeks before the wedding, my cousin and I went to pick the dress up                                                                                                                                          Mail order available
                                                                and she said, ‘Have you done all the paperwork?’ I said, ‘What paperwork?’
                                                                We then went into a complete panic. I had to get Stephen to rush through to
                                                                Falkirk and sort it out – we literally had a couple of hours to spare to get the
                                                                official forms in.
                                                                Then on the actual day, Stephen was supposed to pick his best man up on the
                                                                way to Glenskirlie, but he forgot!
                                                                What were the best bits of the day?
                                                                Definitely the ceremony. Afterwards people said it was the most romantic and
                                                                unusual wedding they had ever been to.
                                                                Our band for the evening, Soundcradle, [booked through the Central Music
                                                                Agency] were fab. They were a right laugh and played anything anyone
                                                                requested. They also encouraged the guests to get up and sing with them. We                                                                                     BRIDAL DE S IGNE R

                                                                love rock music and had a kind of rock-style ceilidh!
                                                                Your biggest challenge?                                                                                                                                                                                                    D.C. THOMPSON
                                                                To make everything as ethical as possible. Probably sourcing a vegan cake was               For more details and samples please call or visit our website.
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                                                                Top wedding present?
                                                                We asked people not to bother with gifts but bring a Christmas tree bauble with
                                                                them instead, then we put a tiny name tag on each and decorated our tree with
                                                                them, and will do so every year to mark our anniversary.
                                                                Best thing about getting married?
                                                                Having all the people you care about gather together to help you celebrate.
                                                                Afterwards married life feels different, even though your life’s just the same
                                                                and you’re doing the same things. It has been a really happy and peaceful
                                                                time for us.
                                                                Did you stick to your budget?
                                                                We were under budget, it looked more expensive than it actually was.

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                                                                   “We had really beautiful Celtic stationery produced for us by Sarah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tiaras, veils, capes & accessories
                                                                   O’Neill. Sarah is a lovely person who was very helpful in all respects.”
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                                                                   “Top Tier happened to be making a vegan cake the week we first                                                                                                                                     Email:
                                                                   spoke to them, and offered us a sample to try – it was great, I thought
                                                                   it would be a wee slice but it was a great big cake! I went into                                                                                                                         
                                                                   Stephen’s work and tried it out on his workmates. They loved it and

                bride to                                           didn’t realise it was vegan, so I knew it would be fine.”
                                                                   HAIR & BEAUTY
                bride                                              Ainsley M Tel: 07919 598043
                                                                   “Ainsley is a fantastic girl. I can’t recommend her enough as she was
      “If you do want an ethical wedding it is possible,           so professional yet friendly and was able to give us exactly what we
      on a budget. Your guests will still love it if it truly      wanted. Our make-up was beautiful, and Ainsley was a great calming
                                                                   influence in the lead up to the wedding.”
      reflects the people you are. Involve your friends and
      family in the ceremony too, I think that makes a big          WANT TO KNOW MORE? If you would like to find out more about any of the suppliers that
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