Shannon & Peter: Real Bride Story
The shores of Loch Lomond provided the perfect background for Shannon and Peter’s stunning Scottish wedding. We caught up with them to hear all about it…
How did you meet and how did he propose?
We met through mutual friends, my best friend and bridesmaid and Pete proposed while we were on holiday in Crete. We had just come back from dinner and were having drinks on our balcony and we had an amazing view of Elounda and our own pool. Our song started playing over the speakers and Pete asked me to help him open a bottle of champagne and as I walked over towards him he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
So tell us about the dress, did you know what you were looking for?
I had narrowed down quite early on that I was looking for a Morilee dress as they seemed to tick all of my boxes. I visited four wedding dress shops and tried on about 12 dresses in total. I bought the Morilee by Madeline Gardner Karissa style number 8222 wedding dress. I bought it from Bijoux Bridal in Hamilton which involved the most perfect bridal dress shopping experience. From the minute I tried on the Karissa dress I fell in love with it, I had that ‘this is the one’ moment it included all of the features I was looking for in my wedding dress while at the same time being that bit different from any other wedding dress I had seen or tried on. It has lovely off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, a fit and flare silhouette with a plunging sweetheart neckline and a art deco inspired pattern with shimmering sequins.
Tell us about the wedding and the planning?
I found the whole process a little stressful, however I planned everything down to the last detail and I loved every minute of it and seeing it all come together at the end was amazing. We wanted our wedding to reflect on things we love, however our main theme was a rustic autumnal vibe, getting married in autumn I adore all of the autumnal colours (burnt orange, yellows, red, burgundy, etc) and wanted to use them in the wedding while keeping the décor rustic!
The wedding itself was beautiful. We got married outside on the edge of the lake which made an amazing backdrop for photos. Peter wore a traditional Kilt and we posed for photos in the surrounding rolling hills. My bridesmaids wore mismatching dresses burgundy dresses and I had a beautiful bouquet of orange roses, dark green foliage and berries.
Did you have special touches to your day?
Our table names were named after lifeboats as my other half volunteers for the RNLI and that was his contribution. We also had our two little dachshunds Leo and Lola involved in our wedding and had a Mr and Mrs Dachshund cake topper and our favours were Dachshunds Persie Gin.
The best part of your wedding?
It had to be our bridesmaids walking our dogs down the aisle they totally stole the show and everyone loved it.
Any advice for future brides?
My advice to any other bride would be just to enjoy every minute of it and don’t get to stressed – I promise it all comes together on the day!
Photography Iris Art photography