Natasha van Doornewaard and Jonathan Vickers

6th July 2016

Venue | Dunglass Estate, East Lothian
Photography | GWS Photography

“Our first wedding planning step was confirming the venue. We chose Dunglass Estate in East Lothian where I grew up. It is a truly beautiful venue with an old church in the grounds, meaning we could hold the ceremony and the reception in the same place.

We opted for a humanist ceremony as we could personalise and adapt it to suit us. Our celebrant, Iain Whitelaw, helped us create the ceremony the way we wanted and it was a real highlight of the day – especially with both our mums giving advice as part of the ceremony. We decided upon a rustic Scottish theme and made a lot of intricate details and finishing touches that were very personal to us. My mum and my auntie Joan made all the floral arrangements for the church and the marquee – with a lot of flowers coming from each of their gardens!

The homemade liqueur we had for favours was also my mum’s creation. Jonny’s mum, Chris, made our wedding cake and we made all the bunting and table decorations ourselves. We saved a lot of money doing so much DIY! It was important to us to have a lot of Scottish details in the wedding. We used flowers such as green and blue-hued eryngium, veronica and gypsophila. In addition to hurricane vases with candles and wreaths down the aisle, we also had wheels of flowers at the entrance and above where we stood exchanging vows. All this made the ceremony setting look breathtakingly ethereal.

Our wedding motif was an embellished stag’s head that we featured on a wooden board guestbook (made by Jonny and drawn by me). We also used a mirror as our table plan, again embellished with the stag design. My brothers filmed a lot of the wedding on a GoPro camera which has given us some great comedy viewing! If we had more in our budget I would’ve liked to have booked a filmmaker as well.

The whole wedding was incredible. It was such a special day and it truly was everything we could have hoped for and more!

Top tip: Get married on a Wednesday. We had a midweek wedding which saved us a lot of money on many suppliers. It’s definitely worth considering for couples on a tighter budget.”

Dress David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Warehouse
Groomswear Reiss
Cake made by groom’s mum
Flowers bouquets arranged by bride’s aunt and mum and table arrangements provided by Heaven Floral Design
Stationery designed by bride and groom, printed by Vistaprint
Entertainment Callanish
Makeup Beauty by KJ Brown