16th May 2015
Their relationship started with a chance encounter and a kiss in Aviemore, so when Allan Robertson returned to the Highland town in October 2013 with Alix Kemp, he seized the chance to pop the question on a secluded riverbank.
Fast forward eighteen months and the couple were poised to exchange vows in the splendid surroundings of Mansfield Traquair in front of 115 guests (with 35 more joining the celebrations in the evening). The couple visited a number of venues with a traditional feel, but nowhere really captivated them until they visited Mansfield Traquair. “As soon as we walked through the big red door at the front of this former cathedral, we knew it was the place for us,” says Alix.
Although neither bride nor groom-to-be had a firm idea of an overarching look that would bring their day together, they did agree that subtlety and sophistication were key. Falling in love with an oyster-and-champagne-hued gown with pearl shoulder detail at Emma Roy in Edinburgh spurred Alix on to include pearls and pastels in various elements, from floral displays through to the wedding stationery. “We ended up with an elegant and slightly vintage look, and – if I say so myself – everything looked beautiful.”
The couple chose to have a humanist service and wrote much of it themselves (with some input from friends and family). “This really made the day more personal, and every word spoken touched our hearts,” beams Alix.
Catering Heritage Portfolio
Dress Emma Roy of Edinburgh
Bridesmaids BHS and Amilou Bridal in Stirling
Flowers Val Hamilton
Groomswear Taylor Made Kilts
Favours Pin badges from Cancer Research UK
Entertainment Five-piece band The Brightside
Jewellery Bride’s ring Ian Gallagher. Groom’s ring Goldsmiths