Our July-August issue is out now

The summer is upon us, so the new issue of Tie the Knot Scotland takes the party outside. Brollies at the ready…

Beth's-issue-preview-larger….Or parasols in the case of the first of our bridal photoshoots. The sun shone brightly as we captured an array of fabulous floaty and floral frocks in the garden at Aikwood Tower near Selkirk. Local venue stylist Get Knotted was on hand with a selection of props, including eclectic Indian-inspired sunshades, to adorn the trees.

We also relied on the decorative talents of Through the Looking Glass Events and florist The Country Garden Company to bring Leith blank-canvas location, The Old Dr Bells Baths, to life for the second of our fashion stories. ‘Lace of Worship’ showcases macramé and crochet-inspired materials and quirky geometric and floral laces.

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[Above left] Artisan lace, such as this dress from Apple Blossom Time, was the order of the day at Leith venue, The Old Dr Bells Baths (image: Alexandra Roscoe); [Above right] this Halfpenny London gown and bolero looked sensational in the sunshine at Aikwood Tower (image: Hamish Campbell)
If you’re getting married in 2020, grab your crystal balls and join us as we predict what wedding dress trends may come to the fore. Alongside the more outré styles we witnessed at bridal weeks in London and Barcelona (peacock-plumage coats and Jacquemus-inspired oversized ivory straw hats), there were diaphanous capes, flamboyant feathers and chic jumpsuits, all of which we think will filter through to Scottish boutiques next year.

Elsewhere, we seek out some of the prettiest outdoor w-day settings that pack a punch as the mercury rises, chat to venues that, in some way, contribute to worthy causes, and run through all the legalities and paperwork you need to sort before you can actually get married.

And once the deed is done, it’s time to toast your new-found marital status with a bespoke cocktail! Some of the country’s leading mobile bartenders share quaffable recipes and offer advice on how to keep your nearest and dearest well-watered.

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[Above left] Hana and Sam included pooch Bonnie in as much of their pretty East Lothian big day as possible, with Jill Cherry Porter on hand to capture them; [Above right] Derek Dunlop Photography was tasked with shooting Hayley and Callum’s Glasgow west-end wedding
Our five real weddings certainly featured happy guests and newlyweds alike. We hear from one couple whose adorable spaniel had a starring role in their low-budget, Insta-dream of a big day, and speak to another who didn’t let April showers dampen their sweet boho-meets-Scottish celebration at Cottiers in Glasgow.

Come rain or shine, there’s a flood of inspiration in the latest edition of Tie the Knot Scotland. Pick up a copy from selected Scottish retailers or treat yourself to a six-issue subscription for just £18.

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