Offbeat partner: Mandy
Offbeat partner: Aaron
Date and location of wedding: Plane Castle, Stirling, Scotland, UK — March 19, 2019
Our offbeat wedding at a glance: Our wedding included a lot of nods to nerdisms of which we're fans. These included: Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Top Gear, Harry Potter, Dita Von Teese, The Count of Monte Cristo, Medieval Times, Pride & Prejudice, Outlander, Wes Anderson, and Peaky Blinders.
We hosted our guests in a castle in Scotland for four days, and wanted to be sure that every minute was curated, so that they could relax and be swept away by their surroundings.
Tell us about the ceremony:
Our ceremony included a few traditional elements including us seeing each other for the first time as we headed down the aisle. Our mutual 31-year old friend Jeff was our Flower Boy, and the groom entered to Queen's "Somebody to Love," while I entered to "Dawn" from the Pride & Prejudice Soundtrack.
A Scottish Registrar performed the civil ceremony, and feminist readings were done by our siblings during the ceremony including an excerpt from From "The Irrational Season" by Madeleine L'Engle and the poem "To Love is Not to Possess" by James Kavanaugh. An audio clip from Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe, was also played, and a handfasting ceremony was performed by our fathers.
Tell us about the reception:
The entire weekend was a reception that included a good amount of play and performance. The rehearsal dinner included us surprising guests with a Burlesque performer Eliza Delite emerging from a hidden passageway to do a performance for our guests.
After the ceremony, we surprised our guests again with an owl show with owls from the Scotland Owl Centre, where a photo op was created with owls who had grown up in the centre and are accustomed to human interaction, and help raise money for the centre through meet and greets.
In the evening, the dinner boasted a 24-foot charcuterie board instead of a floral runner (since I'm a wedding caterer), and speeches turned into conversation between all 19 guests, before the evening became drenched in Scotch and upturned kilts.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?
Having executed over 60 weddings in my career as a wedding planner and caterer, I enjoyed the process so much building our dream into a reality. For anyone else who is a professional in the industry planning their own event, I would remind you to include your partner in the process as much as possible, and to surround yourself with a team that will allow you to remove your mind from the behind-the-scenes on the day of.
Photographer: Cody Turner, Turner Weddings • Stationery: Shannon Bellisle • Rings: Shir Andrew, Ring Come True • Dress: Laura Byrnes, Pinup Girl Clothing • Venue: Plane Castle • Owls: Scotland Owl Centre • Performer: Eliza Delite • Car: 7ecosse • Florals: Mud Glasgow • Rentals: 88 Events • Catering: Cat and Turtle Events • Hair & makeup: Honey & Violet