Vicki and Scott met at Heriot-Watt University in their final year. Scott proposed when they were back in Scotland for Christmas visiting family. Vicki told us, “ he gave me an advent calendar that year with a present in each pocket (sweets, make up etc). When I opened the present on the 24th, it was a ring! Actually, it was my Mum’s ring borrowed for the day as I always told him never to choose an engagement ring for me! We had been together over 10 years and it was a big surprise!”.
Scott and Vicki chose House for an Art Lover for their ceremony and reception because it was so unique and quite contemporary. Vicki said, “We also loved the fact that we could use a different room in the house for each part of the wedding and that the entire house was ours for the day. It was the perfect venue for us and we can’t wait to go there to visit again next time we are home.”
Vicki took a limo to the venue organised through Platinum Limo, she said, “that meant I could travel together with all of the bridal party – I’d highly recommend it”. Vicki had her shoes custom made in Hong Kong where they live. Vicki confessed, “I’m a shoe queen and had to have a pair of shoes that I could wear again. They were a brilliant blue/purple (something ‘blue’). Not sure how I managed to not wear them until the wedding day actually…. I wore my Gran’s pearl necklace as a bracelet (something ‘old’ and ‘borrowed’) and my hair piece and earrings were also from Hong Kong. My earrings had jade in them which is a hugely popular in Hong Kong – we’ve been in Hong Kong for over 6 years now and it was important to include a little of Hong Kong in our day. My lace bolero was made for me in Hoi An, Vietnam when we were on holiday there. I sent Scott to the bar across from the tailors so he wouldn’t see it.”
Vicki’s hair was done by LOX Hair Design in Dunfermline and my make up was done by Gillian at Eclipse Beauty Treatments in Inverkeithing, Vicki said, “ they came to my parents house which was great”. Vicki used Poppy Floral Design. Vicki explained, “I wanted a really simple hand tied bouquet with a pale pink lotus flower in it – it’s a flower I associate so much with my travels in Asia and totally love when it’s in bud form.” Scott hired his entire kilt outfit from McCalls in Glasgow and chose the Sheriff Muir Jacket with the mandarin collar. He had his shirt tailored in Hong Kong.
Vicki and Scott told us, “ We chose Archibald Photography before we even had a venue or a date for our wedding”. Vicki explained, “ I met Mark at a wedding show and fell in love with his style of photography. Candid shots of your day as it happens, rather than the usual official line up which is not our style at all.” Vicki told us her favourite photograph of the day is the shot of them in the oval room.
They hired their band “Wildcard” through Music for Scotland, “both of which were excellent”, Vicki told us. She further explained, “We were able to go along to a practice session and talk to them to make sure they were right for us. They played songs from pretty much all of our favourite bands mixed with a few golden oldies to keep our parents, aunts and uncles happy! We had a lot of great feedback on the band and they were even happy to let our friend jam with them on the night which was pretty special for us”.
Vicki and Scott’s cake was by Celebration Cakes in Dunoon. They told them what they liked and they made them an “amazing” chocolate cake.
Vicki and Scott said, “The best thing about our day was having all our friends and family from across the world in the same place at the same time. There was so much potential for things to go wrong. The volcanic ash and constant airline strikes were a bit stressful for us in the lead up to the wedding. Just in the wedding party alone, we had us flying in from Hong Kong, the best man from Shanghai and one of our bridesmaids from Canada. Thankfully, we all made it and everything went perfectly on the day”.
Vicki was piped in to Highland Cathedral and told us, “Our first dance was ‘Even When I’m Sleeping’ chosen by Scott several years before we got married. We were the only people in the room who knew it and the band had learned it especially for the night”. Vicki and Scott said, “ It was amazing – we want to do it all over again”!