Erin and Blair's 2020 Intimate Beach Wedding at Coldingham Bay

Monday, November 16, 2020

 Mr + Mrs Aitchison 

Sunday 20th September 2020 | The Old Manor, Coldingham

Guests: 22 | Instagram: @erinblok + @blairsway | Photos: Innes Graham

After all the love we got on our first Microwedding Week back in September, we thought we'd do another seven days of real post-lockdown 2020 microwedding inspo! We're starting with this gorgeous Scottish beach wedding. Erin and Blair decided they didn't want to wait any longer, and tied the knot in a ceremony at Coldingham Bay. The bride wore a beautiful Willowby by Watters dress teamed with a boho dried flower crown, and the groom wore a traditional Scottish kilt. Erin tells us all about their special day...
  • Something Old: Vans Sneakers
  • Something New: Wedding Dress
  • Something Borrowed: Grandmothers Bangle
  • Something Blue: Garter with Blue Bow

What was your favourite wedding planning moment?

When everything felt complete, booked, and finalised. Blair and I did a lot of our organising and planning together, it was a really nice way to make the day come together as our own. 

Wedding must-have: A photographer! Someone there capturing your special moments is the best way to reminisce and look back on a truly magical day. 

What was your best wedding splurge?

The house/venue. It was large enough for all our guests to mingle, lots of seating, beautiful ocean views, 5 minute walk to the water, plenty of bathrooms, large kitchen, and VIEWS (again)! 

How did you choose your venue? 

The Old Manor at Coldingham is a gorgeous house that sits up on top of a hill overlooking the Bay at our favourite beach. It's our favourite beach to look for sea glass, camp in our van, go for coastal walks, and surf at. I always looked up on the hill and admired this house so it was such a special feeling to stay there for 3 nights and host our intimate wedding party. We were at the point of just trying to find a nice large space to enjoy our low-key wedding reception at, when I found it on a holiday booking page. We booked it that night and it all just felt right after that. Our original plan was to get married at a brewery in Canada where I'm from, so we were looking for a back-up plan that was simple and suited us both. When it came to searching and trying to figure out our next plan when we knew we could no longer go back to Canada, it was really about finding the perfect "space" to share food and drinks with our closest friends and family. 

Tell us all about the dress...

I actually didn't plan on going dress shopping. I purchased a beautiful ASOS sequin dress and thought that was the dress for me. After more thought and browsing I decided to go to Aberdeen to try on some dresses from the designer Daughters of Simone. I ended up falling in love with the Willowby Woodrose dress and bought the sample out of the store! I didn't plan on buying a dress that day, I more so wanted to try on some more boho dresses and loved all of the Daughters of Simone styles. I bought the dress from Ivory Grace Bridal and it was such a nice experience. It wasn't quite the dress I had imagined but it was definitely my favorite and so fun to wear!

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What was the most emotional moment of the day? 

The most emotional and overwhelming moments of the day was when my sister (who flew over from Canada) surprised me with a 20 minute video of clips from my closest friends and family back home who couldn't be there. They all had 1 minute or less speeches for us and it was the nicest and most overwhelming video to see. It was one of the most special moments of the day for us too. 

Were there any surprises on the day?

As mentioned above already, the amazing video my sister put together of our Canadian friends and family. We also ended up taking an evening dip in the ocean, which was a bit spontaneous and unplanned but fun nevertheless! There was about 12 of us who went down to the beach and into the water for a chilly swim. We then went back up to the house and got back into our attire for another few hours of celebrating. 

Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 

I am a silversmith and I made my wedding band and Blairs cuff links. We didn't have a standard wedding dinner with place settings, names, table decor etc so there wasn't a lot to make or organise in that department. 

Tell us about the cake...

The wonderful and talented Nicola from Ruby and Pearl Cake Art designed our cake! The design is one I absolutely loved of one of her previous cakes she had done and she altered it slightly with the shades of blue and gold on the outside. She is unbelievable with her designs, the cakes look too pretty to eat!! I love all of the texture details she adds, she even added some edible sea glass chunks onto it and it couldn't have been more suiting for us. Underneath all of the beauty, the cake was a Vanilla Sponge with Nutella Buttercream and Salted Carmel Sauce. We got to pick 4 samples from her mouth-watering list of flavours beforehand and we struggled to even decide because we loved them all. When she dropped the cake off to me the day before the wedding I even cried a bit, it was overall just amazing!

What food did you have?

Our original plan for food was to have it catered by Hendersons in Edinburgh. We were so devasted for them when they went out of business in June. We then decided to keep it very simple as it was a last minute change and ordered a bunch of nibbles from Marks and Spencers. We also bought an Ooni pizza oven and the boys prepped all of the pizza dough and toppings the day before and two of them bought humorous aprons and cooked the pizzas as a starter snack in the afternoon for everyone. The oven cooks pizzas in 60 seconds and it was a tasty and quick way to feed some guests! 

Tell us about your first dance...

Dressed Up In White- CAL...  we totally winged it and didn't practise at all.  We both really liked the song, I think I'd added it to a Spotify playlist earlier this year not evening thinking about it for a wedding song. The more I listened to it, the more I liked it and we both agreed it was perfect. It became one of Blairs favorite songs to sing along to in the van before the wedding ha. 

Venue: The Old Manor, Coldingham Bay

Photographer: Innes Graham

Flowers: Border Blooms

Cake: Ruby and Pearl Cake Art

Hair + Makeup: Bride

Dress: Willowby by Watters at Ivory Grace Bridal

Shoes: Vans

Suits: David Thomson & Son

Wedding Rings: Myself & WeddingPals on Etsy

Celebrant: Margery Bamberick

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