Megan and Liam's intimate Autumn 2020 Micro Wedding at Saorsa 1875

Monday, February 15, 2021

 Mr + Mrs De La Motte 

10th October 2020 | Saorsa 1875 | Guests: 3

Instagram: @weouttaherebaby | Photos: David Brown Photographer

Megan and Liam's wedding was a simple and intimate affair held at the Saorsa 1875. They opted for an autumnal theme, and their venue choice complimented this perfectly. They wed in an outdoor ceremony, on a bed of red and yellow fallen leaves, and in front of a backdrop of trees and foliage! Bride Megan stunned in a white ASOS Jumpsuit, and paired the look with a gorgeous dried flower bouquet and crown made by her florist. Her bouquet was tied with a hand-dyed ribbon, which was made even more special by friend and witness Maria adding her beautiful calligraphy. Megan talks to us all about their dreamy day, and what it was like planning a wedding during the current restrictions... 

Tell us all about your wedding theme... 

The overarching theme of our wedding was small and simple, out of necessity of the times. Having a wedding during Covid-19 forced us to totally pivot from our original plans, but it made for a stress-free, intimate and memorable day. We had our wedding in the Pitlochry area in Scotland, and leant into the gorgeous autumnal feel of the town with our colour scheme. I gave the talented Louise @catkinstudio a very loose brief for a bouquet, 3 button holes, a flower crown, and a hair slide - Dried, Mixed Media, Autumnal. Our brief to Unity @moonrisebakery for our cake was similar, and without talking to each other, they both used the same flowers! We ordered hand-dyed ribbon for our hand-tying ceremony from Cfleursdesign on Etsy, which we gave to our friend and witness Maria to add her beautiful calligraphy to with our names and the date. Maria Manuscript is not only a talented artist, but a wonderful woman. It was also important to us to support small, local businesses when choosing vendors, and I would wholeheartedly recommend the services of these women to anyone. 

What kind of ceremony did you have?

We had a humanist wedding, without readings as we wanted to keep everything simple. We asked our Registrar Margaret to read a Quaich poem we had found when performing this section of the celebration. My favourite part “For love is good, and life is long, and two are best together” 

Any advice for future brides… 

Stress less! It will all be ok! Everything is fixable. We ended up with the complete opposite of what we planned, and I can promise you we didn’t feel we lost out. Given the circumstances, there was nothing more we could do, so we resigned ourselves to fate, planned what we could but remained flexible, ad the results were wonderful. I said to my husband before we left “So do you think we’ve overlooked anything?” and he said “we have the venue booked, our cake, our celebrant, and our friends are coming. Anything else we can figure out once we’re there”. Turns out we had thought of everything we need, but going in with that mindset made it so stress-free.  

Did you have have anything unusual at your wedding?   

Well, the majority of our guests joined via zoom call! Because our wedding was during coronavirus restrictions, we were unable to go home to Australia as we had planned, meaning our family and friends couldn’t be with us physically on the day. We set up a Zoom meeting ahead of time, told everyone to get the drinks and food in, dress up, and join us on the day.  

Tell us all about the dress...

The wedding dress shopping was difficult. I had a style in mind, and when I tried a few of these on, it just wasn’t right! Again, due to covid, all of my shopping was done online. I knew i didn’t want a traditional wedding dress, so I searched for formal and even bridesmaid dresses instead. I tried a few different colours, and a few different styles over 6 months or so, and ended up with my white jumpsuit from ASOS. £150. Love a bargain! 

How did you choose your venue? 

The venue was a big thing for us - as vegans, we wanted to have the wedding somewhere that we wouldn’t have to worry about trying to organise food alternatives from standard menus. Location wise, we didn’t want to be irresponsible and travel too far from home in the midst of a global pandemic. The perfect intersection for this Venn Diagram was the heavenly Saorsa 1875. After I found their website, marvelled over the owner’s interior design style, and drooled over the sample menus, there was no room for any other venue in my mind. From start to finish, the owner Sandra and her husband and staff could not have been any more accommodating and generous. The food is to die for, whether you are vegan or not, you must make the trip to enjoy the superb 5 course nightly menu. The chefs on staff are creative and passionate, and at the end of the meal come in to take any questions. We felt incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to use the hotel as our wedding venue, as we were the first to ever do so! Please do get in contact with them if you are considering a small wedding - I promise you will not be disappointed. 

Any surprises on the day?

When our witness Maria pulled out a smoke bomb for photos! Wasn’t expecting that. Turns out our first dance was to no music at all, with a background of white smoke.  

Venue: Saorsa 1875 

Photographer: David Brown Photographer  

Stationary:  Maria Manuscript 

Flowers:  Catkin studio 

Cake:  Moonrise Bakery 

Décor: Saorsa 1875 

Hair: Emma Diamond Hair, co-owner of Curlach

Dress: ASOS 

Celebrant:  Margaret Ross through Pitlochry Registry Office 

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