Rachel and Owen's Relaxed Autumn Microwedding at Crieff Hydro

Friday, April 30, 2021

Mr + Mrs: Jarvie

3rd October 2020 | Crieff Parish Church + Murraypark Hotel | Guests: 20

Instagrams: @rachel__jarvie, @owenjarvie | Photos: Scott Arthur Photography

Rachel and Owen didn't let Covid restrictions or the rain dampen their special day! They married at the church where the groom's grandparents got married (aww!) followed by an afternoon tea with their loved ones. The bride wore a beautiful dress ordered online and made their gorgeous wedding cake. Read all about their first look, church ceremony and second-time lucky honeymoon...

Something Old: A charm from my mum’s old charm bracelet, on a new chain

Something New: The new bracelet chain

Something Borrowed: Sister’s perfume 

Something Blue: A blue button from my mum sewn into the inside of my dress

Did you have any wedding favours?

We gave all of our guests a wee pack on the way into the ceremony, including hand sanitiser and a face mask for them to keep. All of the face masks came from a local shop (Savana Living) who we love, and were in matching tartan, since it was a Scottish wedding. We loved having everyone in matching masks!

Tell us about the ceremony...

We had always hoped for a really chilled out ceremony, however due to COVID, this was even more laid back than we imagined! We got married in Owen’s grandparents church, surrounded by our family and a few friends, with one of our friends as our minister, making it even more special.

Something we really loved was walking in/walking down the isle together. With it being such a small wedding, we really wanted to enter hand in hand, side by side – the way we’re going to take on marriage and the rest of our lives. For me (Rach) it was such a comfort having Owen right next to me the whole time, taking away any of my nerves on the day and helping me to really enjoy the day. We did a ‘first look’ at home instead, which was really fun and made sure we were both ready on time – no nerves about anyone being late!! 

Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 

Pretty much everything! Our best friend Katy (has a small business called Picollo Bear), made all the signs and our big hanging at the front of the church. Rach also made her own bouquet and Owen’s button hole, also made from the dried blooms (mentioned in the ‘cake’ section), matching them to the cake. We still have the bouquet in a recycled wee milk bottle in our bedroom and we love having the memory of the day with us.

Song you walked down the aisle to: Gone, gone, gone – by Phillip Phillips

Ceremony Songs: We played a song whilst signing the register, which was written by one of our best friends. It’s called ‘How Our Love Starts’ by Charlotte Holden, and it’s on Spotify! She wrote it for us getting engaged and it was so special hearing it at the ceremony – Owen didn’t know it was being played til it happened!

Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple:  This Will Be (an everlasting love) – Natalie Cole

Did you have a worst wedding planning moment?

A few days before the wedding, the COVID guidelines changed and we had to last-minute change our catering plans and location – such a stress! We are so thankful that we still got to go ahead with having food with our loved ones, but it was a tense few days getting everything organised to fit into the guidelines.

How did you choose your venue?

We got married in Owen’s grandparent’s church, in the town where his Dad’s family grew up. We have loved visiting Crieff (Owen for his whole life and Rach in more recent years) and wanted to get married somewhere quite close to home, but that was special to us.

Funniest wedding photograph...

Maybe not funniest at the time – but in classic Scottish weather fashion, the rain was pelting it down on our wedding day. Instead of being upset, we decided just to embrace it, by getting the umberellas out and taking photos instead – so most of our pics do feature umberellas!

There’s a great photo of Owen’s best man (Matt) holding loads of umberellas and getting soaked himself whilst trying to help out – I love his willingness to help and love us!

Tell us all about the dress and dress shopping...

My initial dress shopping was in lots of wedding dress shops, pre-covid. It was fab and all the suppliers were super helpful. Unfortunately I didn’t buy my dress before lockdown hit (although I knew which one I wanted), so I was dress-less for a while. Not quite what I imagined!

However, after ordering a lot online and trying them on in my bedroom, I finally found a perfect one. A local dress fitters altered the length for me and I was ready to go! Not at all the experience I’d imagined when we first started wedding planning, but it all worked out great all the same. I absolutely loved the dress (and I saved a lot of money)!

Tell us about the food...

We had afternoon tea and it was absolutely perfect – lots of cups of tea accompanied by glasses of prosecco and lots of cakey treats. And all of our guests took their leftovers home for a midnight snack after the wedding.

Tell us all about your wedding cake...

I (Rach) made our wedding cake and that was really fun. Cutting into it and then being able to share it with all of our family was so lovely, and they all really enjoyed it. We actually still have some in our freezer, which we have been enjoying slices of the last few months as a wee treat sometimes. Our cake topper was from a business called Here’s to Us, and the flowers on top were a mix from Happy Blossoms and Gloam – and they were perfect!

The cake was based on a sticky toffee pudding flavour – a sticky toffee cake, with toffee sauce through the middle – as that’s Owen’s all time favourite dessert. 

Tell us about your Honeymoon...

We were initially planning on going to Istanbul, Turkey, where Owen was born, for a wee 10 day break, however we’ve postponed this for the moment, and are really hoping we’ll get to go in the future.

We booked ourselves a week away to Anglesey, Wales, and had the most relaxing, lovely time. We walked along beaches, ate a lot of cake, played Scrabble and drank wine. It was the perfect way to chill out and spend time together as husband & wife, after a stressful few months of uncertainty.

Venue: Crieff Hydro – Murraypark Hotel

Photographer: Scott Arthur Photography

Flowers:  Gloam and Happy Blossoms dried flowers, styled by Rach

Cake:  I made it – my baking business is _bakesbyrach

D├ęcor: Signs from Piccolo Bear Co

Hair: Sublime Hair - Stirling

Dress: THTH Bridesmaids

Shoes: ASOS

Wedding Rings: Claire Allain Jewelry

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