Hayley and Paul's Simple and Fun Scottish Elopement at Eilean Donan Castle

Friday, June 11, 2021

Mr + Mrs Cartman 
20th October 2020 | Eilean Donan Castle | Guests: 3
Instagram: @elopedtoscotland | Photos: Jessica Stott Photography
Hayley and Paul eloped to the Scottish Highlands with their daughter Amelia as their bridesmaid in October last year. After planning since 2019 their plans were up in the air due to Covid, but fortunately travel restrictions were lifted and they were able to still have the day they planned. The bride wore a beautiful Stella York gown which stunned in the autumnal Scottish sun. Hayley tells us all about their day and offers some advice for brides to be...
Tell us all about your wedding theme and colour scheme 
We wanted our wedding to be very us, we didn’t really have a theme as such we just wanted to incorporate as much of us as we could into our day – we were happy to climb through sheep poo and through a muddy wood because we just go with the flow. The colour scheme we chose was very autumnal I love autumnal colours and so we had lots of burgundy in the scheme and blush pinks for Amelia and Navy for Paul. 
What kind of ceremony did you have? 
We decided on having a Humanist wedding because neither of us are religious, we looked into a Humanist ceremony and that spoke to us more than making a commitment to someone we don’t believe in. We loved that a Humanist wedding tells your story and is about your love for one another. We had a reading called The Giraffe and The Monkey. Tears streamed! 
Something Old: My Pandora bracelet that Paul bought me for our first Christmas together. 
Something New: My something new was my Vivienne Westwood wedding shoes – I fell in love with them instantly 
Something Borrowed: My something borrowed was Paul’s Grandma’s pearl necklace which Paul’s Grandad bought her for their 30th wedding anniversary. His Grandma Mavis sadly passed away in April after a bout of Covid-19 
Something Blue: My something blue was a 2020 charm for the Pandora bracelet.
What was your favourite part of the day? 
All of it but I have to say the special time that we had together while having our photos taken was amazing we were able to enjoy all of that time together and I still managed to make Paul cry when I entered into the hall in the castle. 
What was the most emotional moment of the day? 
There were two really emotional moments of the day. Our first look – we were all in tears and the reading of The Giraffe and The Monkey, I couldn’t get through it without tears. 
Advice for future brides… 
You do you, don’t feel you have to people please, there will be one person who will complain regardless of what you do so make sure you’re happy with your choices and make sure they aren’t to make others happy. – also elope! You’ll be glad you did. Another one – don’t sweat the small stuff – things will go wrong on the day but don’t worry about it just enjoy each moment. I forgot our flowers, and all sorts of other things, but it happens, just run with it. 
Song you walked down the aisle to: Marry Me  - Robbie Williams 
Ceremony Songs: Portuguese Love (Love Actually) A Million Dreams (Greatest Showman – Amelia’s choice)
Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple:  Not up the aisle but as our celebration – Make You Feel My Love – Adele & How Would You Feel – Ed Sheeran 
First Dance:  We didn’t actually have a first dance – I thought we would do when we got back to the house but we were all absolutely shattered
Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 
I made both mine and Amelia’s bouquets and Paul’s buttonhole 
Wedding must-have: 
If you’re getting married in the Scottish Highlands – Wellies 
Tell us all about the dress and dress shopping... 
I was looked after so much by Bridal Reloved at Wakefield. They made the experience so lovely – despite covid restrictions. I had previously purchased a dress that I was absolutely forced into shortly after we got engaged (not at bridal reloved) I completely fell out of love with it, the lady in the shop promised I could make certain changes but they just weren’t possible. Charlotte at Bridal Reloved was amazing, I had always envisaged myself in a tea dress, but my A-line dress was perfect 
Tell us all about your wedding cake... 
Not very traditional but we had brownies from Ridiculously Rich By Alana – they created a bespoke box for us we was amazing. We had party ring flavours, blondies, salted caramel and a whole array of other flavours.
What food did you have at your wedding?  
We had a takeaway steak and chips and Amelia had fish goujons. Due to Covid restrictions at the time we got married we were unable to eat in a restaurant after 6pm, our ceremony was at 5pm so The Plockton Hotel were happy to arrange a pick up of our wedding meal after the ceremony which was really lovely of them.
How did you choose your venue? 
Really random but I saw it on Pintrest years before we even got engaged and, in the end, I asked Paul if we could book it (we weren’t engaged at this point) we had never even visited but I knew it was the most perfect setting.
Favourite wedding supplier: This is a hard one because they were all amazing but I would have to say Jessica Stott – our photographer- she took amazing photos which will stay will us forever. 
Best wedding splurge: Perfume – I bought my wedding perfume from Jo Malone – Velvet Rose and Oud and every time I spray it now; it takes me back to our wedding day. Paul’s suit as well was a splurge by my god did his bum look good in those trousers! 
Is there anything you wish you'd done differently?
 Not a thing, it was perfect! I’d recommend an elopement to anyone 
Were there any surprises on the day?
Our driver Cameron was amazing he bought us a bottle of prosecco and also made up a little pamper pack for Amelia – honestly that was the sweetest touch. He made sure he had snacks to keep Amelia fed and occupied through the day.  We never expected something so thoughtful and generous. Such an amazing person – we still stay in touch now. 
Funniest moment of the day: When Amelia was helping us with our handfasting and shouted my god Mum you stink of prosecco  
Funniest wedding photograph: Teeth kissing, Jess got us to do a teeth kiss to get some super smiley shots we were in hysterics trying to work out how to teeth kiss – We also walked down a hillside and I had to pull Paul up the side and I just couldn’t muster the strength to pull him up.
Do you have a best and worst wedding planning moment?
Two weeks before the wedding everything was up in the air with what the new restrictions would bring – would we be able to have our day? The stress was untold. We luckily got through it all and there were no restrictions for us other than the meal – but we worked with it and went with the flow. 
Venue: Eilean Donan Castle 
Photographer: Jessica Stott Photography 
Flowers: Country Baskets 
Cake: Ridiculously Rich by Alana 
MUA: Eilidh Matheson Makeup
Hair: Alyce Fraser 
Dress: Stella York
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood and Hunter 
Flower girl dresses: Monsoon 
Suits: Ted Baker
Wedding Rings: AJB Design Jeweller  
Celebrant: Rona Burstow – Rona the Humanist Celebrant 
Car: Scottish Car Tours – Cameron MacRae 

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