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This bride designed her own dress for her Scottish garden party wedding

This bride designed her own dress for her Scottish garden party wedding

Written by Katie Byrne

Annie and James said 'I do' in a celebration filled with greenery, candles and handmade details


Annie Wotherspoon, 29, a chartered surveyor, and James Millar, 31, an architect, married at Kenmore Kirk church, Perthshire and held their ceremony at Annie’s childhood home in Fortingall, Perthshire. 

Budget: £40,000

James and I have been family friends since we were little, having lived next door to each other, and were re-introduced through my cousin when we both moved to London eight years ago. We got engaged on a walk, by our favourite spot on a hill loch in rural Perthshire.

Our theme was a Scottish country garden wedding with lots of greenery, candles and a grey colour scheme. The first things I chose when we got engaged were the bridesmaid’s dresses, which were a blue-y/grey-slate colour scheme and that formed the basis of our colour palette.

I loved the homemade feel of the day (from the favours to the decorations, and hanging hoops), as well as the rustic stag antler candelabras that my mum made (with a little help from eBay!) to tie in with the setting, my father’s deer park.


I designed my dress myself with Shanna Melville after finding it difficult to make a decision and thought it would be fun to start from scratch. I opted for a simple design with a low V-neck and back to tie in with my bridesmaids’ dresses. We added seed pearls to the cap sleeves and pearl buttons down the back to add interest.


Due to the garden setting and my mum’s love of flowers, the blooms were an important part of the day. We wanted lots of pots of herbs and spring-y plants that we could replant in the garden so that nothing got wasted. We had trees lining the marquee, which we later planted in memory of the day.


A highlight of the day for me was my brother playing a solo of Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes (he learnt especially for the day), as James and I walked out the church. Three other pipers and the organist joined in and it was just incredible. My gorgeous bridesmaid, Ellie, also played a solo of Annie’s Song by John Denver on the violin while we signed the register, and it took everyone’s breath away. 

For the reception we just wanted a proper party – fuelled by good music and lots of cocktails. My brother surprised us by supplying the whole party with comedy glasses and glowsticks for the dance floor, which went down a treat!


My tip for brides-to-be: Enjoy single minute! I loved planning the day but was lucky enough to have amazing friends and family to help, particularly my mum, who was instrumental in making the day so special.

Steal their style!

Photography: Blue Sky Photography Florist: Coach House Flowers Dress: Shanna Melville Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale Catering: Hudsons 

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