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Autumn in Scotland is a season everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime! Call me biased, however the warmly coloured trees shedding carpets of leaves, the chilly air that makes perfect weather for walking (and warming up in), and the often clear blue skies will no doubt win your heart. If you’re off on an adventure through Scotland and are travelling through the centre, here are some must see spots to swing by!

Beginning with St Andrew’s, which admittedly isn’t so much central Scotland as on the coast, this town is mostly university, but filled with sweet little shops, incredible history and ruins, and great sweeping beaches. Balgove Larder can serve up a delicious date scone, or perhaps the steak barn may lure you in with is sizzling specials. A beautiful farm shop stocked with locally sourced produce, artisan goods, flowers and more, the larder will have you well fed in no time! If you’re looking for a picnic in the cathedral ruins or down by the water, grab fish and chips from Cromar’s – the best chippy in Scotland this year! From St Andrew’s, it’s a quick drive to Dundee, and with its newly renovated waterfront and brand new V&A museum (the first outside London), this town is also worth a wander.

both images via Guardswell Farm

If a spot to rest your weary head is on the list, look no further than beautiful Guardswell Farm. With a range of different accommodation options, this farm based set-up has spectacular views, and will gift you with a detox using country air! Wood burning stoves will keep you cosy, flowers from the garden will welcome you in and Guardswell eggs and sausages might just be on the menu! Providing a gorgeous set-up for weddings is also available, which is simply the cherry on top! Dalmunzie Estate (pronounced ‘Dal-mung-y’ if you’re a local) also provides stunning accommodation close to the Cairngorm National Park, the heart of the Scottish Highlands. With dramatic views and being quite close to many a whiskey or gin distillery (yes please!), both spots will immerse you in the breathtaking Scottish countryside.

The Hermitage

Strap on your walking boots and dig out your waterproof jacket, there are some incredible walks to discover in this area of Scotland. Drive to Kenmore for a spectacular view over Loch Tay, then wind back to Aberfeldy where a walk up the Birks ‘O Aberfeldy is a must, particularly in Autumn. The coloured birch trees will knock your socks off with their beauty, and the falls will take your breath away! Pop into The Watermill Bookstore, a lovely, small independent bookshop, and wander over to Homer for some homewares to bring back with you. Drive back to Dunkeld, where a stop into Flora Sheddon’s Aran Bakery is a must! With mouth wateringly good tarts, loaves and lunch delights (plus a gingerbread cake to die for), after tasting just about one of everything, I can enthusiastically recommend a visit. Also baking delicious wedding cakes decorated with wildflowers, the bakery is just around the corner from the gorgeous gift shop The Blue Magpie and Dunkeld Smoked Salmon, delicious fish fit for the Queen! If you’re still up for one last adventure, head to The Hermitage for a look at the falls. Ten minutes in and the scenery will leave you speechless!

both images via Aran Bakery

There is so much more to discover, (I haven’t even mentioned the berries come Summer time!), but these tips will give you a great starting point if you’re looking to explore this beautiful corner of the world. Visit the pretty town of Perth full of lovely independent stores, watch out for the pheasants running across the road, try some haggis if you must and you’ll find around every corner there’s SO much more to discover!

All uncredited images by Nicola Goring

 

Ms Zebra Says: What a fantastic insight and guide to Scotland. It seems there’s a million things to do and discover! Thanks Ms Honeycomb for such a comprehensive list of to-do’s if you’re heading over that way!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

Wedding Venue & Accomodation: Guardswell Farm / Bakery: Aran Bakery / Venue: Balgove Larder / Accommodation: Dalmunzie Estate
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If I had to make a list of my top destinations in the world to elope? You can bet New Zealand sits right up there. Amazing waterfalls, mountain peaks, snow – what more could you want for a backdrop that takes your breath away?

It’s why we couldn’t go past this inspiration shoot of a rainforest elopement. The amazing river backdrop giving a moody edge, a depth to a simply romantic set of images.

With Sarah McEvoy Photography behind the camera, and Folk Yeah! capturing the motion, our “bride” dressed in a beaded gown by Paper Swan Bride, with jewels from Madame Fancy Pants and hair and makeup by The Powder Room NZ, while our “groom” (can we talk about that moustache?) chose a classic tuxedo from Crane Brothers. But it’s the flowers, oh the flowers, that really steal the show with their shades of buttery yellow with beautiful silvered eucalyptus foliage, complementing the blush and cream blooms, styled beautifully by Swoon Flowers.

Photographer Sarah shares “The untouched wilderness of Rivendell, where New Zealand’s native rainforest spills down steep gully’s to the edge of the grey stone banks of the Hutt River, provided the moody location for our romantic wedding inspiration shoot. We took an elegant and formal wedding look out of its traditional setting and into nature, edging it up with wildflowers, boots, and a fur coat. Sheltering from the rain, under a dripping tree canopy, in your lover’s arms.”

 

Photographer: Sarah McEvoy Photography / Cinematographer: Folk Yeah! / Bride's Dress: Anna Campbell / Bridal Salon: Paper Swan Bride / Bride's Jewellery: Madame Fancy Pants / Groom's Attire: Crane Brothers / Hair & Makeup Artist: The Powder Room NZ / Flowers: Swoon Flowers

Image via Hilde, Photography by Claudia Goedke

There is no doubt planning a wedding in a different country can be daunting! Although we now have so much information at our fingertips, it can still be overwhelming to begin to search for vendors that can provide the perfect wedding for you. Putting my Scottish bias aside, the country is still one of the most beautiful places in the world to be married! With moody clifftops, lush and green rolling hills, venues to take your breath away (not just from the cold) and an abundance of talented vendors, I’ve gathered a few together to make your planning a little easier!

 Image via Myrtle & Bracken

Image via The Brahmin Lettering Co, Photography by Katy Melling Photography

The simplest place to start in putting together the wedding of your dreams in Scotland (or in the United Kingdom) is on The Wedding Collective. Filled to overflowing with gorgeous imagery and clever folk ready to craft a gorgeous day, you’ll find everything you need from seasonal florists like Myrtle & Bracken and Pyrus, the latter of which grow their own flowers in a walled garden just outside of Edinburgh, through to stunning stylists such as Hilde. From music and entertainment through to stationery such as The Brahmin Lettering Co, these are hidden gems and small businesses. A beautifully put together community ready to help you plan your day.

Image via 33 Dowanhill

Providing the facial of our dreams are the lovely ladies at 33 Dowanhill! Although you may be flying in to the country with only a few days to spare before your wedding, may I heartily suggest you make time for a Signature Facial from these Glasgow skincare geniuses. If you’re in the country for much more time, lucky you! Planning some rest and relaxation before your wedding always sounds good to us, and we promise you’ll leave this special spot simply glowing! With a focus on the best and most luxurious skin care available (and no brand affiliation, so you know it’s the top of the crop!), the comfiest treatment bed and the loveliest ladies, these experts in the trade have just released their very own oil blend too, so you can bring some luxury home. Keep in mind, most appointments are booked out months in advance, so get in early, or follow on Instagram to snap up a cancellation!

Image via Ebba Goring Jewellery

Finding the perfect wedding jewellery can be tricky, even when you’re living in the country you plan to be wed in! Ebba Goring uses the intricately delicate technique of turning hand stitched cotton into the finest gold jewellery, hunting down gorgeous stones especially for each customer. If something bespoke is on your radar, you’ll need to be in touch early, however both Ebba Goring and Belfast based MAIRI are worth it! With stunning pieces one can only fall in love with, this jewellery would be a precious addition to your day.

There are so many hidden gems and small business bursting with joy and creativity, just waiting to plan your wedding day with you! If an overseas wedding in Scotland or the United Kingdom is your dream, this is the perfect place to start!

Ms Zebra Says: Wow what a fabulous insight into wedding planning in Scotland! It’s so amazing to be able to support small businesses and of course, it helps that they all great vendors too! Thanks Ms Honeycomb for the tips!

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

Jewellery: Ebba Goring Jewellery / Jewellery: MAIRI / Wedding Website: The Wedding Collective, Scotland / Facialist: 33 Dowanhill Skincare