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Leonardo Murrayfield Hotel – Kirsty & John’s Wedding

Steve Wright’s Sunday Love Songs

As I was bombing along the M9 on my way to shoot the bridal prep of my second wedding in three days I was happily singing along to the Love Songs Show on Radio 2 (yes Radio 2 sorry, not sorry). The perfect radio station choice for a wedding day 🙂

Swipe Right for Love

Whilst my choice of radio station might not be very modern, the way Kirsty and John met was. They met on that well known dating app and met up for drinks on a Thursday night in 2016. By the Friday night Kirsty had practically moved into John’s house and on the Saturday John met Kirsty’s parents! (Sounds a bit like a Craig David Song – showing my age again!!). Kirsty’s Dad discovered that he already knew John from the drinking establishment they both frequented so that was one seal of approval gained.

When you know, you know and soon they discovered they were going to be parents and their son Leighton arrived 🙂 Shortly after he was born the couple were shopping in the Gyle and John said, ‘lets look at rings’, and that was that! Let the wedding planning commence!

All systems go

When I arrived at the Leonardo Hotel at 10am Helen and Angie from City Brides Edinburgh had already set up their chairs and supplies at the hotel room window and were ready for hair and make up action. I can honestly say I have never seen so many eyeshadow pallets lined up on one windowsill! The girls worked their magic on a four (nearly five) year old flower girl, two bridesmaids, the mother of the bride and of course the bride as well as finding time to chat to us all, sing along to songs and offer advice to the mother of the bride’s sister! They were amazing.

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When there is so much going on in a hotel room I like to turn the pictures into black and white to keep them simple. I love how Kirsty looks like a Film Noir star in this picture.

Easy like Sunday mornings

Meanwhile the Groom, John and his Best Man Pete were having a far more relaxed time of it. Having got ready at home, John and Pete were enjoying a nice relaxing pint at the bar when I barged in and hassled them outside for some photos.

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They had scrubbed up well in their kilts from Eight Yards kilt hire.

Leighton had a matching kilt and was his Daddy’s mini me.

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Talk about stealing the show.

Vow Wow

Kirsty walked down the aisle on the arm of her very proud dad George. They were piped down the aisle to the beautiful sound of Highland Cathedral.  Kirsty and John had opted for a Humanist ceremony and had written their own vows which was a sweet and tender touch to the proceedings.

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Leighton was sat with Granny Linda, who was resplendent in her pink and grey Mother of the Bride outfit from Catwalk in Falkirk.

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But he wanted in on whatever Mummy and Daddy were doing! I think it’s lovely that one day he is going to be able to look back at the pictures and know that he was there to share in his parents special day.

Against the clock

I like to not keep my brides and grooms away from their guests too long for the formal pictures. After all it is their day I am capturing, not a portfolio building exercise for me. That said, throw in a 21 month old who is ready for a nap and those time scales get even shorter!

We had planned to go into the meadows across the road from the hotel for some dreamy shots amongst the long grasses. But… after heavy rain the day before, Kirsty’s heels were not  up for it and I didn’t want her beautiful dress to ruin. So we ended up at the side of the road….

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But I don’t think you can tell from this picture, can you? I think it still looks like the beautiful long grass shot I envisaged.

Capturing Kirsty, John and Leighton as naturally as possible was the aim of the game and I love the shots I got of them walking with Leighton.

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Be still my heart! What a gorgeous little family.

The Bridal Party

It’s not a wedding without photos of the bridal party and this group didn’t disappoint.

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I loved the bridesmaids and flower girls navy dresses.

Perfect

After the speeches and a three course meal it was time for the evening guests to start arriving.

The cake was cut and Kirsty and John took to the dance floor to dance to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect as their first dance as husband and wife.

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It was a great song choice as these two are perfect for each other and it was the perfect day.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs McRitchie xoxo

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The Vu, Bathgate – Christine & James’ Wedding

“And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more”

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

It wasn’t quite a thousand years Christine and James waited to get married but seventeen years and two children later can feel like a really long time!

They met seventeen years ago at the gym and about seven years later James asked Christine to marry him. They started planning a wedding but six months later discovered they were pregnant with their daughter Neive. So the wedding got put on the back burner and then life got in the way.

Christine was looking at the venue The Vu on social media earlier this year when a last minute date popped up as a cancellation. As it was James’ birthday she sent it to him as a joke thinking he’d never go for it. But he did! By the time they phoned up another couple had already booked it so they thought that was that. Twelve hours later the venue called them back. The other couple had pulled out as they felt it was too short notice – did they want it? Christine and James rose to the challenge. IT WAS ON!!!

A Family Affair

In the intervening years, Christine and James also had a son, Jude and he looked super smart in his matching kilt.

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Neive meanwhile looked beautiful as one of her mum’s bridesmaids.

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Christine looked absolutely stunning in a fit and flare dress with a plunging back set off with a long sparkly veil and pastel roses bouquet.

I now pronounce you man and wife

It was a short but memorable service. At one point Neive got emotionally as her parents finally tied the knot and as I gave her my emergency hanky I noticed all the other bridesmaids getting a shot of it. Quite a lot of glassy eyes in the building.

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Baby, it’s cold outside

Christine and James were very fortunate with the weather for a late October wedding. It was beautiful blue skies and little puffy white clouds. It was also only about three degrees and bitterly cold.

Undeterred the happy couple braved the weather for some formal photos on The Vu’s famous jetty.

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It was my first time shooting at this venue and having checked it out beforehand I had such plans for pictures of Christine and James and their kids walking by the reservoir and the bridal party in the pagoda. Ahhhh such plans! The Baltic weather stopped us in our tracks, well if I’m honest the bride (what a trouper) and myself were up for it but the kids point-blank refused to stay outside any longer than absolutely necessary!

The pictures of the new Mr & Mrs on the jetty were worth the cold weather though!

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Hold me – for warmth!
A Sensible Plan B

Being a premier wedding venue there was a plan B and Hannah the wedding coordinator suggested the slate wall back inside the room we had the service. Coordinators like Hannah are worth their weight in gold. She was so helpful all day 🙂

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The wall was the perfect backdrop for this stunning couple.

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A Sparkling Evening

After the speeches and the meal, we braved the weather again armed with some sparklers.

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Baby, you’re a firework!

Then all too soon it was time for the cake cutting and first dance and time for me to take my leave. You would never have known this wedding had been organised so quickly and as my last wedding of the year, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Congratulations Mr and Mrs Welsh and to all the other wonderful couples I’ve shot this year.

Bring on the 2019 weddings!

 

 

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh – Pamela and James’ Wedding

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”

– Audrey Hepburn

When Mr JB and I lived in Edinburgh we had a flat with no garden. As the Royal Botanic Gardens were a stone’s throw from where we lived they were a beautiful respite in a bustling city, a place to walk on a Sunday morning and feed the fat squirrels, somewhere we would joke was our ‘backyard’. They are a magical place that we have very fond memories of. Hence, I was delighted when Pamela and James booked me to photograph their wedding there.

James and Pamela met in a bar in Edinburgh whilst out with their respective friends. Pamela wasn’t too keen on giving James her mobile number so the cunning devil stole it! Three years later and James proposed in Greece which Pamela said was just in time as she thought it was never going to happen. The proposal itself took two attempts as the first time Pamela thought James was trying to steal her Panini!!

Umbrella Excitement!

James is Scottish and Pamela is Italian and when I went to her room at the Inverleith Hotel to capture some of the bridal prep I had my wedding umbrellas with me, just in case. I was greeted at the door by two gorgeous, very animated Italian ladies that were clearly very excited about something! When Pamela realised I was completely confused she translated that they were very happy that I had brought wedding umbrellas as it looked overcast and they were thinking they might have to go out and buy some! As it turned out we didn’t need them – but you never know in Scotland….

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Pamela looked absolutely radiant. As they had chosen the garden venue she had gone with a stunning floral crown in her hair and the overall effect once she had her dress on was off an ethereal goddess. James was a very lucky guy.

In the Garden

I left Pamela in her maids’ good hands to get to the Caledonian Hall, the wedding venue they had chosen inside the Gardens. Pamela and James picked the venue as they too love coming to the Gardens in their downtime and once they realised they could get married there nowhere else came close for consideration.

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The Groom and his Best Man arrived resplendent in Stewart Tartan. As the guests arrived they were played in by Davie Christie on his violin.

The Ceremony

As half the guests were Italian the service was conducted by the registrar and one of the couples friends who is an interpreter for a living. She also interpreted the two readings the couples had chosen and all the speeches. I think it all sounded more romantic in Italian.

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James also spoke some of his vows and his speech in Italian which was a lovely touch.

Bellissimo

The gardens looked so beautiful in all their autumnal splendour. The new Mr and Mrs Stewart were so photogenic. I could have spent hours walking them around the garden taking pictures. In fact, I nearly broke my own rules which are to get the couple back to their party and guests as soon as possible.

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Their favourite parts of the Gardens included the Rock Garden and the Chinese Garden. I made sure we got lots of great pictures in those places.

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Confetti? Who needs it!

Due to strict conservation rules, the guests weren’t allowed to throw confetti in the gardens. But who needs confetti when you have leaves!

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Alice in Wonderland

The couple had chosen Alice in Wonderland characters for their seating plan and with glass candelabras, lots of flowers and a naked wedding cake the Caledonian Hall looked absolutely magical.

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The Maid of Honour kicked off the speeches. I can honestly say was the most beautiful speech I’ve heard all year. The Italian translation sounded even more poetic.

After the speeches, I bade them farewell before they tucked into the wedding breakfast and then started dancing the evening away. At the end of the night, they were serving the guests pizza. I just hope nobody tried to steal the Bride’s slice!

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Low Parks Museum & AlonA Hotel – Carly & David’s Wedding

“Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl – no superior alternative has yet been found.” – Winston Churchill

Swipe right for love

About three and a half years ago David, an Army recruitment officer, was posted to a job in England. Whilst there he used a well-known dating app and he and Carly had a memorable first date in a local pub. Not long after he was posted somewhere else for a month but they agreed to meet up again when he returned and the rest, as they say, is history!

By the time David got posted back to Scotland, he and Carly were inseparable so they set up house together. Then a few days before Christmas they were getting ready to go out and David surprised Carly by going down on one knee and proposing.

The greatest gift

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To complete this perfect love story they are expecting their first baby next year. I’m not sure that they could’ve given each other a greater wedding gift.

A trip to the museum

Carly and David chose Low Parks Museum in Hamilton for their ceremony.

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Inside the Assembly Room was a complete hidden gem. Carly and David admitted they only found out about it after they attended another wedding there.

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Stunning Venue
Hip to be a Groom

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Being a military man David was very good at taking orders. So every time I asked him and his best men to take a swig from their hipflasks for a photo he obliged 😉

After a week of gales and rain, storm Ali had abated and the sun was shining. So much so that it was hard to get all the guests inside before the bride arrived. All wanting that last little bit of vitamin D!

Eventually, the venue staff and the best men got them all seated and the piper, the registrar and I waited for the bride to arrive with her super proud dad.

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Carly looked beautiful, she was absolutely glowing and couldn’t stop smiling as she headed down the aisle to her Dave.

Husband and Wife

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Carly and David’s vows rang out loud and clear and then, just like that, they were husband and wife.

Best of all for me I then had a captive group before the coach picked up all the wedding party and took them to the reception venue. Greatest scenario EVER for a wedding photographer as all too often getting group shots of the whole party is like herding cats once they discover the bar!

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Travelling in style

Whilst the rest of the guests travelled to the reception in a luxury coach the bride and groom had this beautiful machine from Enchanted Limousines.

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Inappropriate Photographer Alert!

People that know me well know that I can be a tad inappropriate at times. But never at a clients wedding. I try my utmost to be as professional as possible. This time it wasn’t even my fault (honest guv). At the AlonA Hotel in Motherwell Carly and David had hired the LED lights of their initials. All was going well with the formal photos until I innocently asked someone to put their hands on the D (for David!!) and people started sniggering…Once I realised my faux pas everything I said sounded unintentionally smutty!

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Shocking speeches

Soon it was time for the meal and speeches and it was David’s best men that stole the show. His childhood friend went first and shared a story about a parachuting hamster that nobody could quite believe.

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Judging by the bride’s face she’d never heard this story either!!

The other best man hinted to even more scandalous stories but as the audience contained kids and grandparents he couldn’t share any of them. He did, however, angle for some of Carly’s mum’s legendary lasagne!

Time to get the party started

As always, once the cake was cut and the first dance danced it was time for me to leave the new Mr & Mrs Hamilton to party the night away with their fantastic family and friends.

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Congratulations to the most gorgeous pair and I look forward to shooting baby Hamilton when he or she arrives.

 

 

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The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links – Tina and Joanne’s Wedding

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Love is like photography. First, you have to remember to shoot by the rules. Then you have to forget the rules and shoot from your heart.

Tina and Joanne are both keen photographers (more on that later) so no pressure for me to capture their wedding moments then!

They met online through their love of photography and set up their first date at an abandoned building (Tina loves to photograph cool abandoned and forgotten buildings, theme parks, towns, etc). Joanne got cold feet on the way to the date and had it not been for her cousin convincing her to attend this relationship might never have developed.

Joanne is an effervescent pocket rocket of a girl who covers her nerves by talking animatedly. Tina is willowy and reserved, happy to let Joanne steal the show. They are quite simply the perfect match for each other. Joanne said she knew from that first date that she would marry Tina. Fast forward a few years and Joanne had planned a romantic proposal under the Forth Railway Bridge. But…she was too excited to wait and proposed one morning in bed!

The Perfect Location

My brides had picked The Old Manor Hotel in Lundin Links, Leven. They have beautiful rooms for an intimate wedding like theirs or medium or large scale weddings.

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An Intimate Ceremony

Tina walked down the aisle first with her mum. I love her reaction as she sees Joanne for the first time.

 

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First look

Joanne’s Dad walked her down the aisle. Joanne’s dress was the very first one she tried on and she accessorised it with her dearly departed gran’s pearl necklace and super cool baby pink Doc Martins.Wedding photographer in Fife - JB Moments Photography

The ceremony was intimate and tailored perfectly to the couple and soon they were Mrs and Mrs.

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The weather gods were smiling

Despite rain that week and on the morning of the big day it was dry after the ceremony so we were able to go outside and get some gorgeous pictures of my beautiful brides.

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The Icing on the Cake

Was literally the icing on the wedding cake. It was photography themed. I loved it.

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It included an edible film roll with pictures of Tina and Joanne.

Then it was time for Tina and Joanne to enjoy their first meal with their family and wife and wife.

As I drove away from the hotel I was reminded of the song lyrics that were dotted around Tina and Joanne’s house when I visited them for their consultation.

“Freeze, frame, pause, rewind, stop.” Pink

It’s a good reminder to be in the moment and enjoy the now. Something I hope Tina and Joanne do as they start their married life together.

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Local Business Spotlight – Frox of Falkirk

It’s time for another spotlight on one of the amazing local businesses near me. This week I’m back with Fiona the owner of Frox Of Falkirk to discuss outfits for the two second most important people at your wedding…Your mum and your mother-in-law to be!

Hi Fiona, nice to speak to you again, thank you for agreeing to do this. Similiar format to last time…what’s the biggest trends for the happy couples mums at the moment?

Fit and flare has been a huge trend for 2017. We are seeing a lot more woman looking for dresses alone, rather than the more traditional dress and jacket.

When someone visits Frox Of Falkirk, what can they expect?

When a woman visits our store she can expect a personal shopper experience. Our girls will walk you through the process and help with the process of finding the perfect outfit as the mother of the bride or groom. We will listen to what you want and work with you to have you looking and feeling amazing.

Sounds great Fiona, how can couples decide if you are the right supplier for them?

Once you have decided what you need for your wedding and set a budget, you need to think about what suppliers to use. If the product and service you receive are right, then that supplier is right for you.

Sage advice, what about advice for the mother of the bride/groom?

Think carefully about who you would like to come with you. You need someone whose opinion you really trust, but who you also agree with on style! Having too many people with you when you go to buy your outfit can often make it extremely difficult to make a decision.

Thank you so much, Fiona. Finally, what else can Frox Of Falkirk help with?

As well as mother of the bride and groom wear, we offer a great range of hats, hatinators and fascinators, shoes and bags, and gorgeous evening gowns.

So there you have it, easy to see why Fiona and her team have stayed one of the top choices for event wear in central Scotland.

Coming soon I hope to feature a very talented local makeup artist and a scrummy cake maker whose cakes are a work of art.

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Local Business Spotlight – Irene’s Florist, Larbert

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Welcome to my 2nd interview highlighting and promoting excellent local businesses in and around Larbert. If you missed my interview with Fiona at Bridal Boutique at Frox of Falkirk you can catch up here.

This time I spoke to Aimee at Irene’s Florist. Irene’s Florist is an award-winning premier florist set up in 1989 and making brides bouquets and venues special ever since.

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Aimee, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this, tell me what’s hot in wedding flowers at the moment?

Our popular wedding trends are very vintage garden style wedding bouquets, lots of traditional shower bouquets are definitely coming back in, with us using lots of foliage and wild looking flowers.

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And when someone orders from Irene’s Florist, what can they expect?

They can expect us to provide the best service possible, we definitely go out of our way to ensure all our customers are happy with both our products and service. Also, we are very knowledgeable having over 40 years experience so our customers can expect us to advise them on suitable choices based on what they are looking for. We also pride ourselves on good quality products at a very reasonable price so our customers can expect long lasting and fresh beautiful flowers, without paying too much.

How can couples decide if you’re right for them?

I think couples can judge if a supplier is right for their wedding day if the supplier can offer them exactly what they are looking for and understands their ideas. THe supplier must be able to meet the couple’s budget for them to be a right fit for the wedding. Most importantly when the couple first meets with the supplier they have to feel comfortable enough to trust the supplier to play an important role in their big day.

What one piece of advice would you offer to couples planning their wedding?

One piece of advice to couples would be to try and get things booked and organised as early as possible, being organised definitely helps in the planning of the wedding. This saves stress on the lead up to the big day and definitely makes it more enjoyable!

Thanks, Aimee that’s been brilliant, finally, what other services does Irene’s Florist offer as well as wedding flowers?

We also supply flowers for lots of different occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, corporate work and funeral flowers. We take pride in all the work we do and always try our best no matter how big or small the order may be.

I can certainly vouch for that as I have been the lucky recipient of many anniversary flowers from Mr JB from Irene’s. They are always beautiful and last absolutely ages. If you haven’t already – give them a try, you’ll not be disapointed.

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Next time I’ll be back chatting with Fiona at Frox of Falkirk about the second most important person at the wedding…the Mother of the Bride!

Local Business Spotlight – Frox of Falkirk Bridal

The wedding fair season is in full swing at the moment as happy couples check out venues, transport, catering and all manner of suppliers offering products and services to make the big day go with a bang!

I think a lot of people when they first start planning think they have to head into one of the big cities to find good suppliers but near where I live in Larbert are a whole host of fantastic local suppliers so I thought I would start featuring short interviews with them on a regular basis to get to know them. It’s important for local businesses to support and promote each other and first up I interviewed Fiona Wilson who runs Frox of Falkirk Bridal, a new venture for the well established and hugely popular Frox of Falkirk Mother of the Bride Boutique (featuring in a later article – watch this space!).

Fiona, what would you say is the most popular style or trend at the moment?

Ruffled style bridal gowns are huge this season and have had many brides-to-be looking particularly for this.

With that being said, the traditional elegance of lace and satin continue to be up there among the bride’s favourites.

If someone visits your bridal boutique, what can they expect?

When a bride comes to visit us she can expect the complete personal shopper experience. Our job is to ensure she feels special and finds “The One”, whilst also being honest and making her look and feel her best.

How can couples decide if a supplier is a right fit for them and their wedding?

Think of your budget and if you love the products and service you receive from the supplier.

You’ve been in the wedding business a long time Fiona, if you could offer brides one piece of advice what would it be?

Always have an open mind when you start shopping for your gown. many brides have one set idea of what they want to look like on their wedding day, but when they try on different styles they can find something completely different that is perfect!

Thank you so much for your time, Fiona. Finally, what other occasions/services do you offer as well as beautiful wedding dresses?

We not only stock gorgeous bridal gowns, we also have bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, bridal shoes, veils and headpieces, everything you need for your big day!

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If you are looking to say yes to the dress, get bridesmaids outfits or accessories for your special day I recommend a visit to see Fiona and her team in Falkirk. Check out their Facebook page and all their amazing reviews.

I look forward to photographing my first Frox Bride soon!

Still looking for that perfect florist? Next up I am homing to interview Irene’s Florist in Larbert…