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We have heard a lot about brides planning their weddings in Asia from abroad. This time, here is a story about a couple residing in Kuala Lumpur who planned their wedding in faraway Scotland. They also flew BlueCicada Photography over there with them, and we now get to enjoy a set of photos from their beautiful, traditional ceremony.

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dan: “As we were getting ready in the morning we could hear Helen’s brother, Jono, practising his bagpipes for piping Helen down the aisle and then both of us into the marquee. In that setting, at that moment, it felt very poignant.

“We had planned for the ceremony itself to be outside, but the weather conspired against us and we went with Plan B, which was a beautiful ruined chapel. Looking back, the atmosphere inside and the amazing photographs that Caroline at Bluecicada Photography took show that it was the best thing that could have happened. The ceremony was a very emotional affair, especially on my part! Helen took my breath away when she walked down the aisle and I didn’t manage to get it back. We wrote our own vows as part of a Humanist ceremony delivered by Jane Betchtel so it was a very personal, memorable experience.

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“The meal and speeches flew by and we were soon cutting our fab cake of cheese. We had a few party games to get a bit of competition going between tables, and our friends and family became suitably boisterous. The dancing that followed was a fantastic mix of ceilidh and covers. I was amazed, again, by some of the photographs of the guests and us dancing, and they really capture the party mood that we were aiming for.

“We were going for a village fete theme and hoped to spend a lot of time outside (the venue overlooks the sea and has beautiful grounds). We didn’t want anything too formal and also wanted to get guests involved so that they really felt part of our wedding, in the same way that they are part of our lives.

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“The summer meadow flowers (especially cornflowers as they’re Helen’s favourite) set the tone for colours as we wanted to achieve a natural, informal feel. The marquee decorating was done by us, with help from friends and family, the day before. Many of the decorations were homemade (thanks must go to Helen’s mum!) including place settings, napkin ties, table plan – we even used a strip of hessian over the tablecloth.

“We didn’t really feel a cake was necessary, but the cake of cheese worked very well and kept guests going throughout the evening. We asked some friends and family to bake cakes for dessert, and the results were delicious and looked great – another way of getting people involved.

“We live in Malaysia so we don’t see friends and family as often as we might like. We decided to try to make the wedding a two-day event by having a BBQ at the venue on the Sunday. Of course, some people could not make it, but it provided a brilliant way for us to relax (after the adrenaline of the big day) with people we don’t often see, and we finished off the cheese, desserts and leftover wine!”

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “It’s worth investing time and money in getting the right photographer. When the day is over, the photographs will provide a lasting memory of one of the most important days of your life. The day goes by incredibly quickly and you’ll miss some things so it’s great to have the photos to go back to and reminisce.

“Get your fiancé involved in the planning. He’ll feel even more invested in the day if you encourage him to share some ideas or preferences, especially if you listen to them. If the bride-to-be and her mum take over too much, the groom could be left feeling quite peripheral to a day that is about both you and him.

“Try to have some downtime with your fiancé in the run up to the wedding. It can feel like a whirlwind is approaching, and it’s worth taking a step back to remember that it should be an enjoyable experience and to keep things in perspective when you’re panicking about the bunting.”

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

HELEN & DAN {Europe}

Photography by BlueCicada Photography / Venue Dunglass Estate, Scotland / Number of Guests 110 / Wedding Planning by Eskmills Events for Dunglass Estate / Groom’s Attire by Walker Slater, Edinburgh / Wedding Bands by Chisholm Hunter / Flowers and Décor by Janice at Linden Flowers / Desserts by The Cheese Factor / Catering by Eskmills Events for Dunglass Estate / Band by Callanish