This Isle of Mull wedding of India and Hugo was a pure dream. Getting to Glengorm Castle, located on the far end of the island is an adventure on it’s own and being an outdoor person I admired every square meter of the place. This Glengorm Castle wedding was also a fine display of the very best Scottish weather but before we come to that part, here is how the whole thing started:

Hugo and I met when we were 17, we have been together for 10 years, so it was extra special getting married on our tenth year together. We met through a mutual friend and as Hugo loves to remind me I Facebook ‘stalked’ him and then he asked me out! We have managed to pack a lot into 10 years together, university, buying our first home, travelling to some beautiful places, eating at incredible restaurants! Hugo proposed to me in August 2017, on the side of a cliff in Cornwall. It was a little hut tucked into the cliff edge that you have to climb down too, called ‘Hawkers Hut’, and it was blowing an absolute gail! It was a very happy and emotional day!

Isle of Mull wedding

 

We had always talked about getting married on the Isle of Mull, it is where my mother grew up and where I have gone all my life for summer and Christmas holidays. It is a truly special place that holds a lot of memories for me, and now Hugo as he has been coming up with me for the past 10 years. We planned our ceremony to be outside (I know, Scotland, crazy!) in May, we had had two glorious years of perfect sunshine in May and for our wedding it absolutely poured with rain all day with no let up. However, it honestly did not matter, it was the perfect day and our friends and family have all said we had the most incredible party….because everyone had to stay inside the marquee!

India and Hugo's Glengorm Castle wedding

Scottish wedding, Scottish weather

Did I mention the weather? Yeah, it was very Scottish, beautiful! The rain gave it an extra mood and the mist in the distance made a nice soft backdrop to the outdoor ceremony photos. My shoes were soaking wet before the ceremony even started so I legally changed into my favourite trekking shoes. I wish I could do every wedding wearing these. I loved it! By the way, Nikon cameras are real die hards, they were soaking wet too.

Hugo and I are into food, and Mull offers some of the best local produce around, so everything on our wedding menu was local. We had smoked fish from Tobermory Fish Company (Tobermory is the local town, about 15 mins from Glengorm) and lamb from Glengorm Estate. It was hugely important to us that we use as much of our surroundings as possible, for example our table decorations were based on land and sea, so we used pebbles from the beach on the estate, we used branches of wood and logs from the forest and bought mini whiskey bottle for each person from the local distillery in Tobermory. There were so many little touches like this, our table plan was treasure map of Mull hand drawn and painted by my sister in law, flowers were all expertly organised by my mother in law and her amazing team, we were so lucky because we had so many talented and creative family and friends who helped bring the whole day together.

As we have been together for such a long time our wedding day was a truly momentous occasion and very emotional and happy for all involved, we will never forget it.

Venue: Glengorm Castle

Bride’s accessories: Diamond stud earrings, Sapphire ring, both gifted from brides mother

Bride’s gown: Made by Caroline Castigliano in Knightbridge, London.

Bride’s shoes: Office

Makeup: My make up was done by my wonderful friend and Hugo’s cousin Natalie Cohn, she has worked for companies like Space NK and Sarah Chapman and she has given me amazing skin treatments over the years so I knew she would be incredible. I asked her to keep it simple but long lasting, and she did exactly that! Thank you Natalie!

Hair: My hair was done by the wonderful Florence, who runs a hair salon in Tobermory.

Bridesmaid accessories: I was very relaxed with my bridesmaids accessories, I just wanted them to feel like themselves! I gifted them all with a silver bracelet from the Tobermory Silver Shop which they all wore on the day. The silver shop is one of my favourites on Mull and I wanted my bridesmaids to have something made locally to take away with them.

Bridesmaid dress: The bridesmaids dresses were from a lovely shop in Richmond called BOA Boutique. I had come across them because I liked a style of dress which they stocked. They’re from a company in New York called Dessy and BOA would order them over to London for me. I wanted the colour of the bridesmaid dresses to reflect the surrounding colours, the green of the grass, the grey of the castle and the blue of the sea. I definitely think we got that and the girls looked beautiful.

Bridesmaid shoes: Again I was not too worried about the shoes, my bridesmaids varied in height quite considerably, so I just asked that they kept the colours neautral. It was actually quite nice not having them too matchy-matchy!

Groom’s attire: Master Debonair, London

Groom’s shoes: Loakes

Groomsmen attire: Master Debonair, London

Favours: We had mini individual Tobermory Whiskeys on each place, these worked really nicely and definitely contributed to the hangovers the next day!

Flowers: We asked Hugo’s mum, Julie, to organise the flowers for the wedding, she has had lots of experience with flower arranging and we had no doubt she would pull off something pretty wonderful. One of our earliest wishes was to have a flower covered arch to stand under for our ceremony. Julie and her brilliant team (all family and close family friends) pulled off a stunning arch and the flowers in the marquee also looked amazing too.

Cake: Our cake was expertly made by Sarah Padley, who runs Glengorm Gardens.

Food/catering: We had absolutely delicious wedding menu and it was done by Helen Swinbanks, Hebridean Lodge. Also special thanks to Mike Cohn (grooms father) for the amazing selection of wine and drinks, all weekend!

Band: Our band was Trail West, a proper ceilidh band. They sang our first song, ‘Your Song’ by Elton John

Invitations/stationery: India’s godfather kindly did these for us, William White

Table decorations: Julie Cohn & Team

Venue decorations: Julie Cohn & Team (Grooms mother)

Photobooth: We had a bit of a ‘homemade’ photo booth, we asked India’s sister Fern and her boyfriend to create a picture board of sorts. They foraged some large branches and then tied string and fair lights up, and then got people to take Polaroid pictures and hang them up. It looked fantastic, and we got to keep all the pictures afterwards!