Hayley and David’s Scottish wedding at Hoscote House, with Pixies in the Cellar

Hey again lovely! Don’t you just wish these cold mornings would go away and we could all wake to rays of sunshine peeping through our windows? I’m heading off on a little road trip across the Lake District this morning but had to share this gorgeous wedding blog with you before I leave!

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Gorgeous Hayley and David were married in Scotland at Hoscote House, and created their own tartan to style their day as well as roping in family and friends to help out. Their wedding is beautiful, personal and full of character – and their smiles are as good as those rays of sunshine we’re all missing right now! So relax, grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy this gorgeous wedding blog courtesy of my extremely talented friends Peter and Sara, wedding photographers at Pixies in the Cellar.
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Hayley and David – a gorgeous Scottish wedding at Hoscote House

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Our wedding report: Hayley and David

Wedding photographer’s website:

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were thrilled!

Wedding venue:

Hoscote House, Hawick, Scotland

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The most awesome, perfect day of our lives that we wish we could live again.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

We were absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of photos, the quality and how well the feeling of the day had been captured.

Your wedding style and theme:

We embraced a Scottish theme and designed our very own tartan. Made up of a few shades of grey, ivory to symbolise the wedding, and as close to ruby and emerald as we could get as they are our two birthstones.

Any happy tears on the day?

During the ceremony I think almost every guest cried! My biggest fear was that I would be crying too much to say my vows but apart from a bit of eye dabbing we made it through.

How did the two of you meet?

We met when we both worked at Nationwide Building Society, I was already there and David came to work during his summer break whilst at University

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We spent just over a year planning

Best bit of budget advice?

That’s a tough one. It’s so easy to over spend. We decided on a couple of things that we didn’t want to compromise on like our wedding rings and then tried to DIY as much as possible. Searching for suppliers and trying to get the best deals takes a lot of time so if friends and family offer to help, take it! Give each person their own project.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We used Optimal Print, they have some really nice templates and are really good value. Then just by adding a bit of ribbon here and there and our best handwriting they were perfect.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Everyone says ‘you’ll know when you put the right one on’. I didn’t if I am honest, they all looked great. The one I choose looked just as gorgeous as the rest but was in the sale, that made me happy.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

I have no idea who the designer was, that didn’t matter. The bridal shop was The Silk Box in Cheshunt. The girls there were so lovely and helpful, one of them picked my dress out, I hadn’t given it a second look on the rack but she thought it would suit me, I loved it!

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

My favourite accessory was a retro brooch style chain linked hair  clip that I got from Next. I spotted it soon after we got engaged and I wanted everything else to fit around that.

The groom wore:

A dark grey suit from M&S with a gorgeous tartan waistcoat.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The little ones wore ivory lace dresses that my mum spotted in Monsoon and my adult girls wore Dessy dresses, all full length and the same colour (platinum) but all with their own chosen style from the waist up.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

My sister did my hair, she is clever with things like that. We had lots of fun practise evenings until she was happy with it!

Wedding flowers:

David’s step-mum is a florist so we were incredibly lucky that after giving her an idea of what we wanted she put it all together. With a mixture of dried and fresh flowers including thistles, corn, poppy heads, spider gerberas and other spiky things we achieved a wild looking ‘straight from the field’ arrangement

Wedding readings?

We decided not to have readings. As we had a humanist ceremony is was already very personal, we actually tied the knot with a hand fast and we each had to tell our celebrant the three things that we love most about each other and our answers were revealed on the day

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No, it was a beautiful house so apart from flowers to make it look a bit more wedding and a few fairy lights that was it.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Definitely quirky, we had cheese stacks that then became our evening nibbles with crackers


We had a ceilidh band which was fantastic, the guests loved it, none of them had ceilidh’d before. This was followed by a disco.

On the day tips and advice:

Stay calm, don’t stress. When people ask if they can help, give them jobs! they feel involved and you get to soak up the day.

If you can afford it get a children’s entertainer for during the wedding breakfast and speeches, that part is boring for the little ones. Our guests said how wonderful it was to enjoy the meal and speeches without worrying about the children. The children had so much fun with Huggy Bears and got a keepsake from the day.

What’s the best thing about being married?

I love sharing a name, it feels like we are a proper family now.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photos – Pixies In The Cellar

Wedding Dress – The Silk Box

Catering – Georgie Harding-Newman

Band – Hot Scotch Ceilidh Band

Invitations – Optimal Print

Childrens Entertainment – Huggy Bears

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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