If you’re planning a romantic autumnal Scottish wedding, the chances are you’ve heard of the magic that is a Crear wedding. Crear is a completely breath-taking, one-of-a-kind venue, with its own private sandy beach, blank canvas space and onsite accommodation. And, just to mention again, the private beach. And the stunning panoramic views to the Paps of Jura. What a space, huh?! A dream spot for a romantic autumnal Scottish wedding!
A couple with adventure in their souls
The reason we’re dreaming about it today is because we recently got to see the stunning video from Susan and Fraser’s Crear wedding last October. Filmed by the uber talented Rob at Peony Films, it was a beautiful reminder of their romantic autumnal Scottish wedding. Howling winds and a global pandemic couldn’t stop them getting married, and we’re so glad it didn’t – take a look for yourself at the bottom of this post!
Planning during a pandemic – making plan B awesome
Susan and Fraser had originally planned to get married on the beach, but when wet weather rendered that impossible, we jumped into action setting Plan B in motion (that’s B for Barn, by the way). The barn is one of the lesser-seen – but just as jaw-dropping – spaces at Crear. It’s attached to the main room, with beautiful traditional features and glorious old stone walls.
Adding autumn to a spring palette
Originally planned for a spring date, this autumnal postponed wedding was a meeting of two styles. The vibe for the day was rustic but modern, a colourful take on autumnal. We set up the altar with the stone wall as the backdrop, and flickering pillar candles in hurricane vases and lanterns positioned artfully on the floor. Framing Susan and Fraser and their wonderful celebrant, Tom Nelson, we placed metallic metallic urns on upturned wooden pallets, with an asymmetric arrangement of wild and bold florals and greenery standing proud too.
Bringing warmth to a blank canvas
The beauty of a Crear wedding is that it’s the best type of blank canvas venue: a space that allows you to make it your own, but which already hosts a bevy of beauty as your backdrop. With this in mind, we wanted to go with a contemporary autumnal palette of warm autumnal tones – oranges, rusts, ochres and berries – featuring rich colour pops, all set against greenery, wood, and metal touches too. We wove these into the styling of the day with soft draped fabrics, feature flowers in the arrangements. Assorted decorative items on the table tops, including a selection of pumpkins and gourds, gave a modern twist on a classic.
Keeping Everyone Safe
As we were working with social distancing regulations, we wanted to take extra care to ensure the reception space was warm, inviting, and cosy, creating a sense of security, familiarity and closeness even when the guests physically couldn’t be too close. We used 5 tables in different sizes, placed in a slightly mismatched layout to continue the natural, relaxed vibe. Susan and Fraser’s table faced the other 4 tables. Behind them we made a romantic and rustic setup including a wooden ladder, wild florals, and – of course – more candles.
After a delicious 6 course meal catered by Crear, Susan and Fraser’s guests retired for Port and Cheese Time, their pandemic-time spin on an evening celebration. Complete with a ‘Sweet dreams are made of cheese’ sign – puns, port, cheese, what more could you want? We set up a variety of seating nooks using some of our furniture, soft furnishings and rugs, to allow guests to chat safely.
We had such a gorgeous time working with Susan and Fraser, and with the wonderful team of suppliers below. If you’re thinking of a Crear wedding, or planning an autumnal Scottish celebration, then drop us a message! We’d love to chat about working together.
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Styling – Gloam
Floristry – Gloam
Venue, Catering – Crear
Linens – 88 events
Photographer – Claire Juliet Payton
Celebrant – Tom Nelson
Video – Peony Films – Rob
Cake – Little Cake Parlour
On the day coordination – Julie Mcneil – Crear
Glasses – Style in Detail