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When you think of a Texas ranch wedding complete with tacos and line dancing, I bet Scottish bagpipes and kilts aren’t what you picture along with it–but that’s exactly what makes Laura and Callum’s wedding so amazing! These Scottish sweethearts welcomed their loved ones to their new home of Houston for their wedding, so naturally, they had to pull out all the stops showing everyone a true Southern celebration. Even though they decided to tie the knot an ocean away from home, though, their wedding wasn’t without some incredibly special nods to their home country, from the Scottish thistle Agave Estates included in the boutonnieres to the Robert Burns poem Laura’s aunt read during the ceremony. I loved seeing how Laura and Callum brought Scottish and Texan cultures together on this special day, and am so glad Leighanne Herr was on hand to capture it all!

We picked Pine Lake Ranch for both the ceremony and reception. I fell in love with the setting of the ranch, especially the big old oak tree where the ceremony took place. We loved that we had a venue that could hold all of our family and friends in one location. The ranch was beautiful, scenic, and spacious.

Describe your wedding flowers. I wanted the flowers to be simple but beautiful. My florist selected the sahara and blush roses to put into my bouquet, along with seeded eucalyptus. My bridesmaids had beautiful peach stock and seeded eucalyptus bouquets. My florist gave my dad an English sahara rose for his jacket pocket and my husband and his groomsmen had Scottish thistle for their kilt waistcoats.

Instead of writing vows, we wrote three things we loved about each other, which we gave to our minister before the big day to read to us. Additionally, we also did a unity box as part of the ceremony. We wrote letters to each other, which we popped into the box during the ceremony with a bottle of red wine and nailed the box shut. We plan to open the box when we reach our first anniversary.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I walked down the aisle to “Highland Cathedral” played by the talented bagpiper Jason Dunn. “Highland Cathedral” is a very traditional song played at Scottish weddings. As Scotland is very dear to us and where we both call home, we wanted to incorporate a little bit of home into our ceremony.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The taco truck. We really wanted to give all our family and friends a sample of the food we have fallen in love with since we moved to Texas. We decided to hire a taco truck for the cocktail hour for all of our guests to enjoy. My only regret was not getting to have one!

Whisk Bakery did a fantastic job with our wedding cake and dessert bar. The cake was an absolute work of art, and the pecan pies and brownies were a great success with our guests. We had nothing to take back with us, as it all got eaten; luckily, my day-of coordinator managed to save the top tier of our wedding cake, so we enjoyed a slice of the yummy cake the following morning.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? As our wedding took place in Texas, we thought it would be fun to have a dance instructor come in and teach our guests some Texas line dancing. We got all of the guests up to line dance to Steve Earl’s “Copperhead Road.” It was so much fun!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in Edinburgh in 2007 where we were both studying at university. Like the start of any good love story, we met in a night club. Callum was sitting down because he doesn’t dance, and I needed some rest from dancing and sat down beside him. Callum asked for my number and the rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! After finishing university in Edinburgh, a move to Aberdeen to start our careers, and an adventure across the pond to live in Houston, Texas, Callum popped the question in October 2014 on a weekend away in Dallas. After a few “Is this really happening?!” and “It’s only been seven years, are you sure we are ready?!” I finally said “Yes!!!”
When did y’all get married? April 2, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 92
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Shopping for my wedding dress was a little stressful. I never knew I was so picky with dresses until I started researching what I wanted. In the end, I settled on a fit and flare mermaid dress. As a word of warning to all future brides, if you like to dance and/or move, this dress style is not ideal.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My aunt beautifully read a Scottish poem by Robert Burns, “My Luve is like a Red, Red Rose.”
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Borrowed: My auntie Sue gave me her beautiful bracelet to wear, and my auntie Kathy made my garter with blue bow details embroidered on it. My grandmother’s brooch was my something old. For my something new, my maid of honor gave me a lovely white horseshoe which I carried down the aisle with me.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? It was difficult not to get caught up in the planning stage. We had such an amazing and supportive minister. Meeting with him was a vital part of keeping us focused on why we were planning a wedding and the planning of our marriage.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? At the very end of the evening, both my husband and I were on the dance floor, “Loch Lomond” by Runrig was playing, and we had all of our family and friends in a large circle around us, singing. We remember saying to each other that we couldn’t have been more thankful and blessed to have everyone at our wedding to celebrate our next adventure together as husband and wife.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are still living in Houston, Texas and loving every minute of living here. We are excited to announce that we are expecting and will be welcoming a little one to our family at the end of April! We are so excited and can’t wait to meet the little one.

Photographer: Leighanne Herr Photography | Planner: Bundle Bride | Venue: Pine Lake Ranch | Florist: Agave Estates | Wedding Cake: Whisk Bakery | Caterer: Taco Nuts | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Bagpiper: Jason Gunn via Drones N Drums | Paper Products: 4 Love Polka Dots | Bride’s Gown: Winnie Couture | Bride’s Accessories and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup: Adorne Artistry | Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump

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  1. avatar Jeff reply

    These details are amazing! Loved the florals around the tree and the cake especially! The couple looked really fun and unique, too :)

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Planning a wedding from afar can be challenging, but Tara and Henry knew they wanted to get married at the the historic Belle Meade Plantation… even without seeing it in person. With the help of Elliott Events, they planned a sweet, Southern soirée in her home state of Tennessee, all while residing in New York City. Of course, after a trip to Belle Meade, their expectations were exceeded–I’m sure a sigh of relief was had by all! With a venue filled with so much character, Tara and Henry decided to keep the things simple, with classic Southern details and minimal embellishments to truly showcase the history and charm of the plantation. A wise choice, in my opinion!

Thanks to Alex Bee for sharing Tara and Henry’s joyous day!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? One of my bridesmaids is an incredible hair stylist, so she did my hair for the wedding. That was really special for me. The guys’ tuxes all came from a store called Peppers in Sydney, so it was really cool for Henry to have something from home as a part of the wedding. And it was so special for both of us to be married by our pastor from our church in New York City, Josh Kelsey from C3 Brooklyn.

We wanted to get married in Nashville because it’s near where I grew up, and we both love the city so much. We love the way Belle Meade is beautiful and well-preserved, but still so authentic, and it has so much history. We actually booked it before we even had a chance to visit. There were so few dates available in the spring, and we didn’t want to miss out on our chance to book it. Luckily, when we went to visit a month later, it exceeded all our expectations.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Choosing the songs was very important to us! We love music, and we have so many special memories connected to songs. To name a few: “Magic” by Coldplay played before the ceremony; the bridesmaids walked down the aisle to “Like Real People Do” by Hozier; I walked down the aisle to “Secret Garden” by Bruce Springsteen; and walking back up the aisle, we played “O-o-oh Child” by Nina Simone. Our first dance was to “Horses” by Daryl Braithwaite, and the bouquet toss and the garter throw were to “Two of a Kind” by Garth Brooks.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I knew that I wanted a pretty traditional dress.I went to look at one store with one of my bridesmaids, and when I tried one dress on, my friend told me I had to get it. It was bigger and heavier than I’d imagined though, so I held off. A few weeks later, I went to a different store with a few of my other best friends. That store happened to have the same dress, so I tried it on again. They all had the exact same reaction–they told me it had to be the one. I trusted my friends’ judgment, and I’m glad I did! I never would have picked it on my own, but I ended up being so happy with it!

It was a little difficult planning from New York, but we had an amazing wedding planner who made it so much easier! Tiffanie Elliott looked after every detail, presented us with options that we loved, and gave us a push whenever we were lagging with making decisions. If it’s feasible for you budget-wise, I really recommend hiring a planner (Tiffanie, if she’s available!). It relieved so much of the stress and fuss and allowed us to enjoy our engagement. This is the only time in your relationship that you’ll ever be each other’s fiancé, so remember to enjoy it!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We tried to maintain a classic Southern style throughout, while keeping things elegant and simple. We felt that the venue had so much character that we didn’t need to embellish it much.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Walking into dinner in the carriage house when we were presented and seeing all of our friends and family together. It was an unbelievably happy moment.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Henry is from Sydney, Australia. I spent a year in Sydney for grad school, then moved to New York City. Henry happened to move from Sydney to New York at almost the exact same time. In New York, I became good friends with an Australian couple who had also moved to the city. The guy was working on plans to open a cafe, and Henry was his business partner. Despite the fact that we had mutual friends, we didn’t meet for more than two years after that, when the cafe opened and I helped out for the first week. Henry asked me on a date, and we went to a jazz club that night. Before long, we were in love and inseparable! Ten months later, we were engaged.
Tell us all about the proposal! For my birthday, Henry had gotten us a night at a beautiful resort in Big Sur. About six weeks later, we arrived at the gorgeous property. Henry wanted to take a walk before dinner, but the trail we tried to go on was too steep and rocky for me in my heels. Then he started to lead me to a grassy patch, but there was a huge snake there! So, he suggested we go back to the porch off our room for a drink before dinner. He asked me to marry him and pulled out an incredible ring he had designed using a sapphire his mom had given him when he was 12 years old. I was absolutely shocked and so happy!
When did y’all get married? April 2, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 135
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Henry’s sister Lucy read the lyrics of a song that’s very special to us, and our friend Serena read a passage from Ephesians in the Bible.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Henry owns a cafe and a restaurant, and I am an author. We both work at Henry’s restaurant, and I am also writing a new book. We love being able to work together and support each other. Whenever we can, we spend time together and with friends, going to restaurants and shows in the city. We look forward to buying a house someday where we can go to get away and enjoy nature (eventually, with our kids!).

Photographer: Alex Bee Photo | Second shooter: Sur la Lune Photography | Videographer: Loomis Films | Planner and Florist: Elliott Events | Venue: Belle Meade Plantation | Wedding Cake: Dessert Designs | Caterer: G Catering | Rentals: Music City Tents and Events | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Bride’s Gown: Hayley Paige | Bridal Salon: Lovely New York | Hair Stylist: Marissa Martoni and Abigail Swan | Makeup Artist: Katie Russo Beauty | Bride’s Shoes: Aldo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sleeveless Tulle over Lace Dress by White by Vera Wang | Menswear: Peppers

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Hi belles! Our friend Stephanie Scholl is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Stephanie will be blogging for us every two weeks or so until her wedding in April. In case you missed her first post, be sure to check it out here! — Emily

Goodness gracious, as of this week, we are a mere ten weeks away from our wedding day! As much as I feel like the time has absolutely flown by, Rob and I have also been intentional about savoring each moment, thoughtfully making decisions, and trying to stay present during a busy and exciting season of life. Now, all of our big tasks have been checked off, and it’s time to refocus on the small yet meaningful details, finalizing our ceremony, loving on our family and friends, and preparing well to become husband and wife!

One of the most exciting and wonderful days of our engagement was the day we took our engagement photos, which really and truly felt like a pinch-me moment. As silly as it sounds, that blissful, beautiful day was one of the best days of my life! Engagement pictures seem like such a rite of passage, a fun way to kick off the engagement season, and the perfect way to capture love and joy.

Rob and I are not used to being the ones in front of the camera, and I have to admit that I was a little nervous to be our photographers’ main subject (along with Rob, of course!). We selected Ally and Bobby as our wedding photographers for a myriad of reasons, including how comfortable we already were around them. I’ve now learned firsthand how important it is to really get to know your photographers and to get to work with them before your wedding day, and I cannot emphasize just how much FUN we had shooting our engagement pictures!

My engagement session advice to other brides-to-be is this: take advantage of your engagement session to get to know your photographers beforehand, get comfortable in front of the camera, and enjoy getting to snuggle and smooch your fiancé!

One of the other big decisions to make when planning your engagement session is deciding on your outfits! I was debating ordering or renting a long, flowy gown or statement gown for our engagement session, but the more I looked at dresses, the more I realized that this was just not me. Just because others have worn epic gowns does not mean that I need to!

One of the biggest takeaways I learned while planning out our engagement session was that I wanted these images and our day to be completely us. I didn’t want to worry about what others would want us to do or wear, or try to be something we are not! Once I stepped back and realized this, decisions were so much easier. I wanted to choose outfits that, when looking at our images in one year, ten years, and fifty years, we would look back on and still love.

Overall, I wanted to wear classic, timeless clothing in the colors Rob and I tend to gravitate towards the most: white, shades of blue, neutrals, and blush. We love High Cotton Ties, and this navy tie was a great addition to Rob’s dressier look. I’m so happy with how our look came together, but even more importantly, I love seeing how we smile at each other and how our love for one another shines through!

Another aspect of engagement session planning we had to tackle: where to have our session. If you’re puzzling out this question yourself, think about the places that are most meaningful to you and that make sense for the look you’re going for! We chose to have our engagement session on stunning Bald Head Island off the coast of North Carolina, and I cannot imagine a more gorgeous or perfect setting for our engagement pictures – it is like out of a fairytale! It’s only a few hours (and a quick ferry ride) from Raleigh, so Ally, Bobby, Rob, and I made a fun day trip of it. This island holds even more meaning for us now, and we are so grateful that we were blessed with a 70 degree, sunny, beautiful day in November!

I knew that we didn’t want any fancy, elaborate props and wanted to simply focus on images of just us. However, we made one exception, and it’s one of my favorite parts of our engagement session! We had our dear friend Alexa of Sage Paper Co. hand letter this truly stunning verse sign for us. In addition to being a part of our engagement photos, it will be displayed at our wedding, and we’ll have it hanging in our home forever. For us, it’s such a sweet reminder of what’s ultimately the most important part of our wedding and our marriage.

If you have engagement photos lined up, how are you incorporating personal touches to make your session unique to your love story? And if you have already had an engagement session, what is your favorite memory or best advice from the day? I would love to hear!

P.S. In case you missed a post:
The proposal
Venue and photography
The dress
Bridesmaid style

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