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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Hello Scotland!


I usually witter on too much, so today I am relying on that old dictum, 
"a picture speaks a thousand words."
Yesterday my best chum and I drove to north to Argyll, land of the Gaels,  to book her wedding venue...I know...stunning.


View from the treehouse where the marriage documents are signed or small dinners enjoyed.




The Summer House 


View from the summer house

The Arts & Crafts Lodge house



Original Pugin wallpaper

Original arts & crafts wardrobe - Hostess of the Humble Bungalow - its all so you!





My wedding was an entire debacle from start to finish,  I would love to do it all again, what sort of wedding would you/did you choose?



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  1. I love visiting Scotland but alas have never had the pleasure of visiting Argyll. Your friends is going to have a beautiful wedding with a venue like this. I have looked at the photos 5 times and I cannot take it all in.

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful place.
    Elizabeth

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  2. Ah such gorgeous Scottish scenery and a historic arts and crafts venue. It looks like a wee bit of magic.
    Our wedding was more about our parents friends than ours as they insisted on inviting loads of people. I would have been fine with just a few. It was so long ago that I can hardly remember the details!!!
    This July it will be 39 years.

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  3. Wow, 39 years, you chose we'll hostess.

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  4. My first wedding was terrible: courthouse, navy dress, small dinner that did not feel intimate or close, I was practically in tears the whole day. Of course that marriage didn't last so I did get to have another wedding with my MrBP: old church, big white dress, lots of flower girls (including our older daughter) cutest ring-bearer ever (our son), dinner for 50 at our favourite restaurant. It was so fun and quite magical. I planned the whole thing myself and we paid for it so we got to invite who we wanted!
    I'm guessing if you did yours again you would have it at this magical place!

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  5. kinda eloped with 16 guests. town hall then a gorgeous room for tea, dinner drinks afterwards. no parents from either side. brilliant. i was anti bridezilla.

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  6. That wallpaper is mesmerizingly beautiful. I can't believe it's the original! It's amazing how well it's held up.

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  7. Oh my goodness this is an amazing spot! Your chum will have a wonderful day here!

    I got married at 22 - the big white dress, 100 guests, dinner and dance. Seems a long time ago now! If I was getting married now I would probably elope and get married somewhere remote. But that is the difference between being 22 and 50!

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  8. Wow, what a stunning location for a wedding. My wedding was at the Palais Royale in Toronto, an old Jazz Age dance hall on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was a beautiful day and a lot of fun, with only a few awkward moments. If I had to do it again, I'd probably go for something very small in a exotic location.

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    1. Louise, have been to a couple of weddings inside the Palais. Always a good distraction when stuck in June Saturday Lakeshore traffic to spot all the happy couples, guest outfits, beaming smiles.

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    2. GetFresh, it's a beautiful location, and whenever we drive by, we are reminded of what a great day it was.

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  9. Gorgeous!! Scotland is on mu bucket list. One day.... My hubby and I eloped to Italy. Just the 2 of us and a couple of friends who happened to be there celebrating their anniversary at the same time. Perfect venue and perfect day.

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  10. Love a good wedding and this one promises to be stunning. Mine was entirely driven by my mother and when the time comes I will have to step back from giving my girls the wedding that I coveted, way back in the day! Had a fab renewal of vows for our 10th anniversary where we made all our guests wear the garb they donned for their own weddings and had a secret vicar lurking amongst the guests, who, after a couple of drinks clinked his glass, pulled out his dog collar and remarried us in the living room! Special! Rx

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  11. Funny you should post about weddings - Hubs and I just celebrated our anniversary yesterday (7 years). We had the big wedding (220 people, lots of them family members Hubs and I had not seen since our childhoods/barely knew/don't give a crap about and haven't seen SINCE our wedding -- seriously!)... but since both sets of parents helped pay for the wedding, we had to invite all these people as we were both the youngest in our families and the last of the siblings to get married. But we did fight for the few things we wanted that were non-negotiable and we won. Weddings definitely bring out the best and worst in people and draw out everyone's hidden little agendas....and what people REALLY think about things!

    If we were getting married today, we would definitely pay for everything ourselves, elope and go on a honeymoon right away (i.e. get married in Rome and tour Italy afterwards), or have a small guest list and invite the people we know now that we wish we would have known when we got married and have a low-key jazzy wedding.

    We have since summed it up that our wedding was for everyone else but the marriage is for Hubs and myself and that's how we've operated since that day.

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  12. How lovely! I'm guessing somewhere around Cameron House Hotel? I was at a wedding in Luss a couple of weeks ago, it was magical but soooo cold! I also could not get the bonnie banks song out of my head for at least a week after. Hope it all goes swimmingly for your chum in her wedding plans.

    If I was ever to get married I would want to elope somewhere like Italy or Las Vegas but I have too much family around me who would be hurt by that so would have to compromise. A country house hotel we could book out like Castleton House Hotel at Eassie for the ceremony and a good old ceilidh would be my vote!

    I am so envious of you getting to meet FF and Janet in London - I adore both their blogs!

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    1. LA Rona - it's at the tip of Loch Goil, we had to pass a lot of sheep to find it.

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  13. Tabitha, I think you should work on an international wedding venue book. You choose such wonderful locations, and describe them so well.

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  14. I DO VIEWS Tabs, I don't think if we had a do-over would change much, except inviting couple friends we have now, as LR Magnificent says. And maybe dropping the venue, lock, stock and barrel, in a more temperate clime - to avoid the massive freezing rain thunderstorm that outed power and had our guests cowering under brollies and delayed in getting ready to arrive for a bit. The main part I adore about weddings has nothing to do with fluff, but one time in your life most people will come from near and far, far to spend day with you, connect these different segments of your lives. Must be why I turned ours into a whole, long weekend party complete with lobster boil. Didn't want anyone to head home.

    <3 That row of wellies.

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    1. The wellies are great, all ready for a romp.

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  15. I've had four, honey- do you want a book?

    So now you must show us the wedding! What a dreamlike setting.

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    1. Ooh, Duchesse, you have me beat by one. We should exchange stories. ;-)

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    2. Oh Duchesse, you man eater!

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    3. You lucky ducks having 4 men ask you, I was 35 before anyone looked my way!

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    4. It's easy, you just have to lower your standards.

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  17. Loving your blog, thank you. I am an Aussie, as is DH, but we married in Caithness a few years back with just a few family members present. We had photos in the grounds of the Castle of Mey and on an ancient and incredibly picturesque bridge at Latheronwheel. It was the second marriage for both of us, so we got it perfect the second time round!

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  18. We had a small wedding in a university chapel in S New England where we used to live and then a reception at our 18th century farmhouse. We were in our early 30's, paid for it ourselves ( it was quite inexpensive but lovely); I advise younger women that it's about the marriage not the wedding and to buy land, not wedding debt!

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  19. Lovely! How very Monarch of the Glen, loch and all..oh, I miss that show..

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  20. Oh I love this! The landscape is so wild looking and the interiors are so rustic/refined. I hope your friend has a wonderful wedding and a very happy marriage.
    I was living in Brooklyn, NY at the time of my wedding and since we owned our own construction company we paid for it ourselves. Parents showed up like our other guests; 60 passengers in total, on a yacht that circled Manhattan. Past the Statue of Liberty, under the Brooklyn Bridge and through New York harbor, you get the idea. Dinner, drinks and dancing on deck. It was all great fun.
    On a more somber note, it would have been the hubs 50th birthday yesterday, but he passed 10 years ago, we were married 10 years. Our oldest son will be 21 in 5 days. How quickly time slips away.

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    1. Wry Smile - ah that's so sad that you lost your husband when he was so young, ten years feels like nothing when a big anniversary like that rolls round.

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  21. Oh, I would choose exactly this locale! A few close friends, and lots and lots of champagne.

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  22. What a great venue! Looking forward to your blog posts on this wedding! Very cool!

    I got married a long time ago and did it on my terms. Luckily, my hub was perfectly OK with that. Tie the knot at the county courthouse, go out to dinner, and then fly to New Orleans for the Heritage Fest the next day. (It was April, perfect weather there.) Lots of blues and jazz music, great food, and our best friends met us there. The only people who were not happy about the situation were my parents...........they wanted the whole traditional thing. White dresses are not for me, however.........never have been. Not sure my dad ever forgave me for that, but it's all about life choices after all.

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  23. I want to want to get married again. But I like my life as a single woman, and I don't think I will. Does that sound negative? My dream wedding was always to elope to a beautiful place, and get married with no one around. Just the most private, intimate, sincere ceremony with no theatrics, no audience, and the most beautiful dress imaginable in the most beautiful spot in the world. No pictures. Maybe one polaroid. Champagne for sure. Tons.

    ctsperfectlife.blogspot.com

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  24. I did the whole traditional shebang. Church, 150 of our nearest and dearest, reception in a marquee at my inlaws place, 4 bridesmaids etc.... The only part that didn't go to (my carefully bridezilla orchestrated) plan was our getaway. My new husband didn't manage to book a car for us to leave.... we ended up squashed in the back seat of his family's car, who all found it completely hilarious to be dropping us at our hotel, his cigar smoking Aunt dropping ash all over my dress. Finally unceremoniously pushed out at the big city hotel we were staying in for the wedding night they drove off in a cloud of smoke and whooping laughter. xx

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  25. No wonder everyone wants to visit you as these pictures are so enchanting. My wedding was a luncheon and for all the effort I wish we had a dinner with a band. It seemed like a lot of build up and the next moment it was over. I've never liked the focus on me. Oh well it will be 29 years in August and it's still working. When the kids get hitched I'm going to dance.

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  26. What an amazing location! I love reading everyone's wedding stories.

    J and I have been married for nearly 20 years. We got married in Japan towards the end of November 1993. Neither of us can remember the actual day, although I think the legal date is 25th. It's on the certificate.
    We had a 'Bad Taste' wedding. We were anti marriage at the time, but needed to do it for visa and tax reasons, so we had a short ceremony on top of a Shinto burial mound with some friends officiating, then a party for about 120 friends. No family came as it was a bit disorganised (and we didn't tell them).
    It was great because there was no pressure, religious stuff or tradition, which suited us perfectly at the time. I wore a very garish mini dress, huge false eyelashes and massive amounts of bling. J wore a second hand suit that was very small on him. We had a total ball at the party.... Great debauchery of All Types took place!

    I can't believe it's been nearly 20 years....

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  28. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! If she doesn't have a wedding photographer yet, tell her to look at my work. http://www.crashtaylor.com ;)

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous location. Love a wedding and welly combo!

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  30. That is going to be one stunning wedding...the place is magical and don't even get me started on the tree house...our wedding was huge (450 people) typical Catholic wedding in India where my parents and his parents have to invite the whole world else they wwould not hear the END of it! We decided we would make the most of it (danced till our feet hurt) even though we didn't know half the people there (maiden aunts, cousins twice and thrice removed and god only knows who else)But, we had loads of our friends, siblings and friends of siblings to celebrate so all in all not so bad!!

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    1. 450 people, oh wow, that's enormous, oh your photographs must be amazing, what colour did you marry in?

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    2. Cream lace (long sleeved)

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    3. Oh lovely, I was in white lace long sleeved.

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    4. Great minds and all that;)

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  31. I have loved reading all of the comments and everyone's weddings have been so different, Marsha, I couldn't bear the focus on me either, I loathe being the centre of attention.

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  32. Lovely spot for a wedding...my wedding day rained buckets and I had planned an outdoor affair...they say it is good luck for the marriage if it rains on your day...which is code for...say something good so the bride doesn't melt down...LOL

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    1. Emily - I'd have loved an outdoor wedding, I've nver heard the good luck saying before, but love it as a meltdown avoidance technique.

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  33. I don't like the focus on me either - amazed I made it through 4 weddings.

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  34. The scenery is breath-taking, but I can't help but snicker at the words 'summer house'. The wellies are a more realistic assessment of the weather in the north. Still, as long as she has long underwear on under the wedding dress, she should be fine!

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    1. We all have summer houses, we get naked at 60 degrees!

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  35. Most amazing treehouse ever! Lovely setting for a wedding, I'm up north in September for my friends wedding I can't wait.

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
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  36. Beautifully composed post. You picked the most perfectly gorgeous top photo. Another place to visit on my wish list.

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  37. What a pretty nice place. I see that Scotland is a wonderful place to take holidays and go for a vacation. I'm a nature lover and I guess the place really is splendid. I've heard a lot on whale watching oban in their natural habitat. I'm interested in that too.

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  38. I haven't popped over here for ages. Apologies. Fabulous shots of a Scotland putting on its Sunday best for you. It did that for us at Easter, everything looked so beautiful. We were in Perthshire.
    I was married in Northumberland, pretty but raining at the time.

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  39. I wanted to elope at Yellowstone National Park. MIL caught us and we had a wedding for her. It was small and classic and I'm glad I did. Our honeymoon was in Hawaii instead.

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    1. Sheree - Jellystone would have gotten my vote too!

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  40. Oh wow. Your friend has chosen very well indeed. I would've loved to get married there! Such a stunning spot and away from the crowds. We got married in Auckland. Did it mostly for the parents but would've LOVED to elope.

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  41. Beautiful setting, Tabs! Hope it's a good party and we get to see lots of photos!

    No wedding here, and I doubt I would want one even less the second time around. (Not that that's a possibility at the moment). :D

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  42. Tabitha, your friend's wedding venue looks amazing.

    My husband and I planned our wedding in 4 hrs (we created our plan while on a Qantas flight from London to Singapore - 2 days after getting engaged). We were home in Brisbane for 8 days following this and booked everything in a matter of hours. We kept it VERY simple and minimalistic. Church, restaurant, cake etc. I bought my shoes first and my dress within about an hour and a half of wedding dress shopping. I had fun and am grateful for the experience, but I think if I had my time over again, I would have liked to have invited people to a party and then had a surprise wedding xxx

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    1. Fifi, that is such a cool way of going it all.

      Rose - It's a year away and I'll have to see if I'm invited!

      CC&C - oh me too, mine was a pain in the butt.

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  43. Tabitha, Your friend is so fortunate. What a dreamy spot. Love the buildings and the wonderful wallpapers and decor..I'd love to visit here!

    Our wedding was smallish (60 people) and I thought very intimate. It was at an adorable French restaurant that has a creekside setting in the country out here called La Foret. Ceremony was outside overlooking the creek. We had the restaurant the rest of the day for our whole party. Lots of dancing and it was nice that guests could be indoors or out. Of course the best part was the food was amazing. I also loved that all my family was there from far and wide. If I could change anything it would be that it could have slowed down. The day went so fast and I wanted it to last longer! Also, I wish I had done my own makeup. I cringe at the photos now. It was the 90s and makeup was so severe. I think I look scary with dark lips and heavy lined eyes...That was 17 years ago..

    If I had to do it over, I'd get married on the beach and in a slip dress with flowers in my hair and have bonfires and champagne ! (Sounds a bit hippie I guess.)

    Loved reading about everyone's weddings.

    xxKim

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    1. Kim, I would wear exactly that and get married exactly there - we are a match made in heaven.

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  44. Ohhhhhh. Can I come?

    I'm getting married next week! Eeeek!! Tune in in a few weeks to read all about it!

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  45. Ohhh. So beautiful. Can I come?!

    I am getting married next week. (Eeeek!!). So tune in in a few weeks and you might find out!

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  46. Wendy has told me it is a special day today! Well here is to you fellow Gemini - hope you have a good one and remember to phrase your wishes well as the Gods are bored retired lawyers ;)

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  47. Just read on Wendy's website that it's your birthday! Happy Birthday! I hope you are having a wonderful day and best wishes for much happiness in the coming year!

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  48. I love those wallpapers- I would totally get married for those! My manfriend and I have never booked a date for a wedding (hmm, and now it's been 20 years so...) but there are so many options for lovely small weddings I don't know if I could ever choose just one. Plus, thinking myself crafty, I would probably end up sleepless and sobbing, trying to make some kind of failed paper flower confections! But then, I think weddings are supposed to be just a little bit disastrous, right? So you have something to get stronger together on, and something terrible to laugh at later?!

    (Happy Birthday, little miss fabulous!)

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  49. Hey, Happy Birthday! Hope the weather is fabulous for you and that whatever you do is enjoyable x

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  50. A belated Happy Birthday ! You'll see, us women get better as we grow older ... I wish the you-know-whos would follow suit though !x

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  51. Thanks everyone, the sun shone for me, which is a rarity around these parts!

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  52. Happy Birthday, my dear love!

    My oh my you sure know how to celebrate in style. Nature loves you! (as does the rest of us)

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  53. Gorgeous spot!
    Since my wedding was such an intimate affair, I'd love to do it all over again BIG on the grounds of an Irish castle with all of my family and friends there. You can come too :) x

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  54. Hi Tabitha.
    What a lovely place to get married. I love all the trees and the lake.
    I am getting married in 18 days in the wine country in California and the temperature is going to be about 90 degrees. It will be so very different than my first wedding which was on a sunny January day in 1982 at the beach in Santa Monica.

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  55. What a pretty nice place. I see that Scotland is a wonderful place to take holidays and go for a vacation. I'm a nature lover and I guess the place really is splendid. I've heard a lot on whale watching oban in their natural habitat. I'm interested in that too.

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  56. What a pretty nice place. I see that Scotland is a wonderful place to take holidays and go for a vacation. I'm a nature lover and I guess the place really is splendid. I've heard a lot on whale watching oban in their natural habitat. I'm interested in that too.

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