Zoë & Neil {the wedding}



Where to begin with Zoë and Neil?  I'm tempted to just let the pictures do the talking, but then there's so much to say...  Zoë and Neil are two of the sweetest, quirkiest, most creative people we have ever met.  Zoë is a blogger and a writer, Neil does something serious and grown up that I don't entirely understand but don't let that fool you, he is actually a designer/creator/inventor in grown-up's clothing.  Between them they are a creative powerhouse. They are also kind and humble, warm and sweet, hilarious and silly and all round adorable and one day they are going to take over the creative world together.


When they were planning their wedding they considered buying a piece of woodland, just because they thought it would make for a perfect venue. That's the kind of people Zoë and Neil are. However, although a they are generally adventurous types they decided to make life just a little easier for themselves and hire a venue with small luxuries, like electricity and running water.  That somewhere was Carriden House, a pretty little stately home well hidden in the Scottish countryside, where they pitched tipis and sprinkled the lawns with woodland magic.  Ex-display trees and small wooden animals from Habitat were complimented with some animal creations of their own that Neil's dad cut out and signs made by Zoë's uncle. Bunting was strung upon bunting and cubes of astro-turf lurked under gazebos. Tea was served in vintage china, music from the 20s escaped from gramophones and danced through the still, damp air. Rain fell lightly on the ground but no one cared; tea and cake and speeches and dances were had under the cozy light and around the warm fires inside the wood-structured tipis and Zoë and Neil grinned all day; madly, crazily , joyously in love. 

(Keep reading at the bottom for more information on the people involved in making the magic happen, including where Zoë got that dress.)


 






















































































































































































































































The Magic: 







So much love and creativity went into making Zoë and Neil's wedding happend, both from them themselves and from their friends and family members... 

Zoë's 1950s dress was a £100 ebay find and was altered by her friend Zoe who owns the vintage shop Vi Nouveau in exchange for a little modelling from (the gorgeous) Zoë.

Neil's incredibly dapper suit was from DS Dundee. His shoes were from Schuh and Zoë customised them with blue laces to match the accent in the suit. 
Neil's badger pin was made by British jewellery designer Joanna Rutter  
The bridesmaid dresses and the boys' ties were made by Rowan Joy with fabric from the iconic Liberty.   
Zoë's sparkling shoes were 'vintage' Topshop with the soles painted blue. Zoë had had them in her wardrobe for 5 years and couldn't find 'wedding' shoes that she loved quite as much as her discoball heels.   
The bridesmaid shoes were Irregular Choice. 
The vintage suitcase was restored and customised with Zoë's new initials by Neil. 
The tipis were by the amazing Harvey and Gemma from Highland Tipis  
The ceremony and gramaphone music was played by Claire (and her husband) from Butler and Taylor  
The evening band was The Strides who were so incredibly nice and really knew how to fill a dancefloor. Zoë and Neil's first dance was to Teenage Wedding and was choreographed by Zoë's sister. 
Hair and make-up was by Jane and Heather of Smujj 
Zoë's super, super talented uncle Roben made the chalkboard sign and the 'do I love you' sign. 
All the dessert table were all made by family and friends. (And one or two by Zoë and Neil, just in case there weren't enough!)  
If you don't see it listed here then the chances are that Zoë and Neil made it themselves! 

 

29 comments:

Lauren said...

These pictures are so good it's making me nauseous. Your details are always so quirky and whimsical, which is no easy achievement, and so many wonderfully composed moments too! The kid kicking the balloons, Zoë's shoes while she's getting her hair done, the men in the hallway. All of it is so lovely. Of course it doen't hurt that Zoë is stunning. My Lillian & Leonard super-fandom continues to thrive. x

Cate S said...

Wow. These photos are so gorgeous! I love how you captured all the little moments (and amazing details) from the day - I almost felt like I was there.

Inspirational photography of an inspirational wedding. Well done, all of you!

Pip said...

Amazing photos of what looks like an absolutely amazing wedding. So much care, thought and crafty wonderfulness in it all. Lovely!

Peacock Feathers and Diamond Rings said...

These photos are amazing you two. I especially like the one of Zoe dancing - the light and dark of that photo is beautiful.

Living White said...

You have so many pictures filled with inspiration. Thank you. They are beautiful. Greetings Norway

louise {bijouxbride} said...

Full of personality and quirky details! I love way you captured the details with some quirky shots too!

Marie said...

L&L you are amazing! Stunning pictures of a beautiful wedding and wedding couple. I love all the details of the day and how you captured them.

Emma said...

Wow. Utterly amazing photos. Looks like a fantastic wedding.

agirl said...

Utter deliciousness. You guys make magic with camera lenses. It helps when the bride's a fox, of course.

joanna said...

Oh my this is extraordinary every single shot is beautiful, this is amazing in every single way.. x

Maggie said...

Beautiful couple, beautiful wedding, beautiful pictures. It must have been an amazing day for everyone involved:)

best wishes for the Newlyweds!

Kristy said...

What an amazing wedding! Felt fox masks - glittery shoes - gramaphone music - that dessert table!

The photos are absolutely fantastic. I don't know how you did it, but it seems you 2 captured everything there was to see - all the lovely details, the precious kidlets, the gorgeous couple. Well done, as always.

Catherine said...

Cheekbones! Dress! Amazing design... EVERYWHERE! ♥ cake! Amazing photography!

Oh man. Such a great wedding, congrats you guys.

Kirsty {a safe mooring} said...

I've been waiting all day to look at this!

Do I love it? Indeed I do.

Highland Tipis - Harvey & Gemma said...

Wow.... completely stunning photographs. We have come back to look at them a few times now and still speechless!

Zoe & Neil decorated our tipis to perfection and with huge smiles on the faces the whole time. They were brilliant clients to work with and your photographs just capture the atmosphere of the tipis so brilliantly.

Right, off to look again.....

Esme said...

An incredibly personal and beautifully designed wedding shot perfectly. A joy to look at. x

Sam said...

Oh now these are just beautiful. Was so looking forward to seeing these...and they are pure delight. Where to start? What an inspired capturing of so many inspiring ideas and moments! I love so many of these photos. The shoes on the case, the teacups and saucers, that dress, his tie, the flowers, the tea lights, tipis, strawbs and brollies, the foxy faces and all those beautiful smiles. Congratulations on a beautiful wedding, Convos and hub, and brilliant work, Peonies and hub!

Hermione said...

What a wonderful wedding - the couple, friends and family have made a brilliant effort to make this wedding visually delicious.
I expect to see this weeding on numerous wedding blogs and magazines in the future. It has wedding style written all over it.

p.s. I'd like to come and live in your wedding photos please - love is all over them.

Sueb said...

A beautiful wedding with wonderful stunning photography!

Faff said...

Your pictures are beautiful, and what a lovely wedding :)

Celia said...

gorgeous, guys. absolutely gorgeous!


also, how adorable is that bride? i'd like to carry her around in my pocket. assuming her husband would be ok with that, of course.

downtomysoul said...

Oh my! Incredible! One of the best I think I've ever seen. What a gorgeous couple.

You guys are amazing!

HannahB said...

Oh how have I missed this?! In awe!; Of the photo's, the styling the tipi's, the dress (that looks like it should have another zero on the cost!) its so so beautiful!

Brown Paper Packages said...

You have proven that wedding photography is indeed an art form... yes you have.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Absolutely gorgeous wedding photos - thoroughly enjoyed looking at them.

Mrs M said...

Woh!! Stunning. Looks like the most perfect day. Beautiful memories...and beautifully captured!

Rachel said...

Seriously these are so good I might have to throw away my camera and shoot myself. SO good!!

wildchild said...

wow. wow wow wow. your photos look so real, like i could just jump right in and join the celebration. the wedding was beautiful and you guys seemed to have captured it perfectly. i love your work, even across an ocean.

supercursi said...

So beautiful I have tears in my eyes...and I don't even know them!