We posted our first ‘Real Bride’ blog post in October featuring Amadine. And this week we have another of our La Couture brides to share with you. Karen Anna is particularly special to us as she came all the way from Norway to purchase her wedding dress from us here in our bridal shop in Blakedown.
Karen Anna was kind enough to share her story with us for the blog…
” We got engaged in March 2017. My now husband proposed on the top of a mountain when we were snowboarding in Åre, Sweden. We didn’t want to wait too long so that is why we decided to get married in September this year.
I was struggling so much to find a wedding dress that I liked, I thought there was something wrong with me because I never liked any of the dresses! After many hours of frustrated googling, I fell in love with Rosa Clara dresses and particularly the one I went for in the end. La Couture was the only shop in the UK that I found that had the dress that I fell in love with when seeing it online. Since I live in Norway and couldn’t easily make an appointment, I emailed Kelly and enquired about the dress. She was super helpful and friendly and sent me more pictures.
I then decided to buy the dress without having seen it in real life, because it was exactly how I wanted it to be, and I was so worried about not getting it! We were driving from Norway to Scotland in July, and stopped at La Couture to pick up the dress and the veil. I loved being in the boutique and could have stayed there forever looking at dresses and chatting to the lovely girls there! And I also loved my dress so much when I tried it on!
My wedding was on the 29th of September and the venue was Fingask Castle in Rait, Perthshire, Scotland. The day went over all expectations, we had amazing weather which is so unusual for Scotland. We could be outside all day which was amazing, and made such a difference. Everything ran pretty smoothly, we were pretty exhausted at the end since we didn’t have a planner or anything, but organised most things ourselves from Norway and when we got to Scotland a week before our wedding.
We also had some amazing help from our parents and family members before and on the day. The day couldn’t have gone any better and we got so many nice photos remember it by.
Food: FacePlant Foods in Fife, Scotland. FacePlant is a relatively new catering company, they are 100% plant based and 1000% amazing. I think the food (along with the weather) was the best thing about the day. We had a buffet, and the menu was so delicious.
Our wedding was completely vegan, from the booze to the favours to the wedding cake and cake buffet. In Norway it is common that friends and family bring a cake to a cake buffet after dinner is over, so many of my friends and family had all brought vegan cakes which was really kind of them and we really appreciated that. We had so much food and it was so good! We had 100% vegan wines and I designed my own labels for them to tie everything in with our theme. I am an illustrator/graphic designer so I also did our wedding website, invitations and table cards. We also made our own favours – we had white/dark chocolate Scotty dogs (vegan) and homemade almond milk Baileys in little bottles. We also made our own wheel of fortune to determine what tables got to go up and eat at the buffet first etc.
Alterations: I had my dress taken in a little bit by Tommy’s Alterations in East Kilbride. She did a perfect job with my dress!
Makeup and hair: Sandra Cormack Hair and Makeup. I had researched makeup artists in the area, and I loved Sandra’s portfolio. Her work is really classy and beautiful. I went to see her for a consultation and she made the effort to go through all her products to make sure she was using only cruelty free brands on me, stuff that hasn’t been tested on animals. That was very kind of her and I loved how she did my hair and makeup on the day.
Our photographer: was our friend Adam Bienkowski, who has just started out taking photos with Åpning Photography. He did an amazing job because they turned out fantastic and we are so happy we asked him to take photos for us.
The flowers: came from The Rosebud in Dundee, I didn’t want any white flowers and Dilly from The Rosebud made stunning bouquets. They were just how I wanted them and they worked perfectly with Scottish autumn colours. So many people complimented us on the flowers!
Our wedding cake: came from Sugar Daddys in Edinburgh. It was three tier with coffee cake, vanilla and chocolate. The cake was vegan and gluten free and so delicious. They make amazing stuff! Kilt hire: for the groom and groomsmen was from Slaters in Glasgow.
Entertainment: Our band was a Ceilidh band from the area called The Gallivanters and they were brilliant. People danced so much and really enjoyed themselves. It was so much fun to see all my relatives in Norwegian national costumes dancing with all the kilt wearing Scotsmen!”