This Real Wedding includes a fantastic destination ceremony in Scotland, as well as a personal hometown party at one of our very favorite places in Seattle, Canlis Restaurant. We're thrilled to get to share in the joy, and we think you will be too! Read on!
Last fall Rebecca and Brian flew to Scotland with 30 of their closest friends and family members for an intimate and very personal wedding. The ceremony took place in a beautiful old chapel and was officiated by Brian's brother Matt, a minister in the Church of Scotland. Since the guest list was so small, each guest was given a calla lily to present to Rebecca as she walked down the aisle, to form her beautiful bouquet. Having a religious ceremony was important to them. "We’re both people of faith, so having the focus of the ceremony be about binding us together before God was essential." They also included traditional vows (so they would always remember them), personal prayers for their marriage that they wrote and read aloud to each other, and a special recording of “Falling Slowly” by The Swell Season by Seattle pianist Walt Wagner played during the processional.
The most romantic moment of the day for Rebecca was seeing Brian well up as she approached the altar. "The first and so far only time I’ve seen Brian cry, ever, was when I walked down the aisle. He sobbed like a baby, and for once, I was dry eyed!" Rebecca wore a custom wedding dress from Luly Yang Couture, and she had a well thought-out set of old, new, borrowed and blue. "Borrowed was my heirloom earrings from my now sister-in law. Blue was my “I DO” Hanky Pankys. Old was my grandmother’s pearl ring. And new was everything else!"
After returning to Seattle, Rebecca and Brian held a reception at Canlis, the amazing fine dining restaurant (and fab wedding reception location!) that Brian and his family have owned for generations. It's a stunning Seattle landmark, and just walking in the doors makes you feel like family. Again, because their guest list was small, Rebecca and Brian were able to go back and forth with the microphone to introduce everyone in the crowd by name, including how they knew them. "We had so much fun doing it, and our guests felt known and included." It was an evening filled with incredible food, wine, and lots of love, at their family home-away-from-home.
Thank you for sharing your photos and wedding story with us Rebecca and Brian! To see more information about this wedding, be sure to visit our Real Weddings section.