Wedding of the Week: Sharon Strong and Ross Somerville

13 Mar 2017

Take a seaside location, a metallic colour scheme and a sprinkle of Scottish charm and you have the key ingredients for Bride's Wedding of the Week

How did you meet?

Online dating.



Tell us about the proposal.

On the night of Ross’ birthday he got down on one knee in the bar we first met - Westport Bar in St Andrews.




What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

Metallics – specifically champagne.



When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

I found an expensive looking one online, then asked a dressmaker to replicate it.



Where did you find your suits?




Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We chose pink and peach for our wedding flowers.



Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

We had our ceremony in the hotel's Swilcan Ballroom in front of a live string quartet who played an amazing version of Sia's Chandelier as I walked down the aisle. We then walked out to Shut Up & Dance, then headed to the beach for a photoshoot.

Our enchanted fairy princess dining room had gorgeous lights and candelabras draped with pearls. We had a candy bar with a guest book, selfie station and bubbles. Rob Thomson, award-winning photographer of Lifetime Photography, shot our day, which would just not have happened nor come together if it wasn't for my fairy godmother of a mum to whom we are eternally grateful.



How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Like a modelling job.


What was your most memorable moment?

For Ross, seeing me in my dress for the first time. For me, when we nailed the beach shots in three seconds.



What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Getting the suppliers you want, as so often people book them so far in advance.


What was the most important investment for you?

A top photographer.

What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

You Do Something To Me by Paul Weller, because Ross wouldn’t let me have Fetty Wap or K-Ci and JoJo.


Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was an elegant four tier cake with cascading flowers and a silhouette of a couple high fiving on the top.


If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

Maybe practise our first dance a bit more.

Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

That the door to the ballroom had a glass panel in it. So much for hiding.


Where did you go on honeymoon?


Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Book your photographer and band way in advance.


Steal their style:

Photography: Rob Thomson, Lifetime Photography,
Entertainment: Andy Lucas,, and Route 88 aka The Loung Machine,
String quartet: Kingdom String Quartet,
Venue styling: Enchanted Events,
Venue decor: Add a Little Sparkle,
Hair: Sophie Butler,
Make-up: The Vintage Beauty Box,
Umbrella hire: Brolly Bucket,
Props: Prepare 2 Party Events,

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