Real wedding, real love! Dive deep into the heart of Chris and Cara's Scottish summer fairytale, a testimony to real love blossomed into a grand celebration under the meticulous guidance of their wedding planner, Coleen McKay. Without further ado, let us introduce you to Chris and Cara Nicodemi.
Chris and Cara travelled from New Jersey in the US, with 100 guests, to celebrate their marriage in the stunning rural setting of St Andrews, Scotland.
After touching down in Edinburgh, they spent three days touring the east coast town with their friends and family, enjoying the morning sunrise and indulging in copious amounts of ice-cream under the Scottish summer sun. It couldn't have been any better.
Rewind to March 2023 when Chris and Cara, fresh from learning their wedding planner was "winding up her business," reached out to Coleen McKay in a frantic search for a new wedding planner, just six months before the wedding. Can you imagine the levels of anxiety and stress?
Fortunately, Coleen quickly put both Chris and Cara at ease, and the planning process was swiftly restarted. During this time, Coleen onboarded a number of new suppliers and recommended replacing one or two due to concerns regarding commitment and delivery. Wild Flowers, a company local to Edinburgh, was promptly brought on board to bring Cara’s mood board and vision to life. Thankfully, Cara had a very detailed mood board already drafted and had a clear vision and vibe for the entire weekend in mind. It's safe to say that the execution surpassed both Chris and Cara's expectations.
Coleen McKay remarked, 'Our six months of working together quickly passed, and before we knew it, we were all enjoying the informal rehearsal dinner held in the opulent drawing room at Cambo Estate.'
Due to the inclement weather the following day, the wedding ceremony had to be arranged according to "Plan B". In Scotland, as in many other European destinations this summer, Plan B has been implemented more frequently than Plan A. Despite the change in plans, the location and setup did not disappoint; the ceremony featured a breathtaking arch adorned with fresh florals and an aisle lined with exquisite floral meadows.
Coleen: 'Chris and Cara, alongside their families and guests, had the most wonderful time during their wedding celebrations. At Coleen McKay, we cannot thank Cara and Chris enough for entrusting our team with their wedding weekend.'
Once back in the US and recovered from their two weeks of travels, Chris and Cara very kindly shared a heartfelt message with Coleen, providing a few words:
“After our previous planner closed her business 6 months before our destination wedding, we were left scrambling and were so incredibly lucky to find Coleen and her team. Planning a wedding in another country for 100 guests was incredibly stressful as is and we were very behind before we found Coleen. Coleen was patient and reassuring from the start and took time to make sure we felt secure and organized throughout the process. She stepped in and hit the ground running immediately to make up for lost time and exceeded all of our expectations. With such a short timeline, she paid attention to every last detail and made our dream wedding come true. Her knowledge and connections/experience with vendors is unmatched, and she takes the time to listen to you and proposes only those that align with your budget and expectations, which is hard to find. Her calmness put us at ease many times both while planning and at our wedding, and it allowed us to relax and enjoy our 3 day wedding event. There were many times throughout planning where she left us out of things that we did not need to be involved in, and it was so refreshing to be able to put trust in someone and know it is going to work out. Thank you, Coleen, for bringing our dream wedding to life. If you are considering booking Coleen and her team, stop considering and do it. You won't regret it!”
Are you planning a destination wedding in the UK, the US, or Europe? Book a discovery call with Coleen McKay team today!
Chris and Cara's Scottish Summer Fairytale Wedding Suppliers:
Planner: Coleen McKay
Photography & Videography: Zach & Grace
Venue: Cambo Estate
Catering: Fox Hat Catering
Stationery: Dimitria Jordan
Linens & Napkins: 88 Events
Furniture: The Cheeky Hound
Transport: AAA Coaches
Hair + Make-Up: AMM Team
DJ & Music: DJ Sash, Schmooze Events
Band: The Scottish Soul Collective
Flowers & Decoration: Wild Flowers
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