Natural Makeup for a Scottish Island Wedding

A bride and four bridesmaids hold hands a laugh on the beach on the Isle of Arran.

Victoria and Craig knew from the very beginning that their wedding would need to involve the stunning Scottish coast line. With Craig being a Nairn native, he grew up looking out to the sea from one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland. This was the first decision the couple made, and it truly informed all the other aspects of their wedding planning, from Victoria’s floaty dress and natural makeup to outdoor minigolf and a ceremony overlooking the ocean.

A close up of a bride having her natural makeup applied on the morning of her wedding.

Victoria made her first enquiry with me in January 2022 ahead of her wedding in June that year. We had a good chat over zoom so that we could get to know each other a little, before Victoria decided if I was the right artist for her. Victoria didn’t have many concerns about her bridal makeup, her queries were more about the logistics for the wedding day. The couple had booked their wedding ceremony at The Dougarie Boathouse on the Isle of Arran and this meant bringing a lot of suppliers (and guests!) from the mainland. We agreed that I would travel to the island the night before, ensuring a super relaxed start on the morning of the wedding..

Both Victoria and her mum came in for makeup trials a couple of months before the wedding. This was another great opportunity for us to build our artist-client relationship so that the wedding morning is super relaxed. Victoria has naturally beautiful big eyes and delicate features and she wanted an unfussy, natural makeup look for her wedding. We decided on a neutral palette for the eyes and cheeks that would compliment her own colouring and Victoria had planned to have lash extensions applied before the wedding day.

Victoria and Craig really lucked out on their wedding day, as our famously changeable Scottish weather gifted them a warm and sunny day. The morning sky was clear and bright, and I arrived early at Auchrannie, where the bridal team were staying, to get started with Victoria’s four gorgeous bridesmaids. Rachael Jamieson arrived soon after to work her magic on hair styling and the pamper morning was well under way!  The bridesmaids wore floor length, sliver eucalyptus coloured dresses with fitted bodices and floaty skirts. As with most of my brides, Victoria didn’t want to dictate what makeup her bridesmaids should have and instead, asked me just to make sure everyone got a look they felt confident in. We decided to base the bridesmaids makeup around a warm, slightly copper, colour palette for the eyes and keep the same natural makeup style as the bride. Although the tones were kept the same for all four women, each person had their makeup tailored to their specific style. Some had deeper shades incorporated into their eye makeup, each selected a completely different lash and there was a range of preferences in coverage, contour and highlight.

Rachael did a beautiful job of all the women’s hair. Everyone had a different style that suited them, but fitted with the effortlessly chic and romantic theme and the natural makeup looks they had chosen. It was soon time for all the bridal team to get dressed and prepare to travel to the ceremony on the other side of the island. Photographer Susie Olzen was there to catch all the precious moments of Victoria and her bridesmaids together. All the images in this blog are by Susie and I just love how she manages to catch the intimate, quiet moments of this part of the day.

Victoria and Craig had chosen a fairly new wedding venue, The Dougarie Boathouse, for their ceremony and evening reception. It was renovated and launched in 2021 specifically to host weddings and is perfectly designed to grant the couple their dream of getting married by the sea. Scotland is not known for having reliable or dry weather. Victoria told me one of the reasons they loved the Boathouse so much, is that it has a full length window that looks straight on to the beach. So if the weather had been less than ideal, they would still be able to have their dream ceremony.

Luckily, the weather proved no issue that weekend. There was a clear blue sky and bright summer sun all day. Victoria and Craig had their ceremony on the patio on the water’s edge with all their guests able to be seated with them.

When I caught up with Victoria after her wedding she told me that her guests had only arrived 15 mins before the bridal party. The bus that was transporting all the guests had been delayed from leaving and then overheated in the rare Scottish heat. That wasn’t the only part of their weekend that hadn’t gone according to plan. Earlier in the week, the band the couple had booked unexpectedly had to cancel. Luckily they had also booked a DJ for part of the night, and they were able to arrive early to provide entertainment for the whole evening. As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and Victoria felt that these hiccups had actually helped the wedding go better. The guests didn’t have as much time at the bar before the ceremony, and therefore had more drinks provided in the evening. Her guests were also able to dance and play minigolf in the sunshine all evening instead of feeling pulled indoors to watch the band.

A bride in natural makeup stands across from her groom beside the beach. All their weddings guests are seated around them on the patio.

No matter how precisely a wedding is planned, things can (and often do!) go awry. Having the right people around you and experienced wedding suppliers on hand can turn these hiccups into blessings. 

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The bride in groom kiss as the bridesmaids clap in the background. The sun shines brightly on the brides face highlighting her natural makeup.
Mr and Mrs 3D sign on a table in front of a window in front of the beach. Guests can be seen smiling through the window.
An action shot of three young children jumping from a small wall on to grass.
A bride and four bridesmaids sit on a wall with the setting sun shining on their faces. They are wearing floaty dresses, softly curled hair and natural makeup.
A shot from behind of the bride and groom as they look out to the sea and the sun sets

Wedding suppliers not already mentioned;

Eyelashes – Bellamoo Lashes

Nails – Hollywood Toes & Nails by Helen

Flowers – Laurel Silk Florist

Dress – Kudos Bridal, Edinburgh

Ring – Jess MacDonald Brass

Piper – Andrew Earle Bagpiping

Kilts – R&I MacDonald Kiltmakers

Local Registrar – Loretta Adamson

Mini Golf Hire – Putter Fingers the Mini Golf Masters