A Highland Fairy Tale: We Admire the Details

Yay, we’ve arrived at the details post! Which means less talking, more photo sharing. I’ve saved all the major detail shots from the whole day for this post, enjoy!








Sorry for the blurs!


You didn’t think there was any way I would miss out on having our royal wedding RSVP (aka the best DECLINE in the history of declines) included in the details photo shoot, right? Mr. Sword is still part of the United Kingdom whether his Scottish self likes it or not. :)



personal photo I took the morning after the wedding





Truth time: That isn’t my wedding band anymore, I traded it in for a new one!

Before we get to the big entrances, I wanted to share these reception detail shots as well.


I’m really happy with how the room turned out and I love the purple uplighting we added. If you’ll remember, I had two separate centerpieces, beer bottles and hurricanes, but unfortunately I only have good shots of the beer bottle tables. To be honest, I dislike the carpet and the chairs in some of the pics but I don’t regret skipping on chair covers. So not a priority! Having a band AND a DJ was such a better use of our money.

For all you fellow hotel/ballroom brides out there who wish you had chosen a more unique wedding space, remember, the energy and love of your wedding will overshadow even the most bland venue.


Did you see our Walker’s shortbread favors? Everyone loved eating them as a wee snack later in the evening.


Our storybook guestbook was a hit and our guests cracked us up with their awesome comments.



One of my favorite Destroy-it-Yourself’s:


The room was filled with love quotes and engagement photos.



I was so pleased with our AMAZING castle themed escort table complete with tartan flag, a prince and princess, and of course the personalized SWORD escort cards. My mom and her friends did an amazing job on this! The detail is insane. (Note: this started as a plain, wooden dollhouse from Michaels, and I hope to save it for a future daughter of ours to play with someday!)




Finally, our cake was simple and geometric and totally fit our theme and it was so cool to see my wirthday gift cake topper in use!


We used a large piece of our family tartan to cover a square foam that we rented from the bakery as a cake stand and we put up our parent’s wedding photos on either side of the cake.


All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.

Next up, we dance in to the reception!


Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look!
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!
Posing with our flower girl!
True Scotsman indeed!

People processing!
Bridal cry/laugh walk!
Ceremony readings!
Vows and handfasting!
Receiving line!

Cocktail hour!


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
Something Old And Something New
Crafty Creations: Veil

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  1. rucksack Member
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 7:31 am

    Detail shots are always my favorite part of recaps! I absolutely adore the escort set up and what a sweet sweet idea to pass the castle down to your future child. In love with everything!

  2. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:03 am

    @Miss Rucksack: +1. I spy Cinderella walkie talkies!!

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:06 am

    I’m curious about the princess walkie talkies…

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:22 am

    Amazing! Everything came out so much more polished and beautiful than I thought it would! You made tartan look classy!!!

  5. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:03 am

    @Miss Rucksack: Thanks girl! I love detail posts too!

    @Miss Wellies: @luluvohn: Princess walkie talkies were for my two honor attendants who acted like DOC’s for me on the wedding day. They were more for show than for actual use but still so FUN.

    @lealorali: Haha, glad I exceeded the expectations. Phew! Yay for classy tartan! :)

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 12:30 pm

    Love all of your details! Everything turned out beautiful!

  7. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:12 pm

    Everything is beautiful, great detail post!

  8. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:32 pm

    So many beautiful details, the escort card display is amazing!

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    his_missus 92 posts, Worker bee @ 3:50 am


  10. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:28 am

    Amazing details. Your theme really came together!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 5:08 pm

    Beautiful details. I love the castle!

  12. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:07 am

    Thank you everyone!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:02 am

    I love the sword details!!!!

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