Today we’re excited to share the stunning wedding of Tanya and Emma at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in California. This wedding was a mix of Scottish, British and Welsh influence in the styling. As you can see, it turned out beautiful! Plus the venue offered an incredible backdrop for couple portraits.
Thank you to Derek Chad Photography for sharing this with us. We asked Tanya a bit more about her and Emma’s wedding…
How did you two meet?
Tanya, “We first met at the Missionary Training Center of the LDS church. We were later mission companions. After our missions, we were long time roommates.”
Who proposed? What was your proposal like?
“I proposed to Emma, but after I proposed, I passed her the box with my ring in it and told her it was her turn to propose to me. She didn’t see that coming.
Our proposals took place here at Emma’s house. I decorated the living room and kitchen with several small lavender candles, a purple orchid, etc. I had Adele playing on the speakers in the background, as Adele is one of Emma’s favorites, and we’ll most likely have an Adele song as our wedding dance song. I spread a large, soft cloth, plaid tablecloth across the living room floor with pillows all around.
I went all over Salt Lake and the valley collecting specialty foods and drinks that had special meaning to both Emma and I as a couple: French and European cheeses, spreads, fancy finger foods, mini desserts, etc.
We sat cross legged from each other, and I proposed first. I can’t even remember what I said, which isn’t like me. Emma said the most beautiful, to me, things that made me cry out of pure joy and happiness.
We then watched a British historical-romantic movie, snuggled up together on the couch.
During the time I was here in Utah (late Oct. 2016 to early Nov. 2016) the weather was clear and bright, but the day of the proposal, it was raining, so it added perfectly to the “cozy at home” theme.”
Are any of the details particularly special to you and why?
“Hopefully, our Scottish/medical/literature themed table center pieces will be a detail that is special to us. I got my master’s in British (specifically Scottish 19C) Literature, and Emma is an OBGYN. I’ve been collecting antique medicine bottles for a few years. We plan to decorate the bottles with tartan ribbon, and have lavender and heather etc. in the bottles. We hope to have old hard cover works of literature on each table – and possibly framed literary quotes.
Emma’s wedding shoes have my Scottish family tartan on them. My kilt itself is very special to me – the family tartan of my mom’s mother’s line – the Sinclairs from Paisley, Scotland. Emma also has some Scottish heritage in addition to her mostly English and Welsh family – both sides.
Our rings are very special to us. My ring has a trinity knot Celtic pattern on it and has an aquamarine gemstone. Emma has a slightly lighter blue stone as the main stone of her ring. Her ring’s style name is “Adele” – which makes it extra special – ha. Light blue is Emma’s favorite colour.
We’re having a handfasting as part of our wedding ceremony – so the actual hand-fasting ribbon will be a special detail, as will the quaich – the Scottish cup that we’ll both sip from.”
Beauty: Kadence Pinder / Catering and cakes: Magleby’s Utah / DJ: Craig-Utah Jive / Dress, Veil and Jewelry: Fantasy Bridal / Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from Fantasy Bridal / Emma’s Rings: Gemvera / Emma’s Shoes: HeilanShoo / Flowers: Floral Rhapsody / Hair Stylist: Megan Jackson / Kilt: The British Shop, Ajax, Ontario / Makeup: Kadence Pinder / Photography: Derek Chad Photography / Sash: The Scotland Shop / Tanya’s Ring: Krikawa Jewelry Designs / Tanya’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Venue: Sleepy Ridge Golf Course, Utah / Videographer: Hailey B Films