Preppy, Scottish Wedding Inspiration at Virginia’s River Farm

No Scottish wedding inspiration could possibly be complete without a bagpiper, and that’s why we love that this styled shoot by Melinda Snyder of Melinda Snyder Photography made sure to include a real, live bagpiper that you can book for your own event.

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The Scottish style gets preppy twist with the bride’s peep-toe heels and a pearl statement necklace, while the groom takes on a modern look with a tartan bow tie and plaid socks to keep with the theme. “Everything was added to give homage to Scottish wedding traditions while adding our own unique spin,” says Snyder. “All of the plaid, a most awesome bagpiper cameo, blue plexi stationary highlighting the overarching Scottish antlers and fern, and a simple naked cake with colorful macarons brought all of the details together to compliment the Scottish theme.”


After snapping photos of the elegant place settings and naked cake, the shoot ended with a Glenfiddich toast as the bride changed into her second look: a knee-length little white dress.



Venue: River Farm | Photographer: Melinda Snyder Photography | Second Photographer: Ali McLaughlin | Hairstylist: Alexis McLaughlin | Apparel: Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew | Florist: Eight Tree Street Floral Design | Etsy Designer: Coy Studio | Cake: Emily Myhre and The Happy Tart | Bagpiper: J.R. Arthur | Invitations: Simply Designed

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.