Zoe+Rory

Photographed by Mike Cook Photography

at Fettes College & Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh-Scotland

Today’s #TBT is a must for all of you planning a winter wedding.From the old school ceremony to a party at the zoo, complete with panda viewings for the guests, this wonderful winter wedding was full of fun moments and packed with personality.

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We knew each other for six months before we started dating. During that time Zoe set Rory up on a date with one of the bridesmaids!
How was the question popped?
On Zoe’s birthday, Rory surprised her with a trip to Thornbury Castle, a hotel set in a Tudor castle. He proposed in the castle, and secretly had the room filled with roses whilst we were out. The castle had run out of vases because there were so many flowers, and so Rory had to go out shopping for 13 Kilner jars to display them in. We re-used the jars as our wedding centrepieces.
Something new, something borrowed, something blue?
Old – photos of Zoe’s late grandmother and aunt hidden in her flowers; New – Zoe’s jacket, a gift from Rory’s parents; Borrowed – a charm tied into Zoe’s handbag, borrowed from her sister, Fay; Blue – sapphire earrings, a gift from Zoe’s mum.
Any unexpected moments?
We had a slight hiccup when the wedding cars didn’t arrive on the morning of the wedding, so Zoe and the bridesmaids arrived fashionably late in black cabs. And we got a sunny day in Scotland in December!
Best compliment on your wedding?
Lots of our friends asked if we could get married every winter!

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Honeymoon or Mini-Moon?
We’ve delayed our honeymoon until later in the year. We wanted to stay in our new home to enjoy our first married Christmas.
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
A bit of both! We followed lots of traditions but added a few twists to make the day more personal to us. Zoe gave a speech at the wedding breakfast and opted to enter the ceremony to The First Noel rather than a traditional wedding march. Rory compiled a selection of PG Wodehouse musings on love for a reading during our ceremony, which made sure there was lots of laughter!
Also, hosting the reception at the zoo meant that our guests went to meet the pandas whilst we were having our photos taken.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day…now – describe it in three words…
Christmas, Fun, Happy.
Why Scotland?
Although we met and live in London, Rory is an Old Fettesian and a patriotic Scot. We wanted to get married somewhere meaningful and Fettes fit the bill perfectly.
Favourite thing about being hitched?
Hosting dinner parties in our new home, using the new cooking equipment given to us as wedding gifts.

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Still loving that jacket. Anyone planning some fur for their wedding? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony setting – Fettes College, Edinburgh
Reception venue – The Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo
Photographer – Mike Cook Photography
Florist – Becky’s Flowers
Hair & make-up – Lindsay Cruickshank, Belle Bridal
Wedding dress – Pronovias Daifa 2013
Shoes – Perfect Vintage (purchased from Euphoria Boutique)
Jacket – Alex Bridal
Groom’s outfit – Kinloch Anderson
Bridesmaids’ dresses – In One Clothing
Piper, organist and choir organised by Fettes College
Band – Ceilidh Minogue
Photo booth from Snap Happy Media



WFIL guest bloggers

Wedding Planning

and Allotment Action

From attending weddings (as guests) to securing an allotment, it’s been another jam-packed month for Joan and Nairn. Ceremony ideas are progressing and stag planning has begun – in thought perhaps more than action…

Carina Baverstock Couture

“This month has been another busy one! It’s also been super hot in Somerset, I write to you with slightly sun burnt arms which leads me to the ‘to tan or not to tan’ for the wedding question?! Although we’re getting married in December, I would like a healthy glow for the wedding, sun beds scare me for obvious reasons so I think I’ll be sampling bottles of tan over the next few months. I’ll keep you posted with my favourites!
“Earlier in June, Nairn’s parents visited us for a long weekend. Nairn’s Mum, Susan, has not yet bought her Mother of the Groom outfit so I arranged an appointment for her at Carina Baverstock’s Occasion Wear shop in Bradford-on-Avon. The team have done a fabulous job helping Mum and I find our outfits. Si, one of Carina’s dream team was fabulous at understanding Susan’s style, what she hopes to look like and feel like on the day. As it was Susan’s first appointment, she didn’t take the plunge and buy anything, but it’s given her loads of food for thought.

Mr and Mrs Mugs
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“This month we also attended the wedding of our gorgeous friends, Doug and Tori. Nairn and I had a very fleeting visit to Northumberland for their big day – we drove up and down in 24 hours but it was absolutely worth it. I was so impressed with their big day, they had so many alternative tweaks and touches. For example, Tori’s bridesmaids were her lovely dogs – it all went to plans until they stood on her veil!
“Prior to Doug and Tori’s wedding, I’d been really bust at work so obviously wasn’t paying attention when I bought the card for them, spot the obvious mistake…I had to send a grovelling text as to why there was no card with their gift…

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“We also had a visit from our Best Man to be and his lovely girlfriend, Laura, last week. The intention of the visit was for Scott and Nairn to plan to the stag do! I think they got as far as setting a date and a rough guest list but we had too much fun at the Bath Boules to focus on to stag planning too much!
“This week, Nairn and I also had our first call with our humanist Leigh. Leigh really made us feel like we’ve made the right choice as she was so warm and excited for us. She has kindly sent me a pack which could easily be entitled ‘wedding ceremonies for dummies’ – it literally includes everything we could possibly need to know. Nairn and I need to set some time aside for to start making decisions about how we’d like our ceremony to be formatted and what we’d like to include making it personal to us.

allotment

“On top of the wedding planning and doing up our house, I put our name on the local allotment waiting list, to my surprise we were allocated a plot very quickly. I’ve not made much progress, or more truthfully, I’ve not made any progress other than arranging for the council to strim the plot for us. Call me crazy for taking on too much but it’s actually quite relaxing to get away from wedding planning, pinterest, paint and fabric samples.”
‘To tan or not to tan’ Great question. Thoughts people? Alie x
Joan & Nairn are getting married at Drumtochty Castle in Aberdeenshire. Think winter wonderland oozing Christmas magic…