Jennie+Sam

by David Aveyard Photography

at Carberry Tower

East Lothian-Scotland

From the vintage lace wedding gown to the rockabilly bridesmaids’ dresses, today’s wedding is full of old school charm. Add in lots of DIY details and rustic flowers, and it’s hard to believe that this super pretty spring wedding was organised in just three months.

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WAS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR THE STORY OF HOW YOU FIRST MET…
We met in London on a night out, at Barfly in Camden and we’ve never looked back since….
AND TELL US ABOUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT…
Sam proposed on his 30th birthday, which was a total shock and surprise!
We were inspired by…
We did not have a theme or colour scheme for the wedding but we wanted a rustic, vintage, and simplistic feel with small personal touches. We used simple flowers like gypsophila, white spray roses and used jam jars and twine. I made the fudge favours and table name places with luggage tags and personalised stamps. We both prefer cheese so had a cake made out of cheese instead of a traditional wedding cake. We are still trying to slowly finish off the rest of the cheese we have left in the fridge!
I got my 1980s vintage wedding dress from Those Were The Days vintage boutique in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. They have a lovely vintage bridal wear from the 1920s onwards and the staff were so helpful. I fell in love with the lace and beading detail but especially the big bow and train on my dress, which was detachable so I was able to dance the night away. I bought a wedding cape from Monsoon to finish the look. My headpiece was made by Rene Walrus, a wedding accessory specialist based in Edinburgh, all her items are custom made and it was so fun going to her studio and trying on all the different pieces. My bridesmaids were in rockabilly dresses from Lindybop. They had navy dresses with white polkadots, red shoes and red net petticoat. The groom and ushers wore morning suits with top hats from Debenhams.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US…
We only got engaged in February and managed to organise the wedding in less than 13 weeks!

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WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE IF YOU COULD DO IT ALL AGAIN?
The weather, it rained most of the day… that’s Scotland and on the day I honestly didn’t care.
WHAT DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG?
We choose Toploader’s ‘Dancing in the moonlight’. We both wanted an upbeat song and I wanted guests to dance with us, so after 20 seconds I was dragging everyone up to the dance floor to get the party started.
Any advice?
Try not to stress over the little things, be organised and be realistic…. do guests really need table games when they have wine on the table? Finally relax and enjoy the day.
Honeymoon or minimoon?
As we organised the wedding quickly we were unable to take any time off straight after, but we now have booked a honeymoon to Egypt for two weeks.
Why Scotland?
We both live and call Scotland our home, so we wanted a Scottish influence on our day. Many guests were travelling far as most our families are English and they really enjoyed the piper, whisky and attempts at ceilidh dancing!
WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
It may sound a little cheesy but marrying my best friend, surrounded by family and friends.

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I am a little in love with Jennie’s headband. Anybody else planning to wear a statement headpiece? Christina x
Suppliers
VenueCarberry Tower, Musselburgh, is a beautiful stately home with lots of history and royal connections with 35 acres of land, just seven miles out of Edinburgh.
PhotographerDavid Aveyard Photography
FloristRose and Ammi Florist, Edinburgh
Hair & make-up – Hair by Jilly McCourt (mobile Hairdresser), Make up myself
Wedding dressThose Were The Days – The Vintage Boutique, Stockbridge, Edinburgh
ShoesDada Handmade Creations, from Etsy. The sandals were so comfortable.
Accessories – Cape, Monsoon. Headband, Rene Walrus, Edinburgh
Groom’s outfitDebenhams
Bridesmaids’ dressesLindy Bop
Stationery – Handmade by the bride
CakeI.J Mellis Cheesemonger, Edinburgh
BandSeattle Wedding Band. The band was great with a good range of music and ceilidh.



Ideas+Inspiration

Love Stories

From the Movies

Whether you’ve got a lazy bank holiday ahead of you, or you’re looking for inspiration for your next girls’ night in, then what better than to indulge in some classic love stories straight from Hollywood? We’ve picked a few of our favourites that made us fall in love with love…


You can’t beat the classic black and white Hollywood film. How about some Roman Holiday, or a spot of Breakfast at Tiffany’s? They ooze Hollywood Glamour and you’ll yourself in the romance of a secret Princess on holiday in Rome, or Holly Golightly singing Moon River from her fire escape.



We all love the fairytale films that end with happily ever after and stories of summer romance. How about Pretty Woman or Dirty Dancing? Or even a little bit of 1950s Grease…”Danny – is this the end?” Danny: “Of course not; it’s only the beginning”.


When love conquers despite all the odds we give a little cheer inside. And even though we’ve seen the films already, we still love them. From Slumdog Millionaire to the ill-fated, yet inevitable Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, the tragic becomes beautiful.


Or for the quirky ‘how will it end?’ love stories, how about Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind, or 500 Days of Summer?

And at the end of the day can you really beat a good wedding rom-com? Especially if you’ve got all the girls round and you just want a good giggle and some easy-viewing. We’re talking classics: Father of the Bride, 27 Dresses and of course the hilarious Bridesmaids…
Got your filmfest planned? What’s on your shortlist? Alie x