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Photographed by Blue Sky Photography

at St Margaret’s Church, Dunfermline & Hopetoun House

South Queensferry-Scotland

From their first meeting across a sticky dance floor to their backstage at Glastonbury mini-moon, music has played a defining role in Julie & Ben’s relationship. Their stylish wedding day was full of musical touches – from The Beatles to Brazilian beats mixed with bagpipes, culminating in a caipirinha fuelled after-show party that went on into the very small hours.


Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight, across a sticky dance floor, in the not so glamarous late night drinking den of Manchester’s Press Club, after sharing a can of warm Red Stripe! I can’t help but smile when I hear the Rihanna song, ‘We found love in a hopeless place….’ This is that place!
How was the question popped?
On the 7th January 2010, on one knee in the shallow waters of the very romantic Raleigh Bay, Krabi, Thailand. We shared a warm Thai beer after!
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?
A vintage Beetle bug, on a blue ribbon, that once opened showed a miniature fab four – The Beatles! This covered something old, blue and new. My sister found this on eBay and it really is amazing and special to me now. I was to have my sister’s garter as my something borrowed but she couldnt find it! Just as well Im not superstitious. I borrowed a lip gloss instead.
Any unexpected moments?
Probably the most unexpected happened 9 months after the wedding, when Martha was born into this world!
Did you embrace or ditch tradition?
A bit of both. It was more traditional than we ever thought it would be, but with our own take on things – a Brazilian-bagpipe fusion band instead of a string quartet, mojitos and caiprinhas in a post meal cocktail hour, but with plenty of Champagne in between. And we had a big cheese wheel, as well as a traditional cake.
Our initial invite, a 14 track CD of songs, in the style of The Beatles’ White Album (with inserts for info), broke with tradition, but then we had a traditional church service.
It’s hard to ditch tradition as people enjoy it. I didnt want to do a first dance simply because picking a song for that was the hardest decsion in the end, but you disappoint people if you don’t. I just added some one-armed press ups and a hip hop dance off later on! We threw in glow sticks later too. Tradition is great but it is also good to add in fun elements, that reflect you and your likes as a couple.
Our wedding flowers were one area where we didn’t follow a usual traditional style. Planet Flowers came up with a unique take on table design, with upside down orchids being hung off the table decoration. Amazing! We also had vinyl table plan and table names, incorporating bands from The Stone Roses to Take That and Primal Scream.
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day – now describe it in three words…
Decadent, debauched, dreamlike (and dreich, but that never stopped the party!)
Ceremony venue – St Margaret’s Church, Dunfermline
Reception venue – Hopetoun House
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Wedding dress – Vera Wang
Accessories – Bird cage veil from Flo and Percy; Pearl bow cuff from The White Closet
Shoes – House of Harlow at My Wardrobe
Groom’s outfit – Bespoke dinner suit by Richard Smith; Shoes by Jeffery West; Cufflinks, pants and socks by Paul Smith.
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Project D at Harvey Nichols; Younger bridesmaid – Coast
Florist – Planet Flowers
Stationery – CD invite, Vinyl table plans and vinyl table names by Weddings Vintage
Band – Franco (Evening), Macumba (Brazillian beats with bagpipes – Drinks reception)
Catering – Heritage Portfolio
Wedding transport – Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Wedding filmmaker – Kissing Gate Films