A bit of both – I asked George out the first day we met, at a mutual friend’s (one of our bridesmaids!), birthday not realising that he had a girlfriend! When that relationship dissolved a few months later, George asked Sophie to reintroduce him to me and we never looked back. He proposed to me while we were on a walking holiday in Tuscany, on top of a fort in Montalcino, and we both cried our eyes out. It was wonderful!
My parents were married at St Giles in 1980 – it was lovely to tread in their footsteps by being married in the same place: that part of the day was very traditional.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
“The rickshaw was really fun, and a tongue in cheek nod to the fact that George was born, and grew up in Hong Kong. My friend Tattie (our florist) decorated it with garlands of flowers, and it looked beautiful. Even though it was pelting with rain, it was one of the most fun moments of the day, because we’d kept it secret from the guests. When they came out of the cathedral, and it was waiting for us, there was a cheer.
“Both of us are also enormous Dr Who fans, and so the tables were named after actors who had played the Doctor and other characters, and adorned with paintings done by a friend. It was a little more fun than just numbering the tables, but we’ll be getting teased about being utter nerds for years to come, I think!
“I also sing in an a cappella group – The Refrains – and so they performed both at the cathedral, and were joined by my parents – both singers – to sing at the reception too. They did a gorgeously schmaltzy arrangement of ‘Their Hearts Were Full of Spring’, which brought the house down.”
What was on your wedding menu?
A selection of Greek mezze to start, as my mother is Greek, and I grew up loving that sort of food; followed by a deconstructed suckling pig. George’s parents are famous in Bath for holding a gigantic annual fireworks party for Guy Fawkes, complete with hog roast, so we knew we had to get a reference in. We had our wedding cake (black bottomed cupcakes) and Scottish berries to finish.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We cheated and did a Scottish Reel – the Gay Gordons – as our first dance. We did half of it alone, and then the guests joined us on the dance floor. We thought about dancing to a pop song, but it was so embarrassing thinking about freestyling it with 200 people watching, that we opted for a safer choice – everyone knows the Gay Gordons!
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t make a rod for your own back by picking themes and schemes that you have to stick to – our wedding was very freeform, and the flowers, bride’s hair, dress and decorations were all provided by friends. Neither George nor I were that bothered by the majority of the details, relying on the good taste of my parents and our friends – it made for a stress-free preparation. You’re surrounded by people who love you: as long as there’s food, booze and music, the rest will fall into place.
Honeymoon or mini-moon?
A honeymoon in Bali was the generous gift of a friend of George’s parents – a week in absurd luxury, followed by a few days in Hong Kong. George was so excited to show me where he’d grown up, it was terrific to be shown around by a ‘local’, even though he hasn’t lived there since he was nine!
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
The moment the doors of the cathedral swung open and we saw each other for the first time – it was overwhelming and wonderful.
I was born and raised in Edinburgh, and though we now live in London, my family is there and we go up as often as we can. Edinburgh is a beautiful, romantic city – the perfect place to get married!
By coincidence, I spotted Caro & George leaving St Giles in their decorated rickshaw and can confirm that it did indeed look fantastic! Anyone else going for unusual forms of transport? Jay
Ceremony setting – St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh
Reception venue – The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Photographer – First Light Photography
Florist – Tattie Rose Flowers
Hair stylist – Vicky Chapman-Campbell
Make up – The bride did her own
Wedding dress – ‘Fatima’ by Cymbelline
Accessories – A family heirloom – a small aquamarine pendant, engraved with a flower. “Looted from a French corpse at the battle of Malplaquet by the bride’s mercenary ancestors!”
Groom’s outfit – Geoffrey Kilts
, Edinburgh “The groom had his kilt made in the Bride’s mother’s tartan, as he is English. We have adopted an ‘I take his name, he takes my tartan’ policy.” Boss for Ross (Hunting Tartan)
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Emma Roy
Transport – “A B-Spokes
rickshaw took us from the cathedral to the museum – Tattie Rose (a school friend of mine) decorated it with garlands of flowers – it was just beautiful.”
Stationery – Piccolo Press
Cake – Cuckoo’s Bakery
, black bottomed cupcakes
Caterer – Wild Thyme
Band – The Schmohawks