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Neil + Will

Photographed by Elemental Weddings

at Signet Library


A spectacular library in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town was the elegant setting for a celebration packed with personality. We just love Neil & Will’s Scottish/American wedding style.

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
Love at first sight in a noisy bar in Manchester – Will had nearly lost voice so Neil didn’t know he was an American ’til our first date…
We were inspired by…
The venue – The Library was such an inspiring venue and made the day feel even more significant. We took the ‘book’ theme and ran with it… including our library card save the dates and book style invitations. We even put Penguin book style mugs in the bathrooms at the venue.
Neil is a project manager so planned everything with absolute detail, giving everyone involved individual project plans to follow! But it was our ceremony where we really injected ‘us’ into the day. It was never going to be a traditional wedding ceremony and we made sure it reflected our personalities with humour and interaction with our guests. We did include some traditional Scottish elements too, including passing the rings around our guests during the ceremony and drinking from the quaich.
Other touches throughout the day included hiding the lyrics to our first dance within the books on our centrepieces and having personalised fans for all our guests, as it was a warm summer’s day. We also made personalised paper name charms for the champagne flutes being sipped from whilst we got ready in the morning.

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What was on your wedding menu?
LOADS! Cocktail hour was canapés and gourmet marshmallows. Our wedding breakfast menu was: First Course choices – Slow roast Ayrshire pork belly, Duck rillettes with pear tartare, or Pan seared sea trout fillet; Main Course choices – Highland gold beef daube, Lemongrass and ginger marinated duck breast, or Roast grain fed chicken supreme stuffed with artichoke; Dessert choices – Blueberry tiramisu, Chilled chocolate tart with satay sauce & popcorn quinoa, or Rhubarb and ginger crème brulee.
Our evening menu featured ‘Blueberry BBQ pulled pork sliders with coleslaw’ and ‘Lobster & Crab mac and cheese’!
We had the band introduce our large wedding party one by one to an up-tempo song (Bom Bom by Sam & the Womp) and we came in last, playing fake trumpets which was fun. We then had our first dance and, as we’re not great at slow dances, we opted for an upbeat song we could sing and dance to (‘I Love You, I Do’ by Jennifer Hudson).
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Enjoy every second of the day and try to have some time to yourselves… the day goes by VERY quickly! We opted to have our photos done before the wedding started to maximise the time we had with family and friends

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Honeymoon or mini-moon?
We had a mini-moon in Maine, USA where Will is from as we had another wedding reception in Prouts Neck, Maine for guests that couldn’t come to Scotland. While we were there, we went to Boothbay Harbour for one night. We’re planning on a late-moon bonanza in the future!
Actually the ceremony itself, we didn’t expect to be so overcome with emotion.
Why Scotland?
Scotland is our home and we wanted to be here for the experience and to share it with Will’s family. It’s a beautiful country, so why not share it with all our American family and friends by having a destination wedding!

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Wow – loving Neil and Will’s styling and the book theme. What’s inspiring you? Alie x
Venue – Signet Library, Edinburgh
Photographer – Elemental Weddings
Florist – Planet Flowers
Hair stylist – Leanne at Babu Hair and Beauty
Make-up artist – Lauren at Lauren Gollan Makeup
Grooms’ outfits – Kilts and shoes from Kiltpin in Falkirk, velvet kilt jackets from McCalls Highlandwear in Aberdeen, watches by Burberry and Skagen.
Groomsmaids’ outfits – Champagne and navy dresses by Coast; Pink dresses by Biba at House of Fraser; Shoes by Zara; Accessories by Marc Jacobs.
Stationery – Save the Dates – Archive Print, Bristol; Wedding Invitations – EYI Love, Glasgow; Reception – DIY.
Caterer – Heritage Portfolio
Cake – Macaron tower from Patisserie Madeline, Edinburgh
Lighting – Finix Productions
Ceremony music – Cairn String Quartet
Reception music – Band of Gold
Additional suppliers – The Marshmallowist; Personalised Fans – Etsy; Preparations venue – Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh

  • SQ - November 5, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    The details that went into this wedding are just gorgeous!ReplyCancel