From the countryside church ceremony to the DIY city party, and with a little coastal stop inbetween, this super pretty Edinburgh wedding is packed with personal touches and a whole lot of love. If you’re thinking of making lots of the details for your own wedding, then prepare to be very inspired…
Who saw who first?
Adam saw Leanne! We were introduced at a house party by a mutual friend and hit it off straight away, enjoying chat by the nibbles table. Adam made the first moves by securing a phone number and first kiss! We arranged our first date the following week, but Adam had a surfing accident and received a swollen, badly bruised eye. We went on our first date, Adam looking like a yob, but thankfully Leanne wasn’t put off (or at least, she didn’t want to be the girl who didn’t date a guy just because he had a horrible, black eye). After the bruises (finally) healed, love blossomed.
We were inspired by…
We wanted to create a relaxed wedding that represented us. Leanne is from Shetland where things are often homemade and friends and family pull together to help make the event. Adam is from Australia and so an outdoor garden party for the drinks reception seemed natural. A lot of the detailed ideas came from blogs like We Fell In Love and Pinterest – there are endless, beautiful ideas out there!
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We made practically everything! The wedding invitations, save the date cards and Order of the Day were all made using Adam’s computer skills and Leanne’s cutting and glue-gun skills (ever the primary school teacher). We collected pebbles from our beach walks and painted these before personalising them as place names for the wedding breakfast.
Thomas Morton Hall, our reception venue, was a blank canvas, so we spent many a day creating decorations – hanging hearts; bunting; collecting and painting bottles for the stage backdrop and for vases for the table centre pieces. The table runners were made from hessian and lace, with the left over material making the napkin rings. We made homemade strawberry jam as favours for each of our guests and baked the cake with our very own hands! We collected photo frames from charity shops and painted them in the wedding colours to create the seating plan.
On the evening before the wedding, we invited friends and family to join us at the Thomas Morton Hall, where our fantastic helpers made the blank canvas into our wedding reception venue. It was a fantastic moment – all the people we love helping us to create a day filled with love.
What was on your wedding menu?
Starter – Chicken liver terrine or pea and mint soup; Main – Chicken stuffed with asparagus, wrapped in prosciutto, served with roasted summer vegetables; Pudding – Meringue, cream and summer fruits.
First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
We kept it traditional Shetland-style with a Bridal March, followed by a Boston Two-Step.
What is your advice for future brides??
1.Weddings are expensive, but you don’t have to spend the earth. If you’re not fearful of a bit of DIY, you can make simple decorations that look really effective. People may even volunteer to help you!
2. Having a clear idea of what you want cuts out much of the faff. I spent time looking at wedding blogs before we booked anything, and we (thankfully) shared a clear vision of what the day should feel like. I then created a mood board full of pictures and the vintage, rustic theme came from there. This helped Adam get on board with many of my ideas and he even found a few of his own – the painted bottles and seating plan were all him.
3. The dress doesn’t need to cost the earth – mine didn’t and it still made me feel a million dollars! I had so many compliments, I felt like a princess.
Where did you spend your wedding night?
At our new home (we moved in just months before the wedding). We hailed a taxi on the street (the driver said we were the most glamorous couple he’d had that night but we didn’t get a free ride). And yes, Adam insisted on carrying me over the threshold!
What was the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
The atmosphere. After we were married, we got a glass of bubbly and met all our guests. Seeing everyone else happy, relaxed and enjoying the day, reflected perfectly what we felt. The surroundings were beautiful and the forecast of rain held off. I felt like the luckiest girl alive!
Scotland is such a beautiful country and we had a huge choice of options on our doorstop. Our wedding and reception venue were just half an hour apart, country and city. Seton Collegiate Church feels like a hidden gem, tucked away from view and accessed through a woodland path. You then find a magnificent building with a beautiful, spacious garden.
Many of our friends and family travelled from north and south to be with us, so we wanted our reception venue to be in town and easy to access. Thomas Morton Hall in the heart of Leith gave us just that, and allowed us to have the do-it-yourself vibe that was so important to us. And on the drive between these country and city venues, we also managed to stop off at one of our favourite places – Portobello Beach. Hard to imagine where else we could have had a day more suited to us!
I love the idea of decorating the venue the night before with friends and family. Such a lovely way to kick off the celebrations! Christina x