We Fell In Love – Scotland's Wedding Blog » Scotland's Wedding Blog

Masthead header

Leanne + Adam

Photographed by Jen Owens Images

at Seton Collegiate Church

& Thomas Morton Hall

Edinburgh-Scotland

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…

Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0001 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0002 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0003 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0004 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0005 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0006 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0007 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0008 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0009 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0010 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0011 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0012 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0013 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0014 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0015 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0016 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0017 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0018 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0019 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0020

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.

Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0021 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0022 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0023 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0024 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0025 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0026 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0027 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0028 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0029 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0030 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0031 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0032 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0033 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0034 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0035 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0036 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0037 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0038 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0039 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0040 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0041

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!
Why Scotland?
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!

Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0042 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0043 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0044 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0045 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0046 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0047 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0048 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0049 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0050 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0051 Seton Collegiate church wedding by jen owens images-0052

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
Suppliers
VenuesSeton Collegiate Church, Longniddry & East Lothian and Thomas Morton Hall, Leith.
PhotographerJen Owens Images
Florist – Erin Parsons @ Narcissus
Hair stylistJennifer Crawford
Make-up artist – Bride!
Wedding dress – Mail order from elegantpark.com website, then customised a little by me and my mum! I was searching for dress ideas online when I came across the dress – nothing else could compare. So I took a chance on mail order and it paid off. My mum helped me to shorten it and I added a few extra beads on the back – my favourite bit of the dress.
Shoes – From Ebay
Accessories – Necklace – my mum’s. Tiara – thetiarabar.co.uk (I customised it by adding the birdcage veil). Bracelet and earrings – notonthehighstreet.com
Groom’s outfitBowdens Kilt Hire
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Another website – Aliexpress.com. I loved the idea of a lace shawl, and searched a long time to find such a dress. Mail order isn’t for everyone, but I had a very clear idea of what I wanted and was overjoyed when I found exactly that!
Stationery – Handmade by the bride and groom
Cake – Handmade by the bride and groom
Band – Ian McPhail Dance Band
CateringCraig Wood Catering
Transport – Bridal car from Hammell Chauffeur Drive
Additional suppliers – Music in church: Anna McLuckie, harp. Ian Armstrong – You Make My Dreams Come True (Hall and Oates). Ian Armstrong, Brian Gilhooly (bestman) and Isla Marie Anderson (bridesmaid) – Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson); Piper for wedding breakfast: Mike Turpie.

  • Oliver - October 14, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    Very cute, lovely photos. 🙂ReplyCancel