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Julia + Richard

Photographed by Ryan White Photography

at Harburn House

Edinburgh-Scotland

The magical grounds of Harburn House played host to Julia and Richard’s pretty summer wedding. Now we’re dreaming of those long summer evenings and feeling inspired by homemade bunting…

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Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
Gradual attraction. We met each other through Rich’s cousin Andy when I was living in Glasgow. We met each other again once I had moved back to Edinburgh on a night out and the rest is history.
We were inspired by…
We both wanted to make it a weekend celebration. We visited quite a few venues but as soon as we saw Harburn House we knew we wanted to get married there. The beautiful grounds of the estate inspired the garden like feel to the flowers and the formal house gave the wedding the traditional feel we were looking for.
We hired Harburn House as well as its outhouses so that immediate family and close friends could stay for the weekend with us. From the beginning we knew we wanted a traditional wedding but with a laid back feel. We were lucky to have beautiful weather so we were outside for the drinks reception. It was the most amazing weekend we could have wished for.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
My mum made A LOT of bunting which decorated the marquee. We used the same fabric to make a table plan as well as the invitations and tried to use these subtle colours with the flowers. We had lavender tied with raffia on the back of the chairs in the marquee, it looked beautiful and smelled gorgeous!
My sister in law who was also my bridesmaid made tablet using my granny’s recipe, it tasted gorgeous as well as making my Granny part of the day. We had a table set up with pictures of our close family on their wedding days. We also had a screen with pictures of myself and Rich as we had grown up and as a couple.
What was on your wedding menu?
Pulled beef & noodle salad or goats cheese and caramelised onion tart with chili jam to start, chicken with chorizo and seasoned veg or butternut squash risotto, Sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

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First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Better by Tom Baxter. I think a sedate shuffle may be a little generous! It was definitely not choreographed and we were both pleased when our family came up to dance with us!
What is your advice for brides and grooms-to-be?
My best piece of advice would be don’t rush any decisions! I think when you first get engaged all you want to do is plan something, anything! Take your time making the right decisions, half the fun of getting married is arranging the day. When the day finally comes enjoy every second – it goes far too fast!
Where did you spend your wedding night?
We stayed in Harburn House. We had a beautiful room with a four poster bed. It was lovely staying over and having breakfast with our family and friends the next day. I cried when we had to leave!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY? ?
Seeing Richard’s face at the end of the aisle. I’m sure everybody must say it but I loved saying my vows. The ceremony was so personal and everything happened as we had planned.
Why Scotland?
We live in Edinburgh and West Calder is so close but not quite on our doorstep. Scotland is the most beautiful place and we wouldn’t have wanted to get married anywhere else.

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“Half the fun of getting married is arranging the day”. So true. Anyone else loving wedding planning so much they don’t want it to end? Alie x
Suppliers
VenueHarburn House
PhotographerRyan White Photograph. Ryan and Herculine were absolutely amazing. We had had an engagement shoot which really relaxed us and on the day they were so much fun, nothing was too much trouble. We were so happy when we saw our photos especially the slideshow. They really captured our day perfectly!
FloristNarcissus Flowers. We liaised with Erin, she could have not been more helpful. All the flowers were lovely, especially my bouquet. My mum had arranged for Erin to tie a tiny frame with a picture of my granny and grandpa to it. That’s when the tears started!
Hair stylist & Make-up ArtistLaura Gray
Wedding dress – The dress was called Ola from Modeca and was from Pretty Woman Bridal, Edinburgh. Everone at Pretty Woman was very helpful.
ShoesNext
Accessories – Bride – pearl earrings Richard bought for our first Valentine’s day, a bracelet from my parents with our initials engraved and the date of the wedding and a headpiece from Pretty Woman.
Groom – collar stiffeners engraved with ‘can’t wait to marry you, May 31st 2014’ ; Breitling watch – gift for the wedding day. A pocket watch, a present from his best man Murray from when Rich had been his usher.
Groom’s outfitSlanj
Bridesmaids’ dressesCoast
Stationery – Invitations made by Morag, Richard’s mother. Name settings were wooden hearts bought on Etsy and names written on by Morag. Table seating plan was hand made by Helen, my mum.
Cake – Richard’s very talented sister Sarah made it. It tasted as good as it looked!
Band – Superhouse from Music for Scotland
TransportThe Red Bus Company
Additional suppliers – Bar from Reel time events; Blush Photo Booth; Calum Beattie played guitar and sang at our drinks reception and our toastmaster Bob who kept everything running to time.