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Lucy+Alan

Photographed by First Light Weddings

at St Mary’s Church, Haddington

& Gilmerton House

East Lothian-Scotland

We thought we could all do with some sunshine (even if it’s lacking outside) Today’s #ThrowbackThursday hops us back two years to the beautiful sun-drenched wedding of Lucy and Alan. From a chance meeting in Heathrow’s departure lounge to a wedding in a Georgian mansion house – this beautiful love story is straight from the movies…

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Love at first sight! We met at Heathrow (isn’t that where all great love stories begin?) one Friday evening after a day of meetings in London. We chatted for ages but never exchanged contact details, we then bumped in to each other again in Edinburgh a few weeks later and swapped details – the rest shall we say is history!… An airport theme made for a fabulous hen weekend too.
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
Our home! It sits amidst a forest and we knew that we wanted our marquee to be rural and wild, whilst also being elegant. Tattie understood exactly what we wanted and produced amazing trees for our tables and built a wall of beech trees to separate the dance floor.

HONEYMOON OR MINI MOON?
Both! We disappeared off to Loch Lomond for a couple of days of R and R after the wedding and then two weeks later jetted to Australia for three weeks.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Walking through a sea of daisies in the blistering sunshine. It was the first time we were on our own as man and wife and neither of us could stop smiling. It was a really wonderful feeling.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Starter: Chicken, pistachio and apricot terrine wrapped in streaky bacon, served with a micro salad, red onion marmalade and melba toast. Intermediate: Champagne sorbet. Main: Prime Sirloin of Scotch Beef served with a red wine reduction, fondant potatoes and a parcel of seasonal vegetables. Dessert: Cranachan cheesecake served with handmade shortbread and raspberry coulis. Followed by tea, coffee and macaroons.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
Don’t do too much the day before, if you wake up with sore feet on your wedding day your beautiful shoes are unlikely to last too long. Oh and don’t walk too close to your piper, you need a good gap to get the best pictures.

HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Gosh where do we start…. I am a bit of a craft geek so I spent the nine months leading up to the wedding waist deep in hessian, luggage tags, ink pads, twine and fabric. Loving every minute.
Our name places were hessian hearts with names stamped on acetate, our lovely mothers had also slaved over stoves to make chilli jam and lemon curd as our favours which not only tasted great but also added extra colour to the tables.
We both work for large rural estates so our table names were all estates and our table plan was a map of Scotland.
We made up wedding survival kits for our wedding party, the bags were designed by a friend and had everything from berocca to cans of coke in them
My grandfather was unable to travel to the wedding so he chose a hymn for the wedding service, which meant a great deal to both of us.
FIRST DANCE? CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
I could barely remember what had happened an hour earlier let alone a whole dance routine, we twirled our way round the dance floor and quickly invited our loved ones to join us.

Two years since we shared this sunny wedding with you and we’re still loving Lucy’s top advice of not walking too close to your piper. Inspired! Alie x
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Ceremony Venue – St Mary’s Church, Haddington
Reception Venue – Gilmerton House, Athelstaneford, East Lothian
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Filmmaker – Wonderland Productions
Florist – Tattie Rose
Hair Stylist – Anne-Marie McElroy
Make-up artist – Victoria Faulkner – Space NK
Wedding dress – Alan Hannah at Rachel Scott Couture
Shoes – Emmy Shoes
Accessories – Pearl bracelet from Alan; Pearl earrings from Mum
The bridesmaids hair accessories were made by Mairi Brunning who is also a very talented milliner (she made the sister of the groom’s hat too)
Groom’s outfit – Kinloch Anderson
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Freya Designer Dressmaker
Wedding transport – Ecosse Classic Wedding Cars
Band – Callanish