If your January morning is feeling a little bleak (perhaps the first back at work) then dive right on in to this beautiful sun-drenched Scottish wedding. With its summer garden theme it will have you at the words ‘jazz on the lawns’. We’re off to dream of summer…
Tell us how you met and became engaged?
Having crossed paths with a knowing look many times in the grounds of Glasgow University, we were eventually introduced by mutual friends on a night out. After several dates in Glasgow’s west-end, I eventually caught the girl I’d only previously known as “hot library girl”!
After 9 years together, I eventually proposed on a holiday in New York. My (now) wife seemed to do her best to foil any attempts I made to steer her into a romantic setting and pop the question. However, after a few days on trying, I eventually took to one knee in the beautiful setting of the roof terrace at the NYLO hotel. An evening we’ll never forget!
We were inspired by…
The garden party theme was inspired by an outdoor wedding we attended in South Africa. We wanted to take this theme and add a Scottish flavour. The Castle venue and beautiful grounds really formed the base of the the Scottish feel. We added hay bales, wheelbarrows full of beer (“beer-barrows”), Jazz, hula-hoops, croquet and football to the garden party and guests tucked into delicious antipasti on personalised wooden chopping boards (both our dads stamped our initials onto 150 boards and doubled up as wedding favours!).
We further added to our Scottish theme by transforming the castle dungeon into a Whisky tasting room. Several single malts from varying parts of Scotland were laid out with tasting glasses to allow everyone to indulge! This room turned out to be a huge draw during the evening reception!
Both being from Edinburgh we had always wanted an old-town church service and Canongate was the perfect choice. Almost equip-distant from our family homes, this militarily historical church was almost purpose built for us!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
My (now) husband had thought I was going to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel but I surprised him by walking down to his favourite song – “Caledonia”, played on the Bagpipes by our wedding piper. It was such a powerful song and brought another Scottish element to our wedding. The evidently rather surprised Groom found it hard to hide his surprise and joy at the last minute input!