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Karen+Neil

Photographed by Ryan White Photography

at Gorebridge Parish Church

at Newbattle Abbey

Edinburgh-Scotland

This #TBT has us dreaming of sunny days. The vision? The most relaxed wedding possible. With help from family and friends and a few props along the way (doesn’t ever wedding need a beer crate) we loved the sound of Karen and Neil’s uber-chilled day.

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LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
We had knew each other for a few years through friends but finally after our first date (VIP at Why Not? haha!) it was “she’s a keeper!”
We were inspired by…
We were just really keen to have the most relaxed wedding possible. We took ideas from friends and Pintrest was really great.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We made lots of props for our wedding including the table plan, card box, beer crate, centre pieces in the marquee, invitations and favours.
What was on your wedding menu?
Haggis spring rolls with mustard sauce. Chicken wrapped in smoked bacon with a tomato sauce fondant potatoes and vegetables, chocolate cheese cake. It was soooo yummy!

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First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Snowpatrol – ‘If there’s a rocket tie me to it’. Ha, we chose this as it’s a song that when it comes on in the house we like to sing and jump about to it …could you call that a routine? Haha!
What is your advice for brides and grooms-to-be?
Don’t get stressed, get organised! Put faith in the people you have employed and remember there is no point worrying about things if you cant change them.
Where did you spend your wedding night?
Back in the house we have made together…we hade a 6am pick up for a flight in the morning so hotel was not required!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY? ?
The wonderful atmosphere in the church as we celebrated our marriage together.
Why Scotland?
It is home to the most special people and places in our lives and is so exactly where we wanted to celebrate our big day.

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What song makes you jump about and dance whenever it’s played? Shouldn’t that be your first dance song? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony VenueGorebridge Parish Church – such a beautiful church with a wonderful welcoming atmosphere.
Reception VenueNewbattle Abbey – beautiful grounds and house.
PhotographerRyan White Photography These guys are amazing at what they do. They made us feel so relaxed and we had fun! Very personable people who made us laugh all day! The photos speak for themselves, HIGHLY recommended to everyone. What a team!
FilmmakerGryffe Weddings – You wouldn’t have known he was there which is exactly what you want in a videographer. Really lovely guys to work with.
FloristSimply Flowers by Clare, Midlothian
Hair stylistCheynes Hairdresser, George Street
Make-up Artist – Holly Mathews
Wedding dressJustin Alexander. Bought at Gwennes Wedding Services, Broxburn. Gwenne and her team are lovely.
Shoes – Ebay
Accessories – Diamond earrings and bracelet from Ian Gallacher, Stirling. This is where we bought our wedding bands and engagement rings. Really personal service where you can design and customize exactly the type of ring you would like.
Groom’s outfitMcCalls
Bridesmaids’ dressesGwennes Wedding services Broxburn
Cake – Marjory Lord (family friend). Marjory brought the cake all the way from Thurso and it is the best fruit cake EVER!
CatererMackenzies of Colinton Edinburgh. The food was absolutely out of this world. Huge potions of delicious things. Cant thank Mike and his professional team enough.
BandGorebridge Church Praise Band (ceremony). Keith and the team were wonderful. I think our guests were quite pleasantly surprised at how much fun the church service was. Replay Music Group (reception) The dance floor was full all night. They were even lovely enough to allow our ‘enthusiastic’ guests to join in with the band at times!
TransportCharlotte Travel. They were very reliable and keen to meet any needs you have.
Additional suppliers – Photo Booth Hire from Snapshot Photo Booth. They guys had a queue all night but managed to get everyone in and out quickly. A HUGE hit on the night.