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Hannah + David

Photographed by Peter Atkins and Phil Murwill

at Lothian Chambers

& Contini Cannonball

The first of our fabulous guest bloggers has tied the knot and today we are so excited to share her official wedding photos! We’ve all loved following “anti-bride” Hannah’s wedding planning journey and couldn’t wait to see her intimate Edinburgh registry office wedding in full. From the feather headpiece to Hannah’s gorgeous 50s inspired dress, the piper leading them up the Royal Mile and the fantastic food that followed, it was such a beautiful day. Absolute proof that small and simple can be just perfect.

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We met online in April 2013 and had our first date at the beginning of May after a few weeks of chatting online and by text message. Our first date was in a bar/restaurant in Stockbridge, where we had dinner and drinks. We got on so well and had so much to talk about that we didn’t notice that it was 1am and the bar was closing! We met again the next weekend, and ended up spending a lot of time together after that. By the end of May, we’d booked our first holiday together and had met the majority of each other’s friends and family! We moved in together 9 months later.
And how was the big question popped?
In November 2015, we went on holiday to Vietnam. We’d talked about marriage and engagement rings (I’d shown David a few I liked) but nothing was really on the cards… or so I thought. I’m a bit of a control freak and David is very laid back, so when it comes to holidays, I’m always in charge of doing the packing. I packed our suitcases as well as David’s hand luggage and never had any inclination that a ring might be hidden, so guessed he wasn’t going to propose in Vietnam! Apparently I was wrong – David had bought a ring a few weeks before and had hidden it in a tiny box, which he kept in his pocket or backpack for the first week of our holiday!
There were a few potential proposal opportunities – dinner on the beach, a sunset on sand dunes, but the timing wasn’t right! Then a week into the holiday, it was my birthday and we spent the evening having cocktails in EON 51, a bar on the 51st floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City. We had a couple of cocktails and were chatting about what we were going to be doing over the next couple of days. I had a map on the table and suddenly, under the map popped a small box with a ring! David then asked me to marry him. I burst into tears, couldn’t stop laughing and after asking him “is this real?”, I obviously said yes! I spent the rest of the evening giggling and staring at my ring!
We were inspired by…
A dislike of traditional weddings! We wanted a casual, fuss-free day, surrounded by the people we love and great food! We just wanted a simple day, and I think we created that perfectly.
We chose the parts of weddings that we felt were important to us and focused on these. This meant a simple registry office ceremony, drinks, canapes, speeches by both of us, a fanastic four course meal, and no dancing. The great thing about a wedding day is that you can choose what you want to do! I didn’t want to have a colour theme, instead choosing things we liked and thought looked good. My bridesmaids loved the light blue dresses so I chose flowers that would complement them and my outfit.
As a bit of an anti-bride, I really struggled with wedding blogs – all of the weddings were too “weddingy” for me! But I loved reading We Fell In Love – the focus on slightly less traditional weddings was fantastic, and provided great inspiration!
Tell us about your venues…
Contini Cannonball is a beautiful listed building overlooking Edinburgh Castle. We visited it once, on a rainy, cold December afternoon and immediately fell in love with the place. We loved the decor and all of the space, and that it would be a bit different as a wedding reception venue.
Our initial love of the place grew after having our tasting there in April – they had recently revamped the bar area, making it even more spectacular and the food was absolutely fantastic. For us, having our wedding reception in a restaurant was really important, as we are big foodies! We love Contini’s focus on fresh, local produce and slightly unusual ingredients. Everything was perfect!
Your flowers are insanely pretty!
Kate from The Stockbridge Flower Company was recommended to me by my bridesmaid Ashley, as she had done Ashley’s wedding flowers last year. After explaining to Kate about the look I was going for and the types of flowers I wanted (sweet peas and rosemary were the only things I really wanted, as they reminded me of my Dad and I felt it was important to include them in my day), and the colours (whites, blues and a bit of bright yellow for me) but really left it up to her to choose as I trusted her judgement. I was close to tears when the flowers arrived on the morning of the wedding – they were more beautiful than I had expected and finished my wedding look just perfectly!
And those cakes! Nom nom nom…
My fabulous sister, Alice, who lives in London, made our wedding cake and cupcakes. It took quite a lot of planning plus a practice run when she visited in March to decide on a lemon sponge cake with blueberry jam, with lemon cupcakes, filled with lemon curd. They were all decorated with fresh blueberries and rosemary.
Our two fantastic photographers were David’s brother Pete, and my sister’s boyfriend Phil. They’re both incredibly talented photographers with different styles, so we were so honoured that they both agreed to photograph our wedding day. And the photos worked out perfectly!

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Were there any surprises?
My bridesmaids bribed/paid a piper on the Royal Mile to pipe us up to Cannonball! He played “Mairi’s wedding”, which is one of my favourite Scottish songs. This was an unforgettable experience, which was totally unplanned, and made the day even more special for us. I think the looks on all of our faces as we walked up the road show how much we loved this moment!
We were so excited to see your dress and that gorgeous headpiece!
I’d always imagined getting married in a short wedding dress, a vintage 1950’s style. When we got engaged, I started looking online at dresses and after seeing quite a few long wedding dresses, I was really confused as to what style I wanted. I knew I wanted something different, but wasn’t sure what! I went dress shopping in December with my Mum, aunt and cousin, having made an appointment at two dress shops in Edinburgh. I’d spoken to Carly at Lamesley Bridal on the phone beforehand and said I was thinking of a short wedding dress; she said that most of their dresses were long but she might have a short dress in the sale. I thought I would at least be able to try on some long dresses and decide if I liked the style. I tried on some beautiful dresses, but none felt right – I felt that they were too formal for our laid back registry office wedding. I then tried on a dress they had in the sale – a beautiful ‘Frankie’ dress by Stephanie Allin. The moment I stepped into it, I knew it was the one! Despite the dress having to be held together with bulldog clips (it was a size 14!), I instantly fell in love with it. I tried it on with a short lace bolero, which had a beaded band around the bottom. It also had pockets, which I LOVE in a dress! The dress had to be altered quite a bit – it was too big and initially the back was longer than the front, but I wanted it all one length, so it was altered to be about ankle length. The finished dress was exactly what I’d wanted (despite never really thinking about getting married before we got engaged!) and I was so sad so take it off at the end of the day!
I had a beautiful bespoke hair piece and bird cage veil made by Mairi Brunning. I met Mairi at the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair in March. I initially thought I wanted a pretty comb to put at the back of my hair but after trying on some fantastic headpieces and veils at Mairi’s stall, I fell in love with a bird cage veil. My Mum and I went to visit Mairi at her studio shortly afterwards, where I tried on a different options. I chose a beautiful Odette headpiece and bird cage veil. Mairi told me that the headpiece was inspired by Swan Lake (as an ex-ballerina, this was even more exciting!). The hairpiece used goose nagoire feathers and hand beaded lace sections; I opted for Swarovski pearls to complement the pearls on my lace bolero. The finished piece was absolutely stunning. I chose to wear the veil for the ceremony and then removed it at the reception (it got in the way of eating and drinking!) and I think the hair piece looked fantastic on its own, as well as with the veil. I couldn’t recommend Mairi enough, she’s an incredibly talented milliner!
I also had a clutch bag to match my shoes, also from Dune, and a pearl bracelet and matching earrings that my parents had bought me a few years ago from Macy’s in New York.
David looks so handsome! How did he choose his tartan?
David already owns a kilt, so he obviously wanted to wear it on his wedding day! He decided to go for a slightly different look than usual, opting for a black shirt and a blue tie, which matched his kilt of ‘Blue Ramsay’ tartan. I wanted to buy David a little wedding day present, so I got him some cufflinks engraved with the geographical coordinates of Lothian Chambers. We hired a kilt for David’s best man, Marc, from The Kilt Hire Co. so they would be wearing the same tartan. David also bought Marc a matching blue tie and some cufflinks to wear on the day.
How did you entertain your guests?
David and I didn’t want a traditional wedding with dancing, so we opted for something a bit different – a personalised wedding quiz! Each Christmas my uncle Colin produces a fantastic quiz so we thought it was only right to ask him to make us a wedding quiz! Colin put so much effort in – there were quite a few rounds, with a round just about us, as well as questions about famous people with the same names, and a picture round in which we had to guess the film based on an image of the wedding in it! He arranged prizes of prosecco for the winners and chocolate bars with “loser” printed on them for the losers. I loved that we had something different for our entertainment, giving our guests a chance to test their knowledge of us and getting to know each other better – each table was a team and everyone was working together to get the questions right!
Any advice?
Remember it’s only one day – it’ll be fabulous but it’ll be over in a heartbeat so enjoy it! Don’t worry about things going wrong, because they probably won’t! In the lead up to the wedding, everyone commented about how calm I was, but I felt that there was nothing to worry about – as long as we both turned up at the registry office and someone married us, then that’s all that mattered. Also, take 5-10 minutes of alone time to spend as a newly-married couple. Give yourselves a moment to be with other and reflect on the day.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The feeling of love and happiness around us. I loved looking around the room to see so many smiling and laughing faces, and knowing that they were all there because of us was so special.

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We are all going to miss Hannah’s posts so much! Is anyone else feeling inspired to go the road less traditional? Christina x
VenuesLothian Chambers & Contini Cannonball Restaurant & Bar
PhotographerPeter Atkins and Phil Murwill
FloristThe Stockbridge Flower Company
Hair stylistJennifer Crawford
Make-up artistRosie Fraser
Wedding dressStephanie Allin dress and Emma Hunt lace bolero from Lamesley Bridal
ShoesDune ‘Belles’ embellished court shoes
Accessories – Hairpiece and birdcage veil by Mairi Brunning
Groom’s outfitGeoffrey Tailor Kilts
Bridesmaids’ dressesASOS Scallop Lace Midi Dress in pale blue
Stationery – Billboard day invitation from Bride and Groom Direct
Cake – My fabulous sister, Alice