Photographed by Craig & Eva Sanders
at The Signet Library
From the sublime styling to the elegant library setting, we are still so in love with Susan & Hamish’s wedding style. Add in a dessert table to die for, super pretty flowers and a spot of late night stair sledging (orchestrated by the mother-of-the-groom rumour has it!), and we would have loved to have been guests at their wedding. Enjoy this week’s trip down memory lane. #ThrowbackThursday
Who saw who first?
Hamish and I met in 2011 through mutual friends. At the time, Hamish’s housemate, Fiona was the head nurse at my practice (I am a vet) and she and I had arranged to go to the cinema to see Harry Potter one Friday night and she said she might ask a few other people along. Little did I know this was actually a set-up as Hamish had asked to be introduced to me and apparently spent most of the day telling his work colleagues that he was going on a date with a girl who didn’t know she was going on a date. Sounds a little weird on paper but was actually pretty funny and I didn’t find this out until much later – I suppose I should be flattered! We were inseparable almost immediately.
And how was the big question popped?
Hamish had always said he would never propose on a birthday or at Christmas, so on my 30th I had absolutely no expectations of a proposal. However, he planned an amazing day in the Lake District for my birthday, including afternoon tea on a private yacht on Lake Windermere and a suite in the most gorgeous boutique hotel. Over dinner I actually commented to him that if he ever did decide to propose he had set the bar pretty high with my birthday! In hindsight he didn’t really say much in reply to this! When we got back to the hotel, I sat in our hot tub and waited for Hamish to bring out the champagne – when he eventually came outside he got down on one knee and I was genuinely taken completely by surprise.
We were inspired by…
We went into wedding planning with no themes or any firm ideas of what we wanted. In the end, the venue set the tone but honestly, we both have quite simple, classic taste and our wedding reflected this.
I did read We Fell In Love – I followed via bloglovin
so I didn’t miss a post! I’m also pretty sure I found our photographers through the blog.
Tell us about your venue…
I was set on our venue immediately and booked it after having literally being inside once for about five minutes! We always knew we wanted something a little different for our venue but we didn’t really know what that ‘different’ looked like, or even where it would be. After countless hours of internet searching we spent a day visiting venues in the Edinburgh area, including an open day at Mansfield Traquair
, which is beautiful but just wasn’t for us. While we were there, the events company who run Mansfield mentioned another Edinburgh venue which they ran – the Signet Library
. A quick internet search later and I knew I had to see this venue! They also had an open day running and we literally ran in the door as they were closing everything up for the day. My dad was still circling the block trying to park the car but I was convinced immediately – this was the place we would get married.
I loved the location of being right on the Royal Mile with the cobbles and St Giles Cathedral right outside. It’s also pretty unknown though, despite its location very few people have heard of it, and really you would not know it was there if no one told you.
The Upper Library, where we had our reception is incredible. I really don’t think words can describe how much I loved it. It’s grand without being stuffy and the vaulted ceiling is just amazing.
And something surprising about your day…
Not sure I should own up to this one! The day after the wedding we heard a rumour about certain guests deciding it would be fun to slide down the stairs on a silver tea tray… very mature I know. It turns out there was photographic evidence of this, prior to the management dealing with the situation. And who did we spot at the top of the stairs, overseeing the action but Hamish’s seventy-four year old mother! We spent a reasonable part of our honeymoon expecting an email with an additional bill for a tea tray!
Your dress is so beautiful! How did you find it?
This was not the dress I thought I’d pick. I had every intention of buying a fishtail strapless dress. As you can see I ended up with something rather different. This dress was huge and I loved that about it. The size of it though was balanced out by how simple the rest of it was and although I had a wobble about it maybe being too plain a few weeks before the wedding, I was totally wrong and it was perfect and very me.
What did you choose for your first dance?
“Shelter from the Storm’ by Bob Dylan, which may seem a bit random to some but we liked the sentiment behind it and we liked the folky sound of it.
Relax and enjoy it. It is actually a bit surreal walking around knowing that it is your wedding and all these people are here for you. That said, I wish we had taken a little longer to look around – for example, before the wedding breakfast, I wish we’d had five minutes to look around the reception room because there are definitely details I missed, in particular I wish I’d had more of a chance to look at our beautiful dessert table!
It’s home and allowed us to spend our day surrounded by our friends and family.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
I honestly think our wedding was the best party we will ever go to (biased I know) but the dancefloor was full all night and we both loved seeing our friends and family having such a great time. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Is it just me, or is anyone else still crushing hard on Susan’s beaded headband? LOVE it! Christina x
– The Signet Library
– Heritage Portfolio
, the events and catering company who run The Signet were excellent in every way. The service on the day and attention to detail was second to none and the food was wonderful.
– Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
. We cannot praise Craig and Eva highly enough! We picked them because of their light and natural style and we were not disappointed. The number of people (including friends of friends who we don’t even know) who have said our wedding photos are the most beautiful they’ve ever seen is astounding – especially amazing considering neither of us likes having our photo taken and certainly would not generally describe ourselves as photogenic! I’ve said it already but I will say it again – Absolutely blown away by the images they produced.
– Planet Flowers
. Gemma is a genius. To be honest I could probably leave it at that but I will try to be a bit more descriptive! From the moment my mum and I met Gemma, I knew we were in great hands. I took some images and the colours of my bridesmaids’ dresses along and answered a few questions about what I liked and didn’t like and that was it really. And of course the flowers were fantastic on the day.
– David Corbett Hairdressing
‘ Ontario at Anne Priscilla
– Freya Rose
– Accessory Boutique
in Glasgow made me a bespoke beaded headband and two hair clips. The lady who owns the shop and makes the jewellery and accessories is lovely and so helpful, not to mention excellent value.
2906, 2908, 6706
– The Printed Love Co
(Sophie Collection) semi-bespoke
– Heather’s Cakes
. Gorgeous, gorgeous dessert table and cake pops that disappeared in a matter of minutes as word got around about how delicious they were!
. When we asked friends for recommendations for a wedding band, Callanish were mentioned time and time again. We wanted a mix of music including a bit of ceilidh and didn’t want anything too cheesy. They played a few songs we had specifically asked them to learn – including our first dance.
– Classic VW campervan from Ecosse Classic Cars
– Allestri String Quartet
(although we had a flute in place of one violin). Our Humanist celebrant, Ross Wright
from the Humanist Society Scotland was great – our ceremony was so personal and touching and that was all down to him.