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Amanda + Stuart

Photographed by The Gibsons

at The Principal

Edinburgh-Scotland

We’re kicking off the weekend with an absolute treat – the glamorous winter wonderland of Mr & Mrs Love (how amazing is that?!). Inspired by candlelight and rose gold sparkle, Amanda and Stuart were married in a Humanist ceremony that they helped write themselves. We are more than a little in love with their wedding style…

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How was the big question popped?
Stuart took me to Duck Bay Marina at Loch Lomond for what I thought was our four year anniversary meal. He then disappeared to the loo when the manager of the hotel came to greet me at the table and asked me to join him out on the pier. There was a girl in having an 18th birthday dinner, so I assumed it was something to do with this. He walked me right down to the end of the harbour, it was beautiful. He then took out a bit of paper from his jacket and started reading, a letter, from your Stuart….at that point I had an idea what was happening but was so in shock. The letter was so heartfelt and emotional. He asked me to turn around and there was Stuart on one knee on the pier with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, asking me to marry him. He timed it all perfectly, he even checked when the sun would set. The number four is special to us, so he waited until 4th May 2014 to propose. We then headed back to the restaurant where they had glasses of Champers waiting for us while everyone sang congratulations. It was perfect.
We were inspired by…

Winter! We wanted it to feel wintery but also warm and classy. I love candles so it was basically based on candlelight, fairy lights and rose gold sparkle.

This venue has the ultimate wow factor. An old traditional Scottish hotel with beautiful modern features. It has undergone a makeover and rebrand and looks amazing! The Kings Hall is just stunning for a wedding. It has the most beautiful feathered chandelier, only two of them in the world. It is perfect. It feels so classy and elegant and we were able to put our own touch to is as the room was so neutral. The staff were just fantastic. Oskar has just won the wedding coordinator of the year award and he deserved to. They could not have done enough for us.
Our florist, Lianne was a dream. As soon as I met with her she knew exactly what kind of bride I was and loved my ideas. I trusted her with my whole wedding. The flowers were absolutely incredible. Exactly what I was looking for and so many people commented of them all day. She has such a lovely team behind her.
Tell us about the photography…

I found our photographers, The Gibsons, through We Fell In Love. What can I say about them, they are a dream to work with. We had a ball with them. They made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera aud it was nice to work with another couple. It felt natural. We loved how excited Chantal got when she saw a cool photo opp. They both have such a talent and we are very happy that we chose them.
And what a talent our filmmakers, Stewart and Alina have. They are super cool people, much like Chantal and Ccott. They have worked with them a lot so on the day it was so much fun all being together, it flew in with them and we hardly noticed they were there. What a highlight video we got; They made it like a Hollywood movie trailer and we could not be more happy with it. We can’t wait to see the whole video now. They are just awesome!
We love your dress – tell us more!
I am totally in love with my dress. It’s completely different to what I thought I wanted. I felt so clean and fresh and like I was going to a Hollywood award ceremony when I tried it on. The gown is simply stunning on its own but we decided to bride it up a bit and Jill from Eleganza spent hours with me going over ideas to make it more bridey. We added a beautiful custom detachable train for my ceremony and I was able to remove it for my evening reception and add a beautiful belt to glam it up a bit. It was perfect.
Stuart bought a beautiful tuxedo from Moss Brothers and had it tailored to fit him. He looked amazing, my own James Bond.

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We’d love to hear about the dancing…

Our first dance was a song from the movie Serendipity. We watch it every year together to get us in the festive spirt. The song is called ‘When You Know’ by Shawn Colvin. Its beautiful and Selina did it justice. The band were amazing, the party was jumping all night.
Any advice?
Don’t stress about the little things because your day will be perfect regardless. You are sharing it together with your nearest and dearest, so it already is. One thing we both did was go to the rooftop balcony on our own, we sat for 20 mins or so with a glass of Champers and just took it all in. Its overwhelming so try and just take some time.
Why Scotland?

We live in Scotland and love our country. Edinburgh is our favourite city in the world.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

The ceremony. Our Humanist celebrant, Tim Maguire was great. He asked us both to sit separately and write ‘our story’. We then basically turned these stories into our wedding ceremony, so it very personal. It meant a lot to us and our guests loved it.

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Ah, the sparkle! And the dresses. And those flowers! So much to love. Christina x
Suppliers
VenueThe Principal Edinburgh Hotel
PhotographerThe Gibsons
FilmmakerWhite Balloon Films

FloristRoseparks
 Florists
Hair stylistCity Brides

Make-up artist – 
Noor Hussain

Wedding dress – Aria gown by Suzanne Neville
 from Eleganza Sposa
ShoesShoe Box (i added a pearl shoe broach to glam them up)
AccessoriesJohn Lewis pearl necklace and earrings
Bridesmaids’ dresses
Virgos Lounge

Groom’s outfitMoss Brothers
Humanist CelebrantTim Maguire
Cake – 
Special Days

BandThe Brightside

Additional suppliersHarpist
, Elliot Henderson Magician