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Origami, whisky + rickshaws

Inspired by the idea of bringing their friends and family to Edinburgh for an entertaining weekend, Sonia and Dave planned an informal day full of laughter, origami and whisky. From the glow-stick glasses to the 3am rickshaw race back to the hotel, it was one seriously fun day.

Love at first sight?

Complicated one! We were together for about two years then broke up. It was only after time apart that we realised how much we still loved each other! Once we got back together we both knew it was right this time. 

Dave proposed to me, following getting my Mum’s permission (as my Dad has passed away), in Budapest whilst we were there on a long weekend.

We were inspired by…

Wanting to make an entertaining weekend, bringing our friends and family together. Add in some personalised pieces with the origami, personalised shoes and whisky…perfect combination for a memorable wedding!

I wanted something a little bit different, and I’d seen origami flowers online, so I went searching for someone who could do it properly. I was so happy I could choose the colours and types of flowers I wanted. It’s great as my Mum has the bouquet at home in a cabinet, as a keepsake of the day.

Tell us about your venue…

Dave did a War Studies degree, so when we were looking for venues in Edinburgh there was only one place we could get married. We were bringing all our guests up from various places in England, so we wanted to give them a mini tour of Edinburgh to see all the sights. 

We then took all our guests to The Scotch Whisky Experience for the tour and taste testing. We joined in getting in the barrel and going around the exhibition! Our guests loved it. It was a great break in the day.

We then headed to The Place for informal food, lots of drinks and some live music. It was great as we got to decorate how we wanted. I’d made about 450 origami cranes which I strung into ‘curtains’ and hung up in the outside area. It was topped off by cupcakes from a local baker.

Once we’d finished there, we headed into town! We ended up at the Beehive on The Grassmarket before heading to the Cow Shed to end the night. 

Dave, myself, the best men, my brother and sister-in-law then raced poor rickshaw drivers back to our hotel. Hilarious.

How did you choose your photographer?

We read up on what made people’s days special on We Fell In Love. We also found our photographer through the website.
We looked for a photographer who would understand we both hate having our photo taken, and hate staged photos. Neil insisted on a test shoot though, which in hindsight was the best advice. 

On the day he was just amazing – and got some beautiful shots. Our day happened so naturally, that at times we forgot he was there. We just got to enjoy our day and our guests.

We hear your dress was a bit of a bargain….

I’m not really a girly-girl and the idea of standing in a wedding shop, trying on hundreds of pounds worth of dress for one day didn’t appeal at all! I researched hard and chose a good looking supplier on eBay. The dress was great! And all for £39! It arrived and fitted perfectly. 

By the end of the day the bottom of the dress was black from all the dancing. But it went straight in the bin the next morning! For me the day was all about getting married and enjoying our family and friends, not the dress.

I wore bespoke shoes, with my favourite films from Studio Ghibli on them

And what about the groom?

Dave just wanted something classic that he could enjoy after the wedding day too. It has a lovely red tartan inside though as a nod to Scotland!

Slow shuffle or big number?

I think it was in the Beehive, probably to something cheesy…not really sure to be honest! There was whisky and Prosecco before it…

Tell us something surprising about your day…

One of my surprises for Dave was that I had actually arranged for a TV screen to get to the castle. He found a card next to the remote, telling him that one of the best men would tell him when to press play. I had recorded and edited the music onto a USB stick. For the entrance, I asked one of the music students at my college to sing it. I then edited it with a silly introduction from myself.

For the interlude music, I’d put photos of our holidays whilst music played. For the exit, I’d put together a montage of photos which started with us over the years, and then went into us with all our guests over many many years. We stood and watched it with everyone. It was great and got a lot of laughs.

Any advice?

Personally, I thought that a small wedding was just amazing. We got to spend so much time with our friends and family, it was just lovely. We made sure it reflected us – which was quite informal – we loved that everyone took on the chilled vibe and just enjoyed themselves.

Why Scotland?

We love Scotland and visit a lot. It meant that we not only got married, but everyone had a lovely weekend away in a beautiful city.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

We had glow-stick glasses for the evening. At one point I turned around and everyone had them on – including our parents! It was just a random moment but everyone had really embraced just enjoying themselves. Even the staff at the venue wanted some! So they joined in too!

I love the way Sonia and Dave ditched convention and made the day their own. And how good does the whisky tour sound? Christina x


VenueEdinburgh Castle
, The Scotch Whisky Experience & The Place Hotel, Edinburgh
Neil Wykes
Florist – Origami flowers by Lily Belle Keepsakes
Hair stylist – Linzi from Princess Cut Bridal Hair

Make-up artist – One of my best mates, Amber. Only she could tell me off on the day to not put eye liner on!
Wedding dresseBay
Groom’s outfitM&S

Cake – 
Cupcakes from Cuckoo’s Bakery