From their romantic engagement (complete with a cappella group) through to their Scottish summer wedding, music played a huge part in Holly and Jamie’s story. We are swooning over the soft pastels and dreaming of summertime vibes…
How did you meet and become engaged?
Jamie and I met at the University of Durham where we were at the same college. We were both really involved with music in college and met through that. When we came to university we were both told that 1 in 6 Durham students marry somebody that they meet there, so we’re boosting the stats!
We got engaged in New York at the end of 2014, and the proposal itself was quite a big undertaking for Jamie! We sing together in an a cappella group, and spend a lot of time making music. Jamie did a lot of research into local groups, and found a local uni a cappella group, who agreed to sing a song which is very special to us – ‘Still Fighting It’ by Ben Folds.
Jamie suggested a walk in central park the day we landed in New York, and before long I heard the sound of this song carrying through the trees. The weather was cold and a bit snowy, so there was nobody around apart from the singers when Jamie got down on one knee next to a statue of Robert Burns.
Our wedding day was inspired by…
The only sort of theme we had for our day was “things we like”! We tried to personalise it as much as we could, making full use of our very talented friends, who provided music, created the artwork on our invitations, made our cake topper and more. Holly is a keen photographer, so we put together a photo album with favourite photos of all our friends which we kept with the guest book. We managed to include almost everyone, and it’s a lovely keepsake for us to have now.
Tell us about your venue…
We chose St Mary’s Cathedral for our ceremony because I (Holly) had many happy memories of services there when I was at school. We are fortunate to have many talented friends who were happy to sing for us on the day, and we knew that they would sound beautiful in the acoustic there.
We chose Dundas Castle because we were looking for a venue with plenty of green space around us, so guests could get outside should we be lucky enough to have a sunny day! Dundas has such a wonderful setting, and although we had some crazy patches of rain we were fortunate to have brilliant sunshine most of the time – so our guests enjoyed exploring the grounds, including getting to meet the resident llamas!
And your photographer?
The decision to ask Ditte to photograph our day was one of the easiest to make. She had photographed a number of our friends’ weddings, and we had heard wonderful things – and could see from her website how beautifully she captures a wedding day.
It was like having another friend around, they were totally unobtrusive and took into account everything we asked for in capturing natural photos of the day that we’ll always treasure. We can’t recommend First Light highly enough.
We love your dress. Tell us more…
I absolutely agonised over my dress! I visited a lot of shops (which I loved!) but everyone always said that you would know when you found “the one” and I never felt that, so I always doubted myself! In the end we were very lucky that Sassi Holford was at Rachel Scott’s boutique for a day and we booked in to see her. Rachel and her had been in touch about another dress I was considering, and Sassi had a hunch that I would like the Tatiana so she brought it along just in case!
So I felt very lucky to find that dress, and on the day I wore it with an off-the-shoulder lace jacket with sash. In the evening I took off the jacket and Rachel made me a fantastic bow which clipped onto the back of the sash – I loved it! Our experience with Rachel and her team was wonderful – they were so helpful and lovely. I was really sad when I realised I wouldn’t have a reason to go and see them any more!
And your flowers?
We were very lucky that Holly’s Auntie Fiona is a wonderful wedding florist, and kindly agreed to do our flowers. We spent a happy afternoon at her studio chatting about what we would like our flowers to be – natural and wild-looking in a palette of ivory, green and dusky pinks and purples.
As well as the bouquets and buttonholes she also did a stunning display for the church which we then moved over to Dundas. On the tables at the wedding breakfast we had jam jars full of posies. We didn’t realise initially what a lot of work it would entail but we were so very grateful – all our flowers were perfect.
What did you do for musical entertainment?
We are so lucky to have so many brilliant musicians as friends, and they agreed to sing for us in the ceremony and at the reception – where Jamie did an a cappella arrangement of Burns’ The Lea Rig for them to sing. We also had a fantastic guitar duo from the Rose Room playing gypsy jazz during the reception.
Our first dance was How Sweet It Is by James Taylor, which the band performed for us. James Taylor’s music plays a big part in our lives, and Holly’s family’s, so it had a lot of meaning for us. The first dance decision was one that we did agonise over for a long time though!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
Our wedding took place on the day that would have been Holly’s maternal grandparents’ 75th wedding anniversary, so it had special meaning to all the family.
Try to create the day that you both want. Of course you want to have a celebration that everyone will love, and you can end up putting a lot of pressure on yourselves. But just try to enjoy the process, making it as simple (or epic!) as you want.
And if you can ask for help then do – we found it so hard to delegate, but people really love being involved with your big day so don’t be afraid to accept help.
Holly was born and raised in Edinburgh, and Jamie fell in love with the city the first time he visited. There was never really another choice for us!
Loving Holly and Jamie’s wedding theme of “things we like.” Anyone else? Alie x
Venue – St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
Reception Venue – Dundas Castle
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Florist – Fiona Cumming
Make-up artist – Jo from Eye Candy
Hairdresser – Karyn from Charlie Miller
Wedding dress – Sassi Holford from Rachel Scott Couture
Shoes – Harriet Wilde
Groom’s outfit – Kinloch Anderson
Cake – Liggy’s Cakes
Musicians – Rose Room
Additional Suppliers – Fireworks from 21CC
Band – Callanish