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Summer Zoo Wedding

With its cool summer vibe and feathery inspiration, Rebecca and Dougie’s wedding is oozing with pretty and a lot of love. A private garden in the grounds of a zoo made for the perfect location. And as for Rebecca’s two-piece dress – erm wow!

How did you meet?

We met at Edinburgh University Trampoline Club and our romance blossomed from there. I moved down to Exeter after University to work for the Met Office in my “dream job” as a weather forecaster but after 3.5 years of long distance we made the decision that I would move back to Edinburgh.

And tell us about the proposal…

With the end in sight for our long distance journey Dougie proposed in a cable car in Italy whilst we were on holiday skiing. He had originally planned to propose at the top of a glacier on the other side of the border in Switzerland, however the weather had other plans and we had to evacuate the mountain through a blizzard.

We were inspired by…

Pinterest! I love feathers and wanted to incorporate this as much as possible so I spent a lot of time on Pinterest getting inspiration. My Mum helped design our stationery and spent hours and hours making it for us. She then showed me how to make feathers with gold tips for our place names, which myself and one of my bridesmaids then made.

Dougie and I made heart shaped tablet for our favours (which took several attempts to perfect), we then put these in little gold bags with tags that my Mum also made. Each of our tables was named after places we have been on holiday together, we ordered wooden words online and then painted these white and gold. We also had a sweetie table, which I put together with glass jars and vases, along with scoops and sweetie bags. For our table plan and order of the day we used mirrors to write on and continued the white and gold theme.

Tell us about your venue…

Before we went to see the Mansion House, Dougie was quite adamant that we weren’t going to get married in the Zoo, however once we saw inside we both fell in love! As well as the beautiful house we also had the private gardens, which was really important as we wanted to make the most of the sun (which we thankfully got!).

Within the house there are separate rooms for the bridal party and the groom and groomsmen to get ready, a lovely bright room for the ceremony upstairs (or the choice of having it outside) and then the bar and large L-shaped room for the evening.

How did you choose your photographers?

A colleague from work got married not long before we got engaged, although we were both working in Exeter at the time she also got married in Edinburgh, and after seeing her wedding photos we were really keen to meet Ryan and Lina.

Ryan and Lina are both lovely and I think the fact they are married helps them to be a great team, so many of our guests commented on how great they were on the day. We had an engagement shoot, which I would highly recommend, not only did we get some lovely photos, it was a great opportunity to know what to expect on our big day. The important aspects of the photography for our wedding were to get natural shots on the day and to have all the photos available digitally.

Tell us about your flowers.

Lianne at Roseparks, along with her team, were great to work with, I changed my mind about flowers so many times over the months leading up to the wedding but it was never any trouble for them to update things. We had half of our tables with tall vases with flowers and candles hanging down, and the other half with small vases. I really liked both of these on their own but I also think they looked great together. We got to have a preview of our centrepieces before the big day, which really added to the excitement.

We have been swooning over your wedding dress. Tell us more…

Before I went dress shopping I had decided that I either wanted a backless dress or a two piece, however the styles of backless dress I had seen online didn’t seem to be available in the UK, as most shops I went to only had this in a fishtail style, rather than anything more floaty.

I tried on a lot of dresses in lots of styles and although I liked them I didn’t feel like me in any of them, it wasn’t until I tried on a two piece, with a crop top rather than a longer top, that I fell in love! I love that my outfit was unique and I felt great in it.

And the groom’s outfit?

Dougie: “I wanted a special outfit for getting married – and I have always had a “thing” for coloured trousers. So I jumped at the chance to get a pair of tailored trousers for the occasions. I didn’t want Trews – as I am not a fan of the style; but the shop were able to make a pair of hipster trousers specifically to my cut requests.

“The tartan was hebridean thistle. I already had a kilt in my family tartan; and so just wanted a tartan that I liked aesthetically.

“The icing on the cake was the matching shoes (another “thing” of mine!). The jacket and waistcoat matched the blue running through the tartan. Smart but not overly; and not too casual either.”

What did you do for evening entertainment?

For our first dance we (probably me more than Dougie) wanted to do more than just sway side to side in a loving embrace, so we enlisted the help of Learn 2 Wedding Dance. We had 3, 1 hour lessons in the run up to our wedding day which we both really enjoyed. Our first dance started out as Sleeping at Last’s version of 500 Miles, before merging into the original by The Proclaimers.

Our well rehearsed number didn’t go completely to plan on the night but we enjoyed it none the less and successfully pulled off our two lifts. Hot Scotch provided the ceilidh for the night, as well as a ‘disco’ which we thought was a good mix. It was great to get our friends and family from south of the border ceilidh dancing and I think the disco was a welcome break for them.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

Rebecca: Dougie wrote both his vows and speech as poems which was a nice surprise for me, as he used to write little poems when we first started going out.

Dougie: the bride’s dress is always meant to be kept as a secret on the big day and this was no exception. Though I would never have expected such a beautiful outcome – nor the two piece dress; which I am convinced means it can be used many times over, other than just at the wedding – genius!

Any advice?

Don’t stress, in the run up to your wedding day every little detail seems so important and it is very easy to get worked up about it, but on the day it really doesn’t matter.

Why Scotland?

I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere other than Scotland, as it is home. Especially after living down south for years it was nice to come back to celebrate such a big occasion.

Loving the sound of Rebecca’s two-piece wedding dress. Anyone else inspired? Alie x


VenueThe Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo
PhotographerRyan White Photography
Florist – 
Hair Stylist – Kayleigh from Emma Wallace Hair
Make-up ArtistAlex Milne
Wedding DressPerfect Bridal Rooms
ShoesAlexandre Birman Claritas
Groom’s OutfitThe Kilt Store
CakeLiggy’s Cakes
PiperThe Pickled Piper
BandHot Scotch
Humanist CelebrantCandice Dillen
Additional Wedding SuppliersLearn 2 Wedding Dance