Today’s wedding is inspired by a love of “Scotland, Poland & cherry vodka”. After falling in love with their alternative Art Deco venue, Amy + Grzegorz planned a day with love, friends and family at its heart. If you’re anything like us, then chances are you’ll be thinking “Why oh why didn’t I get married in a theatre?!” any moment now…
Who saw who first?
We met on the dance floor at the Jam House in Edinburgh on a night out on 17th August, 2013.
Grzegorz asked me to marry him on 17th August, 2015 after a lovely meal celebrating our 2nd anniversary at Chaophraya, Edinburgh. The rest is history!
We were inspired by…
Our wedding day was inspired by our love of Scotland, Poland and what’s important in life; love. I got lots of ideas and tips for my big day from We Fell In Love!
I opted for very simple white lilies for table decorations in Art Deco vases. As my maiden name is Rose, I just couldn’t pick any other flowers others than roses for myself and my lovely bridesmaid and flower girls.
Tell us about your venue…
The theatre complex was a gift from the people of Edinburgh to the people of Leith following the decision on 10th October 1920 to incorporate the Burgh of Leith into Edinburgh. Works commenced in 1929 and it opened in 1932. The main auditorium suffered bomb damage in 1941 and was closed until 1961. In 2004, the council tried to sell the building to pay for a revamp of Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, but there was an outcry from locals. The auditorium needs extensive works done to it to restore it and this is why Leith Theatre Trust was established to raise money for its return to glory.
In Jan 2017, Irvine Welsh, the famous writer known for Trainspotting, confirmed he was backing the project and the new fundraising drive. Irvine Welsh is originally from Leith so this is a very important venture for him.
Myself and Grzegorz absolutely fell in love with the 1930s art deco building. We wanted an open space to provide us with complete freedom for our special day. It proved to be hard work and involved lots of organising but it meant we had everything we wanted and a perfect day with family and friends, celebrating our marriage.
How did you choose your photographer?
Lindsey is a very good friend of my sister’s, from Uni. I can remember clearly meeting Lindsey for the first time at Edinburgh College of Art, when I was 18 and Lindsey was studying Architecture there. Such a cool girl with a very memorable smile!
I was so excited to hear that she was taking photos professionally. As soon as I saw her images, I simply fell in love with her work. She has such a great eye for style and proportions. Lindsey has a flair for photography and is unbelievably good with people, you just can’t help but smile when she takes your photo.
She works timelessly to ensure the images she takes are exactly what and where you want them to be, to make sure they are perfect for you and your partner on your wedding day. Myself and Grzegorz were very keen to have natural photos of our wedding day and trusted Lindsey completely to put her own stamp on the style. We were keen to have photos taken at The Shore too, which was very close to our venue. Lindsey made us feel so at ease.
I told Lindsey a number of years ago that if I were to ever meet the man of my dreams, she would have to take the photos because I loved her work so much. When wedding planning started, I can remember saying to Grzegorz – “Mack Photo
as photographer – it has to be Lindsey!” It was a great feeling and undoubtedly the easiest decision to make amongst all of the organisation and stress that comes with wedding planning. I knew I could wholeheartedly rely on Lindsey as a professional and as someone who understands the true meaning and importance of wedding photography. She is one in a million and an absolute must to be incorporated in your wedding day.
Were there any surprises?
I thought I would have been really nervous walking down the aisle but I was so happy, overwhelmed, wearing my perfect dress and about to marry the man of my dreams – a sense of euphoria is exactly how it felt. What a fabulous moment in my life, walking down the aisle with my Dad.
We love the old school glamour of your dress! Did you look at many?
My sister got married wearing Justin Alexander in November 2015, her dress was amazing! I fell in love with the Justin Alexander look! I looked online and picked Justin Alexander 9817 from the signature range instantly. I loved the beading and vintage style of the dress!! I just knew it was the dress for me. I contacted Lynn at Pretty Woman where my sister had bought her dress and asked if she could get Justin Alexander 9817 in store for me to try on. Deep down I had already made up my mind about 9817 – I am girl who knows what she wants!! Lynn, my mum and sister persuaded me to try three other dresses just for fun! Lynn said my dress was an absolute “showstopper” – if you cant wear a dress like that on your wedding, then when can you?!
I wore my Mum’s stunning opal ring which her Dad bought her many years ago. My sister also wore it on her wedding day so it holds lots of very special memories.
I borrowed my sister’s wedding clutch bag that she wore as a bride, it was lovely to be able to wear special touches on the day from people who mean so much to me.
The seamstress at Pretty Woman sewed a blue button to the inside of my dress, which my sister bought me for my something blue!
Grzegorz is a very handsome young man and opted for a stylish grey Ted Baker suit which was an absolute dream, he looked gorgeous. He wore Dune shoes and a tweed bow tie which gave his outfit a special edge.
Tell us about the dancing…
We decided to have a DJ rather than a wedding band because we wanted to incorporate traditional Scottish music for ceilidh dancing, along with classic British tunes and, of course, lots of Polish music which everyone absolutely loved!
Enjoy the planning, enjoy the day, you only get to do it once!
Grzegorz has lived in Scotland for a long time now and I am originally from Inverness. We met in Edinburgh and love this city, so felt nowhere else would do but here in the capital of Scotland for our special day.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Grzegorz speech! Wow! I have never heard him speak publicly before… he was so confident, funny, relaxed and well prepared! He had absolutely no notes whatsoever and spoke so eloquently, it made me feel very proud to be his wife! It was an outstanding speech from someone who comes from a county where speeches do not happen at weddings! Luckily we went to five weddings together before we got married to give him a flavour of what is expected. He exceeded my expectations!
I love the way Amy describes the feeling of euphoria as she walked in with her dad. Such an incredible moment! Christina x