I can’t exactly put my finger on it but Rob and Emma’s wedding felt different – In a good way of course! After meeting them in Leith on the shore a few months ago I had a feeling it was going to be a great day! It was an absolute privilege to be part of this day.
Tell us about your day?
We wanted the day to be Intimate; about sharing it with best buddies and immediate family. We also used it as a platform to express ourselves, our love for each other and all the values we hold dear so we aimed for it to be full of DIY creativity, good hearty food, a barnstorming party and bucket loads of banter.
In terms of the style, we wanted to bring a certain timeless quality to the day so the flowers, style and crafty bits were very traditionally British. There was a lot of the “less is more” ethos about the day too.
Where did you find inspiration for your wedding?
Why Seton and Roxburghe?
Seton collegiate church: we absolutely fell in love with this little church early on in the process. We liked the fact that it was steeped in history and atmospheric architecture normally associated with much larger buildings. The staff were fantastic, especially Lesley who looks after the building and its gardens. She is so positive and helpful.
Roxburghe – We love the Georgian architecture of the new town and we always wanted a central Edinburgh location for our evening reception. The Roxburghe also has a humongous dance floor, which was perfect for our ceilidh. The staff there were incredible – so helpful – though that wasn’t a factor in booking it, just a really nice bonus.
Why did to choose to have a video of your day?
Because we wanted to bottle the atmosphere of the day; the moment we said our vows, the laughter between friends and relatives; the nice things said in speeches, which would become priceless as the years went by.
Our wedding wasn’t particularly grand, but it was full of the spirit of great love, joy and camaraderie and that, being an ethereal quality, is easily forgotten in time and hard to capture in any medium other than videography.
What was your favourite part in your highlight film?
The way it captured the little intimate loving moments of us together and the candid shots of our friends and family.
Any tips for future Brides and Grooms?
Rob – Be a project manager, not a prima donna. Be decisive, cut out anything you don’t see the point in and don’t put things off to tomorrow if they can be done today. We quickly made decisions together about what we wanted and what we didn’t. That gave us a clear task list to work through. Then just stop worrying about it, as long as you both turn up and you both say I do, then anything else is just a bonus really.
Emma – We had a wedding website with posts on all sorts of things in the lead up to the day. We also made an Instagram hashtag so that people could follow the day as it developed and then share their own images. They turned out to be good ideas. Also, don’t worry about the weather. I was too worried about it beforehand. In the end, a bit of wind and a few umbrellas make for better photos than blazing sun.
Ceremony Venue – Seton Collegiate Church
Reception Venue – The Roxburghe Hotel
Celebrant – Alex MacLeod
Photographer – Zoe Campbell Photography
Make up – Rosie Fraser Make Up
Ceremony music – Cairn String Quartet
Ceilidh Band – Sporran Again
Flowers – Narcissus
Reception venue decoration – Beautifully Covered
Bride’s Dress – Bliss Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Coast
Blokes’ button holes (flowers) – Petals by The Shore
Wedding Car – Ecosse Classic Cars
Hog Roast – Oink
Lounge pianist (for evening) – Chris Connelly
Wedding Cakes – Rob’s mum (iced fruit cake) & Rob’s sister-in-law (Victoria Sponge)