Lauren and Dave’s wedding at the George in Edinburgh as very memorable for me for a number of reasons. It was a very beautiful wedding, with lots of lovely hand made personal touches, there were a lot of pyrotechnics, I got to play with a dog in the park and I also lost the bride and groom in Edinburgh (but I got to ride around in a lovely old Rolls Royce looking for them again). The first dance was also an impressive, highly-choreographed, extravaganza. I thought, for a change, rather than me tell the story of the day I would let Lauren and Dave write their own blog post. I hope you enjoy it!
[There is a photograph, about halfway down the post, of Lauren, Lee (the videographer) eating a sandwich, and the two random passers-by who let everyone, except me, into Queen Street Gardens and then left them there locked in. Dave, the groom, actually took that picture with my camera whilst I was driving around trying to find them all…]
“Being engaged for seven years only added to the hype and anticipation of our wedding. Luckily, Lauren loves planning and we both love weddings so we knew things would be fine. We’re not ones to go for particular wedding “themes” so we opted for “things we like” and just hoped that everything would come together somehow. Having said that, a wedding extravaganza is what we were going for and really wanted to make sure we could capture every moment.
Choosing our photographer was a really important and difficult choice for a couple of reasons. Dave does not enjoy having his photo taken, and, particularly, having to pose in front of a stranger with a camera. We also decided to have some indoor wedding pyrotechnics, some of which would be over in a flash – how on earth were we going to be able to find someone to capture these quick-as-a-flash memories? Luckily, we came across Trevor! He had captured similar things before and chatted to us in such a calm and relaxed manner that we instantly felt we could trust him. Not only that, we love his sense of humour – none of this old fashioned, stiff photographer malarkey!
Our wedding was to be held at St. Mary’s RC Cathedral and the reception at The George Hotel in Edinburgh. We stayed at the hotel the night before so that we would be just a short walk/ chauffeur-driven ride away from the church. On the morning of the wedding, champers was opened, make-up airbrushed on and hair put meticulously up (well from the girls’ room at least). Meanwhile, in true Dave-style, Dave, managed to lose the wedding rings… but all was put right after the hotel staff turned the place upside down. Trevor flitted between both rooms, kept us all entertained and even managed to save the girls from a massive spider in my wedding dress bag! Lauren felt great, really calm (obviously kept in the dark about the ring fiasco). The boys all looked great and congregated in the Panorama Room in the hotel’s suite that overlooks The Forth.
At the church, Lauren kept everyone all waiting as her dress got tangled in itself, the ceremony went off without a hitch and everyone was well turned out. After the ceremony we accidentally ended up having a receiving line outside the church, then we had wedding bubble confetti, which Jamie the Usher managed to organise in a flash and Trevor caught perfectly.
Guests were driven round the bend to The George for drinks while we went for some picturesque photos. Accidently, we ended up in the wrong gardens after being let in by Queen Street residents and then found out we were locked in! Luckily, Trevor came to the rescue and sought out the keys to let us back out again. Despite being the wrong gardens, they turned out to be lovely, the path was beautiful, the old wrought iron bench we sat on was perfect and it made the photographs feel so much more natural and un-staged.
Arriving at The George, we were able to do our own thing and mingle with our guests. Trevor was game for a giant group pic and so were most of the guests! We took it from the large balcony and it turned out well!
After what seemed like a never ending receiving line, we bundled into the spectacular King’s Hall and had some lovely dinner. Our pyrotechnics started with the finale to Neil the Best Man’s speech; our florist, had specially flown in our centrepieces, orange and lemon trees, from Italy and hid ice fountains in them. Next up was our Fiat 500 wedding cake back-firing followed by fountains of sparks during the first dance. Trevor captured it all perfectly – the fun of the moments themselves and the reactions of the guests, who had no idea what was going to happen next!
For us, having lots of surprises and interesting things throughout the day to keep guests amused was important; we wanted to have a wedding that was completely personal, different from the run of the mill and memorable for our guests. We added our little touches to everything we could – we homemade a drop top guest book, wedding cracker favours, invites, save the dates, wreath chair decorations, cross-stitched seating plan, table name signs, buttonholes (for every male guest!) orders of service (with quilled hearts made by Nicolle the Bridesmaid) and sweetie table (with help from Dave’s mum and our aunties). We had a great ceilidh band who we knew would have everyone up dancing all night, a photobooth that helped bring out our guests true colours (especially after a wee glass of vino!). Everything really did come together for us, we just loved it, and the theme of “things we like” was a great success!
What an amazing day, well worth the wait.”