It seems like the last two years has been all about weddings, especially with Gareth and me having two! Now that it’s been about 6 months since it was all over, I definitely don’t miss all the planning and logistics and billions of emails, but it’s been really nice to look through all our photos, and to look back at some wonderful experiences.
To begin with, we had a civil marriage ceremony in Aberdeen. It was book-themed; nothing epic (just google literary weddings!), but simple touches that appeal to our bookish sides. The ceremony was in Drum Castle, in the library, and we used these quotes in the invitations and order of service.
We chose purple, green, and white colours, and my bridesmaids and I carried bouquets tied onto our favourite books.
Gareth and the men in the bridal party wore Spirit of Scotland tartan ties, with buttonholes that we made the day before. In addition to lavender and baby’s breath, which were in the bouquets, Gareth’s buttonhole had wheat, as he works on cereal crops, his best man Sam had heather from our garden, as he used to work on heather, and our fathers and brothers had rosemary and thyme, also from our garden.
Here we are, getting ready to enter. My cousin’s two daughters and Gareth’s brother’s daughter were flower girls, and my friends Lex and Judith were my brilliant bridesmaids.
During the ceremony my friend Emily provided the main music on violin, our friends Mike and Sarah performed a piece on flute and melodeon, and we had readings by my brother Vigna and our friend Graeme.
Our mums were our two witnesses for the registration.
And then we were outside and celebrating with everyone.
It was an amazingly sunny day, and the gardens at Drum Castle were just beautiful.
We then headed out to the next venue, the Doubletree Hilton, and since it’s by the beach…
For the meal, we named the tables after some of our favourite books, and used them as centrepieces. I’d also been crocheting little hearts, which we strung on to the back of each of the mini easels – you can just about see a purple one peeking out behind My Family and Other Animals.
The favours for guests were little notebooks, and we had bundles of handsome vintage books dotted around the room (great eBay finds).
The cake was made by my friend Kimmy – Victoria sponge, with white chocolate buttercream and edible flowers.
Then it was time for the ceilidh. Our band was It’s No Reel, and they kept the crowd going with great tunes.
And all too soon it was all over and time to say goodbye. It was such a magical day, made so very special by our family and friends.
All original images by Steven Bedford Photography