Helen and Dan, ladies and gentlemen, nailed their wedding day! I feel like I could totally stop at that for the description of this fabulous day!
I had never set foot on scottish soil before, and to be chosen by Helen and Dan for their wedding day became a really lovely couple of days, exploring a little bit of Edinburgh during the Fringe festival last august, and experiencing a magnificent sunset (cold, but still magnificent) after a proper fish and chips in our Number 1 Quality Street hotel in North Berwick.
On the D Day, I was picked up by Dan, his brother and his best man on a -sadly- raining morning, after Scotland had just enjoyed a couple of weeks of glorious sunshine. The mood was definitely not altered by that, it’s just that the ceremony might have to be done inside of a gorgeous little chapel on the Dunglass Estate, instead of under a tree, outside, as Dan and Helen had hoped for. Simple, elegant and thoughful details coloured the day. Let’s not forget the presence of homemade cakes, a brother practising the whole morning on the magpipe to play when her sister would walk into the chapel, a precious gift from the bride to the groom, a very much missed father, a sister singing beautifully to the newlyweds, passing the Quaich and a beautiful Nana’s music box.
The surroundings were beautiful and as I joined the bride and bridesmaids getting ready, I was pleased to find them laughing, wearing matching pjs and sipping on champagne.
Planned all the way from Kuala Lumpur, Helen and Dan poured their hearts and souls into this day, they made it about people, being thoughtful of everyone but also making it very personal, and as they wished. They opted for a humanist ceremony, which I had never experienced before. We can safely say that it was one of the most emotional ceremonies I have ever attended. Helen had bet on Dan crying and she was right. I loved the start of the ceremony was done by involving everyone to sing along with them, which really brought everyone together even close.
The ceremony was followed by games on the lawn and cider, although the weather at this point was not cooperating but at least, let us do some very fun bridal party shots and let Helen and Dan be showered by confettis and flowers thrown by their friends and family.
We took the speeches and dinner inside, punctuated by some very funny games, and some excellent scottish dancing skills to close the night.
So yes, Helen and Dan, ladies and gentlemen nailed their wedding day and I am sure that they will nail marriage too.
Happy 6 months anniversary you two!
List of vendors:
Photography: BlueCicada Photography | Wedding Planner and caterer: GH Events | Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander | Bride’s shoes: designed by the Bride and made in Malaysia | Hair : Kerry from AC Styling in North Berwick | make-up: Katie, Helen’s friend | Engagement ring: De Gem, Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur | Groom’s attire: Walker Slater, Edinburgh | bridesmaids dresses: designed by Helen and made in Hanoi, Vietnam. | Groom men’s attire: Slanj, Edinburgh (rented jackets) groom mens’ own kilts. | Flowers: Linden Flowers | Invitation & Stationary: Bride’s mum | Band: Callanish