Ginny & Will are now Edinburgh-based, which gave us much to chat about when we first met up, getting to know them and hearing all about how life is treating them in my old hometown! With their sense of fun and love of the outdoors, their idea of a relaxed garden party-style gathering for their wedding really appealed to me. Will had proposed to Ginny on a tandem bike ride a year ago to the day, and while that wouldn’t have been quite as practical in a full length bridal gown, he had built a fantastic wedding rickshaw to pedal the two of them back to the garden and the celebrations. I fell in love with Ginny’s parents’ garden, and the wedding was timed to perfection with all the rhododendrons in flower on just the right weekend. We were promised showers and they didn’t arrive – just a lovely, lovely sunshiny happy day from start to finish.
If you look carefully you’ll see all sorts of gorgeous attention to detail and complete personalisation – hidden visual clues in the design of the letterpress invitation; Percy Pig sweeties wrapped up as wedding favours; peonies and roses, eryngium and tartan for the (Yorkshire) English and Scottish connections. I have to admit that there’s usually a point in each wedding where I well up slightly, and this time it probably began with the singing of Dougie MacLean’s ‘Caledonia’ in the signing of the register. Aprons for the ‘chef’ of each table had been personalised by Will’s mum; there was no wedding cake but enough pavlova to dish up at every table. They had a ceilidh band, and a soul band, and first-danced to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ while everyone sang their hearts out. I don’t think they could have packed in much more joy if they tried!
For those interested, the talented florist was Hampshire-based JenniBloom Flowers;
bride’s perfectly elegant dress by Stephanie Allin.
hair and make-up by Katy Richards;
videography by Tie the Knot Films.
I so enjoy setting a selection of my favourite pictures to some suitable music, so here’s a choice – a highlights video (and I particularly love the birdsong in this track) for 4 minutes of your time, or scroll through at your leisure!