madeleine + finlay | kirknewton stables

Madeleine and Finlay were married on 24th September at Kirknewton Stables. Huge thanks to the lovely Anna from Ceranna Photography for sharing her images of the day with us... you can catch Anna on her website and Facebook. Delighted to also feature the sweetest trailer from Lovelock Wedding Films below...

"We didn’t officially book anything until November 2015 when we found our venue and band, that’s when the planning really started to kick off! We sent out some save the dates as Christmas cards and then really started to plan everything else in January after the New Year festivities."

"Kirknewton is a small village just outside Edinburgh. The converted stables are in the grounds of a lovely old house. They have a beautiful stone brick which is exposed in the interior giving a cosy rustic feel and whilst the venue is beautiful as it stands it is also a perfect canvas to add your own personal flourish. We were keen to choose our own decoration so that our personalities shone through and luckily we have some incredible family members and friends who assisted us in preparing the venue in the days leading up to the wedding! Our best man and maid of honour gave us some brilliant festoon lighting and we had the most exquisite flowers provided by Hedgerow."

"We had opted for a less traditional wedding and had our hearts set on a cosy barn style setting. Though we decided to shake some of the traditions, we are romantics at heart and were keen to tie the knot as soon as possible. We had already attended a beautiful wedding at the stables and were wowed by the venue’s picturesque surroundings and interior, it was magical. When we saw the venue was available we booked it!"

"Finlay and I are very independent and like to share our opinions, we face life together as a team and carried an equal share when it came to the preparations."

"Choosing my wedding dress was probably one of the fastest decisions I have ever made. On the first day of dress shopping I went with my mum to the city of Norwich near where I’m from. After trying on a few outrageous dresses, which I eventually got out of my system, we walked passed a beautifully dressed bay window and I saw the dress. It was prominently displayed with a delicate floor length veil. I wanted something a bit different and have a real love for 1920s and 30s fashion and this dress was perfect. It had a loose top which went in at the waist with a long and smooth flowing skirt and train, and intricate silver beaded floral detailing along the neckline and waist. The dress is Harlem by Enzoani. It needed to be altered quite a lot and I had a great time getting to know the dressmaker, she did an incredible job and I felt so beautiful wearing the dress."

"Our favourite part of the planning process was meeting all the wonderful people who helped us create our beautiful wedding. It was so enjoyable to meet all the various suppliers and experts who showed us great kindness, had a real passion for what they do, gave us invaluable advice, could share a laugh, tips on saving money, and above all else, reassurance that whatever we chose to do would work out and that we would have an incredible day. Also dress shopping with my mum was a highlight."

"I have two clear memories of the day. When Dad and I arrived at the venue we were both very nervous. As we stepped through the door I saw the finished venue for the first time (as I had been sent home early the evening before), my lovely bridesmaids and future brother in law, one of the groomsmen, who gave me a reassuring hug and then a nod to the celebrant that I had arrived. The other one was dancing all night long with my new husband and loved ones."

"We chose to have a Humanist ceremony as we had experienced other Humanist weddings and identified most with this style. We aren’t religious people and felt that Humanism best reflected our approach to life."

"With our guest book and guest ‘tree’ we had some photos of ourselves over the years, and in keeping with our theme of inclusivity we decided to have a display of photos from other weddings within our two families. The process of discovering and collecting the photos was poignant as we reflected on loved ones who are no longer with us, and discovered incredible photos of grandparents and great grandparents that we had never seen before. In the days leading up to the wedding it was truly wonderful to look at these photos throughout the distant and not so distant future and share this moment with our family members."

"Immediately following our first dance there was this perfect moment where all the guests flooded the dance floor and totally embraced the spirit of the wedding! Our main concern for the wedding was that it was inclusive and that all our guests would be entertained, and in this moment it felt like we couldn’t have asked for more! It was a real party!"

"A key piece of advice would be to do whatever it is you wish to do, there is no right way and after all it is your day! Secondly, our advice would be to try not to fixate on every small detail, there were so many things I had planned that I was completely oblivious to on the day, and I had a blast!"

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Kirknewton Stables

Band: Jim Jam Ceilidh Band

Florist: Hedgerow  

Caterers: Annabelle’s Catering 

Make Up / Hair: Heather Birrell / Lipstick, Lashes & Locks 

Bridal Outfit: Harlem dress by Enzoani

Bridesmaids Outfits: Samsoe and Samsoe, and ASOS

Grooms Outfit: The Kilt Store

Photographer: Ceranna Photography

Videographer: Lovelock

Jewellers: Stephen Einhorn, London and Clarksons, Edinburgh

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