Jennifer and Chris’ wedding planning story is a really awesome read; planning a wedding in Scotland from the US while being apart from your fiancé is no mean feat! Props to you guys, and don’t miss Jennifers advice to future brides, it’s really some of the best and most thoughtful I have read to date!
Jennifer and Chris were married on 4th October at Kings Church in Edinburgh. They were planning their wedding for around 10 months. Huge thanks to the talented John Elphinstone Stirling for sharing his images of their pretty gorgeous wedding. You can catch John on his website and Facebook.
“King’s Church is the church Chris and I attend here in Edinburgh, and it’s also where we first met! Our church family is like a home away from home. We’ve never known a group of people who are so genuinely welcoming and loving. We had so much support from our friends there during a difficult engagement period. (I’m American so I was planning the wedding from the US for 9 months while we sorted out my visa! So glad that’s over!)”
“I love being creative. We were already getting married in a venue that meant a lot to us, but we wanted to make that venue ‘our own’ for a day. I loved thinking of ways to paint our day with sentimental and thoughtful details and making those details happen! I made the bunting, the puffin cake topper, book mobiles hung in the foyer, paper flower orbs hung from the ceiling, designed the layout, made the table covers and centerpieces and even arranged the flowers with my bridesmaids the day of the wedding!”
“Chris was amazing! As I mentioned, I was in another country so I had to rely on Chris for pretty much everything. I would spend a day researching things online and coming up with wild ideas then Chris would work to help me make them happen practically. He’s great at organising, and we did all of the organising ourselves so he was key!”
” I found my dress pretty easily! I had done some research online and had a good idea of what I wanted. I actually had 2 dresses (eek!). I bought the ceremony dress much earlier, which was a silk taffeta, ballgown style with a huge bow at the side. I then went to a ceilidh at a friend’s wedding over the summer and realised I wouldn’t be able to ceilidh properly in my full-length dress! So I managed to find a shorter lovely vintage lace dress (with bow at the back) on Etsy. It was perfect and so much cheaper, which made me think that I should have just searched for a second hand dress to begin with!”
“We had a Christian ceremony. As Christians, my husband and I believe that the unconditional vow of marriage is a reflection of Jesus’ unconditional love for and commitment to us.”
“I think the atmosphere and attitude of everyone at the wedding was the best. There was an overwhelming sense of joy throughout the whole day – not just for Chris and I, but everyone was beaming and laughing. The speeches were the perfect mixture of sentimental and hilarious. The ceilidh was phenomenal. Everyone seemed very moved by the ceremony. We were all there to celebrate a great, hard-fought victory. That celebration carried throughout the rest of the day too.”
“For our wedding favours, we decided to sponsor a child with Compassion International for one year in honor of our guests. This might sound like an odd ‘favourite detail’ as it’s probably the one thing I didn’t hand make for the wedding! But I was so excited to be able to use some of our wedding budget to provide education and healthcare for a young child. The best part: you can let the website randomly select a child for you, which we decided to do. The only requirements we put in were that we wanted to sponsor a girl who lives in Guatemala. We instantly fell in love with the girl they chose, Aylin, and were stunned when we saw her birthday: 4th October. She turned 5 on our wedding day!”
“My father has never been a sentimental, huggy kind of guy, but as we locked arms for him to walk me down the aisle, he reached over with his other hand to hold mine. It was a special moment.”
“Don’t get too caught up in the wedding hype! Take a break from Pinterest for a day or two. Think of your engagement period as a time to plan for your marriage first and your wedding second. Read marriage books and discuss them together. Speak to an older married couple you trust about some of the challenges they faced in their first years of marriage. Aim to spend more time preparing for your life together than planning the wonderful day that starts it.”
Venue: King’s Church Edinburgh
Florist: I bought wholesale flowers from Triangle Nursery and had them delivered. We arranged them on the day.
Stationery: A designer friend of ours, George Gibson, designed our amazing, fold-out invitations.
Photographer: John Elphinstone Stirling
Videographer: A film-loving friend of ours, Nathanael Smith, did the video. He mostly writes about films, but he’s pretty good at making them too.
Our photographers, John and Emma were absolute gems! The photography was a real priority for me. I wanted beautiful wedding photos that I could hang on our wall as art, and that’s what I got! Not to mention, John and Emma are wonderful people to be around. You spend a lot of time with your photographer on the wedding day, and being with John and Emma was just like being with old friends. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough!