rachel + neale | the caves

Rachel and Neale were married on 12th November at Lothian Chambers and then had a reception at The Caves. They were planning their wedding for nine months. Huge thanks to the lovely Ingeborg from Glitter and Twigs for sharing her images of the day with us. You can catch Inga on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

"The Lothian Chambers registry office has an absolutely amazing panelled room with fabulous windows looking onto St. Giles Cathedral and the Royal Mile. Many of our guests had not been to Edinburgh before or for many years and we felt it was the perfect venue to experience the historic parts of the city. For the wedding breakfast and evening reception The Caves was the perfect choice – it is right in the centre of the Cowgate with fab buildings all around and truly an unusual wedding venue which our guests absolutely loved."

"This is probably a cliché but the dress I bought was the first dress I tried on in the first shop. I really wanted a 50’s inspired, tea length, polka dot dress and my Mum spotted a floor length dress Stephanie Allen dress and persuaded me to try it on. Needless to say, I got the feeling straight away. The bridal shop owner was lovely and suggested that we could definitely shorten the dress and with the extra material, we could make a top for the dress as I didn’t really want a strapless dress."

"I tried other dresses in the shop and elsewhere but I couldn’t get this dress out of my mind so I went back a few days later to purchase. The bridal shop recommended a seamstress for the alterations and they did a fantastic job and I am so happy with the end result."

"I wanted to feel completely comfortable on the day and the length of the dress allowed me to dance the night away."

"I really enjoyed the more creative side of the planning process – I particularly loved making the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets as well as the button holes for the bridal party – all were made with material, buttons and ribbon. I also loved involving our family members in various DIY projects with my Mum making the many many metres of bunting and my Mum-in-Law to be making the delicious tablet for tour favours. I was also looking for a vintage look for the table decorations so asked family members to help us source old jugs for the flowers and china cups for the candles which made the day feeling truly ours. I think we all now miss trawling the charity shops looking for tea sets."

"Neale was involved in all aspects of the planning process -  he was particularly involved in the music for the whole day creating playlists of our favorite songs including a mash-up of songs from both the year we were born and the year we met."

"Walking down the Royal Mile just after the wedding ceremony with our guests walking behind us and random people on the street congratulating us is a great memory. It was amazing having our wedding in the City Centre right in thick of it – we even had a jet fly over whilst getting our group photos taken – obviously all of the guests were impressed that we had managed to arrange such a thing – we didn’t however tell them that the rugby was on at Murrayfield and it was close to kick-off."

"My favourite part of the day was back at the venue at the drinks reception watching our family and friends together having what looked like a fab time and knowing that we had created the wedding that we wanted – chilled, relaxed and a wee bit quirky."

"At The Caves there were two large metal doors which we hung photos of us as a couple and also of our family and friends – it was great reminiscing with our guests about past family holidays and occasions as well as remembering those that are no longer with us but were there in spirit to share in our day."

"I also absolutely adored our wedding cake made by my Auntie Alice. I gave her a very vague brief of a ‘cake with flowers to match our venue flowers’ – I was absolutely amazed how well the flowers matched the flowers even though my Auntie had not seen the final arrangement until the day. The cake was perfection."

"Make sure you plan the wedding that you want and add as many personal touches as you can as it makes all the difference to you and your guests."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Lothian Chambers and The Caves 

Band: The Midnight Specials

Florist: The Stockbridge Flower Company

Cakemaker: Auntie Alice

Make Up/Hair: Lipstick Lashes and Locks 

Bridal Outfit: Stephanie Allen from Lamesley Bridal

Bridesmaids Outfits: Chi Chi London

Grooms Outfit: Ted Baker

Stationery: The Invitation Oven

Photographer: Glitter and Twigs