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."


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

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lorraine + chris | lothian chambers

Lorraine & Chris were married on 6th September 2014 at Lothian Chambers, Royal Mile and had their reception at the Marriott in Edinburgh. They were planning their wedding for 18 months. Big thanks to Ali Cleary Photography for sharing the images!

Lorraine gets her hair and make up done above by the fab Amy and Kirsty from Made Over Ladies.

"We picked Lothian Chambers because it had the historic charm and simplicity of a civil wedding. Also an opportunity to get some lovely photos around the old town! Marriott had a great space inside that ticked all the boxes. It also had a perfect outdoor space for the drink reception. The biggest reason for picking the Marriott was because we felt the staff was so professional and that we were in safe hands with the amazing event planner."

"Chris said soon after proposing that he’s happy for me to plan most of it which I was happy to do that as I’m quite creative with lots of ideas and like being organised! He selected the music and suggested the song for our first dance. He was always included on major decisions such as the venue, photographer, menu and invitations among other things."

"I’m not a particularly fussy person when it comes to dresses as I don’t normally wear them. I didn’t have much of an idea what I would like but knew what suited my body type. I didn’t want to spend weeks looking for my dress so after a lot of research online I shortlisted three shops and made appointments for each. After trying on a selection I had one in my mind that I went back to try on the following day. I think when that happens you know you’ve found the one! I got my dress from Gwennes of Broxburn and it was by Justin Alexander, a lovely vintage looking lace bodice with a tulle full skirt and a dropped waist and gorgeous peep hole back detail. It really flattered me and had a slight vintage/romantic look to it which I loved."

"Of course the ceremony was special for us but I also wanted my guests to have a good time so really enjoyed the photo booth we organised. It was so much fun! All of our guests seemed to really enjoy it and we were able to incorporate it into a guest book with photos and messages which we could look through the next day. Trying to change props in between photos and larking around with guests was such a laugh and really gave evening guests the opportunity to get involved. I’m so glad we decided to do it. The photos make me smile every time I look at them."

"I really enjoyed planning the food and in particular designing and baking my own wedding cake and dessert table. It really impressed my guests on the day."

"My favourite detail had to be the dessert table as it was something in my head that really came together on the day. All the guests were so impressed, even the Marriott staff said they hadn’t seen anything like it. I spent hours practicing and designing details of my three tier fruit cake including about fifteen handmade sugar roses for the top and hand painted portraits of us from our invites on the top tier. Not only that but I also spent days leading up the big day baking over one hundred different flavoured meringues to create a colourful tower! It was great to give some local bakers an opportunity to showcase their delights. We had macarons from Mademoiselle Macaron, gluten free chocolate cupcakes and a giant red velvet cupcake from Caledonian Cupcakes and the most amazing rainbow sponge buttercream cat cake from 3D Cakes. We have a pet black cat called Haku so it felt right to incorporate her into the day somehow. None of the guests knew about it so it was a lovely surprise."

"The first dance is my most vivid memory. I know it can be pretty daunting and I’m definitely no dancer because I remember trying to decide if we should try and dance a little or just shuffle around the floor. We opted for a safe shuffle but the music was so romantic and the words fitted the occasion so well that I couldn’t help but get a bit emotional. No one else in the room existed for those 2-3 minutes. My husband joked that I was only crying because I had just cut my beautiful cake!"

"Try not to sweat the small details as you’ll probably be the only one who notices and give yourself plenty of time to do anything homemade. Chances are you will underestimate how long it takes, particularly if you’re doing it alone. Don’t get too carried away of you could end up with a house full of random stuff to clear out afterwards."

"Pinterest is a gold mine for ideas on everything wedding related and you can source some really personal gifts for your bridal party from sites such as Etsy."

Thanks again to Ali Cleary Photography for sharing the images of Lorraine & Chris' day! You can catch Ali on Facebook too.