Carly was a huge fan of Rock My Wedding, she read the blog on every day of her engagement to Sean… We are talking hard core fan. I love when the inspired become the inspirational…
They married at The Caves in Edinburgh, A truly unique space full of atmosphere situated in the historic underground vaults of Edinburgh (if you’ve ever visited the city and gone on a ghost tour, chances are you’ll have been in those same vaults). It’s a nightclub, a live music venue and a brilliant alternative wedding setting.
Carly rocks her Charlie Brear dress and Sean totally owns that Ted Baker check suit.
Fashion & Accessories
Carly The Bride: I was so excited to find my wedding dress and after trawling through tons of magazines/websites I came across Charlie Brear and instantly fell in love. There happened to be a sample sale on the exact day I was thinking about going, so I booked myself in! I tried on the Catroux gown and was blown away. I had a bit of a wobbly about buying the first dress I tried on, so I tried on two more but I just could not take my eyes off the first one I tried. I had to have it!
I knew from very early on that I didn’t want to wear a veil, but that I did want something in my hair. I came across some beautiful headbands online from Jennifer Behr and purchased one. In keeping with the gold jewellery theme, I chose a beautiful bracelet from Astley Clarke and a simple bangle from Kate Spade. I wanted something a little modern and quirky, so I decided on some alphabet letter rings from Rock n Rose.
My shoes were a last-minute buy from French Sole. I didn’t want to wear heels, as our venue’s flooring was very uneven, so I chose a lovely sparkly pair of ballet flats. I was so comfortable all day and my shoes still made me feel special.
Sean actually bought his shoes before choosing his suit. He knew he wanted a pair from Grenson and purchased a lovely pair of brown brogues.
As we got married in Scotland, Sean wanted to wear something that looked Scottish but neither of us are huge fans of kilts, so he chose a beautiful tartan print suit from Ted Baker. He always finds it difficult to get shirts that fit right, so he decided to get a tailor-made one from Cad and the Dandy.
The Caves was the first and only venue we looked at. We went on a whim one day before we even got engaged and knew instantly that it would be the one. We both loved how unique it was and how much history it held. I did worry throughout the planning that it would be too dark (it’s mostly candlelit), but the staff done an amazing job of making it look fantastic.
From the beginning I didn’t want a colour scheme as I didn’t want to be restricted when buying things for our wedding. But as time went on our wedding developed a loose colour scheme, mostly because the bridesmaid’s dresses I chose were pale pink and pale green, so we decided we would stick to that when it came to the stationery and some of the décor. The Caves didn’t need much to make it look fabulous, so we just bought some posters/signs, which were placed around the venue. My Mum & I took a trip to Ikea and purchased hundreds on candles and candle holders. Getting these from London to Edinburgh on the train was no easy feat, but it was well worth the effort! We hired some amazing light-up letters from Doris Loves and they added a really lovely touch to the venue – they were seriously amazing!!
Katrina from Stems did the most amazing job with our flowers! I really hate bright pink colours, so I was very strict when it came to choosing the colours of our flowers. When my bouquet turned up, I was completely blown away. It was the most beautiful bouquet I had ever seen! The flowers really brought The Caves to life and our huge floral displays on the stage were breathtaking. I collected some little jars and candle holders which were used for little posies. They were displayed on the ceremony table and the top table during dinner.
The Wedding Party
I really love the bridesmaid collection by J Crew. One of my bridesmaids lives in New York, so she was able to go to the store and try on a bunch of different styles. My bridesmaids chose the styles they liked best and we all decided that light pink and green would be the best – they looked really amazing on the day. The groomsmen wore grey suits from Next and blue ties from TM Lewin. They all looked very dapper!
I Love Gorgeous make the most beautiful dresses. I took my 4-year-old flower girl to the shop to try on all of the dresses. I decided on their ‘Bianca’ dress, which looked wonderful on all three of my flower girls. My pageboys all wore chinos and white shirts from H&M. I completed their outfits by finding grey braces from Etsy and different colour tartan bowties.
I had eight kids walk down the aisle with me. They all did a fantastic job of walking down the aisle beautifully. Not to mention my 6-year-old pageboy who stood on the stage and read ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. I think he stole everyone’s hearts on the day!
The ceremony went by in a flash – walking down the aisle and saying our vows was a total blur! My Sister read Edward Monkton’s ‘A Lovely Love Story’. We walked back down the aisle to Cherry Pie by Warrant, which was super fun!
Just after we got engaged, Sean & I went to a wedding show and saw Milli Taylor performing. She was so fantastic we booked her as our wedding singer almost immediately! We were quite keen on having a DJ for our evening entertainment. We hired Max from The Wedding Smashers – he kept the dance floor busy all night!
As we had quite a few children attending the wedding, we thought it would be a great idea to organise a wedding crèche. The crèche we hired kept the children busy and entertained for the whole day, meaning the parents could really enjoy themselves. I would highly recommend doing this; it was such a lovely touch. We also hired in a magician and giant rabbit that entertained the children whilst they were eating. When I went to see how the kids were getting on, they were literally roaring with laughter!
The photobooth we hired from Look Look was fantastic. I think it was busy from the moment it arrived until the very end of the night! It made for some really hilarious pictures to look back on!
The Caves organised all of our food. We had lots of canapés during our drinks reception, which went down really well with our guests. This was followed with a big sit-down meal. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was and just how much of it there was! We had Scottish fudge and tablet for our favours, which was delicious! The staff at The Caves handed out the yummiest bacon rolls for our midnight snack. I think everyone appreciated a little pick-me-up and gave them the energy to carry on dancing until 2am!
Our 4-tier cake was made by Liggy’s Cake Company. We decided on quite a simple design with lots of little sugar flowers. We had a tier of Victoria sponge cake, one with lemon and poppy seeds and the other with banana cake. I surprised Sean and changed the top tier to red velvet cake, which is his favourite! Each layer was delicious and we were eating cake for days after!
We came across Christina & Jay from Elemental Photography online and immediately liked their style. We met with them for a drink when we were visiting Edinburgh and it was like meeting old friends! They were both immensely helpful right from the beginning. All of our guests commented on just how amazing and lovely they were on the day. As for the photos they managed to get…just wow. They are amazing!