Phoebe the Bride:
My mum made my dress out of silk dupion, from a vintage Butterick pattern. My red shoes were from ASOS, my pompom headband was made by Gilly at Ekawear
via Etsy. My fox fur is a family heirloom, bought by my granddad for my grandma as a wedding present in 1950, and my big fur coat was from New Look. I bought secondhand earrings and necklace from Etsy, and my handbag belonged to my best woman because I forgot mine!
Holt wore his kilt suit that he already owned, but bought his fly plaid to match, from The Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Company.
Our Venue was Ravensheugh Log Cabin
which we had for the whole weekend, with a marquee from Myreton Marquees. The venue was a dry hire so we rented furniture from Virginia’s Vintage
We didn’t really have a strong colour theme but we went for a lot of gold/jewel toned stuff to go with the greenery, but we also had stripy paper plates and some other colourful bits, so it was a bit of a mish mash. Table settings/backdrops/fairy lights were mostly cheap bits picked up from eBay.
My flowers came wholesale from Triangle nursery
. My bouquet and the buttonholes were made by my Best Woman with help from my mum, my mum and sister-in-law did the table settings, and the foliage garlands were made by my friend and amazing florist/designer Leila Watts
. Our friends and our local pub collected bottles to put candles in and jam jars for flowers that all went in the recycling afterwards. All the candles were from London Candle Company
, who did a big swap for me when I realized I didn’t like the colour of my original order!
The Wedding Party
Holt had two Best Men and I had one Best Woman and one Best Man, so our wedding party wasn’t huge and we let everyone wear what they want. All three best men wore suits/kilts they owned already. We bought a fantastic gold suit for my Best Woman Kim, but after a minor mix up it got left on a train! Kim wore a vintage turquoise dress that she happened to have in her bag which she bought on eBay for £11, so it worked out pretty well.
We had a Humanist ceremony – one of the benefits of living in Scotland is that humanist ceremonies are legal here. Our ceremony was quite informal and cosy, just forty family and close friends in the log cabin, with the fire lit. We walked in together to Jens Lekman’s Your Arms Around Me. We had a ring warming – our wedding rings got passed around our families and friends and they imbued them with nice thoughts and good luck (I hope). Our rings were made for us in Orkney by Sheila Fleet Jewellery
. We had three readings; a poem by Wendy Cope, a short story by Richard Brautigan (both read by our friends), then the highlight for me was Holt’s dad reading from Dr Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go! We wrote our owns vows (both on the morning of the wedding!) and read them to each other. Holt’s were lovely and serious; mine were sillier and I quoted Julia Child. Our two friends who introduced us to each other acted as our witnesses. We walked out to Range life by Pavement. I loved our ceremony!