Nicola Jayne and Michael Robert

24th October 2015

Venue | Oxenfoord Castle, Midlothian
Photography | Helen Abraham Photography

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“We chose to have a humanist ceremony and loved that we could have both the ceremony and reception at Oxenfoord Castle. It was the perfect venue as it was cosy with log burning fires and quintessentially Scottish. The grounds are beautiful in October and we were lucky with the weather so we could explore outdoors, as well as the castle.

The most important thing for us was to have everyone relaxed, well-fed and watered, and to get a feel for a traditional Scottish wedding as Michael, his family and a significant number of guests are English.

My father made a video of photos of both of us from childhood through to when we met and throughout our time together. For distant friends and relatives it was nice to show how our relationship had evolved. My dad made all of our on-the-day stationery too!

The highlight of the day had to be the ceremony. We spent a long time writing it. On the day it felt very special and meaningful. Our celebrant Lara Celini supported us throughout the process.

Without a doubt, my favourite wedding detail was our flowers. Kate from The Stockbridge Flower Company managed to recreate exactly the look I had envisaged and I still receive compliments about my wedding bouquet eight months later! Kate worked within our budget and I was able to give her free reign because I could tell immediately how passionate she was, which truly shows by the variety and uniqueness of her flower selection.

Top tip: make a list of all tasks upfront and agree early on who does what. Once you’ve agreed, let each other get on with it! But don’t make any big decisions in isolation, it’s a team effort.”

Dress Caroline Castigliano from Les Trois Soeurs
Headpiece Olivier Laudus
Shoes Rainbow Club
Bridesmaid dresses Dessy from Les Trois Soeurs
Groomswear Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers
Cake Rainbow Sugarcraft
Flowers The Stockbridge Flower Company
Stationery
Invitations by Strawberry Sorbet, everything else made by bride’s dad
Favours Cancer Research badge and donation, as well as handmade chocolates and Scrabble tile place holder
Entertainment Piano by Chris Connelly, The Pickled Piper and The Jiggers
Hair Chapter One

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