Merle Brown and Rob Collin

20th June 2015

Venue | Anstruther Town Hall
Photography | Alan Simpson Photography


“We planned our wedding in six months! Choosing our venue and date was the first thing we did. We found Anstruther Town Hall on the internet and it was perfect. Primarily, because it is beautiful, a blank canvas, and our wedding was very much a DIY affair. Secondly, because it wasn’t that expensive, and thirdly, because we loved the idea of everyone getting out of Edinburgh for the weekend for our wedding, like a mini holiday.

My love of all things vintage was the main inspiration behind our big day. There were so many personal touches – if you knew us, you knew it was our wedding! Rob and his mates played a set at the reception, as they are all musicians, and I wrote the order of service like a fake newspaper front page, as I am a journalist.

We had a wall covered in wedding photos of everyone at the wedding who was married (I had asked people to provide them if they wanted to). I mixed it up with old vintage photos bought on ebay and old wedding horseshoes and cards. All the guests loved this – looking for themselves and trying to identify who the married couples were!

There were lots of bargains, and lots of DIY. We made bunting from vintage sheets, with two hundred meters costing just £20. It was lovingly cut into triangles by my mum and mother-in-law, and sewn by my sister-in-law and my mum’s friends.

Our caterer, La Petite Epicerie in Anstruther, was amazing! The food was just perfect and exactly how we planned it. We also had Murray’s Chippy van come in the evening, and he was fantastic as well.

Top tip: Try not to panic, it will all work out in the end. Once we got our venue secured, everything else fell into place.”

Catering La Petite Epicerie and Murray’s Chippy
Stationery Designed by the bride, then printed with Photobox
Favours Chocolate fish and chips in paper bags, with a voucher for a real fish supper!
Music The grooms and friends assembled a one-night only wedding band
Flowers Aldi, with the bridal bouquet customised with a vintage Sindy doll

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