Unconventional and underground at The Caves

Katherine de Burgh & Chris Moar

16th June 2018

Venue | The Caves, Edinburgh
Photography | Iris Art Photography 

couple posing in doorway

We knew a big stately home or church wedding was not our style. We wanted a venue that was a bit quirky. As soon as we checked out The Caves, a subterranean hideaway in Edinburgh’s Old Town, we realised we wouldn’t find anywhere else that could match its unusual atmosphere.

With such a visually striking backdrop, it only took some fairylights and candles to put our own stamp on it. Our table names were our favourite vinyl albums and we also compiled a background music playlist comprising songs chosen by our guests.

We had a humanist ceremony conducted by Stewart Struthers. He guided us from start to finish and was warm, friendly and light-hearted. We personalised proceedings by adding a handfasting and drinking from a quaich. Afterwards, so many of the guests complimented us on the service.

Traditional wedding cake wasn’t for us. Instead, we visited George Mewes Cheese in Edinburgh for a tasting and picked out lots of fromage. The resulting wheels were stacked up, garnished with figs and grapes, and crowned with a super-cute, handmade bride-and-groom mouse cake topper.

We made our wedding rings in a day with jeweller Donna Barry. It was a great day and a really interesting experience. We’d both wholeheartedly recommend other couples do this.

The weather was the only, admittedly very slight, downside on the day. The silver lining, though, was some brilliant photos out in the rain. Katherine’s male ‘bridesmaid’ Matthew was tasked with holding an umbrella for the photographer – a job which he was terrible at and was promptly fired!

The day went by in such a blur. All we can remember is laughing a lot. It was amazing to see so many friends and family who live a bit further away; it made the day special.
My only regret is not dancing more.”

Top tip: “Don’t stress about details too much; people are there to share your day.”

Dress Wed2B and Debenhams
Alex Scott
Made by the couple with Donna Barry Jewellery
Stewart Struthers at Humanist Society Scotland
Cheese cake George Mewes Cheese
Flowers The Stockbridge Flower Company
Stationery Crafted with paper from Stoneywood Mill
Favours Le Cake Pop
Entertainment The Vinyls

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