City centre wedding day with pre-ceremony reception at The Principal, Edinburgh

I really need to take a leaf out of Andrew and Paul’s book. From their planning, right through to their wedding day, this pair were as chilled out as can be!

Not only did they buck tradition by going out for a wedding morning run (think that will catch on?) and having a cool rooftop pre-ceremony drink with their guests, but their whole day was about having as much fun as possible.

We love your wedding day philosophy guys!

Groom Andrew talks us through their special day, captured by GEEBZ Photography

Paul and I chose to get married in Edinburgh because that’s where we both studied and met each other. We live in Aberdeen now, but Edinburgh was perfect as a central location for our families to travel to.

When we went to The Principal Edinburgh, it was the first venue that we’d visited and both loved instantly, without any compromises!

The King’s Hall is so versatile and looked really different throughout the day – from the brightness at the ceremony to getting darker and more atmospheric; it really did give our wedding day ambiance! It was important to us that we could have our closest friends and family all there on the day to share it with us.

We didn’t really have a theme for the day. Everything fell into place when we contacted each of our suppliers and they worked incredibly well together to ensure everything was very streamlined – from choosing the colours for our kilts, the flowers and the other small touches of the day.

Our florist Lianne was so talented and all the samples and examples of her work we saw meant we just couldn’t choose anyone else

We had a fantastic morning on the day of our wedding.

We’d been talking to Gee (our photographer) about how we wanted to capture the day and he asked what we’d usually get up to on a Saturday morning – a run, a coffee and the papers. So we did just that, with Gee in tow, we ran down to Inverleith Park and got some great shots of us!

It was a great start to the day and really relaxed us.

Another important time for us was immediately prior to the ceremony. We weren’t very traditional and got ready together – getting a kilt on on your own isn’t easy!

We had a very small pre-ceremony reception on the rooftop area at the Principal with our wedding party and immediate family – it was lovely to have a chance to relax with them before the big moment.

When our ceremony came round, it was perfect. Our celebrant Edward was really helpful. He made us feel at ease during the ceremony and helped tease out our story in the months leading up to our wedding.

It was important for us to have live music all day.

Cairn String Quartet created a brilliant musical backdrop for our guests from pre-ceremony to the end of the meal, then The Aye Dhus took over and got the party started!

Being married has been a natural extension to our relationship; we’d been together for 10 years before the big day and lived together for two.

Although nothing has changed day to day, there is something quite inexplicably warming about being married.

Venue: Principal Edinburgh | Photographer: GEEBZ Photography

Kilt outfits: Tailor made by Geoffrey Tailor Kiltmakers | Celebrant: Edward McGough, Fuze Ceremonies

Cake: Liggy’s Cakes | Florist: Roseparks | Entertainment: Cairn String Quartet + The Aye Dhus | Jewellery: ROX

Candy cart: Peppy Candy Cart