A gorgeous New York style wedding at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Gaynor and Jordan, of Blushbooth – the photobooth company, got engaged in New York  and immediately started thinking about their dream wedding.

The foodie couple at first favoured the idea of tying the knot at a Tuscan agriturismo and even went to visit one venue. However, they soon decided that a city centre venue closer to home was the perfect setting for a family wedding.

Their gorgeous day was beautifully captured by The Gibsons and the bride tells us about their amazing day in her own words:

After we got engaged in New York in 2015 at the top of the rock we started thinking about what we wanted in a wedding.

We absolutely LOVE food and Jordan had always liked the idea of Italy so we decided to go out to Tuscany to view an agriturismo up in the mountains.

It was beautiful but just wasn’t for us. As much as the seven-course meal tasting was AMAZING we wanted to be able to have all of our family and friends there so we knew it had to be Edinburgh.

With Jordan working in the wedding industry with Blushbooth he had been to hundreds of venues but there was one he said stood out to him.

I was so against a country house wedding and we both knew we wanted city centre so he suggested we go and see the Waldorf and we fell in love with it. As we got engaged in New York and just love everything about it, we decided we wanted to go down the ˜New York’ black tie feel, only this time with kilts!

We didn’t have a colour scheme “ we knew we wanted to stay quite neutral, so we loved the idea of creams, golds and silvers and this ended up being the main colours in the wedding.

I knew as a bride I wanted to go for the regal look as I thought this would tie in well with the ˜New York’ feel.

Our venue tied in too. New York is home of the original Waldorf Astoria so it was perfect and had all the grandeur we were looking for.

We also wanted somewhere in the city, we are both very much city people and we loved the fact that whilst getting married in the Pompadour suite that all the hustle and bustle of the capital would be going on just outside with the buses, the trams and just generally people going about their lives in this beautiful city “ we loved that idea.

We also loved the history of the venue. It was incredible to learn of some of the amazing people who have stayed there in the past, including Grace Kelly, Gene Kelly (who seemingly danced on the grand staircase where we got our pics!) and Elizabeth Taylor. I am a massive fan of old Hollywood so this really drew me in as I thought how fabulous it would be to say I got married in the same place as these icons stayed!

And of course the view of the castle was a bonus!

I ended up having three hen dos which I was constantly teased about during the whole planning process by Jordan and his friends!

My five bridesmaids were absolutely amazing. I had my away hen in York which consisted of ˜G in the Park’ with a silent disco, flower garland making and a boat party.

We had a bridesmaid getaway to Barcelona in August and the girls then threw me my ˜Hollywood hen’ at the Newsroom in Edinburgh where I had 50 family members and friends. We had a mini Oscars ceremony with popcorn favours and Blushbooth’s gif booth!

My bangle was Jordan’s Granny’s. She passed away a few years ago. The ring I wore on my other finger was my mum’s engagement ring and nana’s engagement ring (who also passed away) made into one ring. This was given to me on the day of the wedding.

We also managed to have that amazing Italian meal we had wanted. The chef at the Waldorf was amazing and created an Italian-inspired menu.

Instead of the run of the mill starter we chose to do antipasti boards including amazing Italian meats, cheeses and breads. We thought it would be nice for people to tear and share and would be a conversation starter.

We also chose a cheese wheel cake instead of a traditional cake. We are both savoury people and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheese so it was a no brainer. We had four different cheeses along with some Scottish oatcakes, grapes and figs which the guests seemed to love as there was none left at the end of the night!

Everyone absolutely loved our 10-piece Motown band Stax of Motown. Honestly the dance floor was never empty and so many people have been in touch to get their details for future events!

We also had a pianist play jazz songs during the drinks reception which really brought that New York feel to the day!

We also had four first dance songs. One for just us but then the other three because we love the songs. Seaside by The Kooks was our first dance and from there we had Love you I do by Jennifer Hudson (we are massive Dreamgirls fans!), Superstition by Stevie Wonder “ (the first song we danced to when we met) and Never Too Much by Luther Vandross “ (just because it’s always a good party starter and you have to love Luther!)

It was such a weird feeling after the day “ almost one of ‘Did that actually happen?!’

The wedding was amazing but the being married part is even better. We have been together for over 11 years so to finally to make that vow to become a family was just amazing.

You just feel so much love for that person and are even more protective over them.


Venue: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh “ The Caldeonian | Photographer: The Gibsons

Videographer: Strawberry Wedding Films | Transport: Ecosse Wedding Cars

Dress: Pronovias from Kavelle Bridal Couture| Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung at Pretty Woman

 Groom and groomsmen outfits: Slanj Kilts Edinburgh

Celebrant: Fiona Thomas | Cake: I.J Mellis Cheesemongers 

Florist: Avril Irvine | Pianist: Chris Connelly | Photobooth: Blushbooth

Band: Stax of Motown | Popcorn stand: Maisis Events Berwick | Earrings: Swarovski | Tiara: Jon Richard

Veil: Kavelle Bridal Couture | Hair: Emma Wallace Hair | Make-up: Eve Learmonth Make-up Artist