Metallic + travel theme at springtime celebrations at Norton House Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh

When Kathryn and Craig were on the hunt for a wedding venue, they didn’t have a hotel in mind. When they visited Norton House Hotel in Edinburgh, they fell in love with the Garden Suite, and the perfect venue was found!

Find out about this couple’s beautifully detailed day, which came together with lots of help from family and friends.

Bride Kathryn tells us about the day, captured by the wonderful Karol Makula Photography

We really wanted to have an informal, relaxed and fun day and celebrate with our close friends and family.

It was a day of love filled with surprises: we surprised each other with part of our vows being a secret until we said them, we surprised our guests with a close up magician between the ceremony and meal, our maid of honour surprised us with a highland dancer to end her speech and we surprised our guests again during the reception with a white wedding bouncy castle!

We had a rose gold and copper metallic theme for the day which mirrored our stationery, which was specially designed for us.

We also wanted to make travel part of our theme, to highlight all of the places we’ve been together, so our table plan was a world map and our guest book was actually a globe! It’s now a feature in our living room and a real talking point when people visit.

Our centrepieces were various glass bottles on log slices; those came from a tree in our garden that my dad had cut down.

Every part of the wedding was put together with love, especially from our friends and family. We couldn’t have done any of it without their help.

I found that choosing my dress was the most stressful part of the planning! I knew exactly what I wanted but I couldn’t find it. I was at the Edinburgh Wedding Fair and after seeing Crystal Bows Boutique on the catwalk, I saw a dress that I thought could be The One. I entered a competition to win a gown from them and miraculously, I won!

I couldn’t wait to try on the dress I saw, but I was disappointed. It just wasn’t right for me. I tried on lots of other dresses but I just couldn’t find something I loved.

My mum pulled out a dress for me and it was everything I initially said I didn’t want, but I tried it anyway. I turned around, looked in the mirror, and instantly my mum said, “That’s your dress”.

I felt something was missing, so Jade at Crystal Bows suggested adding some embellishment and showed me what she meant with some accessories she had in-store. I burst into tears – it was so perfect!

Jade and Diane at the boutique made it such a very special experience for me.

Karen (our humanist celebrant) was so relaxed, funny and friendly, it seemed like she was our best friend and had known us both for years.

We incorporated hand-fasting and drinking from a Quaich into the ceremony which went down well, especially with our non-Scottish guests!

The most stand-out moment for both of us was, without a doubt, my sister Charlotte’s speech.

Charlotte is a lawyer and had prepared a presentation accompanied with some extremely embarrassing pictures of us growing up! She talked about the laws of opposites and why we were suited to each other.

It’s crazy how fast the day passes and although everyone will tell you this, you can’t really appreciate just how quick it goes until the morning after, and it’s all done!

It was so nice to have breakfast with everyone who stayed at the venue on the wedding night, chat about the day, and watch everyone struggling with their hangovers – neither of us had one!

Venue: Norton House Hotel & Spa | Photographer: Karol Makula Photography | Videographer: Grand Gesture Wedding Films

Transport: BMW Eastern | Dress: Crystal Bows Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy | Celebrant: Karen Dickson at Humanist Society Scotland

Groomswear: Kingdom Kilts | Cake: Made by bride’s mum | Florist: Poppy Floral Design | Stationery: Made by Mika

Entertainment: DJ Entertainers Agency + Blushbooth Photobooth + Enchanting Castles + Top Class Magic + Thistle Piping Central Scotland

Jewellery: Next | Accessories: Dune + Debenhams | Make-up: Stacey Whittaker MUA | Hair: Nicola Price Hair