Musical wedding with blue theme at Lothian Chambers and The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

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Fran Previdi + Angie Carter

Lothian Chambers and The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Friday 25th September 2015

Photography | Duke Photography

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It was love at first chat when Angie and Fran met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. “We had a connection I hadn’t felt before,” says Fran, who realised the connection ran deeper after only a short time together.

“I knew Angie was The One when she was unexpectedly rushed to hospital one night. We’d only been together a few months but it made me realise I only wanted to be with her.”

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Once it became clear to the couple how much they meant to each other, it wasn’t long before they were engaged.

“We set the date as near to our anniversary as possible and wanted to get married in Edinburgh’s city centre,” says Fran. “The room we chose at Lothian Chambers was beautiful with an amazing outlook, while the restaurant for our reception had a rustic, relaxed feel that we loved so we didn’t use any other décor. The flowers were autumnal and our outfits were blue.”

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Both ladies decided to go against tradition for their wedding day outfits, “Dress shopping was a scary prospect. But at a wedding show I saw a Grecian dress and decided that style was for me,” says Fran with a smile.

“My dress, by Freja Designer Dressmaking, was floor-length and off-the-shoulder in a Windsor blue. Inspired by Pinterest, I had a strap added in the style of shoulder armour, which I loved. I don’t wear heels so wore blue leather sequined flip-flops!”

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For Angie it was never a choice; she knew what she wanted to wear from the beginning. “Angie knew from the start that she wanted to wear tweed,” notes Fran.

“Her outfit was a brown Borders Tweed jacket and waistcoat with a blue pane through it and a blue silk back, complementing my dress. The jacket had camel-coloured patches and she wore tailored trousers with dark tan, brogue ankle boots.”

The couple thoughtfully organised a big red bus as a surprise to take guests from the Chambers to the restaurant, travelling via Holyrood and the Radical Road with a special stop for prosecco, speeches and pictures at St. Margaret’s Loch.

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Music was an important part of the ceremony, especially for choir member Fran. “We had Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel playing as we walked down the aisle and during the ceremony I performed with some of my choir friends. We sang Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra and Always and Forever by Heatwave, which was part of our proposal.

We had Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere playing when we left as a married couple.”

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The couple opted for not one but two cakes: a gluten-free sponge with a mini version of the newlyweds on top, and a plaque saying Maude Loves Joan (their nicknames for each other!) and a cheese wheel cake, decorated with flowers. “It had two miniature gnomes as a topper – Angie loves them!” says Fran.

Our first dance was At Last by Etta James. It’s a beautiful song and the words are very poignant to us. Then we had a disco and put together a playlist of our favourite songs “ as I said, we’re control freaks! The reception was a blast; everyone had plenty to eat, space to chat and could dance when they wanted. It’s really special and you feel so totally loved by everyone.”

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// Photographer: Duke Photography // Ceremony venue: Lothian Chambers // Reception venue: The Edinburgh Larder Bistro

// Florist: Narcissus Flowers //  Transport: The Red Bus // Make-up artist: Colette Casher Make-Up Artistry

// Fran’s dress: Freja Designer Dressmaking // Angie’s outfit: Walker Slater  

// Rings: Annie Smith //