Simple and elegant was the main focus for bride Lesley when planning her wedding day at Royal Botanic Gardens – Edinburgh.
Surrounded by their children, family and friends, Lesley and Marc wanted the celebration of their relationship to be centre stage.
Read about the couple’s special day in Lesley’s own words…
Marc proposed a few weeks after our daughter, Amber, was born. I used to write letters and hide them in his bags when he went offshore.
Before he left for one trip, he hid a very emotional letter to me in one of my drawers – I was so surprised!
I knew early on in the planning process that I wanted a natural theme. Natural wood, linen and white fairy light backdrops with bay trees dotted around kept things simple and elegant.
Marc’s dad made log centrepiece placemats and giant illuminated letters for outside.
I walked down the aisle to Annie Lennox’s A Whiter Shade of Pale, the same song my mum had when she married my dad.
We chose our vows with some guidance from the registrar. Marc found it tough to get through his as he was very emotional!
We hired an independent wedding co-ordinator. They made make sure the event run smoothly on the day and we didn’t have to address any issues.
I knew exactly what dress I wanted – ‘Ivania’ by Pronovias – so I bought it online from a wedding dress shop that was closing down.
I absolutely loved my Charlotte Mills shoes; every pair has a lucky sixpence embedded in the sole.
We wanted to make sure the drinks were flowing as our guests had travelled from Warrington, Aberdeen, Glasgow and even America!
We provided games to keep the children entertained too. It was exactly the atmosphere we had hoped for.
The dancefloor was busy the whole night – I loved seeing everyone enjoy themselves.
I really relaxed at the reception and got a chance to speak to our guests, including old friends and family who I hadn’t seen for a long time.
We feel more of a family unit now. Having our children celebrate with us was a fantastic addition – I wouldn’t change a thing.