Nautical inspired wedding at The Caves, Edinburgh

Faye and Jamie worked hard to create a unique wedding day that kept their careers front and centre.

Find out more about their day, photographed beautifully by Duke Studios, in Faye’s own words below… 


“We both met on deployment on the HMS Penzance. Jamie was the first crew member I met as I fell over the gangway onto the ship. After just shy of two years together, he proposed by a castle with a Laings engagement ring. I knew he was The One because he could always make me laugh,
and he says he knew because I could drink a pint faster than him!

We wanted a venue that was unusual with character, rather than your typical venue. We knew The Caves was the place for us straight away; it was cosy, romantic and different to any other venue we
had seen.

We wanted a subtle navy theme from the start.

We had an anchor made by the florist from moss and greenery, and the wedding party all fitted in with our navy theme: my bridesmaids all had blue multi-way dresses and Jamie’s groomsmen wore navy blue suits.

As it’s navy tradition to have ‘Tots’ of rum we spent a long time pouring rum into individual glass corked bottles with our initials on them for all our guests’ favours. Our house smelled like a distillery!

Our photographer Dom came to my mum’s house and captured so many special moments.

The highlight was my dress reveal, which was so special to get photos of as nobody apart from my mum, sister and flower girls had seen it yet.

I knew from the start I had to have a Galia Lahav dress.

The bridal shop Kavelle held a trunk show and I was so excited that I could get my dress in Edinburgh.

To get to the venue, I had a 1952 Austin Sheerline. Our friendly chauffeur waited through the whole ceremony so we could get photos, even though we’d only hired it for the drive.

We didn’t write the vows ourselves because we had already personalised the ceremony, and it wasn’t tough to get through them as we had been waiting a long time for the wedding day.

Our son Dougie joined us at the altar so it was all three of us together – that was a highlight.

Jamie is a foodie so I left the meal up to him! The Caves catered for us and we chose ballotine of chicken, Borders beef and ale pie with buttered mash and seasonal veg and dark chocolate tarte to finish. In the evening we had a hog roast too.

Our first dance song was the acoustic version of Wings by Birdy. It reminded us of being together.

We had a harpist for the ceremony and reception and a DJ for the evening.

We also had a photo booth, which was good fun. We got a guest book with a copy of all the pictures and the guests could write in it.

As you can imagine, it was very amusing to look at the next day!

Make sure that you make all the decisions based on what you want.

Lots of people have opinions and ideas that at times are helpful, but remember it is your day as a couple so it should reflect you.”

Venue: The Caves | Photography: Duke Studios Photography 
Bride’s dress: Galia Lahav at KavelleBridesmaids dresses: TFNC
Wedding + engagement rings: Laings | Stationer: Lois Glen
Grooms outfit: Slaters | Florist: Planet Flowers
Bride’s hair: The Projects Hair | Bride’s make-up: KMC Make-Up 
Celebrant: Eddie Kennedy from Humanist Society Scotland | Harpist: Iona Zajac
Transport: Lothian Classic Cars | Photobooth: Blushbooth