I am not the one who’s good with words here, my bride Claire is – she writes beautifully and candidly about her life (read here how & why she got engaged) and somehow she manages to put into words the feelings we all have but are unable to pinpoint them or yet to write about them in a national newspaper. But still, I’ll try to share a bit about their day, because there is so much to say.
It was such a special day for many reasons. If anything, the last year taught us to appreciate the company of family and friends more than ever and even more so for Claire’s family, as both of her parents have been very ill and having her Mum by her side and her Dad to joke around and walk her down the aisle after a heart transplant was something they didn’t dare to hope for when he was in intensive care just months before.
It reminded everyone of how fragile and precious life is and with this, there was this deep feeling of appreciation of every moment and thankfulness for being able to be truly present together on this day, which I think is something that is so important and can sometimes be overlooked in a rush and excitement of the day.
Getting married at Timberyard, Edinburgh
It was the first time for me at Timberyard and OMG, it is such a perfect place. Simple urban design, everybody is so very nice and the food is absolutely amazing. I’m not really a foodie, so I was oblivious to the existence of this place before, but now I recommend it to everyone visiting Edinburgh. The creativity of the food is beyond any of my expectations and it shows just how much there is to explore in Scottish cuisine.
But before we get to food – there is the other important stuff! Getting married! Claire and her family, bridesmaids, flowergirl and The Bestest Boi Jeremy spent the morning getting ready and watching cartoons in a dreamy flat in Edinburgh’s New Town before heading to the venue where guests gathered and Tim awaited them. My favourite moment from getting ready was definitely the much awaited Father & Bride first look – Claire came downstairs to find her Dad deep asleep on the sofa and had to try really hard for him to notice her. 🙂
The wedding ceremony, led by a family friend took place under a birch tree in a courtyard of Timberyard, decorated with strings of colourful origami paper cranes and floral arrangements by the wonderful Jenny of Studio Seapink. After a couple of drinks and canapés and greeting everyone we escaped for a little wander in the streets of Edinburgh, taking photos and trying to not draw attention too much. Studio Seapink also created the most amazing and wonderfully smelling bouquet – I couldn’t decide if it looked better with Claire’s Halo & Wren dress or Tim’s suit & tie. The reality of a floaty dress on a windy day is: the groom carries the bouquet 90% of the time and I love the look.
Very small number of group photographs, heartfelt speeches and more canapés & drinks followed with the most amazing dinner served soon afterwards. Which I got to enjoy too (thanks so much again C&T&Timberyard I love you). If there is a single thing I regret about this day it is not staying for the cake as I am sure I definitely missed out on experience with “70s birthday cake” vibes – cocktail cherries and everything – it looked delicious.