Lisa & Tom’s wedding | So much love & laughter | Melville Castle

Lisa and Tom met in a London pub and Tom proposed to Lisa two years later with a Mulberry Alexa handbag (with a ring hidden inside!) whilst on holiday in Portugal. For Lisa, that was the most perfect of proposals.  The couple were married at Melville Castle as Lisa’s uncle (Robert Tait), who is a piper, had piped atMelville Castle so suggested they take a look.  They just fell in love with it as “it looked so romantic” and they booked a humanist celebrant.

Lisa’s dress was by Justin Alexander bought from Pretty Woman in Edinburgh.  Lisa told us”it was so far from the style of dress I had in mind, I tried it on as a ‘wild card’ and felt like a princess in it. I knew it was the one when my Mum looked at me and started crying.”  Lisa’s hat was by Stephen Jones and she bought it from his shop in London.  Lisa said “I wanted something really different and was inspired by one of Mark’s pictures of a bride wearing something similar. My bridesmaid, Judith, suggested I try his shop and they made it bespoke for me. They even found a brooch to pin on it to match the back of my dress. My awesome husband bought me my Jimmy Choo shoes which I adore.”

The bridesmaid dresses for the day were from Two Birds and Lisa told us “are an absolutely amazing solution to dressing your bridesmaids. They are a ‘one size fits all’ dress (really!) and can be tied in loads of different styles to suit all tastes and body shapes. I was delighted with them and thought the girls looked beautiful.”.  Lisa’s friend Kari-Ann Johnston did her make-up and the bridesmaid’s make-up was by Carole Miles.  Lisa’s cousin, Kirstie Tait, did all the bridesmaid’s hair.  Tom and his best man wore suits from Reiss and their usher (Lisa’s brother Callum) wore a kilt from The Kilt Centre.

Flowers for the day came from a florist (Val Easton) who is local to the village Lisa is from, Longniddry in East Lothian.  Lisa’s bridesmaid Judith made the gorgeous cup cakes (the fact that she is a solicitor and not a cake baker makes this particularly amazing!)

Tom and Lisa’s ceilidh band were Ceilidh Experience who were “fantastic” and they also had a friend, Dan Gillan, sing and play on his guitar ‘One Day like This’ by Elbow for their first dance.

Tom’s cousin, Lewis Snitch, created their invitations which featured a design of thistles and roses picked out in their bridesmaid dresses colours. Lisa’s brother bought the couple a camcorder as a wedding gift and Tom’s other cousin, Leon Snitch, filmed the day for them.

Lisa told us “‘My mum came across Archibald Photography because of the awards you’ve won. We nearly discounted you because of the distance (we live in London so it was hard to organise our visits to Edinburgh) but Mark agreed to come and meet us in Edinburgh to make things easier for us. I immediately felt very comfortable with him which I felt would make all the difference on our big day. I didn’t want to have a photographer who would intrude too much on our day as I knew that our wedding would not be a formal affair. Mark fitted right in and everyone commented on how they didn’t even realise they were having their photographs taken. Even the staged, family shots do not look at all strained as Mark had us all laughing and feeling very comfortable. I honestly couldn’t choose a favourite image right now, I am just so happy with them all. He has captured our day perfectly and every time I look at them I am laughing, crying and remembering.”

Tom and Lisa’s themes for the day was ‘family and friends’ which is why so much of their wedding was personalised and ‘the joining of Scotland and England’ (invitations and flowers were thistles and roses). Lisa told us”we also seemed to end up with a bit of a ‘pubs’ theme as socialising features heavily in Tom and I’s lifestyle! Our table names were pubs in London that we’ve frequented over the years.  We just wanted our wedding to be relaxed and fun and to be a celebration of life, our love and all our friends and family who are so very important to us. I think the fact that so many people were still up at 3am having a sing song with our friend Dan Gillan on his guitar speaks volumes!”