Lucy and Martyn met and studied at Leeds University in 2001, after which they spent lots of time apart with Martyn starting his pilot training in Oxford, then Pheonix Arizona, and Lucy teacher training in Warwick. Martyn then moved to Edinburgh for his first flying job, before they bought our own house together out in the country in East Lothian in 2008.
The couple got engaged on Seacliff beach on a warm Septembers day in 2009, spending all afternoon drinking champagne and enjoying a picnic which Martyn had prepared to disguise the ring! Lucy told us “we call it ‘our beach’ because its so quiet and isolated, and whenever we go we are always the only people there!”
When we were deciding on our venues, Martyn and Lucy wanted to give their family and friends a taste of what they love about Scotland; the beaches, the castles and the countryside. Dirleton Castle was the first castle they visited when they moved to East Lothian. Lucy said “we just think it is so romantic. We love how you can see Bass Rock from the top, the same as that you can see from ‘our beach’.”
Lucy’s dress was by Kate Sherford from her bridal boutique in Taunton, Devon. Lucy said “I knew from the start that I had to have a full lace dress, and after trying on a few different designs around Scotland, whilst staying with my parents one weekend we took the trip to Taunton and I knew the dress was perfect. It was beautiful with the stonework in Dirleton Castle and felt magical on the beach. My veil was from Ivory Whites Bridal in Perth, and my Elen Henderson tiara and Sarah Morgan evening head piece were from Maida Veil in Peebles. I loved all these stores so it was nice to be able to get different parts of my wedding outfit from each place. My shoes were actually the first item I purchased, from Dune, back in March 2010.”
The adult bridesmaids all wore silk chiffon dresses designed by Kate Sherford too, each one the same design but in a different pastel colour chosen especially for them. Katie’s flower girl dress was also made by Kate Sherford from her boutique. Each dress was hung on a hand sewn hanger, specifically designed to match the dress, by Lucy’s mum. Lucy’s mother-in-law bought her pearl earrings, and her godmother gave her a “something blue”; a beautiful Tiffany and Co. bracelet with an aquamarine stone to wear on the day. Lucy and her bridesmaids did their own hair and makeup, after Lucy had spent months going through magazines looking at different styles and finding the perfect make up from Laura Mercier and products to use.
The groomswear was the Royal Ascot Range supplied by Moss Bros in Edinburgh. It was ideal that as a national chain, all the guys were able to get fitted in their individual cities, and all the suits were delivered to Edinburgh the week of the wedding. Lucy hoped that the grey of the waistcoats would pick out the stone in the castle, and the design would match the traditional style of the wedding.
Both wedding rings were from Tiffany, Lucy’s Legacy ring, Edwardian style full diamond band to match her engagement ring, and Martyn’s was engraved on the inside with their initials and the date of the wedding.
Lucy planned and managed most aspects of the day herself. Her own, and the bridesmaids, bouquets were created by Floral Ambitions and incorporated the pastel shades from the bridesmaid dresses. They consisted of cream peonies, pale pink and lemon roses, blue nigella, lavender and eucalyptus. The flowers on the tables in the tipis were a mixture of peonies, hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, lavender and other natural country flowers. They were a mixture of artificial and real, so they could be bought and arranged in advance. At Dirleton Castle, Lucy’s Grandma arranged similar flowers with ivy and thistles, to create a natural look around the stonework. The wedding party spent Friday afternoon setting up the chairs with the chair covers to be ready for the morning!
Lucy and her parents spent months looking round all the antique shops in Devon and Cornwall to collect the beautiful vintage china, candlesticks, vases and cake stands used to decorate the tables. These helped to create the natural vintage feel and incorporated the pastel shades throughout the tipi. The good news is that Lucy has now set up her own vintage china hire company in Scotland so you can hire her beautiful china for any event.
Read Part 2 of their wedding story here.