A magical, literature inspired Edinburgh wedding

Inspired by their shared love of literature, Mary and Jonathan were married in Edinburgh this spring in a magical, book-themed day. From the Harry Potter-esque ceremony setting to the book page waterfall at the top table, it was “almost like a fairytale come to life”…

We were inspired by…

Literature! Books and words are everything to us, and we enjoyed incorporating that into our big day. We loved the bookmarks that we used to denote each place setting, and they served as great wedding favours! The twinkling lights behind the top table (and later behind the band) also added a nice touch. It was a very magical day, almost like a fairytale come to life.

Our flowers were relatively simple. We had no more than three varieties of flowers in one setting (bouquets, tables, etc.) and no more than three colours (white, blue and green), giving a clean, crisp feel to the entire day. My flowers cascaded in front of me, and my bridesmaids had loosely tied bunches.

As our wedding was literature themed, our centre pieces were carefully arranged with books and flowers. We also had a Scottish flag and an American flag made out of flowers and put in crates to reflect where we both come from.
The visual effect of our reception room left me speechless. The team at Planet Flowers (especially Gemma and Suzanne who we worked with most) deserves an award for their creativity and execution! I had a very specific idea in mind for the design of the room, and they did an incredible job making my vision come to life. They even created a gorgeous book page waterfall on our top table that elevated everything that little bit more.

Planet Flowers does more than just arrange flowers – they are event stylists and all around wonderful people. They created our literature themed table plan and the bookmarks that noted each place name. Amazing. They couldn’t come more highly recommended!

Tell us about your venue…

The venue was a gorgeous ballroom called The King’s Hall, decorated with Corinthian columns and completed with a magnificent dome and chandelier. It was square in orientation, which was great for a dinner and party, as it allowed for fluid movement around the room at all times. Before the dinner, we had drinks and canapés in the Library, and our bar was situation in the “Gallery” next to the King’s Hall. The sideboards that line the walls in the main room are great platforms for subtle background decoration!

How did you choose your photographer?

It is difficult to capture in words just how wonderful Sylwia and Simon were as photographers and are as people. Their photography is impeccable, and as a duo they couldn’t be greater to have on your big day. We felt incredibly comfortable with them from beginning to end, and we never worried about them catching all the right moments. From the standard shots to the more candid ones, they do it all.

Once we saw the final photos, we were speechless. Their style is breathtakingly beautiful, and the photos captured all the little moments that are the best to remember. The photos are artistic and editorial, and we are so happy to have them forever.

Our filmmakers, Yvonne and Steve were such a pleasure to work with. From the first time we met them to the day itself, we felt at ease around them, and we never felt like we were awkward or put on the spot. We chose them because of the quality of their final products. I was definitely tearing at multiple wedding trailers I watched online, so I can only imagine how we will be when we see our film!

We are in love with your dress! Tell us more…

My wedding dress was perfect (although of course I am biased)! it was intricately beaded on the top half of the dress, with a v-neck in front and a deep v in the back. The bottom half of the dress was silk chiffon and circle cut, which is the perfect style for twirling and all other forms of dancing. I had the buttons over the zipper, put on by my tailor.

My veil was a family veil that has been worn through at least three generations! My earrings were from the Atlas Collection at Tiffany’s, and my book clutch was from Kate Spade.

And what about the gents?

The groomsmen all wore the “Auld Gunn” tartan with blue blazers. We went for the blue blazers as we were having a spring wedding, and blue was a major part of the colour scheme. The groomsmen wore a red toned tie, while the groom wore a white one.

The dancefloor looks immense!

The band was amazing! They kept the tempo up and everyone dancing for the entire night. There was a ceilidh, a dance off (or two), and plenty of dancing late into the night. The first dance song was “At Last” by Etta James, and it was actually sung by one of my bridesmaids! It was a very special moment.

Tell us something surprising about your day…

I don’t think we expected just how much of my dark lipstick would smudge on his face! That was a very laughable moment (or two).

Any advice?

Give yourself plenty of time to plan! Many of the great suppliers get booked up early anyways, but it is important that you don’t over stretch yourself and forget why you are doing it in the first place. At the end of the day, it is all about your love.

Also, keep in mind that you may not get to spend a lot of time with each guest, so it may be good to go in with a game plan of how you’ll get around talking to everyone.

Why Scotland?

I am American, but my husband is Scottish. We met while I was a student at University and he was working. After I completed my degree, we kept up our relationship long distance, then I moved to Scotland in January so that we could get married! His family is here, as are most of our friends.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

The nerves we felt before but the ecstasy we felt after. The purity of the joy we felt throughout the day. The smiles we couldn’t wipe from our faces or others. Everything was unforgettable and magical.

As a fellow book lover, I have major wedding envy today! Anyone else feeling inspired by a love of literature? Christina x


VenuesGeorge Heriot’s School Chapel & The Principal Edinburgh
Photographer – 
Crofts & Kowalczyk
FilmmakerCherry Tree Films
Florist – 
Planet Flowers
Hair stylistCity Brides
Make-up artist
Colette Casher
Wedding dress
THEIA – “Nava” from The Lovely Bride
ShoesShoes of Prey
AccessoriesOld Shanghai (kimono robes for getting ready), Tiffany’s (earrings), Kate Spade (book clutch).
Groom’s outfitDavison’s Kilt Hire
Bridesmaids’ dressesWhite by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
Liggy’s Cake Company
StationeryCrane and Co – “Summer Soiree”
Musicians – 
Transport – 
The Red Bus

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