On Year On

Remember Hannah and David’s DIY wedding? Can you believe that was a whole year ago? Nope – neither can we. We caught up with her recently to see what’s been happening since the I Dos. And as it turns out, rather a lot…

What’s new with you and David?

I can’t believe we’ve been married for a little more than a year! It feels like it was only a few months ago, but as they say, time flies when you’re having fun.

A few things have changed in the last year – I finally finished my PhD so I can now officially call myself ‘Dr’, which seems very strange! Especially as just over a year ago I was ‘Miss Carver’, and now I’m ‘Dr Atkins’ (except at work, where I’ve kept my maiden name).

Focusing on the wedding for a few months gave me a bit of much needed time away from the stress of doing a PhD (although I don’t recommend planning a wedding as a form of procrastination!) and I came back from our honeymoon feeling more motivated.

Celebrating my graduation a couple of weeks after our wedding anniversary was exciting, especially as we had a family dinner at Contini Cannonball, where we held our wedding reception.

I celebrated my 30th birthday in November so David and I spent a few days in Lisbon, which was beautiful. And it also meant that my sister baked another epic cake for me (lemon and elderflower ombre cake with macarons!).

We’ve recently bought our first home together, so we’re looking forward to adding little finishing touches to that over the next few months. All in all, it’s been a pretty good first year as husband and wife.

What’s the best thing about married life?

Everything! Waking up beside my favourite person each morning is something I’ll never get bored of. And spending our time together: cooking, eating, cycling or planning our next holiday. And I still get butterflies when David calls me his wife.

And how did you celebrate your anniversary?

We spent a lovely weekend at Crieff Hydro, celebrating our wedding anniversary. We didn’t want to do too much, so thought a weekend of relaxation, good food, cocktails and a bit of Scottish countryside would be perfect. The Scottish summer weather was not always on our side that weekend, but we managed to spend a bit of time outdoors as well as relaxing in the Victorian Spa.

It’s been a year since your wedding, looking back is there anything you would do differently?

I think the only thing we’d do differently is find a way to make the time go more slowly, as the day went far quicker than we wanted it to. I loved every minute of it and there wasn’t anything I’d have wanted to change, there was no stress at all.

What would you say to anyone who is feeling under pressure to conform to expectations for their wedding?

Stick to your guns and do what makes you happy. We had quite a few people saying that it was weird that we weren’t having dancing at our wedding, but at no point did it feel like we were missing anything. A wedding, like a marriage, should be about the couple, so you shouldn’t feel you have to do anything to make anyone else happy.

Any exciting plans for the year ahead?

We’re off to Hong Kong and Vietnam in November and I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to exploring, sightseeing, trying new foods and eating as much dim sum and pho as I can physically manage!

My sister is getting married next May so I’ll also be spending time planning her hen weekend and doing other bridesmaid-related tasks, which will be fun. While her wedding will be very different to ours (it’s in a barn!), there will be some similarities in terms of the laid back, anti-wedding vibe (must be something that runs in our family – our parents got married in a registry office and my mum wore a suit!).

I’m really looking forward to planning her hen weekend and helping her choose her dress. Other than that, I’m enjoying my new found post-PhD freedom (hello weekends!) going cycling, doing hot yoga and baking: I got a Kitchen Aid for my 30th birthday so have been testing that out, much to the delight of David, our families and friends!

Wow – what an exciting first year of married life! We love that Hannah still gets butterflies when David calls her his wife. Alie x

Hannah & David planned an intimate ceremony at Lothian Chambers registry office, followed by a reception in Contini Cannonball Restaurant, Edinburgh. “Simple, casual, fuss free” was their vision for their wedding day.

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