A beautiful Autumnal Destination Wedding in Edinburgh with rich warm tones

Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Autumnal Destination Wedding in Edinburgh with rich warm tones.

American couple Christine and Andy selected Edinburgh to celebrate their special day to be closer to family and incorporate intentional, meaningful moments every step of the way.

Images were captured by Love to the Core Photo.

Corinne Thompson of Love to the Core Photography is a wedding photographer living in Baltimore City.

Her style is utilizing natural light and organic completely natural poses to create as beautiful authentic imagery.


Beautiful Bride  Christine says of the couples wedding day…


A few factors led us to the decision to have our wedding in Scotland!

After getting engaged in France while on a family vacation, we instantly knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding day with the same group of family surrounding us in Scotland.

My paternal family is all over Europe in England, Scotland, and Sweden, so Edinburgh was the perfect city for us to host our celebration.

Months prior to our wedding day, my Grandfather passed. He is the matriarch of our family, and I wanted to make sure we felt his presence on the big day.

We invited our closest friends and family members from the US to travel with us to Scotland and be a part of the nuptials.

Throughout our wedding day, I wanted to capture all the beauty Edinburgh has to offer, while showing my friends and family, especially Andy, my favourite parts of this magical city.


Being a wedding planner myself, I wanted to add unique elements to my day that would set my wedding apart from any other wedding I had planned before.

For our colour palette we chose rust, blush pink, champagne and emerald green which was reflected through the styling.

My first (and easiest) choice was forgoing a traditional white gown and opting for a coloured gown instead.

I went so far straying away from the typical dress shopping experience, that I purchased my pink Marchesa gown off of ebay, and it worked out wonderfully.

It was perfect with its embroidery, embellishments and florals detailing, and alongside my stunning bouquet by Mud Urban Flowers.

Knowing that we would be running around the city, including all over Calton Hill, heels were not an option for me. I paired my gown with two different pairs of Badgley Mischka flats.

A pink satin jewelled pair of flats for the ceremony and a mauve velvet pair of slide-ons to dance the night away in. Both bought on Amazon (bargain shopper!)

Being in this industry, I know how quickly the wedding day can fly by. I wanted to be present in each moment of my day and limit the structure of the day to have an easier, organic flow.

We had a slow and easy morning with mimosas while being pampered by Emma Motion HMUA. Before I knew it, it was time to put on my gown and show off my gem of an online purchase!

Our AirBnB had a beautiful courtyard that was the perfect place for a first look with my Mother.

One Fare Day’s white vintage taxi picked us up and we headed to Circus Lane for bridal portraits with my maid of honour, my sister.

It was important to me to have a first look with my Dad at my late Grandfather’s house. This is a moment I will never forget!

When it was time for the first look with Andy, we ran into a bit of trouble. We wanted to have this special moment as close to the castle as possibly- but, the guards had other ideas.

Our photographer Corinne from Love to the Core Photography quickly jumped into action and found a beautiful side street for this private moment to happen.

Andy handsomely sported a rust coloured suit from ASOS.

With our maid of honour and best man in tow, we headed to the Grass Market to snap some wedding party shots on Victoria Street.

We were ahead of schedule at this point, so we popped into The Last Drop for a quick pint prior to the ceremony.


After we made our way up Calton Hill, where we were met by the sound of bagpipes playing in our honour.

Our family and friends gathered on the backside of the hill to have Arthur’s Seat as our backdrop.

When the processional began, it felt like time had stopped.

All the visitors and patrons surrounding us on Calton Hill stopped their tracks and looked on.

Our ceremony was sweet, brief, and meaningful.


Our guests ventured onto Spoon for our cocktail hour and the start of our reception.

Our reception decor included a mix and match of jewel tone coloured water goblets, napkins, and candle sticks to compliment the eclectic mix and match style of Spoon.

We added a touch of modern, trendy flare with Spoon’s vintage nuances.

Jelly Creative Co (previously Jamie Wheeler Designs) created all the paper goods for our wedding day including the invitation suite, escort cards, and signage.

Jamie used hues within our colour palette of mauve and rust to design a tartan pattern used throughout the wedding.

The invitation suite even included the Clan MacFarlane Crest.

Our signature cocktail was “The Kowalewski Kollins” that was made of scotch, lemon, and club soda.

Although we weren’t able to fly over our beloved French bulldog, Pierre, he was there in spirit via a life size cardboard cutout.

101 Bakery baked a deliciously beautiful cake for all of our guests to enjoy!

During the reception, my American guests were in for a treat when my family surprised us with a traditional Scottish ceilidh.

We then danced the night away until it was time to head out to the after party at The Jazz Bar.

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Love to the Core Photo

Event Planner: Christine McFarlane Events

Ceremony Location: Calton Hill Edinburgh / Cocktail Hour & Reception: Spoon (now closed) / Afterparty: The Jazz Bar

Dress Designer: Marchesa

Jewelry: James Allen

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Jacket: House Of Catherine

Bridesmaid Gown: Lulus

Grooms Wear: ASOS

Stationery / Paper Goods: Jelly Creative Co (previously Jamie Wheeler Designs)

Floral Designer: Mud Urban Flowers

Cake: 101 Bakery

Beauty: Emma Motion

Transport: One Fare Day (white vintage taxi)


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