Today I am excited to share this beautiful Edinburgh Winter Wedding onboard Fingal with pretty red and green details.
After postponing their initial Wedding day due to the Covid Pandemic the couples parents planned a surprise intimate, meaningful and emotional celebration together with their very closest family and friends.
Images were captured by Karol Makula Photography.
Karol Makula is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Dalkieth but covering Edinburgh, Glasgow throughout Scotland and beyond specialising in photojournalism and contemporary photography.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Vickie to tell us the couples love story and about their intimate Edinburgh Winter Wedding…
How did you meet?
Jake and I met in school – he was 2 years above me and that is when we started dating.
We have been together for 14 years.
Tell us about the Proposal…
In October 2018, we decided to spend 10 days road tripping around Scotland.
We went everywhere from hiking in the Cairngorms, to driving along the very north coast of Scotland on the North Coast 500 and then along down the West Coast where we decided to hop over to the Hebrides.
We headed first to Lewis, and then went straight down to Harris to visit Luskentyre Beach – a pure white strip of sand with crystal clear waters.
It was on this beach that Jake proposed!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We had a wonderful time planning our Edinburgh winter wedding – we knew what we wanted and the kind of suppliers we wanted to work with (small, independent, local suppliers).
We initially picked The Byre at Inchyra to get married in March 2020 and got 4 days from the wedding when Covid struck and lockdown forced us to postpone.
We initially switched our date to Jan 2021, but with the Covid situation threatening our new date, our parents had a rather genius idea to plan a small ceremony in December 2020 that would be a complete surprise to Jake and I.
At this point, we were delighted to hand over the planning torch to our parents!
We did not find out until the day of the wedding that we were getting married on board Fingal, a luxury yacht docked not far from our home in Leith.
It was the most special day of our lives – we had a wonderful time!
Any special touches/DIY?
Our initial March 2020 wedding (that was scrapped due to Covid) was a DIY wedding, with the venue being very much a blank canvas.
When we were planning that wedding, we did not want to fill the venue with too much clutter.
We just knew that we wanted beautiful flowers, so we went with Myrtle and Bracken who understood our vision and provided some wonderful inspiration as to how we could make the venue magical.
Luckily, Di from Myrtle and Bracken was available for our surprise December 2020 wedding and she did a stunning job at creating the most beautiful festive flower display!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Not really but as we got hitched in December, there was a lot of twinkly lights and deep reds and greens to give a wintery festive feel.
What was the best bit of your day?
Strangely enough, we were not that fussed for the actual act of getting married. We were just keen to cerebrate being married with friends and family.
I was very nervous about the ceremony and having everyone’s eyes on us was the part I was almost dreading.
But as soon as I saw everyone, I felt instantly relaxed and so excited that I actually loved the whole ceremony. It was so much fun!
There was lots of laughter and a few tears.
Is there anything you would do differently?
As devastated as we were to have to cancel our big wedding, we actually believe that the day we had in December was just as special, if not more so because of its intimacy.
It was a complete joy to be able to get married in front of just 20 people – our nearest and dearest.
And it was made better by the fact that we were actually able to all be together after 9 months of Covid keeping everyone apart.
Perhaps if we were planning again, we would actually consider keeping the wedding small and intimate.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
To any couples out there worried about having to reduce numbers due to Covid, don’t.
It sounds terrible not to have all your friends and family there – and in some ways, it is upsetting.
But the intimacy of our small wedding meant that we could spend time with those who mean most to us and as a result, we truly had the most magical and special day of our lives.
We don’t think we would have been able to top it with the wedding we had envisaged back when we got engaged in 2018.
And at the end of it all, we were married and that’s the most important part.
I am a huge advocate for small weddings now – they are just fabulous!
Edinburgh Winter Wedding Suppliers
Venue – Fingal – Edinburgh
Photographer – Karol Makula Photography
Bridesmaid Gowns – Arabella Dresses – Edinburgh
Kilt – Kinloch Anderson
Florist – Myrtle & Bracken
Rings – (Bride) – Mr Harold and Sons – Glasgow / (Groom) Made by his Dad
Wedding Planner – Couples parents worked closely with Diane at Fingal
Stationery – Couples Mums
Make up/Hair stylist – Melanie Herriot
To Contact Karol Makula Photography
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