A classic elegant Edinburgh Wedding at Norton House Hotel with pretty cream and white details

Today I am thrilled to share this classic elegant Edinburgh Wedding at Norton House Hotel with pretty cream and white details.

David and Moira shared a sophisticated celebration with family and friends in a day that had a stylish and timeless atmosphere.

Images were captured by Paul Gavin Photography.

Paul Gavin is an accomplished, MPA qualified master photographer with 20 years experience based in Linlithgow near Edinburgh.

His style is an eclectic mix of formal , natural, reportage or artistic wedding photography with a dash of good humour and a fun approach to create a relaxed atmosphere for couples.


Groom David shares the couples love story, and about their elegant Edinburgh Wedding day…


How did you meet?

We met 35 years ago, when Moira was a neighbour to my mother’s sister.

I was in Canada, and returned for a visit to find her being a caregiver to my aunt.

We kept in touch over the years, and when my wife died I returned to Scotland. Moira’s husband had died several years earlier.

The rest is going to be history.

Tell us about the Proposal…

I arranged a boat dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest. I wanted to propose on the deck, but when I suggested we go on deck she said “No, it’s too cold out there.”

I tried again after 15 minutes, and she said “I’m comfy here”. I tried one last time as the boat was docking, saying, “let’s watch the docking from on deck”.

She agreed, we went outside and I proposed, and she said “Are you joking?”

The most difficult proposal in the history of couples!

Tell us about your wedding planning journey…

Moira did all the concepts and detailed design, choice of flowers and decorations, etc.

I created the “save the date” cards, the invitations and kept track of the pre-selected dinner choices of the guests and created placards for the tables with the names on one side and the dinner choices on the other.

(This turned out to be a wonderful idea from Norton House, as the meals were prompt, hot and delivered efficiently.)

How did Covid impact on your plans?

We scheduled initially our elegant Edinburgh Wedding for October 2020. We had to push that off to April 2021, and then again to September 2021.

We were lucky in that all the supplies, venue and entertainment were available on the delayed dates so we weren’t impacted too much.

Any special touches/DIY?

We lit candles to honour our deceased spouses. Also, we bought a special vase with our names and wedding date on it, and poured 3 sachets of coloured sand into it to show the mingling of us and our families.

The highlight of the day, was the Singing Waiters. This is a company which supplies 2 waiters who perform as normal waiters, but, during dessert, drop a tray of cutlery to get attention, then burst into song.

They got everyone singing, doing the conga and on their feet for 20 minutes. A huge hit, being so unexpected.

What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?

Our colours were white and cream.

The suppliers of two trees for the ceremony initially suggested pink leaves as that was the usual choice, but Moira chose white, which looked wonderful.

The supplier was surprised how well that worked with the cream of the guests’ chair coverings.

What was the best bit of your day?

It was definitely seeing everyone so happy, and seeing how well it all went with no problems

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

You cannot do enough detailed planning.

Look for where things could go wrong and put plans in place to head problems off at the pass.

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Norton House Hotel

Photography: Paul Gavin Photography

Humanist minister: Jackie Grant

Custom wedding dress: Mette Bailie – Freja Fashion

Custom Wedding Hat: Alec Muir

Grooms wear:  Jacket – Next / Trousers / Shirt – M&S

Invitations and Order of Service: Designed and printed by Flo Thom – Cards 4 Ever

Cake: Truly Scrumptious

Flowers: Val Hamilton

Decorations: Ambience Venue Styling

Singing Waiters: Silver Service Singers

Harp: Fiona Rutherford from Encore Music

Band: Fayne and the Cruisers


To Contact Paul Gavin Photography

Website: https://www.paulgavin.co.uk/

Email: paul@paulgavin.co.uk

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