As we’re coming to the end of summer we’ve been looking forward to what’s to come (rather than looking out our woolly jumpers!) Today we’ve been reminiscing on Suzi & Jon’s Whisky and Lego themed wedding from last Winter.
Beautifully captured by Karolina Kotkiewicz Photography
How and where did you meet?
We met online. Suzi was a seasoned pro & Jon was a novice!
When/where/how was the big question popped?
The question was popped in Tokyo on route to a holiday in New Zealand. Jon had brought along a wee lego Bride and Groom to help pop the question in front of the Tokyo tower. The lego figures became our mascots for the wedding!
How did you end up choosing the Signet Library and why?
It was the first venue we visited and we fell in love with it, it's such a beautiful space steeped in history. We saw a few other venues afterwards but none really compared.
What made you choose a Wedding in October?
We weren't fussed about a summer wedding and the timing worked well for family as it fell within the school holidays.
Did you enjoy preparing for your wedding and the whole planning process? Did you do a lot of things yourself or did you use the help of a wedding planner?
We both had a fairly clear idea of what we wanted for our big day and organised most of the day ourselves. We didn't bother with wedding fayres and found pinterest an invaluable tool.
Did you have a theme? What was it and why did you choose it? Did you use it for table names and other elements of the wedding?
We had a bit of a random mix of themes- Whisky and Lego. We both enjoy a wee dram so we used whisky bottles with fairly lights on the tables and had personalised miniature bottles of whisky as favours. Suzi has a silver Christening quaich which we drank from during the ceremony. The touches of lego were a fun addition. The lego bride and groom used as part of the proposal featured on the invitations, place settings and played a starring role on top of the lego themed cake. We also had lego Star Wars characters on the men’s button holes, the four flower girls had storm troopers on their bouquets and the children received a lego mini figure as a favour instead of whisky.
What was your ceremony like, what made it special?
We chose to have an interfaith celebrant who was really keen to personalise the ceremony. We went for quite traditional vows, but added in elements such as the five things we love about each other, the lighting of a unity candle and a sip of whisky from a family quaich. We also had a family member sing the Sleeping At Last cover version of I'm gonna Be (500 Miles) along with Korda the String Quartet.
First dance – what was your song? What made you choose it? Was your dance choreographed or did you improvise?
Callanish are fantastic and offer to learn a specific song for you. The first dance was therefore an acoustic version of Everything is Awesome, from The Lego Movie, we couldn't really go for anything else and the lyrics were very appropriate. We followed it up with Walk the Moon- Shut up and dance with me. The dancing was definitely not choreographed, more of an awkward shuffle!
The menu – how did you select your menu? What were your favourite elements? What did people say?
We took both sets of parents along for the menu tasting. There were lots of lovely things to choose from. We tried to stick with a fairly seasonal Scottish menu. The meal was lovely and seemed to go down well with the guests.
What about the cake?
The cake was made by Suzi's aunt Isabelle who has made cakes for many family occasions over the years including weddings, christenings and birthdays. When we initially spoke to her over the phone about our ideas for a cake I think she thought we were mad. We then told her to google 'lego wedding cake', she came straight back to us saying how excited she was and couldn't wait to get started, please could she have a crane, a dumper truck and a steam roller? She really took the idea and ran with it and her hard work really paid off!
And finally, tell us about a favourite or memorable moment?
The youngest flower girl loudly broke wind during the ceremony, so loud it can be heard on the wedding video – it definitely gave everyone a laugh!
Venue: The Signet Library
Food & Drink: Heritage Portfolio
Photography: Karolina Kotkiewicz Photography
Videographer: Edinburgh Wedding Videos
Flowers: LouLou Flowers
Cake: Made by family