Debbie and Scott February 2000 How did you meet? Through my older brother who was our best man on the wedding day. Describe the marriage proposal. Scott had proposed many…
Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 14, 2006
cott and I met on holiday in Cyprus in September 2001. We were both in the same nightclub and our eyes met across a crowded room so to speak!
Scott proposed shortly after I moved in with him. He didn’t go down on one knee but it was a complete shock to me, albeit a lovely one, and of course I said yes straight away!
I didn’t want a big hen ‘night’ and just wanted to celebrate with just a few friends. Myself and five others hired a log cabin on the banks of Loch Lomond for three nights of chilling out!
Scott, on the other hand, went away with around 15 of his mates to Amsterdam.
Yes, he was very much involved, especially in the early stages of planning. Scott was very keen to book the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. He also came with me to the florists, helped choose the cake and generally showed a real interest in just about everything!
Yes it was very helpful – especially the cafe page. I never actually chatted to other brides but loved reading about their ideas, and their big days!
Yes, I bought cream table cards as I didn’t want a formal seating plan. They were great, just what I was looking for at the time.
I bought my dress was by Rena Koh and I bought it from a shop in Edinburgh. I didn’t want a strapless dress so my gown had a boned bodice with fairly wide straps, a sweetheart neckline, and had intricate embroidery studded with pearls and diamante, which was also mirrored on a pleat at the front of the dress. I had a huge train and a custom made tiara to match the swirls on the embroidery, but didn’t opt for a veil, which I am still glad about. It would have been too much for the dress. I carried a bouquet of orange ‘Milva’ roses, white roses, orange gemini’s and berries.
Yes I had three – my sister Annette, Scott’s sister Lesley, and my best friend Alison. They all wore chocolate brown silk evening dresses and carried a compact bouquet of orange gemini’s. The chocolate and orange theme looked fantastic, and I’m glad I went for something a bit different.
Scott choose his friend Neil. They both wore their clan’s tartan.
A civil cermony.
Outside in Redwood Grove in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Redwood Grove is just like a little ‘dell’. We were shaded by beautiful trees, and when the sun broke through it was just lovely.
Inside the Caledonian Hall at the Botanic Gardens, but we also hired a marquee which had a separate seating area and the bar…which was packed all night!
No, I was very firm on this one. Our hotel was literally five minutes away from the venue and the cars were not going to be seen by any of our guests as they were already waiting up in the trees so myself and my dad and my bridesmaids arrived in two white taxi’s, which only cost around £20! The taxi driver was brilliant, he put a bow in the front for me, and there was loads of room in the back for my dress!
We had 60 for the day and 40 further guests joined us for the evening.
The chocolate and orange theme was very evident on the day.
We had tall vases filled with orange lilies, palm leaves and orange gemini’s. I also wanted something to remind me of my home town, Sheffield, so my table’s were named after the various rivers that flow through the city – River Don, River Loxley etc.
Yes, chocolate of course! Each guest had four chocolates in ivory and gold boxes.
We had haggis, neeps and tatties to start with, followed by guinea fowl and sticky toffee pudding for desert. It was a really hearty meal and totally delicious.
Pat, who works with my mum, made the cake. It was three-tiered, wrapped with the Mackenzie tartan, dotted with orange gemini’s and had a little box on top with exploding stars coming out of it. It was fantastic, really original.
We had a brilliant piper, and a band and a disco for the evening.
We had our gift list at John Lewis. All friends and family were extremely generous.
We spent our first night in the Royal Terrace Hotel in Edinburgh. This was followed by 15 glorious nights in Sri Lanka.
The cermony definitely. You can spend so much time planning other aspects of the day, making sure that there is enough wine for everyone, that the menu is right, that you can forget about the most important part – acutally getting married!
I whipped myself up into a complete frenzy about the weather at one point as our wedding was for the most part, held outside. The strange thing was, on the morning of the wedding I didn’t even think about checking to see if it was raining or not, I was too excited! So my only advice would be not to worry about this, your day will be special no matter what.
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