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Ross and Celine’s beautiful wedding at The Merchants’ Hall, with Mark Pacura Photography

Ross and Celine celebrated their marriage with their closest friends and family – including seventeen children(!) at The Merchants’ Hall in Edinburgh. I adore Celine’s style: she wears a bespoke wedding dress by Zeman Couture – there’s a long story behind it, but it’s one of the loveliest short wedding dresses I’ve ever seen!

Merchants Hall wedding blog (1)The day is just lovely; the images exquisite thanks to wedding photographer Mark Pacura; the venue spectacular.

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www.facebook.com/markpacuraphotography

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Celine and Ross have very kindly shared their wedding report with us all on the English Wedding Blog and I’m delighted to feature them as today’s star bride and groom. Oh! And their adorable family – little Tabitha and best man Sebastian – come very close indeed to stealing the show! I love it. I know you will too! Enjoy.
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Our wedding report:Ross and Celine

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.markpacura.co.uk
www.facebook.com/markpacuraphotography

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Extremely pleased, I’m a little camera shy and Mark made us feel really relaxed –in fact but for the pictures we would hardly have known he was there!

Wedding venue:

The Merchants’ Hall, Hanover Street Edinburgh

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

We had 17 children at our wedding so it really felt like a day out –our BIG DAY OUT

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

We were not keen on the idea of traditional posed wedding photos so we were absolutely delighted –the photos looked very natural and captured the mood of the day.  We especially loved the pictures of us on our own enjoying the Autumnal tones of Princes Street Gardens.

Your wedding style and theme:

Classy but relaxed and understated

Any happy tears on the day?

A few early on –but I was careful not to ruin my make-up!

How did the two of you meet?

At the pub beneath our respective work places with some encouragement from friends

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

About 10 months

Best bit of budget advice?

We swore by a wedding planner spreadsheet, paid as we went along and only invited the people we really wanted to share our special day –that really helped control our expenditure.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

On the day stationery was kindly provided by The Merchant’s Hall, our Paris themed table plan was made by our good friend Jac and our wedding invitations were a simple Navy and Ivory Edinburgh skyline from Hello Lucky.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My first wedding dress was bought at a charity auction for Great Ormond Street hospital.  This dress needed altering and despite vetting various dressmakers/seamstresses my first dress was rendered unwearable.  I had commissioned Rijk (Zeman Couture) to make a Harris Tweed bolero jacket to accompany the first dress –in the end he made my wedding dress instead.  I fell in love with this dress – it was made for me just as I wanted.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

The dress I wore on the day was designed and made by Rijk Zeman (and his team at Zeman Couture)

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Pearl and diamond earrings, pearl bracelet and omega constellation watch

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The two older bridesmaids wore Navy dresses from Pied a terre and Coast.  The younger bridesmaids wore ivory dresses from Ted Baker.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Hair was by Cheynes Hairdressing at Drumsheugh Place, Make-up by Space NK, George Street.

Wedding flowers:

Spiral Flowers, Edinburgh

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Aside from the beautiful music, our special vows and lovely readings –my arm aching from holding our little girl throughout!

Wedding readings?

Our little boy read “Your Personal Penguin” by Sandra Boynton and our friend, Ajit, read “A lovely love story” by Edward Monkton

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No, beautiful venue just complimented by the gorgeous flowers.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Different -a Victoria sponge cake with a mini Victoria sponge tower –everyone loved the cake, especially the children.

Entertainment:

Fantastic string trio “Endymion” travelled up form Manchester to Edinburgh to play during guest arrival, ceremony and drinks reception.  Barclays Beats did a great job with the disco –especially in terms of pleasing our younger guests with replays of the extended version of Gangnam Style!

On the day tips and advice:

It’s difficult but try to relax and enjoy every moment –the day goes in a flash

What’s the best thing about being married?

We are mad about and complete each other, our little family is complete – our marriage has consolidated that.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photography by Mark Pacura www.markpacura.co.uk

Dress by Rijk Zeman at Zeman Couture www.zemancouture.com

Hair by Cheynes, Drumsheugh Place, Edinburgh www.cheyneshairdressing.com

Cake by Something Yummy Cakes and Catering https://www.facebook.com/SomethingYummyCakes

Flowers by Spiral Flowers www.spiralflowers.co.uk
String Trio endymion  www.endymionstringquartet.com

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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