Thursday, May 31, 2012

Howies Restaurant Wedding, Edinburgh ::Lorraine & Steve

She was pacing the room, "Are you sure I look alright?". 
"YES, you look gorgeous." we all replied. I don't know what was running through her beautiful head, Lorraine was so stunning from the beginning of her wedding day straight through until the end. The whole morning she'd been the epitome of 'cool beans'. "I can't get over how calm you are!" everyone kept saying to her as they ran around buzzing with nerves and excitement.
Lorraine began her day with a run through Edinburgh followed by a reflective lovely little stroll up Calton Hill with her bridesmaid Suzi. Meanwhile, of course, her groom was off preparing in true Scottish fashion…golfing.

I arrived at their GORGEOUS old fashion suite in the Parliament House Hotel and was instantly taken back to sometime in history when everything was vintage ;P There was an out-of-use lift in the lobby that had a sofa and a telephone and was surrounded by a rod iron cage! The rooms had ceiling to floor curtains and the ceilings were engraved with floral designs. The flowers from Demi's Florist arrived and then not only did everything look beautiful, it started to smell delicious. Pink and yellow roses with ivy and thistle button holes! They went perfectly with the dresses.

Anne arrived to create some beautiful hairstyles, followed by the very talented Louise with her massive make-up box! (I love make-up boxes!) When Lorraine emerged from her bridal bubble bath (loving the alliterations today) she was disappointed to realise that she had completely forgotten to pack her bathrobe. 

Never despair when you have amazing bridesmaids though…in walked Suzi (as if on cue) with a hand-wrapped pink box containing a silk robe covered in butterflies! I found butterflies all over the place — I found them frozen in flutter on the invitation and hair jewellery and when I asked Lorraine if butterflies were her theme she laughed and said "No! It just kind of happened."
And then Anne brought out this 20 year hair rollers that added to the vintage glory of the morning and I was practically obsessed by that point wanting to take at least 100 more photos of their heads all rolled up in curlers. My mom saw this photo and thought it looked like a flower :) hehe

The ladies found their dresses at Pan Pan Bridal in Edinburgh and both were designed by Jenny Packham whose name I see everywhere in magazines these day. :) 
Lorraine stepped into her dress with 20 minutes to go until the ceremony. Now the real butterflies were settling in. She was suddenly feeling the nerves, worried about being late. This seriously wasn't a problem considering that the ceremony venue was literally in the next building (a 10 second walk). 

I went down to the ceremony before Lorraine and found a very handsome Steve standing at the front of the room, checking his watch and signing nervously. I had a chance to go up to him and give him a big hug :D A smile appeared on his face when I let him in on the secret that Lorraine was on her way and looking beautiful.

Suzi and Lorraine have been friends since primary school and it was so heartwarming to notice that during the first part of the ceremony they were actually holding hands. The officiant, noticed too and threw in a little "Why are you two holding hands?" half way through the ceremony. The girls shrugged and everyone laughed :D
Their humanist ceremony led by Tim Macguire had the whole room laughing away as we enjoyed hearing their love story and what marriage meant to them. The short and sweet version went a little something like this...Lorraine had been working in a bar and Steve was hired as the new manager. She had planned to quit that night but something made her change her mind…. :) Happily ever after hehe

Family portraits were taken in Princes Street Gardens beside the Royal Scottish Academy art gallery. We took all of their family formals in like 10 minutes — my speediest portrait session ever!! But hey...why take longer than necessary, right?

Back to Howies for  the reception — the restaurant's team was working so fast  to turn the place around, they were incredible.
Dinner was divine (Is it just me or is food always better on a wedding day?!) and speeches were hilarious (the best man's speech led the room in a round of the Heart's football chant...since the team had won a big game the day before). Their cake was DELICIOUS (yes, I snuck a little bit — they did offer so I wasn't being completely cheeky hehe). The top layer was chocolate with Baileys. The middle layers was chocolate fudge and the bottom layer was chocolate and Malteaser! Ummmm....Yummmm!!!! It was designed in the shape of Tunnucks TeaCakes; one of the most delicious human creations ever! Steve was really excited about the cake and bless him, he told me multiple times as the night went on that they'd chosen a Tunnucks TeaCakes Cake because Lorraine used to work at the TeaCake factory packaging them up! :P

Can I just say that they picked the best band in the history of bands to play at their wedding! JAMMY DEVIL! I had so much fun bopping along to their groovy beats I genuinely had a difficult time leaving the wedding. They played all the classic tunes that get people tapping their feet and running out onto the dance floor. Hard to resist the classics!
At one point, one of Steve's best friends asked for my camera and in a leap of faith I handed it to him. Before I knew it, I was swooped into a dance by another friend. I swear, Lorraine & Steve must have hired professional dancers to come along to their wedding and pretend to be super keen guests. There was this little tribe of dancers who couldn't be bribed off the dance floor even for that delicious cake. My camera was basically hypnotised & glued to them all night. :P

And I mustn't forget to mention the most beautiful little girl who was out on the dance floor all night as well. Olivia, Steve's niece, CUUUUTE!
To see more of Lorraine & Steve's Wedding at Howies' Restaurant in Edinburgh, CLICK HERE to see their wedding slideshow of just watch it here ::

{Credit to the Lovelies}
Preparation Venue :: Parliament House Hotel
Ceremony & Reception Venue :: Howies Restaurant on Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Dress :: Jenny Packham from Pan Pan Bridal
Cake :: 3D Cakes
Hair :: Anne Quin of Hair at Home
Make Up :: Louise
Florist :: Demi Florist in Portobello, Edinburgh 
Band :: Jammy Devil