Raych and Stu are both creatives, so their imagination ran away with them a little when they dreamed up their wedding day. The initial inspiration was Midsummer Night’s Dream – an ethereal, boho, garden vibe with touches of magic throughout. They decided that everything should be reused, recycled, environmentally friendly, or where things were bought, they would be from small businesses.
The venue was The Secret Herb Garden, Edinburgh, which was their biggest expense. It was absolutely perfect for them to get married a year to the day in a greenhouse full of wild heather, lavender, thyme and rosemary. Their ceremony was originally supposed to be held outside, but rain called play on that; instead they married in one of the greenhouses, standing on a vintage rug they’d brought from home.
Raych’s sister-in-law made them an incredible macrame hanging for their top table – it now hangs in their new home as a memento of the day. Stu’s mum turned her wedding dress into gorgeous bunting to hang over the tables, a beautiful gift that meant so much to both of them. Their name sign was a wedding gift from a professional sign writing relative, opened the night before the wedding to tears of gratitude for all the love and help their friends and family bestowed upon them to make their day truly special. They spray painted old bean cans and coffee jars to fill with candles and flowers picked from the venue, where they also sourced their bouquets. Their favors were ninety individual concrete planters filled with mini succulents; they doubled up as table decorations to reduce waste, and were so popular that Raych only managed to keep a few for herself! They had five