I was invited to a wedding this past weekend. It was as the plus one of my fabulous friend Toni. It turned out to be such a beautiful, sunshine-filled day in Edinburgh, I was able to get another wear out of my favourite wedding frock (here I am at Ieva and Will’s wedding)- complete with cardigan and trench- even May in Edinburgh is chilly!
There was dancing so flats were perfect.
Completing the look- arm party with some special jewels.
I am off to get a haircut tomorrow, so the decision about my bangs will be made then- to grow or to cut- I just cannot decide. Any thoughts?
CAKE… Vicky and Ray, two of our fun friends, got married around Christmas, it was a small family affair- Ray does not like crowds or attention, so as their first compromise they hosted a bash for all their friends, unfortunately we were unable to make it- Thailand took us away for a different kind of fun.
In exchange, we invited the newlyweds round for an American-themed wedding reception dinner- steak, potatoes and wilted spinach. All elevated- a steak like Heston, individual ramekins of gratin dauphinois and wilted spinach with nutmeg butter. All that was missing were butter rolls and warm glasses of milk.
And since I think all the rage for wedding cakes these days remains red velvet, we had one of those topped with our asexual hugging salt and pepper shakers proving we too believe in marriage equality!
Have a long and happy life tougher Vicky and Ray!
Apologies these photos are not that great- night photography is something I need to improve.
ANNIVERSARY GOODNESS… We are going to see a matinee of this production on Saturday. Along with brunch at Loudon’s- a new-for-us-brunch place, followed by some magazine reading at the Edinburgh College of Art Library before the show, then packing and dinner at home, I think we have a fun-filled anniversary planned.
Here are my favourite detail/ambiance/cloud of hugs photos from our wedding day.
(Our Lady of Victory Chapel- College of St. Catherine)
(Thanks mom for covering the buttons)
(A pearl with a story)
(Hand-sketched place cards: A Ben Pawson original)
(Bridal Bouquet and table setting)
Photos by Natasha d’Schommer.
ACCORDIAN… To add a touch of all things French to our wedding reception, my awesome wedding-planner of a mom organised to have an accordion player stroll around Cafe Lurcat during the champagne portion of the day. He added such flair.
Now whenever I hear an accordion, I cannot help but think of our wedding.
The musician on this short video slideshow was playing live in the Paris metro during my March visit. He played his heart out on RER Line C in the direction of Charles de Gaulle airport. I thought this recording added un peu de je ne sais quoi for this post.
Ben used his design skills to pull together a look for our wedding stationery. Ben purchased the font especially for our invites. I think the invites set the tone for a super fun series of wedding-related events. I love the colors!
Ben worked across the atlantic with the team from Paper Rock Scissors to ensure everything was ready to go. Our contact- Patty Boots was a rockstar.
We had the save the dates and thank you notes printed in France.
The French bulldog was from my Comptoir des Cottoniers Hello Leon t-shirt. We took such a shine to these we had them reprinted and five years on, they are still our thank you notes.
I am delighted to post these fabulous pictures of Ieva and Will’s wedding. I hope you enjoy them- it was a fabulous day!
(Ieva and her father- Janus Saulite)
Ieva worked closely with her sister to design her wedding dress. Her sister, a talented seamstress in Lativa, then created it. The purple flowers which decorate the dress are hand made by an artisan in Riga- Ieva wore a matching one in her hair.
(Gints Saulite- Ieva’s brother)
Ieva’s older brother was instrumental in making the day even more special, playing and singing the majority of the music. He played a moving rendition of Lenord Cohen’s Hallelujah as the recessional. He is becoming quite popular in Latvia and I heard a rumour that he dated Latvia’s Eurovision song contest’s entry songstress. Is this true? I need more details.
(It’s Father O’Gara)
Father O’Gara, married the cute couple. O’G (as my mom sometimes calls him) is ‘our family priest’ he has been with us for years. He baptised me and he married us. Charlie is hoping to find a bride sooner rather than later! Anyone interested- you might be after the photos.
(Charlie, Will and Ben- pre-ceremony fun! Nice shoes.)
(The Family- Charlie, Adele, John, Mom, Will, Ieva, Ben and me)
Voted most romantic restaurant in Minneapolis, The Nicollet Island Inn was a perfect place for a reception. Our mom organised another top-notch event with a cozy room, a well-thought out seating plan, lively conversation, fantastic food- best steak ever, a couple of heart-felt toasts and cake!- it is always a party when there is cake!
(Reception fun with Aunt Sally and Uncle Joe)
(Heading off- for better or better)
Thanks Ieva and Will for such a fun day.
All photos from the talented Nadia Alenov.
For additional photos, check out flickr.
WEDDING… For those of you who have been waiting with eager anticipation- two pictures from the big event!
Congrats to Ieva and Will, what a fantastic day. We wish you all the happiness in the world.
p.s… These photos were taken by a professional.
IEVA + WILL=BOWLING FUN… The celebration of Ieva and Will’s wedding started with a strike! Nothing says, ’ I am so excited to get married tomorrow’ like a combined bachelor/bachelorette bowling party, complete with t-shirts (yes, there was a slight spelling error, sorry Leva), mini-cupcakes and beer from plastic pitchers. It is how we Gorrilla’s roll!
A great time was had by all- thanks to Will, Ieva, Janus, Gints, Jess, Mike, Barbara, David, Matt, Charlie, Alaina, John, Adele and Ben for some memory making at Memory Lanes.
This video montage is a tad long, but there were too many fun photos not to include as many as I could.
(Song credit: 5 Years Time by Noah and the Whale)
WEDDING FUN… We were invited to our first Scottish wedding this weekend. I can report Ben can pull off a plaid tie, the kilt and classic jacket with square buttons is a suitable wedding ensemble and Scottish dancing is tricky, we attempted a Gay Gordons. Luckily for me, Paul, a real Scotsmen, took pity on me and offered to be my dance partner. Ben was shown the ropes by Paul’s wife, a Glaswegian. We were constantly overtaken by more capable couples swirling around the floor and we were not asked to dance again. No bother, we had been practicing our patented moves in the living room, we think we have moooovvvveeessss.
There was a difficult to understand D.J. who was pushing play and for those of you who are concerned, rest assured, I Gotta Feeling remains a popular wedding song and Shania Twain seems more popular in Scotland than she has been in years (Looks Like We Made It and Man, I Feel Like a Woman, two of the first six songs).
We were on the train by 9.49 p.m. and collected our post wedding calzones by 10.30, we forewent the hot/cold buffet, too many fried treats. However, we did indulge in the cupcakes, the ceremony was at 6.30, the buffet did not open until 9.15, I was desparate for a snack.
We wish the best to Sharon and Eddie. Being married is super fun.