Matthew & Arlene know each other from work - Arlene is the house manager and Matthew a chef at the Dakota Hotel in Edinburgh. A wink to Matthew's work was made with their table names: "Cool as a cucumber" "A moment on the lips" "Butter wouldn't melt" "Cream of the crop" and other clever food-related sayings.
Their wedding was full of Scottish and Northern Irish tradition and incredibly personal details: Arlene wore her mother's wedding dress and her grandmother's veil, which her mother and sisters wore before her. She had friends do her hair and make up (which is why the make up artist has curlers in her hair and a dressing gown on - she was also a guest!) - I had never before seen a bride curl her own hair the morning of her wedding!
Their ceremony was personal and perfect - though the minister did almost forget to give them one of their rings! Their orders of service contained tissues for happy tears and I'm sure a few were used. Arlene's sister did one of the readings - it was a piece she wrote herself about the couple, which was wonderfully written and helped me get to know them both a little, which was fun! They said "I do" in the church her parents got married in many years ago. Their cake was made by a friend, who owns an incredible cake company, Flourgirl Cakes - the pattern on the cake matched the bridesmaid dresses! Another cake was presented to Arlene's mum as it was her birthday - another reason to celebrate!
It was a day full of extremely bright sunshine, moments that will make good stories and they'll laugh about later, family and love.