Katie and James' beautiful humanist winter wedding at The Signet Library, Edinburgh

Friday, November 13, 2020

Mr + Mrs Crisp
Saturday 20th January 2018 │ The Signet Library, Edinburgh 
 Instagram: @katie_crisp1│Photos: Carley Buick Photography
Katie and James wed in a beautiful winter wedding with just 28 guests at the iconic Signet Library in the centre of Edinburgh. Tones of navy and soft pink complimented their elegant venue, along with an incredible floating candle installation. Beautiful bride Katie tells us all about their humanist ceremony and planning the details of their special day...
How did James propose?
We were on our first cruise together, Norwegian Epic sailing the Mediterranean. During the week’s cruise there is always a formal night and ours was the first day of the cruise and first day at sea. So I was all dressed up for formal night and we went to a nice restaurant onboard and afterwards we went to sit at the back of the ship to watch the sunset (the back of the ship they had the outdoor screen which turned into a cinema at night -  Godzilla was playing that night..). As we were watching the sunset, James asked to see my nails (I had got them done for the holiday) and as I lifted them up and showed them how sparkly they were in the sun, he asked if I thought *this* (AKA the ring) would go well with them. The rest is history. 
Tell us about the ceremony...
We had a humanist wedding; it was very small approximately 28 people during the day and an additional 80 people at night. 
Our ceremony was very different I would say in that we had our niece and nephew do all the readings. We had a poem called Teddy Bear and we asked our nieces and nephews to come up with before the day what they thought love meant. We then put the answers into a reading and our niece and nephew read them out one by one.. .
Summer: Toby believes Love is Beautiful, Love is Strawberries, Love is getting married and being in love with them
Harry: Zac believes love is people, but he loves squashies more!
Summer: Harry believes Love is friendship, love is someone to have fun with and love is having someone to play with forever
Harry: Summer believes Love is all around
Summer: Liam believes Love is an angel, by the name of Tegan (his nursery assistant)
We then also had to email our humanist celebrant three reasons why we love each other, we only found out on the day what each other said – that got everyone in tears.
  • First dance: Jack Johnson – Better Together 
  • Song you walked down the aisle to: Close Your Eyes (Burberry Live Edition) - Rhodes (I edited this to the exact point I wanted to walk down to)
  • Ceremony song: I Do - Colbie Caillat
  • Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple: Smoke - Brian Fallon
Tell us all about your wedding cake...
I did a lot of research into wedding cakes, and to be honest I just wasn’t willing to spend the money on a cake (that I didn’t even get one bite of!) that suppliers charge for weddings. My little thrifty move with my cake was I ordered a naked five tier celebration cake from Waitrose to be delivered to the venue very early morning and agreed with my Event designer and florist for decorations, the chefs put it together and covered in powdered sugar and my florist then added flowers to it, I bought a Mr & Mrs topper online and voila! You would never have known!
Who was your favourite wedding supplier?
Planet Flowers, without a doubt. The only thing I really budgeted for was the money I knew I HAD to spend with Planet Flowers. They did everything from decoration, to flowers (apart from the bridal flowers my Aunt did those!) to the theme of the whole day and night. Gemma and team at Planet are the best people in the world to work with and always make magic come to life. 
Tell us all about the food...
Again completely out of the ordinary. From working in the events/catering business I worked many weddings and heard many brides and family and friends complain about the food served at weddings and I did NOT want that to be the case at our wedding. So we thought what does everyone enjoy? Fish and Chips! Luckily I was friends with the chefs and they managed the most perfect dinner ever. We also had the dissolving chocolate bombe for dessert – I love a bit of theatre at the table! For the evening buffet I didn’t want my guests to go hungry or feel like they missed out at the wedding so we went all out, beef and veggie sliders, chips with all options on the side (gravy, cheese, curry sauce), charred chicken with chipotle slaw – the works! 

Did you have a videographer?
Yup – I would recommend getting one to every bride. Watch James and Katie's wedding video here.
How did you celebrate your hen do? 
I had two! One for all my friends and it was at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants Wahaca (I’m obsessed with Mexican food!) and the theme was Day Of The Dead (as it was on the week of this in November).  We then went to the Voodoo Rooms and ended the night in Garibaldi’s (including my mum and auntie!) The second one was for my family and close family friends who couldn’t make the first one too, it was more a Bridal Tea Party, so afternoon tea and games etc at my mums!  
Venue: Signet Library, Edinburgh
Dress: Gwenne Edinburgh
Suits: Slaters
Photographer: Carley Buick Photography
Videographer: Inspire Video
Stationery: Planet Flowers and myself
MUA: Nadia Thorburn MUA
Hair: Maxine Hunter (Cheynes)
Shoes: Jenners 
Wedding Rings: Chapel Jewellers, Eyemouth
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenners
Flower girl dresses: Monsoon Kids
Décor: Planet Flowers and Heritage Portfolio 
Band/DJ: The Jets
Entertainment: Custom Snapchat Filter 
Cake: Waitrose + Heritage Portfolio Chefs and Plant Flowers
Florist: Planet Flowers and bride's aunt
Celebrant: Laura Baird – highly recommend!

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