Emily and Graham's Dreamy Copper Inspired Wedding at Aikwood Tower

Friday, July 30, 2021

Mr + Mrs Findlay

8th May 2021  | Aikwood Tower

Instagram: @emilyfindlay___  | Guests: 19 | Photographer: Alex Martin

Emily and Graham married in the Scottish borders with a church ceremony followed by a reception at 16th century tower house Aikwood Tower. The bride would describe their wedding theme as "copper dreamy love" and her dad used his plumbing skills to handmake lots of decor from copper pipe. The girls had so much fun on the wedding morning and even filmed a getting ready TikTok (head to our Instagram to see it!).

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue...

All of these things were a single blue bow sewn into my dress. This bow has been sewn into generations of my family’s weddings dresses – it meant so much to me!

What was the most emotional moment of the day? 

When my dad saw me for the first time, leaving my family home and all of my family, neighbors and friends had come to wish us well (they should have been wedding guests but Covid…) and waiting to walk down the aisle.

Advice for future brides… 

Pause for a few minutes throughout the day and to be present because it really does go by so quickly.

Tell us all about your wedding theme...

Blue and copper. I travel a lot with work and came across some beautiful blue agate in India. From there, everything fell into place. Lots of butterflies (they mean a lot to me) blue hydrangeas and my dad is a plumber to trade so his amazing handy work with copper pipe just made our day look even more special. The beauty is in the detail and having only 19 guests meant we could have fun and splash out a bit more on the smaller things.

Tell us about the ceremony... 

Cavers Church in Hawick – the family church where my parents were married, and I was christened.


Bridal Entrance: Here Comes the Sun

Signing the Register: One more step along the world I go

First Dance: LOVE - Nat King Cole

What was your favourite part of the day? 

Argh all of it. Finally saying ‘I do’ to the man I love was pretty epic!

Tell us about the dress...

Dress is by San Patrick and was bought from Midnight Elegance in Inverurie. I first tried dresses on in Marbella when I was on holiday with my family. The first dress I ever tried on was the one I ended up getting! When I came back to the UK I tried so many others but none felt as beautiful as the first. I had a job finding a someone who stocked San Patrick in Scotland. In the end, Midnight Elegance shipped the dress in for me and I LOVED it. 

What was your favourite wedding purchase? 

My dress and veil – it was dreamy.

How did you choose your venue? 

Due to Covid this ended up being our 3rd venue!! 3 weeks before our wedding our 2nd Venue was cancelled. It was a NIGHTMARE and so stressful, but Vicki at Aikwood Tower saved the day! It was very serendipitous as I had originally looked at this venue and had loved it but my guest list was too big at the time…little did I know then! Aikwood Tower was the perfect location for us in the end, intimate, cosy and ended up being more than I could have imagined.

Tell us about the cake...

It was by Ruby and Pearl Cake Art – Nicola’s designs are just beautiful, and I was so glad she was able to create our cake for us. She also made the most amazing cakesicles and agate cookies!! Our cake was white chocolate and lemon.

Tell us about the food..

Pantry Events from Edinburgh catered for us. They were AMAZING!! SO SO supportive during Covid. We had a mixture of amazing canapes in little boxes and at night, graze boxes.


Wedding Breakfast

Starter: Mixed leaf salad, black pudding, poached eggs and bacon, balsamic glaze scorched green tomato bruschetta, sun blushed tomato and black olive tapenade, oven dried tomato, shards of sourdough crostini (v)

Main: Deconstructed Beef Wellington

Spinach, cavolo nero and golden beetroot stuffed cannelloni, ricotta, honey and pecan nuts (v)

All served with greens and dauphinoise 

Dessert: Passionfruit and blueberry pavlova with fresh cream

Tell us about your wedding favours... 

Each guest received a slice of Indian Agate with their name in calligraphy in copper ink and copper pipe loveheart made by my wonderful dad.

Did you have anything unusual at your wedding?  

My late papa used to restore vintage cars. It meant the world to me that my Uncle got his ‘grey baby’ road worthy for me and drove me to the church in it. We also hired a campervan to take my mum and bridesmaids to the church and a prosecco tuktuk for drinks.

Who was your favourite wedding supplier?

My dad – the master of all things copper! All of my suppliers really really stepped up and really supported us through the headache of planning a Covid wedding! Panty Events supported us from day one (Charlotte was beyond helpful), Katie and her team at Get Knotted pulled all of my decorations together and made it look PERFECT, Vicki from Aikwood Tower saved the day, Gillian from TheFlowerPot Florist made me cry, my bouquet was just SO incredible! Alex Martin my photographer captured our day wonderfully and fitted in so well. Everything and everyone made a huge effort for us and we are so grateful.

Did you make any wedding DIYs? 

LOTS! My dad helped make so many things from copper pipe – he is a genius! Giant copper pipe ‘Wings of Love’, copper pipe flower stands, copper pipe lovehearts, copper wire to hold the flower buttonholes, agate place settings, crystalised drink stirrers, candle holders (lots of Harris and Porters gin bottles) Eden Mill Love gin bottles as water jugs, personalised drink toppers, personalised hand sanitizers, bird glasses to drink our fizz from – I made a cocktail called the ‘love bird’. 

Wedding must-have: A stylish mask! And family – we had to cut our guest list down from the original 120 people but we desperately wanted our immediate family there with us – it was special. We all live far apart so spending quality time together was amazing.

Tell us about your honeymoon...

We were booked to go to Costa Rica for 2 weeks but that is on hold. Instead we went to Tallavey Cottages in Scotland and it was so idyllic and needed after a busy few weeks.

Photographer: Alex Martin 

Venue: Aikwood Tower

Stationery:  Paper Skeleton_

Flowers: The Flower Pot

Cake:  Ruby and Pearl Cake Art

Décor: Get Knotted

MUA: Beauty Secrets Skincare

Hair: @chels_x_o

Dress: San Patrick Pronovias at Midnight Elegance Bridal

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaids dresses: Coast

From Brides, With Love xo

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