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Graham and Kirsty-Marie’s wedding day has everything: bright colours and a sunshiny day full of sparkling light for their ceremony, and a contrasting dark, moody, gothic side for their reception. When you hear the words ‘bohemian’ and ‘gothic’ used to describe the same wedding, you’re intrigued to see how this looks. They’re polar opposites in terms of styling! But it works perfectly, and, rather than jarring or being contradictory, it’s very complementary and creates a lovely energy.

So, the moral as always, on Way Out Wedding is have whatever elements speak most about and to you for your wedding styling. Forget being matchy-matchy for its own sake, and just do whatever you love. When you’re true to yourselves, it ends up feeling like this gorgeous day…

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The Story of the day

We didn’t want to pick a ‘theme’ for the wedding, apart from wanting to somehow incorporate the story of how we met and step away from all the wedding rules and create a day that was a bit more unexpected. We’re both into dramatic and masculine styles and as an interior designer, I love to experiment. We opted for a more eclectic vibe, incorporating gothic and bohemian styles with English and Scottish influences.

The flowers were wild and dramatic, and there were real bird wings in my bridal bouquet. The tables were ethereal, styled with floral prints and unusual objects, such as ornate lanterns, bird skulls, coral, shells, taxidermy, feathers, and stone busts with handmade birds’ nests resting on their heads. We hung feathers around the dining room, made a surreal table plan with hand made dreamcatchers, and the tables were named after gods and goddesses related to our shared Earth star sign, Taurus.

We had ginger sailors on arrival, and even managed to get our special ingredients into our ‘supper club’ menu, too, with a spiced rum granita, lime jelly and ginger sorbet pre-dessert. With our selling our house just before the wedding, and emigrating to Australia after the wedding, we did most of the wedding planning and styling very last-minute, including my dress, lace boots and statement bird claw earrings, which I only found 1-2 weeks before the day, and we even had Graham running out on the morning of the wedding to buy a tie!

Everything about the day was absolutely perfect. We said our own vows in the oldest chapel in Scotland, St Margaret’s on top of Edinburgh Castle, where we got engaged. The chapel is beautiful and there is so much history and love within the original stone it’s built with. Our reverend was amazing, and we had such an incredible and emotional ceremony; it was just so special, and it was our favourite moment of the day. Afterwards, we were piped down the Royal Mile; we were so happy and in love and it felt like we were famous. It was so much fun!

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Credits

Photography – Eric Rene Penoy
Venues – Edinburgh Castle and Balmule House
Flowers – Pyrus Flowers
Catering – Russell Up
Stationery – British Bohemian
Make-up artist – Lyn McKenzie Makeup
Hair styling – Lyn McKenzie Makeup
Bride – dress Kula Tsurdiu; earrings Alexis Bittar; shoes Karen Millen
Bridesmaids – Whistles
Groom and groomsmen – Slanj Kilts