Timberyard wedding, Edinburgh
Sara & Daithí’s first wedding celebration took place on the 12th June at one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh – Timberyard. Superb wedding venue and an absolutely incredible couple. Great atmosphere, warm and stylish interiors, beautiful little courtyard and lots of candlelight.
The bride looked so beautiful that only when she got out of the cabrio quickly became the main tourist attraction which made Daithí wait a bit more for her to arrive and become his wife. That was awesome!
Sara and Daithi chose a humanist form of ceremony because they felt it was the most appropriate way to make their public declaration of love for each other. They felt it reflected their belief in loving and respecting one another in the world that we live in.
Humanism is an ethical way of life, promising fairness, compassion and tolerance. And although each of us is unique and we are all individuals, there is that common thread which connects us. We share the need for home and community, for love and respect. Put simply, humanism is about all the things that bring us together in life rather than anything that might divide us.
Sara and Daithi helped in writing the ceremony, making it all the more personal and meaningful to them both. They chose both the music and readings. What was important to them is for their wedding to be in the presence of the people they love and whose friendships they value.
They decided to get married because they believe in creating a strong relationship which seals their love for each other.
For them, marriage is about a joint partnership for life, sharing the good times and the bad, and helping each other to develop and achieve their dreams. It’s also of course about having fun together, showing each other affection, understanding and respect. At the end of this ceremony Daithi and Sara became husband and wife, and while their individuality was not lost, their togetherness will continue to grow.
The love story
Sara and Daithi met during their university days at Dundee, when they were in the same halls of residence. They became friends very quickly, bonding over a shared skill in daft dancing. And while freshers week is still a complete blur, they do have many great memories from their uni time together. For the first few months they were just good mates, hanging out together listening to music and talking about festivals and gigs they had been to. That continued until after the Christmas holidays and as Sara got ready to go out on a date, Daithi found himself thinking One day she’ll be mine. A month later and they officially became a couple.
As a couple they both have continued their shared love of music and going to festivals together. They also appreciate good food, art and travel. Sometimes it’s a trip of indulgence – staying in nice hotels, and other times just something through AirBnB when they can meet the locals. Their interest in good has definitely developed since getting together – especially for Daithi who had largely lived off supernoodles during first year. Sara’s preference for something more healthy and made from scratch, has rubbed off on Daithi and he’s taken a growing interest in these healthier options. These help to balance out the Guinness though when they can be found in their local pub washing down a packet of tayto crisps!
Thankfully Sara and Daithi are an active couple, working off these pub nights with a day’s climbing, cycling or kayaking. Sara has definitely been the one to introduce climbing into their lives and it’s thanks to her father that Daithi has a growing love of cycling. In turn, Daithi got Sara hooked on vinyl records as long as she remembers that the collection belongs to him.
A few years back and our couple bought their first house together, and DIY became the new hobby – with the usual graft being a combination of paint brushes and a chilled bottle of wine. One night after a good few drinks, they decided to head home and carry on with the DIY tasks…. You just know this won’t end well, don’t you!
Once they got home, they continued drinking and then put on some music to get them geared up to, of all things, sand the walls in the shower room! So one of two things was going to happen – either they were going to fall asleep sitting on the floor of the bathroom, or they were going to do DIY extra – things that hadn’t been planned!… So it was the latter and they woke up the next morning to find that they had accidentially stripped the plaster off the walls right back to the brick.
Sara and Daithi love to be at home enjoying music, out and about keeping fit, and going further afield, exploring some amazing places on holiday. One of these trips was to India back in February last year for 3 weeks. Daithi knew he wanted to propose during their first few days.
However, with Sara being Sara, their plans were pretty free-form and a little sporadic. Anytime he thought it would be a great moment or opportunity to propose, they ended up walking or going somewhere else the next day. Probably 4 different attempts came and went. Eventually in their final week (and time was now running out), and they were heading to the Taj Mahal – a highlight for anyone on a trip to India. After walking round and being in awe of this amazing structure, they were enjoying the wonderful atmosphere as the sun set around them. It wasn’t going to get any better than this…. Daithi went down on one knee and asked Sara to marry him.
Sara, it would be fair to say, was caught totally off guard. There were tears then hysterical giggling and then she asked him if he was joking. Reassured that wasn’t the case, there were more tears, and disbelief and then she managed to say of course.
Sara and Daithi continued their celebrations in Barcelona few days later (I photographed that kick-ass party as well!)
So marriage is, first and foremost, a celebration of the love that these two people share. Sara and Daithi have grown to love each other over their time together and they made a public declaration of that love for each other. It was a declaration of mutual trust; a promise of honesty and understanding. It is a commitment to look after each other, to consider each others’ needs, to share their experiences – both positive and negative – and to intertwine their two lives together.
They came together as equal partners in their relationship, and while they will keep their distinct identities as individuals, they now participate in a union which strengthens them both, helping them to grow and flourish together facing life’s challenges and its opportunities.
Tying the knot
After they had already given and received rings, Sara and Daithi wanted to participate in the ancient Celtic tradition of handfasting, representing the binding together of two people in love. The bride and groom held hands and a cloth was tied around them. If you ever wondered where the expression tying the knot comes from, now you know.
Your handfast symbolises the fact that together you are stronger than you are individually. May the bond never come undone through either the joys or the storms of life and may you walk through life hand in hand, mind with mind and heart to heart.
May you have –
Walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire
From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
The wedding photoshoot
After the ceremony we all got in the car and visited some most beautiful places around Edinburgh to take their wedding pictures in the Old Town: Victoria Street, the Vennel & Mary’s Milk Bar.
The last part of the celebration took place at BrewDog Edinburgh where the newlyweds had their first pint after getting married! How cool is that I could photograph that big moment???
More about how awesome Sara & Daithi are in my upcoming post with the pictures from their insanely cool Barcelona wedding in a gorgeous vineyard. Stay tuned!
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