While at university, Caitlin took a summer job at the Edinburgh Fringe festival but could never have foreseen that she would meet her future husband there.
Fellow student John was also tasked with tearing tickets on the door at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Fast forward a decade and this is the venue they chose for their wedding – it couldn’t be anywhere else under the circumstances!
The bride looked exquisite in Savanna by Ian Stuart. The tulle and lace ball gown has a mystical, enchanting quality with its sequinned under-layer that subtly glistens in the light. The romance of it appealed to Caitlin and the colour combination of Gold and Oyster perfectly complemented her pale complexion and hair colour.
Interestingly, this was not the dress that Caitlin had set her heart on. Having seen Ian’s Le Jardin dress in magazines, the excited bride-to-be was drawn to its pastel colours and was convinced that it was the one for her.
Le Jardin was the first dress Caitlin tried on when she visited The Blewcoat and she loved it as much as she thought she would, believing that she had found her dream dress.
Ian was insistent that she could not make such a big decision without at least trying on a few more dresses. Caitlin was happy to oblige and to her complete amazement, the second dress was even more perfect.
“I could not imagine loving any dress more than I did that first one, so when I walked out of the changing room for the second time, I cried. And that was it, I’d found it. There was no reason to go to the appointments I had booked at other shops.”
The future Mrs Robertson was blown away by the whole Blewcoat experience because Ian’s designs were all so well suited to her. “I would honestly have been happy to choose any one of the five dresses I tried on, but it was Savanna that I had the biggest emotional reaction to,” she says.
Caitlin is self-conscious about her shoulders and the backs of her arms so Ian showed her how the dress could be customised with some gold-coloured tulle around her shoulders. This was intended to be a detachable element, but Caitlin knew she would not want to take it off so it was sewn in as part of her dress.
What Caitlin valued most about her Ian Stuart experience was that she had a personalised appointment with his undivided attention. She’d previously been to two other bridal boutiques in London. On both occasions, she was there with another bride which she found unnerving and distracting: “It’s only natural that you feel self-conscious around strangers when you’re trying on different dress styles and figuring out what suits you. It wasn’t a great experience for me,” she explains.
Caitlin’s visit to The Blewcoat, accompanied by her mum, was far more of an occasion. She loved everything about it; the building, the flowers, the champagne to calm her nerves and the relaxed intimacy she enjoyed being the only bride there.
On the wedding day itself, guests were “gobsmacked” by the dress, according to Caitlin. “It wasn’t conventional, it wasn’t white and it wasn’t what they were expecting. But it was classic, stunning and very me.”
John was equally surprised: “I think he had pictured me in something completely different, although admittedly, his knowledge about wedding dresses is limited! I know he absolutely loved it. He was way more teary than I was!”
The corsetry inside the dress and its boned bodice enhanced Caitlin’s shape and posture. Guests commented on how slim she looked which meant that she didn’t have any concerns about unflattering camera angles.
“I felt completely comfortable and at ease in my dress. As soon as I saw all my friends and family, the nerves went and I could totally relax and enjoy myself. We had a traditional ceilidh so the layers of the dress looking amazing as I was swirling around.”
Caitlin’s favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself: “It was very personal to us. It felt like we managed to tell our story as well as looking forward to our future.”
Six months on, Caitlin is still just as in love with her wedding dress (and with her new husband, of course!)
Images by Elemental Photography.