Giovanna + Craig

Photographed by Malcolm Glennie Photography

at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church

& Buchan Braes Hotel


Inspired by Scottish traditions and a love of all things vintage, plus the bride’s Maltese roots, Giovanna & Craig celebrated their wedding in such style that the guests from overseas are now super keen to attend another Scottish wedding. Sounds like our kind of a party!

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Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
We first met at nursery so I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight! We also continued to follow each other through the same primary and secondary school and then university, without ever really coming in to contact with each other. We ended up meeting each other on a night out with mutual friends and have been together ever since.
We were inspired by…
I always imagined I would have a traditional wedding and I love the vintage look, so I tried to merge these together. I would say my dress was inspired by my Maltese roots. I knew I wanted lace and found that Pronovias had a beautiful collection of lace dresses, so was delighted when I found the ‘one’ from their collection!
I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest and Not on the High Street too, you can get lost on those websites as there is so much to see.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
All of our wedding stationery was designed by our friend. It was great having someone I know design them as I could explain exactly what I wanted. I felt this really added a personal touch.
I wanted to incorporate a bit of Malta in my day as my mother is Maltese, so Craig and I chose our favourite Maltese towns as our table names and we also had a bit of fun and made our own wine labels.
I chose Ave Maria to walk down the aisle to, as this is what my mum had on her wedding day and it really meant a lot to her.
What was on your wedding menu?
Our wedding meal was amazing, I wish I could have it all again! To start we had Pearls of Cantaloupe Melon with Strawberry Champagne Sorbet and Mint Caramel, followed by Scotch Broth. Our main was Breast of Chicken with Haggis in a Glayva Sauce or Roast Sirloin of Buchan Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Pan Gravy. And we had a Trio of Desserts – Strawberry Cheesecake & Chocolate Marquise & White Chocolate Ice Cream Meringue.

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First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
Sedate shuffle, we chose Yellow by Coldplay as we’re both into Indie music and thought this was a beautiful song.
What is your advice for future brides??
I would say to try and not stress too much about the little things. It’s always nice to have the personal touches, however there were a few little things that were missed on the day but I really didn’t notice as I was having such a great time! The day really does go by in a flash, so just relax and enjoy it!
Where did you spend your wedding night?
We weren’t going on honeymoon until two days after our wedding, so we spent two nights in the honeymoon suite in the hotel. Our wedding party also stayed over and it was so nice to have breakfast together the following morning and talk about the day.
Why Scotland?
As I’m half Maltese, I did consider getting married in Malta but chose Scotland as I really wanted my day to include all the Scottish traditions. I’m so glad I did as the family members that came over from Malta loved being part of a Scottish wedding. They all hired kilts and took part in the ceilidh dancing, they loved it so much they want to go to another Scottish wedding! I also wanted to do the traditional thing and leave from my parent’s home with my dad.
What’s the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day?
There are so many things, from saying our vows to Craig’s speech, but we were both really blown away by the great atmosphere of our whole day and we have our lovely family and friends to thank for this.

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I love that the Maltese contingent all hired kilts and joined in the ceilidh. Sounds like great fun! Christina x
VenuesSt Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Peterhead – my local church which made the ceremony really personal to me. Our reception venue was Buchan Braes Hotel, Boddam. We wanted to have our reception close to where our ceremony was and we found the Buchan braes to be the perfect location. They couldn’t have done enough for us and created the perfect atmosphere.
PhotographerMalcolm Glennie Photography. Malcolm really captured the story of our wedding day. Our photos are truly stunning! Malcolm and his wife Leigh get to know you and really put you at ease in front of the camera.
FilmmakerBill Sangster Video Productions. Bill was amazing. He filmed everything from the gift showing and rehearsal to the dance at night.
Florist – Heather Buchan from Oops a Daisy. She was such a great help and had great ideas for my bouquet.
Hair stylist – My hairdresser Alanna Bain
Make-up artist – Lyn Morrice McDougal
Wedding dressPronovias bought from Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen
ShoesNo.1 by Jenny Packham
Accessories – Head-dress hand-made by Greypuss Jewellery; Belt by Lilybella.
Groom’s outfitMilsom and Main, Aberdeen
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Bridesmaid dresses from Coast. Junior Bridesmaid dresses and Mother of the bride dress handmade by Alison Cooper.
Stationery – Invitations/Order of service/Seating plan and Table names designed by our graphic design friend Chris Milne.
CakeCakerella Cakery, Fraserburgh. A three tier cake with three different flavours: Raspberry jam sponge, Chocolate with fudge filling and Raspberry & white chocolate. We also had a sponge slab made with Apple and Cinnamon.
BandPepperpot. They played a mixture of everything from Ceilidh to Modern. They had everyone on the floor the whole night!
Transport Bespoke Arrivals. My father and I both wanted a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud so we were delighted when we found one locally. They also provided a Bentley Turbo RT. The cars were beautiful and the service provided by Bespoke Arrivals was fantastic!
Additional suppliers – Tables & Seat Covers by Lena Levy Design, Photo booth by Sillysnapz, Piper – Sinclair Lamb, Favours, scented candles – Hearth and Heritage and we also got heart shaped tins with mints for the men.

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