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Lyndsay+Gavin

Photographed by Susan Renee Photography

at Coos’ Cathedral, Aboyne Castle Estate

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

This romantic and rustic wedding took place in a Cow Barn on the edge of a Castle Estate. With food and wine flowing all day and details-to-die-for, this is one Scottish wedding you’ll want to feast your eyes on…

Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
Alcohol fuelled attraction at first sight!
We were inspired by…
Traditional Scottish weddings where the food and drink is flowing, there is a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of ceilidh dancing. Coos’ had a simple, rustic feel to it which we loved and which influenced many of the wedding day details and decorations.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
The great thing about the Coos’ venue is that you are hiring a space only and everything that goes into that space is your responsibility from caterer, to furniture to decorations. In that respect everything is personalised as there is no set wedding format in place. Although this makes for more work in the long run, we always wanted to have as much of our personalities into the wedding so Coos’ was the perfect venue for us. In terms of the personal touches we incorporated the list is endless, I think I enjoyed thinking about all the little details even more than shopping for the dress!
What was on your wedding menu?
Main Meal: Pea Soup with Mint Cream; Steak & Ale Pie or Goats Cheese, Spinach, Sweet Potato and Red Onion Pie, served with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables; Prosecco Jelly with Ice Cream… then the Evening Meal: Massive amounts of Cheese and biscuits; Cooked hams; Homemade chutneys; Sour dough breads and fruit.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
A Grand March – fantastic option for the venue as it got everyone on the floor straight away, where they stayed all night!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
To quote my Dad from his speech “A word of advice…don’t give it” I think everyone has their own idea about how they want their day to turn out and how best to achieve that.
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Honeymoon in the Maldives, two weeks of absolute bliss.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Firstly the relief that it wasn’t raining or snowing…it had done both in the days prior to the wedding and secondly having a great time dancing the night away with all our friends and relatives.
WHY SCOTLAND?
You can’t beat a Scottish Wedding; everyone is always so up for having fun. Plus the benefit of having a Ceilidh means that it gets everyone up onto the dance floor.
We love the idea of small blackboards to reserve rows for family and close friends at the front of the ceremony – informal, yet making the special people feel special. What details are you loving the most?
Suppliers
Venue – The Coos’ Cathedral, Aboyne Castle Estate
Photographer – Susan Renee Photography
Wedding dress – Jenny Packham
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Accessories – Hair piece and Bracelet – Jenny Packham
Family Necklace worn by my Mum and Gran on their wedding days
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Karen Millen
Florist – David Florist, Aberdeen
Caterer – Country Flavours of Alford
Cake – Cheese from Mellis’ in place of a traditional cake
Daytime Musicians – Rococo Quartet – Clarsach & Fiddle Duo for during the ceremony and drinks reception
Band – Ceilidh Stomp
Wedding transport – Land Rovers provided by Town & Country