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Alison+Chris

Filmed by Cherry Tree Films

at Glen Tanar

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

An elegant Victorian ballroom in stunning Deeside was the perfect setting for a day full of autumn colours and vintage style.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Chris and I have known each other since secondary school. We have been friends for about 15 years now and a couple for 5 and a half. I think we would both agree there has always been something between us.
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
Autumn colours, vintage style and pearls. I also loved looking at wedding blogs and got loads of ideas from Etsy.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We had funny little quotes on our order of service including one we loved from Scrubs – “I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible, but…I want to spend every irritating minute with you.” We had lots of photos of friends and family hung on brown string with mini pegs. I also made up small cards (printed by Moo.com) for the place settings – each had a photo of the guest with Chris and/or I. For our favours we made a donation to The Eve Appeal in memory of my mum and everyone was given a beautiful little red heart pin. It was lovely to see everyone wearing them later in the evening.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
We had canapés during the drinks reception to keep peckish guests happy (haggis balls, smoked salmon on mini oatcakes, mini baked potatoes with mango and crème fresh and king prawns with sweet chilli sauce). Our wedding breakfast was melon and Parma ham salad with orange dressing, fillet of beef with mushroom gratin and herb potato mash with seasonal vegetables finished off with a rich orange and chocolate tart with white chocolate ice cream. Clean plates all round.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We will both hold our hands up to having poor dancing skills and so, in an attempt to avoid the awkward shuffle, we got a few lessons and pulled of a fairly simple, but hopefully cute, first dance!
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Enjoy every minute. I loved the planning, crafting and the day itself was amazing. I am very jealous of all my friends who still have it all to come. I would love to do it all again!
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
We had a bit of a mini-moon and went travelling in Scotland to the West Coast for a week. Part of our week included climbing Ben Nevis.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
Walking in and seeing Chris’ face was lovely. He’s not very emotional and when I got up beside him I could see his eyes were glazed over. That meant the world to me. His speech was also amazing. I absolutely loved it.
WHY SCOTLAND?
We both love the outdoors and Scotland. It wasn’t even a consideration to get married anywhere further afield.
How stylish is this wedding? We love the way that Alison got really stuck in to crafting many of the details of the day. Will you be doing the same on your big day?
Suppliers
VenueGlen Tanar, Aboyne “Our Humanist ceremony was held in the ballroom beside the fireplace and we faced our guests throughout. The wedding was in October and we had a small fire lit. The ballroom is an amazing space – an old hunting lodge with more than 600 stag antlers all over the ceiling.”
FilmmakerCherry Tree Films – “We were delighted that Steve was able to film our wedding. We absolutely love our film. So beautifully compiled and it really captures the fun of our day.”
PhotographerMartin Leckie Photography – “We are thrilled with our album and images.”
Wedding dressSuzanne Neville – “I actually ended up buying the first dress I tried on, every other just paled in comparison. I bought the Hepburn dress with the matching lace jacket. The dress had a ribbon sash and I wore a two tier full length veil. I wore a pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet during the day. After the wedding breakfast I removed the lace jacket and swapped all my pearls for a bit of bling!”
Accessories – “I wore a large crystal hair slide from Not on the High Street with a pearl necklace and earrings I already owned. I also made a crystal and pearl bracelet to wear. For the evening I put on a statement crystal necklace which I borrowed from my sister plus a crystal bracelet and earrings. I gave my bridesmaids a pearl necklace, earring and bracelet set as a gift which they wore on the day.”
ShoesRainbow Club – “Chris is 6ft and I am a reasonably tall 5’9”. So on the day I didn’t want to be taller than him so kept my heels quite low. I bought a pair of Rainbow Club shoes, Bea. They were reasonably comfortable but I ended up changing into flat ballet pumps for the evening reception.”
Groom’s outfit – “Chris wore his own kilt and jacket. He bought this from Georgian Dress Hire in Aberdeen. They are brilliant.”
Bridesmaids’ dressesCoast – “I decided on navy for the bridesmaids’ dresses and went for a simple but classic knee length dress.”
Hair StylistSalon 70, Aberdeen – “My hairdresser, Sarah was amazing and lovely to have around on the morning of the wedding.”
Make-up ArtistLyndsay Alexis MUA – “Lyndsay was fantastic. She uses bare minerals foundation which is great for me, as that is the brand I use. She did my make-up and my three bridesmaids.”
Florist – “We didn’t actually have any flowers. I made my own pearl bouquets for myself and the bridesmaids, plus button holes for the boys and also made my own centre pieces. The centre pieces were autumn themed – tall vases filled with pine cones, apothecary jars with dried orange slices, physalis pods, hazelnuts and cinnamon sticks. I also made my own tea light holders from a tree which fell down in our garden.”
Stationery – “I love all things creative and am pretty nifty in Photoshop so I designed and arranged printing of the save the date, invites, menus, order of service, place settings, table plan myself. The colour scheme was navy and orange.”
Cake – “The cake was the pearl wedding three tier from Marks & Spencer. It was delicious. I organised a surprise cake topper from TinyLoveToppers on Etsy. It’s so cute and now lives on our mantel piece.”
Band – “The band we chose was Slinky, who play a great mix of pop and Scottish music. We also had a local singer, Paul Black for the drinks reception – he has an amazing voice.”
Wedding transport – “I walked to the Ballroom from the cottage we stayed in (we got very lucky with the weather!!) and we put on a bus for guests from Aberdeen to Aboyne and back.”
Caterer – “Our cater was Hudsons and they were fantastic. They also made mojitos for us which were served at the drinks receptions along with prosecco and beers.”
Additional entertainment – “I used my own photography equipment to set up a photobooth which was brilliant fun and after the wedding I put together a large montage which is framed and up on the wall in our house. I bought props – glasses, moustaches & lips – from Etsy.”