Photographed by Jen Owens Images
at Monquhitter Church & Meldrum House Hotel
That was in April 2006, and we knew he was leaving in December, but we knew a couple of weeks in that that was it for us! I flew to NZ by myself in Feb 2007 for two weeks to visit him, and left not knowing when I’d see him again. Thankfully he moved to Aberdeen in May 2007, and has been here ever since.
I’d told my mum and dad that we were going to our usual restaurant, and had ordered a surprise cake for Jason’s birthday. When the waiter brought it through, my mum and dad were so busy singing Happy Birthday that they didn’t realise that the cake had ‘We’re Engaged!’ piped on top of it! Once they did, we had a great celebration, and woke Jason’s mum and dad up in New Zealand to let them know too! Jason even asked my dad’s permission, and proposed to me properly before giving me my ring.
We didn’t go for one theme of vintage/modern etc, though I love 1940s fashion and my bridesmaids were the glamourpusses, and I wanted my look to be more Elizabeth Taylor/film star than all out bride.
Plus the bride and bridesmaids were kitted out with floral hipflasks. I’m also not sure if it’s tradition for the bride’s granddad to wear a pair of boxers under his kilt that say ‘Bride’s Grandad’ across the bum!
Getting married in the church where my parents were married meant a lot to me as they have been very happily married for 30 years. To have our nearest and dearest over from New Zealand to show them the stunning country we live in was very special to us too.
When I was walking down the aisle, I felt a bit anxious, but when I saw Jason turn round, absolutely beaming, I wanted to run down the aisle and give him a massive bosie!
Reception venue – Meldrum House Hotel, Aberdeenshire
Photographer – Jen Owens Images. Colene: “Who was AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!”
Filmmaker – Mark Stuart Wedding Films. Colene: “Also amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!”
Florist – Family friend, Lorna Elrick
Hair Stylist – Vicki Laird of Tony Wright Hairdressing in Banff
Make-up artist – Lauren Donald of Flawless Beauty
Wedding dress – Justin Alexander 8483 in ivory from Louise Lontano, Inverurie. With modifications – black waistband, tulle shoulder piece, and Colene’s silver and black fern brooch, for a nod to NZ
Shoes – Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon’s in Pearl with red heart
Accessories– Colene: “Most importantly, a fern brooch to represent NZ, where Jason is from. Pearl bracelet, a gift from my granny, from Sandy Menzies. Pearl ring, old from Jason, headpiece by Richard Designs, on eBay, earrings from Oasis. I made my own brooch bouquet – my mum and I scoured charity shops and sales for rings, brooches and earrings, and I made it over the course of a week.”
Groom’s outfit –Slaters Menswear, Aberdeen. Colene: “Granite Pride is as close as you get to the tartan which the All Blacks wear when attending events in Scotland.”
Bridesmids dresses – Coast. Colene: “These were a bargain and were bought on sale three weeks before we announced our engagement…and all fitted perfectly!
Stationery – Made by the bride and groom
Cake – Colene: “Made by family friend – Una Gill, baker extraordinaire! Individual wedding cakes in vanilla, carrot or chocolate, and a top tier of wedding cake. (Favours were cookies made by myself – stacked mini wedding cakes for women, and mini All Blacks shirts for men)”
Band – Quattro. Colene: “Chosen by my Dad – FAB BAND!”
Wedding transport – Colene: “WAS AMAZING! The lovely Grant at Roadstars’ stunning red and white 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, which had just been restored. What a roar when the V8 pulled away from the church!”
Additional entertainment – Colene: ‘Unexpected entertainers!!! Our kiwi guests (and my father in law!!!) took my dad, the groomsmen and some of the male guests and taught them a Haka! They then came in, shirtless and performed it to a very surprised bride and groom!”