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Colene + Jason

Photographed by Jen Owens Images

at Monquhitter Church & Meldrum House Hotel

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

Scottish style met Kiwi charm in a beautiful day full of bold colour and old school glamour. Look out for the surprise entertainment, with a very international flavour!

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
A little bit of both I think! We met in a nightclub in Aberdeen when Jason was on a gap year (he’s from Wellington, New Zealand). In the nightclub, they would drop balloons at midnight filled with raffle tickets which corresponded to free drinks at the bar). I saw this really tall (6ft 5in) guy catching most of the balloons and decided I should chat to him! I introduced myself, he mumbled back and I said ‘excuse me?’. He said ‘sorry, you probably can’t understand me, I’m from New Zealand’, and that was the start of it!

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.

HOW WAS THE QUESTION POPPED?
We’d been together five years and had been battling the ‘so, when are you two getting married’ spiel for some time, so decided to take it into our own hands and surprise everyone else. We decided in January that we wanted to get married, so went and bought a ring, but knowing we were heading to Edinburgh to watch the rugby on Jason’s birthday (Feb 27th), decided to do something then.

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.

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
Something Old – I had a fern brooch on my bouquet which was my great granny’s (maybe she knew I’d marry a Kiwi!). Something New – My dress. Something Borrowed – Sweetie jars from my bridesmaid Nicola! Something Blue: A small blue pin brooch that also belonged to my great granny, which I pinned to my garter.
BEST COMPLIMENT ON YOUR WEDDING?
So many people said it felt like everyone knew everyone, there were no awkward moments with people not talking – everyone got on and had a great time like old friends. We were told our wedding was very ‘us’, and not just another cookie cutter wedding, which was exactly what we wanted.

HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
Honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico. Absolute bliss – copious margaritas, sun, snorkelling and dancing.
WEDDING STYLE
I’d like to think the style was “Colene and Jason”. We just wanted the wedding to represent us above all else. We didn’t include anything we didn’t feel was necessary, even if it was traditional.

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.

DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
A little bit of both. We had a church service, we had a cake, and favours, but I’d like to think we set some of our own traditions too. Our menus had a crossword with words relating to us, and a timeline of our relationship, including the ridiculous amount of airmiles we racked up in our first year.

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!

CLOSE YOUR EYES, THINK OF YOUR WEDDING DAY. NOW DESCRIBE IT IN THREE WORDS…
Colene and Jason.

WHY SCOTLAND?
We live in Aberdeen, and people told us we were mad getting married in March as we could have 3ft of snow! Instead we had a gorgeous moody morning sky, that cleared to a beautiful sunny, dry day.

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.

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING HITCHED?
Getting to spend every day with my best friend. As it said on our order of service: “Today I marry my friend: the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.

ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
The Haka!!! We also surprised everyone with our first dance – we didn’t want a sloppy dance, so we choreographed our own little dance to the Glee version of ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars! It was so much fun, though we had to edit it slightly when we realised my skirt was a bit wider than we thought!
ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
My bridesmaids and I watched “27 Dresses” so many times in the run up to the wedding, and fell in love with the male character saying that his favourite moment of a wedding is seeing if the groom looks back at his bride as she walks down the aisle, and seeing the look on his face.

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!

I LOVE the styling in this wedding. And the surprise Haka is genius! Which bit do you love most? Christina x
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Ceremony settingMonquhitter Church, Aberdeenshire (where Colene’s parents were married in 1982)
Reception venueMeldrum House Hotel, Aberdeenshire
PhotographerJen Owens Images. Colene: “Who was AMAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!”
FilmmakerMark 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 dressJustin 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
ShoesVivienne 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 outfitSlaters 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 dressesCoast. 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)”
BandQuattro. 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!”

  • Zoe - July 22, 2013 - 10:15 am

    OOhh these are ace – loving all the fun and happiness xReplyCancel

  • Neil - July 22, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Awesome photography xReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - July 22, 2013 - 11:14 am

    Looks beautiful as always Jen! xReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - July 22, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Hi,
    I LOVE the car – wany ideas where you can hire it from? xReplyCancel

  • fiona watson - July 22, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Stunning wedding. Congratulations to the bride and groom. Absolutely love the images, Jen. XxReplyCancel

  • Colene - July 23, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comments folks 🙂

    Suzanne – Grant is based in Kintore, and is absolutely lovely 🙂

    I CANNOT recommend Jen enough!xReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - July 24, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Thanks for the car info.

    Your day looks great! xReplyCancel