A country house hotel in Royal Deeside was the elegant setting for a vintage tea party-themed wedding. With friends and family lending their talents and a delicious meal followed by a Celtic rock reception, it was a day to remember for all the right reasons.
Who saw who first?
We actually met at my Brother-in-law’s birthday pub-golf night out. My sister got chatting to Calum, and told him I was coming out to meet them all for a drink and Calum jokingly said he was going to chat me up when I arrived, and that’s exactly what happened. The rest is history!
We were inspired by…
We decided on a vintage tea party theme, as we thought it suited our venue and I enjoyed looking for items to personalise the day. My dress was a vintage style with lace, and my auntie based the invitations on the theme. We hired tea cups and saucers to serve drinks in after our ceremony, as well as various bits and bobs to decorate the venue including a vintage style photo booth and bunting.
How did you personalise your wedding day?
We got our friends and family involved. Our invitations and orders of service were made by my auntie Linda, some friends of my brothers did our flowers and my friend Leigh made the cupcakes. Calum’s friend Ewan played the guitar as I walked down the aisle, which was very personal and made everyone a little emotional.
Calum’s mum did a prayer during the ceremony and our friend Sarah did a reading. Our favours were heart keyrings from Alzheimer’s Scotland, which is a charity close to our hearts. We also did a sweetie table which went down a treat with everyone!
What was on your wedding menu?
Our canapes were Crostini with Roquefort and Pear, Duck Liver Parfait on Mini Oatcakes, and Soy and Honey Coated Chipolatas.
The starter was Salad of Plum Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella with Air Dried Ham and Fresh Basil Pesto; Our main course was Roast Ribeye of Aberdeenshire Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Beef Juice Gravy; and the dessert was Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. Yummy!
For our evening buffet we served Hog Roast, with coleslaw, buns and apple sauce.
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
We danced to The Maccabees’ “Toothpaste Kisses”, it was one of the first bands we went to see together after we met so it brought back a lot of memories and we also didn’t want anything too soppy and romantic. It wasn’t a choreographed dance so I would say more of a sedate shuffle with a few twirls added!
What is your advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t get too stressed over little things, as you probably won’t even notice them on the day! Everyone said to me that the day would pass very quickly but I didn’t quite understand just how quickly. So I guess just take the time to take it all in and enjoy all the things you spent so long planning!!
Where did you spend your wedding night?
We stayed at our venue Raemoir House Hotel, in the lovely bridal suite.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
I will always remember the feeling before walking into the ceremony, it felt very overwhelming all of a sudden, my dad practically had to pull me into the room! Calum said he felt emotional and had to look the other way as I was walking down the aisle, to keep himself calm!
We are both from Scotland so it just felt right to do it in Scotland, with all of our friends and family. We had previously thought about going abroad, but when the time came to book a venue we went round a few places and Raemoir House is such a beautiful setting, we both felt it was the right place for us.
Such a fun looking wedding! Is anyone else feeling inspired by vintage tea parties? Christina x