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Lucy+Alasdair

Photographed by Simon Clubb Photography

at Kings College Chapel

+ The Ardoe House Hotel

Aberdeen-Scotland

Lucy ‘bagseyed’ Ally when she was just 15. Years later, following a brutal snowy hill climb, he proposed. There’s so much to love about this autumn wedding, but most of all we love that their wedding was exactly five years to the day of their first kiss. Romantic or what?

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How did you two first meet?
Ally and I met in boarding school when I was fifteen and he was seventeen. When he walked through the door I punched my best friend and “bagseyed” him. It took Ally a little longer to see me as anything but young and annoying.
Tell us about the proposal…
We became engaged in November 2012. Ally thought it would be romantic to propose on his home island, Skye. He took advice and decided on climbing the old man of storr. He was assured it would take no longer than 30 minutes. Two hours later and near-ish the top I sat down and cried: I was starving, it was snowing, it was dark and I was completely shattered! To this day I’m horribly embaressed by my behaviour especially when Ally got down on one knee! Luckily he still wanted me!!
Our day was inspired by…
Our story and our families! We wanted our day to be all about us becoming a family. We did this by having family members do our readings, my brother actually picked his reading from the Bible. We also displayed family wedding photos and desighned our stationary around our initals.
I also picked the navy hymn to be sung at the ceremony since my dad is in the Navy and Ally also works on the sea: its focus on protecting those on the sea seemed very apt! Since it’s traditional for Highland brides to have white heather in their bouquet Ally’s mum very kindly nurtered her white heather into October (a rare feat, especially on Skye where the October weather isn’t kind) It was added to my bouquet just before the ceremony. Our wedding date was our most personal touch since it was exactly five years to the day that Ally first kissed me.

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Did anything go wrong on your wedding day?
So many things went “wrong” on our day. The staff at Ardoe were so attentive that poor Ally didn’t realise his wine glass kept being refilled and he thought he’d drunk very little. As a result our speech photos give us endless hilarity as Ally is ever so slightly tipsy.
However, by far the most surprising thing about our day had to be he best man, Ally’s brother Eoghainn, becoming really ill after the ceremony. By the time the speeches came round he was so ill he could barely stand up. Ally’s mum read the speech for him and was met with riotous applause. Had I known in advance I would have freaked but on the day these “wrong” things just added to the character of the day and I wouldn’t have had them any other way!
Any advice for future Brides and Grooms?
Our advice would be to get everything done as early as possible. This is what we did and the week before the wedding we were able to have both best men and three bridesmaids with us to enjoy and celebrate. Also pick your bridal party carefully! My best friend gave me the greatest gift in the world the day before my wedding by making me totally irrelevant in planning. I was able to take a long shower and chill. She also cleaned our flat spotless for our return from minimoon and it was such a relief! I really couldn’t have picked anyone better!
Any surprises on the day?
I wasn’t looking forward to our first dance at all since I REALLY can’t dance. Charlie made me feel totally at ease and helped me to pick our song. I didn’t realise that Charlie was going to sing as well as play “Wild Mountain Thyme” so it was a lovely surprise. He managed to turn something I was dreading into one of my favourite memories of the night. That Ally is an excellent dancer also helped!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Standing watching the fireworks as husband and wife and realising we’d just had the best day of our lives!
Why Scotland?
As a navy brat I’ve moved a lot in my life and Scotland was my first real home. Ally was born here and we set up our home in Aberdeen. We couldnt imagine anywhere else!

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“Pick your bridal party carefully”. Sound advice from Lucy, and by the sounds of it she picked well. Anyone else had their bridesmaid clean their flat for their return from honeymoon? Alie x
Suppliers
Ceremony settingKings College Chapel, The University of Aberdeen
Reception venueThe Ardoe House Hotel
PhotographerSimon Clubb Photography
FloristIsla Duncan
Hair stylistEsther
Make-up artist – Lucy
Wedding dressWedding Daze, Nairn
Shoes – Bridgette by Harriet Wilde
Accessories – My earrings were diamond and sapphire drop earrings and a gift from Ally as my something blue. My best friend and head bridesmaid Cheryl lent me her pearl bracelet as my something borrowed. I used my shoes as something new and my something old was my bouquet charm, a little silver tractor charm Ally had gifted me on our first anniversary. I wore a crystal Glitzy Secrets headband in my hair and my veil came from Perfect Bridal Rooms in Aberdeen who saved me, as a few weeks before the wedding after I found I hated my original department store veil!
Groom’s outfitGeoffrey Kilts, Glasgow
Stationery – We made all the invitations ourselves on Microsoft Word (lined up properly by my precision obsessed best friend!) We were happy to leave the rest to the Ardoe House Hotel who did an excellent job
Cake – A family friend baked and decorated our cake
Band – Charlie of the One Man Ceilidh band was the third supplier we booked. After hearing him play on his website we were astounded with how good just one player could be! Charlie was incredible all night and had everybody dancing! Since a lot of our guests were from England we had asked Charlie to also act as caller and he was simply incredible. Everybody loved the ceilidh dancing and we had an amazing night!
TransportEvent Cars
Additional suppliers21CC Fireworks. I thought having fireworks would be really stressful but after the intial booking I didnt have to do anything! 21CC liased with the Ardoe House Hotel over everything and I didn’t have to worry about a thing. The fireworks were fantastic and really made our day special!