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Sarah + Ross

Photographed by Aboyne Photographics

at Raemoir House Hotel


Be prepared to fall in love all over again with today’s #TBT wedding. A love of Art Deco and old Hollywood glamour inspired a chic celebration in a secluded setting. Think effortlessly stylish…

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?
I would say attraction at first sight, the love came later.
We met at the Dutch Mill in Aberdeen when out watching the rugby one Saturday afternoon. A friend had introduced us and we hit it off immediately. We spent the rest of the evening together laughing and joking, the conversation was effortless. Our first date was a week later and despite the broken heating in the bar we met at, we spent the evening huddled under my jacket and had a great night. There was an instant connection – we shared the same family values and positive outlook on life. There was no question early on that we’d found our perfect match. Ross popped the question 18 months later whilst on holiday in the Dominican Republic.
We were inspired by…
Old Hollywood glamour. My wedding dress was a 1920s inspired gown by Jenny Packham. I have always loved Art Deco design and with this in mind we designed our own stationery – a simplistic and chic cream and black theme with romantic flair. Raemoir House was the perfect venue to complement our vintage theme with its old world-feel interior and secluded romantic setting.

How did you personalise your wedding day?
We chose to have a Humanist Ceremony so that the wedding was very personal to us. We chose the content of the ceremony – the celebrant told a story of how we met, we selected readings that were meaningful to us and we wrote our own vows. Our family and friends were closely involved, which I felt made the day very true to us. My best friend played the piano at the ceremony, Ross’s younger brother sang our first dance and my sister as Maid of Honour was also the Master of Ceremonies. We designed and made the stationery and favours ourselves, in keeping with our theme.
What was on your wedding menu?
Starter – Warm fillet of hot smoked salmon with roasted corn and avocado salad; Main – Roast ribeye of Aberdeenshire beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasting jus; Dessert – Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. YUM!
First dance – choreographed routine or sedate shuffle?
The first dance was an acoustic version of Maverick Sabre’s ‘I Need’ – we shuffled, we twirled and we laughed! Ross’s younger brother sang for us so it was amazing to watch him perform!
What is your advice for future brides & grooms?
I would advise scheduling a ‘time-out’ as husband and wife before the evening reception. We did this before we were called to the marquee and it gave us the chance to have a glass of champers in our room and toast to us! It’s precious time alone together that you won’t have otherwise.
Above all, don’t forget what it’s all about. There may be things on the day that don’t quite go as planned. It’s not the end of the world and what matters most is that you are married and happy.

Honeymoon or minimoon?
Honeymoon! We spent a week in the beautiful area of Los Cabos, Mexico. I would highly recommend an all-inclusive, adults only resort to celebrate! We were treated like royalty as honeymooners, it was nothing but fabulous!
What’s the one thing you will never forget about your big day?
Being so blissfully happy. It’s a rare occasion to have all of your loved ones together – and the fact that it’s to celebrate your wedding is so overwhelming. There was so much laughter throughout the day – my face hurt so much from smiling!
Why Scotland?
We love all things Scottish – kilts, heather, haggis, bagpipes… and we included all of the above in our wedding.
We currently live in Houston, Texas and crave the rolling green hills of Scotland more than ever. Nothing beats it. Home is definitely where our heart is.

Sound advice on planning time-out for the two of you on your wedding day. Anyone else loving the sound of that? Alie
Venue – Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
Photographer – Aboyne Photographics
Wedding dress – Jenny Packham, Eden
Accessories – Earrings – Eliot Danori @ Macy’s; Hair Slide – New Look.
Groom’s outfit – Milsom & Main Kilt Hire, Aberdeen
Bridesmaids’ dresses – JLM Couture
Makeup Artist – Rae Mathieson Makeup Artist
Hair stylist – Michelle Reid Hairdressing, De Milo
Florist – Isla Duncan Florist
Stationery – Made by the bride
Cake – Marks & Spencers
Band – House Arrest
Styling: Ceremony Chairs – John Brown Caterhire; Linen & Candelabras – 88 Events; Lighting – Event FX.
Piano Hire – Gordon Bell Pianos, Aberdeen