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Ashley + Derek

Photographed by Nicholas Frost Photography

at Fyvie Church & Meldrum House Hotel

Aberdeenshire-Scotland

We hope you have some exciting Bonfire Night action planned for tonight (mmm, hot spiced cider!). For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday post, we’re revisiting a Scottish castle wedding that was full of fun, a few whiskies & a surprise fireworks finale. We hope it inspires you big time!

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We were inspired by…
Our favourite things! I love balloons and Derek loves whisky, so those formed our centrepieces. I love the colour purple and it all came from that.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
We chose things we love and that mattered to us – personalised Yankee Candle wedding favours for the women, whisky for the men. Plus little quirky things, like I had 50 pairs of ladies’ fold up shoes in the ladies’ toilets, also toiletries etc., so they could enjoy the night and dance away. We had a Royal Mail type post box made for our wedding cards as I’m a postie and loved the personal touch.
WHAT WAS ON YOUR WEDDING MENU?
Lentil & bacon soup, roast chicken with all the trimmings, sticky toffee pudding for desert, followed by love heart shortbread & fudge with tea or coffee.

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FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
It was just a sedate shuffle for us.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
Don’t let the stress of wedding planning get to you! And have the things you want – whether it be little stupid things that matter to you, the designer wedding dress, or the Jimmy Choo shoes. Get them and then cut back on things you don’t need or want.
My advice is get a good photographer, not a cheap one, as you only have that day once and the memories the photographer captures are memories for life. You can’t turn back the clock to retake the precious memories with the people you love.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
There are so many things I will never forget, but the one thing is my husband surprising me with fireworks at night. I asked If we could have them when we were planning our wedding and he said they were really expensive and not worth it so I said okay and we left it at that. Then, that night at about 10.30pm there was an announcement for everyone to go outside. I wondered what had happened, then Derek took my hand and we walked down to the grass and stood there with all our family and friends behind us watching the beautiful fireworks go off. I was a bubbling mess it was so sweet of him and perfect!
Why Scotland?
Scotland is home to us and you can’t get anywhere more perfect for a wedding than Scotland!

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I love the top secret fireworks. Will you be surprising your other half on your big day? Christina x
Suppliers
Ceremony setting – Fyvie Church
Reception venue – Meldrum House Hotel
Photographer – Nicholas Frost Photography
Florist – Blooms & Balloons by Suzie
Hair stylist – Tracy Allan at De Milo, Aberdeen
Make-up artist – Frances at Chicabelle
Wedding dress – Justin Alexander at Louise Lontano Bridal Boutique in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Shoes – Rainbow Club (hand decorated by with a touch of sparkle)
Accessories – “Tiara by Richard Designs, A Tiffany’s diamond pendant necklace as a gift from my husband on our wedding day, Finnies diamond stud earrings, and Derek wore a Rolex I bought to him as his wedding day gift from me.”
Groom’s outfit – McCalls
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Handmade by Linda Birnie dress maker
Stationery – Made by family
Cake – Caketastic in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Band – 5th Avenue
Transport – Rainbow Prestige
Additional styling – North East Events decorated the venue