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Relaxed, colourful outdoor wedding

Isla and Gavin’s vision for their day was a relaxed celebration that all their family and friends could join in with. The fact that the sun shone and they were able to have their ceremony outdoors, then go for a paddle in the River Dee afterwards, was a bonus!

Love at first sight?

We met in Krakow airport to go on a snowboarding holiday, where an awkward handshake led the way to a week of bonding over a mutual love of boarding and beers! Several weeks later, having made an effort to travel the country to spend time with each other, we were together.

Fast forward several years and we were in Manchester celebrating Christmas. When walking along the canal on Christmas morning for a festive pint, Gavin stopped as he had ‘something in his shoe’, after checking, he got down on one knee, told me I was his best friend and that he wanted me to be his best friend for the rest of his life and then asked me to marry him. I (eventually) said yes!

We were inspired by…

Our love of the slightly obscure, funny, colourful and enjoyable. We wanted a relaxed day in which all of our family and friends could join in and have fun, and that’s exactly what we got. Our planning and organisation paid off, as we were so relaxed on the day and just had so much fun!

We were lucky enough to get good enough weather to have an outdoor wedding in the grounds of a beautiful house hotel in Aberdeenshire, next to the River Dee (which later in the day we decided to get in!).

I knew Cath (Blue Poppy Florist) from high school and was keen to have her involved in the wedding from the beginning. She grows all of her flowers in her garden next to the sea in Caiplie, Fife and it was really special having the flowers from where I grew up. Her style is wild and fresh, and suited what we wanted from our day. She also created a floral crown for myself and the bridesmaids, the sweetpeas in them smelled so sweet!

How did you choose your photographer?

We used We Fell In Love a lot during the planning. We found our photographer, Mack Photo, via the blog and we also got loads of ideas for little extras during the day and DIY decor ideas. We had a brilliant pre-wedding shoot with Lindsey to get us used to being in front of the camera. She made us feel so at ease and made the process fun!

How was dress shopping?

I am not a keen shopper and the thought of wedding dress shopping terrified me. Having been to several other bridal shops and feeling a bit disheartened by their choice of dresses, I booked an appointment at Lamely Bridal as I was interested in their vintage dresses. I picked up my dress which was the perfect mix of vintage style and modern design I had been looking for.

Slow shuffle or big number?

Neither of us were particularly looking forward to the first dance as we don’t like being the centre of attention at the best of times, and particularly not while we were attempting to dance! We chose The Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses as our first dance and when it began all our fears of dancing in front of everyone disappeared and we felt like we were the only two people in the room.

Our band, Ghillie Dhu did a mix of ceilidh dances and folk arrangements of popular songs, followed by an hour of a DJ set at the end of the night. They began with a Gay Gordons at which point everyone was up on the dance floor and it was completely rammed, such good fun!

Tell us something surprising about your day…

The wedding transport. Gavin didn’t realise that when he left the flat, there would be a campervan waiting out the back to take him to Banchory. (sneaky wife surprise No. 1). He came out of the flat and thought it was a funny coincidence that there was a wedding vehicle there for someone else, not realising it was for him.

Any advice?

Enjoy all aspects of getting married. We made our own invites and it seemed like hell at the time (Pritt Stick everywhere), but in hindsight it created such a happy memory that is all part of the wedding experience. Also, don’t be shy to do things a little differently or in a way that suits you.

I love that Isla and Gavin had a wee dip! Anyone else hoping for an outdoor ceremony? Christina x


VenueBanchory Lodge
Photographer – Lindsey Parker, Mack Photo
Filmmaker – Darren Campbell – Eternal Wedding Films
Florist – 
Catherine Anderson – Blue Poppy
Hair stylist – Susie Shand – Urban West
Make-up artistRae Mathieson
Wedding dressCatherine Deane – Lita from 
Lamesley Bridal
ShoesIrregular Choice – Glinda
Groom’s outfitGeorgian Dress Hire
Bridesmaids’ dresses – 
Cake – Made by the groom’s sister
Stationery – Homemade
MusiciansGhillie Dhu
Additional suppliersView From The Slow Lane (VW Camper), Sash Cow (table plan) & 
Portsoy Ice Cream.