Nicola and Steven’s whisky themed wedding was filled with personal touches and a whole lot of smiles. These two fully embraced the rain on their wedding day and we love that they didn’t care. Proof that rainy Scottish weddings are indeed beautiful…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We both met at work, originally and very cliché, we first met each other at the work’s Christmas party. We both work in Oil and Gas and worked together on the same project, we instantly clicked with one another and quite soon after began dating. Steven likes to proclaim and even dropped into his speech that I did all the chasing and was swayed by his “amazing chat”……I’m pretty sure we can all guess the real story!
We got engaged in November 2015. My family live out in Dubai and we were out for some winter sunshine with my parents. On our last night of our holiday Steven told me he had booked a table for us at Al Mahara restaurant in the Burj Al Arab. I was none the wiser and just thought it was just a nice treat for our final night on holiday. The restaurant was amazing and set around an enormous underwater fish tank. Definitely the most special meal we have both had.
After dinner we went for some drinks and a walk along Jumeriah beach, where Steven found an empty part of the beach (which is like a needle in a haystack in Dubai) and popped the question. Unbeknownst to me, Steven had spent most of his holiday secretly sneaking off to meet with jewelers at Cara to have my engagement ring made. I have to say he did VERY well!
We were inspired by…
Steven and my dad are huge whisky fans, so our wedding took on some what of a Whisky inspired theme. All of our wedding décor was home made; our table centerpieces were whisky lids with mini whisky barrels on top, our men’s favours were home made by Steven and my Dad, sherry cask whisky home brewed in a mini whisky barrel to emulate the ‘pour your own’ experience at distilleries. Steven handmade a bar made from whisky staves for the favours barrel to sit on. He also made split barrels for the reception drinks to be served in, along with a large location stand which had the locations of all our guest handpainted on each sign.
Our ladies’ favours were handmade camel’s milk soaps. Our family own and run The Camel Soap Factory in Dubai and it was a lovely favour to give our guests. The soaps were rose, lavender and geranium scented camel’s milk soap. When Steven and I visited in the November before our wedding we saw all the soaps being handmade and hand stamped each soap with our personalised initial stamp. They went down a treat and the ladies loved them!
Tell us about your venue…
We both loved Logie Country House from before we were even engaged, we would drive passed it regularly and always referred to it as ‘the dream house’. Steven’s grandparents lived locally in the area too so when looking for a Wedding venue it was an easy choice for us.
We both absolutely loved the concept of Logie Country House: a beautiful old Castle in the Scottish countryside, with enough rooms for all our immediate family and bridal party to stay and the added benefit of having the entire venue to ourselves for the whole weekend…we were easily sold!
The house, ballroom, grounds and the landscape of Logie Country House are beautiful…..and did I mention the bridal suite…..wowsers! The newly renovated ballroom separate to the house it makes for the perfect country style wedding venue.
How was your photography experience?
Just Amazing!! I know everyone is biased about their own wedding photos and their photographer but really we couldn’t have asked for anything better than Emma.
We knew from the start that we weren’t keen on posed ‘traditional’ wedding photos and obligatory shots….I find them so awkward! We wanted something totally relaxed and as natural as possible, we wanted to capture our day as real as it was without any falsities or forced moments so we could remember it forever.
We had Emma and her assistant Hayleigh Palmquist and they were both awesome! @e felt so relaxed on the day; when we were mingling with guest barely even knew Emma was there and then when out to get our photos together it was like having a laugh with one of your friends.
Our photos are amazing and you would barely be able to tell that it was actually pouring down practically ALL day! Our favourites are the shots of the two of us in the woods….Emma convinced me to go barefoot as my shoes were totally ruined from the wet and mud, we ended up getting awesome shots!
How did you pick your flowers?
Im a typical girly girl and my favourite flower is peonies. I’ve known since before I was engaged, when I got married I would have a huge peony bouquet……Isla did not disappoint!
Isla was amazing and turned all of my floral ideas into reality for our wedding. Mixing our whisky theme with floral toppers gave us the perfect balance of both Steven and I’s ideas for the wedding décor. I wanted natural floral displays with lots of peonies, roses and eucalyptus to give a naturally Scottish yet girly balance to the wedding flowers.
My gorgeous peony bouquet, along with the bridesmaid and Flower girls matching peony, rose and eucalyptus bouquet with a vintage feel added with the long trailing ribbons gave me the exact look I wanted. Added to this was my step-daughter Lauren’s flower crown…..adorable! (although this was a compromise as originally she was devastated that she couldn’t wear a bridal veil!) We have actually freeze dried the flower crown as Lauren was adamant we couldn’t throw it out.
Steven had a traditional Scottish thistle with sweet avalanche roses to tie in with my bouquet and the best man/usher all with thistle and teasels button holes.
My favourite was our large love heart hanging floral display which hung behind us at the top table. It was beautiful and exactly as I imagined. It was a shame we were off on honeymoon so soon as I would have loved to have it in the house…..instead it went to the cemetery after our wedding and had pride of place 🙂
We couldn’t recommend Isla enough, she was literally my mind reader, everything I could picture in my head that I wanted she brought to life and the whole venue and church looked fantastic.
Anything something surprising about your day?
It shouldn’t really have been a surprise getting married in Scotland, but we definitely didn’t factor for it to rain so heavily and rain all day on our wedding! we had planned to have our reception outside in the grounds of Logie, but the rain couldn’t have poured any harder. We had our dogs at the wedding; Bella (our cocker spaniel) and Poppy (my parents’ Bearded Collie) on arriving back from the church Bella was so excited to see my mum that she ran out in the rain and jumped all over her dress with her muddy paws……bad puppy!
How did the dress shopping go?
Before we started dress shopping I knew that I wanted long lace sleeves and a full skirt. I have always preferred a traditional wedding gown and wanted something that would be timeless and never go out of fashion. I loved looking at old fashioned wedding dresses and styling from the 50’s and loved Grace Kelly’s wedding dress! My mum wasn’t surprised when I told her what I was looking for, she knows I love old fashioned things and regularly jokes about my love for “granny” things.
I knew what I was looking for so it made it pretty easy to whittle things down. As much as I would love to be a skinny minnie I’m just not: I’m a curvier girl with bigger boobs and so I wanted to find something that would flatter my body shape, be comfortable and enjoyable to wear and not squeeze myself into something just to meet the current fashion. When we found Suzanne Neville’s dresses I fell in love straight away, they looked so elegant and the fabrics were gorgeous. When I looked into Suzanne’s designs a little further I was totally won over when I found out her designs are made for girls with hips and boobs! Hallelujah!
My consultant at PBR, Emma, found leading lady for me after trying on a few of Suzanne’s designs and picking out parts of each that I loved. It was perfect and everything I was looking for. My mum loved it and for me that was all that mattered, after sweet talking my dad into the price tag we were so excited to order!
Ordering with Perfect Bridal I got the opportunity to be meet and have my fittings done with Suzanne herself, it was great and also managed to change a few things on the design of the dress to make my perfect wedding dress. I added the sweetheart neckline and the Japanese Satin belt around the middle of bodice….giving me my dream dress!!
And how about the groom’s outfit?
Steven didn’t need much persuasion or excuse to buy a new kilt. He has been using Georgian Dress Hire for years for kilts and wouldn’t use anyone else in the Aberdeen area. Steven wore the full tweed kilt, with waistcoat, Tweed Jacket and Plaid. He knew exactly the look he wanted when he went to look for kilts and found the guys at Georgian extremely helpful.
On the day he had more accessories than the bride, with his copper kilt accessories, baker brogues, Tiffany Cufflink’s and handmade Sporran (which certainly attracted a lot of attention). On the day he also wore his new Omega watch which was his wedding gift for myself.
What was your first dance?
We were undecided for a while over our First Dance song and actually didn’t pick it until the night before the Wedding. We had a few songs on our list that were in the running for our First Dance.
Initially I was worried that our First Dance song wasn’t ‘romantic enough’ and is more of a break up song but Steven convinced me to go with what was special to us and not to care what anyone else thought; after all its not their First Dance and its about something that means something to both of us. In the end we choose our favourite song – James Bay, Let It Go.
Our First Dance ended up the perfect song, with all our guest singing along over the music during the first dance……definitely a special memory for us.
My advice for future Bride and Grooms would be to not over think things, don’t stress about the frivolous things and remember what the day is actually about. Don’t get caught up in the concern of what other people may think or how others may judge your wedding. Its your day, make it as personal and as special for both of you.
Also for future bride’s, enjoy every minute of the planning a Wedding, include your mum as much as possible as its such a special and memorable time!
For us there is no place like Home and neither of us could have imagined our perfect day being anywhere else. For us personally Weddings abroad look fabulous, but there is nothing more important than having all your friends and family at your wedding day, after all that is what makes the day so special.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The feeling of happiness and content on your wedding day. Its the one day that absolutely nothing else matters!