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Inspirational Cowshed Wedding

Georgia and Allan first met on a train, got engaged by a harbour and had their wedding in a giant cowshed. It’s the stuff of Scottish fairytales and we love how their wedding day came together. Best of all, we love that the blankets provided for fear of chill were instead used for sunbathing. Be inspired…

Who saw who first?

We met on the train, me going home to Edinburgh and Allan going home to Stonehaven. I was reading a book about American politics and a loud passenger on her phone elsewhere on the train caused me to make eye contact with Allan and roll my eyes. Before he got off at Stonehaven, Allan left a note with his number asking me “what’s going on in American politics?” I texted him, thinking him a bit cocky, but we arranged to meet next time I was in Aberdeen. From that first date we knew it was something special.

On our fifth anniversary, Allan treated me to a day of pampering, and with my hair and makeup done he took me to the Silver Darling, a beautiful restaurant in Aberdeen, after which he got down on one knee on the pier as a Guy Fawkes’ firework display started over the harbour.

We were inspired by…
We were inspired by the Coo Cathedral, the Baird tartan and the beautiful Deeside countryside. We wanted to bring the outside inside, with florals, greenery and romantic touches.
I loved reading We Fell In Love and actually first discovered the venue through a wedding featured on the blog.
Tell us about your venue…
Coo Cathedral is a rustic, blank-canvas venue on the Aboyne Castle Estate in Deeside. It’s the only venue we visited, and we fell in love with it immediately. It is spectacularly beautiful, and has so much space! We wanted a venue that gave us room for a big ceilidh with plenty of other spaces for people to catch up, have a drink and chill out…

And your photographers?

We wanted someone who understood the venue and that “got” us, and the first time we met Russell and Laura (Aboyne Photographics) we knew we had found our photographers.

We were really uncomfortable in front of the camera but our engagement shoot was so beneficial and gave us some great shots to use for our save the dates! On the day, they were fantastic, and blended into the crowd perfectly.

How about your wedding film?

Ali and Kelly (Flat 4D Media) are so laid back and fun, we loved working with them. They were so good at communicating and making sure we were completely comfortable with how they would work on the day. And we just love our wedding trailer.

How did the dress shopping go?

My bridesmaids forced me to try on a couple of dresses at a wedding fair that featured a shop that was soon to close down, and I reluctantly picked out a couple, including a gorgeous champagne A-line dress. I fell in love with the champagne dress but decided at the time not to make any decisons. However, I found myself regretting this decision and when I started looking in shops for my dress, I was just trying to find something similar to the one I tried on before.

We booked an appointment at I Do Bridal, and as soon as I walked in I spotted it – the same dress! A sample, in my size, at half the price of the other one I had tried on! Jo at I Do had so many beautiful dresses, and I absolutely loved visiting her boutique, but I knew straight away I would be walking away with my champagne dream gown. It is still my favourite dress I have ever seen.

And how about your flowers?

I know nothing about flowers but Jill (Hays Flowers) totally understood what to do. She knew our venue well and after showing her a picture of my dress and my bridesmaids’ dresses, she got to work, picking beautiful roses, aubergine calla lilies, gypsophila, lavenders and thistles. I told Jill I wanted my bouquet to be huge and she happily obliged!

Something surprising about your day…

The Coo Cathedral is a big, spacious barn, and as such it has no heating, and leaks a bit when it rains. To say I was nervous about how the weather would be is an understatement! We took all the precautions we could think of, hiring expensive heaters and even buying blankets in case people got cold! Somehow, however, we got lucky. The sun shone all day, and it was probably the hottest day of the summer.

While I melted inside my wedding dress, our heaters went unused, and our blankets were used for sunbathing by our guests in the evening!

Any advice?

Be clever with your budget, think outside the box about how to raise the money, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for wanting to spend money on your wedding. We wanted a spectacular day and took two and a half years to save for it. I took an evening job and we had to get really smart about our finances, but we saved the money and every small touch was so appreciated that it was worth every penny.

Something like the casino, which towards the end felt like an unnecessary spend, was so well received and so popular that now it feels like a bargain! Our budget was quite large and some people can be judgmental about that, but we had the day we dreamed of and supported a lot of local businesses in the process. We don’t regret a thing.

What did you do for evening entertainment?

We knew straight away that we wanted a ceilidh band, and after getting some recommendations we arranged to meet Ghillie Dhu and hear their music. They are such nice guys and were happy to meet any requirements we had. For our first dance they created a first-dance-friendly version of “our song”, Fast Blood by Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. The song meant so much to us and to have it recreated in a way that was unique to us was so special.

Why Scotland?
It’s home and we wouldn’t have got married anywhere else. There are so many beautiful venues and fantastic suppliers up here, and you have so much freedom and choice in how to have your wedding day. There are so many beautiful Scottish traditions you can incorporate into your day, or you and a celebrant can climb up a hill and be married in complete isolation. Nowhere else can come close!
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
Having all our friends and family in the one room together, having a great time and knowing that they are there to see you, is so special and unlike anything else. Everyone had such a great time and everywhere I turned there was someone we wanted to have a drink with or chat to. Dancing with old school friends and new work friends together was so special.

“Be clever with your budget, think outside the box about how to raise the money, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for wanting to spend money on your wedding” We love Georgia’s advice. Alie x
Venue – Coo Cathedral, Aboyne
PhotographerAboyne Photographics
FilmmakerFlat 4D Media
FloristHays Flowers
Hair stylistMichelle Reid
Make-up artistFrancine Ray
Wedding dressDa Vinci from I Do Bridal
Shoes – Pink by Paradox London at Debenhams
Groom’s outfitMcCall’s Highlandwear
Bridesmaids’ dressesDebut at Debenhams
Stationery – Made by Rae
Cake – Amy Archibald, Couture Wedding Cakes by Sweetcheeks
CatererCountry Flavours of Alford
Wedding TransportAllan & Black Coaches and Fairview Wedding Cars
BandGhillie Dhu

  • jenny - November 22, 2017 - 2:14 am


    Love everything about this – wondering if you could share any info about the where the games came from? I’m looking for something similar for my wedding.


    • Georgia - November 22, 2017 - 6:34 pm

      Jenny they came from the amazing 3 Tiers who did all the beautiful decoration for our wedding 😊ReplyCancel