With a soft romantic theme and a subtle touch of Disney, Carey and Alan’s wedding was family orientated from the off. And Brodie, the much-loved ginger dog, took his role so seriously he barked as they were pronounced husband and wife. So much to love…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We met at a well known supermarket while both working there. We both knew from the start we were ineterested in the other, however also happen to be two of the most awkward people!
It took 6 months of me bringing friends in to show them the handsome boy at work, and him trying to impress me by doing pull-ups in the warehouse, before I set up a works night out in a bid to get my man!
Thankfully it worked and almost 5 years later, while I was sitting in our living room, our cat Murray trotted in with a box tied to his collar! Next thing I knew Alan had popped Murray on my lap, got down on one knee and asked me the question I’d always hoped he would!
Our wedding day was inspired by…
The wedding was very family orientated, with both my mum and brother performing readings during the ceremony, we had a lighting of the candle for absent family members and we also had our family dog Brodie in the front row! Our table names were all family names from both sides, with the top table being ‘Milne’ for Alan and I!
The colour theme was blush pink and gold. I’m known for loving a bit of sparkle, so obviously had to have a rose gold sequins tablecloth for the cake table and a rose gold sequins photo booth backdrop. I added pink and gold tealight holders to the centrepieces and also created fairy light filled mason jars with dusky pink and ivory flowers on top.
I initially wanted the whole wedding Disney themed, but decided to tone it down with just little touches instead. I added an enchanted rose to the top table, made Alice in Wonderland “drink me” favours, had Disney photo booth props, made our welcome sign with a mirror and of course had the princess dress!
Tell us more about your venue…
Banchory Lodge is a beautiful country style Lodge, set in 12 acres of land and over looking the River Dee. It is a quiet place to retreat from the city and makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, a back-to-nature bolt-hole with a little touch of luxury!
The function room is big enough to cater for most sized weddings, but at the same time retains a feeling of intimacy, allowing your wedding to feel more personal. The huge bay windows at the front of the room overlook the grounds and river, opening up the space and give the room a very romantic feel.
How did you find your photographer?
I read We Fell In Love before I was even engaged! A friend who was engaged at the time, introduced me to the blog and I’ve been hooked ever since! Our photographer Donna Murray had already been featured on the blog a couple of times, and it cemented our decision that she was definitely who we wanted to capture our day. The venue Banchory Lodge had also been featured, which helped to give us so many ideas as to what we could do with the space.
I absolutely fell in love with Donna’s work as soon as I saw it. Having studied photography at art school, I was particularly fussy about the style of photography I wanted for the wedding. I’m not a huge fan of overly-stylised shots and wanted a more relaxed and candid approach, which is exactly how Donna works. She was so brilliant on the day, knowing exactly where to be to get that perfect shot, whilst somehow managing to make sure we never knew she was there! We couldn’t recommend Donna enough to those looking for more natural photography that captures each moment perfectly!
And how about your filmmaker?
We first met Sean and Casey back in January 2015 at the Your Wedding Exhibition at the AECC. I was a bit disheartened after researching other videographers and realising there was no way we could afford them.
When we came across the Apricot Tree stand I was all but ready to leave and go home, but the film they were showing caught my eye and I had to stop to watch it. Alan and I both agreed the work was beautiful and was very similar in style to Donna’s photography, so would go together nicely.
After talking to Sean and realising we could actually afford them we booked up straight away, almost 3 years in advance! We loved having Sean there on our wedding day to help capture it all, he was so easy to be around, we just can’t wait to see the finished product now!
Tell us more about your flowers…
Dolce Vita were fantastic, I adored my flowers, they were so beautiful. I’m not really a flower person, I probably couldn’t tell a rose from a tulip, so I really had no clue what I was doing! The girls at Dolce Vita were so helpful, especially after I changed my mind on a whole lot of it a few weeks before the wedding!
To go with the soft romantic feel of the day, in my bouquet we went with pink avalanche roses, vanilla vendela roses, cream double lisianthus, pink astilbe, with gypsophila and eucalyptus throughout. This was finished with a trailing soft pink ribbon tied round the handle. For the bridesmaids we had large round bouquets of gypsophila, also finished with a trailing soft pink ribbon. The rest of the venue flowers carried the same theme as my bouquet.
We love your dress. How did you find it?
I always wanted a princess style wedding dress, so when I went shopping and was only loving fitted mermaid styles, I was a little disappointed! However when we went to Wedding Daze in Nairn and I tried on my dress, I just instantly knew this was it.
It sounds so cliche to say you get the bridal feeling, but you really do! My dress was a very classic sweetheart ball gown, no embellishment or detailing other than ruching on the bodice. It was so soft and dreamy, just what I’d always hoped I’d fall for! I added princess touches with a sparkly floral belt and cathedral length veil with crystals scattered throughout.
And how about Alan’s outfit?
We knew straight away that we wanted the groomsmen in the Hebridean Heather tartan, it’s a firm favourite of ours and Alan’s mum and her family are from the Isle of Lewis, so it added a nice personal touch.
As for Alan’s outfit it was far more difficult! He had a certain look in mind and none of the family tartans fitted with it. We went into McCalls for a look and came across the Autumn Pride of Scotland, which he instantly made a beeline for! After seeing the whole outfit together with the navy tweed jacket, we both agreed it was the perfect look for him as the groom!
Tell us something surprising about your day…
It wasn’t a surprise for me but for my parents instead! They live close to a small ice cream parlour called Stew n’ Drews which they are pretty much obsessed with, I don’t blame them, the ice cream is amazing! I decided to have Stew n’ Drews come and serve their delicious ice cream for our canapés.
This was kept a complete surprise for my parents and from the look on my mums face the moment she saw them, it was worth it. They were so delighted, as was everyone else when they realised they could have as much as they want!
Any advice for future brides and grooms?
Don’t stress the little things! I was so concerned about every little detail, that I was up before everyone else on the morning of the wedding still trying to sort things! I really wish I hadn’t, as I didn’t notice any of it around me during the ceremony or the rest of the day, I was having too much fun!
We’re both from Scotland and our families are as well, so to us it wouldn’t have made sense to have our wedding anywhere else. Scotland is our home.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
We had two! The weather wasn’t great during our ceremony and it rained the whole time, but just as we were saying our vows the sky completely cleared and the sun shone in through the window, it was like nature was sending us her own blessing!
As we were pronounced husband and wife and the cheering commenced, our dog Brodie who had been very quiet, started barking along with everyone as if to congratulate us as well! It was a really lovely moment that Donna managed to capture in the photos.
“Don’t stress the little things” We couldn’t agree more, Alie x
Venue – Banchory Lodge, Banchory, Royal Deeside
Photographer – Donna Murray Photography
Filmmaker – Apricot Tree
Florist – Dolce Vita Flowers
Hair stylist – Michelle Reid
Make-up artist – Natalie Fearnley
Wedding dress – Morilee by Madeleine Gardener from Wedding Daze
Groom’s outfit – McCalls Highlandwear
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Isabella by Butterfly by Matthew Williamson from Debenhams
Stationery – Made with Love and Flair
Wedding Cake – Sugar Central
Wedding Transport – Silver City Wedding Cars
Band – The Jets