Today I am excited to share an elegant Aberdeen Wedding with a relaxed Garden party theme and pretty blue and grey details.
Anna and Adams Scottish Wedding was set in the beautiful relaxed grounds and surroundings of the Brides parents home.
Images were captured by Wilson McSheffrey Photography.
Andrew Wilson is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Bonnie Scotland!
He is located in Glasgow but travels throughout the Scottish Highlands, Islands, and Scotland’s wonderful towns and cities for weddings and elopements.
His Photography Approach is to tell the story of each wedding he covers.
Shooting mostly in reportage style he captures all the emotions and special moments each wedding day brings.
Specialising in smaller weddings and elopements, he makes it his priority to ensure your day is a relaxed, fun and enjoyable experience.
For larger weddings he works along side a pool of amazingly talented photographers who assist him as second shooters.
Bride Anna says of the couple and their Aberdeen Wedding…
How did you meet?
We met at Newcastle University on the same Engineering course. However, it took Adam 4 years to get round to asking me out!
Tell us about the Proposal…
Adam planned a quiet evening at home and cooked a gorgeous meal (rack of lamb followed by raspberry frangipane tart).
He popped the question while he was serving dessert and we ended up celebrating at a local cocktail bar in town.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
We decided at an early stage that we would like to hold the wedding and reception in the garden at my parents house in Aberdeen.
The garden is a beautiful secluded location backing onto the River Don to the north of the city.
We initially started getting quotes for the main suppliers (marquee / power / lighting / loos / catering) and getting a rough idea of the style and layout for the event.
It was quite fun in the early stages to figure out how everything would be installed and set out.
Not being at a typical Aberdeen wedding venue, we had a blank canvas of what we would like to do.
We realised early on that we would need someone to manage the event on the day and started looking at options to get a professional Wedding Planner involved.
We met with Sara Jane (Weddings by Sara Jane) and decided that we wanted her to be our Wedding Planner.
Having Sara involved at that stage was great and she got everything organised in terms of a timeline for booking and planning.
She also took on the role as main point of contact for the main suppliers. We still took the role of arranging details directly with suppliers but Sara was always on hand to give ideas and inspiration, or suggest suppliers if we were unsure where to look.
We also had the benefit that Sara had worked with many of these people before, so could give more insight into what may be best suited to our day and what we were looking for.
On the final few weeks before the wedding, Sara’s colleague Susan was on site to arrange the final details at the venue.
She was also there on the day to manage all of the suppliers so all of the bridal party and family could just enjoy the big day.
Any special touches/DIY?
Adam’s mum is wonderful at flower arranging. We originally were considering the bridal party bouquet’s to be designed by her.
However time and location constraints (Adam’s parents are based in Grimsby) led to Ann styling the boutonnieres instead.
The Grooms party looked really fab, and there was a nod to the Scottish location with the use of eryngium thistles.
Both extended families were really kind in assisting in the days leading up to the wedding, which meant set up of the furniture, linens, crockery and glassware was really quick.
Anna’s parents really ensured the garden was looking its best on the day, with lots of planting and planning of flowers that bloom in June.
This meant planning about a year in advance.
A lot of décor for the marquee was worked out last minute with furniture and decorative items from the house.
Once the main hire tables, chairs and other furniture was arranged in the marquee, we did a sweep round the house with Susan (wedding planner) to collect items that would add to the styling of the marquee.
My mom is a retired antiques dealer so there was a lot of lovely items to pick from!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted our day to be relaxed and not too formal – an elegant garden party was the main idea from our early discussions.
Our priorities for the day were for really good food, drink and dancing. It was a lovely freedom to pick exactly what we would like to eat, drink and listen to on the day.
Our choice of Mediterranean BBQ for dinner (with the coal BBQ station set up in the Rose garden opposite the Marquee) and wine tasting at Majestic to align with our food choices was a really fun part of the wedding organising process.
The colour palette was shades of blue with greenery and grey. We wanted a lot of the colour to come from the view of the garden via the glass fronted panels which were on 3 sides of the marquee.
The florist (Jill from Hay’s Flowers) was amazing and really great at dressing the Marquee and provided a great sounding board for practical and elegant solutions for the ceremonial and table décor.
We had lots of fresh cut lavender in tins with twine located down the aisle and the tables had potted herbs and olive trees in terracotta pots – a lot of which have now been re-housed at both families homes.
What was the best bit of your day?
Enjoying being in the garden on a stunningly beautiful day with all of our friends and family. It was a relaxed garden party, which was the exact vibe we were going for.
The gents from Wilson McSheffrey were fab in capturing our friends and family in a natural setting rather than super posed party shots.
Partying until late (early). No curfew due to having wedding at family home.
Is there anything you would do differently?
A live band – unfortunately the space we had in the marquee and location in the garden meant it would have been impractical to have a band
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Wedding Insurance – Its the best piece of advice. We had an unfortunate mis-hap with our first caterer’s who ended up running off to Spain with our (and a number of other’s cash) about 5 weeks before the wedding!
The insurance provider paid out fairly promptly and we were able to arrange for a new caterer within 24 hours.
Contracts with Suppliers – So many wonderful suppliers are one-person companies. So getting an ‘official’ contract in place is quite unlikely.
We discovered an invoice combined with email trail confirming agreement for the scope of work constitutes a ‘contract’ in Scotland; it’s worth checking what constitutes a contract where you are.
Get a Wedding Planner for a Marquee Wedding – the first advice Sara gave us was for Wedding Insurance – which turned out the best advice we received!
There are many different suppliers required to have a marquee wedding and Sara has really great experience with a range of trusted local suppliers that were within our budget.
It meant we were able to narrow down suppliers very quickly for quotes and that a lot of the actual ‘planning’ was taken off our shoulders.
Work with the space you have – the location of the marquee in the garden was not easily accessible by car, which did add additional costs for install of the marquee.
It also led us down the route of informal dining (dinner was sharing platters for groups of 6 and self-serve Cake and Cheese Tables).
This meant we were able to utilise the available waiting and bar staff the best we could.
Put together quite a detailed guest list as early as possible. This can be time consuming and a lot of your planning relies on having a good idea of the number of people attending.
Aberdeen Wedding Suppliers
Aberdeen Wedding Venue – Brides Parents House & Garden for both the Ceremony & Reception
Photographer – Wilson McSheffrey Photography
Wedding Dress – Halston Heritage via The Outnet
Shoes – Nicholas Kirkwood via The Outnet
Hairpiece – Maggie Mowbray Millinery (Edinburgh)
Bridesmaid Dresses – Needle & Thread
Bridesmaid Shoes – ASOS
Groom’s Suit – Herbie Frogg from Esslemont’s Menswear – Aberdeen
Cake Maker & Dessert Table – Cakes By Design
Florist – Hay’s Flowers
Groomsmen Boutonnieres – Adam’s Mom
Videographer – Rosie-Lyse Thompson (Brides sister)
Rings – Anna’s – Vintage Family Ring / Adam’s – Goldsmiths
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Sara Jane & Susan from Weddings by Sara Jane
Stationery – Save the Dates and Invitations (Zazzle – Goat Tree Designs) / Wedding day Stationery arranged by Wedding Planners
Hair – Hair by Hannah
Make-up – Heather Linda MUA
Marquee, Tables & Chairs – Esslemont Marquees
Additional Decorative Tables & Whiskey Barrels – Rustic Look Aberdeen
Generators & Lighting – Alan Ritchie Exhibition & Design – organised via Marquee Suppliers
Posh Loos – Classical Loo Company
Linens – 88 Events
Caterer – The Pig’s Wings
Bar – AC Event Bars
Cheese Table – Gourmet Cheese Co.
Wine – Majestic Wines
Décor – Borrowed from Brides Parents home for décor in the Marquee
DJ – James from DJ Edinburgh
Wedding Insurance – Debenhams
To Contact Wilson McSheffrey
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