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Our Fairytale Scottish Wedding at Coo Cathedral

I am back! I have finally gotten my shit together after what feels like an eternity. What was supposed to be a 2 week break from the blog while I focused on my family and wedding. Turned into 2 months! I think I could become the poster child of what a stressed out person looks like. But things have settled and I am ready to get back in to life. So where do I start? So much seems to have happened since my last post. I lost some weight, I bought some new tops .. and oh I got married!!! This is our Scottish Wedding at Coo Cathedral.

I remember sitting down to lunch with one of my old friends who was reminiscing about her wedding. She turned to tell me that “Your wedding day will be the best day of your life”. I remember smiling and thinking how could it be? I have a child. The best day of my life is the day that Gabriel was born. I still remember that feeling of meeting my baby for the first time. Nothing can ever be better than that.

But she was right ( to an extent). The day Gabriel was born was the best day of my life, but so was the day I married my partner, lover and friend. Nothing prepared me for how emotional and fulfilling this day was going to be. A day of pure happiness, joy and love, that I wish I could relive again and again.

Here is a recap of our Fairytale Scottish Wedding Coo cathedral!

The day started in Aboyne at Lys-na-greyne where the owners of this stylish B&B were just delightful and made our wedding weekend really feel special. Joyce cooked all of us a lovely breakfast before heading upstairs to start with hair and makeup. With a little music and prosecco we got pampered and ready for the big day.

After some laughs and giggles things got real, and my bridesmaids had to help me get into my dress.

After a few photos and last minute make up touch ups it was time to head to St Thomas church and tie the knot.

The Church

While the girls got ready in their satin robes, the boys had some photo fun outside of the church showing off their mini kilts!

It was time. I remember feeling slightly nauseous with emotion. I couldn’t believe the it is happening.

The ceremony was lead by Reverend Vittoria Hancock which was beautiful. I was unable to get through my vows because I was so emotional.

We are husband and wife! Ceremony over, we headed outside to get some photos with our little baby bear. Unfortunately he was overwhelmed and tired, and wasn’t up to posing for photos.

The grounds of St Thomas are beautiful and with lots of tall tress which was a perfect setting for a few photos.

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Coo Cathedral

After some photos at St Thomas, we headed to Coos Cathedral in Aboyne to take a few more photos on the castle estate and then start the reception in the beautiful converted cow barn. The venue was everything that we had hoped for. It is romantic and rustic and really played on the whole Scottish theme we wanted for our wedding.

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Scottish Wedding Coo cathedral

Our guests sat outside on hay bales and tucked in to canapés and prosecco before being called in for the Wedding Breakfast. For our gin lovers, we hired Tipple in a Tuk Tuk, who had a vast array of different Scottish gins for our guests to enjoys as well as a Pimp my prosecco table. This little Tuk Tuk was a great addition to our wedding. Not only did it look great, the gin cocktails were amazing. My only regret is that I was away taking photos and only got to enjoy one glass before we were called in for Breakfast.

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A lot of the decorations were sourced by myself and put up the day before the wedding with the help of our amazing friends and family. We couldn’t have done it without you, Thank you !

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Decorations & Catering

My Step Mother in law made Scottish Tablet for our favours and also made some of the decorations. There are three alcoves in Coos Cathedral and we filled them with little treats and activities for our guests. We had a candy cart by Candy Corner and Ferrero Rochers tables, a rustic styled Photo Booth by Sillysnapz and a handmade photo washing line with photos of us over the years with all of our guests.

Our caterers were Country flavours who we cannot praise enough. There food is absolutely amazing and everyone was well fed on the day. We used Coast Entertainment to source our band. We chose The Veronas from Glasgow who went above and beyond to make sure our day and wedding songs were just how we wanted. They were brilliant and had the dance floor occupied the whole night.

After 2 long years of preparing and organising, our wedding day had finally come and it was everything we had hoped for. Seeing the love and joy from all of our friends and family as Lee and I officially became one is something we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Thank you to everyone who made this day so special.

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All photos taken by Rublislaw Studios

Suppliers

Brides Dress : The House of Oscar Lili Edinburgh

Bridesmaids Dress : Brides Selection Australia

Kilts : Royal Pride Tartan from McCalls

Church : St Thomas

Venue : Coos Cathedral Aboyne Castle Estate

Caterer : Country Flavours of Alford

Florist : Secret Garden

Band : The Veronas

Photo Booth : SillySnapz

Candy Cart : Candy Corner Scotland

Stationary: The Papeterie

Festoon Lighting : Event FX

Photographer : Rublislaw Studios

 

 

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Couples Weekend in Gleneagles 5 Star Luxury Resort

By Posted on 7 3 m read

We are back after spending 2 nights at Gleneagles Hotel Resort in Perthshire and it was amazing. As new parents we desperately needed a bit of alone time and this weekend was perfect. ( Click here to check out my post on some of the dumbest arguments we have had since becoming parents). When my partner told me that he had a deal for us to spend 2 nights at Gleneagles, I wasn’t really fussed. All I knew was that Gleneagles was a golfing resort which didn’t really appeal to me at all. It wasn’t until we arrived that my jaw hit the ground.

To say this place is lovely is an understatement. It is very traditionally old Scottish and the large grounds are spectacular. Not only is this hotel known for its golf course, but it also houses some of the country’s finest chefs such as Andrew Fairlie as well as a number of activities suited for everyone.

When you arrive at the Hotel you are greeted with bagpipes making you really soak in the Scottish culture. The decor is traditional chic keeping it classy and cosy at the same time.

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Lee had booked himself in to play golf all morning, so I took the opportunity to explore the hotel. I was impressed to find a little shopping arcade with quaint little boutiques to buy souvenirs, clothes and jewellery as well as a nail bar! As I worked my way further into the hotel, it felt like Gleneagles was a little village in itself.

There was a little brasserie with a small indoor terrace and a little french café where you could sit and have a coffee and croissant. Further on you had 2 indoor pools, one reserved for adults only with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. Then you had a small but lovely heated outdoor pool as well as a fitness club.Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in GleneaglesThe Brasserie : The indoor terrace was just lovely!

Weekend in GleneaglesCoffee and Cake anyone?

After exploring I spent the morning at the gym and then tucked into the best breakfast buffet I have ever seen. Full Scottish Breakfast as well as a Pancake stand, Cheese and cold meat stand, Fruit Stand, and Cereal and baked goods stand. If wasn’t getting married in 9 weeks I would have spent the whole morning eating!

Weekend in Gleneagles

In the Afternoon I met up with Lee to explore the grounds and have a look at this world famous golf course and views. I got a few quick snaps before it started to bucket down with rain. So we headed inside to chill at the pool.

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Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in Gleneagles

Weekend in Gleneagles

Gleneagles houses 5 different restaurants and 3 different bars. We were lucky enough to get a reservation at the Andrew Fairlie 2 Michelin Star restaurant to try their 10 course degustation menu. The entire staff were so lovely and really made you feel welcome. Unlike other posh establishments that sometimes make you feel like you are worthless. The staff at Andrew Fairly were very warm and informative. The food presentation was like artwork, it felt a shame to eat it but I am glad we did. It was absolutely delicious!

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On the Sunday we filled our bellies (again) at the breakfast buffet and then took a long walk around the grounds before taking off back home to join our little cherub.

I would definitely recommend staying at the Gleneagles hotel if you are looking for a Luxurious Romantic Getaway with your partner or with your family. There are heaps of child friendly activities to do and we saw lots of families enjoying the resort with their kids. Beware, it can get expensive and make sure you check your bill when you leave. We were overcharged £300! Thankfully we checked before paying.

Check out Gleneagles Resort at www.gleneagles.com

 

xxx

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Get Glamorous Hair : Add Volume with Micro Bead Hair Extensions!

By Posted on 8 3 m read

I have always wanted to get hair extensions. A lot people who know me are probably reading this and thinking ‘ Whaaaat’! Yes I know, I already have quite long hair. But it is not about length. Despite having long hair, the one thing that my hair lacks is thickness. And that make all the difference.

I cannot pull of the sleek straight look. I end up looking like someone has just poured a bucket of water over my head because it is so flat to my scalp. I also have trouble achieving glamorous voluminous waves no matter how many times I curl my hair. Thin hair is thin hair no matter what you do.

So with my upcoming nuptials and my recent vow to get out of Frumpy-ville. I decided to take the plunge and I absolutely love it.

After doing some research, I chose to go to Salon 70 on Great Western Road here in Aberdeen. Sarah is the expert ( and yes she is the gorgeous mum from my frumpy post, check it out here) She will tell you exactly what you need as soon as she sees your hair.

I was a little hesitant at first as I have heard all of the horror stories and the last thing I want is to go bald just before my wedding. However Sarah was quick to put me at ease by explaining her technique. She uses micro beads with little silicone hooks to attach the extention to your hair. The pros are that is doesn’t do any damage to your hair at all. The con is that if not looked after properly the beads can slide and slip off.

All the hair she uses are 100% human hair and she will colour test your hair before you make your appointment to get them attached. It usually takes 1-2 days for your extensions to arrive and once she has them you are ready to go.

Prices vary depending on what you are looking to achieve and what texture your hair is. As I didn’t need to add a lot of length and just wanted volume and thickness we went for half a head which was 180£. Once you have paid for the hair, then the big cost is done. After that it is just getting them reattached every 10 weeks.

The whole session took just under 2 hours and I am really happy with the results. My hair looks so glamorous I can’t stop staring at it in the mirror! Sarah will supply you with your own special brush and instructions on how to look after your extensions. You must use a silicone and sulphate free shampoo, luckily for me I already do. Check out my post here for more information. My hair is thick and soft to touch and I can now pull off the sleek look.

Now I have no worries for my wedding day!

My hair just after getting it styled by Sarah 3 weeks ago!

My hair now!

What do you think? Have you had extensions before?

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