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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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5 Things I Have Learnt About Planning a Wedding

With only 5 weeks until my fiancé and I tie the knot. Things have been stressful. Who knew that wedding planning was such a big task, right? For me it was supposed to be straight forward. Venue, Caterer, Music, Dress and Voila. Wedding Planned and Done! Or so I thought.

I didn’t anticipate how stressful and massive wedding planning can be. Not to mention that my fiancé and I had decided to do every major life milestone all at the same time!  Engaged, bought a house and then had a baby all within a year! Yikes Check out my 5 tips for new mums here. We did everything backwards.

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So as we are tying up some of our loose ends and finalising our big day I thought I would put together some of the things I have learnt during my wedding journey to help all future brides to be prepare and tame the Bridezilla within.

1. The Early Bird gets the worm

I swear that this saying was invented just for weddings. I was amazed at how early in advance we needed to book things. And not just the big things like venue and caterer. EVERYTHING! Lee and I got engaged in July 2015 and had decided that we would plan for the wedding to be exactly two years from that date.

I had my heart set on 7th July 2017. Seven seems to be our lucky number and I desperately wanted that date.  So we went to visit venues a few months later only to be told that it was already booked. We had to change the date

Starting to panic, I started contacting other services that we had wanted such at decorators, bands, even hair and makeup artists. And guess what? They were all booked out! So if you know what you want then save yourself the stress and start booking as soon as he pops the question.

2. Shop Around

As soon as you mention the word Wedding, prices seem to go up three fold. It is ridiculous. Lee and I were looking to get confetti. Nothing fancy just plain old biodegradable confetti so that we can get a nice photo of us coming out of the church with our guests throwing confetti. Simple right? Nope we were looking at a minimum of 60£, and that is for only half of our guests.

This is were you need to be patient and spend a lot of time shopping around to make sure you are getting the best price and not getting duped!  Most of my time has been spent researching and researching the most cost effective way to do things. Even though it takes time, I have been able to find great bargains and alternatives.

 

3. Prepare, Prepare …PREPARE!!!!!!

In order to be as stress free as possible while wedding planning, you need to be as organised as possible. Luckily both my partner and I are fairly organised, we love checklists in our house. At the beginning as you start to book all of the main things for your big day. You will feel this false sense of security that you have everything under control. Chances are you don’t. I went months thinking everything was dandy. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realised we had no seating for people during the 2 hour wait before dinner. It was a mad dash to find a solution. On top of that you need to think about all of the finer decoration details with in my opinion is the most stressful. I wish we could have a trial day just so I could make sure everything perfect.

4. You cannot do Everything, and that is ok.

No matter how well you have planned your big day, there will always be a moment when you feel you haven’t done enough. We have visited our venue on a few occasions just to keep the image fresh in our minds and to visualise our ideas better. However now that wedding season is upon us, we have arrived to see the remnants of other weddings at our venue. What an amazing way to make you feel like you haven’t done enough and that your wedding is going to be shit is comparison. PANIC!

There are always going to be things that you can add on to your wedding to lake things look nicer. But lets be real, are those things really important? Decide what is really important for you and your partner to have on your big day and then focus on that. If you can live without the light canapé, then scrap it. But if you absolutely want the Photo Booth, the go for it. It is knowing that you have limits and accepting that.

5. Remember this is YOUR day

Weddings can sometimes bring the best and the worst out of people. It can be easy to get carried away and feel like you need to compromise and please everyone else. However never to the detriment of your own happiness. At the end of the day, this is your day. It is about you and your partner, and you have the right to have the day you want and dream of. After all you only get one day in your life time.

Having said that if there are things that you can change to avoid unnecessary drama, without impacting too much on your day then I encourage you to make the sacrifice. Somethings are not worth having a lifetime of resentment for all because you put someone on the wrong table and couldn’t be bothered changing it.

I hope these 5 things helps you in your magical journey. We cannot believe that our journey is almost at its end.  I am going to try to cherish every moment from here up until our big day and you should too.

 

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Don’t Panic: Wedding season is here! Look Good with my Fashionable Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

April is here and that means Wedding Season has started! If you are like me, then chances are you have a few weddings to attend this year, and you are excited and panicked at the same time. Excited that you get to attend such a special event, panicked because you have no idea what you are going to wear!

Weddings tend to be the time when you meet up with friends and relatives you have not seen in a long time. And I mean a LONNNG time. Some of these people last saw me when I was slim, radiant and had perfect hair. Now I am rolly polly, tired and not so put together. Do you see the dilemma ?

Nobody wants to be that person who everybody looks at and thinks ‘ Oh she let herself go’. Everybody wants to be beautiful and a wedding is one of those times where you can be guaranteed that everybody is looking at everybody to see how they look and what they are wearing. You want to show that you have not let yourself go. That you still have your mojo despite the fact that you are aging by the minute and are not as perky as you once were.

So the hunt for the perfect dress begins! You want to look classy but with sex appeal. You want something that hides all the lumps and bumps, but doesn’t hang off you like a potato sack. Something that compliments your figure without you looking like you are trying to be something you are not. Sigh. Its hard.

So I put together a few wedding guest outfits that I love and can compliment all different body types. Check them out below, you can also check out ASOS Wedding guest selection here for more ideas.

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  1. First dress is from Chi Chi London. This is a such a lovely dress. Chic, feminine and classy, everything you need for a summer wedding! Get it here
  2. ASOS Petite Range: I love this dress! However if you are over 5’5 then it is not for you. The top ruffle is great if you are small chested and are looking for an hour glassy figure look. It is quite fitted so pull out the spanx. Get it here
  3. A stunning and elegant dress by Coast. With its flowing skirt it is perfect for all body types. Good for hiding lumps and bumps while looking classy! Get it here

4. This little floral dress by ASOS is a stunner. The vibrant colours are eye catching, while still being cute and sexy. Would look great with a vibrant lip colour to match. Get it here

5. A beautiful dress in a beautiful colour, this is one for the taller girls amongst us from Paper Dolls Tall Collection. This figure hugging lace dress is one of my favourites. Too bad I don’t have the figure or the height for it. Get it here

6. I love love love this look. It is modern and vintage all in one. It looks like it should be on the set of a Grease remake. The top and skirt are sold separately from Coast. I wish I could pull this off but think I may be too short again. Get it here 

There you have it,  some of my favourite wedding outfits for this summer. If you are still looking for an outfit then check out ASOS’s large range of dresses and outfits by clicking the link below.

Be quick, they have a sale on with up to 70% off. I just bought a whole load of outfits to spruce up my wardrobe.

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Why you need a pre-wedding photoshoot!

With our nuptials fast approaching, it was time for us to book our pre-wedding photoshoot. Apart from not knowing what the hell I was going to wear and burning the side of my face with my freaking curling iron. I was feeling optimistic. 

Our house, that we have been living in for just over a year still needed work, and the idea of having decent photos to put up on the walls got me all excited. Yes this is what my life has turned into, I get excited about wall decor!

Besides the obvious perks of being able to decorate my house and get a decent family photo, we initially were not sure if we really needed a pre-shoot. Some photographers charge a few 100£ extra for if you request one so is it worth the extra cash? Do you really need one? My answer is yes and here is why

You build a rapport with your photographer before the big day.

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Awkward Superman pose and awkward hand lol

The only time we had met Graham was when we enquired about his services and looked through his portfolio. It was very formal and to the point, we got the information we wanted, discussed prices and that was it.

Our pre-shoot gave us an opportunity to get to know Graham on a personal level and for him to know us. The hour and a half we spent with him broke all barriers and I now feel 100% comfortable knowing that he will be present while my bridesmaids and myself are getting ready the morning of. Something I was nervous about previously.

You practise how to pose together without looking awkward

This was really important to me. So many photos of Lee and I look ridiculous. We pose for a photo and end up looking like two rigid stick figures awkwardly hugging each other. I did not want this on our wedding photos. When you are paying thousands of pounds for a photographer you want to look good. You want someone to guide you and teach you how to stand and where to put your awkward hand so that you do not look like a total loser. Though we had some awkward laugh out loud moments, we learnt what poses best suited us, and what definitively did not! LOL

You have photos to use for websites or wedding invites

Even though we had already sent out all of our invitations, getting a pre-shoot is a good idea for when you wish to use a photo of yourselves on your invitations or wedding website. It makes everything look more professional when the photos are fab and of good quality. If only I could remember how to edit our wedding website…….

You know what to expect!

You have an opportunity to have a sneak peak at what it will be like on the big day. You will be surprised at how quickly time passes when it is just you and your partner; so imagine what it will be like with your bridal party and guests will be present. Doing this shoot helped us to see how much time is needed and with the help of Graham we adjusted our schedule on the day accordingly. Now we know what to expect, we will be less flustered and will have more time to relax and enjoy our day with our guests.

Here are some snippets of our shoot

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  1. We had just had to awkwardly kiss and couldn’t stop laughing. 2. Gabriel stealing the limelight 3. That boy is so heavy, my arms was breaking. He loved it though

 

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