Wedding Photography, Aberdeenshire, Scotland: Bride & Groom’s Names – Linda Isobel Mary Middleton & Steven Ian Brown
How did you meet?
We met at a party on my birthday (halloween) 2009. Steven was dressed as Ali G and I was dressed as a bumble bee so we colour coordinated both being in black and yellow, haha! I’d just returned from travelling in Australia and was planning on moving back to London so for the first few months we were both adamant that we weren’t a couple, even though we were pretty inseparable. Eventually on Valentines Day 2010, we realised that we had been a couple for months and made it official. London was cancelled and shortly afterwards we moved in together.
Why did you choose Susan Renée Photography?
I had been a HUGE fan of Susan’s work for years. Prior to getting engaged there were two things I had my heart set on, one was getting married at Fyvie Castle and the other was having Susan as our wedding photographer. Photos have always been one of my favourite things, I just love the way you can go back and look at a moment. We checked Susan’s availability before confirming our date, it was that important that she was our wedding photographer!
Who did your hair and what time did you get started in the morning?
Lindsay Steele did my hair and my 5 bridesmaids hair. She started at 8am and we were all delighted with our hair and ready on time.
Who was your makeup artist?
Rae Mathieson did myself, all 5 bridesmaids and my Mum’s make up. She did an amazing job, we all felt beautiful. My Mum never wears make up and is always much more concerned about everyone else rather than herself. I know she was a bit worried about being Mother of the bride as she isn’t someone that’ll comfortable being in the limelight. However once she had on her gorgeous outfit and her hair and make up done, she was so confident and happy. That is one of my happiest memories from the day.Who was your wedding dress designer and how did you know that the dress was ‘the one’? Where did you get it?
I had visited most bridal boutiques in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with my bridesmaids and both Mums, with no success. Then in summer 2012 I went down in London to visit my bridesmaid Lisa. My flight home wasn’t until Monday evening so I decided to have a look round some of the bridal shops there. The first shop I went into was Sassi Holford and the first dress I tried on was the one. I knew it was the one because I didn’t have a ‘but’ with it… With the other dresses I had tried on, I liked this and that BUT not this or that. There was nothing I wanted to change about my dress (or veil) and I didn’t want to take it off.Who designed your shoes?
My shoes are customised Benjamin Adams. I found them on Pinterest and fell in love with them. I then discovered you could only get them in America and the company selling them didn’t deliver to the UK. Not discouraged I joined a USA to UK shipping company who provided an address in the US to have the shoes delivered to. Then for a fee, they sent them on to the UK. Fast forward 6 weeks and the shoes arrived but with a £135 custom charge. I’m not sure Steven agrees but I still think they were worth it.Did you have any special accessories?
My headpiece was made by Jannie Baltzer. Jannie is one of the nicest wedding suppliers I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with. I originally picked a different headpiece but 3 or 4 months after it arrived, I had my hair trial and it didn’t work. I emailed Jannie and explained I had been the headpiece had not been used and was in immaculate condition but when I tried it on it wasn’t sitting right and was there any chance I could exchange it. I expected a no but Jannie replied, not only offering to exchange my piece and refund any difference in price! Jannie also told me I could wait until her new pieces were launched and included some photos. I found my headpiece and Jannie customised it for me so it was extra sparkly to match my shoes.
With my birthday only being a month before the wedding, I’d said to Steven not to get me anything. For my wedding present I had said when we got engaged that I would like a Tiffany’s necklace but then laterally decided they were too expensive. Steven didn’t know there was a bow on the front of my dress but he knew I love bows generally. On my birthday morning I couldn’t believe it when I opened a Tiffany’s box to find a beautiful necklace with diamond bow, which was my birthday and wedding present. I didn’t wear it until our wedding day.
I also cut a heart out of my brother Ross’ favourite jumper and it was sewn into my dress.
Who supplied the groom and groomsmen’s outfits?
They were from Gibbs in Inverurie.
Who designed the bridesmaids’ dresses and why did you chose that colour?
The dresses were Ebony Rose. I chose plum and silver because I think they’re lovely winter shades. I also thought the silver complemented Lisa and Vicky’s blonde hair and the plum complemented Lisa, Natalie and Lyndsay’s dark hair.
Where was the wedding ceremony held and why did you choose it?
Fyvie Castle. I have wanted to get married at Fyvie Castle since I was a little girl, I had always imagined my wedding being a snowy fairytale. I later found out my Grandad had been stationed there for 3 months during the Second World War. My Dad wasn’t born until after the war but my Grandma, uncle and 2 aunties had stayed in Fyvie for those 3 months to be close to my Grandad.
Where was the wedding reception held and why did you choose it?
We went to view several reception venues but as soon as we stepped foot in Meldrum House, we both knew it was the one. We liked how the marquee was a blank canvas and logistically how close it is to Fyvie Castle. The building and grounds are beautiful, the rooms are stunning and the food and service excellent.
On our wedding night, my Mum, Dad, niece and nephew were staying in room 3. In the middle of the night they were woke up with a heavy wooden table, topped with glass just ‘falling over’. We spoke to Peter and he advised that room 3 is the room haunted by the white lady!
Did you have a videographer? If so, who were they?
We had Tom from Alba Videos. We really struggled to find a videographer. We had seen countless samples and hadn’t been particularly keen on any of them. I lost my big brother Ross just a few weeks after his wedding in 2008. I’ve always treasured my copy of Ross’ wedding DVD as it’s the only way I can see him and hear his voice. I was watching it one day and thought, why didn’t I think of this sooner, I’d like the videographer Ross had. On Ross’ wedding DVD box it said Alba Videos so I googled it and found Tom… It was only after meeting Tom, he explained he started filming weddings in 2009 so hadn’t filmed Ross’ wedding but by then I took it as fate.
Who did your flowers and why did you choose what you did?
We had Blooms and Balloons by Suzie for the bouquets (Suzie is a friend) and Dolce Vita for our centre pieces. I choose peony roses, avalanche roses and penny lane roses for our bouquets. They’re my favourite flowers and I love how the penny lane roses look almost vintage lilac. Due to the time of year peony roses were available but Suzie managed to get a similar rose. In Fyvie Castle we had bay trees with fairy lights. Then at either side of the aisle we had a single hydrangea tied with a ribbon at one side and an avalanche rose and a penny rose on the other side. In Meldrum House we had more trees with fairy lights. Then for the centre pieces we went for half tall displays with hydrangeas, penny & avalanche roses and fairy lights and half fish bowls with penny & avalanche roses, thistles and floating candles. I liked the idea of the different heights and with it being November and dark outside, the fairy lights and candles gave a nice cosy wintery feel.
Who designed your cake? Did you give them any ideas re the design?
Our cake was from Bibi’s. I had seen a photo of a pink cake on Pinterest that was a 3 tier cake with 2 tiers of cupcakes underneath. I took that into Bibi’s and explained that I liked that idea but I’d like an ivory cake with each tier being a different flavour. My top tier was traditional wedding cake, the middle tier was chocolate cheesecake and the bottom tier was Victoria sponge with raspberry jam. The cupcakes were half Orieo cookie and half white chocolate. I asked if Bibi could add lace, pearls and bows to tie in with our theme. A few months before our wedding Bibi’s in Aberdeen closed down. The St Andrews branch kindly not only honoured our order but the owner delivered and set up our cake herself. They also provided scones, macaroons and fine pieces for our boozy afternoon tea.
Who were your band and what was it you liked about them?
Our band were Mustang. They played at my cousins wedding and we thought they were really good. We liked that they did a few Scottish songs at the start and also a DJ set for the last hour. Several guests commented on our band and the dance floor was always full.
Who provided the wedding transport?
Carriages Vintage Rolls Royce Car Hire. Family business that was run by twins, passed on from their Dad. After over 25 years, we were their second last wedding.
What was the best bit about your wedding meal? Did you use a caterer?
Meldrum House did our meals and we couldn’t have faulted them. The heart shaped shortbread and fudge at the end was a nice touch.
Do you have a favourite picture from the day, if so, what is it and why?
Our favourite pictures is that of Steven and I during our first dance. I just love the way we are looking at each other and it reminds me exactly how I felt in that moment.
What was your inspiration?
The theme of our wedding was winter vintage. There was a bow and lace detail on my dress so we continued that through to our cake, stationary etc. As we knew it would be dark before our reception started we had fairy lights in the marquee, on trees and central pieces. We had lanterns and candles too.
We wanted to have an intimate, vintage, winter wedding in a castle with a big party afterwards. I feel we’re very lucky that we managed to make that happen. The only thing missing was some snow.
What was the best bit about your day?
Linda – our first dance, seeing Steven when I was walking down the aisle, my Dad’s saying how proud he & my Mum are of me, seeing our friends & family enjoying themselves so much.
Steven – seeing Linda walk down the aisle and our first dance.
Did anything funny or unusual happen during your preparations or wedding day?
Just over a month before the wedding, on the same day our bridesmaid dresses arrived from America and 3 were completely the wrong colour and I got an email saying our wedding cake shop had closed down. Being stuck 3,000 miles away at the time that was a rather stressful day!
My poor Mum forgot that the flowers and bay trees in Fyvie Castle were suppose to be taken to Meldrum House so we ended up with only half the flowers we should have had in the marquee – I doubt anyone noticed.
Any advice for couples still to tie-the-knot??
I can’t remember where it’s stolen from but ‘A wedding is a party not a performance, if at the end of the day you are married to the one you love then everything went perfectly’.
Keep things simple and don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Only after staying up until 4am arranging which guests had plum name cards/chair covers etc and which had silver; I realised it really didn’t matter!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Phuket in Thailand. We had a beautiful villa with our own pool.
ADDITIONAL SUPPLIERS OR ENTERTAINERS
We hired a photo booth from SillySnapz. As I’ve previously mentioned I love photos and I wanted to have photos of my evening guests to look back on too. The gentleman from SillySnapz said he normally has to encourage guest into the booth, however their was a constant queue for ours! SillySnapz gave us a USB with all our photos and a guest book which had a copy of each print out stuck in with guest comments alongside their photos. We had a brilliant laugh reading through it, the next day.