A chic + fun family wedding at Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire

It’s impossible to look at Michele and Philip’s wedding photos and not smile! They chose to celebrate their big day at Crieff Hydro Hotel with just their closest friends and family, and judging by the pics, it was full of joy and laughter.

Find out more about this lovely couple’s beautiful wedding, and how they made sure the focus was on everyone having a good time.

Bride Michele talks us through her day, captured by the wonderful Jenni Browne Photography

Crieff Hydro Hotel

We live in Aberdeen but most of our family and friends are scattered across Scotland, so we knew we wanted to pick somewhere central and convenient for our wedding.

We also knew we wanted to enjoy a relaxed, intimate day with our 95 guests.

When it came down to picking a venue, Crieff Hydro seemed like a bit of a no brainer – we’ve been on lots of family holidays there, so it holds good memories for us.

We have three kids together so our wedding was always going to be about the five of us, not just us two!

As we were doing all the organising, we gave ourselves a two year window for planning.

It was good, but there still a few stressful moments to manage.

My dress, for example, was almost a total disaster as there was a mix-up with the sizing on delivery. Gwenne Wedding Services, where I got my Lillian West dress from, were totally fabulous and got it all sorted for me, but it was definitely a moment of panic!

We decided on a theme of gold and neutral blush pinks, with a vintage touch.

I also wanted lots of glitter, although it’s not really up Phil’s street!

I managed to squeeze some in on the invitations, which were gold with glittered envelopes.

We also went for glitter elements on the rest of our stationery, most of which was ordered from Etsy – I didn’t want to go OTT on the budget for this!

We carried this colour theme over to the bridesmaid dresses!

The three bridesmaids in blush are my lovely daughters! We wanted something girly, elegant and pretty for them, but not too grown up. These Dessy gowns from Brides Delight Aberdeen were perfect!

My friend and sister were also bridemaids, and I wanted to find them dresses that would tie in with the theme, but that they could also wear again.

Their gold, glittering Sorella Vita dresses from Angharad Bridal in Elgin were gorgeous, and ticked all the boxes.

Our wedding favours, soy candles with different scents, also tied in with our colour scheme.

They were all handmade by my sister as a wedding prezzie, which was a really nice personal touch.

We really wanted our guests to relax and enjoy themselves, so it was nice that a lot of them stayed at Crieff Hydro the night before our wedding.

It gave everyone a chance to meet each other and have a chat before the day!

I was sensible, and went up to my room at half 9, though, whilst everyone else started the celebrations.

My bridal suite had a roll-top bath with views out over the hills, and relaxing there before bed was truly a memorable moment for me – a lovely moment of peace before the wedding.

On the morning of the wedding, my daughters, bridesmaids and me all got ready together.

Although Phil didn’t get to see me, I didn’t stick to the tradition of the bride not being seen. My friends popped into the suite where we were getting ready for lunch, which was lovely.

The ceremony and dinner went perfectly, especially as Phil had organised a surprise – singing waiters!

They came in during the meal and managed to get everyone up dancing before the main course was even over!

The rest of the night, including the speeches and the dancing, went as well, with everyone having a good laugh throughout.

We definitely succeeded in showing everyone a good time!

I’d say being married does feel a bit different – it’s just a different type of security and comfort.

My top tip for other couples is to enjoy it. Everyone says it, but your day goes past so, so quickly – try to make the most of it!

Venue: Crieff Hydro Hotel Photographer: Jenni Browne Photography | Venue Décor: Ivory Tower Weddings

Dress: Lillian West from Gwenne Edinburgh | Veil: Flame, Rainbow Club | Groom: McCalls, Aberdeen

Bridesmaid dresses | Dessy, Brides Delight AberdeenSorella Vita, Angharad Bridal Elgin

Celebrant: Brenda Reid, Scottish Humanist Society | Florist: First Blush, Lanarkshire | Entertainment: Splash Band

Hair: Philip Bell, Ishoka Aberdeen Make-up: Stacey Stewart MUA, Aberdeen