A Gorgeous Classic Wedding at Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory



Holly Scott and Andrew Buchan

Saturday 17th May 2014

Cults Parish Church and Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory 

Photographer: Parris Photography

“We got married seven years to the day of being together,” smiles bride Holly, when she tells us about her wedding to husband Andy.

“Within a year of dating, we’d bought our first home and were planning our future together.” Andy left the Royal Marines to start a new career in the oil and gas industry back in Aberdeen and the couple soon spoke about getting married.

Holly says, “Andy told me within the first year he knew he would marry me but in the end, it took him five and a half years to actually ask me!”

After Andy finally popped the big question, the couple started planning and looking for the perfect place to host their day.

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“We had a lot of friends who were getting married around the same time as us and somehow their venues become theirs and the memories you have are of their special day,” Holly says.

“We wanted to choose a venue that we hadn’t attended a wedding at, so it could be remembered for being our special day.”

Exclusivity was also an important factor for Holly and Andy “ “brides bumping into each other was something we wanted to avoid!” “ and so the couple settled on beautiful Raemoir House Hotel in Banchory.

“Our wedding planner Stephenie was fabulous to deal and answered every question we had,” says Holly. “I owe her a lot; having just been married herself the year before, she was the perfect person to keep us right!”

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Savvy planner Holly and her friend were getting married six weeks apart so they tried to share as many ideas and spread some of the cost if they could.

“For example, we had hand dried rose petals for confetti and both shared the cost of buying the flowers,” says Holly.

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Although she managed a few money saving tips, Holly admits that the hardest thing to keep track of was costs, and advises brides to chat to as many recently wed couples as they can for tips and ideas on busting that budget.

“Everyone tells you to stick to a budget but the little things that get added on at the last minute really mount up!,” she says.

Now that the day is done and the couple’s meticulous planning paid off with a wonderful day filled with family and friends, what does Holly say is the best thing about being part of a married couple?

“It does feel lovely to say ˜my husband’ or ˜Mrs’ “ that’s the nicest part,” smiles Holly.

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John Parris FMPA FBIPP and Sandra Parris LMPA are extremely passionate about their photography and have been full time, qualified, award winning master photographers in the art of wedding and portrait photography for over 14 years.

Contact Parris Photography by CLICKING HERE.


Venue: Cults Parish Church, Cults and Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory

Photographer: Parris Photography. “We loved John and Sandra’s work. We had a test shoot around Hawick and we knew we’d made the right choice picking them to capture our day!”

Videographer: Limelight Films

Transport: Eagle Cars. “We had two vintage Rolls Royce’s to transport the bridal party.”

Dress: Essence of Australia at Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen

Bridesmaid Dresses: Two Birds at The Bridal Boutique, Peterculter

Jewellery: Jamieson and Carry, Aberdeen for wedding rings. Pearl necklace from Tiffany & Co.

Accessories: Shoes by Adrianna Papell at Neiman Marcus.

Cake: Marks and Spencer

Florist: Harmony Florist, Banchory. “Maureen was a pleasure to deal with and listened to all of our ideas.”

Entertainment: Allan Skea, Acoustic Guitarist and The Fundamentals

Stationery: Pure Invitation. “Our stationery had a lace and pearl theme and tied everything together.”

Hair: Michelle Reid, Aberdeen. “Michelle came out to the venue in the morning. I had a beautiful, classic French twist which I loved.”

Make-up: Rae Mathieson, Aberdeen. “My make-up artist was the first booking I made “ even before the venue! Rae has an amazing talent and everyone loved their make up on the day.”

Cocktail Bar: Dusk, Aberdeen


¦ the gorgeous rose petals that Holly and Andy used instead of confetti! Not only are they stunning but they’re eco-friendly too.