A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Banchory Lodge Hotel, Aberdeenshire

A relaxed day with plenty of blooms was a dream come true for Marion Waters + Angus Porteous’ Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding.

Banchory Lodge Hotel provided the perfect setting for the happy couple, all captured by Archibald Photography.

Bride, Marion, shares more of their wedding…

We met at university; we were friends of friends.

I knew he was The One while watching Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and we could both quote every line verbatim. A very important quality in anyone.

Angus proposed to me on an overnight cruise in Halong Bay in Vietnam.

He knew I wanted a sapphire and diamonds (I’m greedy like that) and had my ring custom made.

We got engaged in October and, since I’m a teacher, I had my heart set on being married at the beginning of the summer holidays, so we had to get a move on.

I got a list of dates our closest friends couldn’t do and enquired to find out where had availability on the weekends we could actually manage.

Banchory Lodge’s setting on the banks of the River Dee is beautiful and we really wanted to get married outside.

The vows we chose centred around the idea of being a team but allowing each other the independence to pursue our own interests and goals.

We designed and organised our table decorations.

They were an eclectic mix of anything from around the house that could hold flowers: bird cages, lanterns, vases, teapots.

My brother made wire bride and groom signs for our chairs, and a guest ˜book’ (a whisky barrell shaped in a letter P which guests signed with metallic sharpies!).

We gave everyone a mini succulent in a terracotta pot which we dipped and sprayed in gold and copper paint. Our dining room was a succulent forest leading up to the big day!

Angus’ brother opened the best man speech by getting the names of his brothers mixed up and marrying me off to the wrong brother, so that was fairly hilarious.

The format of the speech was a series of stories read from Angus’ ˜diary’ – all of which were true.

We opened the reception with Gordon’s Ceilidh Band from my school. They’re such a massive part of my life so it was really special having some of them be part of the wedding. After the buffet we had Pin-Up DJs until the end of the night.

Between the ceremony and the meal, it was lovely wandering around in the sun, hugging people, chatting and eating ice cream. It was a great way to begin married life.

Marriage brings you closer together because you’ve had this really special day where you’ve declared to the world that this person really is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.


Bride’s dress: Eliza Jane Howell at Perfect Bridal Rooms | Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monsoon, Adrianna Papell and White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal |

Bride’s earrings: IvyWild Boutique | Groom’s kilt outfit: Alex Scott Kiltmakers | Groom’s ring: Charles Green | Cake: Evelyn’s Cake Boutique | Décor: 3 Tiers Creative |

Florist: Isla Duncan Florist  | Hair: Michelle Reid  | Make-up: Simone Saint |

Stationer: Papier | Piper: Reid Piping | Ceilidh band: Gordon’s Ceilidh Band from Robert Gordon’s CollegeDJ: PinUp DJs