When Emma and Mark got married at Logie Country House on Saturday 19th August last year, they knew they wanted a big celebration with their nearest and dearest.
Turning their big day into one big weekend, it was all about having fun and sharing the love with their friends and family, all captured by photograher By Rhea.
Here, bride Emma talks us through their wedding planning…
Mark proposed when we were on a cruise with my family, celebrating my mum and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary.
We were in Barcelona and he chose a beautiful spot in front of the National Art Museum. We had been together around 2 years.
We wanted a venue where we could have a whole weekend party with room for all our families and close friends to stay. We loved the idea of all being together for more than just one day – we wanted to keep the party going!
When we saw Logie Country House, it blew us away. Not only was the venue stunning, but it had all the capacity we needed; the swimming pool and hot tubs were the icing on the cake!
Mark and I made all the big decisions together. Our family and friends were always on hand to help, especially in the final run up to the wedding and the hectic day before.
We had a lot of DIY details; I was keen that the day be unique to us. We wanted everything to be informal, rustic and in-keeping with the country setting.
My dad refurbished a beautiful piece of furniture for us from a wreck to the most amazing focal point. It’s a set of large chemists drawer set which took pride of place in our venue. He also handmade a ‘celebration board’ in a beautiful antique frame that we used for our guests to sign.
My sister-in-law, Maeve, gifted us boxes of beautiful glass jars she had wrapped in lace for her and Mark’s brother, Nicky’s, wedding and she also handmade the cute bunting which we hung around the stables and ballroom.
We used an an old painting ladder for our handmade table plan, wrapped in ivy and tiny fairy lights and used Polaroid selfies of us in different countries. We decorated pebbles, which we collected from the river, with everyone’s names as place settings.
I handmade the cake topper to represent Mark’s love of Aberdeen Football Club and my love of horses – it was a miniature statue of us both and my horse Pep.
I had no idea about wedding dress shopping before starting! I tried on several different styles in a couple of different shops to see what worked.
I chose a dress by Enzonai, which had a fitted bejewelled bodice with sweetheart neckline combined with a very unique ruffled skirt. I loved the uniqueness and glamour of it; it was the skirt that sold it to me!
Janie Barclay Photography was highly recommended and, when I enquired, Janie said that Rhea was available on our date.
When we met Rhea, she was the obvious choice and put us both at ease. She’s absolutely lovely, was great fun on the day and has become a friend since.
As a last minute decision, we changed from getting married outside in the courtyard to inside, in the ballroom.
Our lovely friend Gemma from Ruffle & Rose kindly stepped in and decorated the ballroom so beautifully with lanterns and so many candles. It looked amazing!
The day before the wedding, we had a wee party. It was great that our friends and family all brought nice food they’d made and we cracked into the stash of fizz in earnest!
The morning of the wedding was brill! I was determined to enjoy it and not have any stress, I was just so excited to marry Mark.
We had a humanist ceremony as we wanted it to be personal. Walking down the aisle, I felt super happy and excited! I couldn’t stop smiling.
Myke Black, the musician, played our ceremony and reception. He learned our favourite songs, including All You Need is Love by The Beatles for me walking down the aisle.
After the ceremony, Myke set up in the courtyard, singing live and the guests loved it. My bridesmaids and I stopped by and had a wee dance with him which made for some great pics I’ll never forget
My dad’s speech was fantastic. He was engaging, kind and funny. He is very sadly no longer with us so I will cherish the words he said that day.
Mark’s speech was also excellent – the less said about the best men speeches, the better!
Our first dance song was Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. It was being played everywhere when we met and seemed the obvious choice
We took a chance on our band, Flung Aboot, as we hadn’t really heard of them but they were mega! We danced all night.
Having our families and close friends all together from Friday to Monday was a highlight.
On Sunday, we had a huge BBQ outside in the courtyard and caught up with all our guests properly. In the morning, we were sat in the outdoor hot tub admiring the view and drinking prosecco. I remember thinking ‘what could be better than this?!’
For our honeymoon, we waited until November and took 3 weeks to tour south-east Asia. We visited Singapore, Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and the rainforest in Thailand.
Try to enjoy the wedding planning process. it seems all-consuming, but keep perspective as it’s not worth getting stressed about. Just enjoy every minute.