A Fun + Relaxed Blank Canvas Wedding in Coo Cathedral, Aberdeenshire

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (13 of 42)Harriet Routh + Tom Cole

Saturday 16th April 2016

Coo Cathedral, Aboyne Estate

Photography | Fairytale Asylum Photography

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (7 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (8 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (12 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (14 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (9 of 42)Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (2 of 42)Harriet and Tom experienced the famous ˜four seasons in one day’ type of weather that is unique to Scotland. Not only did they wake up to a flurry of snow on the day of their April wedding, they also had blazing sunshine too, just in time to say their vows to each other. It was something different, and indicative of how this couple’s day would go “ full of surprises and by no means ordinary!

Harriet and Tom chose Coo Cathedral in Aboyne Estate, a totally blank canvas venue with heaps of potential “ just what the couple were looking for. “It was the first and only place we saw,” Tom tells us, “And it was just so impressive. The height of the ceilings, the light that streams in through the glass; just incredible.”

The four large alcoves that run along the side of the main floor made fantastic cubby spaces: one for the caterer to set up a serving station, another for the bring-your-own-bottle bar, the third for a seating area and champagne lounge complete with hay bales and the last for carnival games “ “enjoyed by the kids, but we saw a few adults sneak in there and try out the Nerf guns too!”.

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (18 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (16 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (17 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (19 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (20 of 42)At either end of the main hall, which was split into two for the ceremony and meal, then opened up for the evening reception, were two alcoves that the couple made cosy with sofas and seats “ a place for family and friends to chat.

“I must admit, this was created for Harriet’s mum who said that her biggest bug bear is that when she finally gets a chance to catch up with family, the music starts and she can’t hear anyone,” Tom laughs. “It worked really well. I even saw a few wee ones take advantage of the comfy seats for a power nap!”

The couple decided to forgo the usual table service three-course wedding breakfast and instead hired caterers The Deesidedly Tasty Company to create a Deep South BBQ feast!

“We had dry rub brisket, pulled beef in maple BBQ marinade, rotisserie chicken, veggie gumbo and lots of tasty sides: homemade baked beans, slaw, corn on the cob and sweet potato fries,” Harriet tells us. Seriously, how amazing does that sound?! “We pretty much died and went to heaven,” she laughs.

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (21 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (22 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (23 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (24 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (25 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (26 of 42)It was decided from the start that Harriet and Tom would support and showcase local businesses at their wedding, and give something back if possible, but they wanted to do it in a different way than having charity favours.

So, Harriet set about sourcing all crockery and plates for the day from charity shops. “This was by far our biggest challenge, as we had 110 guests to serve,” says Harriet. “My mum volunteers in a local charity shop which was a great starting point but we used lots of shops across Aberdeenshire. We spent £180 in total. Not only this but we let our guests, if they wanted to, take their plate home “ washed of course “ as a reminder of the day!”

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (3 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (5 of 42)Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (27 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (28 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (29 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (30 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (31 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (32 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (34 of 42)As well as a lot of DIY projects, the pair also enlisted help from some fantastic Scottish wedding suppliers, all of whom shared their vision for their unique and special day.

Emma North at Fairytale Asylum Photography‘s style really appealed to Harriet and Tom. “The idea of posing and big group shots just wasn’t what we were after. I met with Emma and she explained her approach, which was spot on. Our photos are incredible,” smiles Harriet.

“Our florist also happened to be my wonderfully talented sister Lorna, who was also a bridesmaid and six months pregnant at the time,” says Harriet. “I gave her artistic freedom to create what she thought would work. I actually cried when my bouquet was revealed. It was everything and more than I expected.”

Daffodils played a big part in bringing the vibrancy of spring to the venue, and lush foliage and greenery complemented it perfectly. “Lorna also made us bespoke H & T sign out of greenery and highlighted by lights. It was so funky and different,” Harriet says.

Props and displays were provided by 3 Tiers Creative, three sisters who had great suggestions for what would work in the venue. “They even pulled off incredible ceiling  lights which was impressive,” says Harriet.

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (35 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (36 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (37 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (39 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (40 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (41 of 42) Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (42 of 42)As the newlyweds prepare to set off on a summer-long roadtrip through Europe, they reflect on what it feels like to be a married couple: Team Cole.

“I love telling everyone we meet that Harriet is my wife,” smiles Tom. “Now we have this great day to look back on with our friends and family. The time and generosity that they gave us really bowled us over, and it was such a wonderful feeling. ”

Harriet-and-Tom-wedding (1 of 42)ABOUT FAIRYTALE ASYLUM PHOTOGRAPHY

Emma North says: “I prefer to adopt a storytelling approach to capturing the moment, it is your day, your event, your fairytale¦ I will be like a photo ninja¦ Stealth mode, we can do fun(posed) images, couple shots and portraits but the rest of the time I’m off shooting random stuff and if you do happen to see me you will probably wonder¦ What the heck is she doing?? But in 15, 30¦. 70 years it might just be your favourite photo.”

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// Venue: Coo Cathedral // Photographer: Fairytale Asylum Photography // Dress: WToo Collection by Watters at Ivory Whites, Perth

// Cake: Friend Nick // Caterers: The Deesidedly Tasty Company + Butternut Catering // Florist: Sakura Florist // Stationery: Feel Good Invites

// Hair: Beau Chic // Make-Up: Steph M. Artistry // Entertainment: Clachan Yell Ceilidh Band //

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