We all know that weddings don’t come cheap. So you can imagine Helen and William’s delight when they won their wedding photography in a selfie competition.
And we reckon the photographers Aboyne Photographics couldn’t believe their luck when they saw how much detail went into this creative couple’s big day.
Helen and William both come from a farming background so they wanted their Udny Green wedding in October last year to have an agricultural feel.
Read all about it from the bride’s perspective…
“We met at a Young Farmers disco. Young Farmers is the biggest dating agency for country folks! It took until the end of the night for him to speak to me but once we started talking we spoke for the rest of the night.
Our first priority was to find a date that fitted into the farming calendar. As both our families farm we had to make sure the date didn’t clash with any events like calving, lambing, silage or harvest!
This meant when we took the calendar out we didn’t have many dates left to choose from!
Our venue was close to my family home and is a very beautiful and unique village in the area. We both wanted traditional and unique and the hall allowed us to create this so our wedding could be different and the day we wanted.
We had a marquee on the village green took some planning but added a special touch to the day.
We found our photographers Aboyne Photographics at the Your Wedding Exhibition at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
We had gone to the fair specifically to meet loads of photographers and Russell and Laura were our favourites. So we couldn’t believe our luck after we entered their selfie competition and won our photography!
My mum put so much work into the invitations and we worked together on the decorations, favours and little touches. I even persuaded my uncle to bale smaller round bales of straw to make poser tables for the marquee.
On the Friday before the wedding, we had an army of family and friends put everything together.
We also did our sweetie table ourselves. My family are Orcadian and we used my family member bridal cogs, which are an Orkney tradition, to hold some of the sweeties.
Walking down the aisle was so overwhelming and emotional as I walked down to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, played by my brother on pipes and accompanied by the organ. This made a lump in my throat before I even started walking down the aisle.
We used traditional vows as we wanted a traditional ceremony. The vows meant a lot as they signify the long lasting commitment you make to each other.
Our caterers Country Flavours of Alford are second to none. They invited us for a tasting which helped us to decide our menu but there was no decision to be made on the main course. It would always have had to be beef to keep the farmers happy with plenty of vegetables and potatoes.
Being married is the start of a new chapter in your life and although day to day nothing may change (apart from the hassle of changing all your paper work), marriage cements the commitment you make to each other. Your friendship becomes deeper.
You also have to get used to being called Mrs Willis and sometimes, when my maiden and married name gets double barrelled incorrectly, Mrs Bruce-Willis! #DieHardWedding