After a beautiful New Year’s proposal in Dubai Jan and Pinny knew they wanted to host their wedding back home in Scotland in a gorgeous marquee.
They pushed out all the stops and treated their guests to an amazing two-day celebration complete with bands, singing magicians, flower crown workshops and bouncy castles – not to mention their stunning flowers, all captured beautifully by Emma Lawson Photography.
Read on for all the details of their dream wedding weekend…
When Jan first met Pinny, she was struck by his good looks and love of snowboarding – but says he was really shy.
Pinny laughs and recalls it was more of a physical attraction for him, which soon transformed into something deeper.
After six years of dating, he proposed on the stroke of midnight at New Year in Dubai.
“I was so emotional I missed the huge display of fireworks, which is still a standing joke as I love fireworks,” smiles Jan.
“My children were sitting with us when he popped the question and he took me totally by surprise.”
The couple knew they wanted to get married at home in Scotland and with their breathtaking views of the hills stretching beyond Durris, Drumoak and Royal Deeside, a marquee wedding was the perfect way to make the most of the beautiful setting.
Luckily, Pinny’s brother Dan works for Esslemont Marquees and he designed the perfect custom marquee for their big day, while his wife Sophie helped Jan decide on the décor.
The finished design included a ceremony space, bar area, dining room, outside balcony and seating area; ideal for all the entertainment that was to come throughout the couple’s two-day bank holiday weekend celebration.
Jan and Pinny opted for a lush pale blue theme and created a country vibe with their fabulous flowers.
“I wanted unstructured, charismatic, aromatic flowers which were different to all flowers I had previously seen in magazines,” says Jan.
“We literally had flowers flowing down from the ceiling.”
A pillared stage was set up in the ceremony area to ensure each of their 200 guests had an unrestricted view, and Jan walked down an aisle lined with six cherry blossom trees.
Having a two-day wedding meant two amazing dresses for Jan and she and her bridesmaids had a great weekend shopping around Scotland for her first perfect gown.
She had always known she wanted a fitted backless dress and eventually found one by designer Martina Liana.
“It originally had thin straps descending down the back into lace, however as it was backless I felt it was more elegant with capped sleeves,” she says.
Her second dress was a beautiful off-the-shoulder Suzanne Neville number with long sleeves and a front split.
After a morning spent getting ready in Aberdeen’s Chester Hotel, Jan and her bridesmaids and flowergirls, including daughters Jessica and Sofia and niece Lucy, arrived in style in her family friends’ Rolls Royce Phantoms.
The guests had already been treated to a champagne reception soundtracked by Rococo Quartet, who played Metallica and Guns N’ Roses tunes before the bride’s big arrival.
The couple were married in a beautiful humanist ceremony, conducted by Louise McAllister.
“She captivated the guests with her delightful charm, delivering a truly unique ceremony,” recalls Jan.
During the wedding breakfast, Secret Singers really got the party started.
By the time the evening reception rolled around, everyone was in great spirits, kicking off proceedings with a “hilarious” Orcadian Strip the Willow which had everyone up and dancing away.
The next day, everyone returned for a second day of fun.
Florist Kim set up a flower wall for photos and there was even a flower crown making station.
Looking back, Jan says, “It truly was the most magical time and I wish we could return as guests!”