Scottish countryside celebrations at Ballogie House, Aboyne

Couple Rosie and Marc celebrated the beauty of their local area in a wedding venue in a stunning, countryside location. Ballogie House in Aboyne really is picture-perfect!

Take a peek at the fab photos by Zoe Rae Photography… 

In possibly our favourite ever ‘how we met’ anecdote, Rosie and Marc entered each other’s lives while on a Christmas jumper pub crawl. They were rather taken by each other’s knitwear, and so their story began.

A love of the great outdoors led to Marc proposing at the top of one of their favourite hills, Pressendye in Deeside, and when it came to planning their day the couple were keen to make a feature of their local area.

“We wanted our guests to experience a lovely day in the Deeside countryside,” says Rosie.

“The theme could be described as countryside and woodland with locally sourced, seasonal flowers and foliage taking centre stage, alongside tree trunk rounds and a lot of upcycled wood.”

Ballogie House was the perfect venue thanks to its scenic location amid the rolling Aberdeenshire hills, and as it’s pet-friendly it meant their dog Tiffin could join the celebrations too.

Plus, because it’s a blank canvas, the couple could really get creative. “I love art, making things and baking, so our wedding turned into a huge creative project,” laughs Rosie.

“We arranged flowers in mismatched jam jars, created a foliage canopy with fairy lights on the marquee ceiling and hired whisky barrels to use as tables on the lawn.”

Everyone walked through a gorgeous floral archway to enter the same church that Rosie’s parents had their vows blessed in when Rosie was younger.

“It meant a lot to stand in the same place to make our own wedding vows,” smiles the bride, who walked down the aisle to Farley Bridge by Breabach.

Afterwards, the couple held their drinks reception in the orangery at Ballogie House, and guests spilled out onto the lawn.

It was important to Rosie and Marc that guests were well watered and fed, so in addition to homemade bramble gin, prosecco and Pimm’s in big kilner jars, there was a delicious spread of homemade antipasti.

“Marc and I are keen foodies, so planning the wedding meal was really important to both of us,” says Rosie.

They had a hog roast alongside big platters of salads and baked salmon, and the caterers even put on a brunch for the day after the wedding. “Everyone came back to relax on the lawn, refuel and debrief.”

And there was plenty to catch up on, as the wedding reception was a right good knees up!

“We had a traditional ceilidh band, Clachan Yell. They were the first thing I booked when we got engaged,” says Rosie.

“We have been to loads of their ceilidhs and always had a fantastic night. I think the dancefloor was full all night, and everyone seemed to have a great time!”

Venues: St John’s Church, Fetternear + Ballogie House, Aboyne | Photographer: Zoe Rae Photography

Dress: Bride’s Delight | Bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Bridal Rooms | Kilts: Pam Blackhall

Florist: Hays Flowers | Transport: Classic Deeside Campers | Hair: Millionhairs

Catering: Kate’s of Inverurie + Fusion Hog Roast | Dog walking services: Paws on Parade

Band: Clachan Yell