Swedish couple Felicia and Magnus travelled to Scotland for their destination wedding after falling in love with Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel in Blairs.
Bride Felicia speaks about how she felt on the day, with gorgeous photos from Holly Rose Weddings…
“Magnus and I met the summer that we would turn 16.
We were both invited for a night out by a lake with a bonfire by mutual friends.
After 11 years together, Magnus proposed to me during our road trip through Scotland in July 2017.
During that trip we stayed at Ardoe House.
I just fell in love with the surroundings and the fact that it looks like an old castle.
I’d dreamt of getting married at a castle for ages; this was the perfect choice for us.
I decided quite early on a colour scheme of blush pink, dusty pink, burgundy, navy blue and golden details.
The theme was timeless vintage which for me is something from the past that still looks good with modern eyes.
We mostly used flowers for our décor – what could be more timeless than a lot of flowers?
I’ve known for a couple of years what kind of dress I wanted.
My dress was in three parts with a body in French couture lace and a blush pink skirt in tulle and silk.
I added a train to give it more volume and more of a wow factor.
When Magnus and I had our ‘first look’ shoot, I received a wedding gift from him; a necklace that he had designed himself.
He took the emerald from an old ring I got for one of our anniversaries.
We used it for Magnus’ rings too, but he saved the stones for this beautiful necklace.
I would really recommend a ‘first look’ moment. It’s really nice to have a couple of minutes together and take in the fact that you are getting married.
Walking down the aisle was a really emotional moment. We walked together as it’s more common in Sweden to do it like this.
We had a Christian ceremony with Reverend John Watson.
He made it personal, funny and loving. He also included the quaich ceremony which was a really fun touch, especially for all of our guests from Sweden.
It was exciting to add an old Scottish tradition to the ceremony.
We had an amazing evening! The dinner finished at 10pm and then I danced for three hours straight.
Then the after party continued in Ardoe House’s amazing whisky bar where two of our guests entertained us with their guitar playing and songs.
It feels amazing to be married. It’s like we have a stronger bond now, even though we’ve been together for over a decade.
We’ve officially told the world that we want to spend the rest of our lives together!”
Celebrant: Reverend John Watson | Rings: Michael O’Dwyer
Groom’s tuxedo: Cavaliere