The setting in both of Nicola and Steven’s chosen wedding venues blew me away when I first had the chance to flick through their photographs. Have you ever seen a more beautiful cathedral than St. Mary’s in Aberdeen? Next up, the picturesque setting of Logie Country House was the base for the couple’s guests all weekend. It looks like the best party ever!
Beautifully captured by the super-talent that is Emma Lawson Photography, check out the pics and hear what bride Nicola has to say about the day…
We got engaged in 2015 in Dubai. My family live there, and we were visiting with my parents on holiday. Steven spent most of the trip sneaking off with my dad. I thought they were frequenting the bar, or shopping at the mall, so I gave him a hard time for spending too much time away from me! What I didn’t know was that he was having my engagement ring made and planning to propose!
On our last day, Steven booked a table for dinner at the Burj Al Arab as a surprise treat. We had dinner in the underwater aquarium restaurant which was amazing, then drinks on the beach afterwards where Steven popped the question!
We live in Aberdeen with Steven’s daughter Lauren and our Cocker Spaniel Bella. Lauren and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into wedding planning after the engagement!
We got married in St. Mary’s Cathedral, a Catholic church, which was important to me as I was brought up in the Catholic faith. The ceremony was such a special part of our day; nothing really beats the feeling of anticipation before you walk down the aisle.
We chose Logie Country House as our reception venue. We both loved the venue, a beautiful old castle in the countryside, with enough rooms for all our immediate family and bridal party to stay, and the added benefit of being exclusive-use the whole weekend. We were sold straight away!
The house, ballroom, grounds and surroundings of Logie Country House is all just so beautiful. And the bridal suite; you have to see that to believe it! The staff were all so brilliant, and we felt in safe hands with Gillian, the wedding co-ordinator.
We wanted the day to be as personal to us as possible, so we handmade a lot of the decorations ourselves. When I say ‘we’, I really mean Steven! I just directed.
The favours were particularly special because they were all the way from Dubai, and made by my family’s business, The Camel Soap Factory. We went out to the factory before our wedding and hand-stamped every soap bar as a gift for our guests.
I had ideas about the florals that I wanted on the day, and trusted Isla Duncan, our florist, to make those dreams a reality. She didn’t disappoint! We had peonies, roses, sweet avalanches and eucalyptus in the bouquets, centrepieces and arrangements. One of my favourites was the floral heart wreath we had hanging behind us at the top table.
Our photographer Emma Lawson was amazing. I know everyone is biased about their own wedding photographer but we really couldn’t have asked for anyone better than her. There’s literally not one photo that I don’t like!
Brian Scott was our videographer and he managed to capture the vibe of the day perfectly. I’ve probably watched the film an unhealthy amount of times since but it’s just so good.
Before I even started dress shopping, I was obsessed with long lace sleeves. I adored the vintage Grace Kelly style gowns and I knew that’s what I wanted for my own wedding.
I fell in love with my dress, Leading Lady by Suzanne Neville, as soon as I tried it on. The fitted bodice, soft lace overlay, long sleeves, delicate buttons… it was just so perfect.
My advice to other couples would be not to fixate on the materialistic things: on the day they mean nothing. Enjoy every minute of planning your wedding and include your family as much as possible because it makes it such a memorable and special time for everyone.
I ahve to say, day-to-day life as a married couple is pretty much the same, but I do think that being married feels great! Knowing someone else has committed their life to you through the rough and the smooth is heart-warming. Cheesy, but true!