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The BRAND NEW Spring/Summer 2014 issue is out now! It includes:
  • Over 228 pages of essential wedding advice
  • Over 500 listings in print and online
  • Win thousands of £'s of exclusive prizes
  • Local brides real life stories
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Food for Thought

Balmakewan now offers catering services not just at Balmakewan House.

So, even if you're not holding your wedding at Balmakewan, you can enjoy their top class food using the best ingredients from the Balmakewan Farm and local Laurencekirk area.

To receive sample menus, please e-mail

Sister Act

GWD's graphic designer, Jennifer McAdam, had a second daughter on 18th June. Amy is delighted with younger sister Mia who, at just a week old, photographed beautifully for Carol Frost.

Flavoured Flavours


Country Flavours of Alford, whose first wedding of 2014 was at Balmoral Castle no less, now looks after all the catering at Monymusk Estate.

Furthermore a marquee has been erected on the estate suitable for weddings for 80 to 300 guests, with the marquee being adapted in size to suit.

Apart from a beautiful setting on the River Don with Bennachie in the background, there is also an option to get married in the nearby Monymusk Church.

A Trio of Decades

cakes by design

Three Grampian wedding suppliers are celebrating 10 years in business in 2014 - Avorio, Cakes by Fiona Barnett and Isabelle Randall. Everyone at GWD congratulates them on this significant achievement and wishes them well for the next ten years!


baby ruby

Make-up artist Lyndsay Alexis had a baby girl on the 29th January. Ruby Alexandra Leslie was born at 11.31pm and weighed 4lbs 15.5ozs to be exact! Lyndsay and dad Grant are over the moon.

Not just in Spirit

Further to a very successful launch in China in March, the new Tartan Spirit by Joyce Young range is now available on line at

Inspired by Scotland's diverse land and seascapes, Tartan Spirit is all about stunning contemporary creations that celebrate the country's precious fabrics - Harris tweed, cashmere and tartan.


How are you feeling about that first dance as a married woman? Even if you just cant wait, and you have the music lined up ready, there may still be a part of you which is feeling a tad nervous about taking to the dance floor in front of all those people ... (more)
Without wanting to give GWD an X rating, it is time to talk about underwear! Your wedding day lingerie has to be practical as well as beautiful ... (more)
Win Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Champagne from the 4 star Norwood Hall Hotel ... (more)

In This Issue

Claire McBain discovers how two geophysicists from distant parts of the UK who often work away from home managed to organise a perfectly co-ordinated country wedding in the heart of Aberdeenshire. ... (more)
Catherine Stott spoke with CEO of Inspire Karen Pratt who married Steve Arthur, MD of SKA Property Development, at the not really opened sparkly new Chester Hotel on Friday 28th February 2014. ... (more)
Optometrist Nicola Mitchell married project engineer Alan Smiles at Drumtochty Castle on 11.12.13. Claire McBain learned all about this winter wedding ... (more)
Claire McBain discovers that vintage and Vegas can mix very well at the wedding of Rachel Howie and Stewart Robertson in Maryculter House Hotel on 28th September 2013. ... (more)
Catherine Stott spoke to Resource Co-Ordinator Sarah Strachan who married Offshore Services Supervisor Eddy Williamson on 21st September 2013 and discovered that getting married just 16 months after your sister can have its advantages. ... (more)
Theres always much excitement (and an element of nervousness) when it�s GWD photo shoot day - and never more so than for a Spring/Summer issue of GWD ... (more)