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Hogging the Limelight

Scott Hogg of Scott Hogg Photography was announced the British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) UK Wedding Photographer of the Year in June. Scott, who is an Associate of BIPP, was presented with his award, for his image "Grandfather", at the awards ceremony aboard the PS Tattershall Castle on the Thames in London. Further to this win, Scott has been shortlisted for the BIPP overall Photographer of the Year title, which will be announced in December.

Scott also won 3 major awards at the Scottish Master Photographers Association (MPA) awards in Glasgow in May with wedding imagery. Scott won Reportage Wedding Photographer of the year, Classic Wedding Photographer of the year and overall Scottish Wedding Photographer of the year.

Nicholas Frost won the MPA Contemporary Wedding Photographer Award and he and his wife, Carol, were also shortlisted in 2 categories.

Lairhilloch Restaurant

Traditional Scottish restaurant launches function space

Lairhillock RestaurantA North-east family-run restaurant has recently refurbished one of its dining areas to offer customers the chance to host their own private dining experience. The Lairhillock Inn, based at Netherley, near Stonehaven, has converted its Crynoch Restaurant into a function space, with the capacity for entertaining up to 60 people suitable for all types of occasions.

The Law family, which took ownership of the restaurant in 2007, has remained true to the former 200 year-old Coaching House’s history, only making small changes to the venue to ensure it did not lose it’s traditional Scottish style and character.

The Crynoch function room, which is separate from the main Lairhillock Inn, provides guests with a private space that can be customised to suit any occasion. The room includes private access and toilet facilities, an upstairs mezzanine for pre or post dinner drinks, as well as free parking and space for dancing depending on the occasion.

To find out more about the Crynoch function room or to book your next event, please call The Lairhillock Inn on 01569 730001.  Donald Law, Owner, Lairhillock Restaurant.


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.

Congratulations to Meldrum House Hotel

Meldrum House Hotel has been awarded 4 gold-star status by the National Tourism Organisation. The award was given to them after a visit from members of VisitScotland's Quality Assurance team. VisitScotland's Gold Award recognises the highest levels of excellence within their VisitScotland star grading and shows that they excel in customer care and hospitality. Well done to the team at Meldrum House Hotel!

Castigliano Comes to Town

After a change of retail strategy, from the end of September, the Caroline Castigliano collection will be available in a few select UK bridal stores, including Perfect Bridal Rooms. Caroline Castigliano is an internationally renowned British designer who creates beautifully fitted gowns from luxurious silks, all hand-crafted in the UK. Director of Perfect Bridal Rooms, Alison Waller, says: "We are thrilled to be an exclusive stockist and will be hosting a designer day with Caroline in the near future."

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


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Claire McBain spoke to trainee accountant Jasmin Corbett and painter and decorator Glen Bruce who married on 25th May 2013 at Crimonmogate ... (more)
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