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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

A New Star is Born!


Congratulations to Stephanie Bain of The Bridal Boutique, Peterculter, whose daughter, Lily, was born on 29th January. Stephanie and dad Neil are both delighted with their new arrival. Stephanie even managed to get Lily modelling for The Bridal Boutique in her first week!

Eco-friendly luxury for Valentine

Valentine Chauffeur Drive is awaiting its first hybrid vehicle – a Range Rover Autobiography SDV6 diesel-powered electric hybrid. The top-of-the-range eco-friendly and luxurious model has 200 mm of extra legroom and Wi-Fi.

Possibly the first such wedding car in the northeast, the Autobiography is one of several new vehicles being added to Valentine’s fleet in the first six months of 2015. Due to arrive in June, it is available for both existing and new bookings

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.

New wonder machine


Innocent Aesthetics invested in a new machine at the end of last year – an Elixis Elite. It provides a non-invasive treatment, using radiofrequency with ultrasound to target fat reduction, reshape your body and tighten the skin – with long-lasting results. Already a hit with Innocent Aesthetics’ clients, it has been booked solid ever since arriving!

Housey - Housey

The delightful Logie Country House in Pitcaple has converted one of its buildings into a stunning function room meaning that weddings for over a hundred guests are not a problem. Fasque House in Fettercairn is now formally classified as 5-star - although most people have considered the exclusive-use, baronial mansion 5-star for quite a while!


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In This Issue

Catherine Stott spoke to GWD prize-winner Hannah Moneagle who married Ryan Darnell at Meldrum House Hotel on Saturday 9 March 2013 ... (more)
How difficult is it for a wedding photographer to be the other side of the camera? Catherine Stott discovers that Rhea Moir coped pretty well when she married Ryan McKenzie at Aswanley on 4th October 2014. ... (more)
Catherine Stott discovered that getting married and moving house within the space of a few weeks was a stroll in the park for PE teacher, Lynsey Johnston, and architect Richard Tinto, who married at Fasque House, Fettercairn on Saturday 9th July 2014. ... (more)
Catherine Stott spoke to Facilities Manager Carmen Fraser who married Health & Safety Manager Mike Ewen on Friday 13th February 2015. ... (more)
Catherine Stott spoke with lawyer Stacey Walker who married her childhood sweetheart and fellow lawyer, Robbie Kennedy, at the Chester Hotel on 27th December 2014. ... (more)
Catherine Stott spoke to administrative assistant Treena Giles who married freelance cameraman Elliot Hornell on 20th September 2014. ... (more)