These days, it can almost be a case of bride wars as wives-to-be compete to add the most DIY touches to their big day. But for Jill Davidson it was all about romance, elegance and simplicity as she pulled together a beautiful, picture-perfect wedding at T
After four years together and a romantic proposal in New York’s Central Park, Jill Davidson and Adam Maitland jetted back to Grampian to set about planning the day of their dreams.
“The first priority was the venue,” says Jill. “We knew it’d always be a special place full of memories; not just on the big day, but for years to come.”
It didn’t take them long to settle on The Marcliffe, having been to the iconic Aberdeen venue several times and fallen in love with the stunning building and the attentive staff inside it.
Next up: dress shopping! Having always had an idea of what she’d choose in her head, and having fallen in love with Suzanne Neville’s creations, Jill was delighted to find ‘the one’ in her collection at Perfect Bridal Rooms – and even happier when she got to meet the lady herself at one of the boutique’s designer days.
“It was overwhelming trying on so many beautiful gowns and whittling it down to just one, but the staff were so helpful and gave so much great advice.”
Going for classic, elegant and romantic feel, which was echoed in her venue décor too, Jill’s chosen gown had a beautiful lace, off-the-shoulder bodice and a soft, floaty A-line skirt, teamed with Rainbow Club shoes, Swarovski jewellery and a glittery headpiece. Her bridesmaids followed suit in dreamy blush pink dresses, and her five nieces wore simple but stunning ivory flower girl dresses, complete with co-ordinating pink sashes.
The bride and her squad stayed at The Marcliffe the night before, immersed in a mixture of much-needed chill time and last-minute decorating; but not to worry – the wedding morning was super-relaxed and full of giggles. “Dad was even parading around with my hair extensions on his head and those funny moments made any butterflies disappear,” laughs Jill.
After tying the knot at King’s College Chapel, the newlywed duo and their entourage headed back to their luxurious five-star reception venue, which Jill had personalised to match her white, blush pink and sparkly theme: “It’s amazing to see everything you’ve planned come to life, and exciting to dress a room the way you imagine.”
After a drinks reception, canapés and the relaxing tones of Rococo String Quartet, the happy couple led their guests to the ballroom where they dined under a twinkly canopy of fairy lights.
Jill adds: “The Marcliffe went above and beyond in helping us choose our menu – and my dad’s a pig farmer in Aberdeenshire so he provided ‘Mossie’s Pork’ for our main course. It was so nice to have that special family touch.”
Wedding band Corra followed and kept the dance floor full to the brim all evening. “Stacey, the lead singer, has the most amazing voice,” says Jill. “They interacted with the crowd and it was so much fun!”
And, after a few days of post-wedding chilling, the new Mr and Mrs completed their wedding adventure as it began – travelling to the other side of the world, with a honeymoon that included downtime in Mauritius and a safari in South Africa.