After meeting as teens, Linzi and Mike went full circle as their childhood friends helped them celebrate becoming Mr and Mrs at a vintage-style Errol Park wedding.
Although they first locked eyes as high school sweethearts, aged just 15, it wasn’t until nine years later that Mike Robertson went down on one knee (whilst on a Caribbean cruise, no less) and asked Linzi Cook to be his wife.
Finding the perfect venue was the first priority for the pair, but it didn’t take long, says Linzi: “It was the second place we viewed and we thought the scenery was absolutely stunning. It also gave two very different settings: the mansion country house and the circular barn, and the owners of the estate were lovely people who gave us a lot of freedom to do our own thing.”
The twosome nabbed the only summer date remaining for 2017 – which happened to be Linzi’s sister’s 30th birthday – and started planning a simple, shabby chic-style day: “We didn’t want anything too fussy or fancy,” explains Linzi. “It was more vintage and rustic, to fit with the venue.”
As a result, all of the decorations, stationery and favours were DIY and the couple enlisted plenty of help from willing family members.
When it came to dress shopping, Linzi did what many brides do – went in with one clear idea and came out with a completely contrasting but absolutely perfect gown: “I thought I wanted long sleeves, a high neck and lace, but the girl in the shop picked out something a little bit different and I fell in love with it: it was sleeveless, adorned with all-over beading and had a plunge neck and back. It felt a bit different from the standard wedding dress and the vintage pattern tied in perfectly with the venue.”
Her bridesmaids followed suit in a light, summery vintage number with fresh flowers in their hair, whilst Linzi’s hubby-to-be sported a full kilt outfit, a present from his mum for the big day.
The night before the wedding, Linzi and her bridesmaids had a chilled evening of fizz and pressies in a Dundee hotel then enjoyed a totally stress-free morning – ideal!
The couple exchanged their vows during a light-hearted and personal humanist ceremony. “At the last minute we had to change from an outdoor to an indoor ceremony and the estate couldn’t have been more helpful,” says Linzi. “At one point, Jamie was escorting guests out to the loos with a brolly so they wouldn’t get wet. They really went above and beyond to make our day perfect.” Then they relaxed with prosecco and kegs of beer from Eden Mill as a pipe band entertained the troops.
A simple but delicious wedding menu followed – roast gammon with all the trimmings, with the added novelty that one guest at each table had to carve and serve the meat: “We’d hidden chef hats and aprons under the chairs, so everyone found it hilarious and we got some great photos.”
A summery ‘help yourself’ table of fresh berries, cream, meringues and mini cheesecakes followed, before the evening guests joined and the new Mr and Mrs took to the dancefloor to get everyone in the mood for the night ahead.
Linzi concludes: “Our band were fab and played a few ceilidh tunes, as well as mix of songs from the sixties to the current day. The floor was full all night and it almost felt like a high school reunion as it was the first time some people had seen each other since we were all at school.”