The Princess and her Pipers


The Princess and her Pipers

When you hear of a wedding that included a surprise performance from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and a mother-of-the-bride in the ‘I do’ business, you know it has to be one of those days dreams are made of…

As she began planning with hubby-to-be Blair Mcintosh, girly Nikki Simpson instantly had a theme in mind: “I always imagined my bridesmaids in pink so, as soon as I chose their dresses, I matched everything to them. My mum – who’s currently setting up her own wedding business – took on the huge task of doing all the wedding flowers and décor. She did a fantastic job and there were so many compliments from guests and suppliers!”

This left plenty time for Nikki to immerse herself in the all-important task of dress shopping, something she thought would be fairly quick and simple: “I had a picture of a dress I’d looked at for years but, as soon as I tried it on, I knew it wasn’t for me.”

Finally, after “trailing round almost every bridal shop in Scotland”, Nikki headed to Blush Bridal and found an unexpected gem: “Dianne asked me to try on one last dress and, as she pulled it out, I instantly said no as it was too big, it had too much bling and it wasn’t the fitted style I wanted. But she persuaded me to try it on and, as soon as it was over my head, I knew it was The One.”


On the day, the gorgeous gown (complete with a Swarovski crystal-covered bodice and a full tulle skirt with subtle sparkle) transformed Nikki into the ultimate princess – and even more so when she added a dreamy Richards Design cathedral-length veil, scattered with more Swarovski crystals and a glittering diamond bracelet from her husband-to-be.

Blair, meanwhile, chose a handsome kilt from Gibbs after spotting it at Your Wedding Exhibition and the couple’s son, Blake, sported a matching handmade tartan cravat, making him a perfect little gentleman for the day!

At the magnificent Fyvie Castle, Neil Mellis conducted a humanist ceremony full of witty quips, which was followed by drinks and canapés – with a harpist and a magician on hand to keep everyone entertained.

The newlyweds and their entourage of 120 then descended on luxurious Meldrum House for a feast of Scottish fare before a further 50 joined in the evening. As dusk hit, the duo took to the floor for their first dance – Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran.

“Blair was in charge of all the music and chose Mustang,” explains Nikki. “They were on his shortlist, then we saw them doing a fab job of keeping the dance floor going at my cousin’s wedding, so he booked them the next day.”

But that wasn’t the only evening entertainment. “As the band quietened down for their break, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers came bursting into the room, surprising everyone. I’ve always loved bagpipes at weddings and, as soon as we had the date booked, I enquired about their availability. My dad thought I was crazy but, after I bombarded him with their videos, he eventually agreed to book them. They had everyone on their feet and left us with a great buzz for the rest of the evening!”

You’d think this would be Nikki’s definite bridal highlight, but the ceremony pipped the piping cameo to the post: “I remember walking back up the aisle with a huge smile as it’d gone exactly how we wanted. And having our little boy there with us was so special – he’d referred to the day as ‘his wedding’ for the whole year before and was the perfect little page boy.”