At GWD we always remind brides to keep their minds well and truly open when they start the wedding dress hunt and, thankfully, Shelley Weston did just that after Philip Patterson surprised her with a romantic Christmas Day proposal at the beautiful Fonab
“I loved trying on dresses and had always known I’d never want a big dress – I wanted something fitted to the waist with a long train,” says Shelley, who met Phil on a skiing holiday eight years ago.
And she got exactly what she’d always wanted when she visited Avorio Bridal in Fochabers – well, almost: the dress of her dreams was also a big dress!
“My shopping experience was great and I tried on so many different styles,” she explains, demonstrating exactly why it pays to try on every shape, even if you think it’ll just be to rule it out. You might hate the thought of something after seeing it on the hanger or in a magazine, but it can look so different once it’s hanging on you and when it’s been paired with the right accessories! Talking of which, Shelley added stunning Jimmy Choo shoes, a pretty bracelet from her hubby-to-be and sparkly earrings from Finnies The Jeweller (a gift from her parents).
Although Shelley’s beloved gown was her first priority when it came to wedding planning, finding a venue followed shortly after.
“Ballogie was the perfect place,” says Shelley, who’d always wanted a marquee wedding – so much so that she hired a second one for her big day, courtesy of Esslemont Marquees.
Next up: the theme and, again, it was something the bride had always had in mind – a stylish combination of light blue and navy, which was reflected in the beautiful backless bridesmaid dresses from the Maids to Measure range at Perfect Bridal Rooms. Meanwhile, Phil opted for dashing navy tartan trews, paired with a grey waistcoat and jacket.
Before long, 18 May 2018 rolled around and it was the duo’s last night of freedom! Phil and his groomsmen set up camp at Banchory Lodge, whilst Shelley and her girls took over Ballogie House for a night of fun before a super-chilled wedding morning.
A few hours later, they welcomed 130 guests for the ceremony and treated them to drinks and canapés afterwards with The London Essentials singing in the background. Country Flavours of Alford then ensured everyone’s tummies were full, serving up a feast of haggis bonbons, chicken or beef and a trio of desserts.
A further 30 friends and family joined the celebrations in the evening and the couple went all out on their entertainment with not just their band, The Favours: they also brought in Paul Black on the mic, served delicious late-night nibbles from The Bay Fish & Chips and offered a magical firework display.
After the big day, the new Mr and Mrs retreated to Skibo Castle with their adorable one-year-old for a few days to reflect on their nuptials: “It all passes so quickly,” says Shelley. “I’d advise other brides to enjoy the planning then make sure you take it all in on the big day.”
Venue: Ballogie House
Marquee: Esslemont Marquees
Food/drink suppliers: Country Flavours of Alford
Wedding dress: Avorio Bridal
Groom’s outfit: McCalls Highlandwear
Hair: Jackie Davidson at Aristacut and Alana Luke at Hair by Alana
Make-up: Rae Mathieson
Bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Bridal Rooms
Photographer: Simon Clubb Photography
Video: Aberdeen Wedding Films
Stationery and décor: 88 Events
Cake: Celebration Cake Shop
Flowers: Nicky Walker Florist
Band: The Favours
Musician: Paul Black
Other entertainment: The London Essentials, Paul Black Music, Fireworx Scotland, The Bay Fish & Chips
Rings: Finnies The Jeweller