Dawn Stephen and Gary Sinclair got engaged in March 2017 but, just as the bride-to-be was getting all Bridezilla, she got another surprise – a bun in the oven!
Thankfully, her mum – owner of Fraserburgh’s Blush Bridal – was on hand to take care of all the wedding details. We found out from Dawn how everyone, including her five-month-old son, Jock, came together for her and Gary’s Norwood Hall Hotel nuptials on 1 December 2018…
My priorities changed with becoming pregnant so soon after getting engaged and the wedding was, quite honestly, the last thing on my mind! So, luckily for me, my mum basically organised the whole day – she sourced the suppliers and I got to pick between them. And, because I live in Edinburgh and she’s in Fraserburgh, most of the decisions were actually made via Facebook Messenger!
Gary and I decided to marry in December as our first date had been in December, then wanted Christmas colours to reflect the time of year. But contacting my cake supplier, The Cake Taylor, had actually been my first priority – I’d had cake from Dawn before and the flavours were amazing.
Unsurprisingly, Blush had a hand in helping me pick my dress. I was six-months pregnant at the time and, as the team were down at London Bridal Fashion Week, I thought I’d go along for a holiday.
At the show, I saw a white Morilee dress on a model, then in rose gold on a hanger and I had to go over to see it. I’m like a magpie – I love sparkle and this dress was sparkle overload!
I basically held it up against me and decided, there and then, that it was my dress. My mum was having a heart attack as she’d never let her brides in the shop do that! I was totally winging it that it’d suit me – and luckily, it did.
When it came to accessorising, I have to give all the credit to mum and Melissa at Blush. After the birth of my son, it was hard to find time to do anything wedding-related so they picked a headpiece, a veil and jewellery to team with the Jimmy Choos I had in waiting.
On the morning of the wedding I was excited – but probably seemed laid-back as I was just so chuffed to get my hair and make-up done. Since having Jock, getting dolled up was a rare occasion!
We had a humanist ceremony then a drinks’ reception, complete with cheesecake and a sweetie bar. And, by the time Gary and I went to the ballroom for the meal, there were no treats left!
Our 180 guests had a menu picked by my mum and Gary, including prawns, roast beef and a trio of desserts – sticky toffee pudding, berry pavlova and white chocolate cheesecake.
Twenty more joined for the evening and Glitz played all types of music, including ceilidh. We had a fun ‘rag bag’ game too, and the band picked the winner. The sweetie table was re-stocked as well, in preparation for midnight munchies!
It was the quickest day of my life, and it all went so well. My highlights were a surprise poem by my maid of honour, the ‘father-of-the-bride’ speech by my Uncle James – a true testament to my dad who passed away years earlier – and, of course, leaving the aisle as a family that finally all had the same last name.
Venue: Norwood Hall Hotel
Wedding dress: Blush Bridal
Groom’s outfit: Debenhams
Make-up: Kiss & MakeUp
Bridesmaid dresses: Blush Bridal
Mother-of-the-bride outfit: Dressage
Photographer: Malcolm Glennie Photography
Stationery: Papeterie Crafts
Cake: The Cake Taylor
Flowers: The Flower Shop
Favours: Handcrafted by mum’s friend
Décor: Aberdeen Wedding Shop