Having been a bridal makeup marvel in Aberdeen for the past seven years, Natalie Fearnley knows just how fast our northeast venues book up.
So, within only three days of Stuart Brown’s romantic lovelock bridge proposal in Venice, she was on the phone to her ideal venue. We found out how she transitioned from working wonders in the background to being the belle of the ball on her very own big day…
I had my heart set on a summer wedding and knew instantly when I saw Elsick House that I had to get married in the gorgeous rose gardens and walk down the aisle under the flower arch. Luckily, the weather was on my side on the big day!
Our theme was a Spanish and Scottish fusion to represent my family and upbringing in Marbella. Our colour scheme was white and champagne with lots of white peonies and roses.
As I’d hoped, we were lucky enough to get married outside. After the ceremony, we had the drinks reception on the lawn with tapas-themed canapés (albondigas, tortilla and gambas) whilst a flamenco singer and guitarist played. They were amazing and it was the perfect Spanish vibe I’d dreamed of.
Our evening meal followed suit – Spanish with a Scottish twist. We started with a deli platter that included chorizo in red wine sauce; patatas bravas; garlic and lemon olives; jamón serrano and marinated vegetables, followed by a Midori sorbet (chosen because of Still Game – fellow fans will understand!).
Our main course was traditional Scottish beef and chicken with Alford stuffing, then it was churros and chocolate for dessert.
The highlight of the wedding for me had to be the dinner entertainment – Singers Secreto. They had all of the guests singing and doing the conga before dessert was even served!
In the evening, Grooveline played a mixture of old school soul, Motown music and modern songs. Our first dance was an acoustic version of Paolo Nutini’s Last Request but, because we’re awful dancers and just winged it, the band kindly changed to a higher tempo halfway through and encouraged everyone to join us. I’d also hired confetti canons to go off during the first dance, which I loved as it really added to the atmosphere!
Other than enjoy every moment, my advice to brides- and grooms-to-be is to avoid stressing over the small details. Instead, trust your suppliers. They’re amazing at what they do and have lots of experience!
When it came to decorating Elsick House, for example, I wanted to do as little as possible and leave it to the professionals. Here, Nicky Walker Florist really went above and beyond.
Working so many weddings, I’ve never seen a bridal bouquet that I loved. But Nicky listened to exactly what I wanted and really understood my vision. I wanted a specific flower arch for the ceremony, so they searched for the perfect one and even painted it white to fit the theme.
For the reception, we had two giant balls of flowers hanging from the roof and a gorgeous floral ball in the centre of each table. And at the top table there were 60 single bud vases, each holding one white rose, which looked beautiful.
Trust your suppliers.They’re amazing at what they do and have lots of experience!
Little White Book
Venue: Elsick House
Caterers: Hudsons Catering
Hair: Michelle Reid Hairdressing
Make-up: Natalie Fearnley Makeup Artist
Photographer: Donna Murray Photography
Video: Cherry Tree Films
Stationery: Pretty Little Ladybird Crafts
Favours: Personalised Spanish fan and sporran key rings from McCalls Highlandwear
Cake: Love Laura Lane
Flowers: Nicky Walker Florist
Decor: 88 Events, illumin8
Piper: Calum Lawrie Piping Promotions
Ceremony and drinks reception music:
Daniel Martinez Flamenco Company
Dinner entertainment: Singers Secreto
DJ: Shades of Sax