Smiles all Round


Smiles all Round

After a surprise engagement in Mexico and a fizz-filled engagement party in her parents’ summer house, Amber Souter got down to the finer details of planning her classic and romantic, yet relaxed and fun, wedding to Barry Aitken.

Here’s how their May wedding weekend went…

I really never have smiled so much. It was the most amazing day and we feel very lucky to have celebrated at Glen Tanar for the whole weekend.

On Friday we had our rehearsal, a meal and a walk to the loch where my late Granda enjoyed fishing. Raising a glass here was a special start to
the weekend.

I stayed with my girls in one of the cottages and got the best surprise when I realised Once Upon a Balloon had been in to add their touch. It
looked amazing.

The next morning the champagne was flowing and, with a playlist of my favourite songs on, we danced and sang in our complimenting pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns.

We’d gone together in advance to a Jo Malone ‘Scent Your Wedding’ session and I’d got the shower gel, body cream, perfume and candle so we used these. I also surprised the girls with hand and arm massages from Beauty Therapy with Paula, which was really relaxing.

I was so excited to finally wear my bespoke Ian Stuart dress. I’d had numerous shopping days around the country but returned to Avorio and found ‘The One’. Unknown to me, it had appliqués similar to my Moses basket when I was born… My mum was in floods of happy tears!

The Chapel of St Lesmo was so special. We’d always wanted a cosy setting so the quaint, candlelit atmosphere was perfect. Barry and I stood at the top of the steps at the front of the chapel facing our guests during our ceremony and it was the highlight of my day. It was so intimate and romantic.

The drinks reception was great fun, especially with the gin bar my dad built for our engagement party. It was a roaring success!

We also used his antique bike, adding flowers to the basket and balloons to the handlebars. It looked really cute. The videographer suggested we have a go riding it and what a laugh that was! I was in the basket with my dress bundled up whilst Barry pedalled us across the lawn, dotting around our guests sipping their drinks. I think this sums up how chilled and fun our day was!

We also had Myke Black singing and Rich Gordon on the sax. They were a fantastic duo.

Inside, Flowers by Lesley had really gone above and beyond. We had a moon ring floral display, which was stunning. The candelabras were dressed in fresh flowers, the fairy-lit staircase had a beautiful display and the fireplace was adorned with florals and candles.

Choosing our menu was easy as when we went to our tasting night, we both chose exactly the same! We had haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by a fillet of roast beef and trio of desserts. The food and drink were exceptional. Our favours were after dinner liqueurs: Baileys or Disaronno.

In the evening we had Callanish. They provided a bit of everything (ceilidh mixed with a playlist we chose in advance) and, for our first dance, we had Luke Combs’ Beautiful Crazy.

The ballroom at Glen Tanar is perfect for dancing. The floor was always busy, although people popped off to refuel at the sweet treat table, full of home bakes from family and friends.

Looking back on our big day, my advice to other brides would be to enjoy every minute. I loved all of our engagement and wedding celebrations and being married is even better! ♠

Little White Book
Venues: The Chapel of St Lesmo, Glen Tanar ballroom
Catering: Hudsons
Wedding dress: Avorio
Groom’s outfit: Georgian Dress Hire
Hair: The Head Shed
Make-up: Belle Ame Make Up Artistry
Bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Bridal Rooms
Photographer: Rubislaw Studio
Stationery: E Collection Stationery & Gifts
Flowers and décor: Flowers by Lesley, Ruffle & Rose Events
Band: Callanish
Photo booth: SillySnapz
Rings: Jamieson & Carry
Transport: Bride’s dad’s Jaguar, Premier Coaches
Pipers: Daniel and Jonny Dreelan (friends of the couple)