Message in a Bottle
Knowing his girlfriend Louise Smith’s love of coastlines, sunsets and sunrises, picking a proposal venue came naturally to Robin Ritchie...
...during an early morning walk at Aberdeen Beach, the high school sweethearts ‘stumbled upon’ a message in a bottle with a very important question inside it. Now, Louise tells us all about their big day, including their quirky entertainment – a pop-up make-up station and a GIF’R booth!
The venue was the priority as we’d always known Meldrum House, with its beautiful setting overlooking the golf course, was where we’d get married. We’d always dreamed of an outdoor wedding there. It was so busy with summer weddings and our date was the only Friday left. It just felt right.
Next up: dress shopping. I was excited but, at the same time, felt completely overwhelmed with the wide range of shops full of varied designers and styles.
I always thought I’d go for a slim-fitting dress. However, when I tried them on, I didn’t feel like a bride because I go to a lot of work-related evening events wearing that style. So, early on I knew I’d want something different to what I usually wear.
I visited several shops in Aberdeen and further afield to try on as many options as I could and Emma at Perfect Bridal Rooms stood out as the most experienced and helpful. She definitely put me at ease.
I began to fall in love with Suzanne Neville’s designs… and I must have tried on most of her collections! I realised I wanted a flowing organza skirt and, after narrowing down my options, fell upon the Cezanne dress. After sadly losing my sister Suzanne to leukaemia, wearing the Cezanne by Suzanne was meant to be.
I added Jimmy Choo sandals, jewellery from Finnies The Jeweller and a hairpiece created by Claire from RedRocks.
Robin already had his own kilt but wanted to be a little different from the rest of the bridal party, so had a bespoke jacket made. Meanwhile, his two sons were so excited about getting their kilts on that they woke up at 3 a.m. on the wedding morning!
My bridesmaids were just beautiful and my first tears on the day were when I saw my daughter, Becca, all ready with her hair and make-up done. She took my breath away.
We had an outdoor humanist ceremony (Meldrum’s first outdoor wedding of the year!), then a drinks reception with Kim Anderson singing and Peter McLean piping. We also had Platinum Makeup by Julia on hand with her pop-up station, offering touch-ups for the ladies.
After our meal (we picked foods we loved and made sure they wouldn’t be too heavy for the guests – no-one likes dancing on a full tummy!), we took to the floor for our first dance as Mr and Mrs. We’d struggled to find a song we both liked but finally found Ruelle’s I Get To Love You. The band was amazing and learned it to perfection for us.
Choosing Waterfront as our band was actually one of the best decisions we made – their energy was amazing. We were also really glad we had a DJ so that the evening kept going while the buffet was on. The dance floor was packed, despite our DIY sweet table and GIF’R booth (think Boomerang on another level!) being really popular.
A few days after, we jetted off for a well-deserved break to Ibiza. Having moved house the week before the wedding, it was much needed! ♠
Little White Book
Bride’s outfit: Perfect Bridal Rooms
Groom’s outfit: Georgian Dress Hire, Gibbs Menswear
Bridesmaid’s outfits: Blush Bridal
Hair: Aimee Gill at Vanity Studio
Photographer: Nicola Stewart Photography
Second shooter: Jade Esson Photography
Videographer: Conor Ross Media
Stationery: Papeterie Crafts
Cake: Fondant Cake Design
Flowers: XOXO Florist
Piper: Peter McLean
Singers: Myke Black, Kim Anderson
Music: Waterfront Band, disco from Elite Promotions
GIF’R booth: from Calum Riddell Photography
Childcare: Thank Evans