Tranquility Wild West Town



We had an incredible day at this unique and rather wonderful place last week for our exciting Shoot. Tranquility is a wild west town right in the middle of the Aberdeenshire Countryside – and we all, photographers, models, cowboys, actors, horses and dogs were there mingling together for an exciting day of shooting.


A small group of wildwest enthusiasts, headed by Alistair Barron, have constructed this wild west town right here in the North East of Scotland! The saloon was the first building to be completed in early 2006, followed by the Marshal’s Office, the Bank, The General Store, the Carpenter/Undertakers Shop and the Town Hall by September 2008. A Telegraph Office was added in August 2010 as well as a corral, well and cemetery. The attention to detail has to be seen to be believed – they have food in the shops, original as well as replica props including guns, rifles and even a telegraphing machine, bunks beds, cut throat razors – you name and they’ve thought of it.


Tranquility is a place where wild west enthusiasts can meet to “chew the fat”, test their skills in ‘old west’ pastimes such as shooting, knife and axe throwing, and horseshoe pitching. They might be rehearsing for upcoming events or socialising in the evenings around a campfire or playing poker at the table inside the saloon. And it’s a place where members can exchange ideas and help increase one another’s knowledge about the hobby. Additionally members from time to time organise film making projects.




The real cowboys from Tranquility were such a help to us on the day – they were pretty accomplised actors too and great fun to be around. Arlene Cluness, the talented Western Trainer, very kindly came along to help us with her horse called Boston’s Tea Party or Rooster for short. Her partner Graeme joined us too with his amazing working police dog called Ajax, a Belgian Malinois. This added great authenticity to the day and our models were able to ride the beautiful Rooster for a touch of the real wild west.


We had a really great team of models and photographers with us and I can’t thank them enough for their enthusiasm helping us achieve what we wanted. Makeup was so important on the day and we were so lucky that KayV agreed to come along and help us. Her hair and makeup was stunning on all three models – she worked so hard all day and her results were formidable I think you will agree.


It rained most of the day and we turned this to a positive, moving indoors at times to look for the dark, atmospheric rooms we found in Tranquility’s realistic interiors. There were so many creative ideas flying around which our models and actors fulfilled brilliantly. Our three female models played different parts all day in various different outfits. We didn’t want anything too predictable – rather something more arty and imaginative and our own take on the reality of a gritty wild west town.


Some of the members of Tranquility have also formed a wild west reenactment group known as the Northern Rough Riders (NRR). The NRR have performed and/or provided living history displays at the Scottish Boat Festival this year, the Lourin Fair, the RAF Leuchars Airshow amongst others and they have entertained handicapped groups & been hired for corporate events.


They are currently looking for more members for both groups. So if you have a passion for the wildwest or an unfulfilled ambition to dress up in western gear and become a cowboy/girl, a lawman, or maybe an outlaw, or an Indian, a pioneer or a soldier then please get in touch with them….
Tranquility is privately owned & only open to the general public on certain days of the year. To find out when they have their next Round Up / Open Day please click on this link …
Anyone wishing more information about Tranquility Wild West Town or the Northern Rough Riders should contact JohnnyB on 01466730265 or email…tranquility_town@hotmail.co.uk

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Linzi & Jason at Castle Fraser & Menzies Dyce

Here we have the amazingly creative and beautiful Linzi! Thank you so much for this and her money saving tips are brilliant. 


After an absolutely lush holiday in Morocco, we came home with the big announcement that we were getting hitched!

As soon as we got home the wedding plans were pretty much underway, with us having the intention of marrying the following year – 2015. This felt like quite the rush to put everything into place in under a year, but we got it done.

Where we would get married was out of the question as we always said when the day came that we would do our upmost to make it happen at the absolutely breath taking Castle Fraser. The Castle has a lot of sentimental memories for Jason as working in the trade as a roofer has always spoke about working on the roof alongside his dad Andrew who is sadly no long with us.

We were married by John Mack who is a old family friend and who also married my Mum and Stepdad in 2013. I always remember John saying to me at my mums wedding ‘so when are you getting married? Let me know’! So that I did and he was great, he has such a fun sense of humour which took our minds right off of our natural wedding day nerves!!


When it came to the music we had been dead set on the band ‘Mustang’, having seen them twice previously at friend’s weddings and knew they were our cup of tea. At all of the weddings we have seen them the dance floor has been packed, that’s exactly what I like to see.
I contacted Rhea at Janie Barclay studios for the photography, I have known Rhea for many years as we used to Highland Dance together. When I had seen she had joined Janie’s team I knew she would be excellent, and rightly so her work spoke volumes. Rhea and David were fabulous and I couldn’t thank them enough, they made us feel at ease. I must not forget and mention they felt like part of our day – like guests!!



Videographer in my opinion is an absolute must have, there were so many things on the day that we missed or forgot. We used Andrew at A.V.E who is such a lovely guy. Andy really explained all the equipment, how it would work and where it would be throughout the day to ensure he managed to pick up as much as possible. The end result was very pleasing- something we can keep for many years to come and will help us reminisce.

My Flowers were done by my old neighbour Lorna at Floral Request, I highly recommend using people you know and trust and Lorna I trusted completely. Lorna worked with me to draw an end result based on what I was looking for and it all seemed like such a doddle.

We added a bit of fun to the evening with a photobooth from Silly Snapz, if you have a spare bit of money I would recommend this for sure! In the evening you see all your guests a few drinks later and are feeling a bit mischievous. This was such a fun touch and again some extra pic’s to look back on- my ‘grinny and granda’ even went in for a snap, they are in their 70’s!!

The cake or should I say cakes, I made myself. Some people would call me crazy, but I’ll admit I can turn my hand to some good vanilla sponge cupcakes. I had every faith that I could do it and 250 cupcakes later and a very sore hand from piping the icing on them all I was so pleased with myself – that I had saved a fortune!

Unlike some, our bridesmaid dresses and kilts were an easy decision for us as we knew the colour scheme we were going with and I knew what bridesmaid dress I wanted. This was just a case of sourcing who stocked them.

My dress was not what I thought I wanted so I would say to listen and take on-board the opinion of the staff in the bridal shops- they really do know what they are talking about. I had a lovely time trying on dresses and ended up choosing the very first dress I tried on in the shop. My advice would be however to check alteration prices at the bridal shops before going ahead. There are some great independent dress makers out there and often some of the shops will use them and act as a 3rd party. It would be much cheaper to go direct.

All in all a wedding is a lovely day and more than likely the one and only time that everyone you love and care so much for will be in the same room. So try and take some time as a newly married couple to take it all in and enjoy it as much as possible. Time really does fly when you’re enjoying yourself.


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Kelly and Chris at Maryculter House Hotel: 7 August 2015

Kelly wrote a lovely story about their special day. She has some really excellent advice that is perfect if you are planning a wedding. Thank you so much Kelly and congratulations for November! 

Having read all the lovely blogs other brides have written, it made me more excited to share our special memories.  Although there are hundreds of weddings every day….your wedding is your day, and NOTHING comes close.  So don’t compare, don’t compete – make every decision based on what you want.


After many hints from family and friends (and a ‘few’ from myself) Chris finally popped the question in May 2014.  Granted it was on his territory….the 7th hole of a golf course!  It was simple – perfect for us.

As Chris worked offshore, I had to refrain from getting carried away with planning while I was on my own.  Luckily for me, Chris is very easy going, so it was his pleasure to allow me to take the lead with the organising.  I checked out a few venues, and completely fell in love with Maryculter House Hotel.  It was extremely quaint, and not fussy.  Fussy is something we are both did not want.  When he arrived home, I took him to Maryculter, and as I thought, he loved it too.  What an amazing wedding team they have there to help with every part of the planning.


We have a very internationally based family, so it was important to work in around their holidays so they could be there.  We set the date for August 2015, and everything else just fell into place from there.  We put a lot of faith in recommendations of suppliers from friends.  If I am honest, I didn’t spend days worrying about it all.  If someone recommended a supplier, I contact them and instantly knew if they were right for us.  People can get really carried away with all the ‘extras’, it’s not worth the stress.   9 times out of 10, guests don’t notice anyway.  It’s not what the wedding should be about.


We used Fiona Lawrence as our humanist.  I cannot even begin to relay all the compliments we got.  It was so personal and there were plenty laughs with the stories told.  It also allowed us incorporate a touching memory to Chris’ dad who has passed away.  She was wonderful.

The ‘Grampian Weddings’ Facebook page is a great place to ask for advice; people are so helpful and only more than happy to offer any recommendations.  I went to one wedding fare, and found it all a bit overwhelming…it wasn’t for me.

Pinterest is another great place to find lots of ideas.  As my sister lives in Australia, we had our own private boards where we bounced ideas.  It also allowed her to still be a great help in the planning.  There are so many more creative people out there than myself, people think of the cleverest things!

I am most thankful that we changed our minds about the videographer.  We were originally not going to bother due to costs.  The day goes past so quickly, and you don’t remember everything.  Janie offered a PhotoFusion package which incorporates photos and videos into one presentation.  It allowed us to look back on the special moments of the ceremony/speeches. 100% recommend having this.  For both the photography and video aspects, you could not get a better team than Janie Barclay Photography, so, friendly and make you completely at ease.  We were both very wary of having to be the centre of attention.

Weddings can be expensive and people can get carried away. Don’t stretch your budget to have everything because you think you should.  We prioritised, we had the things we really wanted and other things (such a wedding cars) were pushed to the side.  At the end of the day, it didn’t change anything – we couldn’t have asked for a better day.  The sun shone brightly all day.  Everyone complimented on how relaxed, personal and the amount of love that filled the whole day.  It’s all we could have wanted and more.

It seems like a lifetime ago now that we got married, what a year we have had!  An amazing honeymoon touring California, ending with a sky dive over Las Vegas.  Now we get to start the next journey as a married couple…welcoming a baby into the world in November.  We cannot wait!!


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Stacey and Andrew at Banchory Lodge Hotel: 1 August 2015

Let’s hear all about Stacey’s lovely wedding. What a day we had, she also has some great advice. Thanks Stacey! 

Andrew proposed on holiday in the Caribbean. He managed to keep the ring well-hidden, I didn’t suspect a thing! Wedding talk began almost instantly; we lounged by the pool and discussed possible wedding dates and venues. I knew when it came to making decisions for our wedding it wouldn’t be too difficult. Having been together for 10 years, we know each other inside out and both have very similar tastes.

Once we returned home, we went to view a few venues. We knew we wanted a summer wedding so there were only really two contenders. In the end we were both won over by the lovely staff and picturesque setting at Banchory Lodge. We set a date and began planning our big day! We hired out Cobbleheugh for the wedding weekend – a six bedroom lodge set in the grounds. We invited our families to stay for the weekend. It was really nice for us all to get together the night before the wedding and just relax. Cobbleheugh is beautiful and the perfect base for a wedding.


We went to a few wedding exhibitions to get a feel for what we would like for our wedding. It’s a great way to meet suppliers and see their work first hand. This is where we saw Janie Barclay and knew straight away that we wanted her to be our photographer. Janie and David were great fun on the day and made us feel at ease. Our wedding album is beautiful. We went for the fully loaded package, which includes the photographer, cake and piper. We couldn’t have been happier with them all.

We knew to book the ‘big’ things quite early on as they tend to book up well in advance. We chose Slinky for our band. They did a mix of songs including ceilidh, which is exactly what we wanted. Our first dance wasn’t a song they had covered, however they were more than happy to learn it and perform it for us. On the day, all our guests commented on how good they were. At one point, I think everyone in the room was on the dance floor.

Choosing the dress was both fun and difficult. I went to my first appointment thinking I liked one style and came out thinking the exact opposite. It’s important to have people with you who will be honest, yet not overpowering. I bought my dress from Avorio in Fochabers. The staff really do go out of their way to ensure you’re happy. It’s well worth a visit!

We made our own stationery, from the save the date cards to the table plan. It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work! A massive thank you to my mum and maid of honour for all their help with these. I would definitely recommend making your own stationery if you can; it’s massively rewarding and will definitely save you a few pennies.


We wanted to keep the décor quite simple and pretty. We were recommended Willows Florist and they did not disappoint. They listened to what we liked and put together beautiful arrangements for our bouquets and table centres. We hired fairy lights and mood lighting to give the reception room a different feel in the evening. I also fell in love with the chiavari chairs which Banchory Lodge kindly offered to arrange for us. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

It was important for us to keep our wedding intimate and personal. We chose to go for a humanist ceremony and had George Caldow as our celebrant. We wrote our ceremony which was more like a story of our life together so far and what we both hoped for the future. We wanted to get our families involved in the day as much as we could. Andrew’s sister did a reading for us during the ceremony, and the majority of our bridal party was family.

The whole day goes by in a flash. Enjoy every second of it!

Looking back, our only regret is that we didn’t have a videographer. We spoke about this a lot whilst wedding planning and couldn’t decide if it was really important to us or not. We then left it too late to get one booked.

My only advice – be realistic with your budget, try to enjoy the planning and not get bogged down in the stress. Remember why you’re getting married and forget about other people’s expectations. The most important thing is sharing your day with the people you care about. If things don’t go according to plan, it’s not the end of the world. You will still look back and remember the happiest day of your life.

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Rachael and Ross at Thainstone House Hotel: 15 August 2015

Rachael and Ross Guest Blog

Rachael has written and excellent guest blog! Have a read it, she has some great advice at the end about trying to keep your day personal. Thank you Rachael. 

Ross and I got engaged on Christmas Day back in 2013. We had planned to spend Christmas at Maryculter house hotel but plans changed however he didn’t want to wait any longer and popped the question and allowed me to celebrate with all my family.


Wedding planning was pretty easy for us, I knew exactly what style of wedding We would like but finding a venue was always going to be the hardest part. We went to several wedding shows and viewed a fair few places before going to see Thainstone House Hotel. I knew straight away it was the perfect place to spend our big day.

As soon as we had set a date I was ready to start planning I picked my four bridesmaids Amy, Abbi, Rachel and Kim and got the show on the road. During a client night the previous year we had the Big Show as our entertainment and loved them so we didn’t even look at any other bands so that was the first thing we booked and they were amazing on the day!! We then looked at photographers and both thought Janie was so nice and both felt as ease around her so that was tick number two.

From there we worked through a check list and started planning everything else (I say we it was more me). Flowers and stationery was always going to be a big thing for me I had always had visions of huge flower displays and cute little place names and a stand out table plan and I was lucky enough to be able to have them all! My centrepieces were more than I could ever have imagined when we first walked into the ballroom to see it finished it was my dream come true not one thing would I have changed.

Our cake was made by a family member who worked in a local cake shop. She worked on making our cake perfect and she did the best job, even though I never got a bit on the day which I’m gutted about.


Choosing the dress was difficult I went with my bridesmaids, mum and grandma and sometimes Ross’ mum. We started by trying on pretty much every style before narrowing down the best shape and then worked from there. As soon as I put on my wedding dress I knew this was the one and paid it there and  then I didn’t even need to think about it. It made me feel like a princess and exactly how a bride should feel. I would definitely recommend going with your gut feeling when picking your dress.

Bob Johnstone was our humanist on the day and we loved him such a lovely person and made us feel so relaxed! Our ceremony was very very person and was quite emotional I have never seen my husband cry so much. Bob explained how we met ‘me asking some random (my husband) to get my blue wicked bottle from under the bush I left there the night before, his reply was get away you mink’ I was 14 him 15 and we have never looked back….was so funny on the day and a little bit embarrassing.

Thainstone House was amazing and we could not have asked for a better day everything went exactly to plan, we defiantly had the best day of our lives and have amazing photos and a DVD to look back on.


My advice to any couple is keep it personal, don’t think about what anyone else would enjoy do what you want at the end of the day it you and your partner’s day no one else’s and relax about it. Have fun planning it, we had great fun trying our cakes, date night meal tasting, free hotels stay etc. Make the most of it.

Hennys and staggers are also such an important part. We both could not thank our parties more for making them the best weekends ever. Well what we remember of them anyway!

It’s hard work saving up for a wedding because everyone knows how expensive it can be but every penny is worth it. You will never get the memories back.

We then headed off to Vietnam on our honeymoon giving us time to reflect on the wedding…. I definitely think you need to plan sometime together afterwards, we needed it!!

We got married on the 15th August 2015 but written this has made me want to do it all over again. Nearly a year later I still think about our wedding day all the time and how I would love to do it all over again.

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Catherine and Duncan at Pittodrie House Hotel – 11 October 2014

Catherine and Duncan Guest Blog

For you next guest blog we welcome Catherine and Duncan. A superb wedding in 2014, Catherine has written an excellent blog with loads of sound advice.




After meeting at Inverurie Academy when we were both 15, many of our family and friends were always asking when Duncan was going to pop the question. After almost 9 years together I most defiantly knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Duncan, so was ecstatic when he asked me to be his wife with a beautiful ring to secure the deal!

We both agreed – ‘It’s our day and everyone else can give suggestions but in the end we have to make the final decisions!”. This is something that we both stuck to throughout all the wedding preparations. Remember your wedding day is about you confirming your commitment and love for each other, in front of your nearest and dearest – Not about all the ‘stuff!’, everyone else thinks is important and necessary!

For us choosing where to get married wasn’t a question that either of us needed to ask – We knew it would be Chapel of Garioch Church and the fabulous John Mack would marry us. Having a family friend conduct our wedding ceremony was such a special thing for us. Our ceremony was so personal, relaxed and fun. If you have this opportunity then definitely do it!
When choosing a band, try and find out a bit about them by talking to others who have seen them perform at weddings. This really helped us as it gave us first hand opinions of what they were like eg. If the dance floor was always full, if they did ceilidh dances, how good were their covers. You can go and have a listen to bands if you find out where they are performing. We did this and it was fab. It can be a bit awkward so I would think carefully about the location of the performance before you go and listen – we didn’t want to gate crash a wedding!!


When choosing a photographer, my advice would be to attend local wedding exhibitions and look at the display albums the photographer have on show. This lets you see exactly the type of photographs they take. It was also a good opportunity to speak to the photographers and find out their packages. We officially met with 2 photographers and knew as soon as Janie stepped into our house that she was the one for us. She was gentle, friendly and made us feel so special. It is so important to have a photographer who you feel comfortable and natural around – they are with you for such a lot of your special day. It has to be someone you connect well with.

Having a videographer is a must! Our whole day was captured and we didn’t even realise it. It is so fantastic to look back on every aspect of our day and relive it over and over again. We also loved seeing parts of our day that we didn’t even see and listening to and watching the ceremony and speeches are most definitely the best parts. You honestly don’t remember everything that happens – even those cringe worthy lines made by your new brother in law during his best man speech!! Although a videographer can seem an additional cost that isn’t necessary – it seriously is a must and a memory that you can have forever!

If you can, make your own wedding stationary. I always said I would and although it was time consuming, it was also very rewarding and cheap! Companies charge a fortune to make your stationary and if you can come up with a design, source the materials and give yourself plenty time – it really is worth making your invites etc yourself.


On the day, try to relax and enjoy every single moment – everyone says it passes so fast, but it really does!


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Guest Blog – Emma and Oliver at Norwood Hall Hotel: 29 April 2016

Our first guest blog from the lovely Emma and Oliver. Thank you!

The Engagement and the reasons for getting married:

29th March 2015 when we were in New York celebrating Oli’s birthday and he then proposed producing the most beautiful ring. We spent the next few days wondering round New York like Cheshire cats, gushing at one another and sharing our news with any stranger that would listen. We spoke at length about why we wanted to get married, how we wanted to get married and what we expected from getting married. We wanted marriage and the wedding to be a plus in our life. Building on something that was perfect already without a certificate not something that caused stress or financial issues. We wanted to keep it as real as the people we are.


The Budget:
This is and should be priority No1. If you are clear, open and honest with each other/parents and know exactly what people want/expect before getting caught up in the hype, this makes things so much easier. We made our decisions and discussed budget prior to looking at venues.

The Venue:
Pick top 3 in your budget and go and view, don’t waste life or people time tripping round the ones you can’t afford. We only viewed one which made it easier. Go armed with exactly what you want, when you want it and how much you want to spend, that way you won’t get carried away. We took full advantage of the contacts that the venue recommended. Our photographer, our DJ and Piper were add-ons to the package and were outstanding value. The DJ and Piper were just standard recommendations so really there was no decision required however the photographer was. The venue had loads of sample work, we picked the style we loved and went with it so I can only really review the photographer.

The Photographer:
Originally we thought “why do you need to go visit and meet the photographer” its actually a great thing to do, again, be armed with what you want and explain in full what you like and what you don’t like. Make sure you feel relaxed around the photographer and that you have the chemistry to make it fun. We both hate having our photo taken but because of the confidence and cheer that was given off by the photographer we got amazing photos that were exactly what we had asked for.


The Celebrant:
We knew we wanted to write our own ceremony and needed to find a celebrant, this is quite tricky because they are very busy and finding someone local certainly in our case wasn’t possible, we ended up as far afield as Elgin however that said, we chose Janet Donnelley who was absolutely amazing and worked with us to meet in Aberdeen to save travel cost/or travel. She was amazing and brought a special something in the delivery of our ceremony.

The Dress:
I chose to go to the outlet at perfect bridal thinking I would get a bargain, now I did get a bargain however by the time you add on cost of cleaning a sample dress and alterations, its false economy…buy a new one that’s made to order. The cost would be roughly the same and you would have less hassle.

The Videographer:
We booked the same as my friend Victoria had used for her wedding simply because her opinion was the same as ours. She wanted a simple actual recording of the day no fancy editing and microphones everywhere, which is exactly what we wanted and exactly what we got. That said I would probably change if I was doing it again. It was the lazy option and actually had I looked in to some others we could have got the simplicity elsewhere a little cheaper.

The hair and make-up:
Ive gone to Salon 70 for 15 years so there was no decision to be made Sarah-Jane was booked. My friend Sarah used Blush & Beauty owner Emmy Norquay for her wedding make-up, I was bridesmaid and loved the look she created so I booked for bridal party make-up.

The Nice to haves:
We wanted the day to be beautiful and reflect the people we are but we wanted to make sure it didn’t break us financially so we kept nice to haves to a minimum and made our own things where possible, rather than favours I got wine glasses made and then made personalised charm to go each one for each guest. I thought id end up with 60 wines glasses…everyone took theirs away! I made a find your face to find your place seating plan to add something fun and different and rather than expensive sweetie carts I made the children little bespoke gift bags with books, crayons and little bits and bobs to keep them occupied.

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Guest Blogging

Bridal Wedding Resource

Guest Blogging

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Guest Blogging

We want to create a resource for brides past and present where you can tell us about what worked at your wedding and what you would have done differently if you could do it again (if anything!). This will help brides in the future and give you a lovely written record of your special day. We want you to tell us about all the memories from your day, what was scary and what was wonderful, did a joke at the speeches make you cringe or laugh? Any advice you would give to people getting married? We need about 250-700 words and we’ll add pictures and create a lovely blog post that will help future brides and give you a lovely memory of your day.

So all you need to do is write about your day and email it us, info@janiebarclay.com remember to try and tell us what really worked and why people should do it at their weddings!

Interested – email info@janiebarclay.com and we’ll guide you through it.

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Tracy and Barry at The Chester Hotel

What a wonderful day we had with Tracy, Barry and their gorgeous little son Jacob at The Chester Hotel last weekend. The weather was perfect, they looked beautiful and The Chester Hotel was looking particularly lovely in the June sunshine, quite a norm for Aberdeen this year! Tracy and Barry both have a great sense of humour and we all laughed so much throughout the day. Jacob is the most wonderful little boy and thoroughly enjoyed the day amidst his family and friends. Have a look at some their photographs here:  

Chester Hotel
Chester Hotel

Chester Hotel Aberdeen

 Thank you for choosing us to photograph your wedding Tracy and Barry. We loved every minute and look forward to staying in touch with you and Jacob. We wish you lots of love and laughter for the future!

Chester Hotel Aberdeen

The Chester Hotel is a lovely place to get married in Aberdeen. There are so many creative places with a modern twist. For wedding photographs you have the inside that has been designed in an ultra modern fashion, then you have the lovely outside with it’s greenery and marble effect pergola. If you are thinking of getting married in Aberdeen you should have a look at the Chester Hotel.

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Laura & Robert at Castle Fraser and Ardoe House Hotel

We had such a fun day with Laura and Robert, every detail of the wedding was so well thought out. There was a horse and cart, a fantastic vintage bus for the six bridesmaids and a lovely bridal car for getting from Castle Fraser to Ardoe House Hotel. Laura arrived in her fairy-tale carriage looking stunning. She was walked down the aisle by her brother and it was a lovely ceremony with some laughs and some tears.

I don’t want to say too much about the photographs because they speak for themselves, just look at them and you’ll see what a lovely couple they were, so relaxed and a pleasure to work with.

Although the weather was really nice it did make the walk up the tower of Castle Fraser a hot one. After that we headed to Ardoe House Hotel, as always it looked fantastic, and we laughed our way through some shots with the bridal party on the front lawn.

Another of the details worth mentioning was the Pick N’ Mix and Baileys Fountain, brilliant! Five bottles of Baileys flowing for everyone to help themselves to.

Another clever idea Laura and Robert had was to give a disposable camera to each of the bridesmaids and they went round and took a picture of the table names then gave that camera to that table. Once they have the photos developed they will know which camera came from which table by looking at the first picture. That’s todays top wedding tip, genius!

All the best for a very happy future together Mr and Mrs Lang, thank you for letting us be a part of your fantastic big day.


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Nicola & Willie at Kintore Parish Church and Thainstone House Hotel

Nicola and Willie celebrated their wedding day in the heart of Aberdeenshire on yet another beautiful May day.

The house was calm and everyone was very relaxed, even with Nicola’s two-year old nephew running around, full of excitement for the big day ahead. This was made even easier thanks to the lovely Jemma Brownie at Enchanted Boutique. She was there, armed with her steamer, needle and thread (just in case) dressing the three gorgeous bridesmaids who looked magnificent in their striking red gowns and Nicola in her delicately beautiful bridal dress.

The ballroom at Thainstone House Hotel is looking fabulous after its makeover and even more so thanks to Alison at North-East Events who had dressed it to perfection. The grounds were bursting with colour and the rhododendrons were in full bloom making the perfect backdrop for some of our romantic shots of the happy couple.

We were so grateful once again to capture all our photographs outside giving Mr and Mrs O’Hara lovely memories to look back on. Our best wishes to you both and your lovely families, it was a truly memorable day.



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Karen & Callum At St Machar’s Cathedral & Pittodrie House Hotel

Once again, after a stormy few days, the weather man was on our side and we got a sunny Saturday morning at St Machar’s Cathedral for the wedding of Karen and Callum. Spring had truly sprung and the gorgeous blossom hung heavy on the surrounding trees which tied in so well with the subtle pink touches seen throughout the bouquets and table settings.

The Cathedral was looking magnificent as always, the perfect grandeur setting to start this lovely couple’s day. Karen’s beautiful fishtail dress suited her down to a T and Callum scrubbed up well too!

After the ceremony it was on to the wonderful Pittodrie House Hotel for some more photos, dinner and dancing. The grounds were looking immaculate with not a blade of grass out of place.

Another truly fabulous day had by all and we would like to wish the newlyweds every happiness as they start their new chapter as Mr & Mrs Smith.



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