Our first photo shoot with Esther and Alastair was back in July at the historical and dramatic location of Dunnottar Castle. We met there to take some photographs to celebrate their engagement. The location was very significant, as this is where Alastair and Esther went on their first date!
The couple met on the steps of the very church they were to be married in, King’s Community Church. Esther had been looking for a church to attend, having returned to Aberdeen after her university days in Edinburgh. Alastair just happened to be on the welcome team that day, and after coffee and a chat, the rest as the saying goes, is history!
Alastair’s proposal was the most romantic I had ever heard. He arranged to meet Esther at the church, and when she opened the doors she was met with the words “will you marry me” spelled out in pebbles. There were candles, as well as photographs of the couple and Esther’s favourite tune, “Tale as old as time” from Beauty and the beast, playing in the background. The couple went on to walk down the aisle to the same tune. It must have taken a great deal of love and imagination to plan all that!
We asked Esther and Alastair a few more questions.
Who conducted your ceremony? Dr Iain Duthie (Pastor of Kings Community Church, Aberdeen), and Brian Rapske (Pastor from Canada, and friend of the Bride’s family).
Did you choose your own vows? If so, what is the story behind them? We used the ones that the Bride’s parents did, which were taken from the Anglican version of the book of common prayer, and we each memorised them.
What was the best advice that you received during your wedding planning? Take moments on the wedding day to look around and let yourself enjoy and cherish the day itself.
Where did you go on honeymoon? El Medano in Tenerife after the wedding, with a Mediterranean Cruise to follow in October (since the original cruise we had booked for after the wedding was cancelled)
What was the best part of the wedding? (Apart from the photographs obviously!!) The video that was produced was fantastic in capturing so many great moments, as were the photo booth pictures in the evening. We loved the ceremony and the speeches, and the meal was fantastic too …so all in all, we can’t really pick a single best part! If I had to, I’d say Pete Hartley playing ‘Amazing Grace’ during the service at the church – it was superb! – and Esther loved the drive in ‘DOB 100’ – the old Rolls Royce that she felt was like “Brum” from the Children’s TV programme in the early 90’s!
What is your favourite photo? The black and white photo of Esther and I next to the car, and the black and white one of us together outside the church after the ceremony. We love the group photos from up at the Ardoe as well.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention? Were there any particularly funny moments? The speeches were all very unique and very memorable, and there were plenty jokes in them that still make us smile!
* Bridal Dress – Berketex Brides, with alterations to make the design more personal
* Bridesmaids dresses – BHS weddings with additional ‘bling’ added by the Bride’s mum!
* Hairdresser – Riah Hair and Beauty, of Banchory
* Make Up – as above
* Menswear – Slaters of Aberdeen
* Flowers – Flowers with Flair, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
* Cake – Kelly of Cults
* Stationery – Main artwork by a local artist, and designs thereafter by the family
* Table Decorations – All designed by the brides family
* Seat Covers – Fairytale Events
* Video – ‘Scott Video’ (Scott Cassie)
* Entertainment – Sporran Again Ceilidh Band, of Dundee, and Pete Hartley a professional violinist from the Midlands. We also had photo booth pictures, Deirdre Varley (caricaturist), and 5x Giant Games (Elite Promotions) there in the evening, all of which the guests seemed to really enjoy!
* Piper – Alba bagpipes
* Cars – Carriages