We had our first trip of this year to the stunning King’s College Chapel in May to photograph the wedding of Shona and Craig.
Shona and Craig met at a friend’s house in 2005, and finally got together 3 months later at Chicago Rock in Aberdeen’s city centre. Shona tells us that Craig proposed down at Aberdeen Beach on 19th December 2006.
Shona and Craig asked the Rev. Ian Aitken from the Church of Scotland in Stockethill to conduct the wedding ceremony at King’s College Chapel. Shona feels that they made their wedding ceremony very personal by including a Candle Lighting Ceremony, a Handfasting and a toast from a Quaich.
Shona tells us that the best piece of advice received during the wedding planning was to enjoy their day from start to finish and to stop and take it all in. However, she admits that the day went past so quickly, that they are very pleased to have their wedding video from Mark Stuart to relive the memories. The best part of the wedding for Shona was walking down the aisle towards Craig.
In fact, the complete wedding ran very smoothly thanks to Shona’s wedding planning. Shona says that their ceremony was beautiful. The cars (Bentley and BMWs from Rainbow Prestige) were amazing, and the rain stopped at just the right times for their photographs.
Shona and Craig had a wonderful reception for their guests at the Westhill Holiday Inn, in the contemporary setting of the Balmoral Suite. After speeches from Shona’s father, Craig and their best man Neil, the hotel served up a lovely meal. Everyone thought that the reception at night was fantastic, with the band Splash adding that little something special. Shona and Craig would not change a thing.
We asked Shona to choose a favourite photograph, which she found difficult as she had many great moments to choose from. They decided the black and white photograph of Craig lifting Shona up in the garden was their favourite along with the one under the pink cherry blossom tree. They also really like the family photographs and those of the bridal party.
We asked if there was anything else they’d like to add to their wedding story. Shona tells us that unfortunately the day before their wedding their son Branden caught chicken pox. However, he was amazing throughout the whole day and made Shona and Craig very proud. They thought that Alyshia and Branden looked so beautiful (as did all of the other page boys and flower girls) and that they were all extremely well behaved.
Shona and Craig hope to head off on honeymoon with their children at the end of the year.
Finally, all of us here at Rubislaw Studio send our congratulations to the happy couple and wish Shona, Craig, Alyshia, and Branden all the very best for the future.
Bridal Dress: Berketex
Bridesmaids Dresses: Elmar Bridal Collection Peterhead
Hairdresser: Style Room
Make Up: Chicabelle
Menswear: Georgian Dress Hire
Rings: John Park the Jeweller
Flowers: Ann Drouettes
Cake: John Innes
Stationey: Joyce Gauld, a family friend
Table Decorations: Holiday Inn Aberdeen West and Shona herself.
Seat Covers: Holiday Inn Aberdeen West
Video: Mark Stuart Wedding Films
Caricaturist: Deirdre Varley
Piper: David Kilgour
Wedding Transport: Rainbow Prestige
Favours: Pins in aid of Breast Cancer Research, and Shona made up party bags for all of the children