On the 2nd of July, Fiona Mackay and Gary Manson got married at Strathmore Lodge, which is a remote lodge in a beautiful part of the countryside, not far from Halkirk. When I met Fiona and Gary up there a couple of weeks beforehand we were savaged by huge clouds of midges, so I was well stocked up with industrial size bottles of Avon Skin So Soft, but needn’t have worried, as there was a strong wind, which was a great relief. It was a beautiful day, one of those days where everyone but me is delighted with the bright sunshine. We went up to Loch More for some photographs after the ceremony, which was a great location. The wind was a slight problem in some parts but we found some great areas which were sheltered and I think we got some great stuff. It helps when the bride and groom are both posers…. I mean good in front of the camera…. Seriously, everyone was great fun and really got into what I was trying to do, so I think that shows in the end results.
Ceremony Venue: Strathmore Lodge, Westerdale, By Halkirk, Caithness
Reception venue: As above
Dress: Suzanne Neville @ Eleganza Sposa
Shoes: Belle London
Cake: Carol Smith, Gary’s Godmother
Rings: Fraser Hart, Glasgow
Make Up: Monica Barnetson
Cars: A friend of Fiona’s jaguar
Videographer: Colin Sinclair, Video Viewpoint
Caterers – Stephen Robertson Carswell & Leslie Campbell
Stationery – Claire Murray. Claire is one of my best friends and a creative genius! She kindly offered to make all our wedding stationery and did the most fantastic job
Flowers – Amanda’s Creative Florist
Chair Covers – KG Events
Marquee Hire – North Highland Marquee hire
Jewellery, hair piece & brooch – bespoke by mica jewellery
Band – Jude
Photography – We chose John to be our wedding photographer as, there is no-one else out there capable of taking the photos he can! Gary and I both know John as did most of our guests so we all immediately felt at ease and able to have lots of giggles throughout the day!
What was your favourite moment of the day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Gary’s cheeky smile
What advice would you give to other brides planning their wedding?
Relax, it’s very easy to get caught up in the details of it all but remember the real reason you are getting married – that’s what makes your day extra special
Was there anything you’d have done differently?
Nothing, organising everything ourselves made it so personal and special