I knew Leanne & Michael were going to be our fotomaki friends as soon as we met them. Their house is filled with objects from think geek, including an 8-bit vase that I have been asking my husband to buy me forever (he still hasn’t). Everywhere I looked in their house was filled with personality, I remember thinking, “This couple are so geeky and cool!”.
We knew the wedding would be the same, and it was. These are two people who wanted to be married and to do it in their style. Which we loved! There were so many personal and unique touches to Leanne and Michael’s wedding, it was a masterclass in how to pull off a DIY wedding with the help of your family and friends.
They hired Cortes House in Aberdeenshire, an amazing country manor and set about turning it into the beautiful wedding space you see below. Every room had a fun new function. There was a PlayStation with a projector in the basement and racing car simulator seats too! There were board games in the library, alongside an ice cream cart from Portsoy Ice Cream and a photo booth later on too. The dining hall was now the dancefloor, the bedrooms were hair and makeup prep stations and the beautiful central staircase of the house a plan B for an indoor ceremony in case of rain.
We needn’t have worried, even though it was October, it was a beautifully mild and sunny day! The ceremony would take place outside in the beautiful gardens as we hoped!
As you can see below, this Cortes House wedding was not a “wedding” but “That Wedding Thing”. They didn’t want your usual traditional affair, but a wedding that was truly them.
Leanne handmade the paper origami flowers for her bouquet, they were gorgeous, and she can keep them forever!
When she told me she was inspired by Offbeat Bride, I knew we were a perfect fit, it’s my favourite wedding blog and the reason I (Sarah) wanted to have a wedding in the first place.
To me weddings had always been the traditional big white debacle – no thank you. Discovering blogs like Offbeat Bride you suddenly realise a wedding can be whatever you want it to be! It’s just a party with two people getting married, it doesn’t have to be all monograms and chair covers, the world is your oyster folks, especially these days with so many awesome and quirky small businesses popping up to help your awesome wedding ideas come true! And not forgetting family and friends to help out too. Which at this wedding they did, lots!
As soon as we arrived, Leanne’s Dad was wrangling giant LOVE balloons downstairs, and tying them to the outdoor railings for a backdrop. Friends were putting out chairs for the seating arrangement, and Michael, well he was playing PlayStation – but it was his wedding day – we’ll let him off! 😉
The humanist ceremony was such a great fit for this wedding, full of love and laughter. Leanne & Michael wrote their own vows and heard them only for the first time at the ceremony. As fate would have it they both included lyrics from the same Death Cab for Cutie song in them! They are so made for each other!
For food they had an outdoor BBQ catered by Eatbeetroot with delicious burgers, sausages and vegan tacos! Don’t mind if we do, thank you 🙂
The weather stayed great all day, enabling the guests to mingle inside and outside the house; it was a very chilled vibe which I think is exactly what they were going for. At night the dancing began and the photo booth was filled. Everyone just looked so happy, they definitely had the ‘that wedding thing’ of their dreams. Enjoy the fun filled photos below!
Many congratulations to Leanne & Michael on their awesomely offbeat Cortes House wedding thing!!
~Sarah (& Kristeen)
Emma and I were flatmates when we were both students at Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen, way, way back in 2002! When she announced her and Jane were getting married I was over the moon for them and I knew it would be an artsy, DIY, intimate wedding, so when she asked Kristeen and I to photograph it we were both ridiculously excited.
Emma and Jane met at Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon’s University and their artistic talents were brought to the fore for their awesome wedding. Emma’s talents lie in woodwork and Jane is a jewellery designer, which meant they were able to beautifully handcraft their own unique wedding rings!
The venue Emma and Jane decided to choose was their back garden in Portmahomack, (a picturesque fishing village on the east coast of the Highlands). We love, love, love this idea! Imagine being able to look out at your garden every day and be reminded of your amazing wedding day!
A family friend, who is also a humanist celebrant, officiated, and all of Emma and Jane’s family and friends (and I’m pretty sure the whole village – as even the local the shop had to close early!) played a part to bringing everything together and making it a day to remember!
With two artistic brides at the helm, there were lots of special DIY touches to the day and my particular favourite was the favours. Emma and Jane scoured the Portmahomack beach for months before the wedding for washed up pieces of porcelain. They then made these fragments into beautiful keyrings as keepsakes for all the guests! There were also sachets of wildflower seeds for everyone representing Emma and Jane’s love of nature.
For the photographs, the only request for us was to capture Emma and Jane on the beach at sunset – a request that we were only too happy to fulfill! Uniquely, Portmahomack is an east coast village that faces to the west producing spectacular sunset views in the evening, and, as I’m sure you’ll agree from the photos below, the request was a great idea!
We would like thank Emma and Jane for inviting us to be part of their wedding day and wish them all the best for their long and happy future together!!
Sarah (& Kristeen)
As the weather so often can be in the North East of Scotland, August the 15th last year provided a typically changeable day. The rain could not put a dampener on the day though as Kathryn and Gary laughed and smiled throughout their beautiful and heartfelt celebrations at their Woodend Barn wedding.
After a laughter-filled morning of wedding preparations at The Hideaway, Gateside Farm, Lumphanan, Banchory, Kathryn looked radiant as she made her way to the beautifully situated Woodend Barn, whose rustic charm and scenic surroundings fit in perfectly with such a relaxed and beautiful day. The Lang Byre Gallery had been decorated by Gary and his team in the morning and Fotomaki would like to give a special mention to the bunting, we love some pretty bunting!
When Gary saw Kathryn walking up the aisle his face lit up and the eyes of many a guest welled up too. As you can see by the photos the ceremony brought laughter, especially where the Quaich was involved, and also many moving moments as Gary and Kathryn exchanged their self-penned vows.
Between the ceremony and reception, drinks and food were enjoyed by the guests as we stole the newlyweds away for some photos with their families. A particular favourite photo of mine is Kathryn and Gary with Gary’s best man Martin and his family. Little Tallulah was perfectly coordinated with Kathryn’s vibrant bouquet of sunflowers and giant daisies and really makes with photo pop. Also knowing the closeness of Gary and Martin really makes this photo special.
Following some mingling and many hugs the new Mr & Mrs Cameron invited everyone to take their seats for a delicious meal provided by Buchanans Food, who also run the Bistro attached to Woodend barn. Jan, the excellent wedding coordinator for this Woodend Barn wedding, ensured the serving of the meal and the entire day ran smoothly. Luckily, afterwards, the rain had given up and we were able to whisk the gorgeous couple off to create some keepsake images of their day. Tucked away behind the Woodend Barn is a beautiful wild garden where we were able to take Kathryn and Gary. It really provided a perfect setting for us to capture some tender moments between the bride and groom.
Then it was off to dance the night away Scottish style at a ceilidh with music provided by Danse McCabre. Between Kathryn’s infectious laugh, Gary’s intelligent and moving speeches and the superb attention to detail during the celebrations it really was a wedding day to remember. We would like to wish Mr & Mrs Cameron (wa-hey!) all the best for the future.
Bethan & Don had a fabulous Autumn wedding at Logie Country House in September and we were honoured to capture it for them! The venue is beautiful and the staff were great, everything ran like clockwork. They also had the benefit of having the whole of Logie House for the weekend and with 13 seriously luxurious bedrooms it was like a great family & friends holiday too! We can’t recommend Logie House enough!
Bethan and her family & friends made so many of the little touches and details themselves it was so awesome to see that everyone had pitched in. Bethan’s Mum made her brooch bouquet, Don’s Mum made the wedding stationary and Bethan’s sister made lots of origami paper cranes which are for good luck!
Bethan & Don are a lovely lovely couple, our kinda peeps. They had their first dance to Biffy Clyro, they walked up to the top of a field so we could photography them with Bennachie in the background, then Bethan got a piggy back down! Bethan also had an amazing second dress which she wore to the reception.
They also have a wee one on the way so we could not be happier for them when we say congratulations to Bethan & Don, lang may yer lum reek! Enjoy the photos!
Allison & Michael had an intimate wedding at the stunning Aberdeen Town House. We then had some time to take some beautiful bride & groom (and John the young un) portraits in the lovely Johnston Gardens in Aberdeen’s west end. What a beautiful sunny day it was too!
Many congratulations to Allison & Michael!
Enjoy the pictures below, and many congratulations to John & Petra!