The Fairy Experience


I am very excited to be hosting The Fairy Experience at Susan Renée Photography from 14th – 18th April, 2016!!

Just think ….all your birthday presents for the family sorted in one easy trip!!!  And we get to raise lots of money for our chosen children’s charity!

We already have bookings now in the diary so if you would like to take part give me a call or drop me an email and we can save you a space.

Here’s what happens…..

*Our beautiful brand new Fairy Experience set and outfits have come all the way from London Fairy Experience Headquarters, created by the fair hand of the one and only Anita Mason, Fairy Queen. My lovely studio here in Aberdeen is turned into a magical Fairy Wonderland, with a vast range of fairy and elf costumes and accessories.

*Bring your little ones for a Fairytale Magical Photographic Experience….0-6 years for Elfs, 0-12 for Fairies.

*Call to Book your appointment and pay a £25 appointment fee.

*At your 30 minute appointment you and your little ones will choose their costumes and accessories and then we will take you into the wonderland to have fun and capture the magic in stunning vintage style fairytale images

*If time allows after your shoot, you will be able to view your images straight away and choose which you would like to order…Products range in price from £49 for a large mounted print, to £450 for a Luxury package of digital images and Wall Art. Most mums and dad’s last year chose to order the Simply Digital package of £295 which gives you your digital images with full printing rights so you can print to your hearts content.

* Choose your favourite image to enter the Fairy and Elf competition with the winner recieiving prizes worth £500!!

* A proportion of money raised also goes to a Children’s Charity

Please email with your telephone number to book your appointment. See you in Fairy land!



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Ryan & Lauren’s Wedding at Thainstone House, Inverurie

Lauren & Ryan’s Wedding at Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire:



Where was the wedding ceremony held and why did you choose it?

Thainstone House Hotel in Inverurie – we wanted somewhere we could hold the whole ceremony and reception preferably a country house and not in the centre of town. When we went to see Thainstone we fell in love with it – traditional but modern with the most beautiful surroundings – we are so happy we decided to have our wedding there.

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Who did your flowers and why did you choose what you did?

Our flowers were by Kelly at Blooming Good Flowers, Oldmeldrum – I wanted a vintage rustic feel to our wedding day so I decided to go for peach tulips and white David Austin roses, I was delighted with our flowers.

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 Who did your hair and what time did you get started in the morning?

Michelle Reid was our hairdresser and she arrived at 8.30am to get going on us all! She was brilliant.



Who was your makeup artist?

Our makeup artist was Rae Mathieson – again I was delighted Rae was able to do our makeup on the day, we all felt so fresh and glowy!

 Who was your wedding dress designer and how did you know that the dress was ‘the one’? Where did you get it?

My dress was Mori Lee and I bought it in Wedding Daze in Nairn. Although I had an idea in my head of what style of dress I wanted I tried on lots of different styles just out of curiosity. Although I knew when saw this one on that it was exactly what I wanted and I didn’t want to try any more on! I didn’t want to take it off that day.


 Who designed your shoes?

My shoes were Freya Rose London and I had them embellished by Covet Bespoke Millner.



 Did you have any special accessories?

I had my nanna’s pearl earrings in and she bought me a bracelet to match which is now a very special piece of jewellery to me.


 Who supplied the groom and groomsmen’s outfits?

The groom and groomsmens’ hired their kilts from Alex Scott Kiltmakers in Aberdeen. The Tartan was Vintage Scotland Forever.


 Who designed the bridesmaids’ dresses and why did you chose that colour?

My bridesmaids’ dresses were by Twobirds bridal and I chose them because I love the simplicity and diversity of the dresses which can be tied 15 different ways. I decided to have all the girls tied the same and went for the platinum grey colour. I knew from the minute I started planning my wedding that I wanted the maids in grey with peach tulips! Simple but nice and “spring wedding” ish!


 Who designed your wedding cake?

Our cake was from Cakes by Fiona (Barnett). I told Fiona I wanted something simple – 3 tiers with lace effect to match my dress, pearls and some peach flowers along the top. Again to match the vintage spring theme!


Who were your band and what was it you liked about them?

We had Fifth Avenue playing at our reception and we absolutely loved them!! Had heard a lot of good reviews and certainly weren’t disappointed. Some songs we thought there was a CD playing! They had everyone up dancing all night and the amount of compliments they received from guests was amazing. They made the whole planning and setting up so easy for us as well.

What was the best bit about your wedding meal? Did you use a caterer?

We had two tastings before the wedding so knew we were in for a treat on the day! My favourite part was my desert – white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake topped with popping candy. The chef at Thainstone House is brilliant and amended the menu choices to suit exactly what we wanted.


Do you have a favourite picture from the day, if so, what is it and why?

I have too much to say!! But one of my favourites is Ryan and myself in a line with all our school friends. We have been so close for many years and to have them all lined up beside us on our wedding day was just amazing.


What was your inspiration?

I wouldn’t say I had a single inspiration… Having a spring wedding inspired me to have the light grey and peach colours and I love vintage style with lace and pearls so putting all that together resulted in the perfect combination.

 What was the best bit about your day?

Our minister Daniel was incredible everyone really enjoyed the ceremony it was funny and light-hearted and I really enjoyed it. I loved the whole day! I’d do it all again from start to finish in a heartbeat. I was probably most chuffed that we got such a beautiful sunny day.

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 Did anything funny or unusual happen during your preparations or wedding day?

We didn’t know about this until the day after but one of my friends and her partner were in such a rush that he had put his kilt on back to front and nobody noticed until after the service! Their photo with his pleated kilt makes me laugh every time I think about it.

 Any advice for couples still to tie-the-knot??

Everyone told me this in the run up to my wedding but the day genuinely does disappear in a flash! The most important thing is to try and relax and enjoy it – because you can’t do it again. Don’t worry about things that can’t be helped – you’ve spent so much time planning and stressing just enjoy your day and have fun!

 Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Mexico and stayed in the Exellence Riviera in Riviera Maya. We were pampered for two weeks, ate amazing food and drank yummy cocktails until our hearts were content! We also finished the fortnight by attending two of our good friends’ wedding at the Moon Palace which was a fantastic end to our honeymoon.

Why did you choose Susan Renée Photography?

I have seen a lot of Susan’s work before and been at weddings she has photographed, she makes it look so effortless and her photos are always truely stunning. I wouldn’t have wanted anybody else to capture our day!


Candy Creations Aberdeen set us up with a stunning 6 foot candy table with amazing sweets (which we are still trying to finish).


White Mice and Pumpkins (cruden bay) provided us with hurricane candles for the stairway and a beautiful wishing well for guests to post their well wishes.


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Vicky & Connor’s Wedding at King’s College and Norwood Hall

Aberdeen Wedding at King’s College and Norwood: Vicky Hossack and Connor Ward

 How did you meet?

We met in October 2012 on a night out in Peterhead.


 Why did you choose Susan Renée Photography?

I was bridesmaid for my cousin and Susan did her photography and I loved how she captured the day. I then saw more of her images on Facebook and knew I had to have her do my wedding day, and it was definitely the best decision. Susan and her team made us feel at ease and she was great in helping us capture our day.


Where was the wedding ceremony held and why did you choose it?

Our wedding ceremony was held at Kings College Chapel in Aberdeen. I chose this venue as the grounds and church are so beautiful.


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 Where was the wedding reception held and why did you choose it?

Our reception was held at Norwood Hall Hotel. We choose this after looking around for a while. I liked the traditional style of Norwood and I wanted a vintage style look for wedding and thought this would be perfect. Norwood Hall staff were great when organising the wedding and very helpful.

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Who did your flowers and why did you choose what you did?

Flower Vogue did our flowers. I chose this through attending the AECC wedding exhibition and loved her displays. The flowers on the day were exactly how I picture them to be.



Who did your hair and what time did you get started in the morning?

One of my best friends who is a hairdresser did my hair on the wedding day, Sima Morice. As Sima was also a guest all day at the wedding and had to also get ready, we started at 7am.

Who was your makeup artist?

Rae Mathieson did my make-up. I loved my make-up on the day, was exactly what I wanted. She also help me with skin care on the run up to the wedding so my skin was in top condition for the day.


 Who was your wedding dress designer and how did you know that the dress was ‘the one’? Where did you get it?

Pronovias was my dress designer and I got my dress from perfect bridal. I’m not going to lie, picking a dress wasn’t easy. I try on ‘a lot’ of dresses. But in this dress a felt amazing and I cried when I saw myself and knew this was the dress when that happened. Fleur at perfect bridal was a great help.




Who designed your shoes?

Covet Bespoke Milliner design shoes for me. Connor didn’t want me to wear high heels as I am taller than him with heels. So Covet manage to bespoke flat shoes for me, and they were beautiful. It had been a struggle to find shoes.


Did you have any special accessories?

Covet Bespoke Milliner also made my headpiece which was one of my favourite accessories and just finished off my final look. I also took the top half of my dress off at night and wore a belt to be different for the dance. A lot of people asked if I had two dresses.

Who supplied the groom and groomsmen’s outfits?

Gibbs in Inverurie supply all of their outfits.



Who designed the bridesmaids’ dresses and why did you chose that colour?

Kelsey Rose designed the bridesmaids’ dresses. I knew I wanted three pastel colours and let the bridesmaid choose what colour they liked.



Who designed your cake? Did you give them any ideas re the design?

Fiona Barnett did my wedding cake, I also chose her from the AECC Wedding Exhibition. I got ideas online on my cake. I wanted again a vintage/lace/pearl look for my cake and it was exactly that.



Who were your band and what was it you liked about them?

Ziggy and Toni was my band. I been to lots of wedding they play at and they are so good getting everyone going. The dancefloor was never emptied. I ask on Facebook people opinions about bands and most said Ziggy and Toni.


Who provided the wedding transport?

Silver City Wedding Cars and Rainbow Prestige. We had two companies as I wanted a vintage car to arrive in but Connor wanted modern. So Connor had rainbow prestige for a more modern car.



What was the best bit about your wedding meal?

Our wedding meal was excellent. My favourite was the chicken with black pudding, yummers.

Do you have a favourite picture from the day, if so, what is it and why?

There is soo many good pictures of the day with us laughing and smiling just loving the day. One of my favourite is me with my arms around Connor looking at each other, we just look in love to me in that moment.



 What was your inspiration?

I have dreamt about my wedding day for a long time and attending wedding exhibitions, looking online, Pinterest gave me great inspiration on how I wanted the day to go.

  What was the best bit about your day?

Everything was amazing about my day, really wish I could do it all over again. Two of my best bits was seeing myself all ready on the day, as you don’t see everything altogether until the morning of the wedding and I felt very emotional when it all came together as I hoped. Another best bit for me was saying my vows and marrying my best friend. After all the stress of planning the day, it was all worth it in the end.

 Did anything funny or unusual happen during your preparations or wedding day?

My dad is an emotional person but it ended up being my mum which was a big surprise to me, she could hardly speak to me in the morning when we were all getting ready.

 Any advice for couples still to tie-the-knot??

Enjoy every minute of the day and the planning. On the day it will all be worth it and it really will be, the best day of your life.



Rebecca Barnett help me design everything for my wedding day and source all the things and wanted and set it all up. She took away a lot of my stress away from me and made sure everything was exactly as I wanted.


‘You are Invited’ did all my stationery. Jennifer is great at designing and making it look as you want.


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Lisa & Mike Frost’s Meldrum House Wedding

Meldrum House Wedding, Aberdeenshire:

Lisa Burnett and Mike Frost’s wedding was a wonderful day which was full of love and laughter from start to finish.  The couple chose Meldrum House Hotel as their venue since they knew it would provide a beautiful backdrop for their wedding.



Lisa was lucky to have been surrounded by friends who were able to help her prepare both in the build up and on the day. The girls’ make-up and hair was done by some of Lisa’s close friends, which allowed for a really laid back and enjoyable morning as they prepared for the day ahead.


When looking for her dress, the first one Lisa had tried on was by Suzanne Neville, and was exactly what she had envisioned for the occasion. To compliment the stunning dress, she had designed a headpiece made from the same material.


The bridesmaids’ dresses were a neutral blush colour, which suited them both beautifully. Lisa’s two flower girls looked so cute in their ballerina-like skirts and sparkly shoes!



Lisa enlisted the help of best friend and florist Fiona Culley to create the bouquets, which had beautiful natural tones and tied in with the flowers in the reception.


The ceremony took place in the marquee attached to the main house, and was very sweet and personal. Afterwards we spent a few minute away from the crowds, which allowed me to capture some really special pictures of the newly weds sharing their first moments together as a married couple.

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Their first dance was to “Hot Fudge” by Robbie Williams, and it was clear to see how much fun they were having dancing and laughing together! Singer Paul Black provided music for the evening, and it was lovely to see everyone having such a great time as they danced the night away!


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Mr and Mrs Frost, thanks for allowing me to be a part of your wedding! I hope you enjoyed your trip to New York in January!


Big thanks to…


Hair – Lynne Matthew

Make up – Lyndsey Mckay and Rachel Stephen

Wedding Dress – Suzanne Neville

Shoes – Dune

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Maids to Measure

Men’s Outfits – Philip King

Flowers – Fiona Culley, from Eden Flowers

Venue – Meldrum House Hotel, Old Meldrum

Videographer – Mark Stuart

Singer – Paul Black

Harpist – Marie Main

Decoration – Fairytale Events

Styling – A Line

Ice Cream – Portsoy Ice Cream

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Kevin & Gabrielle’s Haddo House Wedding, Aberdeenshire.

Haddo House Wedding, Aberdeenshire:

I am so glad to have been a part of Gabrielle and Kevin’s wedding, which took place at Haddo House, Aberdeenshire.  The couple have been together since they met for the first time at around the age of 16 in Peterhead Academy 13 years ago!



My day began at Gabrielle’s mothers house, where along with her parents, her brother and bridesmaid Laura, the bride was preparing for the day ahead. The overcast sky didn’t have any affect on the atmosphere in the house – everyone was so excited!  Having grown up watching Disney films, Gabrielle wanted to ensure their day felt just like a fairy tail. She wore a simple and elegant silk gown with a stunning handmade lace trimmed jacket. In addition, she had a beautiful handmade hair slide, and completed the look with a lovely veil.

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Gabrielle had a specific vision in mind when choosing her flowers. She wanted a relaxed looking bouquet with a mixture of flowers in neutral tones. Together with the florist, she designed a natural looking bouquet that suited both her dress and the grandeur of the house.

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Gabrielle and her dad arrived at Haddo in a fabulous vintage Rolls Royce. As the car pulled up to the house, the sun shone in the sky for the first time in the day.

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The sweet ceremony was held Haddo’s gorgeous chapel. It was lovely to see how emotional Kevin was as he waited at the altar for his bride. The Haddo Choral Social was present to add a really special touch to the hymns throughout the ceremony.


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The cake had been designed to match Gabrielle’s dress, as elements such as the lace and bow were incorporated into the cake.


The Haddo Estate provided plenty wonderful backdrops for photographs. After the ceremony the rain began, but the couple were more than willing to pop in and out of the house in between spells. This proved to be a bonus, however, as I was able to capture some amazing portraits of the bride and groom within the beautiful rooms of the house. At one point, I took the couple to the back of the house, and I was able to capture them taking shelter from the rain under an archway. Enjoying the moment of calm in such a busy day, the couple looked so peaceful and in love.



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It was really great being part of such a wonderful day, Gabrielle and Kevin! xx

The day wouldn’t have been complete without…


Hair – Jennifer Stephen

Make up – Jade Koemans

Wedding Dress – “Paola” by Sassi Holford, from Rachel Scott Couture

Shoes – Dune

Hair Slide – Rachel Scott Couture

Earrings – Alan Hannah

Bridesmaid’s Dress – Dress 2 Impress, Inverness

Men’s Outfits – McCall’s, Aberdeen

Cake – Rosalyn at Let Them Eat Cake in St Fergus

Catering – Thisle Catering

Flowers – The Flower Shop, Peterhead

Venue – Haddo House, Tarves

Videographer – Reel Moon Productions

Band – The Reel Macoy

Transport – Victoria Coaches

Piper – Sandy MacDonell

Choir – Haddo Choral Social




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Vikki & Andrew’s Aswanley, Huntly Wedding

Aswanley Wedding, Aberdeenshire:

Vikki and Andrew Thom were married at Aswanley, Huntly. The victorian steading served as a canvas on which the couple were able to create a romantic and personal day. The couple’s idea was to create a day that was “relaxed and informal with great styling”. I think this was definitely achieved!


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In 2007, mutual friends introduced the pair on a day out over Easter….and here they are signing the register with Vikki and Andy!!


Bridesmaid Carlo was on hand to do the girls’ hair, and they were full of excitement as preparations began early in the morning.  Vikki’s dress, by Stewart Parvin, was accessorised with a bolero and belt she had chosen to help complete the look. She also wore a gorgeous birdcage veil with flower details, which went perfectly with her classical dress and elegant Rachel Simpson shoes. Vikki, you looked simply beautiful!

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The bouquets, similarly to the table centres, were all naturally styled with elegant touches of burlap and scented seasonal blooms – they looked absolutely divine!


The guys all looked very handsome in their kilts. Andrew wore a lovely brown jacket and Howie Nicolsby kilt, which allowed him to stand out from the groomsmen. His kilt also featured a few subtle personal touches, which made it extra special.


The three bridesmaids wore beautiful lilac dresses which matched beautifully with the flowers and groomsmen’s jackets.


A particularly special moment during the day was when the wedding party entered the meal by dancing to Chris Brown’s song “Forever”. It was great watching them all showing off their moves on the dancefloor on the way to their seats!

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They also hired a Volkswagen campervan as transportation for the day!


Catering was courtesy of Val Morrison, who did an amazing job creating their delicious wedding food.  There was also a macaroon tower from Almondine with lovely pastel colours that matched the scheme of the day and the styling by Hazel at A Vintage Tea Party and Martin Bell at Hot Tiki was simply fab!!

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Thanks to everyone who was on hand to help make this day special:


Hair – Carlo

Make up – Rachel Burns

Wedding Dress – Stewart Parvin, from Rachel Scott Couture, Edinburgh

Alterations – Nina Edge Design, Torphins

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Pre-wedding Bridal Prep – Yana and Emma, B-Beautiful

Accessories – Rachel Scott Couture

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Coast

Groom’s Kilt – Howie Nicolsby, 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh

Men’s Outfits – McCall’s, Aberdeen

Cake and Catering – Val Morrison

Macaroon Tower – Almondine

Flowers – I Heart Flowers

Venue – Aswanley, Glass by Huntly

Videographer – Eileen, Sugar8

Band – Bahookie

Styling – A Vintage Tea Party and Martin Bell, Hot Tiki

Details – Amy Singer Art

Singer – Paul Black

Transport – Highland Hobo, Forres


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Rachel & Thomas Matheson’s Pittodrie House Wedding

Pittodrie House Wedding, Aberdeenshire: After meeting at a party around 6 years ago and going on a couple of dates, Rachel and Thomas immediately fell for each other. <3


The charm and beauty of Pittodrie House Hotel are what made the couple select it as the setting for the day.


For this traditional Scottish wedding, all decisions were made based on the couple’s personal preferences and tastes – from the personal intimate ceremony to the selection of their favourite music as a soundtrack for their day. They also loved their beautiful location, bright summery colour scheme and amazing food. The couple were delighted with the way all the various elements came together, which allowed them to have a laid back day they could enjoy with their friends and family.


Rachel’s Ronald Joyce gown was the first one she had tried on, but her mum and bridesmaids all agreed that it was perfect! Her shoes were Jimmy Choos, which had been a gift from Thomas. Her something old and blue was an antique Victorian ring with an aquamarine stone, and her bridesmaid Alison’s Tiffany bracelet was her something borrowed. She looked absolutely beautiful!

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The groom, his father and the groomsmen all looked great in their kilts from Neil Selby. Thomas wore his Matheson tartan on the day which had a striking blue tones throughout.

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The bridesmaid dresses were a light lemon colour which Rachel had chosen since it was different and complimented the oranges in the flowers and the room décor in Pittodrie house.   Each of the bouquets were an absolutely amazing selection of passion and mango calla lilies. The bright reds and oranges looked marvellous set in contrast with the neutral tone of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

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After the ceremony, everyone was able to enjoy cocktails courtesy of 10 Dollar Shake…..and then danced the night away to Muzo-matic!!

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Thank you to everyone who helped in the creation of this magical occasion:

Hair – Saks

Make up – Jade Koemans

Wedding Dress – Ronald Joyce, from Avorio in Fochabers

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Wedding Rings – Tiffany

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Coast

Men’s Outfits – Neil Selby

Cake – Bev from Cakes by Design

Flowers – Audrey Ross from Audstar Florist

Venue – Pittodrie House Hotel

Cocktails – 10 Dollar Shake

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Stephen and Victoria’s Wedding at South St Nicholas Church and Norwood Hall

Wedding Photography, Aberdeen:

Congratulations to Stephen and Victoria Insch who were married in June this year!


The couple met as Stephen was a member of the same pipe band as Victoria and her brother. The couple lost touch when she went to university, but eventually reconnected and immediately hit it off! Apparently as a youngster Victoria had told her mother she was going to marry Stephen when she was older – before she had even spoken to him!  Preparations began in Victoria’s parents house at 6.30am. Each of the bridesmaids had their hair styled differently, and the variation was a great touch.  One of Victoria’s  favourite pre-wedding pictures is of her and her  cat Willow. Victoria was so worried she would not sit still for a photograph due to all of the commotion in the house but we were lucky on the day!!



It had taken Victoria a while to finally decide upon her timeless Ian Stuart gown (and she needed a bit of gentle persuasion from her mum) but I’m glad she chose this one – it suited her perfectly and looked fabulous! A long, elegant veil with lace detailing around the edge completed the look.

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Tina at The Gilded Lily created all the bouquets and buttonholes, along with the large floral displays at the hotel and church. Despite Victoria having kept in contact with her during the design process, she was still blown away when the final bouquets arrived in the morning.

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were in a unique nude colour called “candlelight”. Victoria let each bridesmaid choose their dress, but they all ended up picking the same one! The cowl style neckline looked so elegant and glamorous! All the girls did their own make up in the morning, which allowed them to decide how they wanted to look. Each of them looked absolutely amazing!



They were married at South St. Nicholas Church in Kincorth. It was very important to Victoria that this be the location for the ceremony since this is the church where her parents were married, and where she was christened. Since her family are involved with the church, everyone knows her and gave her a very warm welcome.

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The transport for the day was a fleet of three cream 1930’s Bruicks courtesy of Aristocars – right from the beginning, Victoria knew exactly these were the cars she wanted!!



In keeping with the vintage theme, she opted for a duck egg blue cake with soft pink roses tumbling down entwined with lace, pearls and ribbon.



The reception was held at the Norwood House Hotel. The ornate décor was very much to Victoria’s tastes, and worked well with the classic and opulent wedding her and Stephen wanted to create. They loved having the luxury of a Victorian mansion all to themselves for the entire day!

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I can’t remember the first time I saw a Susan Renee image but I can tell her work a mile away and absolutely adore it. I always said she would be my wedding photographer long before Steve and I were a couple. She captures romance, moments and emotion beautifully and her style is very distinctive. She was the only photographer I considered and I warmed to the team straight away. As soon as I knew she was free for my date I knew I didn’t have to look any further.


Awww, thanks Victoria!! It was my absolute pleasure photographing your wedding!! <3 <3 <3


This wonderful day was made extra special with some help from…


Hair – Deborah from The Hair and Beauty Box, Peterculter

Wedding Dress – Orange Blossom, Ian Stuart

Tailoring – Isabelle Randal

Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – JLM Couture from Perfect Bridal

Men’s Outfits – Neil Selbie & Co

Cake – Cakes By Design

Flowers – The Gilded Lily

Ceremony – South St. Nicholas Church, Kincorth

Reception Venue – Norwood House Hotel

Videographer – Evans Video Productions

Band – Soul Inferno

Transport – Aristocars

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Baby, Baby Elena

Newborn Baby Photography, Aberdeen:

A massive congratulations to Leeanne and Chris on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Elena Catherine. Baby Elena was born on 12th November and weighed a dainty 61b 13oz – and that was her nearly 2 weeks overdue!! Totally perfect in every way. <3 <3 <3


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Frances & Steven’s Wedding at Blairs and the Marcliffe at Pitfodels

Blairs Church and Marcliffe at Pitfodels, Aberdeen Wedding:


How did you meet?

We sort of met by accident when we were both out with friends. We got chatting and took each other’s contact details, and kept in touch over text message for a few weeks before Steve asked me for a date. That first “date” turned out to involve Steve jump-starting my car for me after it had been abandoned in my work car park under a pile of snow for three weeks! He took me to the garage to get a new car battery, and whilst I was waiting we wandered around the shops just chatting about nothing. I remember us holding hands – I think we both felt we’d already known each other a lot longer than we actually had.


Who did your hair and what time did you get started in the morning?

Tracy Allan was the hairdresser for me and my four bridesmaids. Tracy was one of the hairdressers for the AECC wedding exhibition, and I really liked what I’d seen then. I was also lucky with Tracy’s availability: initially I’d been disappointed that she was booked up on 14th June, but she then got a cancellation which meant I could go with her after all. Tracy arrived around 8.30am to make sure there was enough time to do all our hair – which there was, just!


Who was your makeup artist?

One of my bridesmaids recommended someone she knew from university called Lara Gordon. Lara was so brilliant – she is such a lovely girl, and she put us all at ease. I had a trial and she was careful to remember everything I’d liked and not liked from then. She was just fab!


Who was your wedding dress designer and how did you know that the dress was ‘the one’? Where did you get it?

My dress was by Stella York, and I got it from Perfect Bridal. It was so different to any of the others that I’d tried on before – for a start is was “gold”! (I would say it was more of a champagne colour, but “gold” is how it is actually described!)

When I was shopping for dresses I tried on lots that were nice, and that I liked. But there were none that I was really certain about. There was one dress that I kept going back to that I described as the “Beyonce” dress, because it pulled me right in at the waist – it was very flattering, but I couldn’t quite picture it in Blairs; it felt like a perfect dress for a jazz club or glamorous Hollywood bar, but not quite right for an ornate church like Blairs. When I tried on my Stella York dress, I felt like I was in another time – I felt sort of Spanish in it, and everyone told me that was the one. I knew they were right, but I still had doubts right up until the day of the wedding!



Who designed your shoes?

My shoes were by Rachel Simpson. I saw them in a few bridal magazines and I couldn’t get them out of my head. They looked so vintage – they made me think of the way my dress made me feel. I went for them in mint green with a champagne trim, which I thought would look really nice against the colour of my wedding dress.



Did you have any special accessories?

My mum went into a jewellery buying frenzy in the months leading up to the wedding, so I had lots of options! I knew she really wanted to give me at least some of the jewellery I wore on the day, but because the dress was such an unusual colour, I really wasn’t sure what jewellery to go for. Yellow gold was too gold, silver didn’t look right against the colour of the dress… I didn’t actually decide until the day of the wedding exactly what jewellery to wear. I ended up going for a string of pale gold coloured pearls that my mum had bought for me – all my bridesmaids were in agreement that these suited the dress perfectly.



My mum also bought me my veil, which was a pale gold colour with diamantes and teardrop pearls on a scalloped edge. Perfect Bridal bought it in for me to try with my dress, and even though it was eye-wateringly expensive, both my mum and I thought we’d never find anything else that would go with my dress so perfectly.


Who did your flowers and why did you choose what you did?

Kirsty at Flower Vogue on Schoolhill did my flowers. I knew I wanted soft, romantic, blousy flowers, but I also wanted colour. I was thinking peonies, roses, sweet peas, sort green foliage. Kirsty was amazing – she interpreted the descriptions I’d given her perfectly! One thing I remember was sitting in the car on the way to the church and just smelling all the wonderful smells wafting up from my bouquet – it was perfect.



Who supplied the groom and groomsmen’s outfits?

Georgian Dress Hire – who we can’t recommend highly enough! There is a really comfortable, easy atmosphere in there – they took the time to measure all the men exactly, and gave lots of tips for what to do on the day.



Who designed the bridesmaids’ dresses and why did you chose that colour?

My bridesmaids dresses were from a place called Courtesan Boutique, based down in England. I’ve always said that I’d want my girls to be in different coloured dresses. I find it really hard to pick one colour that I really like; I tend to like different colours alongside each other – hence, I went for a range of green and blue colours. My bridesmaids were also in different dresses, as I wanted them to be comfortable in something of their own choosing. I sent the girls a link to the website and said to them to choose any dress, so long as it was long and made of chiffon (as I thought it would be good for the dresses to have a few things in common). Being able to choose from a website and get the dresses made according to individual measurements was really handy, as I had one bridesmaid in Australia and one in Edinburgh.




Why did you choose Susan Renée Photography?

I have actually known Susan for a number of years through mutual friends growing up in Peterhead, and I’ve followed Susan’s wedding photography for a long time. Susan has this way of making everyone feel comfortable and at ease, and we chose Susan because her photos are always stunning – I just knew it wouldn’t feel right without Susan taking our photos!


Where was the wedding ceremony held and why did you choose it?

Steve proposed whilst I was living in Brazil, three months before I was due to come home, so there was a bit of a gap before we could really plan anything. All that time I’d been thinking how I really wanted our wedding to be held in just one venue (so that guests wouldn’t have to travel to and from different locations). So, it was with this in mind that we went search for wedding venues around the north east. One day when we’d been out looking at venues, having found nothing yet that just felt ‘right’, we were travelling back into Aberdeen from the west, and I saw the Blairs steeple in the horizon behind the trees. Although I’d been with my mum to see the gallery and museum at Blairs, Steve had never seen inside the church before. So we decided to pop our heads in, just to see… When we walked inside, Steve took a big inhale of breath and said “wow”. It was then that I knew we really couldn’t get married anywhere else. Blairs is just the most stunning, breath-taking venue. It was such a special place to get married.

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Where was the wedding reception held and why did you choose it?

Once we’d decided on Blairs, we knew we didn’t want to hold the reception too far away from there, so the Marcliffe was the perfect choice! The food is always perfect, even when catering for large numbers. The service is always outstanding, and the grounds are beautiful for photographs. We are so happy with our choice – we could not fault a thing! We are really sad to hear that it will be closing its doors, but we feel privileged to have been able to hold our reception there before it does!

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Did you have a videographer? If so, who were they?

We spent much of our wedding planning thinking we could do without a videographer – neither of us particularly likes to watch ourselves in film, and we saw this as a bit of an indulgent/unnecessary expense. However, we then went to the wedding exhibition at the AECC and we saw some amazing wedding videos! We also thought it would be a great way to see things we’d maybe missed on the day. So we asked Mark Stewart if he happened to have any availability for 14th June, and oddly enough that was the only Saturday he had free over the whole summer! We took this as a sign and made the booking!



Who designed your cake? Did you give them any ideas re the design?

I found a picture of the cake I wanted in a magazine. It was a Fortnum and Mason cake – I thought it looked very “Marie Antoinette” – I loved it! In the end, my cake was actually one of my most frustrating and difficult things to organise. If I were to plan the wedding again, I would definitely do a lot of things differently so far as the cake was concerned!



Who were your band and what was it you liked about them?

I think my band is called The Protones (although I’m not sure, as the band goes by different names depending on whether they are playing as the full big band, just a ceilidh band or as a jazz set – and I had all three!) I first heard them playing at my friend’s wedding down in Glasgow, and I loved the quirky little bits that they played in between songs! They were so lovely and accommodating, even learning a few songs that I said I would want to have at my wedding. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to any bride!


Who provided the wedding transport?

Aristocars – two 1939 cream Buicks for me and the girls, and a black Jaguar for mum and granny. Loved them!

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What was the best bit about your wedding meal? Did you use a caterer?

Everything about the meal was just perfect! We didn’t want to go too safe with our wedding meal – for example, we both love scallops and back pudding, but we also know that s0me people really can’t stand either of these things. So, we decided to give people a choice. However, a choice on the day can really increase the overall cost of your meal, so we asked the Marcliffe if we could ask guests to choose in advance (using their RSVP card). Although (I hope) that this resulted in more happy customers on the day, this really did involve quite a lot of time, organisation and chasing people up on our part– a lot of stress that in hindsight may have been more trouble than it was worth!


Do you have a favourite picture from the day, if so, what is it and why?

I have so many! I really like the pictures where people are throwing confetti, because it reminds me of the day before the wedding. That day, my really good friends who had travelled over for the wedding from Houston, Australia and Abu Dhabi came to my final dress fitting with me (YES, that was the day before the wedding!) We then spent the rest of the day running around Aberdeen doing last minute wedding errands – it was very stressful, but also a lot of fun! One of the things we could not find anywhere was biodegradable confetti -at least not in enough volumes to fill the 50 Martha Stewart paper cones I’d made! (Attack of the bridal blog!) In the end we bought a wagon load of acid free tissue paper and a heart-shaped hole punch. Only, the hole punch wouldn’t cut through the tissue paper! With an hour to go until the wedding rehearsal and me still not showered or packed, my friend Jennifer from Houston told me to relax – that she’d sort out the confetti for me and take it to the church in the morning. What a relief – and what an awesome job she did! If it wasn’t for her, we’d not have that confetti picture. And that is why I think the confetti pictures may be my favourites.



I also really love the photos of just Steve and me under the canopy of trees. That was the time when it felt like it was just me and him, looking at each other, in love, and so thankful for this wonderful day that we’d spent so long organising, finally having arrived!




What was your inspiration?

I had lots of inspiration – one of my bridesmaids remarked, when looking through the wedding scrapbook that I’d made, that I had basically planned around 7 different weddings!

I love old time glamour and vintage, but I didn’t want anything too “Gatsby”, since I thought this might date in the photographs. I also love bunting and afternoon tea, but I didn’t want anything too “shabby chic”. In the end I just took all the things I really liked best and put them all together – one of which was the colourful origami crane curtain that we hung up in the Courtyard. I love colour, and because Steve and I are hoping to go on a postponed honeymoon to Japan, I really wanted to make these birds! It is apparently an old Japanese tradition – that the bride who can make 1000 paper cranes before her wedding will have a long and happy marriage. The time it takes to make these cranes is supposed to be symbolic of the time and effort a marriage takes. This really appealed to me. I could not have made that paper crane curtain without the help of one of my bridesmaids and her husband, who (together with his pen knife!) worked tirelessly to make the origami curtain with me in the days leading up to the wedding!



What was the best bit about your day?

I actually loved the line-up. One of my overriding feelings about the day is guilt – guilt that I didn’t get to spend as much time with everybody as I wanted to. But the line-up gave us a chance to say hello to and thank everyone for coming. It made us both very thankful for the wonderful family and friends that we have.


Did anything funny or unusual happen during your preparations or wedding day?

There is a massively funny story about something that happened not long after the meal, involving me and two of my bridesmaids. They turned out to be complete heroes that night, but that is as much as I’ll say!


Any advice for couples still to tie-the-knot??

Spend money on the things that matter – food, music, and a photographer to capture all the happy moments. Plan the wedding for you, and not for what you think other people would like – not to sound harsh, but ultimately only you and your husband will remember all the little details. Also, if having an evening reception with a buffet, don’t worry too much about how that looks. I spent a lot of time thinking about a cheeseboard for the evening, planning different cakes to be on display… but the photographer will generally be gone by then so won’t be able to take a picture of it, and you’ll probably be too busy chatting to your guests to take advantage of it. A plate of stovies and beetroot, and everybody’s happy!


Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went on a ‘mini-moon’ to Rome for three days, where it was thunder and lightning storms every day! But we’re currently trying to plan a ‘proper-moon’ to Japan and then Thailand.



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A massive thank you to Frances for writing this blog….brings back lots of happy memories for me. Thank you for choosing me to be part of your special day. Susan Renée xx



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