It was practically love at first sight for Scott Wyllie and Craig Huggins, who met through a mutual friend and became a couple just two weeks later...
Fast forward three years and Scott took Craig by surprise with a proposal in Blackpool, etching ‘Marry Me’ in the sand, no less! From then, they saved hard to bring the wedding of their dreams to life and, on 18 August 2018, it all came together. Scott filled us in on the big day, from the alpaca cameo and singing waiters to fondly remembering those who couldn’t be there.
We picked our venue and band first as we knew this was the most important thing to have. Then, we asked our three best men, four groomsmaids, two ushers, flower girl and pageboy if they’d be in our wedding party – and asked both our mums if they’d give us away.
We chose Maryculter House Hotel as the location was perfect. We loved the river in the background and could get married outside. And we picked the date because it was all the eights – 18.08.18.
I wanted the theme to be white and grey and, fittingly, the venue told us that it was to be revamped with a natural colour scheme by the time of our wedding. We were amazed when it was all done up – the room looked beautiful.
We made it our own with the help of Alison from North East Events – I told her my wishes and she pulled it out of the bag, giving me the venue of my dreams. It looked outstanding.
We stayed at Maryculter the night before, each sharing a room with our best men, and the morning of the wedding was nerve-racking but went by in a flash.
Our humanist ceremony was conducted by Neil Mellis who was incredible, down to earth and wanted everything to be about us. And that it was, as we took the opportunity to include loved ones who are no longer with us. We got a canvas of my sister, Lisa, and Craig’s gran, Margaret, so they had their own chair during the service. We then lit a candle for them and, at dinner, gave them a special spot next to the top table.
Also, I couldn’t resist surprising Craig – and all our guests – during the ceremony, so arranged for two alpacas to deliver our rings!
Afterwards, we had drinks and canapés, followed by a sit-down meal, complete with singing waiters. Our band, The Big Show, went above and beyond – they’d never done singing waiters before so we were their first. And, now, it’s something our guests can’t stop speaking about.
The Big Show made our wedding even more unforgettable as the day went on. We hadn’t wanted a band ‘just’ standing and singing, so these guys actually put on a performance and interacted with the guests – plus, they had lots of glitter cannons going off! They were outstanding and, actually, the highlight of our wedding.
Afterwards, we had two weeks all-inclusive in Mexico, which was the most romantic and special holiday. The hotel was so luxurious, complete with our own private pool and butler!
Venue: Maryculter House Hotel
Groom outfits: McCalls Highlandwear
Hair: Simone Saint
Make-up: Demi Dior Strachan
Mother-of-the-bride outfit: Debenhams
Video: Made with Love Films
Stationery: Pretty Pixel
Cake: Simple Wish Cakes
Flowers: Azalea Flowers
Decor: North East Events
Piper: Newtonhill Pipe Band
Band: The Big Show
Other entertainment: Highland Alpacas, Candy Corner, Rainbow Dropz