From Harry Pauline proposing to Wendy at Inverurie Academy 38 years after they met to ByRhea capturing the pair at the same fireplace Harry’s parents had posed at as newlyweds in 1958, it’s safe to say their big day was not short of sentiment
We spoke to the beautiful bride, Wendy, to find out more…
“We were good friends at school but went separate ways and didn’t get together until we were 41! As such, we didn’t want a long engagement and, fortunately, we knew the venues we wanted.
We chose St Andrew’s Church in Inverurie because my parents got married there in 1963, and Meldrum House Hotel because Harry’s mum and dad hosted their wedding reception there in 1958.
There was no specific theme but I wanted to personalise the day by doing as much as I could by myself. North East Events helped with our postbox and chair covers, but I arranged the rest of the décor – keeping it simple, though, so there wasn’t too much to do!
I worked on the stationery and centrepieces (tall vases with lilies, paired with crystal table confetti), whilst the cake was a joint effort. I’d have loved to make and ice it but, unfortunately, I didn’t have time. So, I called upon Marks & Spencer for the sponge cakes and my mum made the big bottom tier, which was fruit cake. A close family friend, Isobel, helped me ice it to match the others perfectly.
Sadly, Harry’s parents had passed away, so we remembered them with a framed picture of their wedding day next to the guest book. The favours were personal to us too – Glen Garioch whisky from Harry’s hometown of Oldmeldrum and the equivalent from my home county of Wiltshire.
Being an ‘older bride,’ I wanted something in keeping with my age, and quite plain – but still special! Clare, my bridesmaid, and Megan, my god-daughter, were invaluable in helping me and, of course, my mum’s approval was paramount.
I stayed with her the night before the wedding and Harry stayed at home. We had a nice, relaxed morning getting our hair and make-up done then it was ceremony time!
It was a traditional religious ceremony, followed by drinks and canapés on arrival at Meldrum. We chose our wedding breakfast menu (vegetarian soup and a chicken main course, followed by caramelised lemon tart) with our guests in mind – we thought it would suit most people and the dessert would be nice and light.
The evening started with us dancing to our favourite song, At Last by Etta James – it seemed appropriate. Then it was over to the DJ who played a variety of music from all eras to suit the wide range of ages at the wedding – and squeezed in some traditional ceilidh dances, too!
It goes without saying that marrying one another was our highlight but it really was lovely to have our family and friends from all over in the same place, celebrating with us. Our photographer, Rhea, did a great job capturing everyone – she knew exactly who she’d taken a photo of and made sure she got everyone at least once.
We went to Bali right after, which was amazing and very relaxing after a hectic few days. You don’t realise how tiring it all is until you get away and relax!”
Little White Book
- Ceremony: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Inverurie
- Reception: Meldrum House Hotel
- Groom’s outfit: McCalls Highlandwear
- Hair: Hair by Claire Mathers
- Make-up: Makeup by Rachel King
- Photographer: By Rhea
- Transport: Executive Chauffeur Services
- Favours: Glen Garioch Single Malt Whisky, The Wiltshire Liqueur Company
- Flowers: Dolce Vita Flowers
- Décor: North East Events
- Band/DJ: Touch of Class