So This is Love

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So This is Love

Phoebe Hendry and Cameron Tweedie’s love story began online, blossomed with a proposal in historic Leith Hall Garden and culminated in a magical November wedding at Glen Clova Hotel. Nestled amidst the breathtaking Scottish Highlands, their day was

We originally planned a two-year engagement but due to family circumstances, moved our wedding forward. While this meant a faster pace of planning, it thankfully didn't compromise our vision. Securing our dream venue, the Glen Clova Hotel with its secluded charm and breathtaking scenery, was our top priority. Clova Kirk, which was within walking distance, added a special touch as it held sentimental value for me.

I’d always envisioned a Scottish-inspired wedding with a touch of rustic charm and our décor choices reflected that. Our colour scheme embraced rich shades of dark green and burnt orange, perfectly capturing the essence of autumn. Fairy lights and candles added a touch of warmth, while a Christmas tree further complemented the wintery ambiance. We wanted the ceremony to be a beautiful blend of Scottish traditions and personal touches, and it was!

Finding my perfect dress on the first try was quite unexpected. At the first shop I visited, the sparkling, A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline made me feel instantly confident and special, and it fit seamlessly with our winter wedding theme. My bridesmaids, including my sister Catherine, looked stunning in elegant off-the-shoulder velvet dresses in shades of forest green. And Cameron, along with his groomsmen, wore kilts in the Weathered Campbell of Argyll tartan, reflecting the autumnal vibe beautifully.

The night before the wedding, our close family gathered for a pre-wedding dinner, allowing everyone who hadn't met before to mingle. It was a heartwarming evening filled with laughter and anticipation. Then we all set up the venue, had a rehearsal and chilled with some prosecco and face masks.

The following morning was surprisingly calm, despite the butterflies in my stomach! Our amazing wedding suppliers kept everyone relaxed and excited. Having already completed make-up and hair trials, I knew the girls well and their positive energy created a fun atmosphere.

Our ceremony was small and intimate with just 55 guests. We added several special touches that made it incredibly meaningful. The hand-tying and the act of drinking from the quaich, which was presented by Cameron's father, were deeply rooted in Scottish tradition. Cameron lit a remembrance candle for loved ones who couldn't be with us and our mothers lit a unity candle together, symbolising the joining of our families. To top it all off, my mother read a beautiful poem written by my grandmother, adding a heartfelt touch of family heritage.

The celebrations began with nibbles (veggie haggis bon bons, Mediterranean tartlets and caprese skewers), beautiful piano music and quirky performances by the Silver City Singers Quartet (of which my father is a proud member).

After the meal and speeches it was time to party! The band, Franco, kept the dance floor lively with a mix of popular songs and traditional ceilidh tunes. Guests enjoyed stovies, cake and homemade fudge throughout the evening.

Our wedding was a perfect encapsulation of our love story – warm, intimate and full of laughter. We’d definitely encourage couples to embrace off-season weddings. Our date meant we got the venue and all the suppliers we really wanted – and the beauty of the winter landscape enhanced our special day.

We’d also emphasise the importance of connecting with vendors on a personal level, especially the photographer and videographer who document your entire journey. Cameron and I loved our couple photoshoot with By Rhea and Scott Cassie Documentary. They put us at ease and made the experience fun, allowing us to enjoy a moment of privacy and capture timeless memories.

Phoebe's Little White Book

Band: Franco

Bridal outfit: Midnight Elegance

Bridal accessories: Juniper

Bridesmaids dresses: Etiquette Bridal

Cake: Elizabeth Watt

Entertainment: Silver City Singers Quartet

Flowers: Paper and Petals

Groom’s outfit: Georgian Dress Hire

Hair: Sarah Stewart Hairdressing

Make-up: RR Makeup

Photographer: By Rhea

Piper: David Burnside of Boghall, Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

Rings: Manly Bands, Unique Jewels Fraserburgh

Venue: Glen Clova Hotel

Videographer: Scott Cassie Documentary