She may not have been born with the bride gene, but our new guest blogger, Abigail is taking wedding planning in her stride. From the menu tasting to designing her own shoes, she’s ticking things off her wedmin list at an impressive rate. We are loving her style! Over to Abigail…
“When daydreaming about your proposal, you don’t tend to imagine that you’ll be in a onesie on your sitting room floor pulling a ring box out of a new pair of slippers, while your cat alternates between rolling around in discarded wrapping paper and licking herself. But that’s exactly how mine happened and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
“I think I had always imagined some ridiculous proposal, complete with candles, petals and carefully hidden string quartet, but in reality I couldn’t have asked for more. Having set a price limit on Christmas gifts, Gareth pushed a box from Finnies, a wonderful family jewellers in Aberdeen, deep within the stuffing of new slippers, successfully throwing me off the scent. My stomach flipped when I felt the box. Opening it, there was a beautiful princess cut solitaire on a platinum band. I snapped the box shut and started crying. After checking he was serious, there ensued a lot of shrieks – I am sure our neighbours must have wondered what was going on!
“In early 2017, we started looking for venues which I think was the most stressful thing we’ve encountered. I was determined that I didn’t want to get married somewhere friends had got married because invariably I would compare it. I wanted somewhere totally different, but being one of the last of your (large) group of friends to marry leaves you with very few options!
“We made an appointment to see The Chester, a beautiful boutique hotel in the West End of Aberdeen and it ticked all our boxes. The team are amazing at being able to transform rooms while people are otherwise distracted by the post-ceremony champagne and that, coupled with gorgeous decor and an events team who go above and beyond, made our decision easy. We just want to be able to relax and enjoy the day with our friends and family.
“A month ago, we had our menu tasting and choosing what to offer our guests was difficult as every option was delicious. We have gone for choices which give a great flavour of Scotland; with guests coming from around the world, we want to showcase how amazing Scottish food really is. The Chester is well known for its creative – and delicious – cocktails and have offered to make personalised drinks for our guests. I am hoping we get a tasting session for those too!
“My bridesmaids, Alison and Kizzy, along with my mum, Judith accompanied me to Emma Roy in Edinburgh a few months ago to choose my dress. Not giving much away, but suffice to say I went in with a list of things I didn’t want and of course, the dress is all of them! I didn’t want to take it off – which I think is a good sign. The dress has now arrived and my first fitting is booked for mid-February. My rationale was that it gives me enough time to fully enjoy Christmas (hello Bucks Fizz, Quality Street and ALL the carbs) and then shift those lb’s. I have my shoes, veil and tiara stashed in a wardrobe, away from preying eyes… although I have been tempted to pop the tiara on while cleaning, just to make hoovering slightly more glamorous.
“My wedding shoes (pictured) are rose gold, gold and silver (to mimic a Russian wedding ring) with blue leather lining as my something blue! I spend so much time on the Shoes of Prey website designing shoes that I never buy. It was great to actually see a pair through to fruition!
“Over the next month, I have to finalise the flowers and sort our invites. I can’t wait to share them with you in my next update. Other than that, most of the big decisions are made and so attention has turned to all the little details to make it personal and this is where I love blogs like this one because I get to see how other brides have incorporated special and creative touches to their big day. I envisage a few Pinterest disasters along the way, but we have very forgiving friends and family! My school friends are very special to me; we have been there for one another through so much and I want to acknowledge that bond on our day. We have been a gang since first year at Aberdeen Grammar School and now, 24 years later, we are still as close as ever, something which I know is incredibly precious. Although we don’t all live close by any more, WhatsApp keeps us in daily touch and knowing your girls are there to share in the good and help you through the bad makes life a lot easier.
“So it’s only four months to go (eek!) and admittedly I am a rubbish bride. I am laid back to the point of being horizontal and despite two separate apps reminding me on a daily basis just how few days are left to go, I still have a list as long as my arm of things to check off. I keep telling myself that as long as both Gareth and I turn up, the rest will take care of itself.
“I am, of course, incredibly excited, albeit it just very relaxed. Everyone keeps asking if I’m okay, given I’m not waking up at 3am in a cold sweat about flowers or favours. The simple fact is, and no matter how cheesy it may seem, if all else goes wrong on the day, I won’t mind because I’ll finally be marrying the man I love and I can’t wait to start the next chapter of our life together. I look forward to sharing all the excitement with you and being part of the We Fell in Love family.”
Anyone else a little in love with Abigail’s shoes? Anyone else on the Shoes of Prey website right now… Christina x
Self-confessed “bad bride” Abigail met the love of her life, Gareth through an online dating site. They are tying the knot at The Chester in Aberdeen in April. While Abigail lacks the bride gene, she is looking forward to a romantic and personal celebration with family and friends. Think white flowers, twinkling lights and a rip roaring ceilidh.
Main image by Pexels. All other photos by Abigail and friends.