jen + ally | coos cathedral

Jen + Ally were married on the 9th April at Kings College Chapel and held their reception at Coos Cathedral. They were planning their wedding for 9 months. Huge thanks to the always brilliant Chantal and Scott AKA The Gibsons for sharing their images of the day with us! You can catch them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

"I got ready at Elsick House with the bridal party and we went back to the house the day after the wedding for a few days chilling out before our honeymoon. It’s a fab big house, we were able to take our dog and the rooms were all excellent. We were married at Kings College Chapel, at the University of Aberdeen. We both met in the Sailing Club while at university and still live close to the city so it felt right to get married somewhere we walked past every day during our time there. Our reception was at the Coos’ Cathedral in Aboyne. We fell in love with it from the first second we drove up to it."

"Having met at uni and stayed on in Aberdeen once we had graduated it felt right to get married on the campus we’d spent so much time together on. We were very keen on The Coos’ Cathedral as we wanted somewhere a little different, where there were no restrictions on suppliers and somewhere we could really make our mark on for the day."

"I loved the food tasting! We’d been looking forward to it for weeks and were not disappointed, we spoke about how much we were looking forward to the wedding breakfast a lot on the run up to the wedding."

"Ally was very involved in the planning process, we agreed on virtually everything which made it all very easy. Most of the actual liaising with suppliers was left to my Mum and me though."

"I knew exactly what I wanted my bridal outfit to be like. My Mum and I only went to two boutiques and I was so relieved that the style I’d been dreaming of suited me. I had a beautiful couture dress from Joyce Young Designs. My dress was ivory, in a ballgown shape with lace detail on the bodice, three quarter length sleeves, a fabulous train, and best of all it had pockets!"

"We had a Church of Scotland Ceremony conducted by the Rev. John Mutch Watson who was fantastic. We included a reading from Scripture, and Ally’s sister read 'Us Two' by A.A. Milne. During the service we included a Quaich ceremony which was the Rev. Watson's suggestion and we loved it. My Dad provided us with a supply of 18 year old Highland Park for the occasion."

"It’s really hard to choose our favourite part of the day (I’m sure everyone says that). However if there was one moment we could go back to it would be sitting down to eat when all I could see was a room full of everybody who we loved most in this world and realising that they were all there for us.  Aside from that the dancing was a definite highlight, the dance floor was packed all night and I loved just dancing with everyone, there are some crazy photos of some very questionable dance moves."

"We had a subtle Harry Potter theme for the reception and my favourite part of it was the 'always' wooden sign we had that topped our cake. Ally and his best man, Richard, had made a photo-booth backdrop in the style of the Gryffindor common room. I spent hours collecting props to be used in it."

"What I loved most about putting things together was watching all the ideas we had in our heads becoming a reality."

"My clearest memory is the sheer joy I felt standing looking at Ally as we got married. For Ally it was feeling nervous while standing waiting on me to walk in, but feeling suddenly calm and relaxed as soon as he saw me."

"Decide on what is going to be really essential to you on the day and focus on the things that are important in order to achieve that. Remember the reason for the day is the marriage you want to have."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: The Coos’ Cathedral

Catering: Country Flavours of Alford

Band: Revolution 7 

Florist: Dewdrop Florist

Stationery: Nina Thomas Studio 

Photographer: The Gibsons 

Videographer: Forever Visuals 

"Katie form Forever Visuals, The Gibsons and our caterers Country Flavours of Alford all went above and beyond both in the run up to and on the day itself."