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We have a stunner of a real wedding to share with you today! Mairi and Blair’s alternative Aberdeen wedding was a combination of the things they love most, celebrated in a way that represents them. This couple were determined to do things their way – let’s see how they did it! 

Photos by Nicola Stewart Photography

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your wedding
your way

It makes us SO happy that this badass couple were readers of Unconventional Wedding in the run-up to their wedding day! Here’s what Mairi told us about her big day:

“We were inspired by Unconventional Wedding to make our wedding our own and exactly what we wanted it to be. From the offset we didn’t want a flawlessly white hotel wedding. We wanted it to represent us and what we love to spend our time doing. So, our day was filled with our love for one another as well as our love for music, food and beer! We aren’t fancy people and wanted it to represent us and our lives together, be comfortable and fun. It was important to us to get married in the centre of Aberdeen where we live with iconic granite buildings and have all of our friends and family eat, drink and dance the day and night away with us”.

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Finding the perfect wedding venue can be a challenge when you’re looking for something that truly represents you. Mairi and Blair found a perfect solution for their alternative Aberdeen wedding: 

“We searched high and low for a reception venue that wasn’t the generic package, so we reached out to one of our local gig venues, The Lemon Tree, where we have seen many bands over the years. The venue was everything we could have hoped for, dark and cosy with fairy lights and pops of colour with the beautiful florals from Ange at Fauna Flower Folk. Ange got exactly what we had envisaged for the venue styling and flowers. I supplied Ange with empty beer cans to use as vases for the florals, this tied in our love for beer with the pops of colour to the décor.

My bridesmaid, Rachel McCann Illustrates, designed our stationery, all with a nod to AC/DC! We carried the same theme throughout and had the big MC/BB banner as the backdrop to our sweetheart top table and as a photo background for later in the evening. I absolutely loved that our invites and signage were unique to us. We tried to reduce our single-use plastic and paper as much as we could, so Rachel hand-wrote name places on old pieces of fabric, our table plan on empty bottles and used mirrors as signage. We used old records from charity shops as our guest book so that people could write us messages and we can display them at home after the wedding.”

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the dress:
keeping it simple

Here’s what Mairi told us about the wedding wear:

“My wedding dress was a little ASOS number! I didn’t want anything extravagant, I wanted to feel comfortable and like myself. Paired with my doc martens and my personalised leather jacket (Rachel here again!), it was perfect for me. My veil was a hand-me-down from my Mum, who had had it handed down from my aunt before her! Blair and his groomsmen hired kilts from a local kilt shop, a slightly different tartan to bring in brighter pops of colour.”

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food, family &
good times

For food, we love big portions so we went for family sharing platters on the tables so everyone could help themselves to a selection of BBQ-style meats and sides. Our band did a mix of traditional Scottish ceilidh songs and cover songs to get us up dancing, the dance floor was never empty!

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We asked Mairi about her favourite moments from her alternative Aberdeen wedding day. Here’s what she told us: 

“There are so many! But I think it has to be sneaking off for a quick pint just the two of us after the ceremony. We’re both introverts so really appreciated the moment to take a breath before going to the reception. I also loved being able to bring in sustainable factors to the wedding. Something I am very passionate about is reducing waste and our impact on the planet, so every little detail helped.”

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the credits

PhotographerNicola Stewart 

Videographer – Ray at Simple Wedding Films 

Flowers – Ange at Fauna Flower Folk 

StationeryRachel McCann Illustrates

Catering Deesidedly Tasty

 Hair – Zoe Gordon 

Makeup – Tiffany Dawson

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