Ailsa and Ryan's wedding at St. Machar's Cathedral and the Beach Ballroom

Updated: May 11

Ailsa and Ryan had the wedding of their dreams all planned out, but constructions works planned at St. Machar Cathedral were threatening to through a spanner in the works. With only 10 months to go until their October 2020 wedding date, they decided to pull their whole wedding forward by 7 months, to ensure they could still get married at their favourite church. To my delight, I was available on their new date and excited to be photographing their traditional wedding with a quirky twist...


Keep on reading, to find out more about Ailsa and Ryan, their wedding day and see some of my favourite photographs.

1. How did you meet? We met on Tinder, my friend had my phone and decided to match us, he was the first person I ever went on a date with.

2. How did the proposal go? It was very relaxed, it was Ryan’s birthday and we had a lovely day at Shrek the musical followed by his favourite take-away in our flat. The evening lead to a discussion about what Ryan wanted to achieve before his next birthday. He mentioned one of these was to get engaged, this quickly lead to an impromptu and heartfelt proposal. The next day we went and picked my dream ring together.

3. When did you start planning your wedding? We started planning our wedding in March 2018.

4. Where did you find the inspiration for your wedding day?

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest searching and also looked through various wedding magazines.

5. How did you choose your wedding suppliers? It varied a lot depending on the supplier, we wanted to use local suppliers as much as possible. The dress was from Etiquette Bridal, I chose them as they were the first place I went to and Eilidh was so helpful and made it so fun I didn’t want to go elsewhere. The cars from Silver City Cars, my good friend got married June 2018 and used them, the cars looked fantastic and that's what bought me over. I walked past Flower Vogue on School Hill every day, so when picking a florist they seemed the most logical choice, and they did not disappoint. The flowers were beautiful! Cake came from Celebration Cakes and was chosen, because I knew they could accommodate mine and my mothers' food allergies. Choosing the ceremony venue was easy, St Machars Cathedral is the most welcoming and friendly church I have ever been to and has been my place of worship for a while now. My hair and nails were done at James Duns House, who I’ve been going to for over a year, wouldn’t trust anyone other than Liam to find me the perfect pink hair for my wedding day!

Our reception venue was the Beach Ballroom chosen due to its 1920s style and to fulfil my fantasy of a beach wedding, whilst accommodating the practicalities of Scottish weather.

We chose Iska for photography, after falling in love with the fun and quirky style on her website. But also due to how much fun we had in our initial meeting.

6. How did you personalise your wedding day? We both love to travel, so we brought in bits from our holidays to make the wedding day unique to us. We named our tables after our favourite spots, created a map to showcase where we had been and where the guests would sit. We also had the most fantastic cake which was made of suitcases! My favourite unique touch has to be the shoes! Mine had unicorns and fairy castles and Ryan wore batman dress shoes!

7. What was the most stressful part when planning your wedding? Definitely bringing the wedding forward by 7 months, due to construction works at the church, meaning we only had 3 months to get everything sorted. I really enjoyed planning the wedding but have to say the key to it not being stressful, was my fantastic and super organised mum who made the whole thing happen, and made it so perfect for us!

8. What is the one thing you’ll never forget about your big day? We both struggled to answer this the day was perfect from start to finish

Ailsa - Getting to introduce Ryan as my husband to the evening guests, some of whom he had never met before. Also walking on the beach in my wedding dress! It was absolutely freezing, but not only did it make for fantastic pictures, it also gave me and Ryan some time alone to enjoy our big day Ryan - When Ailsa walked through the doors of St Machars as a bride

9. Was it easy to jump back into regular life after your wedding?

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a choice, as within the week I was back on a student nurse placement, it still doesn’t always feel real that we are Mr and Mrs, but it is the most fantastic dream come true

10. What advice would you give future brides and grooms? Take time to stand back and watch your guests mingle. Remember - your wedding day is about you and your partner, it is your day, so pick the things that are important to you and not anyone else! Have fun and don’t worry about the small things, at the end of the day if you leave that night married it was a successful wedding!

Ailsa kindly left a review on my Facebook page as well.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed it. Also a big thank you to Ailsa and Ryan for sharing a little insight into their wedding day. If you'd like to know more about my wedding photography, please get in touch - I'd love to chat.


Lots of Love,

Iska xx

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Venue | St Machars Cathedral and Beach Ballroom

Hairdresser | James Duns House

Dress | Etiquette Bridal

Flowers | Flower Vogue

Cars | Silver City Cars

Cake | Celebration Cake Shop


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