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Working together turned out to be a presciption for love for Aimee and James. They met at the pharmacy where James was training to be a pharmacist and Aimee was a dispenser. They were colleagues for a year and kept in touch as friends afterwards until romance blossomed a couple of years later.
When it came to popping the question, James organised a trip to New York for the two of them and planned to pick the time and place while they were there. "I guess he must've been either too excited, or nervous, as he asked me on the first night," recalls Aimee. "We had our first view of the city at the Top of the Rock, then went ice skating at the Wollman Rink in Central Park and on the way back to the hotel, he got down on one knee while we were crossing the Gapstow Bridge." She said 'yes', of course!
They opted for a rustic wedding theme with a burgundy, blush and ivory colour scheme, including flashes of gold and a nod to James' Scottish heritage. Glemham Hall ticked all the boxes for their celebration. "We checked it out online and it looked amazing and there's a lovely little church on the edge of the estate only a five-minute walk away which was perfect for our intimate ceremony," explains Aimee.
They fell in love with the venue as soon as they saw it. "The hall and the gardens were amazing and after meeting the event planner Donna, who was so friendly and accommodating, we knew it was the right place for our dream wedding. Also, after seeing the grand staircase, we were able to picture the fairytale entrance we wanted, in front of all our guests after the ceremony."
After trying on numerous wedding gowns, Aimee knew she wanted a mermaid, off-the-shoulder style and fell for the Morilee designer range instantly. "I loved my dress as it had detachable sleeves and a 3D lace pattern which added a gorgeous effect. To set it off I bought a dazzling pair of Jon Richard earrings from Debenhams and a bracelet to match." James wore a MacIntyre tartan kilt with a Prince Charlie evening jacket, waistcoat and the sporran his father had for his own wedding. His brother wore a matching outfit, while his dad and the best man had Robertson tartan kilts.
The bridesmaids' long, multiway dresses also complemented the colour scheme perfectly andthey carried beautiful bouquets filled with foliage, blue viburnham berries, thistle and heather to create a vintage and Scottish feel." Bagpiper Ray Russell played as I walked from the carto the church and afterwards as he lead our guests to the hall. He's a former piper at the Edinburgh Tattoo and it was amazing to have him there to really tie in the Scottish side of the wedding." says Aimee.
The flowers were a major part of the venue décor. "I love roses so I asked our florist Charlotte to incorporate them in the displays," explains Aimee. "She picked some gorgeous blush Westminister roses, as well as ivory and burgundy ones, alongside different flowers and foliage to make the displays look rustic and to match the autumn season beautifully." Thistle and heather were added to the personal flowers to give an extra Scottish touch to the day.
"We had tall standing open gold stands, and then short gold chalice vases to create a different height effect for the tables in the marquee. We also had a long arrangement on our top table in keeping with our colourscheme and floral theme. "We named the tables after our favourite sights in New York. We chose tablet for the favours as it's a Scottish sweet, which James introduced me to on our trips to Scotland and we tied the packages with a tartan ribbon to match his kilt.
"In the hall Charlotte did an amazing job of decorating the staircase using hanging foliage, trailing redamaranthus and ivory and burgundy roses. The gold hoops she made incorporating our wedding flowers were some of my favourites," Aimee adds.