So you want to do something a little alternative?

I caught up with Vicki recently to go over a few tips that made her and Keith’s day at their Duthie Park wedding go so well. She has shared a few tips on how to tweak your wedding to be more alternative and even add a bit of rock'n'roll to it!

Keith and Vicki wanted a relaxed and chilled atmosphere. Their close family and friends during the day then a huge party at night! Centred around everyone dancing to great tunes.

Three bridesmaids dresses hang on a door.
a pair of glittery converse sit on the window ledge as it rains
a bride gets her finish touches to her hair
a groom exits a tuk tuk at Duthie park with his thumbs up
a groom holding up a sign saying "wedding this way" at the winter gardens, Duthie Park, Aberdeen

Duthie Park wedding personal touches

One of many things these guys did was to put pics of great bands and musical legends for their table names. my favourite had to be the jackets tho.

“Keith has always been a big fan of patches and has a denim jacket covered in them. I knew he’d hate having a suit jacket on all day! it’s not his style at all. So as a surprise, I bought us both a denim jacket. I ordered some patches from Etsy of each of our favourite bands. Then spent the nights Keith was working secretly sewing them on. I then got us some rock n roll bride and groom pins from Veronica Dearly to finish them off. Keith was so surprised, as well as all our guests, and so happy to feel more like himself with it on!”

With a few nice touches this was already set to become its own gig.

a bride and her bridesmaids looking at a photo album
father of the groom is sorting his sons buttonhole
Bride getting her lipstick done
guests sitting down and talking as one blows out a vape cloud
father of the bride looks delighted as he gets a first look at her in her dress
candid photo of a couple guests hugging. Duthie park, Winter gardens
close up shot of a bridesmaids pink and white bouquet

Wear what you want

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traditional but Vicki opted out of the white dress. Instead she broke the mould choosing a kick ass dress, everything about this dress was cool. She picked it with a little help from the amazing girls at Ivory Grace Bridal. To top it, no rock n roll look would be complete without a pair of converse for grooving around the dance floor later on.

Bride and her father laughing in the back of a volkswagen camper as they arrive at Duthie park, Aberdeen
Grooms men laughing as they wait for the brides arrival
father walks his daughter down the aisle in the winter gardens, Aberdeen
groom has a tear in his eye as he sees his wife fr the first time at their wedding
Bride wearing a floral dress cuddles her husband when she meets him at the top of the aisle at the winter gardens,
A groom looks delighted as he puts the ring on his wife's hand, Duthie park, winter gardens, Aberdeen

Jump on the bandwagon


Why not grab some funky wheels and arrive in style in a Volkswagen camper van. Vicki couldn’t of complimented Deeside campers any more for their amazing help from the offset. Making many runs on the Duthie Park wedding day and they even ushered her in with an umbrella to and from the van. I know all too well how accommodating they are, nothing is too much hassle for them, even if I'm getting them to squeeze into the most awkward of places to get that special shot.

Meanwhile with the Stone Roses blasting the boys got ready and awaited the arrival ASC Tuk Tuk. Robert Carmichael of ASC had gone the extra mile for Keith, making them a wee sign to wish them well. He’d also stocked up on some vintage Aberdeen FC programmes for them to look at and relish on the journey. Instead of taking the quickest route possible he went the scenic way allowing the boys to enjoy a cold one.

a pair of red and yellow socks with design from the move "the shinning"
Mother of the groom is holding her chest and smiling with joy
groom wears a denim jacked at points at the just married on the back

Duthie Park Wedding - Setting the vibe at

“We knew we didn't want a huge ceremony, small, intimate and relaxed Duthie Park wedding was our main goal-which we achieved. We had all the people there that we wanted. Come night time all the rest of our friends and family came to party and celebrate. For me, the night time was all about the dancing! I think I spent the whole night dancing!”

Duthie Park wedding Music

Why limit yourself to one band? If you have any friends that play/sing/DJ why not ask them if they want to do a wee set throughout the day? I’m sure they’d love to help.

“The music was a big thing for us, and we were so fortunate to find a great band called Phase 4 who put so much effort in for us. They learned our final dance (Elvis’s Can’t Help Falling in Love) just over a week before our big day. Along with already learning our first dance (Carly Simon, Nobody Does it Better) and some McFly for me!”

“We also had an amazing mini set from the Viper lines. Keith’s brother and a couple of his bandmates! It certainly got everyone up on the floor during buffet time! It was so special having him do that for us! The next day one of my cousins said it was the best music at a wedding she’s ever been to.”

I’ll add at this point that Keith doing his Elvis impression for the last dance was beyond epic!

A newlywed couple relax and give the thumbs up in a vintage camper van on their special day.
A newlywed couple relax in a vintage camper van on their special day.

Duthie Park Wedding. Where did you pull Inspiration from?

Inspiration came from everywhere! Pintrest was a big influence! Following blogs like Rock n Roll Bride, Whimsical Weddings and the Scottish Wedding Magazine. They all gave me little ideas for what I wanted.

If you could do it again what advice would you give?

I would definitely be less precious about my hair and dress in the rain! You only do it once and I shouldn’t have cared if I got a little wet if it meant getting some more photos outside. I would also get more flowers, you can never have enough flowers!! (flower Vouge) I’d also have bought more alcohol to have after the ceremony! I got one half glass of Prosecco because the majority had been drunk before the ceremony had started! Haha!


The main piece of advice I’d give is enjoy it! Enjoy the planning, don’t stress about, and enjoy your day! Don’t worry about little things not going the way you want! because you’re probably the only one who’s noticed it! And make sure to take a little time just the two of you, even just 10 minutes to soak up the fact that you’re married!!


Big love to these guys for having me a long to capture their day. Certainly I day I won’t forget in a rush 🤘🏻

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