Jill Gate, 33, married Russell Cowling, 35, at St Moulag's Church, Aberdeenshire, with a reception at Coos Cathedral, Aboyne Castle, on 28 September 2013. She says:

Ann Kathrin Koch

Our vision was to create a day that combined the Scandi aesthetic that I love - very minimal and graphic - with my Scottish roots. Our palette was very clean - light pinks and greys with hints of lemon yellow - to reflect that.

For contrast, my dress was created using delicate Spanish lace and silk tulle. I also borrowed a simple silver bracelet from my maid of honour.

We had a children's corner complete with a monkey piñata and craft table, and created a special pop-up 'sweet shop', with oversized glass pick'n'mix jars. Personalised glass Coke bottles also went down very well with our younger guests.

The bridesmaid dresses were a steal. All three of my 'maids wanted mid-length gowns, which were surprisingly tricky to source. We eventually found them at Warehouse for just £75 each.

Everyone pitched in on the day. My mum and 'maids stuffed huge, clear balloons with confetti and filled them with helium to float above each table.

Russell and I bonded over our shared love of dachshunds! Our own sausage dog, Bruce, looked amazing in his bow tie. He kept all of our guests entertained!

My top tip: If your mum really has a strong opinion on something, listen to her. She probably does know best! 

Photography by Ann Kathrin Koch; www.annkathrinkoch.com