A gorgeous Broxmouth Courtyard wedding blending the couple’s Scottish and Ghanaian cultures

Bethany and Tease first met in 2016 when Bethany moved to Aberdeen to study and she began attending the same church as him.

First they were friends, before they began dating in 2020.

After two-and-a-half years together, they got engaged in October 2022.

“Tease proposed to me at Loch Morlich in Aviemore as this has always been one of my favourite places,” Bethany says.


Broxmouth Courtyard wedding - Bethan Rose Photography

The couple were only engaged for nine months which meant there wasn’t a lot of time to get everything organised.

They knew they wanted a venue close to Edinburgh with a unique vibe, and Broxmouth Courtyard ticked all the boxes.

“It’s such a stunning venue and had the capacity to hold all the guests we wanted to invite,” Bethany explains.

They invited 80 day guests and a further 60 at night.



As Tease is originally from Tema in Ghana, the couple also wanted to incorporate the country’s traditional kente cloth, which is known for its beautiful bright colours.

DIY details also played an important part.

“We have lots of creative friends who helped make all this happen,” Bethany says.

“The wedding arch, the centrepieces, décor and favours were all DIY.”

Friend Kirsty Crawley made all the invitations and for favours, Bethany handmade personalised s’mores for everyone to enjoy at the fire pits in the evening.


Simple and beautiful

Bethany found dress shopping an enjoyable experience.

“I knew I wanted a fitted dress with a train and narrowed down the search,” she says.

“We had a lot of fun exploring a couple of shops in Edinburgh and trying on the dresses.

“None of those were ‘The One’ but they helped me know what I did and didn’t want.”

She eventually found the ideal dress from Wed2Be in Glasgow – a fitted, mermaid style with a low back.

“It has some details on the straps and down the dress. Very simple and absolutely beautiful.

“I had the absolute joy of wearing my friend’s veil – who I was bridesmaid for the year before – and she was also my bridesmaid.”



Bethany chose simple white heels for the daytime, then later changed into her Sketchers so she could enjoy the evening ceilidh.

She also had a Ghanaian dress to change into halfway through the reception and she wore it for the rest of the night.



There were four bridesmaids – her two sisters and two friends – and their dresses were a gorgeous burnt orange to blend in with the traditional kente cloth.

“They’ve all had huge impacts on my life and I knew they’d make the day so fun and stress-free,” Bethany smiles.

“I wanted all my bridesmaids to feel super-comfortable on the day, so went with A-line dresses with short floaty sleeves.”

Bethany also chose dried flower bouquets which could be kept as mementos of the day.



Meanwhile, Tease’s brother was his best man and two friends were groomsmen.

They wore suits with a subtle tartan style and also kente cloth to bring in both Scottish and Ghanaian cultures.

Tease wore a traditional Ghanaian outfit for the marriage ceremony then changed into his suit for the reception.



 

The day before the wedding was spent decorating the venue followed by an evening wedding rehearsal at the church.

Bethany slept well and was ready to “get going and get married” when she woke.

“We had a lovely morning! The hair and make-up girls made the morning very relaxed and everything went smoothly and to time.

“My bridesmaid prepared a buffet breakfast to nibble on throughout the morning and had plenty of coffee and Buck’s fizz!”



On arriving at Edinburgh’s Palmerston Place Church, Bethany walked down the aisle to a very unique song.

“My very good friend Beth Dempster wrote a song for us and sang me down the aisle.

“It was very special and personal,” she says.

At that moment she felt overwhelmed with lots of emotions, “But once I saw Tease I felt totally relaxed.

“It also helped having my nephew run over to say hello!”



Another special touch was that Bethany and Tease’s ceremony was conducted by her dad Colin.

“My dad is a recently retired minister and had married my siblings already, so it was my turn,” she explains.

“Both Tease and I are Christians and we really wanted to keep God at the centre of our ceremony.

“My dad led the service and we had our friends leading the worship, so it really felt like a family wedding.

“It was very personal to us and also felt very relaxed with lots of laughs throughout.

“Tease’s sister did a reading and his dad did a prayer.

“We held the ceremony in the church I grew up going to so lots of people showed up to the ceremony who I had grown up with and it was amazing to see.”

Afterwards, refreshments were served by some of the members of the church and there was a drinks reception and canapés at Broxmouth.


In the evening there was a ceilidh band, s’mores by the fire pits out in the courtyard, some Ghanaian dancing and an evening buffet of traditional Ghanaian food.

“We are loving married life as it just feels so right,” Bethany smiles.

“Although I loved our wedding it’s so nice to be this side of it and building our life together as Mr and Mrs.”


Broxmouth Courtyard wedding - Bethan Rose Photography

Photographer’s Credits

These photos were taken and supplied by Bethan Rose Photography

“This wedding will be engraved on my heart for many years to come. Bethany and Tease have this lovely, down-to-earth, inclusive attitude which meant that the day was one of celebration amongst friends. When saying goodbye to the happy couple, I was sure to let them know that I had never seen
a wedding party dance quite like it. It was phenomenal.”