Betrothed couples here are nervous — but not about the wedding!
Engaged couples in a particular part of the north east of Scotland don't worry so much about the wedding flowers or the vows. They're too busy looking over their shoulder, feart of... a blackening!
Particularly common in Fraserburgh, Peterhead and the surrounding areas, the "blackening" is a tradition originating from an ancient custom of rubbing soot into the feet.
But the modern blackening is a very different affair and can be a wild and riotous occasion.
The engaged couple are kidnapped and are ‘gunked’, by friends and family, who use all manner of disgusting substances, including fermented dog food, rotten eggs and even fish guts. The purpose of this revolting tradition?
To bring good luck, of course!
Samantha, who was blackened herself, follows two brave couples who allowed the cameras to capture every disgusting moment.