Focusing on family and floristry at Balbirnie House

Cavell Knowles & Scott Clark

1st February 2019

Venue | Balbirnie House, Fife
Photography | Ryan Mimiec Photography


“We were engaged for nearly seven years before we got married. After many years of discussing venues, a friend suggested Balbirnie House, near Glenrothes. It happened to have the day after our 10-year anniversary available, so we finally took the plunge and set the date.

Our two daughters, Evie and Ava, were involved in every aspect of the big day which meant so much to both of us. They helped make our favours and shared their opinion on many decisions.

Having our girls join us halfway through the first dance was one of our proudest highlights. No-one else knew that they were doing it (except their dance teacher), so the whole room was ecstatic when they came on from the side for a Highland dancing duet – complete with a full costume change which they had kept hidden under their dresses.

I envisioned a vintage, classic look for the wedding, taking dusky pink as the starting point. My dad Stwart and his husband John run florist, Flowers4Hours, and big day suppliers, Touching Hearts Wedding and Events and Heart-Bakes, so we had ample inspiration from their previous schemes and set-ups.

They designed and supplied all the flowers, venue decor and the cakes (yes, we had two!). All of the final decisions were a surprise, so it was exciting to walk in and see everything for the first time. The gorgeous blooms tied everything together. 

We visit Disneyland Paris every year so we had to have a little Disney magic. My dad designed a beautiful rose dome in the garden inspired by Beauty and the Beast. One of our two cakes paid homage to Cinderella’s dress and even had fondant birds wrapping ribbon around it. We also named our tables after Disney couples.

It was important for us to remember our lost loved ones on our special day. John created a beautiful memorial display with flowers, candles and pictures on the fireplace in the drinks reception to commemorate Scott’s dad and papa and my grandad, granny, nana and great auntie, all of whom we wished could have been there to celebrate with us. 

It’s a family tradition to have the ladies speak at the wedding. I was delighted to have my maid of honour Devon make a speech.

Top tip: “Really think about the things that are important to you and your family when buying for the big day.  Don’t worry about what others might think of the things you have chosen, bought or even decided not to buy.”

Brides’ dress Wed2B 
Bridesmaids’ dresses
That Special Day Bridal Warehouse
Flowergirls’ dresses
Carriage and Castles
Groomswear Slaters
Heart of Gold Jewellers
Venue decor, candy cart, doughnut wall and popcorn machine Touching Hearts Weddings and Events
Flowers Flowers4Hours
Cake Heart-Bakes
Hair Billie’s Hair at Divas
Makeup by Devon