20th August 2014
“The first wedding decision we made was to get married back in Scotland. We’re both Scottish but now live in London. We chose The Byre at Inchyra for our big day. When we first viewed the venue, it was in the middle of being renovated and didn’t even have a roof – but we fell in love with the place. We feel really privileged to have been one of the first couples to marry there.
The Byre was an inspiring starting point to the countryside theme of the wedding. We adored its exposed beams, stone walls, rustic details and fabulous grounds. From there, we were able to choose a natural colour palette and details to compliment the venue.
I designed my own wedding dress. I looked at lots of dresses and didn’t find anything I truly loved, so I decided to take matters into my own hands! I work in fashion so I was fortunate enough to be able to use a contact to create a gown in silk chiffon, before I hand beaded and appliquéd all the lace onto it myself. It was definitely a labour of love!
We handmade a lot of things for the wedding. We bottled our own fruit-flavoured vodka and gin for our favours (with a little help from Dave’s folks); Dave created a wedding website and designed our invitations and I decorated jam jars of different shapes and sizes with lace, twine and burlap to create tea-light holders.
When we exchanged rings during our humanist ceremony, I had a bit of difficulty getting Dave’s ring onto his finger. After what felt like a long few seconds of trying, we eventually got it on there and almost had a little kiss to celebrate – until all our family and friends shouted “no!” as we hadn’t yet been declared husband and wife. We had a bit of a giggle about it before resuming the ceremony and getting to the real kiss!
Top tip: Have a chat about what’s important to you, then allocate your budget accordingly. That way, you’ll ensure that you’re spending money on the things that will make you happiest.”
Dress designed by the bride herself!
Shoes Love Art Wear Art
Bridesmaids‘ dresses Coast
Groomswear Geoffrey The Tailor
Catering En Croute
Cake Sucre Coeur
Flowers Nadine’s Creative Flowers
Stationery designed by the groom and etched into wood by artist Martha Ellis
Entertainment The Brightside
Hair and Makeup Jak Morgan