There is some seriously sexy atmospheric goodness going on in this morning’s wedding. So gorgeously dreamy that even Cathy and Heathcliff would be a tad jealous of this smouldering pair captured by Christopher Currie Photography.
Gillian and Brian married at the end of last year, on New Year’s Eve Eve, under a canopy of twinkling lights at the rustic heaven that is Kinkell Byre. There are tweed suits (always guaranteed to make me go weak at the knees), quirky centrepieces, a smattering of pink, pastel rose bouquets and a whole heap of DIY goodness. Please do take the time to peek at the gallery – there are so many ideas to steal for your own big days.
And the matching ‘I love him’ and ‘I love her’ tattoos are the sweetest!
Gillian The Bride: Kudos Couture was my first, and what turned out to be, ONLY, bridal store I visited. A dress by Essence of Australia stuck out for me, it was beautiful and in a blush colour. The moment I tried it on, only the second dress I’d had on, I knew it was the one. I thought I might be crazy to have found my wedding dress within less that half an hour!
I ordered it; it felt totally right and I had no regrets whatsoever. In the ten months between buying it and wearing it I did not see one dress I preferred. Not one dress that I thought ‘That would have looked better on me’; it was like it was made for me. After that, everything else fell into place. My engagement ring is rose gold and we got rose gold wedding bands too. The blush colour of my dress was just so warm and the rose gold just topped it off. I knew I wanted a veil, I felt I might not look like a bride without one, and wanted flowers in my hair. My make up artist and hairdresser just knew exactly the look I wanted. It is so important to find someone like that.
Being Scottish, everyone expected the Groom and Groomsmen to be in kilts, but we wanted to go with a more rustic, country look. We went with three piece suits from ASOS, a total bargain and they will wear them again and again. We had the Groom in the three piece and the Groomsmen in just the trousers and waistcoat so the Groom would stand out; they looked great.
Since we live on a farm, it could have been the perfect place for a country style wedding, but we decided we wanted a winter wedding and a marquee was just not an option in December, even though the sun shined on the day from start to finish. Kinkell Byre gave us that country, farm style we wanted without the portaloos and with a solid roof, just in case there was rain, or even snow! It was absolutely perfect, and a great size for a large wedding.
I was never a girly girl growing up, pink was never a colour I thought I’d have for my Bridesmaids but after buying my blush coloured wedding dress and buying brown/grey tweed suits for the boys, we knew that light pink was going to look great on our Bridesmaids.
I was unsure about what I wanted for flowers until I found our florist, Amy. She knew exactly what we wanted, even before we did. I’ve never been a fan of white roses, studded with diamantes etc, and didn’t think there were much more options in wedding flowers, but she created an wintery pastel bouquet with silvery green leaves, wrapped in hessian! The boys had pastel coloured roses, wraped in twine. They were gorgeous.
We made most of our decor ourselves. From straw bales that we baled on the farm in the summer, to the milk churns, which are the originals from our dairy farm. Our centrepieces, which represented the table names came from different parts of the farm which we collected over a few weeks, and sprayed gold. These were then placed on pieces of tree trunk, from a tree we cut down earlier in the year.
Our tableplan was displayed on two sets of stepladders which I found in one of our barns. Our guest book table was covered in a collection of things from our house and we made a sign post with all the places and distances of all the places our guests travelled from. I was so proud of how the place looked, all those nights in October and November spent in the workshop, not being able to feel my fingers, it had all paid off!
Our ceremony was a Humanist ceremony and exactly what we wanted. It was so personal and we wrote it together with our celebrant; it had the perfect balance of humour and sentiment. We had two readings, ‘I Am Love’ read by my cousin Jenny, and a version of ‘Weddings are nice’ which we adapted and read by my Husband’s two kids.
We picked our band six weeks before our wedding after our original band split up and had to cancel. It was a little scary to start with but the agents, Coast Entertainment, were brilliant and we really liked the band The Numbers which were fortunately available on our date, so booked them without hearing them. Risky, but worth the risk as they were fantastic!
Our caterers Regis Banqueting were unreal, they totally bent over backward to make our day perfect! We had lots of options, as you have to bring the caterer in to the venue. Many people would have opted for street food together with a buffet style dinner at our venue, but we knew we wanted to go with a three course meal. Since many of our guests were farmers we knew it had to be beef, and it had to be good! Fortunately it was, as was our deep fried brie starter, our Cranachan dessert and all our wonderful canapes.
Our photographer was the easiest choice we had to make. I went to university with Gillian, Christopher Currie’s soon to be wife and awesome photography sidekick, and have followed their journey to become the wedding photographers they are today online. Even before I met Brian, I knew I wanted them to photograph my wedding. It was the best decision we made, we absolutely love the photos, and they were so much fun to work with. Not only was our day captured brilliantly but the emotion and feelings were captured too. We couldn’t have felt more relaxed working with Chris and Gillian, and they took virtually no time out of our day at all. We are so happy with our photographs and have had nothing but amazing compliments for them.
Lastly, we didn’t decide on a video until quite late on, My Grandad died around a month before our wedding, and my Granny decided that she didn’t want to make the trip on her own, as it was too soon. She asked if there would be a video, so we went with one. We are so pleased we did, as we absolutely love it.
I’d say you can never start planning too early. Be organised and you will be the most easy going Bride and Groom ever. We were so relaxed on the run up to our wedding, even with all the decorating we had to do the day before.
Also, don’t let anyone else influence your day. Many people will want to tell you what they would like, the food, the type of ceremony, the dress or themes, but you will only regret not doing what you wanted.