This 'barnquee' wedding is a first for us - but we certainly hope not a last, as the marriage of barn and marquee is sheer brilliance. Claire & Andrew look completely at home in the rustic luxe setting - perhaps unsurprising when their love story started just down the road in St Andrews, where they met as students - which comes complete with its own 16th-century castle, boasting 10 bedrooms and 44 acres of land. Foliage and florals dominate the styling, with perfectly placed urns and arches stealing the show, as well as some fabulous botanical wallpaper in the barnquee. Genius. Plus, with the groom in a kilt, the bridesmaids in tonal dresses by Ghost and the bride in Charlie Brear, there is so much pretty lurking in every single corner. Smitten? Just a little.

How We Chose Our Suppliers

We were keen to be married somewhere around Edinburgh or St Andrews, having written our history together in both places. The location of Myres Castle was perfect. Most of our guests stayed in St Andrews and it felt right to be starting our next chapter just along the road from where it had all begun 13 years earlier. Our photographer, Sarah-Jane Ethan, was recommended to us by a friend and we knew the moment we looked at her photos that she was a perfect match for us; we loved her light, happy and informal style. She was a dream to work with and captured the day so well, including all the laughter and spirit.

Claire & Andrew

‘Barnquee’ Wedding

Just when you thought you'd seen everything in the wedding industry, a new concept emerges: the barnquee. Half barn, half marquee, this venue is the best of both worlds, with wood-clad walls and beams meeting marquee canopy and windows for a match made in rustic luxe heaven. And not to be outdone in the style stakes, this fabulous reception venue is complemented by a stunning stretch tent ceremony area, which has a wonderful indoor-outdoor feel - meaning no worries about the Fife forecast!

Inspiration Behind The Styling

So much credit goes to the amazing Kate and Jean from Little White Cow for bringing our styling to life. Kate turned my messy Pinterest boards into the perfect backdrop for the whole day, from a copper arch and paper lanterns to beautiful greenery and signage. And when she suggested wallpapering the barnquee with awesome botanical prints we were certain we’d made a great choice! This was all complemented by the talents of Cath from Blue Poppy Florist who did a wonderful job with the flowers. The floral arch at the entrance to the barnquee was one of my favourite things from the whole day, and I’m still dreaming of the giant urns bursting with beautiful blues, whites and greens.

Claire & Andrew
From marquees to teepees to sperry tents - and now barnquees! - a tent-based wedding reception will always be a popular option. After all, they are the perfect blank canvas (literally) and can be erected in so many idyllic settings. But which to choose? RMW recommended PapaKata, members of our handpicked supplier directory The List, are the cognoscenti of canvas and have put together the following post to help you decide which sort of distinctive tent style you prefer. Winner winner campfire dinner!
Victoria Honan

Written by Victoria Honan

Venue: Myres Castle | Dress Designer: Charlie Brear | Headpiece: Hermione Harbutt | Jewellery (Sapphire Pendant and Engagement Ring): Laings Edinburgh | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost | Groom/Groomsmen: Kinloch Anderson | Stationery : Als Couzens Designs | Entertainment: Capella, Corra | Florist: Blue Poppy Florist | Caterer: Lazy Sunday | Styling: The Little White Cow | Videographer: Strawberry Wedding Films

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