The tones in this morning’s wedding are just sooooo beautiful. Gorgeous maids in lilac with a deeper purple in the bouquets, accented with pops of yellow and all bathed in soft Scottish summer light. I always love featuring weddings from The Byre at Inchyra, it truly looks like a magical venue – with it’s fairy lit ceremony room, stunning brick barn with huge doors, all surrounded by rolling countryside. Our couple Carlynne & Paul certainly fell for it, this was the only venue they visited. It was love at first sight for Carlynne and her Suzanne Neville dress too – again this was the first dress she tried on!
Images come from the wonderful Maureen Du Preez, whose weddings I adore featuring as she somehow always captures the invisible moments at a wedding – peoples thoughts and feelings. And these are the things you want to remember about your wedding day, so she’s one very talented lady. Right, let’s begin shall we? If you’re getting married in Scotland, prepare to get excited…
Carlynne The Bride: It took me quite a while to choose my dress. I went to several different stores, til finally I went to Elegnaza Sposa in Glasgow. I was blown away when I walked in, the store was beautiful and they had so many beautiful gowns. I tried on the first dress and knew right away it was the one. It was a Suzanne Neville gown called Aria. It was very simple and gave me an amazing shape, I’m still in love now with it. I had a handmade veil made by What Katy Did Next, an online bridal accessory designer. It was floor length with delicate tulle flowers and gold beading. To finish my bridal look I had a beautiful sash made by Sabina KW Design.
Paul decided to keep to Scottish tradition and wear a kilt on the big day. He had it made at Slanj Kilts. It was made with Roxburgh Muted tartan, this is the district tartan where his surname Edmiston comes from. I loved the kilt on the day, and love that he gets to keep it and wear it to other people’s weddings now.
If you ever get to go to The Byre at Inchyra you will understand how amazing the whole venue is. It was the only venue we went to see, and fell in love instantly. The day we went for our first viewing was a stormy day in February. There was a power cut and they had the whole venue lit up with candles, and even then it looked spectacular. The day of our wedding thankfully it was sunny and made it even more breath-taking to see. Everyone was blown away and thought that it was “so us”.
I stayed quite traditional when it came to choosing a colour scheme, I chose my favourite colours – lilac and yellow. Paul and I paid attention to every detail when it came to décor, we wanted to keep everything very simple and not go over the top. We spent the day before the wedding with all our friends and family decorating. Our amazing florist, Myrtle and Bracken, decorated the byre so beautifully with flowers draped over driftwood hanging over the tables. Everyone complimented on how amazing the place looked, including the owners.
Di is amazing and so creative. We ran through my thoughts and ideas and she truly brought them to life. The bouquets were a beautiful selection of flowers that were all in season and matching the colour scheme. Also, in my bouquet I had some contrasting black tulips which stole the show. She created a beautiful arrangement around the byre door and above were we got married. There were troughs in the byre were the cows used to eat, between us we decided the best way to decorate them would be fill the with some beautiful potted flowers which she rented to us. She created buttonholes with lego star wars character as requested by the groom.
The Wedding Party
I had 4 bridesmaids, 2 junior bridesmaids and a flower girl. I got the lilac bridesmaids dresses from ASOS and accessorised with rose gold Ted Baker jewellery. The flower girl wore a pretty lemon dress from Monsoon. The groomsman all wore the charcoal kilts, all looking very smart and handsome.
We had a humanist ceremony, performed by the very talented Stephen Mckerr. We filled out some information on how we met and sent 10 things we love about each other to Stephen. It all worked so well and was very personal, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We had one reading from a Moby song done by a close friend Edward. We could not of picked anyone better, he put all his emotion into it and said it beautifully.
Our very close friend Ryan sang as I walked down the aisle. He then sang in-between the ceremony and meal – he was amazing and everyone was talking about how impressed they were. We then had him sing our first dance, Bon Iver – Skinny Love. Our band was The Vinyl’s from Edinburgh, they were nothing but incredible. From start to finish that done a fantastic job, such a great band and highly recommended. We also had a whiskey barrel photo booth in place in the evening for guests entertainment, provided by Odd Box Photobooths.
The food…it was fantastic. Our caterers were Wild Rover Food. They aren’t any normal caterers, they cook their food all by scratch in a world war 2 field kitchen out the back of their 54 years old land rover defender. The food is also delicious. Everyone was raving about how tasty it was. The canapes were haggis bon bons, Cullen skink and wood pigeon sausage rolls. At each table a guest was chosen to be a server, the courses were served on oak boards and guests helped themselves.
We also had a cake table full of different treats for our guests, from chocolate cake to our main tiered sponge and butter cream cake. All of them were from Marks and Spencer’s, they looked amazing and tasted even better.
Me and Paul do not particularly like posing and getting our photo took. So from the get go we knew we wanted a relaxed style of photos taken in the moment. We found photographer Maureen Du Preez, she was so helpful and knew exactly what we wanted. She made us feel so at ease and relaxed on the day. The photos turned out so much better than I ever thought they could, we are still obsessed at looking at them.
We had a bit of a crisis the day before the wedding when we were let down by our original videographer. However, we were lucky enough to find another one less than 24 hours before the wedding thanks to Lady Inchyra from our wedding venue. We had Strawberry Wedding Films come and film our big day, they were great especially so late notice.
Paul is a huge camping enthusiast, which explains why he had a broken leg the day of the wedding and why he was on crutches. But we did want to bring a bit of this love for camping into our wedding so we decided to do glamping for us and some of our wedding party. We had bell tents from The Byre at Inchyra and also Bella Adventure provided some tents for us as well. It was such a fun add on to the wedding and I’m so happy we did it.
Photography by Maureen du Preez
- Bride Suzanne Neville
- Boutique Eleganza
- Veil What Katy Did Next
- Florist Myrtle & Bracken
- Groom Slanj Kilts
- Videography Strawberry Wedding Films
- Venue The Byre At Inchyra
- Cake M&S
- Catering Wild Rover Food
- Bridesmaids ASOS
- Groomsmen Wilkinsons Highlandwear
- Stationery 2Flux
- Band The Vinyls Scotland
- Glamping Bella’s Adventures UK
- Photobooth Odd Box Photobooth