Hollie The Bride:
The ceremony and reception were both held at The Coach House at Kinross House
. The Kinross House grounds offered loads of unique ceremony locations. Initially, an outside ceremony in the picturesque vast gardens was our preferred choice, however, the weather had other menacing ideas. The responsive House staff were wonderful and waited until the last possible moment to give us every likely chance of an outside ceremony. However, not to be, and with great haste the staff bounced into action and set up within the very aesthetic Coach House main hall where our ceremony was held by Humanist, Graham Duff.
Our wedding breakfast & evening reception was held within a Tipi marquee, erected at the front of The Coach House building. When first engaged we loosely spoke about each other’s ideal wedding venue and day. Somewhat
naturally we both agreed from the very start that we would love to have Tipi marquees by Papakata
. Our theme flowed on with a rustic style which was just perfect for us. Such striking assemblies merited a similar venue which would accompany the Tipi’s, that is when we discovered Kinross Coach House. It was beyond perfect. As soon as we turned the corner on arrival we fell in love with the building’s façade which was home to first class service down to the smallest detail. The venue kept on ‘ticking the boxes’ by offering 10 luxury bedrooms, meaning our wedding party could relax in luxury with use of the Coach House Spa facilities the entire weekend. Not to mention, the unbelievable scenery around the Coach house and incredible views from the gardens made for the most incredible photos.
Papakata offered many different options based on our wishes and numbers. After having much fun exploring their fab website, we chose 3 tipis joined together with solid wood tables, bare chivari chairs, copper lanterns
and simple foliage up the tables. The tipis are so unique themselves and filled with such beautiful fairy lights that we kept the decor simple with scatterings of wild flowers by Bramble and Thyme Florist. The setting alone at the Coach house with tipi marquess in the grounds was a truly magical sight to see.
Fiona Wallace, of Bramble and Thyme
, was fantastic and often in contact to exchange exciting ideas and ensure our theme was brought to life. Fiona arranged elegant and natural seasonal wild flowers to compliment both us and the tipis. Both mums were also thrilled with the gorgeous bouquets received on the day. Fiona’s work was truly bespoke to us and created a wonderful feel to the wedding day.
It didn’t take long to find our band, Edinburgh Sounds
, as we were so impressed by their professionalism and extensive song catalogue. They played a stunning rendition of “Wings” by Birdy for our first dance (a song that played shortly after Grant proposed!). Our favours for day and evening guests were indoor sparklers with instructions to light them for the first dance, all of our friends and family circled the dance floor and lit the night for our first dance together, we loved it. Our guests loved the band just as much as us as the dance floor was packed the entire night and compliments followed days after. They even incorporated a couple of ceilidh songs as well, which went down brilliantly. What a fantastic live band!
The final 90 minutes of the night ended with a silent disco by 'Haud yer Wheesht
'. To be honest, quite a few of our guests were undecided about this when it appeared on our order of service, but the moment it started they and everyone there loved it! Everyone is given their own headsets with 3 different stations of music to choose between. Each station would light up the headsets in a different colour and play different eras/genres, so you can openly dance to whatever music you like the best! And dance they did! It finished the night off brilliantly, to the point no one wanted it to end with chants of “One more song!”
The dress was beyond anything I could imagine. I had the dress designed and made by the extremely talented designer, Gemma Sargent
of Edinburgh. I had searched bridal shops for months looking for the perfect dress that I could envisage in my head but just couldn't find. I came across some of Gemma's work on Facebook and decided perhaps she could make my vision a reality. Gemma designed the dress from my initial brief then took the finishing result to the next level. My mum and I found that working with Gemma to create the dream wedding dress was the most enjoyable part for us during the planning of the day. It was completely couture, with layers of tulle over mocha satin for the skirt and 3 types of lace hand stitched over the bodice and full length sleeves and finished with embellished buttons down the back. I just wish I could wear it again!