A Twinkling & Heartwarming Wedding

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Maighread caught her cousin’s wedding bouquet and three days later Malcolm popped the question, awww. They planned their wedding within a year after setting 18th October 2012 as their wedding date.

Maighread and Malcolm married at Kinkell Byre, Scotland where their vision of a intimate and relaxed ceremony and a great party came to life.

Maighread wore her Grandmother’s incredible 1950s lace dress teamed with simple accessories, while Malcolm went for a Hunting Pride tartan kilt with charcoal jacket, they both looked so gorgeous.

The day was a real family affair with family helping with the utterly pretty florals, the traditional wedding cake and decorated jam jars. The venue was transformed with the most beautiful lighting, greenery and a scrumptious looking cake table. WOW.

Thanks so very much to the amazing Kitchener Photography for sharing their images with us this afternoon.


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Names…. Maighread and Malcolm

Wedding Date…. 18th October 2012

The Proposal…. On the 28th of December I was the bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding and much to Malcolm’s surprise I caught the wedding bouquet at the end of the night! Fast forward three days and we made our way to our local airport in Uist to say our goodbyes as Malcolm had been recalled for duty to the Naval base in Portsmouth and was no longer able to spend New Year at home. After the passengers had been called though to the departure lounge, Malcolm suggested that we go for a ‘short walk’ outside. Full of confusion, I made my way outside with him, not quite sure why we were walking in the opposite direction from where he should have been heading. We made our way to my car where he asked me to sit down and close my eyes….seconds later I opened them to find him down on one knee with a beautiful diamond solitaire ring. I was so excited and very quickly said yes. It just goes to show there is some truth in the old wives tale about catching a wedding bouquet!

Vision for the day…. We wanted an intimate and relaxed ceremony and meal followed by a great party with all of our friends and family.

The Planning process…. We both knew that we didn’t want a long engagement and were keen to get married within a year of getting engaged. After we decided on the venue and set the date everything else fell into place. We are lucky to have willing and enthusiastic family members who were keen to help as much as possible.

The Venue… After quite a bit of research we chose Kinkell Byre on the outskirts of St Andrews in Scotland. We wanted a large space with lots of character  which we were able to put our stamp on and Kinkell Byre certainly fitted this brief! It is set in a beautiful location, overlooking the North Sea and has bags of rustic charm and character which we both fell in love with.

The Dress + Accessories….. I was very fortunate to be able to wear my Grandmother’s dress, a beautiful 1950s vintage lace dress. I was very keen to let the dress do the talking so I kept my accessories very low key. I wore some simple pearl earring, a pearl bracelet, a gorgeous pearl hair vine and a simple veil which complemented the dress. Last, but certainly not least, the shoes! I had a very clear idea of what style of shoes I wanted: a simple and elegant cream lace shoe with a closed toe. After weeks of unsuccessful hunting I found the perfect shoes made by Menbur.

Finding the dress…. Not long after getting engaged, conversation soon turned to dresses and one of my aunties suggested that I should find out if my Granny still had her dress, so that’s what I did. My brother and I went to visit her (my Granny) one night and after some tea and cake she brought out the dress which was packaged in a black vintage suitcase. The moment I saw the dress I knew I wanted to wear it. The fact that it had been worn by Granny all those years ago made it even more special.
Although the dress was in fairly good condition, there were some small patches of discolouration and small tears in the lace that I had to get restored. I wish to say a very big thank you to Forresters Dry Cleaners and the very talented Karen from Karen Rotchford Bridal Alterations in Glasgow who made a wonderful job of restoring the dress in time for my special day.

Groom’s attire… The Groom and the bridal party wore the Hunting Pride tartan kilt with a charcoal tweed morning jacket and champagne cravat.

The Readings + Music…. Family play a very important part in our lives and we were keen for them to play a part in our big day. We are very lucky to have some very talented musicians in the family. My cousin Stewart played the piano during the church service and sang our first dance song – ‘Kiss Me’ by Ed Sheeran. Malcolm’s cousin, Julie Fowlis, sang a traditional Gaelic song while we were signing the register and my Auntie Penny and Malcolm’s cousin, Mairi , both read  during the service. In the evening we had a traditional Scottish ceilidh with the great Monach Isles Ceilidh band who did a great job of getting everyone on the dance floor and keeping them there till the end of the night!

Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had my beautiful first cousin, Sarah, who also happens to be my best friend as my maid of honour. We have been friends since birth and I could not think of anyone I would have preferred to have had by my side on my wedding day. She wore a gorgeous peach chiffon dress with buttons down the back to match my wedding dress. My brother, Iain, was my ‘Man of Honour’. We are very close so it was important to me that he had a special part to play in our big day,

The Flowers… My Auntie Cathy and Auntie Sheena made a wonderful job of our wedding flowers. I wanted some rustic cream and peach flowers which complimented the dress, the venue and the colour scheme.

The Cake… We are both big cake lovers so we made sure that there was a lot of cake on offer at our wedding! My Auntie Joan made a beautiful traditional wedding cake and which was decorated with a pretty flower and some peach ribbon. Diane Budd, a cake maker from St Andrews, created an amazing cake table for us which had lots of very pretty and very tasty cakes for our guests to enjoy.

Your Photographer…. The very talented Dylan and Joanne from ‘Kitchener Photography’ joined us for our special day and took some beautiful photographs that we will treasure for years to come. They also created an amazing and very moving slideshow for us that captures the joy of the day. As well as having the photos from our wedding day, Joanne and Dylan also took some amazing engagement photos for usthat we were able to have on display at the wedding.

The Details + Decor…. The majority of our decoration was credit to the amazing Stephen from i-light who was able to transform the byre from an empty dark space, into to a beautiful and romantic venue. In addition to the lighting provided by Stephen, we had some greenery provided by Pathhead Nurseries, some jam jars created by with  flowers created by my Auntie and lots and lots of candles and foil to fill the eating troughs in the Byre! I  am a big  fan of the little touches so we put lots of toiletries and baskets of sweets in the toilets which were a great hit with all of the guests.

The Honeymoon…. We decided to have a Minimoon after the wedding and are planning to have our Honeymoon next year. We spent a couple of nights at Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond and in Edinburgh which gave us an opportunity to relax and enjoy life as a newly married couple.

Memorable moments… Lots and love and laughs in the days leading up to  the wedding where we were surrounded by friends and family at Balmashie Holiday Cottages in St Andrews. Maighread: Trying on the wedding dress for my Granny the night before the wedding. Walking down the aisle and saying our vows. The very touching and moving wedding speeches. Our first dance, which was a romantic start to a fun filled night.

Advice for other couples… Make sure you get a great photographer(s) as photos will help you re live the day for years to come.
Try to relax and to take in as much as you can.

Credit where credit is due…

Kitchener Photography www.kitchenerphotography.co.uk
Kinkell Byre www.kinkellbyre.com
Stephen from I-light www.i-light.co.uk
Carrie from Beautiful You Scotland: www.beautifulyou-scotland.co.uk
Karen from Karen Rotchford Bridal Alteration  www.karenrotchfordbridalalterations.co.uk
Forrester Dry Cleaners www.forrestersdrycleaners.co.uk
Angelfin Wedding Stationary  www.angelfins.co.uk
Monach Isles Ceilidh Band
St Andrews Catering www.standrewscatering.com

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Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments. It is great to see our wedding featured on the blog. A great way to relive a very special day :) xxx

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