I just adore the contrast in today’s real wedding, with a formal and dramatic cathedral ceremony followed by a relaxed, rustic family farm wedding celebration in a marquee.
We are joined by Annabel and Greig who were married on the 19th October 2019 at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, they then headed with their guests to their family farm in the countryside. It was all such a dream; the marquee setting was so magical adorned with festoon lights inside and out. They also added personal touches like honey favours, hand made stationery and a stunning cake baked by a family member. The bouquets were just incredible and many of the reception flowers were foraged on the farm, I especially love the hanging flower centrepiece, oh my!
Annabel and Greig both looked amazing, hello dress with pockets and tartan trousers! The bridesmaids looked wonderful too in inky blue dresses, which contrasted beautifully with their bouquets.
Janine Kirkwood Photography has very kindly sent us these superb captures of a really wonderful family farm wedding, thank you so much.
We were staying at my family cottage in the Scottish highlands for a weekend out of Edinburgh. It was pouring with rain all weekend and Greig dragged me on a three hour hike up a near by hill. I asked around 6 times when we could give up and go back but he kept telling me we were nearly there. Once we got to the top, a beautiful view point overlooking the surrounding area, I took a photo of our dog, Cooper, who was standing right on the edge and had no idea that Greig was on one knee behind me with a bottle of champagne in one hand and a ring in the other! There were lots of tears, a lot more champagne and many happy phone calls to tell our loved ones!
It was important to us both and to our families that we had a church ceremony and our first choice was St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburghs West End. It is magnificent and the service was very formal, which we loved. I grew up on my family farm just outside Edinburgh and had always imagined getting married there so a marquee in the garden was the direction we were going in. We wanted the reception to be a total contrast to the Cathedral. I kept saying “no white table cloths and something different” but it was hard to find anything but the usual steel framed marquee.
The Planning Process
Its hard to plan a wedding in 9 months while having a full time job. Between myself, my Mum and my sister we managed pretty well. My mum is a bit of a party planning genius and knew what she was doing from day one.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh followed by our family farm.
The Details & Décor
Our completely incredible marquee was from Papakata. We have nothing but wonderful things to say about this company. They made our vision a reality and when we stumbled across their website we knew it was for us. The “finishing touches” that they provide are outstanding, from the beautiful farmhouse tables to the disco ball and the sofa sets with deer hides draped over them. Everything in the tent was hired through them (table, chairs, bar, dance floor, sofas, wine barrels etc) which made the experience even more seamless.
My amazing bridesmaid, Hannah, hand made all of our stationery for us. It was exquisite. She drew the Cathedral and my parents home for the invitations and basically took the whole thing off my hands for me. She made sure that everything from the save the dates to the table names were in keeping with each other. She is incredibly talented and I don’t think I will ever be able to throw out our table names!
Our caterers were De-licious from Glenrothes. They were amazing and ran like clockwork. They also provided us with a lot of timing advice which was very valuable. We did a sharing style supper with plated beef served to each guest and then big bowls of sides which worked well with our more relaxed style at the reception.
Our wedding favours (little pots of honey) were gifted by a local man who keeps his bees on the farm. It took about 3 hours for me and my bridesmaids to tie the little tags on with a million cups of tea to keep us going while Aunts and Grannies buzzed around arranging flowers in the tent. Friends still send me photos of them using their honey on their breakfast!
We didn’t have a wedding planner as we wanted the freedom to do it all ourselves. I loved the days running up to the wedding because we had complete control of what went where and it meant we could change our minds about things as we went. It was a lot of work but my family is very creative and we all talk about how much we loved those days before the wedding!
The bridal party hair was done by my hairdresser of 10 years, Gemma at Brian Drumm Hairdressing in Edinburgh.
Makeup was the amazing Carrie Duffy from Lauren Gollan Academy of Makeup.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was by Nicola Anne Bridal and I bought it from Emma Roy in Edinburgh. It was the last dress I tried on and nothing like anything I thought I would wear. It was a “OK I’ll try on that one for fun” dress and I loved it. It had pockets!!
Greig wore trews and shoes by Hacket and an old tails coat. He bought ties for the whole groom party and both of our Dads from Charles Thewit.
Flowers were a little bit of a mix… The bouquets were beautifully made by Adelaide at Adelaide’s Secret Garden based in Perth/Edinburgh. She was incredible and knew exactly what I was trying to describe to her when we met. The bouquets she created were beyond beautiful and she was a pleasure to work with. Especially when she brought her teeny tiny puppy along to drop them off!
We then bought flowers from a family friend with flower market connections and spent the Thursday before the wedding creating our own displays using greenery from the farm and the beautiful flowers we had ordered. A few very talented Aunts, a Granny and the bridesmaids helped and it was the best day ever!!
The girls wore a dark, inky blue dress from Rewritten. They had really long ties at the shoulders and which I loved and they were super simple and elegant.
The Readings & Music
The band was The WooHoo Band. They were brilliant and had everyone on their feet in moments and for the whole night!! They asked what we liked and disliked and they got the whole thing totally right. It was a 7 piece band and we asked for a sax player to play for half an hour to bridge dinner and dancing which I loved!
Made by a friend of one of my Aunts as our wedding gift. It was vanilla sponge and butter cream icing and beautifully light!
The amazing Janine Kirkwood. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to be around on our wedding day. She felt like an old friend and was so lovely and calm. The photos were incredible! She made our wedding look like a fairytale and she was there until the bitter end snapping away! Both my Mum and Mother in law still talk about how lovely she was!!
All groomsmen hired tails and trews from Slaters mens hire in Edinburgh.
We had a lunch party on Sunday for close friends and family and then headed back up to highlands on our ‘minimoon’ on Monday for a week. We slept and walked and drank Champagne and it was perfect.
Our ‘real’ honeymoon has been put on hold due to coronavirus.
Taking our vows. The 180 people in the Cathedral disappeared at that moment.
Greig pulled me away from chatting after dinner so we could stand aside and watch our favourite people enjoying themselves. It was dark outside and the disco ball was twinkling across the roof of the tent and everyone was laughing, it was such a lovely moment to take in and I still thank him for that now.
Advice For Other Couples
Make sure you do a ‘stand back and take it all in’ moment!!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Janine Kirkwood Photography
Marquee & Details
Adelaides Secret Garden
How stunning?! If you love farm weddings we have many more in our archives too!
Thanks ever so much to Annabel and Greig for sharing their amazing wedding story with us, I hope you get to go on your dream honeymoon soon guys xo Lou