These breathtakingly beautiful wedding images come today from John Johnston and I really can’t thank him enough. They are so very dreamy and totally capture the spirit of the couple, their day and the magnificent surroundings.
Colin and Laura were hitched on the 13th April 2017 at the stunning Kinkell Byre in St Andrews, Scotland. The barns and converted cow sheds make for a spectacular venue and draped in the prettiest fairy lights become magical come evening time. That’s not even to mention the sensational countryside that surrounds the venue, ideal for picture perfect portraits. A personal day was super important to the couple and they used pink roses throughout as Colin buys them for Laura, such a sweet touch. With the blush pink they added gold, and a gorgeous theme emerged organically. Think statement floral cake, personalised wooden calligraphy signage and elegant attire. The whole wedding party looked so gorgeous and stylish in equal measure.
The location was chosen thanks to the couple’s links Fife, from their road trips there and it was the place that they first said I love you. It doesn’t get much more meaningful and lovely than that now does it?
THE PROPOSAL | Colin proposed at Prague Castle, overlooking the medieval city. It was a cold wintry night, just after Christmas, and the city was lit up with lights. After enjoying a mulled wine at the secret Christmas market within Prague castle, Laura was standing on a balcony looking out at the city… it was beautiful and peaceful. Meanwhile… Colin was trying to wrestle an oversized ring-box out the pocket of his winter coat before Laura turned around. Laura turned around and was shocked, but ecstatic, to see Colin down on one knee, telling her he wanted a lifetime of adventures with her and asking her to be his wife. Of course she said yes… luckily before an overzealous stag party came running up the steps to the castle.
THE VISION | We knew we wanted something a little bit different and our main vision was that we wanted something that was really personal to us. We really wanted a wedding where our guests would walk in and say “this is so Colin and Laura”. We looked around at loads of venues from country houses to nice hotels but nothing was quite “us”. Eventually we found Kinkell Byre and just fell in love with it from the second we walked in. Fife has always been a special place for us, we took had many road trips there and it was the place we first said “I love you” and the venue was just perfect. The twinkly fairy lights and the fact we could design it and make it our own made it just perfect for us.
We decided on a colour scheme of blush pink and gold. Whenever Colin buys me flowers he buys me pink roses so it was really important this was incorporated. Pink roses were the main flower of all the bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces and the bridesmaids dresses were the same blush pink colour. We also loved the idea of bringing ivy into the design so incorporated this too. We wanted the whole day to be romantic and personal. Laura loves “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and loved the idea of having a romantic forest feel.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Although planning our wedding was a lot of work, it turned out to be the most special part of it and we got to make it truly “us”.
THE VENUE | Kinkell Byre.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress from June Brides in Glasgow.
FINDING THE DRESS | My Mum and I had so many amazing days looking for dresses! We loved the process so much we tried 13 shops! I knew I wanted a dress that was tight fitting and I loved the idea of a low back. I couldn’t picture exactly what I wanted but also couldn’t find anything that was just right. I eventually tried on my dress and just knew it was the one!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Colin was a ‘true Scotsman’ in the traditional Scottish kilt, Isle of Skye tartan. The kilts were from Slaters in Glasgow. They could not have been more helpful and accommodating.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Two of our best friends, Robert and Nicola played Laura down the aisle, which was just so special! They played Canon in D on violin and Guitar. Bridesmaid and best friend Debbie later sung “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a wonderful world“ whilst playing Ukelele. Colin’s cousin Mungo played a beautiful rendition of “Marry Me” by Train while we signed our Marriage register with our two Grandfathers. We also had two readings, one from Winnie the Pooh by one of Laura’s best friends Laura and an Apache blessing from Colin’s Sister, Emma.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Laura’s four best friends were her bridesmaids, Debbie, Nicola, Alison and Maid of Honour Mandy. The girls could not have been more perfect in the run up to the wedding and helped Laura with so much. Their dresses were from Coast.
THE FLOWERS & CAKE | Laura’s good friend recommended two ladies in the local area to do flowers and cake. Alison MacLean produced the beautiful flowers and Helen Brooke made our amazing cake. For both, we wanted the theme of pink roses to feature strongly. Both the ladies are amazingly talented and managed to recreate exactly what we described perfectly. Could not recommend them enough!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | John Johnston, our photographer, was absolutely amazing. We were recommended him by a friend and are so glad we listened to them. He was a total ninja and you hardly knew he was there. The shots he got are so unique and absolutely beautiful. We were also so happy with our videographers – Kelly and Craig from Ypod Wedding Films. They were so relaxed and friendly and captured some amazing shots that we will treasure forever.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We did absolutely everything ourselves, with a lot of help from family and friends. We used lots of bunting, tissue paper pom poms and ivy to decorate the stone walls and create a softer feel. We loved the idea of creating an indoor forest feel so also decorated our ceremony room with olive trees and dried rose petals. All our centrepieces were all slightly different but consisted of gold candlesticks and vases, with flowers and tea lights.
THE HONEYMOON | Straight after the wedding we stayed in the Glenshee Treehouse for several days for our mini moon , which was picturesque, relaxing and absolutely perfect. Over the summer we are travelling to Thailand for our big honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our most memorable moment was seeing each other for the first time as Laura walked down the aisle with her Dad. It was a special moment we will never forget. We had also asked our Grandfathers to be our witnesses and sign our marriage register so this was a very special moment for us both. The entire day was absolutely perfect from start to finish and without a doubt the happiest day of our lives.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do as much as you can in advance! It is never too early to start planning, making, packing… anything you can do in advance, do it! Do it your way, it’s your day and about you!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | John Johnston Photography
Caterers | Gourlays Catering
Video | YPod
Humanist | Tim Maguire
Piper | Scottish Piping Services Ltd
Band | Black Noir
Cake | Helen Brooke @ Sugarshoots Cakes
Flowers | Alison MacLean
Magic! What a dreamy day.
Colin and Laura, thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous wedding story with us xo Lou