I’m absolutely loving everything about WWW readers Seb and Jenna’s wedding today. Their big day on the 25th October 2017 was relaxed and fun with some absolutely gorgeous touches courtesy of our couple’s hard work. The décor is all in a natural style and so simple but effective. The venue, The Byre at Inchyra in Scotland, is absolutely stunning and I can understand why it was the only place Seb and Jenna could see themselves getting married. The fairy lit wooden and stone building that the ceremony was held in looks downright magical!
Jenna looks simply gorgeous in her Pronovias gown and of course Seb couldn’t resist the opportunity to wear a kilt! I can’t get enough of the chunky knit wraps that Jenna and the bridesmaids wore too – so cosy!
Make sure you take in every detail of all the DIY touches. The simple, natural colour scheme and brush lettering fits just perfectly with the setting and isn’t the ribbon table plan just beautiful?
Jen Owens Images has provided the fabulous photographs that tell the story, thank you ever so much for sharing.
THE PROPOSAL | 12th November 2016
We were in Amsterdam for a few days after travelling back from a friend’s wedding in Australia. Unknown to me at the time, Seb was planning to get down on one knee, and had many ideas up his sleeve of how he would propose. When these didn’t “go to plan” he thought he’d leave it for another time!
However, on our last day in Amsterdam, we were having coffee with Seb’s sister, Tavia, who lives in Rotterdam. When we came out of the coffee shop (no muffins consumed!), I asked Tavia to take a photo of Seb and I on a canal bridge. Seb made eye contact with Tavia, and they both knew this was the moment. Tavia set the camera to video mode and the rest is history…
THE VISION | We both wanted something relaxed, open, warm, rustic and not too flamboyant. Woodlands and fairy lights, quasi “enchanting”. Our venue literally WAS the vision we had conjured in our heads. We knew we had to have it there!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We wanted to get married within a year of being engaged. We were both working away together in the Mediterranean on a Super Yacht throughout the entire planning process. We looked at venues online, and The Byre at Inchyra was the only one that truly captured us both! It was booked up most weekends to 2020, so we decided on a Wednesday and that was that. It was all booked three weeks after our engagement!
From there we booked all of the important suppliers – Caterers, Photographer, Florist, Band, etc, again from afar as we would be working away right up until a few of weeks before the wedding.
I decided I would do the decorating side of things. I had an idea in mind of neutral colours and lots of greenery. Simple, but effective. I started following an array of wedding blogs, stylists, etc on Instagram/Pinterest for a little slice of inspiration. From then on, I bought little knick-knacks here and there – online and from local shops wherever we visited. Etsy turned out to be one of the best things ever!
We had a little bit of time on our hands, so we made our own invitations from craft card, recycled gift paper, tracing paper and lots of ink! I even wax sealed every envelope, which took ages!
When we returned home, three weeks before the wedding, we had a pile of decorations awaiting us. I even bought paint pens for our signs online, love heart hole punches for the favour notes and what felt like a mountain load of craft paper for the menus, etc, so all bases were covered!
After the hen/stag weekends all systems were a go. We had a great help from family the week before the wedding and everything came together nicely.
BUDGET | We didn’t really have a budget, but we knew we didn’t want to go too wild, aiming not to go over the average UK wedding budget.
THE VENUE | As soon as wee looked at The Byre at Inchyra, it was love at first sight! We knew it was the place for us. We both wanted to get married in Scotland. Seb really wanted to wear a kilt, and have an excuse for all of his Welsh family and friends to come up for a Ceilidh!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from Pronovias, which I hadn’t even known about until I got to the Bridal Shop. My veil, earrings and hair vine were all from Britten Weddings. My shoes were Irregular choice, which were unbelievably comfortable! My Garter was my mum’s from her wedding in 1981. It was my old, borrowed and blue.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had seen a Stella York dress, which I absolutely fell in love with, so sourced where I could try it on in Edinburgh. I made an appointment at La Novia, and took my Mum and Sister along. I tried it on and absolutely hated it! I looked like Morticia Addams in a mermaid wedding dress. I was disheartened!
I tried on a lot of different styles after that, but it was my Mums choice that won. I tried it on, fell in love with it, and bought it that very day in December 2016. It was so light and comfortable, and I felt so good in it!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Seb bought his own Welsh Tartan Kilt, and hired everything else from the Kilt Hire Company MacGregor and MacDuff in Glasgow. He gave his groomsmen free choice of tartans. He bought his and his groomsmen’s ties the week before the wedding from the Tie Store
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Seb’s sister Tavia wrote a poem which she read out during the ceremony. It was incredibly thoughtful, personal and touching. We absolutely loved it. Her delivery was incredible, and there were a few tears shed during it.
Two of my good friends from University sang and played At Last by Etta James while we were signing the register. It was fabulous!
I walked down the aisle to the theme from Braveheart, which was played on the Clarsach by the wonderful Sam from The Sleekit Beasties. It was magical.
We walked down the aisle to Map of the World by Mariachi el Bronx.
Sam continued playing the harp during drinks and canapés. She played an array of modern and traditional, which was lovely.
We booked the Sleekit Beasties after listening to a number of bands on line. They instantly attracted our attention. We loved their look and style, and quickly snapped them up.
For our first dance, they leaned ‘Where do you go to My Lovely’ by Peter Sarsedt. Seb and I absolutely LOVE this song. It reminds us of days exploring the Cote D’Azur in the South of France on days off and whenever it comes on, we belt it out, put on silly voices and laugh our heads off.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four Bridesmaids; my sister Lisa, Seb’s sister, Tavia, and my two best friends from school; Helen and Nikki. I knew I wanted an ink blue/teal colour, and I really wanted the girls to match, but be comfortable as well. I didn’t want to spend silly amounts of money on these dresses, as I knew they’d only be worn once! After a lot of two-ing and fro-ing of ideas, screenshots, etc, we all liked and decided on a high-neck style and seen the perfect dress on JJ’s House online. I took a risk with these. I ordered each generic size of the girls, and they had them altered to fit them perfectly.
As it was October, in Scotland, I got myself and the girls some beautiful chunky knit cape scarf wraps from Lauren Aston Designs. They were SO cosy.
The girls were all free to wear whichever shoes they wanted to – flats, heels, trainers, etc. The dresses were long, so as long as they were comfortable, that was the main thing!
Luckily for me, my sister is a hairdresser, so her best friend Cheryl Doig did all of our hair. Lots of braids and loose curls. It ended up being quite indie/bohemian – something I didn’t even think about. My hair was so long, and originally I wanted to wear it half up, half down. However, I changed this idea a week before the wedding! I went for a low bun-look with a Dutch braid intertwined through it. I loved it, and it stayed in for 2 days! Cheryl was amazing.
Sally Drummond did our make-up. It was beautiful. Natural, but elegant.
THE FLOWERS | Our florist, Amy Annand, was absolutely incredible. I had a vision; she captured it, and delivered it. I had a natural style hand tied bouquet with a little length to the stems. The key colours were Cream, White, Blush, Pale Blue and Sage. I had Faith Roses, pale blue hydrangeas, a few white thistles and gypsophila with eucalyptus as foliage. The stems were bound in white, pale grey and pale blue ribbon trails. The smell of Eucalyptus makes me so relaxed, so it was amazing to have it all around on the day.
The Bridesmaids had simple domes of Gypsophila bound with white, pale grey and pale blue ribbon trails.
The Men had white Eringium Buttonholes with a sprig of Gypsophila and Eucalyptus foliage, which were bound in twine.
We had jars in the centre of each table containing a wild and natural posy of flowers, similar to my bouquet. We also had lots of extra foliage everywhere.
THE CAKE | Our cake was made by a FABULOUS family friend – Donna Paterson. We knew exactly what we wanted. Simple, but effective. We had three tiers. One sponge, one chocolate, and the last white chocolate and raspberry. We decorated the cake with loose foliage and a cake topper from The letter Loft.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was the AMAZING Jen Owens. She was absolutely incredible. Her photos captured absolutely everything about the day. On the day, Jen blended in perfectly. In fact, we both felt like it was just like having a friend there. She was so quick in sending us some of her favourite shots. We found ourselves looking at them for hours every day for about a month!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | You will see from the photos that we put a great deal of thought and effort into the little things. We did a lot of things ourselves and with a lot of help from family and friends. My mum made about a million pieces of tablet as favours. I designed, printed and guillotined all of the menus, favour tags and place cards. I hand painted all of the signs and little things which were everywhere. I sourced dyed silk ribbons and made the seating plan with these. The day before the wedding our family and friends helped set it all up and everything came together.
THE HONEYMOON | For our honeymoon, we decided on the Maldives. Both Seb and I like to be on the go all of the time, so we needed somewhere where we could be forced to relax! It was incredible waking up on the water every day, snorkelling from our deck and sipping champagne under the stars (so clichéd, but what the heck!)
It was also here that we discovered the wonderful news that we were already expecting our first child!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | One of the most memorable moments of the day was when our ring bearer (Bertie the pug) ‘cocked’ his leg and almost peed on the Videographers Camera during the whole-guest group photo.
Another memorable moment was getting my dress absolutely covered in mud during a photo shoot in a beautiful field. I didn’t care one bit though! I was having the best time, and those particular photos are my favourite ones.
For Seb it was all of the guests on the dance floor at the end of the night belting out the song ‘Loch Lomond’. This is a tradition at Scottish weddings that, being Welsh, Seb didn’t know about, but absolutely loved!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Relax and enjoy! It goes SO FAST. Give yourselves 10 minutes away from everyone to soak-up the atmosphere and let it all sink in that you’re married! It will be the best day of your life.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Jen Owens
Venue | The Byre at Inchyra
Catering | Lazy Sunday
Florist | Amy Annand
Band | The Sleekit Beasties
Videographer | I Do Videos
Hair | Cheryl Doig
Make-up | Sally Drummond
Thank you ever so much Seb and Jenna for sharing your special day with us. So beautiful and it looked like it was a riot too! Rachel x