ruth + nathan | home farm wedding

Ruth and Nathan were married on 30th July in their local church and then had their reception on the family farm. Oh yes. They got engaged on the 15th February 2014, so were planning for two years and 5 month. Huge thanks to the talented John Elphinstone Stirling for sharing his images of the day with us. You can catch John on his website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We were married in a tiny countryside church, Moonzie Kirk, which is close to our reception venue which was the family farm. We had a marquee in the field for eating and drinking and went inside the house after for the after party which went well into the early hours of the morning!"

"We had a religious ceremony as my husband and family are Christian. My husband’s cousin conducted the ceremony and it was so personal to us, many of our friends and family are not religious but commented on how it was a really good mix of being religious but personal to us and was very accessible to those who are not Christian."

"It’s our family home and has the space so it was an easy decision to have our wedding here! We knew from the start we’d get married there so didn’t even look at other venues. My sister got married there the year before, and my cousin the year before that so we knew it would work. It was nice to be able to plan everything ourselves without any restrictions, and people liked the fact it was our home and could relax and really get into the party!"

"We picked the church as it’s so close to the farm and is one that other family members have been married in and holds significance for us as a family. It’s a really cute little church on a hill – we were worried about girls with heels walking up a dirt track but everyone loved how rural it was."

"I don’t love shopping so I booked appointments at two shops, and mine was the last dress I tried on! I wore a Jenny Packham dress called Nancy which I bought at Bliss Bridal in Edinburgh, they sell second hand or ex-sample dresses and have an amazing selection. There was a few there which I would happily have worn but the one I picked was just so comfortable to wear and fit perfectly without needing much alteration."

"I enjoyed all the planning really, we kept it fairly simple using friends and families talents where we could! The decorations were fairly simple which we made ourselves and we did all the flowers ourselves as well, my sister’s mother-in-law created some amazing floral displays for us and bought the flowers at a flower market and wouldn’t take a penny for them! The bouquets were made the day before by my maid of honour and sisters using flowers from ours and others gardens, and the table centre pieces were jam jars with herbs and wild flowers from the farm. So the few days before the wedding were full on with all the finishing touches but up until then it was fairly relaxed! I enjoyed looking up blogs and images online and adapting it to suit us, and it was fun picking the songs for the playlist, including our first dance, and imagining everyone having a great time on the dance-floor – which they did!"

"We made tissue paper wisteria, I got the idea from an old ‘Anthropologie’ decoration. They took forever to make but they looked really pretty so I’m glad we persevered!"

"My sister sewed bunting for her wedding the year before using recycled material from around the farm, so we re-used that. I also borrowed decorations from my friend who got married the year before so I really liked having touches of others weddings in my own."

"Nathan and I made a lot of the decisions together, but I was a bit more aware of what we needed to consider so probably took the lead! He’s not too arty so left the crafting to me, my maid of honour and my sisters, but everything else was a joint decision!"

"I don’t think I could pick a favourite part of the day, it’s all a bit of a blur now! The ceremony was lovely, after I got over my nerves walking down the aisle! But the ceilidh and dancing after was great fun, and catching up with everyone and seeing everyone we love in the same room together – that was pretty special."

"I bought a job-lot of vintage postcards online to use as our ‘guestbook’. We asked people to write messages on them and put them in an old vintage suitcase which I set up on a table with tickets and memorabilia from our travels together. We used postcards we’d sent others as the table names and used a big map for the seating plan – so had a bit of a travelling theme running through the day which we liked."

"I also spent a few weeks making leaves out of salt dough and painting them green and gold as table decorations. They started dissolving throughout the night as drinks were spilled on them but a few people took them home as a memento."

"I have two really clear memories, doing our first dance which I was initially reluctant to do but I love the song we picked (Hall & Oats, You Make My Dreams) and it takes me back so clearly every time I hear it! The other memory is standing outside the marquee as the sun was going down and the ceilidh was in full swing and just thinking how amazing it was!"

"Plan it for yourselves and nobody else, everyone will have opinions and ideas about what you should and shouldn’t do but it’s your day! Make it personal to you and plan it together. Also, don’t put so much pressure on yourselves to make it the most memorable/amazing/mind-blowing day ever – it will be anyway so don’t turn it into a circus in an attempt to achieve that! Even if everything goes wrong you’ll still have a great day."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: Moonzie Kirk and family farm for the reception

Band: Last Tram Tae Auchenshuggle (best ceilidh band ever, seriously!)

Florist: We did our own flowers

Catering: La Petit Epicerie

Cakemaker: My mother-in-law

Make Up/Hair: My Maid of Honour did my hair and makeup

Bridal Outfit: ‘Nancy’ dress by Jenny Packham, purchased from Bliss Bridal

Bridesmaids Outfits: Adrianna Papell & ASOS

Grooms Outfit: Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers

Transport: A local man who has a beautiful vintage car which was built for his mother did it for a bottle of whisky!

Stationery: Vistaprint

Photographer: John Elphinstone Stirling

"All the service was great. In addition to the above services mentioned our caterer was great, Julian Poix of La Petit Epicerie, based in Fife. The price for what we got was brilliant and he and his staff were great in the lead up and on the day."