kayleigh + david | the byre at inchyra

Kayleigh and David were married on 12th August at The Byre at Inchyra. "We were engaged on 25th March 2016 and booked the venue two weeks later (we didn’t want to hang about!). Our planning lasted about 18 months." Huge thanks to the lovely Claire Juliet Paton for sharing her images of the day with us. You can find Claire on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

Kayleigh + David by White Balloon Films

"When David proposed, he whisked me off to our favourite city ever (Amsterdam!) and it was while we were away I showed him photos of the Byre and told him I thought it was the perfect venue for us. When we got home we booked the only available weekend for 2017 without even viewing! The Byre provided everything we wanted in a venue: sole use, flexibility to use your own suppliers, option to get married outside and the ability to put your own stamp on the space. We love the outdoors, walled gardens and we love a good party (which the Byre is PERFECT for!). It ticked all the boxes and we were delighted that we chose it."

"I went out on a Saturday afternoon with my Mum, Mother-In-Law, Aunty and Grannies with two appointments booked to try on dresses. I honestly thought it would take me weeks to find the one but we found it on the second appointment in Eleganza Sposa! Our lovely assistant Lisa had picked out the gown as something I might like and as soon as I saw it hanging up I knew it was my dress. It was a Martina Liana dress which had an intricate, beaded bodice with thin straps, a low back and a train. It was everything I didn’t expect my dress to be but I can honestly say it was my dress of dreams."

"I took my dress to Fabricated Bridal for alterations and they were superb. Excellent service and a lovely bunch of girls!"

"David designed his own kilt with Howie at 21st Century kilts. It turned out amazing with lots of personal touches including planes detailed on the lining."

"The planning process was fun but pretty stressful (any bride who tells you otherwise is telling fibs!). Overall we did enjoy it and without a doubt one of our favourite activities was trying out all our chosen food and wine ! Our caterer Lazy Sunday held an amazing night where we managed to try all the different main courses and desserts they offer. It gave us lots of inspiration and we changed the menu completely after that night! We also enjoyed our cake tasting with the lovely Edwina at Rosewood Cakes (it was so difficult to choose from her flavour list) in the end we went for a chocolate wedding cake and had a different flavour on each of the 4 tiers. We also decided to have a wood fired pizza van serving food outside over the course of the evening. We literally travelled across Scotland to try pizza from The Muckle Bakit Oven and we can categorically say it’s the best pizza in Scotland (we tried many!). They served ninety five pizzas over the course of the night."

"Our only big challenge during the planning process was the design of the invites. We must have chopped and changed the wording and layout six or seven times. We didn’t realise we were stationery perfectionists until we planned this wedding! Thanks to Euegina at Stoneberry Press for being so patient with us."

"We made all the big decisions jointly then I went off and pulled everything together. David said yes quite a lot without really realising what he was agreeing to and after the big day he couldn’t believe how great everything came together."

"We had a Church of Scotland service which was conducted by the wonderful Rev. Marc Bircham of St. Madoes and Kinfauns Parish Church. Marc worked closely with us to pull together the service which was very personal to us. We picked two hymns that both meant so much to us ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ which was sung at the bride’s parents wedding and ‘One More Step Along The World I Go’ which as keen travelers meant a lot to us. The bride’s cousin Andrew from Australia kindly did a reading for us called ‘The Walled Garden’."

"Without a doubt my favourite part of the day was seeing David standing at the bottom of the aisle waiting for me. I’d been very nervous about how I would feel walking down the aisle. We lost my Dad very suddenly in June 2016 so I knew I would be upset that he wasn’t there to give me away. My brother also called David who I am very close to gave me away on behalf of my family. When I started walking down the aisle I just couldn’t wait to see my groom. It was such a special moment walking through the apple trees in the walled garden and I knew it was my Dad’s dream for us to married on that part of the estate as luckily he managed to see the venue before he passed away. I have no doubt he was smiling down on us as we became husband and wife."

"We both had a shared vision on how we wanted to style our day and created a shared Pintrest board of all our ideas."

"When it came to styling the Byre we utilised a lot of the amazing props and furniture they have available for you to hire there. We used tables and carts to create a lovely memory table featuring pictures of our family weddings past, a shot table (which the groom loved planning!) and a favour table which included the lovely crochet blankets knitted by Granny Renfrew and sparklers and marshmallows for toasting in the evening."

"I collected lots of candle holders from Edinburgh’s fabulous charity shops which we used on the banqueting tables. We chose to suspend our floral arrangements and glass baubles containing candles and flowers which allowed plenty of space for the sharing platters which we chose to have as starters. We used our caterers range of blue and white Churchill crockery and our guests were greeted with a farm animal at their place names which the Mother of The Bride painstaking sprayed silver, they looked great. We also made the decision to use crystal glasses which really set off the table arrangements on the day."

"One of our favourite details was the homemade lemoncello which we all drank during the toasts. David and I made this in the lead up to the wedding and bottled it with a personalized sticker (designed by our friend Florence at FMD Design). It went down a treat and was definitely the cause of some sore heads the next day, sorry guests!"

"When the wedding finished we all headed back to one of the cottages we had rented for a wee afterparty. David and walked back to our cottage at 6am just as the sun was coming up. We were still dressed in our kilt and dress and we had a wee dance and took some pics in the walled garden on the way back to bed. It was a special moment."

"I’d say that planning your wedding is fun but it can be stressful at times. Especially if you choose to do a lot DIY. If someone offers to help you in anyway then jump at the chance! It all comes together on the day and its so important to wake up on your wedding day and savour every moment. You’ve both worked hard and it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour!"

"One of my top tips is to allow for some additional flowers in your budget for last minute styling on the day. Linzi our flower fairy filled lots of vases and bare spaces for us with these flowers and it really set the place off." 

"If you are swithering about booking a videographer then please do. We absolutely love our video by the very talented White Balloon films. It’s such a special momento to look back on and will be treasured by your family."

STAR PLAYERS

Venue: The Byre at Inchyra 

Band: Tom McGuire and The Brassholes and our bestie superstar DJ Mark Sherry 

Florist: Linzi at Jack Fleuriste 

Catering: Lazy Sunday

Cakemaker: Rosewood Cakes

Make Up/Hair: Make Up – Victoria Fleeting // Hair – Cameo Bridal 

Bridal Outfit: Dress: Eleganza SposaMartina Liana // Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaids Outfits: David’s BridalVera Wang 

Grooms Outfit: 21st Century Kilts, Edinburgh 

Transport: Our best mans BMW – thanks Cammy ! 

Stationery: Illustrations and calligraphy by Helen Stark and letterpress by the very talented Eugenia at Stoneberry Press, Edinburgh 

Favours: We had a mixture of favours which ranged from beautiful blankets for the girls crochet by the brides Granny Renfrew, limoncello made by ourselves (which went down a storm!) plus sparklers and marshmallows for around the fire pits

Photographer: Claire Juliet Paton 

Videographer: White Balloon Films 

"Tim at the Byre was the stand out hero for us. It was raining on the morning of our wedding however it was due to dry up at 9am. Tim came to see me in the bridal room to assure me it would brighten up and that he was off down to the walled garden to blow dry the grass for our guests. What a guy!"