lisa + derek | mains of taymouth

Lisa and Derek were married on 4th July 2015 at Mains of Taymouth, Killin, near Aberfeldy. They were planning their wedding for about a year. Huge thanks to Loraine from Loraine Ross Photography for sharing her images of the day - you can contact Loraine on her website or Facebook.

"We wanted a venue with flexibility and a relaxed vibe where everyone was able to stay. All our family and friends came up for a long weekend so we got to spend time with our guests. As well as the wedding on the Saturday our caterers helped us have a family BBQ on the Friday night and a lazy breakfast on the Sunday. The venue overlooked the beautiful Scottish countryside and gave us the ability to plan exactly what we wanted."

"I loved finding all the different pieces that made our wedding unique to us."

"Planning was a 50:50 deal and we were both heavily involved along with our families who were great at finding suppliers and all the pieces we needed for the day. Me and Derek set up a shared wedding email address so we both knew what was going on and spent some productive planning evenings in our local pub!"

"My sister picked my dress out. I wasn’t sure at first as it wasn’t what I had pictured but she convinced me to try on as a ‘wild card’. Once on, I knew it was the one, the strapless fitted bodice shape and fuller skirt looked great and the beading all over the dress gave it a 20’s vintage feel." 

"Derek’s kilt was hired as he wanted to match with the wedding party but added a fly plaid to stand out as the Groom."

"We had a Humanist ceremony and it was amazing! It was everything we wished for intimate, personal and hilarious. Claire the humanist was absolutely brilliant and helped create some really magical moments. Her engagement throughout the process was wonderful making us feel really comfortable."

"So many favourite parts of the day; the food was delicious – we had designed the menu with some of our favourite dishes and different menus for boys and girls as we love to swap and share dinner when we are at restaurants."

"The band kept the dance floor full all evening, I had a fabulous dance with my dad where we spun round the dance floor and introduced our English and Americans guests to the fun of ceilidh dancing."

"We made lots of things! I designed the stationary and created chalkboards for the day plan, flip flops and sweet table. My dad made amazing 'L&D' light up letters, my mum made our beautiful wedding cake and table flowers and my sister made city themed table names with little heart shaped maps. Instead of chair sashes we ordered pashminas which our guests used later in the evening when it got cool and there were little pearl hearts hung over the chairs. We made our own favours with glittered personalised wine charms for the girls and had bottle openers produced for the boys. To make the marquee bright and colourful our family and friends helped hang more than 100 paper lanterns and pom poms from the ceiling.  For our guestbook, we attached a go-pro to a bottle of schnapps and our guests left messages – it was brilliant to watch them back and to have had a drink with all of our guests!"

"Smiling and laughing at all day long, whether it was when I put Derek’s ring on the wrong hand, when the father of the groom filled the Quaich to the brim for the groom to drink or when there was an impromptu speech from the Groom’s godfather – all of these made it really special." 

"Three top pieces of advice; set up a specific wedding email address which you both have access to in order to share information easily and a whats app group to keep mums up to date. Try and have some wedding chat free date nights as it can become all encompassing especially in the run up to the wedding. After the wedding spend some time writing down all the things you loved about the day – its great to look back at all the small things that made it wonderful."


Venue: Mains of Taymouth in Killin with the team at Gourlay Catering providing the food and Marquee

Band: Christie String Quartet played during our ceremony and Rear View Band provided the music in the evening

Celebrant: Claire the Humanist

Florist: Lorna Livingstone

Stationery: I made the stationery using a watercolour pack from Etsy

Photographer: Loraine Ross captured amazing memories of the day  

"The band was amazing, the dance floor was full all night. The caterers and marquee hire went above and beyond."