karen + craig | kinkell byre

Karen and Craig were married on 17th July at Kinkell Byre in St. Andrews. They were planning their wedding for 11 months. We featured their sweet engagement shoot earlier in the week. Huge thanks to the ever brilliant Marc from One Big Picture Photography for sharing his images of the day. You can catch Marc on his website, Facebook or Instagram.

"We got engaged on the 10th August 2015.  Craig had planned to propose in November that year whilst on holiday trekking to Everest base camp, however, being the practical people that we are, we were planning a holiday home to Scotland in Summer 2016 and wanted to get married whilst we were home, so he decided to bring the engagement forward so we could get planning sooner." 

"We loved the idea of a DIY wedding and it gave us a chance to add lots of our own personality to the day. The venue had an amazing location and the farm reminded me of summer holidays on my grandparent’s farm when I was younger. I love the rustic feel of it with the old brick walls and festoon lighting."

"We planned the whole wedding from Australia so our favourite part was seeing the venue for the first time only two weeks before the day!  We knew straight away we had made a great choice."

"Living in Australia, I found the planning process very difficult. I felt like I missed out on all the fun parts like dress shopping with my bridesmaids and making favours with my mum.  Luckily Craig helped loads, so I wasn’t on my own."

"He was very involved; it was a real team effort. I was very lucky that Craig was there as it would have been impossible to plan it all on my own and in another country. We wanted the wedding to reflect both our personalities and us as a couple." 

"I found my dress in the third shop I went to, a shop called Aubrey Rose Bridal in Perth, Australia. The style was completely different from what I thought I wanted.  I never really got that ‘this is the one’ feeling at the time but I took a few weeks break from trying on dresses and I couldn’t stop thinking about the dress, so I went back and tried it on for a second time and then I knew it was the one.  I love the lace detail and the beading on it and the scalloped lace trim."

"We had a civil ceremony in the ‘tattie shed’ of Kinkell Byre. We had everyone seated in a circle around us, under a canopy of fairy lights.  It felt so intimate and special.  We personalised our ceremony with a hand fasting ceremony and readings.  We met the celebrant for the first time a week before the wedding.  We only chatted to her for about twenty minutes but little did we know she was taking notes to write a secret poem about us which she read out at the ceremony."  

"There were so many parts of the day which are special to us. I loved dancing to our first dance song, Bloom by The Paper Kites, an Australian indie/folk band.  The band made a huge effort learning the song and they played it perfectly.  We both have very different tastes in music so we chose the song cause its about the only band we both can agree that we both like.  The lyrics very much depicted how I was feeling... 'You fill my lungs with sweetness and you fill my head with you'" 

"Another amazing part was the secret poem that the registrar wrote for us and read during the ceremony. It was a complete surprise and made us feel very special. It was about how we met and our engagement.  It was so personal and humorous, such a lovely surprise."

"The florist was my friend Lindsay’s mum, Sheila.  I think if it wasn’t for our florist the wedding wouldn’t have been as beautiful as it was. She is a real artist and her attention to detail can only be fully realised when you see the photographs.  She visited Kinkell a few months before the wedding and had loads of great ideas like the old French bike with the flowers in the basket.  The flowers were all late summer blooms mixed with berries, the inspiration for the flowers was my Granny’s garden, Its full of bright coloured roses and raspberry bushes and greenery."

"Our wedding was very much a mish mash of myself and Craig, things that are personal to us.  Our favours were Tunnocks teacakes as my late Granda used to post me a box of them every Christmas.  Craig and his uncle made our Everest inspired table plan, a homage to our recent expedition to Everest base camp."

"The clearest memories from the day was when Marc, our photographer took us away for twenty minutes for photos on our own.  We got photos taken in the VW camper and on the French bike and next to the big red doors of the barn.  Marc didn’t make us pose for the photos, he just took them naturally.  There was a moment when we were sat in the VW camper just me and Craig having a moment to ourselves, I actually forgot Marc was there."

"Another clear memory was turning the corner to walk down the aisle and seeing the faces of friends and family, some that I hadn’t seen for a couple of years.  Everyone was stood in a circle and Craig was in the middle waiting for me."

"The biggest advice I would give, would be to not give yourself too many options for anything. If you have too many options, you start worrying about having made a bad choice and it can be needlessly stressful. Also to just trust your suppliers. We never met with Kirsty from Pinehurst Cake Co. or did tastings of her cakes, I just liked all the pictures of cakes on her website so booked her.  Her instructions were two tiers with macarons in berry colours.  The cake was such a surprise when I saw it.  A real show stopper! I was so pleased with it!"


Venue: Kinkell Byre

Band: Papa Shandy and the Drams

Florist: Sheila Barr (Friends mum)

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

Photographer: One Big Picture

Cake:  Pinehurst Cake Co.

Dress: Peter Trends at Aubery Rose Bridal 

Jewellery: Swarovski

Catering / Cater Hire: Scott’s Catering Services

VW Camper: Ecosse Cars

"There’s so many favourite photos from the day!  I love the one of me and Craig on the bike and the ones of us in the camper van.  The ones of the flower girls playing in the teepee is cute too.  I love that Marc took natural photos and not posed photos.  There’s a super cute photo of our wee nephew Teddy sitting on the tractor, we love that one!"

"We would never have been able to organise our Scottish wedding from Australia if it wasn’t for the help of all our family, friends and all the suppliers! Huge thank you!"