a colourful diy wedding at dalduff farm featuring one thousand paper cranes

Suzi and Alan were married on 7th July at Dalduff Farm. They were planning their wedding for around 16 months. Huge thanks to lovely Lauren from Lauren Stirling Photography for sharing her images of the day. You can catch Lauren on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

“We were keen to have a venue that we could put our own stamp on. When we started looking at venues, the barn/byre options really stood out. We narrowed down our potential options to three and visited these before making a decision.”

“We loved Dalduff from the moment we arrived to view it. It just felt right! From each of the different spaces throughout the venue which gave us a multitude of options as to how our day could flow, the fact that they do all of the catering in-house and it was exactly the style and type of food we were after and that we would have on-site accommodation for the bridal party, it was just perfect. Initially we were looking at a mid-week summer wedding as we didn’t want to wait over two years to get married. The day we viewed Dalduff they told us there had been a cancellation for a Saturday in July 2018, so we leapt at it! I felt like it was fate!”

“Getting creative was my favourite part of the planning! I love anything arty so when we had booked Dalduff I got started on compiling all of my ideas for each space. A few of my best friends helped me out over the year creating all of the bits and pieces I wanted for around the venue. They became affectionately referred to as the ‘Crafting Crew’ and I could not have done it without them! In fact, they were invaluable in figuring out how some of my ideas could work and we even did a wee site visit to the venue to discuss where it would all go! Some of the crafts included painted canvases with romantic quotes including quotes from Winnie the Pooh, When Harry met Sally and even Star Wars as Alan is a huge fan. We also made signage for each part of the venue including the order of the aay and menu chalkboards. But by far the biggest undertaking was making origami cranes which were strung around the venue, we made over 1000 over the course of the year!”

“I made personalised hangers, mugs and wine glasses for each of my bridesmaids and our mums and hand-painted leather jackets for myself and my two bridesmaids. I also made the hair vines that I wore and those that my bridesmaids had woven into their hair. My mum sewed a ring cushion made from fabric that belonged to her mum which was really special. I even made my own confetti, drying tray loads of petals the summer before, making sure we had bucket loads – there was definitely enough! I designed all of our stationery and made our table plan from scratch. We attached the table plan to my mums old garden gate which she had spray painted gold and wove foraged ivy and fern into it to finish it off!”

“As you can probably tell, I really embraced the DIY element of the wedding, sometimes maybe a little too much as I was constantly exploring new ideas! But thankfully it all came together in the end and I have my friends and family to thank for that!”

“Alan was really involved in finding the venue and the band, but that aside he wasn’t that fussed. I think he would have eloped if given half the chance!”

“In the end I visited around nine bridal boutiques until I found ‘the one’. I had a few favourites along the way and was pretty convinced that I wouldn’t get that feeling but alas it happened! I found my dress at Ivory Pinks Bridal in Bothwell. It was a strapless, fitted Nicole Spose gown with lace and beaded details. From the very beginning I was set on not having a strapless dress. I wanted a fitted, backless dress with straps and tried on close to fifty in total (I think?!) and yet the dress I fell in love with was strapless after all! It just goes to show that you shouldn’t rule anything out and should be open to trying a few different styles. I also thought I would go for a cathedral length veil but the dress I chose had such a beautiful and detailed train that I went for a mid-length veil that didn’t compete with it.”

“After seeing a few examples of shoulder jewellery online, I thought it would be a lovely detail to add to my dress. After looking around at what was available I decided to make my own as I wanted it to be quite delicate. It took far longer than I expected to finish it, but it was so worth it as I felt it completed my outfit.”

“We had a Humanist ceremony. We actually found our celebrant, Paul Patterson, through friends of ours who got married the year before we got engaged. We loved how he had conducted their service so much that after we got engaged he was our first choice. Thankfully he was available! Paul delivered a fantastic ceremony for us. It was very personal and he managed to make it heartfelt but funny too which went down well with our guests – we have been told by so many of them that they really enjoyed the ceremony and felt it reflected who we are as a couple perfectly! We had a traditional Celtic hand fasting and two readings. The Crafting Crew read ‘Falling in Love is like owning a dog’ by Taylor Mali and Alan’s cousin read the lyrics to Fleetwood Macs ‘You make loving fun’ as a reading. In addition, one of my besties from university, Debbie, sang during the signing of the register. She has such a fantastic voice and took everyone by surprise!”

“I actually don’t think I can choose a favourite part of the day. I loved it all from start to finish! I really enjoyed the ceremony as it was so personal and our celebrant made it so heartwarming yet witty which was just the perfect balance. I also loved the speeches. My brother Josh did a speech on behalf of my Dad which was so lovely, he did us all proud. Alan’s brother Scott was his best man and much to everyone’s disappointment he said nothing but nice things about his brother, it really was so touching. I surprised Alan with a poem written by a good friend of mine. It was called ‘The wedding of Little Miss Sunshine and Mr Strong’ and my bridesmaid Joey performed it. I couldn’t hold it together for that!”

“We were so lucky with the weather that it meant our day ran exactly how we wanted it to and we got to utilise each space throughout the venue. We had our ceremony in the newly renovated Dutch barn, post-ceremony drinks and lawn games in the gardens and dinner and dancing in the main barn. I think seeing everyone happy, laughing, dancing and chatting away is a definite highlight! Our guests have since told us that they loved that we had thought of everything and anything that a guest could possibly want and some even said it was the best wedding they had been to!”

“Again, I don’t think I could narrow it down to my favourite detail as I was so happy with how everything came together on the day. As I said, we did a lot of DIY and crafty things and got a lot of help from family and friends!”

“My Mum and I made the tablet for the favours and my Mum’s cousin baked lots of delicious goodies for our dessert table. We had a polaroid guestbook with lots of stickers and stamps for guests to get creative and a sweetie table laden with sugary goodies!”

“The directional wooden signage used at the entrance to the venue and in the courtyard, our hexagonal aisle backdrop (which later became our kissing booth!) and our DIY photobooth stand were all made for us by our photographer Lauren’s husband! Our photobooth went down a storm, with a load of fun props and a glitter station which was raided in the early evening! I had painted the photobooth in chalk paint and encouraged our guests to decorate it before taking their picture. It made for some funny reading the next day! To top it off we had a ‘Great Wedding Bake Off’ with the bakers amongst our guests bringing their best baked goods.”

“I have to say my clearest memory is our ceremony. I was really nervous as the morning disappeared and before I knew it I was walking across the courtyard from the farmhouse to the ceremony in the Dutch barns. I walked down the aisle with my Mum by my side to Eva Cassidy’s Songbird. I just remember seeing Alan and smiling as I walked towards him. He was convinced that I would cry but although I was emotional I remember feeling very calm and happy throughout the ceremony. He on the other hand definitely had a twinkle in his eye!”

“Plan the day that YOU want and don’t be afraid to do things a little differently if that is what you want. It’s about celebrating the two of you getting married at the end of the day and it isn’t up to anyone else as to how that should be done. Choose what the most important elements are to you and run with those.”

“Try to enjoy the planning and not to wish it away because that’s all part of the process and you’ll probably miss it when it’s all over. I really enjoyed all the nights spent crafting away with my mum and my best friends.”

“Be realistic about what you can do yourself and never be afraid to ask for help. I couldn’t have done it without the help of family and friends both in the run up and the actual set up the day before.”

“I was quite relaxed on the morning of the wedding, which actually turned into me being twenty five minutes late for the ceremony! Although it meant guests had a little longer to enjoy a few drinks, it ate into the day and I’m annoyed that I essentially missed out on half an hour of our wedding day! Anyway, my advice would be just to keep an eye on timings without getting stressed about it.”

“Most of all, enjoy every moment of the day and be grateful for all of it because it will be over before you know it and you’ll want to relive it all again!”


Venue: Dalduff Farm

Band: Woohoo Band

Florist: One of my best friends Mum did our flowers and I absolutely loved them!

Cakemaker: 3D Cakes

Make Up: Jen C Make Up

Hair: Anna Wade

Bridal Outfit: Ivory Pinks

Bridesmaids Outfits: Phase Eight

Grooms Outfit: Kilts 4 U

Stationery: I designed and painted my own stationery design and our friend Andy, who is a graphic designer, made my ideas come to life on Photoshop as I am not very tech savvy! We even included a wee illustrated map to the venue with our invitations!

Favours:  My Mum and I made tablet. We made several different moulds including love hearts, honeycomb and characters including darth vader, storm troopers and teenage mutant ninja turtles. For each favour we wrapped a few of these up in a linen bag and attached wooden name tags that a friend had made for us! I actually don’t think we have any photos of the tablet unfortunately - they were eaten too fast!

Photographer: Lauren Stirling Photographer

“Our photographer Lauren was just brilliant. She’s a truly fantastic photographer. When we got engaged in NYC during Christmas 2016, we were lucky enough that Lauren and her hubby were there too. Cue a wee engagement photo shoot with THAT skyline in the background, marking the start of our incredible photo journey with Lauren! On the lead up to our wedding, Lauren even agreed to a pre-wedding shoot in Glencoe one Sunday afternoon in April where she captured such stunning pictures once again! We were not to be disappointed when the wedding came around. Lauren has such an eye for detail and spends the time to get to know you. She is always happy to listen to any ideas you have and work with them. Lauren also has a way of making you forget she’s even there so the images captured are so genuine and real! As we know Lauren well and she knew some of our guests, she ended up staying until the very end of the night so she captured some brilliant shots of our last dance which we love! The day itself passes so quickly that being able to relive it with such amazing photos that truly capture the vibe of the day is invaluable!”

“From the get-go Dalduff were a fantastic venue to work with. Jeny, James and Gemma are a great team. Jeny was always at the other end of an email with any queries we had about the space or the running of the day in the months leading up to the wedding. They were happy for us to visit on a few occasions to show our Mums around the venue and to plan how we would run our day and where everything would go. During the set up the day before, James and Gemma were on hand to talk through everything which meant that the set up and the day itself went so smoothly. We were just so happy with their approach as they made it all come together without too much stress! Oh and I can’t forget to rave about the food! It is just so delicious! All of our guests raved about our wedding food which is all made on-site by the Dalduff team.”

“I loved our hairdresser, Anna Wade of Hair Creations by Anna Wade. She is such a talent! Anna was happy to discuss a slight change to my hair style following the trial which she implemented perfectly on the day. Both my bridesmaids and our Mums also loved their hairstyles. In fact, one of my bridesmaids slept with hers in and it was still perfect the next day! Anna was super patient with me when I was still busying myself around the venue at 11.30am, having not had my hair or make up done (I think I was just too relaxed!).”

“Our make-up artist, Jen from Jen C Make Up is just the sweetest. She made us feel so comfortable from the get-go and was happy to talk through how we wanted our make-up while giving us advice on what would suit our colouring. I wanted a natural glam look and she pulled it off perfectly! Our make-up stayed put all day and night and I was so sad to have to take it off.”

“I highly recommend Ivory Pinks. I had visited eight other boutiques before going to Ivory Pinks and overall my experience in others was good. But Wilma and Kirsty were fantastic. They listened to what I was looking for but recommended that I try a few dresses that they thought I might like. It was this approach that meant I found my dress! They weren’t pushy in the slightest and were happy for me to come back to try the dress on again before I said yes.”