a heartwarming DIY farm wedding featuring a flossy and dossy two piece

Nuala + Colin were married on 14th October at Harelaw Farm, they were planning their wedding for nine months. Massive thanks to the lovely Olesja from In The Name of Love Photography for sharing her images of the day with us. You can find Olesja on her website, Facebook or Instagram.

“Colin and I knew we didn't want a church wedding, we were looking for something a bit different. We only had a few requirements; it must be big enough for all the guests we wanted to invite and it should be a wee bit unusual. Firstly, we fell in love with a lovely venue in a remote part of the west coast, however, we hadn't worked out out final guest number (BIG mistake) and in the end it wasn't going to be big enough for us. Colin found Harelaw Farm before they'd even had their first commercial wedding. When we visited the venue we fell in love with the setting but mostly the owners! Donna & George were so warm and easy going. We knew almost immediately it was the wedding venue for us.”

“When choosing a wedding venue it's important to be flexible but go to visit venues with a few non-negotiable points. There are so many beautiful wedding venues in Scotland; you’re bound to find one that's perfect for you. I was heartbroken when we realised that the first venue we picked wasn't going to be big enough. But then we found Harelaw Farm and I couldn't be happier with how the wedding went. it was the best day ever!”

“Colin made all our place names/favours. He wanted to keep with the farm theme and made one hundred and twenty origami animals! I’ve never seen anything like it at a wedding before and our guests were blown away. Colin's only request for the wedding was to make sure the band were really good. We decided early on that the party part of our wedding was very important to us. We wanted everyone on the dance floor all night! Colin went to see Nick Bruce and His Blinding Lights rehearsing and knew instantly they were the band for us. He said the drummer was amazing and that was the selling point for him! On the day, the band came to Harelaw farm to do the sound check in the morning, so as no to interrupt the post-dinner chats. This was so kind of them to accommodate our needs. The night of our wedding was one I won't forget, the band were fantastic! I was on the dance floor most of the night as were most of our guests and loads of people commented on how good they were.”

“Having my dress made by Wendy at Flossy and Dossy was my favourite part of the planning. Such a lovely process and no stress at all. Perfect. I knew I didn’t want a white wedding dress so when I saw Wendy’s Asta skirt in grey on instagram I knew I had to have it. I chose a sweetheart strapless bodice with a lace jacket which buttoned backwards for the ceremony and Wendy made me a beautiful sequin top for the dancing later on in the night. I loved my wedding dress so much, it was just perfect.”

”My favourite part of the day was the ceremony. We had put a lot of work into with with George, our celebrant, we wrote our own vows and our own ‘story’. I loved this part of the ceremony as we got to share some funny and special memories of our relationship. It was so personal and we even got to drink a wee dram of whiskey during it!”

“We made our own favours, table plan, wedding invitations, ceremony room flowers, cake and flower girl flowers. Plus loads of decorations. My dad made a signpost with the locations of everyone who had travelled to be at the wedding. My mum made a flower hoop which was hung near our guestbook table and the cake. Colin’s mum also made a cake and helped me spray paint some jars for our centrepieces. I loved that we had so many personal touches, but my favourite thing of all was the origami animals.”

“The first dance is my clearest memory. It was so fun and we sang all the words to our song, ‘You’re my Best Friend’ by Queen.”

“Be willing to compromise on your ‘ideal’. There were a few things I was heartbroken about at the time but I had totally forgotten about on the day. Do as much DIY as you can, it makes the day so much more personal and it can work out cheaper too - not always though!”

“I’m quite an organised person but I found the organisation of the wedding a bit too much at times. I had about ten lists on the go at one point! They did help me feel more in control though. Think about what your priorities are then go big! We knew the band we wanted were slightly out of budget but we spent less on different things and made it work. We didn’t regret it for a minute!”

Nuala + Colin by Paper Street Productions


Venue: Harelaw Farm

Band: Sedona Park and Nick Bruce and his Blinding Lights

Florist: Briar Rose

Cakemaker: My mum!

Make Up/Hair: JoJo MUA // Hair Art by Holly

Bridal Outfit: Flossy and Dossy

Bridesmaids Outfits: Two Birds

Grooms Outfit: Kilts4U

Transport: none - we stayed in the one place all day

Stationery: DIY by Colin and I

Favours: DIY by Colin

Photographer: Olesja at In the Name of Love

Videographer: Paper Street Productions

“I really appreciated the work that Melanie at Briar Rose did for our flowers. They were just beautiful and she worked with our small budget with no bother. She was so kind and helpful in helping me pick flowers and ideas for our tables.”

“I also wanted to say special thanks to Olesja who took some engagement photos for us as well as our wedding photos which were amazing. She also did a maternity shoot with me the very day before my daughter was born (less than a year after our wedding 🤦🏼‍♀️) Then she took photos of our daughter when she was eight days old. Such special times. And wonderful photos and memories, thank you.”