a beautiful, classic and sentimental outdoor wedding at bachilton barn

Catriona and Hok were married on 21st July at Bachilton Barn. They were planning their wedding for just over a year after getting engaged in May 2017. They planned their wedding here from where they live in Australia - no mean feat! Huge thanks to Sean Bell and his partner Justyna for sharing their images of such a beautiful day. You can find Sean on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

"We wanted a venue that we could make our own and have the ceremony and reception all in one place. We ideally wanted to get married outside, and Bachilton Barn was surrounded by the gorgeous Perthshire countryside with a beautiful lake and bandstand. We were so lucky with the weather on the day and had the outdoor ceremony we hoped for. Inside we could decorate just how we wanted, so we could make it unique to us and have all of the personal touches that we wanted.”

"It’s really difficult to choose which part of the planning was my favourite as I loved it all (apart from the week before the wedding and disasters were happening all over the place!). There were a few particularly special moments though. Firstly, going wedding dress shopping. That’s when it starts to feel real and you just get so excited! I was so happy that I could go shopping with my mum. My husband and I are originally from Scotland but live in Australia, so we planned everything from overseas and hoped that it would all work out in the end. My parents came to visit us in Australia and it was at just at the right time to go wedding dress shopping. It’s such a special mother-daughter moment so I’m really happy that I got to share that with her, despite living so far away.” 

"The other really exciting part was actually seeing the venue for the first time and meeting all of the amazing suppliers that made the day so incredibly special. My husband and I booked the venue without ever seeing it in person and booked all the suppliers without meeting them in person. I went back home to Scotland in October for my best friend’s wedding and that was the only time that I could see the venue and meet everyone before my the big day. I was only at home for 2 weeks, so it was a mad dash to do everything that brides usually do over a few months — visit the venue, meet the photographer, do the menu tasting, meet the Florist etc. That trip was so much fun, I just wish I could have done it with my husband as he had to stay in Australia.”

"My final, and perhaps most favourite part of the planning process, was going on a date night with Hok to go over our homework that our celebrant asked us to do. Separately, we had to write our story explaining how we got together, the ten things we love about each other and what marriage means to us as. Our celebrant would then create the ceremony based on our answers. Once we’d submitted our answers to our celebrant, we booked a beautiful restaurant and had a hilarious night going through it all. It made me so excited for the big day and made us really focus on why we were getting married.”

"Hok was really involved and came up with some absolutely awesome ideas. He was really level headed throughout the whole process and was really helpful when I couldn’t quite decide or stressed out way too much about silly things.”

"I loved going shopping for wedding dresses! I went to about five or six shops and tried on about twenty or thirty dresses. However, the last dress that I tried on was definitely the one and I didn’t want to try anything else on.”

"I bought my dress from White Lily Couture in Brisbane. The designer is Pronovias Atelier and the dress is called Vinceta.”

"We had a Humanist ceremony so it could be really personal and what marriage means to us.”

"The whole day was just incredible and I loved every single second. I didn’t want it to end! If I had to pick one thing though, it would have to be the ceremony. Our celebrant was amazing and he wrote the most beautiful ceremony for us. It was so personal and really celebrated our relationship.”

"We had so many personal touches and lots of people got involved to make they day really special which really meant so much to me. My auntie Rachel made my wedding cake and it not only looked stunning but tasted delicious!”

"As soon as I got engaged my mum and dad started drying all of their garden roses to make our confetti. A few other family members also donated their garden roses, so my Auntie’s and Granny’s were all part of the hand made confetti production. It was really touching.”

"Instead of favours, my husband thought it would be really nice to write everyone a small thank you note which also doubled up as their name setting. We bought small kraft cards and wrote a fun memory and/or personal message for each wedding guest. Each note was put into an envelope and wrapped in ribbon with their name on it. So many guests commented on what a nice touch that was, so it was definitely worth all the effort!”

"It’s difficult to pick one thing, but one thing that stands out was the way I felt going to the ceremony with my Dad. About half and hour before we all left for the ceremony I felt quite nervous and a bit anxious about standing up in front of everyone. But as soon as I got into the car with my Dad that all disappeared and I felt so calm and just couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle.”

"Really think about what you both want to get out of the day, and especially the ceremony. The day should be celebrating you as a couple, so don’t get stressed about napkins and minor details. Always remember why you are getting married and enjoy the whole processes. You’ll miss it when it’s all over!”

Highlights film by the fabulous Sugar8


Venue: Bachilton Barn

Band: Empire

Florist: Get Knotted  

Cakemaker: My Auntie Rachel

Make Up/Hair: Honey & Violet

Bridal Outfit: Pronovias Atelier from from White Lily Couture

Bridesmaids Outfits: Forever New

Grooms Outfit: St Kilda’s in Brisbane

Transport: One of the groomsmen offered his dads vintage Rolls Royce! 

Stationery: Feel Good Invites 

Favours: Handmade 

Photographer: Sean Bell

Videographer: Sugar8

Genuinely everyone that we dealt with was absolutely amazing and extremely helpful. Planning a wedding from so far away was a little daunting as we couldn’t meet face-to-face, but everyone was so easy to deal with and I felt really well looked after throughout the whole process. To call out a few people though...

Samantha and her team at Bachilton Barn were amazing. Sam was always super quick to reply to my emails; sent over so many photos of the venue to help us visualise everything and offered such great advice throughout the whole processes. She made the day run so smoothly and I felt so relaxed knowing that she was there on the day to run the wedding.”

“Katie and Lindsey from Get Knotted transformed the venue from a blank canvas barn into the most beautiful venue. They did all of the styling and flowers and I couldn’t have wanted anything more. They were full of ideas and really made the wedding unique to us. I was pretty indecisive, but they were so patient and really guided me through the whole process to get the best out of my budget.”

“Sean Bell spent a lot of time getting to know Hok and I which I really appreciated. On our initial skype call we must have easily chatted for an hour and by the end of it it was like chatting to a friend from home. When I was back in Scotland in the October before the wedding he came to meet me to show me more of his work and do more planning for our wedding. I felt so comfortable around Sean and his partner Justyna that I could completely relax and get the photos that I wanted. I was completely blown away when I saw the photos from Sean.”