A DIY Day at Blank Canvas Venue Comrie Croft, Perthshire

NY5A1964Eilidh Findlay + Robert Grant

Saturday 19th March 2016

Dundurn Parish Church, St Fillans + Comrie Croft

Photography | Crieff Photography

NY5A2087 NY5A2080 NY5A1868 NY5A1858After a 10 year courtship, it’s safe to say that Robert knew his partner Eilidh pretty well. So much so that, before he actually popped the question, he’d already booked the wedding venue!

“Robert was clearly very confident that I would say yes,” laughs Eilidh, “and so he booked Comrie Croft for six months after the proposal. He took me to see it and I just loved it.”

The couple loved the idea of having a weekend-long celebration and set to work getting organised for their big day, with only 24 weeks to do it! “To say our vows, we wanted a church and immediately fell in love with Dundurn Parish. Both Robert and I are keen hillwalkers and the position of the church surrounded by Munros was perfect.”

NY5A1850 NY5A2134 NY5A2157 NY5A2211NY5A2282 251A0098-3The timescale didn’t phase Eilidh and Robert; it meant they couldn’t afford to dwell on decisions and the time that they’d allocated to planning was really productive. “The list of local suppliers provided by the Croft helped massively and Andrew at Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, our caterer, provided an invaluable service regarding all aspects of the day,” says Eilidh.

Next up, putting their own stamp on the Croft “ a challenge, given the size of the space “ but with the help of friends and family, they managed to get the job done.

“I would say that our wedding was really personal.  With the Croft a blank canvas, our families helped decorate and as a result there was a mix of tastes running through the décor,” Eilidh tells us.  “We didn’t have a particular theme, although I like to think that it was quite quirky. We collected things from our own flat, and also from our parents’ houses to use on the day.”

251A0001 251A0012-3 NY5A2261NY5A2285 251A0197-3 251A0271-2 251A0355“We did a bit of research online to find a photographer who would suit our style, and Brian and Paula from Crieff Photography fit the bill,” says Eilidh.

“We arranged to meet them at the Croft one lovely autumnal day and we knew instantly that we’d get on with them.”

Robert’s little sister’s boyfriend, Tom, was the videographer. “He travels the world filming and editing videos for famous bands and big corporate clients, so we were very fortunate to get him on board,” Eilidh says.

NY5A2367 NY5A2373 NY5A2516 NY5A2519 NY5A2520Not only did friends and family help decorate the Croft, but they also acted as fantastic wedding suppliers on the day. The couple’s friend Nick provided his Defender as the wedding car. “Given that the wedding was in March, we were prepared for snow however fortunately we were lucky with great weather all weekend,” says Eilidh. “Our driver was another good friend, James Whiteside, who took his role very seriously and even rocked a leather cap for the big day!”

Eilidh’s mum Trixie made her bouquet, and her auntie Jan did the flower decorations for the church pews. “My auntie Meg also helped us with the flowers at the Croft so it really was a family effort,” smiles Eilidh. As well as the flowers, both mums made home-baking for evening supper along with Eilidh’s sister Mhairi.

251A0387251A0410 251A0057 251A0007“Our band was Ceilidh Minogue who we were recommended by friends. They were fantastic and had everybody up dancing.  We had a disco afterwards which went into the early hours and was courtesy of one of my bridesmaids, DJ L-Sheps,” Eilidh tells us.

“It feels very special to be married,” Eilidh reflects, “although a little too grown up! It’s still unsettling when Robert introduces me as his wife. My favourite thing about being married is knowing that I will always have my best friend at my side, through good times and bad.”

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// Venue: Comrie Croft // Photographer: Crieff Photography

// Dress: Jenny Packham at Bliss Studio, Edinburgh // Alterations: Gemma Sargent 

// Cake: Marks & Spencer // Catering: Andrew Scott Catering, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre // Bar: Mobile Measures

// Stationery: Edinburgh Printing // Fairy lights: Steve Page

// Shoes: Dune // Jewellery: Annie Smith // Hair: Sam Park // Make-Up: IAM Beauty

// Entertainment: Ceilidh Minogue // Sound system: Scotaudio //