A beautiful DIY wedding on the family farm at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire

Katie and Lee viewed a few venues but the bride had always dreamed of having their wedding on the farm where she grew up. The crafty couple set about to create a fun and relaxed day with a subtle pink theme that was “far more us”.

Katie tells us all about their day, beautifully captured by Gail Photography, here…

We met through work. Lee was actually my boss’ boss!

I can’t describe one thing that made me realise he was The One. I just knew. I knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and have beside me for all the adventures and challenges ahead.

After four years together Lee proposed to me in New York.

FAMILY TIES

The ceremony had to be in the church I was baptised in and my family attended regularly.

For our reception we had viewed a few local hotels, but I had dreamed of having it on the farm where I grew up and it was far more “us” “ relaxed and fun.

My mum and dad did so much work to get the farm ready for the wedding.

 

DIY DECOR

I didn’t have a specific theme in mind when we started but when I started bridesmaid dress shopping we decided to go for pastel pink.

We made it quite subtle with the bridesmaid’s dresses and pink roses in my bouquet. The boys had pink ties, handkerchiefs and pink rose buttonholes.

The shed was lined and lit by Finesse Marquees and all other decorations were our own or borrowed from friends.

We made our own table centrepieces, potted flowers in watering cans with table names that Lee cut from wood.

Our starters were served on boards we cut and etched ourselves.

Our decorations were all created by my mum, planting up lots of different flower pots and old milk cans. Even the bar was DIY “ we put some wooden planks over a large straw bale and the drinks were help yourself on top of that.

My aunty Nancy Young made our wedding cake too. I had no doubt that I would ask her, even though we had a wacky idea to put a layer of cheese into the cake.

 

 

DRESSED TO KILL

Dress shopping was amazing. I tried on about 15 dresses but when I tried the first one back on I cried and knew it was the one.

It was strapped so I felt secure and had lace detail, a dropped waistline and a zip with button details.

SQUAD GOALS

My maid of honour was my sister Shona, my three bridesmaids were my cousin Claire and Lee’s two daughters Phoebe and Emily. My second cousin’s daughter Chloe was my flower girl.

Their looks were their own. They all got to buy their own dresses, which amazingly all were the same shade of pink and went really well together.

 

THE BIG DAY

When I woke up I felt physically sick with the excitement of getting married that day but as soon as I received a text from Lee saying he couldn’t wait to see me at the church I calmed right down.

We had a religious ceremony in the local church as I’d always wanted to say our vows somewhere so special to us.

Our celebrant Mr Urquhart has been the minister at the church while I was growing up and he was very caring and interested in making sure we were suitably prepared on the lead up to the day.

Walking down the aisle my dress kept catching on the end of each pew which caused some amusement!

We had another comedy moment during our vows when our flower girl decided to speak up and interrupt the minister which came just as I was getting emotional and distracted me.

 

DOWN ON THE FARM

We had drinks and canapés ready for when everyone arrived back at the farm.

With our menu we tried to cater for everyone and wanted to reflect our relaxed day.

Our starters were platters of Italian meats, pate, smoked salmon, cheese, bread and olives.

Our main course was a buffet that allowed everyone to have as much as they liked.

Dessert was served high tea style on stands.

We then had an evening buffet of cheese from the cake with biscuits and local Killie Pies. Our guests are still talking about the food!

 

LET’S DANCE

We had Adele’s Make You Feel My Love as the first dance as the lyrics just expressed how we feel about each other.

Jim Marshall’s Sunset Disco was our DJ and we had a fantastic night. Once we started dancing we didn’t stop and the dancefloor was never empty.

Everyone seemed to have a great night.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

People ask me how it feels to be married and I don’t think there’s anything different other than I have more jewellery to look after!

We are the same with each other as we were before. I would be concerned if getting married changed anything between us.

Ceremony venue: St Maurs Glencairn Church, Kilmaurs | Photographer: Gail Photography

Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander | Bride’s shoes: and flower girl’s dress: Monsoon

Bridesmaid dresses: Coast and Matthew Williamson and Debenhams

Groom’s suit: Ted Baker | Stationery: Eaton Stationery | Hair: Make-Up by HJ

Make-up: MakeMeUp by Claire | Caterers: Passion Caterers