When high school sweethearts Lisa and Darren decided to get married, they wanted one thing – a bohemian tipi venue where they could throw the ultimate party!
Eventually they found Hartree Estates, Biggar, and all their dreams and plans fell into place.
Browse some of the stunning photos from The Curries as bride Lisa tells us more about their one-of-a-kind wedding…
Darren and I were high school sweethearts – Darren was actually my first kiss! 12 years later, here we are finally husband and wife.
Darren lost his mum Carol two years before our wedding and Luss, Loch Lomond was an important place to her.
One rainy morning in September, Darren said he wanted to go there, so off I went in my active wear, no make up and hair in a messy bun.
When we were walking along the shore, I turned around to Darren and he was down on one knee proposing.
I was so shocked, I had no idea and I’m really hard to surprise because I never miss a trick. My friends joke that I definitely didn’t know because I would have made a bit more effort with my appearance!
The vision we had for our wedding was a relaxed outdoors ceremony, super chilled and with a big party at night with lots of dancing.
My ultimate dream was a bohemian style tipi wedding. I wanted to get married in the trees under a floral arch and get pictures running through fields.
I just wanted the wedding to be different and unlike anything anybody had been to before.
Having looked all over Scotland at different venues and even looked at land to hire to put up our own tipis, we were struggling to find the perfect place.
We wanted a totally DIY venue so we wouldn’t have to conform to a package, and somewhere central for our friends and family with nice accommodation for the bridal party to stay the wedding weekend.
We were getting disheartened when I was recommended to look at Hartree Estates in Biggar, the town where me and Darren actually met and went to school.
It literally ticked every box – Hartree Estates is just beautiful and even has a little forest area like I wanted. The accommodation was perfect too, all beautifully styled – literally my interior heaven! It allowed all the wedding party to stay on the estate for the entire weekend.
Hartree offers amazing packages but we made it clear from the start that wasn’t what we were looking for, and they were amazing. They allowed us to source all our own suppliers and create the unique tipi wedding we’d been dreaming about.
We wanted a really intimate day time service with only our direct family and best friends, and for it to be a weekend event. Again, this was something Hartree Estates was more than happy to cater for.
For our colour scheme, I wanted pretty, soft spring colours with pinks, peaches and lots of greenery.
I wanted the furniture to be wooden to make it rustic, but with pops of metallic as a cool contrast. We had pops of rose gold and gold throughout the wedding.
That was another thing that really made Hartree Estates stand out – the relaxed approach Amy the wedding coordinator had!
We’d been to so many venues that were a bit stuffy and we just knew we weren’t going to have the relaxed, intimate wedding we wanted. Amy just seemed to get it and was so open and accommodating to my ideas.
We didn’t want rigid, posed wedding photographs that would take up a massive chunk of our wedding day to take.
The Curries actually photographed our best friends wedding the year before ours and their photographs were amazing. Not only are they super talented photographers but they’re super nice people. We booked them as soon as we started planning.
Our videographer, Eileen from Sugar 8, had a great vintage style of videography to tie in with our theme, and was just so lovely to work with.
When I got engaged I tried on a few wedding dresses in Glasgow boutiques, but I didn’t feel like “me” in the classic wedding dress styles.
I then came across Grace Loves Lace, an Australian brand, and I just adored every single one of their unusual dresses.
Luckily they just opened a store in Shoreditch, London, so I straight away booked flights. Me and my bridesmaids had an amazing weekend away and I said yes to the dress.
As the day fast approached I started to get a bit nervous about the weather, as the forecast wasn’t looking great and it was my dream to get married outside.
But luckily when we woke up on the morning of the wedding the sun was shining. It was a perfect day with not a bit of wind and one of the nicest days of the year so far, so everyone was buzzing for the sunshine.
One of my favourite moments of the day was in the forest area of the estate, with me and my bridesmaids walking through it for some pictures before the ceremony. It was such a lovely moment.
The ceremony itself was performed by Adam Dillion, from the Church of Scotland. He was an amazing minister, who allowed us to have a very personal ceremony with a mixture of religious and non religious readings, with poems from our best friends and family.
I also wrote my own vows to Darren. It was a lovely personal ceremony.
When it came to the meal, we also wanted our personal stamp on the catering.
We didn’t want a sit down 3 course meal and the catering team at Hartree Estates were amazing. We created an amazing platter style dinner, with amazing salads, different freshly made breads and various meat skewers.
They also served mine and my best friend’s favourite cocktail – the strawberry gin mojito! This was our drink of choice at university so it was amazing getting to serve it to all our friends.
One thing I always wanted for our wedding day was a gin bar, so I collected an amazing selection of gins over the year before our wedding and set up our very own help yourself gin bar.
It went down a treat – there wasn’t a drop of gin left the next day.
One of my highlights of the day was my dad’s speech. We were all nervous but he pulled it out of the bag.
He stole the show demonstrating his karate from back in the day, showing Darren what he’ll have to deal with if he ever breaks my heart!
Our friends also surprised us with a montage video of all our family, best friends and work colleagues doing the Waka Waka dance, which definitely got everyone laughing. It was such a hilarious surprise.
Hartree’s wedding coordinator Amy is super organised and made sure the planning stage went smoothly, but most importantly, she really took the pressure off on the actual wedding day by taking over coordination.
This allowed my husband and I to chill out and just enjoy our day.
Darren and I love a band but we also love a disco. Luckily our good friends and Darren’s brother are all DJs, and ended the wedding in a bit of a rave that everyone loved!
I had always dreamed of doing a sparkler send off at the end of night. The sun was setting and the sky turned a gorgeous pink/lilac and we just got the most stunning picture in the middle of all our loved ones with sparklers.
I loved every minute of planning our wedding! I had everything organised in good time before the wedding, which I think is key, so I could actually chill and enjoy the lead up to the wedding and the day.
If I could give any advice to brides it’s to just enjoy it, you’re only doing it once, don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy your time with your husband to be, best friends and family.
Going back, I wouldn’t change anything. Our wedding day was the most perfect and happiest day of our life – I didn’t want it to end!
For weeks after I think both Darren and I just felt like we were on cloud nine, it’s literally the best feeling ever. Without sounding cheesy, being married just feels so right.
I love that after 12 years of being together we are finally family.