Boho beach vibes at The Firth Pavilion in Seamill Hydro Hotel, Ayrshire

The rain didn’t put a dampener on Katie + Stephen’s big day at Seamill Hydro Hotel this summer; the couple originally thought of having a destination wedding but, because they wanted to involve all of their friends and family in the celebrations, they opted for the sands of Seamill as the next best thing!

Gorgeous bride Katie, who works as a wedding make-up artist and business manager at Charlotte Tilbury in Glasgow, told us all about their big day, captured by Ross Alexander Photography.

“After meeting on dating app Tinder, Stephen and I moved in together just six months later. Within a year, we were engaged and started planning our wedding straight away.

Initially we spoke about going abroad to get married but when we really thought about it, we both wanted our friends and families there more than anything, so we set out looking for a venue that could bring us an element of a destination wedding near the sea.

The Firth Pavilion at Seamill Hydro Hotel had just opened, and the minute we stepped into the room, we knew it was for us. We wanted a very laid-back boho feel and, because that part of the venue is so new, it did have that blank canvas vibe, not to mention the breathtaking views from the floor to ceiling windows over to Arran.

The team at Seamill Hydro, especially Claire, one of the wedding planners, catered to our every need and they totally got our vision for the day. The service blew us away, and lots of our guests commented on how brilliant the venue was.

We wanted an intimate day with our closest family and friends. Our ceremony, conducted by Tracey from Alba Ceremonies, was so emotional but also funny! She told the story of us so far, and everyone loved how personal it was. There were definitely a few tears!

My gorgeous engagement and wedding rings – rose gold and Morganite – informed the colour palette of the day, with soft pastel pinks and rose gold.

Our flowers made up most of the décor and were a huge personal highlight for me. Lisa at Floral Menagerie took my vision and theme, and turned my dream into a reality! I wanted the flowers to be wild but still girly. We had an amazing floral arch at the top of the aisle, and a beautiful display for the top table and signing the register.

Our cake was a match too. Emily from Happyhills Cakes made us the perfect cake: marble effect icing in rose gold and pale pink, with 3D pink flowers. Talk about a showstopper! It was delicious and had three layers of vanilla and raspberry, salted caramel and chocolate.

When it came to finding my dress, I had the most magical experience at Eleganza Sposa in Glasgow. I was made to feel so special by the staff there.

My dress was a two-piece bodysuit and skirt in white with a blush effect from Noya by Riki Dalal; the girls in the shop said that they’d never sold it before, so I knew I was getting something quite unique.

It really complimented by boho theme and everyone said the dress was made for me.

Being a make-up artist myself, my make-up was obviously very important and I couldn’t have chosen a better MUA than my friend, Lesley Neil.

She’s such a calming influence to have around on the morning of your wedding and she helped us all get ready; she really goes the extra mile.

Her kit is full of top brands, and she uses all Charlotte Tilbury skincare to create the perfect flawless base. My hair was styled to reflect my theme in a boho fishtail plait with loose waves.

On the day, it rained. It didn’t just rain: it poured! We had imagined getting photos taken on the beach with our cavapoo puppy Peanut, but it was too wet for her to go outside. We persevered though and in the end, we got some lovely quirky beach shots that I love.

I had met our photographer, Ross, working alongside him at some weddings, and I always loved his style. His photos are super natural, and really capture the special moments of a wedding. He’s always up for trying different ideas and he really worked with us on the day to make sure we got amazing shots despite the weather.

Everyone has said how great the photographs are. Ross was amazing to have around, especially on the morning of the wedding; he kept us all relaxed and laid-back.

Stephen and I worked together on everything, but I really enjoyed adding special touches to the day and loved seeing it all come together.

Being in the industry, I already had an idea of what I wanted and what suppliers I would use.

No one disappointed us, and I wouldn’t change a thing apart from the weather!

We were on cloud nine the day after the wedding, and our full wedding party and day guests all stayed over at the hotel, so it was amazing getting to have breakfast in a private room with everyone the next day!

We love being married; we jetted off to Singapore and Bali the next day which was extraordinary!

Venue: The Firth Pavilion at Seamill Hydro | Photographer: Ross Alexander Photography

Dress: Eleganza Sposa | Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Florist: Floral Menagerie | Celebrant: Alba Ceremonies | Rings: ROX + Chisholm Hunter

Transport: Ayrshire Wedding Cars | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Coast | Kilt outfits: Kilts 4 U, Kilmarnock

Cake: Happyhills Cakes | Stationer: Gifts by Hannah on Etsy | Make-up: Lesley Neil Makeup Artist | Hair: Justine Weir Hair

Video: Gordon Eddie | Entertainment: Meredith McCrindle Harpist + The Big Papas

Entrance sign: Stephanie Smyth Events | Favours: Bottega | Balloons: Airhead Balloons

Leather jacket: Lettered by LBP on Etsy