Hollie Mitchell + David Shepherd
Saturday 2nd August 2014
The Byre at Inchyra, Perthshire
Photographer: Jen Owens Images
Growing up in small Fife villages Hollie and David wanted a rustic, laid-back and relaxed wedding that recreated the summer barn dances of their youth.
“We wanted all our friends and family to be part of our special day and finding somewhere we could have an amazing party was essential,” remembers Hollie. The couple were one of the first to look around the Byre at Inchyra and instantly knew that they’d found the perfect setting for their big day. “We took a leap of faith, booking our wedding before they’d even started renovations on the Byre,” Hollie says.
Once they’d found their perfect w-day venue, Hollie and David set about creating their sunshine on a rainy day vibe. “We filled the Byre with tissue paper pompoms in coral, peach and yellow,” she explains. “We used an old vintage style post box for our wedding cards and an old map of the world in a rustic wooden frame for the seating plan.” Glass jars of all shapes and sizes, simple single flowers, ‘H heart D’ gypsophila wreaths and huge inflatable ‘LOVE’ balloons completed the look.
Alison from Juniper Garden Flowers created the couple’s blooms for the big day. “She is such a talent and I knew that she would do an amazing job,” beams Hollie. “With a real threat of rain on the day, (which we got in bucket loads!) we wanted the byre to look bright and colourful, with a real happy, warm glow. We used lots of peach, yellow, green and cream colours in my bouquet and to decorate the venue.”
The bridesmaids also carried simple bouquets of gypsophila tied with hessian.
For Hollie, dress shopping was far from the dream experience all brides dream off. “I found it the most stressful experience in the entire wedding planning process,” she explains. “I had an idea of what I wanted but couldn’t find it in any of the shops I visited. As the wedding drew nearer and nearer I became worried that I’d end up walking down the aisle in my underwear!” Hollie’s friends tried to console her, reassuring her that finding the One is a myth.
Finally she stumbled across BHLDN on a wedding blog and saw the dream dress, a gorgeous vintage champagne gown with lace detail and a romantic, floaty skirt. “I knew instantly that it was the dress for me and ordered it there and then,” she remembers.
“I knew ordering my dress online was a huge risk, especially from America, but I had a gut feeling I couldn’t ignore. My heart was racing when I finally got to try it on! I loved it straight away and knew it was the dress I’d walk down the aisle in.”
She topped her bridal look with a handmade veil by Karen at Bridal Bliss and a floral head dress from Williamson Design florist Dunfermline.
Hollie doesn’t remember feeling at all nervous on the countdown to their humanist ceremony. “Dave and I had dated for 11 years so I knew what I was getting into!” she laughs. However, the night before she didn’t sleep a wink and says her mind was racing with what she still needed to do until she and her mum were standing at the back of the stable room before the ceremony.
“I knew then that it was all going to be okay,” Hollie says. “I practically ran down the aisle! It was such an overwhelming feeling to look out and see a sea of faces, all of whom I knew and loved. Having my mum with me in that moment was very special and Duncan Robertson, our Humanist, helped make everything just flow and feel very natural.”
The couple enlisted Lazy Sunday for their wedding meal and asked the company’s Carol to make them a naked cake. The mouthwatering creation was a layered Victoria sponge with homemade strawberry jam and lemon curd, sprinkled with icing sugar and decorated with butter-icing and lots and lots of fresh fruit. “It was delicious and complemented the rustic feel of the day perfectly,” enthuses Hollie who also raved about the wedding breakfast. “The food was simply divine,” she says. “I could eat it all over again!”
And if that wasn’t enough the guests were treated to a selection of pies for the evening buffet from The Wee Pie Company which went down a treat.
Hollie and David brought in Jen from Jen Owens Images to capture their day and they couldn’t recommend her enough! “She knew exactly what David and I were looking for from our photographer on the day,” enthuses Hollie. “We wanted relaxed, natural photos which would capture the mood of the day, and that’s exactly what we got!
Just perfect, beautiful photos. Jen was never invasive and really listened to what we wanted. She was such a huge help on the day itself, ushering my bridesmaid’s about in the rain under the cover of an umbrella and her endless patience with our guests whilst trying to organise group photos was incredibly admirable.”
Now that they’ve celebrated their first wedding anniversary the couple share the best things about being married. “It’s a feeling of real contentment,” smiles Hollie. “It’s like I’ve found my partner in crime, my best friend, and we’re in it together now for the long haul. “If you’ve had a bad day, just knowing that there’s someone who loves you waiting at home, can really help to turn things around. I look forward to growing old together.”
Looking back, Hollie has some pearls of wisdom for other brides to be and it’s not all about the big day!
“Make the time to plan and organise everything you want to do, but don’t just do that,” she says. “It can be quite stressful so it’s so important to still go out on dates and spend time with each other so it doesn’t just become all about the wedding.”
And when the big day arrives just relax and enjoy it. “Everyone else is there for you, so they will make sure everything goes to plan and everyone has a good time!” she adds.
ABOUT JEN OWENS IMAGES
Jen grew up in Buxton, Derbyshire and has always been the ‘picture-taker’ wherever she went. She now lives in seaside Portobello, Edinburgh and her photography is inspired by our natural surroundings.
You’ll find her shooting couples on their wedding day or out and about on engagement and family shoots.
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