Californian Ranch themed wedding at Balmule House, Dunfermline

Sarah and Gary brought the west coast of America to their Scottish countryside wedding at Balmule House in Dunfermline, Fife, and we love the picture-perfect results.

Take a closer look at the lovely pics from Tracy Gow Photography as bride Sarah chats us through their special day…

Balmule House

We actually booked the venue before we were officially engaged!

We knew we were getting married ˜soonish’ as it had already been delayed when we decided to buy our smallholding three years ago.

We started viewing country venues in the central belt and Balmule House really spoke to Gary.

Gary took me to the Fife Agricultural Show, then on to a lochside hotel in Perthshire to propose.

We walked our great dane into the countryside until he found a lovely brook tumbling down the rocks.

Passing me the leash, Gary dropped to one knee and pulled out the ring. For once, I was speechless!

Our wedding theme was ˜California Ranch’ characterised by silvery echeveria succulents (which are everywhere in my native California), contrasting creamy blooms, and hints of our agricultural background.

We used tall milk churns from a neighbouring farm for the welcoming floral decorations.

Another smaller churn served as our postbox for cards.

For some ambient décor, I stacked crates to display childhood photos of us and also the bridesmaids’ bouquets after the ceremony.

A lot of people insisted that a fitted dress was a poor choice for a plus-size bride.

Perhaps it isn’t the most flattering of cuts, but I just didn’t like A-line or ball gown. I decided that in the end, none of our guests would be surprised by my curves, so why should I be swayed by the pressure to hide them?

To my surprise, Gary whipped out a pair of Irregular Choice heels that I’d been admiring. Although not your typical bridal shoe, they complemented my dress and carried sentiment.

I kept jewellery simple with statement earrings from Debenhams and a diamond necklace that belonged to my late grandmother. It meant a lot to have that as my ˜something old’.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful silky tea-length cowl-backed dresses in a stormy blue which really complemented the Blue Ramsay of my family’s kilts.

I did the bridesmaids’ bouquets myself, hand tying each one slightly differently to reflect each girl’s personality.

My father has three sons and views Gary as his fourth.

It was a lovely touch for him to have a kilt made for Gary in our Ramsay tartan from the same bolt of cloth he’d had made for my brothers’ kilts.

I did the centrepieces, venue décor and the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

Gary 3D-printed our place cards and made copious amounts of home-brewed beer, while I made a refreshing cordial from some scrumped rhubarb.

We also served our homebred Shetland lamb for the wedding breakfast.

The cake was made by my brother Alasdair, which made it extra special.

It was a huge undertaking for him “ not just because of the sheer size but also because he transported his buttercream creation from Elgin to Dunfermline during a heatwave, with traffic jams!

My top advice for other couples getting marred is to know your budget, research costs and set your expectations accordingly.

You can still have a glorious wedding on a tight budget “ you just have to roll up your sleeves and call in favours.

Photographer: Tracy Gow Photography | Venue: Balmule House | Florist: Loulou Flowers

Bride’s dress: Cherished Bride | Bride’s shoes: Irregular Choice

Bride’s ring: Argos | Groom’s ring: Titan Jewellery

Hair: Lauren at The Loft 

Celebrant: Louise at the Humanist Society Scotland | DJ: Keith of Flex Disco