Classic, autumnal wedding day at Balbirnie House Hotel, Markinch

Captured wonderfully by Ryan White Photography, Natalie and Chris had a gorgeous day surrounded by family and friends at Balbirnie House Hotel.

Preferring to keep their wedding decor sophisticated and subtle, the couple let their lovely venue take centre stage while adding little touches of gold here and there to make it their own.

To find out about this lovely wedding from bride Natalie’s own perspective, keep reading…

“We were certain that we wanted to have our ceremony and reception in one location and Balbirnie House allowed us to do that.

The drive up to the house and the surrounding gardens are stunning. The venue is traditional, homely, and you can tell it’s family-run. We felt so comfortable and relaxed during our first visit.

We agreed on most things throughout the planning phase, so that made things a lot easier!

We tried to set aside some time every week to review progress. This was generally a Sunday morning at the breakfast table; no TV, no mobile phones, just the two of us and our spreadsheet!

We kept our theme quite traditional but with autumnal accents throughout the décor.

Balbirnie is a relatively neutral venue, but navy blue and gold are their signature colours and our wedding party wore navy blue, so it tied in really well!

The staff at Balbirnie House were brilliant! They were incredibly attentive and nothing was too much trouble.

Erdal, the master of ceremonies, was full of good humour and made us feel like everything was being taken care of. This allowed us to enjoy our day without worrying about everything else.

For starters, we had vegetable and lentil broth soup. The main was pan-fried supreme of chicken with creamy mash and thyme jus, and our dessert was warm apple and sultana crumble with tea, coffee and brownie bites for afterwards!

The entire day was amazing from start to finish – it really was unforgettable. Everyone involved was top notch and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Sharing the day with our parents, family and close friends was the most important thing though – everything else was a bonus.

The best part of being married is that I get half of Chris’ stuff! Seriously though, after nearly 10 years together it feels like a brand new chapter in our lives.

Everything is 50/50 between us and we share the same hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. It really is an exciting time for us both!”

Venue: Balbirnie House Hotel | Photographer: Ryan White Photography

Bride’s dress: Pronovias at Kavelle Bridal Couture | Groomsmen outfits: Kiltpin | Cake: A Bonnie Wee Cake | Flowers: Oor Fleurs 

Band: The Lockhearts | Hair: Tweedie and Marshall Hairdressing | Make-up: Claire Nisbet Makeup Artist

Celebrant: Craig Flowers at Independent Humanist Ceremonies