Doric inspired wedding day at The Barn @ Barra Castle, Inverurie

For Claire and Chris’s wedding day, there was plenty of personal touches and a twist on Scottish dialect, Doric.

From a spectacular rustic vibe at The Barn @ Barra Castle to lighting up the night sky with sparklers, it was fun from start to finish.

Here, bride Claire talks us through their big day, captured by James Kelly Photography.

We chose Blair’s Chapel for our noon ceremony as it was where Chris’s parents and his younger sister also got married. It’s such a beautiful church and setting.

Our priest asked us to write some information about how we met and our interests. He helped to keep the service really light-hearted.

The Barn @ Barra castle was our reception venue and it was the first venue we looked at. We loved the amazing views it has overlooking Bennachie, which we had climbed together on our second date.

We could also add personal touches to really make the venue our own.

We went for a Doric theme as we got engaged in Aberdeen. This was incorporated into the table names, some of the signage and speeches.

We kept things quite rustic and autumnal with tree log slices, hessian fabrics and pine cones. Our flowers were unstructured, with creams, pinks and deep purple.

We had 100 day guests and an additional 60 guests in the evening. We liked to involve our friends and family in the planning of the wedding.

Chris’s friend, Allan, made a bespoke craft beer for the drinks reception and called it ‘Hoppily Ever After’. My parents made blackcurrant gin as favours and Chris’s mum made the cake.

We enjoyed the planning process and I think involving our family and friends really helped with that.

Our first dance was a little unconventional. We went for September by Earth, Wind and Fire. We took dance lessons and performed a choreographed routine, which included the floss (Chris still can’t do it)!

We have so many great experiences to look back on like helping Allan bottle the beers and practising our dance.

In hindsight I think it might’ve been beneficial to put together a spreadsheet to keep track of when balances are due – something as an accountant I’m surprised I didn’t do!

We had the best day of our lives and loved catching up with people to share stories and experiences of the big day. We’re thoroughly enjoying married life so far!



Venue: The Barn @ Barra Castle | Photographer: James Kelly Photography 

Bride’s dress: Sassi Holford at Ivory Grace Bridal | Bride’s jewellery: Liberty in Love 

Bride’s shoes: Rainbow Club | Bridesmaid dresses: Motee Maids at Ivory Grace Bridal

Groom’s outfit: Neil Selbie & Co. | Make-up: Francine Ray | Hair: Cassie McRobb 

Band: Bahookie | Stationery: Optimalprint 

Ceremony florist: XOXO Florist | Bouquets and buttonhole florist: Val Morrison