Bride Michelle proposed to now-wife Jenny while exchanging Christmas presents in 2014, saying “We were both in our jammies, so I think it’s when she was expecting it the least!”
Fast-forward to three years later and the couple are tying the knot at the gorgeously rustic Byre of Inchyra, surrounded by all their family and friends. Going for a ethereal woodland theme to suit the look and landscape of their wedding venue, Michelle and Jenny wowed guests with hanging flowers, floating candles and, of course, Jäger shots for everyone!
Read all about the day in Michelle’s own words below…
“Jenny and I worked for the same company but our paths rarely crossed at work, really only occasionally at the coffee machine.
We properly met whilst out for after work drinks one Friday night, and I thought she was a bit frosty, and she thought I was a typical engineer! But ultimately we just clicked – we’re so similar but dissimilar in so many ways, it just works!
The venue was our priority – we had quite a specific idea of the type of wedding we wanted – relaxed, rustic and unique.
The Byre at Inchyra has been renovated to a very high standard, retaining so many of the original rustic features.
We loved the stone walls and open timber roof – it offers so many possibilities for styling it just as you want it, and each wedding hosted there is very unique.
We made use of the Byre’s original features – they have original water troughs which we filled with floating candles and gypsophila and garlanded the pillars with ruscus and eucalyptus.
We had the dining area set up with two long banquet tables which we decorated with similar smaller flower arrangements in a mismatched array of vintage jugs, jars and bottles with table candles.
Each of our bridesmaids are all very individual so we didn’t want to pick a single style of dress or colour. We went to Perfect Bridal Rooms in Aberdeen, and choose a few dresses from the Maids to Measure range.
In the end our bridesmaids agreed on two styles of dress which complemented each other perfectly.
We chose two colours, frosted fig and blossom which were in keeping with the rustic, woodland theme we had in mind and allowed the bridesmaids to choose the colour they preferred.
We started planning the wedding so early that we didn’t really get stressed much, at least until immediately before the big day!
We had such great suppliers that we knew were in safe hands and throughout the process they kept us right.
There were five speeches in total on the day – both our Dads spoke, each giving emotional and funny speeches.
Also, each of our chief bridesmaids also spoke, traditionally re-calling very embarrassing stories about us, and they all did a fantastic job and had our guests laughing out loud at our expense!
I spoke on behalf of Jenny and I, giving a short and under-prepared round of ‘thank yous’ and ended by toasting our bridesmaids with a Jägerbomb – a first for many of our older guests!
One of the highlights of wedding planning was our joint hen night in Berlin. There were 26 of us altogether, so our bridesmaids had their work cut out but they all did an amazing job in organising it and gave us a weekend that we’ll never forget!
Michelle’s dress (sleeveless V-neck): Susanne Christyne Bridal | Jenny’s dress (Strapless dress with sweatheart neckline and lace bolero): Liliana Dabic of La Novia | Bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Bridal Rooms
Celebrant: Neil Mellis of the Independent Humanist Ceremonies