Take a sneak peek at the delicious food and quirky details captured by Marc Millar Photography, as bride Claire talks us through her big day…
“We were a bit all over the place with our planning and jumped from important things like humanists and catering to “should we have an espresso martini station?”
The first thing we decided on (other than martinis) was the venue, Myres Castle.
The catering was the main DIY detail, obviously. But we had the help of our fantastic friends!
Our pals Jess and Alex have a catering company in the Cotswolds (The Little Pickle) and they came up a couple of days early to help Russell, and another good chef pal Ben, with all of the prep.
I’m pretty bold with colour and wanted the three girls in different jewel tones so we had royal blue, sunflower yellow and fuchsia pink. I absolutely loved the way they looked together.
Getting ready was such fun. One of my ‘maids nipped down to chat to the boys and when she came back she said, “Definitely more fun to be in Claire’s bridal party than carrying boxes for the groom.”
A definite con of catering your own wedding is putting in work in the morning!
I was cheesing walking down the aisle. There weren’t many dry eyes in the room but mine certainly were; I couldn’t have been happier. I never knew I had so many teeth.
I hung cards and letters we had sent each other over the years around the Barnquee. I also put pictures from our grandparents’ wedding days on the mantelpiece.
Russell told the story of when he decided he was going to ask me to marry him, which I had never heard before. I really enjoyed just watching all of our guests – everyone just delighted to be there and in such good spirits.
We had a really relaxed family-style roast, all sharing style, carved at the table, with that jovial ‘dig-in’ Christmas dinner kind of vibe which is exactly what we were looking for.
It was definitely a party at the reception! We were trialling our frozen cocktail machine so passionfruit margaritas were the order of the day.
The espresso martini and whisky station went down an absolute storm – Russell’s cousin carried off the giant Kilner jar of leftovers at the end of the night!
My friend’s band The Shuffle Function played our evening reception. We were one of their first weddings and honestly – they were fantastic. The dancefloor was rammed all night!
The feeling of having all of your favourite people together cannot be explained. Thinking about it still makes me feel like I might burst.
Fielding awkward suggestions from close family and friends was the trickiest part of planning. Dad, for the hundredth time, I don’t need you to get Sandra from the pub’s cousin to get me 100 Grouse miniatures from duty free.
My top bit of advice would be don’t listen to anyone who thinks your ideas are a bit mad. In fact, demote them to evening guests!
Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander at Pretty Woman
Groom’s kilt adjustments, jacket and waistcoat: Nicolson Kiltmakers
Cakes: Russell’s mum and Claire’s aunt
Celebrant: Graham Duff, Humanist Celebrant Scotland