Fun + relaxed wedding with DIY décor at Tyninghame Village Hall

Wanting to create a fun and relaxed day, Freya and Grant planned a laid-back wedding complete with a touch of glamour and plenty of DIY décor.

The gorgeous brides talks us through her big day and shares some of their stunning snaps from Alastair Burn-Murdoch Photography

DIY decor

After five years together, Grant popped the question on what was 40 years’ to the day since Freya’s parents got engaged.

With Freya a volunteer for the Coastguard Response, Grant enlisted her colleagues to put a call out for unsuspecting Freya.

She approached a seemingly despondent male who turned out to be Grant!

After a boat trip around Bass Rock, the happy couple pulled into North Berwick harbour, where their family and friends were all waiting with plenty of champagne.

When deciding on a venue, they hunted for somewhere which could accommodate all their friends and family.

“We both wanted a fun wedding that wasn’t at all stuffy. We wanted it to be informal,” says Freya.

“I have a massive family and didn’t want to have the stress of limiting the numbers.”

It was all about the DIY décor for their big day, with a little bit of sparkle too.

“We did all the table decorations ourselves and made beer barrows and a champagne cart,” says Freya.

“We had sparklers on the table and posters showing the order of the day.”

Freya walked down the aisle to a solo piano version of Caledonia composed and played by a good friend.

The couple also wrote their own vows.

“I think I’ve always known I would marry Grant so I wasn’t too nervous,” she says.

After the 3pm ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests had canapés at the first venue, Tyninghame Village Hall, before indulging in a hog roast at their second location, The Strawberry Barn, Dunbar.

“We had about 70 bottles of champagne so everyone was fairly merry!” says Freya.

“The atmosphere was fun, we had a bucking bronco and a pillow fight pole which kept everyone entertained. It was just a really laid back and fun atmosphere.”

For the first dance, Freya and Grant decided on an Arcadian Strip the Willow ceilidh.

“It started off the evening right!” she says.

“We wanted to invite everyone to join us for our first dance. The band even pulled Grant up on stage for an impromptu rendition of Wonderwall!”

Reflecting on their big day, Freya shares her advice.

“Plan exactly what the two of you want, because if you’re enjoying it then everyone else will too.”

First venue: Tyninghame Village Hall | Second venue: The Strawberry Barn, Dunbar | Photographer: Alastair Burn-Murdoch Photography

Bride’s dress: Pronovias at Kavelle Bridal Couture | Groom’s outfit: Walker Slater | Groom’s sporran: McRostie of Glasgow | Groom’s bow tie: The Edinburgh Bow Tie Co.

Stationery: Paperless Post | Florist: Carol Davidson Flowers | Décor, popcorn and sweet cart: Wedding Lighting Hire Scotland

Transport: The Big Red Bus | Hair: Katy Tweedie | Make-up: Jade Colledge Make-up

Celebrant: Neil Lynch | Canapés caterer: FEAST | Jazz band: Ali Affleck

Reception band: Bleeker | Oyster Shucker: The Oysterman Events

Photobooth: LOOKLOOK | Bucking bronco + pillow fight pole: Bouncing Scotland

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