There are so many #weddinggoals in this post I don’t even know where to begin. As soon as I read that Kirsty and Gordon chose Arran for their special day, I knew it was going to be a stunner.
That, coupled with a chic colour scheme and food that will make your mouth water, these photos by Tandem Photo are proper Autumn wedding inspo!
Bride Kirsty reminisces about the day…
We met while working in the same restaurant in Glasgow. There wasn’t really a point where we had to label our relationship or talk about what was happening; it was all so natural and easy. Shortly after our four-year anniversary, Gordon took me to stay at Cromlix and proposed by a nearby lake.
The wedding was always going to be on Arran. Initially I wanted to have the wedding in a field by the beach in Sannox, but we decided it’d be less stressful to have it in the local hall, along with a Berber tent.
I knew pretty much straight away that my colour scheme would be midnight blue, burgundy and gold. Our theme was woodland-boho; a lot of our decorations were formed from wood and greenery.
I wanted a simple, free-flowing dress, and I didn’t want to spend a fortune. I went to a sample sale at Opus Couture and grabbed a Maggie Sottero gown off the sale rack – I loved the simplicity of it.
I then took the dress to Fabricated Alterations, where Andrina worked her magic and turned it into something special.
Bridesmaids Aileen, Kate and Katie wore midnight blue dresses, accessorised with Black Watch tartan shawls to fend off the chill.
We spent the entire day before the wedding decorating, then we had a rehearsal in the church, followed by a pre-wedding gathering. After very little sleep, I got up at the crack of dawn on the wedding day and dragged my sister to the village hall to double check everything was in place!
We got married in my local church. I arrived on time (very unlike me!) and I didn’t feel at all nervous. My sister-in-law, Lyndsey, offered to chauffeur me in her Figaro. She decorated the car with big helium balloons and tin cans for after the ceremony. My cousin Dave piped me down the aisle and we sang a few upbeat hymns with my friend Rory playing the guitar.
We had Arran’s Jazz Café Band play during the drinks reception, and our caterers served canapés: mini Cullen skink, halloumi filo parcels and wood pigeon sausage rolls.
My cousin Lindsay made a naked cake decorated with berries and greenery. One layer was lemon and thyme, one chocolate and bramble and the third was Victoria sponge.
As Gordon is a chef, the food was his domain. He wanted to make use of the amazing produce we have on Arran and our caterers, Wild Rover, were the perfect fit. They set up next to our tent in their Land Rover and served food they’d sourced from all over the island.
In the evening we had fireworks, a bonfire and sparklers, and a ceilidh band – specially formed for the occasion – played. It was a relaxed evening with a great atmosphere.
My only regret is not having a videographer. Get a video of the day so you can watch it back and relive all the fun!