Lynne and Kevin gave their fairytale venue a modern feel with jewel tones and geometric details, using the amazing Crossbasket Castle as their backdrop!
I just love the couple’s use of colour, steering away from the usual pastels, and adding that modern twist with the slick details. What’s not to love?
Take a peek at the pics, captured by Tandem Photo, and hear what bride Lynne has to say about their day…
Lynne and Kevin were high school sweethearts, first laying eyes on each other when they were just 12 years old. It was love at first sight – at least for one of them.
“Kevin says he’s known I was The One since school,” laughs Lynne. “He always talks about a time in English class when he told the friend next to him he would marry me someday.”
Fast forward through awkward adolescence, seven and- a-half years into the couple’s relationship, and Kevin finally got down on one knee during a romantic holiday in Rome. He was actually going to marry that girl from his English class.
Throwing themselves into wedding planning, the couple didn’t have to look far from their Erskine home to find the perfect venue for their big day. They said their vows at St Mirin’s Cathedral in Paisley before moving on to Crossbasket Castle for the reception.
“[The castle] is like nothing else any venue in Scotland could offer,” says Lynne. “It had everything from the perfect grounds to pristine rooms, a fantastic ballroom and the castle’s blonde stonework is just so beautiful. We loved the fact it felt like a luxury, ornate castle but it wasn’t too large or intimidating. When we walked in, we felt right at home.”
The couple wanted a modern feel for their wedding décor, opting for a jewel colour scheme with metallic accents to pop in photos (“I love pastels but I found them a little too wedding-like and samey,” admits Lynne). Rich red and purple tones coupled with rose gold and marble made for a simple but elegant look, teamed with foliage and loose flowers.
“Modern luxe was the description I heard a lot,” adds the bride. “The jewel theme definitely prevailed overall, but there was a definite botanical feel to the day too.”
Lynne’s amazing dress, named ‘Sophia Loren’, was from Eleganza Sposa’s Eleganza Iconica range. “It was the second dress I tried on and I didn’t try on any others after this,” says Lynne.
The pair also wanted to make sure they had a wedding which captured them as a couple.
“So many people get bogged down thinking about what others might like,” says Lynne. “I think it’s important to plan a day that shows who you are.” Most of the décor details scattered around the reception were a result of high street shopping trips; everything on the tables, from the glassware to the napkin rings, Lynne and Kevin bought themselves.
“I basically spent the two years between the engagement and wedding collecting things I liked and could see us using in our own home after the wedding,” laughs the bride. “Etsy, Ebay, H&M Home, Zara Home and Oliver Bonas all very heavily featured!”
The personal touches didn’t stop with the couple’s taste in interiors. Guests downed bespoke cocktails (the “McGINigle” and the “Two McCann”) and the couple decked out the bathrooms with their favourite toiletries.
They even put together hangover kits for loved ones who spent the night at the castle: “We bought gift bags and filled them with all of our favourite food things, some medicinal essentials and even miniature bottles of Buckfast for a little hair of the dog.”
On the day itself Lynne and Kevin were blessed with beautiful weather. They had a Catholic ceremony, something that was very important to the pair, before letting their hair down at the reception.
“Once the formalities were out of the way, I really wanted it to feel like one big party,” smiles Lynne. “And it did!” The drinks flowed and everyone spent the whole night laughing and dancing.
“We had a lot of compliments about the atmosphere and what an incredible night it was – my only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough. It really was the best day and night of our lives.”