Perfect Picnic themed wedding at idyllic family farm, Arbroath


Kirsty Hay + Michael Brown

Friday 21st August 2015

Inverkeilor Church + Raesmill Farm, Arbroath

Photography | Suzanne Black Photography

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“My mum and I made picnic-themed bunting, 220 metres of it, with red gingham colours mixed with a strawberry print for that GBBO vibe!” smiles Kirsty, “and I cut up a fallen tree into 250 placemats, sanded them all down and each guest had one to have their picnic on!”

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picnic-wedding-suzanne-black-photography-98 picnic-wedding-suzanne-black-photography-100 The day was only possible because of the very special venue: Kirsty’s parent’s farm, where the bride has lots of fond memories.

“My mum is a talented gardener, and our family garden is a unique and beautiful place. Myself and my siblings have memories of playing in the pond, which is a central feature, catching frogs and having boat races,” she remembers.

The weather was also in their favour, the sun shining enough for guests to take canapes and fizz on the lawn during the reception in such a gorgeous venue. “The taxi driver at the end of the night even asked Mike and I if we knew the owners, and how to book the venue for his own daughter’s wedding,” Kirsty laughs.

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“This was the beach where we first dated, and where Mike proposed to me,” says Kirsty, “so it was just so special being there on our wedding day. There wasn’t a soul on the beach, just us.”

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Kirsty’s cousin’s wife Marna was the florist, who got the theme down to a T with beautiful wild flowers and barley, and cornflour blue blooms matching the bridesmaids’ dresses.


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Catering was an important element of the day but the couple had this covered with Mari Finlayson, who also catered for Kirsty’s sister Jenny’s wedding.

“We visited Mari a few months before the wedding and said “Mari, we have an idea!” and told her about our picnic theme.” The starters were served in a picnic basket “ pates with baguettes and oatcakes “ which went down a storm with the guests.

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“They really got the guests going,” says Kirsty. “If you’re up for a good party and you’re willing to dance the night away then Corra are the band to have!”

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“I kept thinking up more and more, and you have to be realistic with your time, energy and money. Just remember, it’s not about stressing over having all of your Pinterest ideas, but to select a few and do them as best you can and, most importantly, enjoy doing it!”

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“It’s your day, and I want to photograph it naturally capturing all the important moments.  My goal is to tell the story of your wedding day in as unobtrusive a manner as possible, photographing the special moments that you will treasure forever.”

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// Venue: Inverkeilor Church + Raesmill Farm // Photographer: Suzanne Black Photography // Videographer: White Balloon Films

// Dress: Naomi Neoh at Alison Kirk Bridal // Accessories: Blooming Loopy // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Packham at Debenhams

// Caterer: Mairi Finlayson // Florist: Marna Nicol at Grey Den Flowers // Stationery: Love22

// Entertainment: Corra //