Amanda and Conor decided to celebrate their big day with a relaxed celebration and a quirky theme – wedding in wellies!
The result was some seriously Pinterest-worthy decor and a lot of fun, laughter and smiles.
Check out some of the lovely pics from Andi Watson Photography as bride Amanda talks us through her Comrie Croft wedding…
After a year of being together Conor left Scotland to study in Budapest for four years.
We decided to give the long distance relationship a go and here we are nine years later, a married couple.
Conor proposed to me with my late mum’s ring, however it didn’t really fit and the band was gold and I wear silver.
After a lot of Pinterest searching, I found a design I really liked that Blair and Sheridan replicated using the diamonds from the original ring.
We were so impressed with this we went back to them for our wedding rings.
Comrie Croft was the first venue we visited and nothing compared to it.
We knew we didn’t want a typical hotel wedding package with uninspiring chair covers and a dodgy DJ! We loved Comrie Croft as soon as we saw it.
It ticked all the boxes for us with the option of an outdoor ceremony, a ceilidh in a barn, accommodation to ourselves for the weekend and the freedom to run the day as we wanted to.
It was perfect to be able to hire out the whole hostel for the weekend so our family and friends didn’t have to worry about finding accommodation. This was particularly important as Conor’s family were coming from Ireland.
We first met Andi Watson Photography at the Scottish Wedding Fayre. His photographs immediately stood out to us as very natural and creative.
We immediately felt very comfortable talking to him and Stuart, which was important to us as neither of us particularly like getting our photos taken.
Stuart was very enthusiastic and really made the effort to get to know us, which made the whole process enjoyable on the day.
I found the dress hunt difficult and soon realised I didn’t like most styles of wedding dresses!
A friend recommended Wendy at Flossy and Dossy, and when we met I immediately felt at ease. Wendy is very down to earth and relaxed, which is refreshing to find in the wedding business!
It was great to be involved in the design process, choose the fabrics and then see the dress come together at each subsequent fitting.
The dress was so comfortable to wear on the day which was important for the relaxed venue and ceilidh dancing involved!
We had a loose theme of ‘wedding in wellies’ and we enjoy cycling together so we tried to incorporate these, as well as keeping a rustic and outdoor feel to the decorations. We covered the barn walls with old bicycle wheels (which we got for free from a local bicycle repair shop) and decorated these with fairy lights and ivy. We also hung coloured umbrellas from the rafters to brighten up the barn, as well as some children’s wellies dotted about the place as alternative vases for the flowers.
Tomnah’a Market Garden grow beautiful wild flowers on site at Comrie Croft. They provided us with a large selection of loose seasonal flowers and foliage which we put in jam jars and kids wellies around the barn.
We soon found that discussing or organising at home wasn’t productive when we were wedding planning. A distraction would always get in the way and the conversation would be left until last thing in the evening when we were both tired and not interested in the task at hand.
We had much more success when we left the house and could relax in a different environment (usually the pub!), giving our full attention to the issues we were discussing.Setting aside the time in advance meant we were both engaged and enthusiastic.
The extra time we were allowed at Comrie Croft made a huge difference.
A lot of guests arrived the night before the wedding and had food and drinks in the hostel on arrival. It was a lovely chance for us to introduce people who hadn’t met before in an informal setting, and created the warm atmosphere which carried on through the whole occasion.
Meigan from Hunky-Dory Hair and Makeup Design was a recommended hairdresser by the venue and many other previous Comrie Croft brides.
Amanda and her bridesmaids had a lovely relaxing morning in the ‘Last Chance Salon’ being pampered whilst sipping prosecco. The make-up stayed in place all day despite the emotional ceremony and speeches!
We had an informal weekend with a Humanist Society Scotland ceremony conducted by Maureen Kettle – she was brilliant – in the woods, followed by a big party in the barn.
Having the ceremony outdoors in the woodlands was very important to us, we hadn’t attended a wedding like this before and none of our guests had either which made it extra special.
The clearing we found in the woods created an intimate and almost secret feeling.
Veritable Ceilidh Club played the fiddle and the guitar from an improvised stage among the ferns during the ceremony, and the weather just about stayed dry!
Tomnah’a Market Garden also created a beautiful flower arch for our woodland ceremony.
It felt such a shame to only get use out of it for the ceremony so some of our brilliant guests helped move it (delicately!) back down the hill so we could all enjoy it in the barn.
Andrew Scott Catering were recommended by the venue as a well known, experienced, local caterer.
We wanted a relaxed buffet style and Andrew provided a fantastic range of canapes, mains and side dishes.
It was great to be able to offer to our guests lots of choice and there was plenty to go around for seconds!
Andrew knows the venue inside out, and went above and beyond to meet up with us a few times to advise us about the set-up and running order of the day, which was invaluable as we did not have a wedding coordinator or planner.
Although we’re big cake fans we didn’t see the need to splash out on a tiered wedding cake. Instead we had a cake table for our desserts.
We love 3 Sisters Bake cakes and were delighted to find that they could deliver and set up the table for us at Comrie Croft.
We just wish we had got to the table sooner as the cakes were soon gobbled up by our guests!
The rest of the band joined us in the barn for the evening reception ceilidh. With some modern covers mixed in with the ceilidh dances, this catered to all tastes and meant the dance floor was full the whole night.
They also did a fantastic version of The Proclaimers ‘500 miles’ for our first dance, starting off very slowly and gradually building up the pace with our guests joining in as they started to recognise what song it was.
The venue had an amplified music curfew at 11pm to avoid disturbing other guests. This gave us the opportunity to have a Silent Knights silent disco after the ceilidh which went way beyond our expectations!
We just hired the equipment and made up our own playlists in advance including all our favourites that we knew would keep our guests dancing. The only trouble was it meant we didn’t get to bed until 4am because we were having too much fun!
The silent disco was definitely a surprise hit!
Although we had been together for nine years before getting married, not much has changed in our relationship since.
We still feel a flutter when we call each other ‘husband’ and ‘wife’. While our day-today life is pretty much the same as it was before, for some reason the commitment we made in getting married puts a feeling of stability and certainty in the background, which is hard to explain.
We feel privileged to have such wonderful family and friends to support us, and feel so grateful to have started our married lives with such a fun and memorable party!