A DIY barn rustic barn venue allowed Hannah and James to put their own unique touch on their big day, with the help of their friends and families.
The couple tied the knot with a traditional Scottish wedding at Comrie Croft, with plenty of fun, laughter and cake – sounds like my idea of a perfect mix!
Here, Hannah tells us all about their dream wedding, in her own words…
We wanted a relaxed wedding which incorporated both our personalities so decided to go down the DIY route. We both have big families so it was reasonably big wedding, with around 100 guests.
Most of our guests were travelling quite far so we wanted to make sure they had a great time and were able to make a little holiday out of it.
We knew Comrie Croft was our perfect venue as soon as we saw it. The barn was a blank canvas to decorate however we liked, but also a beautiful space in the middle of the picturesque countryside.
It has hostel accommodation attached and we had the whole place for two nights, which meant most of our friends and family were able to come up the day before. Everyone chipped in with the decorating which made it all the more special.
When everything was ready, we had a lovely chilled out evening. Everyone brought a dish and we had some drinks around the campfire.
My dress was by Ronald Joyce. It was completely different to what I had been thinking of and was picked out by my mum. On the hanger I wasn’t sure, but when I tried it on I felt so glamorous and knew it was the one!
The bridesmaids’ dresses were all different and from various high-street shops. I had seven bridesmaids and they all chose their own, my only request was sticking to a pastel colour scheme.
Wedding planning did require a lot of time and effort, particularly with us doing a lot of the work ourselves, but we enjoyed being creative and putting everything together
I was lucky as James was the perfect husband-to-be and was so enthusiastic and helpful. It was nice that he had so much input as it made sure the day was going to be about both of us.
We had a three tiered ‘Naked’ cake made by my auntie Christine. I showed her a few photos from Pinterest and she even made ten extra, smaller cakes as she was worried we wouldn’t have enough!
We didn’t have a strict theme or colour but wanted it to have a traditional Scottish feel. We are both from Lancashire, England originally but we wanted to get married in Scotland as we have loved living here for the last 4 years.
We did some of the decorating ourselves, my mum made bunting, we hired some festoon lighting and James’ family decorated the ceremony room with ivy and other greenery from their garden.
We weren’t due to get married until September 2017, but due to James’ mum being very ill, we decided to bring our wedding forward by 7 months. We are so proud of what we achieved in such a short space of time.
We were so grateful to have such helpful friends and family and all the companies we hired were fantastic and really understanding, I would not have changed a thing.
Our 3 year old niece, Evie, did such a good job walking down the aisle on her own. She went first and, when she got to the end, she surprised James by running over and giving him a massive hug. It’s definitely one of my favourite pictures from the day.
The ceremony was quite emotional as we wrote some of our own vows, however when it came to the rings I couldn’t get James’ ring on his finger so I just burst out laughing!
We were so happy with how the day went. The weather for February was glorious and we even got to have our drinks reception outside.
We were relieved that everyone made it okay and, most importantly, that James’ mum was well enough to be there and had a wonderful time.
James’ family are Scottish and Northern Irish so he wore a kilt and his Uncle Peter, who is an award-winning piper, piped for the arrival of the guests and during the ceremony.
We also had a traditional ceilidh, which our friends and family all absolutely loved. A lot of them had never been to one before so it was a bit chaotic but hilarious. Everyone got up and had a go; my Grandad even managed to make it all the way through Strip The Willow!
Both my mum and I did a speech alongside James and his best man. I really wanted to get up and say a few words, particularly to thank my mum and James’ family, who have become my second family for the last 12 years, as well as James, of course.
We have been through so much with each other and our families, particularly recently, that the speeches were very emotional and there were lots of tears!
Both of us were quite nervous about the first dance – we are not the best dancers and it took us a while to even a pick a song as we didn’t want it to be too cheesy!
We decided to choose the Arctic Monkeys’ Baby I’m Yours, which was a throw-back to the music we used to listen to when we first met.
Our band Kilter even planned a surprise dance-off between the bridal party and the groomsman which was great fun! Us girls won of, course.
We have been a couple since meeting at school, age 16, and have stayed together through university, living apart and moving to different cities.
Married life isn’t hugely different but it has definitely brought us even closer together. We had already been together for such a long time beforehand, but it is amazing to officially be Mr and Mrs.
Venue: Comrie Croft | Photographer: Crieff Photography | Celebrant: Gwenda Minto | Bride’s dress + veil: The Dressing Room | Bride’s shoes: Rainbow Club | Bridesmaids’ dresses: from selection at New Look, Monsoon and ASOS | Flower girl’s dress: Visara | Groom and groomsmen outfits: Slaters | Florist: Bluebells Florist Crieff | Hair: Meigan and Lauren from Hunky-Dory Hair and Makeup Design | Bar: Camper Bar Company | Caterer: Lazy Sunday | Decor: First Impressions Displays | Bride’s ring: Carrs Jewellers | Groom’s ring: Shiruba Tree | Band: Kilter