A DIY Orkney wedding at home with a white, gold and greenery theme
Karoline and Steven, with the help of friends and family, put so much effort into planning a beautiful Orkney wedding at their home. The pair admit it was loads of work, but it definitely paid off!
Read on to find out more about the couple’s wedding in the words of bride Karoline, and see the photos captured by Fiona Scott Photography.
We got together in 2013 after chatting in the local nightclub. We had always known of each other as Orkney’s not a big place, but had gone to different schools and cities for university.
Despite the height difference I think we both knew early on that we were pretty perfect for each other and had found something special.
In Orkney there aren’t many wedding venues; most people get married in the local cathedral and then go to a country hall for the reception and we wanted something different.
We knew we wanted to get married at our house as it has amazing views over the Bay of Berstane.
Having it at our home also meant we got lovely pictures with our dog Kurtis who could be at the day, and with my horse Phoebe which was lovely.
Don’t get me wrong: it was a lot of work.
We made all of the signs and outdoor seating out of pallets. Steven’s friends helped to construct lovely toilets in another one of our sheds.
Steven had to lay a new wooden floor where we said our vows and there was a lot of power washing to get rid of the pigeon poop that had been left in the barn – once we got rid of the pigeons the starlings got in, but eventually we got that sorted too!
Our theme was a natural, romantic look. Our colours were white, gold and natural greenery.
Flowers were key! We had large white cherry blossom trees in the centre of the marquee, which were beautiful.
We had a theme of a gold K and S in circles on our stationery, favours, the bottom of my wedding shoes and on the side of Steven’s shoes and also behind our top table to symbolise our names coming together in wedding rings.
We also made our own bar out out of whisky barrels which was very cool.
For our favours Orkney Distilling went above and beyond to match in with our invites with our personalised gins with elderflower in it picked from our own garden.
I went to Edinburgh with my mum, sister and four-week-old niece Pippa to find my dress. My sister had gotten her dress from Rachel Scott Bridal Couture for her wedding previously so we knew how amazing she was.
Steven wore a bespoke suit made by Peter Johnston with Duke + Dexter shoes which were personalised on the heel with out initials and the wedding date.
We had a registrar from the local council and got married in our own barn. I walked myself down the aisle to Is That Alright? by Lady Gaga.
My father passed away when I was five, but I had greenery from where he was born and raised in my bouquet, and as he wore cowboy boots (don’t ask) I placed cowboy boots at the bottom of the aisle with flowers in them. So, as my brother put it in his speech, not only was he there walking me down the aisle, he held my hand as well!
Our food was supplied by Gayle Grieve – Wedding and Events Caterer who was amazing. We had no on-site cooking facilities but nothing was a problem for her. She managed to cook the food at the local primary school and transport it in hot vans to our home for plating up. Everyone commented on how delicious it was
Every part of our day was special as it was so personal. I think Kurtis coming down the aisle looking dapper in his suit was very memorable; we got lots of oooo’s and awww’s.
We worked very hard on making it the perfect day, trying to have every little detail covered. But the atmosphere created on the day by having our closest family and friends celebrate our love is what made it so special.
Our advice to other couples would be to plan as much as you can, try not to get stressed and trust each other to get things done.
Working together is key; take time away from wedding planning together and try not to get swept up too much in the ‘perfect day’ pressures. The day is about you both, your love and your future life together, not the Instagram pictures!
Photographer: Fiona Scott Photography | Videographer: Butterfly Wedding Films | Bride’s dress and bridesmaid dresses: Rachel Scott Bridal Couture | Groom’s suit: Peter Johnston | Cake: Becca’s Bakes – birsay | Florist: Flooers | Evening band: The Eastie Boys | Jewellery and cherry blossom trees: W Hourstons Jeweller | Stationery: Feel Good Invites | Hair: Natalie @ The Peedie Salon | Make-up: Lauren Johnston | Favours: Orkney Distilling