Ailsa Lingard + Rich Hall
Saturday 18th July 2015
Wedderburn Barns, Duns
Photographer: Fern Photography
Film-maker: Next Scene Films
Board game loving couple Ailsa and Rich really wanted to include plenty of personal touches at their w’day at Wedderburn Barns last July so as well as giving little pots of homemade jam for favours and making hand painted place cards they kicked off chat with their very own Trivial Pursuit.
“We love to play board games and incorporated this into our day with personalised Trivial Pursuit cards as a bit of a conversation starter and to entertain our guests during dinner!” they remember.
In fact, the couple made sure their big day was exactly what they wanted it to be and if that meant doing away with certain conventions so be it. Ailsa says, “Our one rule when organising our wedding was to do what we wanted to do, rather than abiding by tradition.
There are a lot of useful opinions when planning for your big day but I’d advise to go with your gut and what makes you happy!”
Planning their wedding, Ailsa and Rich knew they were after quite a relaxed, rustic country barn wedding with a lilac colour scheme. “We wanted to get away from the stuffy traditions of a lot of weddings and do something that was more ‘us’,” they remember.
They hadn’t seen many venues before they fell in love with Wedderburn Barns. “So many venues seemed quite serious and imposing but as soon as we walked into the courtyard I think we both knew straight away that it was perfect for us,” explains Ailsa.
“The look of the venue was very rustic but comfy too, and the beautiful courtyard gave us the option of holding the wedding outdoors (which in Scotland is a big risk!).”
The venue also offered cottages on the grounds for the couple and their closest friends and family to stay in on the countdown to the big day. The families were able to spend time together and everyone pitched in preparing the venue in between barbecues, manicures and playing games on the lawn.
Ailsa even ended up spending more time in the accommodation than she planned! Rich laughs, “During our time on site, Ailsa did manage to lock herself in one of the cottages the day before the wedding and wound up having to climb out of the window on her hands and knees to escape!”
She wasn’t the only one to go through a pre-wedding hiccup as Rich nearly ended getting wed minus one vital piece of kit. “Grooms should check you have all your outfit before you go!” he warns.
“With everything we had to remember to take, I somehow forgot my sporran and only realised on the morning of the wedding – panic! Thankfully, a friend loaned me their very similar looking one and they got a loan from Dan, one of our photographers. At least it was a funny anecdote I can tell people now but I’d rather not have had the stress on the morning.”
After his slight wardrobe panic Rich and Ailsa tied the knot in the courtyard in front of all their loved ones.
She smiles, “The most treasured moment of the day for me was the ceremony – the sun was shining in an otherwise gloomy July, we had everyone we loved there and I was marrying my best friend.
We’d arranged ice cream as the post-ceremony snack which was perfect and we even got sunburnt! Another highlight for me was walking into the barn for our first meal as husband and wife; the clapping and cheering made me feel like a superstar!”
For Rich one of the best moments was seeing his bride for the first time. “I loved seeing Ailsa come down the aisle, she looked absolutely beautiful,” he says.
The wedding was everything they hoped for, with suppliers coming up trumps on the day. Rich says, “The band were fantastic and were exactly what we were looking for with a mix of our favourite tracks and ceilidh, all played live.”
And after a night of dancing Ailsa has some wise words for future brides. “Consider your comfort,” she says. “I wore flat shoes as my husband is more in the ‘good things in small package’ bracket and I ended up wearing ballet shoes. After a long day on your feet and a night of dancing it was definitely a good call!”
Now that the big day’s over Ailsa and Rich reflect on what’s changed. “Being married makes us feel more like a family, and although nothing has changed otherwise, we have the best memories of a day celebrating our love for each other!” she says.
“It truly was the best day of our lives and it makes us so happy when we think back to it; and how well it all went. We can relive those moments with the really wonderful wedding album and the wedding video!
In fact the couple say that a wedding filmmaker a must. Ailsa says, “We originally weren’t going to have one but we’re so glad we did, particularly getting the personal message that were recorded for us.”
Rich adds, “The vibe of our day was just great throughout. Everyone had a great time and you could feel the love in the air!”
ABOUT FERN PHOTOGRAPHY
Fern Photography is run by Daniel Rannoch and Matthew Dale. They say, “We aim to tell people’s stories and show how much fun the world can be. Weddings are occasions filled with exactly those moments and as documentary photographers they are exactly the sort of events we love to be a part of.”
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ABOUT NEXT SCENE FILMS
Matt from Next Scene Films says, “We are a wedding film company who create beautiful, elegant & fun wedding films. Based in Sheffield & Edinburgh we can easily film all over the UK & abroad.”
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