Rustic barn wedding with greenery at The Barn @ Barra Castle, Oldmeldrum

Claire and Robin opted for a rustic barn big day with plenty of lush greenery. I just adore the woodland feel that this couple managed to achieve – a real outdoors-indoor vibe to the day in the beautiful blank canvas Barn at Barra Castle.

Groom Robin even incorporated a shot into his wedding speech; that’s my kind of party!

Find out more from bride Claire, and see the stunning photos taken by Aboyne Photographics… 

On the last night of an amazing holiday to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, we went up the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel to capture some last minute photos of the Vegas strip. Robin surprised me and popped the question.

We have always loved the relaxed feel of barn weddings and the idea of a woodland-themed wedding. We wanted to use moss, foliage, thistles, antlers and trees on the tables to keep the venue true to itself and bring the outdoors in.

We had an avenue of tree arches on the aisle and used a tree on a barrel for our table plan.

I wanted a backless lace fishtail dress. As soon as I saw my dress online, I knew I had to try it on. As soon as I tried it on, my mum and bridesmaids all said it was the most perfect dress for me.

I think we were really lucky that all the suppliers we chose were extremely helpful and reliable. All of them kept in touch regularly so I had every faith that everything would come together on the day.

I absolutely loved the morning of the wedding. My bridesmaids made me a Team Bride book with photos and mementos as well as letters from my husband, uncle and mum. It was such a lovely gift from them which I will cherish forever.

We had been to a few weddings with a humanist ceremony and loved how it was more about the couple. We did not write our own vows; instead we said three things we loved about each other which the humanist used in the ceremony.

I’m not a massive prosecco fan so our wedding planner suggested bride and groom cocktails. We went for a Barra Berrie Strawberry Daiquiri, which is a favourite of mine, and a whisky sour for the groom’s [cocktail].

Robin is an avid lover of Isla whisky so we named the tables after his favourite whiskies, which added a Scottish feel to the wedding.

He also incorporated everyone downing their Tequila Rose or Aberlour Whisky into his speech, it was really funny to see all the guests’ faces after taking the shot!

We had We Found Love by Calvin Harris and Rihanna sung by our band. We wanted to go for something more up-tempo than your traditional slow dance. All our guests joined in and were loving it.

There is a sense of security and oneness that I didn’t feel before. I think knowing that we have made the biggest commitment to each other makes us both feel so certain about our future together.

My advice to other couples would be this: It can be busy and stressful planning a wedding, but it will all be worth it on the day. Savour every moment as it will fly by, and be sure to spend moments together.

Venue: The Barn at Barra Castle | Photography: Aboyne Photographics

Bride’s dress: Pronovias at Perfect Bridal Rooms | Bride’s shoes: Kurt Geiger
Bridesmaid dresses: Monsoon | Headpiece and earrings: Greypuss Jewellery 
Rings: Chisholm Hunter | Groom’s kilt outfit: Georgian Dress Hire
Stationer: Paper Skeleton | Cake: O’Caykx | Favours: Aberlour whisky miniature and Tequila Rose miniature
Florist: Kim Dalglish | Décor: Suki Hudson at Hudsons Catering | Wedding signage: Leojadedesign | Catering: Hudsons Catering | Transport: Deeside Campers | Band: Slinky
Hair: Karen Ellis at Route 66  | Celebrant: Sharon Short Humanist Celebrant