I love when a wedding lands in my inbox from The Gibsons – their amazing photos are unfailingly romantic, and they always shoot the coolest couples!
Anna and Adam are no exception. Their Ayrshire barn wedding was filled with cute DIY details and the entire wedding party looked so stylish.
Read on to find out more about this couple’s creative celebration.
When Anna and Adam got engaged, their first priority was finding a wedding venue close to home. The couple stumbled across Dalduff Farm, a rustic barn in South Ayrshire, and instantly fell head over heels.
“The owner was happy for us to put our own stamp on the place,” explains Anna. “The relaxed atmosphere and charm of the barn were deciding factors.”
The couple added to the barn’s cosy feel by dotting fairylights, bunting and tealights around the venue. “Because of the rustic feel of the barn, I was keen to keep things simple in terms of décor,” says Anna. “I really just wanted to use flowers and candles to decorate.” The flowers were placed in mismatched jars and vases around the room and draped from the rafters for an extra pop of colour.
Anna also called on crafty bridesmaid Debbie to help with some DIY touches. She worked calligraphy magic on chalkboards which served as signage in the venue and created a stunning wooden welcome pallet that acted as an order of service for the day. She also made hessian and lace table runners that covered the dinner table, and another family friend created a personalised frame to mount the couple’s table plan.
Having nailed the venue, Anna’s dress was another of her favourite aspects of the day. “I chose a fitted dress that’s low at the back with a high slit neck and capped sleeves,” she explains. “I didn’t even pick it initially but, after telling the staff what I did and didn’t like, they pulled the ‘Lana’ for me… it was so beautiful.”
Anna customised the gown with a bow instead of the embellished belt it came with to make it feel like her, and completed her look with a reverse flower crown and rose gold accessories, including stunning ivory heels from Rachel Simpson.
Complementing the bride were the bridesmaids, who wore beautiful Ghost dresses in silver satin. Adam sported a custom-made kilt outfit in his family tartan. “He looked very handsome!” says Anna.
Anna was initially a little nervous about walking down the aisle, but it turned out to be her favourite part of the day. “I’m not great at being the centre of attention, so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to it – but it ended up being so lovely,” she admits.
The couple opted for a humanist ceremony, which allowed them to choose their own vows. “I was quite emotional when it came to saying our vows,” smiles Anna. “I think it was a combination of nerves and emotion, but I did struggle to get some of the words out.”
A bonus of tying the knot on a farm was the food. “Dalduff have their own farm shop and they do all the catering for the weddings,” says Anna. “Their food was incredible.” The couple took a long time deliberating over the final menu, opting for sharing planners for a laid-back vibe.
There was locally sourced salmon and salad for starters, followed by a BBQ feast (with halloumi and red pepper kebabs for veggie guests) topped off with a dessert table, complete with cheese platter. Later in the evening, the couple called in a pizza van which proved popular with guests.
Then it was time for dancing! The blissfully happy couple had their first dance to Let’s Stay Together by Al Green (“A classic love song”) before loved ones joined them on the barn floor for a combination of ceilidh tunes and contemporary tracks courtesy of wedding band Ernest. “It was all amazing,” gushes the bride. “The highlight was getting to marry my best friend, I absolutely loved our ceremony… mind you, the food was fab too!”
Photographer: The Gibsons | Venue: Dalduff Farm | Stationery: Bottled Love | Cake: Bakery 47 | Florist: Floral Menagerie | Bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses: Melle Cloche | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Hair: Gillian at Pin Up Hair | Make-up: Cat Robertson Makeup Artist | Groom’s outfit: Slanj | Wedding + engagement rings: Chisholm Hunter | Band: Ernest | Evening catering: Flaming Indulgence | Celebrant: Susan Douglas Scott