Though their hopes for an outdoor ceremony were dashed due to a heavy downpour, Hollie and Grant still had a fantastic weekend-long wedding last July at The Coach House at Kinross House, with PapaKåta teepees in the grounds.
“The only challenging aspect of the day was the weather,” says Hollie. “However, this wasn’t going to spoil our day and our photographer, Photos by Zöe, turned moody skies into works of art which featured sparkly rain and double rainbows.”
Keep scrolling to see the gorgeous pictures and to read more about the couple’s teepee wedding, as told by bride Hollie…
Grant proposed three years ago when we had planned a holiday to Florida followed by a cruise through the Caribbean. On the cruise, we stopped at the port of St. Maarten and travelled to the French side of the island to a small area called Grand Case.
It had a small, nearly private beach and was lined with small locally run eateries. Whilst eating on the terrace of a lovely seafood restaurant, Ocean 52, Grant popped the question. A few days later – after Grant had calmed his nerves – he admitted that he had in fact carried the ring in his pocket nearly every day and was always ready for the perfect moment to present itself.
He also confessed he had momentarily lost the ring whilst in St Thomas, leaving his bag behind after a few photographs over the bay!
When we were first engaged, we loosely spoke about each other’s ideal wedding venue and day. Somewhat naturally we both agreed from the very start that we would love to have teepee marquees by PapaKåta, and focus our theme on a rustic style.
What we needed was to find the perfect venue with enough space for the marquees, and that is when we discovered the Coach House.
It was beyond perfect. As soon as we turned the corner on arrival, we fell in love. It was the perfect venue for having a separate area for the ceremony as well as 10 luxury bedrooms. This meant we could arrive on the Friday and stay for the entire weekend with our family and bridal party. Not to mention the fact that the unbelievable scenery around the Coach House and incredible views from the gardens made for the most incredible photos.
Initially we had hoped for an outside ceremony in the beautifully maintained gardens to the rear of the main house, however, it was not to be as the weather had other menacing ideas.
The reactive staff sprung into action and set up within the Coach House main hall where our ceremony was held by humanist celebrant Graham Duff. Our ceremony and vows were very personal to us, and Graham’s relaxed personality helped a very nervous groom hold it together on the day.
We had a few little special touches over the weekend to make the wedding our own. Grant had a surprise up his sleeve and arranged for our little Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu, Maddi, to attend for the photographs complete with her very own handmade collar, by Skyefrog Designs, which matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.
She was adorable and I was so happy she could spend some of the day with us. We love our poochie!
I had my dress designed and made by the extremely talented Gemma Sargent of Edinburgh. I had searched bridal shops for months looking for the perfect dress that I could envisage in my head but couldn’t find.
Gemma designed the dress from my initial brief then took the finishing result to the next level with intricate hand-stitched detail and embellished buttons.
Our wedding breakfast and evening reception were held within a teepee marquee that we had erected in the grounds outside the front of the Coach House building.
PapaKåta offered many different options based on our preferences and numbers. After having much fun exploring their website, we chose three teepees joined together with solid wood tables, bare chiavari chairs and simple foliage up the tables.
The teepees are so unique themselves and filled with such beautiful fairy lights that we kept the décor simple, with scatterings of wild flowers.
Our caterers, Scott Catering Services put on a family-style feast for us all. We summoned one guest per table to the kitchen and gave them a chef’s hat and apron to serve their table, which made it so laid-back and had us all laughing.
We had a fire pit in the teepee in the evening accompanied by gourmet flavoured marshmallows by The Marshmallow Lady for toasting on the fire.
Our favours for day and evening guests were sparklers with instructions to light them for the first dance (Wings by Birdy). All of our friends and family circled the dancefloor and lit the night with the sparklers for our first dance together. We loved it!
The final 90 minutes of the night ended with a silent disco. To be honest, quite a few of our guests were undecided about this when it appeared on our order of service, but the moment it started they and everyone there loved it!
Everyone was given their own headset with three different stations of music to choose between. Each station would light up the headsets in a different colour and play different eras/genres, so you could openly dance to whatever music you liked the best. And dance they did! It finished the night off brilliantly.
Our close friends and family stayed at the venue with us and it was lovely to wake up to smiling faces the next day and reminisce with them. Being married to my best friend brings a new spark to our relationship and every time we catch a glance of each other we know we are now bonded together by our love for each other. We are complete.
We are due to celebrate our wedding anniversary soon and plan to return to our wedding venue for afternoon tea and to remember the day, but this time we will be returning as a family of three, as we welcomed our daughter, Sadie, into our world in July this year.
Venue: The Coach House at Kinross House | Teepees: PapaKåta | Photographer: Photos by Zöe | Bride’s dress: Gemma Sargent Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: Kelsey Rose at Loretta’s Collections | Groom and groomsmen’s outfits: MacGregor and MacDuff | Celebrant: Graham Duff, Humanist Fellowship of Scotland | Florist: Bramble and Thyme | Entertainment: Edinburgh Sounds | Silent disco: Haud Yer Wheesht | Hair: Rachael Cassie | Make-up: Danielle Ritchie Makeup Artist | Caterers: Scott Catering Services