Scottish Hogmanay wedding at beautiful Kinkell Byre, St Andrews

There’s so much to love about Kelly and Lee’s wedding, a gorgeous DIY hogmanay bash at blank-canvas barn Kinkell Byre.

First off, they decided to merge their surnames – McShane and Tagg – to create a brand new moniker; The McTaggs!

Secondly, they had a fun Hogmanay wedding in 2017 and, well, just look at Kelly’s gorgeous gown, which she picked out at Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC before sourcing in London!


Find out more from bride Kelly, and see the gorgeous snaps by Assassynation… 

“Lee and I got engaged in Thailand, three years before we were married. Lee made a film to propose with of our special places in London and Ireland. It was the most romantic thing and something I will always treasure.  This year we have been together for 10 years, and our first baby is due on our 10th anniversary.

We were living in Dublin when we got engaged and started to look at venues there. Then we moved to London for work and, even though we both liked the idea of a city wedding, everything just closed too early and it’s tricky to have a humanist service in England, which we knew we definitely wanted.

We then decided Hogmanay was our date and Scotland was the perfect choice because I am from Grangemouth, so I would get to go home.

We chose Kinkell Byre, in St Andrews, because we really wanted to put our own stamp on things. We didn’t want any themes or anything that matched too much.

We both wanted an intimate special celebration of our wedding at the service then a great party. We had around 160 people there all day, with guests coming from London, Belgium, Dublin, Australia and Kenya!

So we wanted to really spoil our guests and thank them for joining us in Scotland on Hogmanay. I think everyone had an amazing time. We had a hastag #HappyNewMcTaggs and had some fun pics come through.

We went for navy and gold in the barn with upside down Christmas trees and lots of twinkling fairy lights. I had bought loads of my favourite scented candles to light; now, whenever I light these candles at home, I smile. We brought our own bar from home and had a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ table.

We had four days of celebrating really, and based ourselves in Cambo House with friends and family. The team there were so brilliant and made our time really special. They went out of their way to make sure everything was right for us.

Our floral decorations had to be large because the barn is a big space.  My amazing friend Kim and her husband Steven did the florals for us, and they were out of this world. To dress a huge space and do all the bouquets with just two people, and still be ready as guests the following day, is outstanding. Kim isn’t even a florist, but I keep telling her she should start a business!

Our photographer, Sassy, is a friend. We met at a wedding years ago and we always knew we’d have her as our photographer. She never put the camera down, we have some awesome shots, and she captured the party atmosphere so well.

I actually picked my dress out in Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, on a trip with my mum. This was such a special trip and a memory I will cherish forever. Randy was also in the house!

We picked a dress by Watters and I found a shop in Twickenham that stocked it back home.

I knew I didn’t want traditional bridesmaid dresses, and I wasn’t bothered if they all had the same dress or not. Fi, the owner of Virgo’s Lounge, opened the London warehouse for us all to go along to and we had a great morning trying on dresses. In the end, they all wanted the same one!

Ginny and the Tonic played for us throughout the service, when guests arrived and at the drinks reception and meal. These guys are really great. We had a ceiidh to kick things off for 90 minutes which was fun, and then we had the Deckheads DJ for us until 1.30am! We wanted a proper party as it was New Year. Lee, being a Londoner, even manage to sneak in a garage set. My mum was on the stage raving by this point with him!

We had a full pipe band join us for a set as we welcomed in the New Year. This was so special; lots of people got very emotional. I especially loved that the guests all randomly started singing Auld Lang Syne, our videographers caught it on film. It still gives me goosebumps!

After the big day, Lee and I went to The Hideaway Experience in Dundee for a few nights which was perfect. I loved every single moment of our wedding, and all of the planning that lead to it. I loved organising – I didn’t find it stressful at all.

For years people have called us the McTaggs, so not agreeing on the surname situation when married, we decided to mesh the names officially. We are now legally the McTaggs which we love!

Venue: Kinkell Byre | Accommodation: Cambo Country House and Estate | Photographer: Assassynation | Videographer: Cinemate | Celebrant: Dorothy Novak

Dress: Watters from Emma Elizabeth Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Virgos Lounge | Groom + groomsmen’s outfits: Hugo Boss + JH Kilt Hire

Cake: Cinnamon Rose Cakes | Flowers + archway: Friends Kimberley + Steven

Transport: A1 Minibus and Coach Services | Entertainment: Ginny and the Tonic + Deckheads | Stationery: Made by Kelly’s Great Auntie Betty | Make-up: Lynsey Bailey