Woodland wonderland with a foodie focus at The Byre at Inchyra


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Jane MacMillan + Richard Wallace

The Byre at Inchyra

Saturday 9th July 2016

Photography | Wonderful and Strange

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Things started with a fashion faux pas for Jane MacMillan and Richard Wallace. “We were casually introduced by a friend and I couldn’t get Richard out of my head despite him wearing the most ridiculous boat shoes I’d ever seen!” says Jane.

Three-and-a-half years later, the couple took the next step with a dreamy proposal. “Richard proposed in a hot air balloon in Marrakech as the sun came up,” Jane adds.

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Top of the list was finding the perfect rustic venue for their big day, but the couple also had something else on their minds. “Food was something we were keen on making pretty special. We wanted to create a relaxed and communal dining experience,” explains Jane.

Ensuring their special day was just right, Jane and Richard used spreadsheets to help stay organised, although Jane admits there was still some stress. “The final push, especially the last of the decoration, was quite stressful.”

For Jane’s wedding dress search, it involved a trip to one of Europe’s most culturally vibrant cities. “My wonderful mum organised a trip to Barcelona to try dresses on at the Pronovias flagship store, which was the stuff of dreams: beyond beautiful with amazing service. The dress I picked was the first I tried on,” says Jane.

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Opting for a natural and rustic feel, Jane and Richard found their blank canvas venue in The Byre at Inchyra. “The day had a whimsical woodland theme; we had an outdoor ceremony amongst apple trees and tonnes of foliage hoisted and draped in the hall. We wanted it to feel like we were in the forest even when indoors,” adds Jane.

To create their woodland wonderland, the couple had a helping hand from their creative family. Many of the plants were from their gardens and the entire bridal party mucked in, adorning six 5ft logs with foliage and flowers and decorating the hall with everything from 12 wisteria trees to chair-back ties and candle-filled cow troughs.

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It was significant to both Jane and Richard to incorporate a focus on delicious food in their wedding day. “We’re both foodies so the catering was very important to us,” explains Richard. To create their exact vision, Jane went to a tasting with caterer Lazy Sunday, who also created their naked cake, complete with fresh berries and leftover flowers.

“We had a Pimp Your Prosecco stand, which folk loved, a Bavarian beer table with beers, ciders and soft drinks, and some amazing canapés,” say the couple. For extra foodie fun, they even had a treat for guests at the evening reception. “We had a macaroni cheese bar as the evening snack and a vintage-style photo booth, which everyone loved.”

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The soundtrack for their big day held great sentiment for Jane and Richard as a couple too. “Etta James – At Last was the first dance; a song that was on a mixtape Richard gave me. Our band did a mix of ceilidh, modern songs and classics, right back to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll,” says Jane.

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After the big day, it was time for the ultimate chill out. “The day after the wedding we got an Indian takeaway and went to see the new Ghostbusters movie!” smiles Jane.

It was then time for a Scottish staycation for the happy couple. “We went away for a few days in Scotland, to Cameron House and Port Appin. We plan on honeymooning later in the year,” Jane says.

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Photographer: Wonderful and Strange  | Venue: The Byre at Inchyra  | Caterer: Lazy Sunday |  Bride’s dress and veil: Pronovias | Bride’s shoes: Vivienne Westwood | Bride’s bracelet: The Nancy Smillie Shop | Bride’s garter: Agent Provocateur  | Bridesmaid dresses: Ghost at Melle Cloche | Groom’s outfit: Slanj Kilts | Groom’s shoes: Grenson | Groom’s shirt: Hawes and Curtis  | Stationery: Etsy | Hair and Make-up: Jasmine Murphy and Sarah Jane Murphy at Onyx Make-up | Band: Paper Tiger | Rings: Blair and Sheridan