A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE BARN WEDDING

Real Weddings
October 29, 2015 / By / , , , / Post a Comment

W elcome to Vows & Co. I am excited to have finally launched this beautiful blog. I hope you are ready to be inspired by some of the wonderful DIY details of our first featured barn style wedding from the lush Perthshire countryside.

I am so honoured to feature Aisling and John’s wedding. Their love story first caught my eye on the marvellous Lena Sabala Photography Facebook page – I just knew I had to learn more. When I reached out, both the bride and groom were gracious enough to share their day.

Aisling & John tied the knot on the 22nd of August 2015, with their ceremony being hosted at the St Fillan’s Church followed by a cozy evening reception at the Comrie Croft. This wedding oozed love; family and friends came together to produce exceptionally beautiful DIY’d items and John’s brother-in-law even sang to the couple for their first dance!

Aisling, the bride, shares the details of their day with me and how this intimate barn wedding wonderfully came together.

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

Aisling and John opted for an intimate and formal ceremony at St. Fillian’s church. The picturesque church is located in what is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in Scotland. Of the ceremony, Aisling said:

“The ceremony really took us by surprise with how amazing it was. There was a real sense of love and support coming from everyone present, and the ceremony itself was relaxed and full of laughter, especially when John’s ring got stuck!”

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

When I first spotted this wedding, what really caught my eye was Aisling’s stunning wedding dress. Stunning ruby red and emerald green stonework weaved with gold embellishments dotted flutter sleeves and an elegant deep-v framed Aisling’s back. With such intricate detail it’s hard to believe that her dress was discovered on a favourite online retailer – ASOS.  I love this dress and all its dreamy details!

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

John and Aisling’s reception space was equally beautiful. The venue was a gorgeous barn in lush Perthshire countryside. Comrie Croft is a 200-year-old farmstead, house and barn set around a courtyard, together with 231 acres of fields and woods. The venue has the added advantage of being a complete DIY; for Aisling and John this meant having the ability to have a wedding day that was truly their own. Aisling describes how they discovered the venue and why they loved it so much:

“We found the venue online and checked it out when we camped there one weekend with a mountain biking group. It was a really pretty blank canvas to work with and we loved the surrounding green of the countryside.” 

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
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Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

“We wanted a beer festival feel for our wedding, with home brew beers, long trestle tables and a general boisterous atmosphere. Most importantly we wanted the day to be casual, fun, and very personal to us. For us this meant a countryside wedding, with a hog roast, lots of family and friends, and plentiful booze and dancing – and all this with as little stress as possible.”

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

It was a complete DIY venue, but this meant that we could do or create whatever we wanted with the space. The other best thing about it was that it had about 70 beds onsite so lots of our guests stayed for the weekend.

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
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Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

“The décor was mostly homemade and included real ivy, fairy lights, lots of colourful bunting, made and borrowed; flowers in decoupage bottles made by the groom’s mother, Mary, which really stole the day; and lots of jars and tin cans dressed up with lace, candles and flowers.”

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
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“The map bunting was a suggestion by Aisling’s sister, Karen. We went to second hand book shops to pick up some old maps and cut and glued these into bunting that was draped across the hay bale and timber stage, it looked really cool!”

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

“The venue let us know that there was going to be an amplified music curfew from 11pm due to other guests in nearby campsites. This stumped us for a while but then we came up with the idea of a silent disco after 11pm This went down an absolute storm on the night, our guests loved it and it meant the party could last well into the night.”

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
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Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.

I love Lena’s work, and so do Aisling and John. Lena’s images truly capture the essence of their day; an intimate event, oozing with joy and laughter. Lena has the amazing ability of capturing fleeting moments – the kind you would miss if you blinked.  When describing Lena and her work, Aisling said:

“Our photographer was amazing, she wasn’t bossy or overpowering. She was gentle and discreet and always in the right place at the right time. We absolutely loved her photos.”

Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
Barn Style Wedding Comrie Croft | Lena Sabala Photography | Vows & Co.
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Advice From The Bride:

Remember that it’s not about the amount that you spend, so don’t believe the hype that more expense automatically equals better wedding. One question we put to ourselves whenever we were considering something was ‘Will this actually make our day more enjoyable for ourselves or our guests?’ If it’s a £1000 cake or shoes, probably not, but if it’s a really good band, or an amazing caterer then go for it!

One thing that will make your wedding so much more memorable is having someone help out or make something for you – Uncle Tagd was the driver, our brother-in-law and sisters sang at the ceremony, Mary the mother of the groom did the flowers, Karen the bridesmaid made the décor and her boyfriend James prepared the late night food, the bride’s brother Rory made beer and his girlfriend Jean designed the sweet table, bunting was borrowed from a cousin, and we had two dozen helpers setting up the barn the day before the wedding. People love to have a job, seriously, so make the most of it while you can!

Advice from the Groom:

Try to remove yourself from the hype and pressure that tends to go hand in hand with weddings nowadays, instead think of it as a fun day out with your family and friends.  Easier said than done, but easier to do if your wedding is planned to be an informal event with every step made to encourage a relaxed atmosphere throughout.  This style of wedding certainly helped me to remain calm and also allowed me to truly feel the happiest I have ever been.  Spread the relaxed and easy-going vibes with your guests and best man during the build-up to the wedding.  We sent occasional emails to our guests to achieve this.  After that, just chill out and enjoy the show.

Congratulations Aisling & John on your beautiful wedding and special thanks to Lena Sabala for providing the stunning pictures from this wedding.

The Company

Wedding Ceremony: St Fillan’s Church, Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland.
Wedding Reception: Comrie Croft, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland 
Florist: Amanda Clayden at Greenpea Studio, Port of Menteith. (Flowers arranged by Mary, the mother of the groom.)
Make up artist & Hairdresser: Laura Sutherland, Edinburgh.
Wedding Dress: ASOS
Grooms outfit: Shirt, tie and waistcoat – vintage. Trousers – Hugo Boss.
Shoes – Loake 1880
Bridal Shoes: Office
Jewellery: BrightEchoVintage and PastelJewelry on Etsy.co.uk
Bridesmaids outfits: Coast
Wedding Rings: Robert Anthony Jewellers, Edinburgh.
Caterer(s): Highland Spit Roast and Auchingarrich Café Catering
Invitation and Stationery: Mass leaflet and Thank you cards printed by Solo Press.
Wedding Transport: VW Campervan
Wedding Decor: Homemade
Music and Entertainment: Ceremony music and first dance – John Stack, John’s brother-in-law
Edinburgh Ceilidh Band – Sian Sadh. Thoren Ferguson at thor197@hotmail.com
Silent Disco equipmentSilent Noize Events
DJ Keith Ramsay from Flexmobile Discos
Wedding Photography: Lena Sabala Photography {Supplier We Love}

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