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Everybody was then transported by vintage bus to a fabulously decorated hall full to bursting with DIY decor, vintage trinkets and homemade treats all lovingly put together by family and friends the day before. Kerry The Bride: I’ve never been someone who ‘always knew’ what type of wedding dress they were after, but I definitely wanted something comfortable, that I could dance in, something a bit retro, vintage and a little bit out of the ordinary. I wanted to keep my accessories simple as I don’t tend to wear much jewellery anyway, so I just went with some old drop-pearl earrings that I’d had for years and my engagement ring.
On the day, I took a white vintage 60s handbag with me that I’d found in a jumble sale years ago and wore some ivory wrist gloves– 2 last minute decisions that helped set the whole outfit off. I’d had my Melissa Vivienne Westwood shoes for about 5 years but never found the right occasion to wear them.
Again, my hair and make-up weren’t too different to what I normally do, as I wanted to feel comfortable and still like myself on the big day. Chris The Groom: I definitely wanted to wear a kilt on our wedding day, so I went to The Kilt Store in Musselburgh where my family have been hiring kilts for over 10years and are always well looked after! Initially we were looking for a barn; however we couldn’t find anywhere suitable or local enough.
People asked us a lot about our “colours” and “theme” but we didn’t really have either, so it was fun to watch them get a bit confused about what we were doing! We called on friends to help with things like bunting and decorating mason jars – it also helped to ply them with wine during our ‘craft’ nights! The night before, about 30 of our friends helped us set up the venue, which was really good fun and definitely added to the relaxed atmosphere we were hoping to create, having them be part of the process.
We didn’t really want a lot of flowers so kept it simple with plain gypsophila for most of the bouquets, buttonholes and posies in mason jars for decor in the church, all bound together with hessian, to keep with the rustic feel. Flowers by Lamb were recommended to me by a friend who had used them a few years ago for her wedding and I didn’t even bother checking out any other florists, as I remember the price being so reasonable and her flowers were gorgeous! I chose my Sister and Best Friend as Bridesmaids, as I couldn’t think of anyone else I’d rather have beside me on our wedding day. Our Flower Girls were our 3 amazing Nieces who were over the moon at getting to dress up as little princesses for the day – we played a song from Frozen during the signing of the register, much to their delight and they were kept amused by the ‘kids’ corner’ that we created at the reception. The Ushers were a mixture of friends and family, including Chris’s 2 younger Brothers, as well as some overseas and childhood friends.
We got a nice surprise when our Niece Hollie got up to give a beautiful reading about Pooh and Piglet by A.A. During the meal, we played a mixture of music that we both liked – a playlist from one of our many US road trips! We asked our Bridesmaids Mum to make our cake, as she’s a seriously good baker, which was her wedding present to us and it was delicious!
We chose a local restaurant to do our bar and catering, the Waterloo Bistro in Haddington, which we eat at regularly and love.
Our favours were miniature bottles of Chris’s Grandad’s famous home-brewed bramble whiskey and his Grandma’s home-baked truffles, in little birdcage boxes. Again, we got lots of compliments on the food and everyone was nicely full after the meal which never normally happens at weddings!
We created a sweet table for dessert, which was full of cakes, Chris’s famous doughnut tower, muffins, pretzels and Tunnocks tea cakes, served on slabs of wood, chopped by our friends Dad. The buffet at night was a choice of veggie chilli or haggis, neeps and tatties which went down a treat with the evening guests.
After seeing some pictures she’d taken at a friend of a friend’s wedding, then meeting with Kristin from Struve Photography, we instantly knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding!
In general, we’d say that the most important things for us were; good food, good music and creating a fun, relaxed atmosphere for everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves. Persevere with the DIY, because it results in a wedding that’s more unique and personal to you, which is totally worth it on the day – plus it’s a LOT cheaper!

Don’t be shy about asking people for help or including them – we found that most of our friends and family jumped at the chance and it definitely helps the stress levels! Rebecca and Will decided that saving for a house was far more important than splurging on a wedding. The cute couple married at Rebecca’s family church where her Granddad planted a tree when he was a boy. I also love the idea of including recipe cards as RSVPs with your invitations and asking your guests to write down their favourite recipes.
Rebecca The Bride:My dress found me, as coincidence would have it the owner used to live in the village I grew up in.
William has always worn red trainers and in an effort to make our day as much about us as possible, I thought it would be fun to both wear red shoes. We have been saving our hard earned pennies for several years to invest in the country cottage of our dreams, so when it came to reception venue we decided to get creative in order to have the wedding we wanted within our rather modest ?10k budget. We bought a marquee from Argos in the sale which worked really well on the lawn for arrival drinks, tea and coffee in the evening while the band where setting up in the hall. I wanted to jazz up the not so pretty cupboards at the back of the hall and after much searching decided on origami butterflies (along the theme of Japanese cranes) 1 x ?2.50 pack of printer paper a reel of tape, some garden twine and several hours of paper folding with the help of a very kind friend and we had 500 strung butterflies in the form of garlands.
Then there was my little indulgence, the giant balloons, I had seen on many a wedding blog. We love tea and while we did not want to go the full hog and have afternoon tea, we did have teapots (borrowed from a friend’s wedding) as vases, I made tea table name flags, a tea caddy table plan, a giant cup and saucer planter with giant teabag sign for the wedding cards, teabag RSVPS and my speech was themed around of mutual love of the hot and steamy brew!
In our invitations we included recipe cards (free online printable) and a request for guests favourite recipes.
Instead of hiring napkins at 70p each I trowelled the boot fairs and picked up vintages one for around 20p each, I had a variety of colours and tried to tie in colour themes for each table. I had the barmy idea of knitting every guest a rose corsage, it took a long time and crochet would have been much quicker. For the flowers in the venue I wanted hydrangeas as they remind me of my Granny who passed away.
As a wedding gift my work colleagues bought us two bay trees, I covered them in hessian and added bows. During dinner we played best man bingo and I made a personalized crossword for guests to complete at the table.
For the bit in between finishing dinner and the band starting I organised a balloon man to entertain making head pieces, flowers etc. In the evening I had set up a DIY dressing up photo booth area with wigs (Will’s parents randomly had a bag full), hats, moustaches, glasses etc.
William and I made sloe gin (his favourite) and had sloe gin fizz in champagne saucers as our welcome drink.
On meeting Gavin it felt like we had known him for years, he is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate, which is infectious. Our amazingly talented friends who are somehow able to capture the whole day in a short and sweet bite size video that you can’t help but be moved by. Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. I know – just think, Rebecca’s grandchildren will be able to see her wedding bouquet!!! Lot’s of people helped us with the decor; our Sailor Jerry-esque helium balloons were hand-painted by the very kind lady that owns a boutique in Edinburgh close to where we work, friends kindly loaned us things like birdcages and candelabra’s, my friends Mum even went out in the woods on the morning of the wedding to collect some beautiful branches and twigs for the tables and we also got our friend to make us a few sets of cornhole boards for games during the day, to keep everyone amused. He was really funny and had everyone laughing, which made the day so informal, calm and chilled. Imagine all of the delights you’d end up making that you would never have thought of before!

I went to a designer day and met Geraldine Tulloch of Forget Me Knot Bridal and she helped me make a couple of tweaks. The decor of the venue was very important to me, as while we had a village hall venue I wanted to make it really special and magical. William helped me cut out butterfly name places from card I had leftover from making the invitations. The just over ?100 spent was well worth the effect and really did make the venue look extra magical. The boys really did us proud we had pipes, bow ties, braces and hats and the girls really rocked the tea dresses. They looked perfect outside the entrance to the venue and they are now in our garden waiting to frame the front door of the cottage we are in the process of buying. This was in memory of my Granny who was born on the same day as Elvis (something she often reminded us of). On the tables we had bottles of homemade blackberry and damson vodka with vintage glasses I had picked up for around 20p each during a season of boot fairs.
We had a couple of cocktails in drinks dispensers which went down really well and used a wheel barrow for beers. Knitting is a passion for me too and these delicate flowers and button holes make them long lasting and so so special. Groom in Tartan Kilt & Bridesmaids in Navy 50s dresses with fur stoles & gypsophila bouquets. Kerry’s bespoke vintage inspired Audrey wedding dress and Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes. Groom in Tartan Kilt & Bridesmaids in Navy 50s dresses with fur stoles & gypsophila bouquets.Image by Struve PhotographyScottish Rustic Winter Wedding.
Knowing that my dress was being made just for me on the Isle of Wight and having met Geraldine made it all the more special. William is a big comic book lover so as a subtle salute to one of his many loves I found him suitable, socks, pants and a hankie.
On the day we had a recipe box for our guests to deposit their culinary wonders and I found an absolutely brilliant wooden wall hanging with the recipe for love printed on it (now hanging on our wall at home). We used flowers from my garden, my Mums garden and Williams Mums garden topped up with beautiful blooms from Covent Garden Market.
The favour’s were paper Chinese fans for the girls and foam gliders for the boys, wrapped in brown paper and lace ribbon bows left over from the invitations.
He managed to speed through the family shots, allowing us all to enjoy the day and have beautiful lasting memories. I collected bed sheets and curtains from boot fairs and my mum helped me make meters and meters of bunting for around ?10.
Since the wedding I have been cooking up a culinary storm and posting images of my accomplishments on Facebook. I showed Karen, Will’s Mum, what I wanted and the results were beyond expectation, we were blown away. I bought a few cheep balls, giant bubbles and hula hoops and managed to borrow a coconut shy. The vicar and most of the choir have known my family for many years and this made for a great atmosphere.
The Bridesmaids look very chic too in their 50s inspired navy dresses and faux fur stoles and how can I forget the Groom paying homage to Scottish tradition and rocking his tartan kilt!

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